Archive for August 2009
The Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades 125 is a critical one to drivers and teams, with only two races remaining to determine the final championship standings for 2009.
Austin Dillon, grandson of Richard Childress Racing president and CEO Richard Childress, will be behind the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet. The No. 3 is certainly not new to the series by any means. Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota) took it to Victory Lane in the series’ first race at Phoenix in 1995 and then on to claim the series’ first championship that same year.
In his second season of competition in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Rickie Jones is ninth in the Pro Stock points order and he has qualified for every race so far.
Final stop of the 2009 ASA Northwest Late Model Tour in Yakima is this weekend with a tight points battle between Gary Lewis and Brent Harris.
Top DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers in the nation will converge on Southern Oregon Speedway Sept. 5-6 for the 14th Annual Lon Skinner Memorial.
Joey Saldana picked up his 14th and 15th wins of the season over the weekend during the Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, adding to what is now a career high number of triumphs with the World of Outlaws
The weather people talked about thunderstorms for Saturday, good thing they were wrong!
Heading into Saturday night’s Foothills Toyota Tundra Racing Series action at ASA Sanctioned Skagit Speedway, Jesse Whitney was locked into a tightening point battle with Colton Heath for the title in the Associated Asphalt 410 Sprints.
Craig Bell holds off a determined Jeff Jefferson to win Rocky Mountain Challenge Series race at Meridian Speedway.
Juan Pablo Montoya, from Colombia, is in prime position to make his first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup appearance.
Marcos Ambrose had been strong all weekend in Canada. Grabbing the pole on Saturday and showing the dominant Toyota all afternoon everyone was hoping for a mistake to even get into Ambrose’s league–and the Australian delivered that mistake on the last lap in the last turn of Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series road course event in Quebec giving Carl Edwards an impossible victory.
JR Fitzpatrick took control of the race when he slipped inside of Kerry Micks in the hairpin turn on the ninth lap of the race.
Joey Saldana dominated the weekend at the 3/8-mile leading all 70 of the laps of the two A-Feature events to pick up a total of $20,000 as the Gold Rush Tour for 2009 continues.
It was Busch’s fourth win of the season in 10 starts in the Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota. Busch also made Chicagoland the fifth track in which he has won a race in each of NASCAR’s three national series.
Kenny Wallace, who just turned 46 years old on the 23rd of August, will race the “Thank You Fans!” Chevy which is adorned with over 5,000 names of fans who have participated in a special one-time program.
Jason Meyers and his team will go back to square one this weekend at Castrol Raceway as he looks to repeat in Edmonton.
Spokane County Raceway hosts a special dual-ticket program of drag racing and oval track action this weekend.
Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth faces his son Ross in a late model event in Wisconsin this weekend.
Five drivers—Andrew Ranger, JR Fitzpatrick, Daryl Harr, DJ Kennington and Alex Tagliani—will do double duty and compete in both the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events.
He ran strong for his first time at Stateline Speedway for the Napa Auto Parts Idaho 200. Now Jonathon Gomez is ready for another new experience-running on a superspeedway in the ARCA Re/Max Series.
Steve David was penalized 150 points in addition to be disqualified for contact with Dave Villwock during Sunday’s heat race, but David went on to score 775 points on the weekend.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series begins its invasion of Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest with this weekend’s stop in Edmonton, AB.
There will be plenty of “double-duty” racing in Montreal, starting with the “usual” kind involving NASCAR national series competition. Kyle Busch and Colin Braun (No. 16 3M Ford) are entered in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night before coming to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Spokane County Raceway hosts drag racing on the quarter-mile and an exciting program on the half-mile oval this Saturday night.
Last season Jac Haudenschild and Jason Meyers were victorious at the track, while it was 20-time series champion Steve Kinser along with three-time and defending series titlist Donny Schatz picking up wins in the series debut at Castrol Raceway in 2007.
Yakima Speedway’s Fall Classic will host the Northwest Pro 4 Alliance as part of its Saturday night line-up.
The boats will be leaving via cargo ship from Jacksonville, Fla. on September 28th. Once the hydroplanes are placed on the ship, the team members will not see the boats until they arrive in Doha on October 28th.
Ron Hornaday continues to lead the championship standings by a healthy margin as the 51-year-old Californian bids for a record fourth title.
With his win on Saturday night Kyle Busch sits just 34 points behind the 12th and final chase spot in the run to the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
Villwock and David struggle on Sunday opening the door for Jeff Bernard to claim the Evansville victory.
Kevin Richards posted the fastest qualifying lap of 13.393 to start the day off with INSSA point’s leader, Dave Garber and Corey Allard, second and third, respectively.
In the final results from Yellowstone Drag Strip and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series 6th Annual Summer Championships it was Shawn Cowie, Delta, B.C., and Sean O’Bannon, Ontario, Calif., taking the wins and the trophies.
Danny Lasoski shattered the existing track record at Dacotah Speedway on Saturday night in his first visit to the track located just outside of Bismarck, North Dakota, touring the high-banked 3/8-mile in 12.705 seconds at 106.257 miles per hour which knocked over two seconds off the mark that was set in the World of Outlaws debut at the track last season by Craig Dollansky.
Winners at ASA Sanctioned Yakima Speedway Saturday night were Kim Wennerberg in the Lone Pine Trucking Northwest Outlaw Street Stocks, Aaron Haley in the Limited Late Model Racing Series, Mel Patnode in the Burger Ranch Sportsman, Ryan Kallenberger in the CWI Security / EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornets and Donnie Stevens in the Bump to Pass division.
Lots of fun all night long at ERP Saturday, but I think Toby Tobash had his fun before racing got started!
Water seepage continued to be a problem on the racing surface Sunday, delaying eliminations for more than four hours
Kyle Busch showed emphatically he is not out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series picture, and Martin strengthened his hold of a spot in NASCAR’s postseason.
Donny Schatz took the lead from Danny Lasoski on the 23rd lap coming off the fourth turn and would pace the field for the remainder of the 35-lap contest to pick up his 12th win of 2009.
Dave Villwock’s fast time was disallowed for a fuel restriction violation which handed the top spot to ABRA Unlimited Hydroplane Series points leader, Steve David.
Whiteley and Sean O’Bannon took the pole positions in Top Alcohol
Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car in NHRA Lucas