Archive for April 2009
Mike Longton is ready to try and grab a bigger prize-the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour championship which kicks off its season Saturday, May 2 at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval. Running for the title will be daunting when facing the likes of Gary Lewis, Pete Harding, Wes Rhodes, Brad Stanwood and a strong field of teams, but Longton is up for the challenge.
Firebird Raceway will host the 39th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Dan Wiebold Ford, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, May 1-3, 2009. The race is the first of six on the NHRA Northwest division schedule and will feature drivers in six racing categories vying for valuable points leading to divisional and national championships.
Tony Berry will kick off Saturday night, May 2nd at the fourth annual Cast Iron Nationals sprint car event at Ephrata Raceway Park in Ephrata, WA.
Joel Schrader took the lead from dash winner Travis Cox at a lap seven double file race reset to take the win in the main event. Yvonne Lifsey finished second followed by Noah Hamlin and “Superbird” driver Len Clother.
If you think that 14-time NHRA champion John Force is ready to leave the strip-think again.
“I’m in better shape than I was before the crash,” the 126-time tour winner said of the September, 2007, accident that left him with injuries that confined him to a
Three-time Northwest Late Model Touring champion, Gary Lewis, heads to Wenatchee with plans to win the 125-lap race then turn right around and prepare for the May 9 Spokane County Raceway event. Two races in back to back weeks will challenge many of the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour teams looking to reopen SCR.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural class, consisting of five members, is scheduled to be enshrined in May 2010. That class will be selected by the Voting Panel from a list of 25 candidates assembled by a 21-person Nominating Committee.
Rain and flooding in the immediate area near Huset’s Speedway have forced WoO officials to cancel Friday night’s racing action.
Former champions Wes Rhodes (Yelm, WA) Late Model Challenge Series 2008, Brad Stanwood (Portland, OR) ASA Northwest Tour 2008 and Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA) LMCS and NWT are registered for Wenatchee Valley this weekend and are set to garner another crown.
The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series, which holds a race at Stateline Speedway during the Idaho 200 weekend in August, gets its sixth season started Saturday night in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Randy Moss is known for his competitive nature on the football field as a wide receiver for the New England Patroits but he has added another title-winning NASCAR team owner.
The ASA Northwest Late Model Tour gets its 2009 season underway Saturday night with a 125-lap race. Doug Pace will be on hand to provide race highlights and coverage of the event here at Keeping Pace.
By bringing a major Northwest Super Late Model Stock Car Series to the .500-mile, it’s a start to bringing the multi use facility back to life. The iRacing.com ASA NWLMT is also in the process of bringing premier touring racing back to life in the Northwest.
Yakima Speedway’s late model division gets its points chase underway on Saturday night. Also racing will be the H&H Furniture Pure Stocks, Hornets, Youth Hornets and Bump To Pass divisions. It’s fan appreciation night with special ticket pricing prior to 6:30 p.m.
For the third straight year, Crown Royal staged its “Your Name Here” contest, which awards the naming rights to the May Richmond NSCS race to a fan. Fans are asked to describe an honorable act or achievement worthy of toasting with Crown Royal.
Craig Dollansky won both of the World of Outlaws races at Huset’s Speedway last season. In the last eight races at the track, there have been seven different winners, with Dollansky the only repeat victor in that span.
Jeg Coughlin has collected three of his 56 career victories at Gateway International Raceway, the site of this weekend’s 13th annual O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals, including two Super Stock titles in 1997 and ‘03, and the Pro Stock crown in 2002.
Knoxville Raceway is a semi-banked half-mile oval. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has raced six times this season on a track that size. The winners include: Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park-twice and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway), Joey Saldana (Volusia Speedway Park and Lone Star Speedway) and Chad Kemenah (Manzanita Speedway).
Mike Skinner waited until Monday afternoon to pick up the rain shortened NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in Kansas.
The Nationwide Series moves from the high banks of Talladega to short track action in Friday’s Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Brad Keselowski, the most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup race winner and NASCAR Nationwide Series regualr, had mixed results on the .75-mile oval in 2008.
The Bernstein family has had backing from Budweiser for 30 years but this will be the final season of the fan favorite bright red Top Fueler. Brandon Bernstein aims to win this week’s NHRA stop in St. Louis, home of Anheuser-Busch as a proper send-off to the long-time sponsor.
The chase for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship gets underway in September but Richmond International Raceway’s Saturday night event could be a turning point for several drivers including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth.
Shelby Thompson showed his Bill Thompson’s Auto Sales Chevrolet will be strong throughout the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association 2009 season en route to the series season opening victory at Stateline Speedway.
Talladega produces two first time NASCAR race winners in as many days as Brad Keselowski, who had run most of the day in the middle of a wild 43-car pack until a major incident on lap 8, broke through for his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.
One year ago Tim Wilkerson came to his home track – Gateway International Raceway – looking for a win and hunting down the No. 1 points position in the Full Throttle Series Funny Car standings. This year, the Springfield, Ill. racer is still hunting for a win, however, this time around he’s trying to navigate his way into the top 10 in the ultra-competitive Funny Car class in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
Eric Holmes nabbed his eighth career NASCAR Camping World West victory Saturday night in Madera, Calif. as he beat David Mayhew and Mike David to the stripe. Jerome, Idaho native Brett Thompson came home sixth with Twin Falls Jonathan Gomez 11th, Aurora, Oregon’s Jim Warn 17th and Phil Dugan of Meridan, Idaho 19th.
Steve Kinser is the king of the World of Outlaws but it’s been nearly five years since the master’s last main event victory. On Saturday night the Indiana native picked up the win at Tri-State Speedway.
It’s always a wild ride at Talladega whether it’s NASCAR Sprint Cup racing or as was the case on Saturday, NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers looking to tame the high-banked and ultra quick superspeedway. When it was said and done winner David Ragan got the lead when it counts; at the checkered flag.
Guest columnist Cathy Elliott gives some insight on NASCAR fan favorite, Mark Martin.
Growing up on the tight bullrings of Northern California prepared Tim Kaeding to race at most any track across the country. That experience paid big dividends on Friday night as he visited Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas for the first time in his career and picked up the win in the World of Outlaws event at the ¼-mile.
The catch phrase in sports most hear when referring to a new stadium or race track is “if you build it they will come.” Jay Livingston, general manager of Spokane County Raceway may not be advertising that statement to the public as the sole reason to watch racing at the refurbished racing facility but you wouldn’t blame him for borrowing the line based on all the work that has gone on recently to prepare for the tracks first full season of racing under new leadership.
Defending Alliance champ, Kameron McKeehan, will lead the field of star-studded entries covering six western states into action on the fast quarter-mile oval. 2008 champions Wayne Dillon and John Grosvenor, along with five-time Utah Late Model Lite Champ Kurt Madsen, will work hard to derail McKeehan’s bid for a third title. Southern Idaho will also be well represented.
Sammy Swindell will have an opportunity to return to his home track this weekend as the World of Outlaws make their lone stop this season in the state of Arkansas on Friday, April 24 at Riverside International Speedway.
Weather, usually the biggest unknown in the early season for Stateline Speedway’s Wednesday Night Fever program and it sucesses, has been thus far in April been great for the quarter-mile Post Falls race track. Check the latest results including Tim Benn’s second straight victory.
Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, won for the first time in his career at Riverside last season, leading all 40 laps to take the victory over Craig Dollansky and Joey Saldana. Schatz has won three times this season and is the current series point leader on the strength of a series-best seven Top-Five finishes as he chases his fourth consecutive title.
Inland Empire late model racing gets underway this weekend as the Inland Northwest Super Stock Associaiton opens its sixth season of competition at Stateline Speedway. The series will run seven races at the Idaho facility, two at Spokane County Raceway and one in Kalispell, Mont. with David Garber chasing his third consecutive championship.
Over the years the No. 9 has won quite a few races in its history including 38 with Bill Elliott at the helm. Several of Elliott’s most memorable No. 9 moments came at Talladega, site of this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stop. Take a look at the history of this famous number up through its current driver, Enumclaw, Wash. native, Kasey Kahne.
You have to go all the way back to Sept. 27, 1998 to find the last time a driver-owner won an event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ricky Rudd raced to victory that day at Martinsville Speedway.
Idaho’s Brett Thompson and the rest of the NASCAR Camping World Series West head next to Madera (Calif.) Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 presented by Exclusive Energy Drink on Saturday, April 25. The third-mile track, located on the fairgrounds facility along Highway 99 in California’s Central Valley, last hosted a series event in 2003.
Race dates for the 31st annual Thunder on the Ohio will be August 21-23 on the Ohio River course.
Todd Bodine has shown right out of the gate this season that he is going to be a factor every race. With his win at Daytona, he became the series’ first repeat winner in ten races at the track. He followed his win with a second-place finish at California and a solid third at Atlanta. The 2006 winner at Kansas, he thinks he can become its first repeat winner, too.
NASCAR Nationwide Series-only regulars Jason Leffler (No. 38 Great Clips Toyota) and a host of others have put together strong performances in the first seven races this season and currently maintain top-10 positions in the standings heading into the Aaron’s 312 this Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.
The World Of Outlaw Sprint Car Series has competed on ¼-miles three times this year with three Joey Saldana and Jason Meyers picking up wins in those event. Both of those drivers are locked in a tight point battle as the Top-Five in the series standings are separated by just 75 markers heading into this weekend’s pair of races. Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending series champion leads 20-time title winner Steve Kinser by 28 markers, with Meyers third, Saldana fourth and Craig Dollansky fifth.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into the state of Alabama to run its second superspeedway event of the 2009 season.
After a rainout in March that forced the revamped ASA Northwest Late Model Tour to shift its season opener to Wenatchee, the 26-year old series prepares for its 2009 kick-off event.
Mike Edwards needed one extra day over the rest of the NHRA field to grab the final round victory. Rain forced the Pro Stock division to run its final round Monday morning where Edwards jetted to the victory over Jeg Coughlin.
Jason Fraser rode in second place for much of the early portion of Sunday’s Yakima Speedway 43rd Annual Apple Cup while Mike Longton set a very fast pace. Suddenly Longton pulled off the track with a broken axle and Fraser had new life en route to his first career Apple Cup victory.
Tim Sawyer’s quest for a third consecutive Northwest Modified championship got a big boost with a season opening victory. Sawyer bested Chris Ochs to the stripe and also set fast time for the evening.
The Midwest is familiar territory for Stacy Compton. While he has only two starts at Kansas Speedway, he has raced at both I-70 Speedway and Heartland Park Topeka, which hosted the series from 1995 to 1999.
Defending Yakima Speedway Late Model Champion and 2008 Fall Casic winner, Mike Longton, wil start Sunday’s 125-lap main event on the pole with Snohomish’s Jason Fraser on the outside. Both drivers won their qualifying heat races to earn the front row starting positions.
Mark Martin beat Kyle Busch off pit road during a late race caution and charged past Ryan Newman on the re-start en route to victory. Martin is the third oldest race winner in NASCAR history with his Saturday night victory.
Vancouver, Wash. native Greg Biffle held of NASCAR Nationwide Series regular, Jason Leffler, en route to Jack Roush’s 100th victory in the series.
Jason Meyers started on the pole and never looked back en route to the $10,000 triumph, which was the 29th of his World of Outlaws career, which ties him for 14th on the all-time win list. It was his second win of 2009 and helped him move into the third spot in the series championship standings, just 12 markers out of second.
Doug Pace / Correspondent
Northwest Modified racing has a new series director, Richard Mucciaccio, whose objective is to grow the open-wheel show well past its 25th season of racing.
Six drivers from the Northwest and Western Canada qualified for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 presented by Shamrock Farms. The top regional finisher of the event was Brett Thompson of Jerome, Idaho (9th) followed by Oregon’s Jim Warn (11th). Alberta’s Daryl Harr finished 13th and Ellensburg native, Travis Bennett came home 20th.
World of Outlaws drivers will have one chance to take to the high banks at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri in preparation for the big $20,000 to win two-day event at the track on August 7-8 and that tune up will be this weekend, on Saturday, April 18. Always a favorite stop on the circuit for drivers and fans alike, the high-banked 1/3-mile provides thrilling racing from the drop of the green flag.
Spokane’s Aaron Nevers expected to take part in this weekend’s Yakima Speedway Apple Cup Super Street main event.
Joel Schrader captured main event win number two during week two of Wednesday Night Fever at Stateline Speedway in the Bump to Pass class. Ten different drivers visited victory lane in the Road Runners, five in the Fever 4’s at the midweek racing series.
Joey Saldana heads to Paducah on the wings of two consecutive victories last weekend in Texas, which has brought his season total to five, which matches his total number of wins in all of 2008 with the World of Outlaws.
Flammang Racing has added two bonus purses to the Super Street payout for this weekend’s Yakima Speedway Apple Cup event. A unique portion of the bonus is related to the age of a finisher of the main event.
Gary Lewis, the two-time Idaho 200 champion, heads to Yakima this weekend looking for his first career victory in the famed Apple Cup season opening late model event for Northwest stars.
Spokane County Raceway’s oval track manager, Larry Bertrand, is holding a general membership meeting for teams this weekend.
This Saturday the regular season points chase begins for the Burger Ranch Sportsman division at Yakima Speedway.
The NASCAR Camping World West Series, which has two races in the Northwest later this summer, holds its third race of the 2009 season on Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway. Eric Holmes is the series points leader but Mike David is the defending race champion and looks to make it two straight in Phoenix.
The World of Outlaws head to the Midwest for the first time this season with a doubleheader weekend at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky and I-55 Raceway in Missouri, which continues a stretch of six consecutive races on tracks 3/8-mile
Dale Earnhardt Jr. could never be accused of missing a chance to be part of unique marketing approaches to companies that come calling daily for his services. Check out the latest Dale Jr. branded item that is sure to be a hit with race fans.
For Glendale, Ariz. native Michael McDowell (No. 47 Tom’s Snacks Toyota), this spring’s trip to Phoenix International Raceway is a matter of a different series and renewed karma. A year ago, McDowell finished 34th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500. Twelve months later, McDowell has shifted his talents to the NASCAR Nationwide Series behind the wheel of a JTG-Daugherty Racing Toyota.
With an extensive overhaul of the rules including a new class name, some familiar teams and racers have their sights set on the 2009 H&H Furniture Pure Stock championship trophy.
Jimmie Johnson looks to add to his impressive resume this weekend at the Subway Frsh Fit 500, Johnson aims to be the first driver to win four straight races on the same track since…Johnson himself who dominated Lowes Motor Speedway from 2004-05.
The NHRA season continues this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out the latest news and notes leading to this week’s event.
Cory McClenathan has embraced a new crew on his 7,000 horsepower FRAM Tough Guard dragster, led by co-crew chiefs Phil Shuler and Todd Okuhara, and they are quickly hitting their stride. In just five events they have produced two final round appearances, allowing McClenathan to display the driving form that has led him to 30 victories in 53 final round appearances and four second-place championship points finishes during his 18-years behind the wheel.
Ephrata Raceway Park, located just north of Moses Lake, Wash. is just three weeks out from its 2009 season opener. The track has been running Motocross racing and encourages racers to get their memberships and tires early for the season opener. Check out the lastest courtesy of Rita Witte of Raceway Park.
Joey Logano wanted to take the off week from his regular NASCAR Sprint Cup Series role and have “fun” in the Nashville, Tenn. Nationwide Series event held Saturday. With a strong showing in the Game Stop Toyota out of Joe Gibbs Racing stable the chatter that young Joey isn’t ready for Cup racing may subside a bit after the strong run to the famed Gibson guitar trophy.
Joey Logano picked up his first win of the season; coming in the Nashville 300 for the Nationwide Series’ first stand alone event of 2009.
Saldana sweeps Texas stops on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series. Brings car owner Kasey Kahne victories in back-to-back events as the series heads to Kentucky.
Stateline Speedway officials have canceled Saturday’s racing action due to rain that is moving through the Inland Empire.
We are proud to announce the launch of “Keeping Pace” which will give added motorsports coverage each day to readers of The Spokesman-Review.
One NASCAR Nationwide Series team will be running Saturday’s race with a little extra incentive. Should Jason Keller find victory lane the local area stands to be the biggest winners.
Joey Saldana picked up a birthday gift for himself last month by winning on the opening night of the Mini Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway in California and he followed that up by scoring a victory at Lone Star Speedway in Texas for his car owner Kasey Kahne who celebrated his 29th birthday on Friday.
It seems that following in the footsteps of greatness, in this case two-time NASCAR champion, Tony Stewart, or any other well-known driver is a tough job. Imagine for a moment being youngster Joey Logano who is closer to falling out of the top-35 guranteed starting positions than winning titles at this point in his career. Motorsports columnist Cathy Elliott gives us reasons to believe time may still be on young Joe’s side.
The 2009 racing season gets underway as does The Spokesman-Review’s coverage every Friday from our motorsports correspondent, Doug Pace.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series heads into Texas this weekend for two races over the next two nights. Craig Dollansky returns to Texas as one of just three drivers to have run the previous 13 stops at Houston’s Raceway Park.
The Inland Northwest Sprint Car Association gets 2009 underway this Saturday night at Stateline Speedway as the highlight show of the evening.
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series At a Glance: Lone Star Speedway & Houston Raceway
Park highlight weekend stops.
Stateline Speedway kicked off 2009’s Wednesday Night Fever action with a crowd pleasing group of cars and stars. Check out the results and story from Stateline’s Seth Sands.
A look at Week 8 as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads into an off weekend before heading to Phoenix International Raceway and the season’s first race run under the lights.
Two Northwest drivers part of ten-person group to be inducted into West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame to be held at Irwindale Speedway this summer.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series heads into the heart of Texas with two shows in as many nights. Check out this weekend’s preview for Houston Raceway Park located in Baytown, Texas.
Here’s the latest team report from the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. In this report the series previews Tony Stewart Racing’s approach to the upcoming Texas event.
The American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour has signed a national sponsor for its upcoming season. iRacing.com will replace Aero Exhaust starting with May 2 opener in Wenatchee.
The lastest news and notes regarding the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heading to the April 18, 2009 event in Phoenix, Arizona.
Coughlin, Three Others Win On Goodyears At NHRA Vegas Event
Check out the latest news and notes for the NASCAR Nationwide Series event to be held Saturday, April 11, 2009.
The Unlimited Hydroplane 2009 season will not include a stop in San Diego, California as race organizers have been unable to secure funding to continue to event. Unlimited Hydroplanes have raced on Mission Bay for over 40 years.
Stateline Speedway got its 2009 season underway with their annual Racers Jamboree. Check out the post-race story and results.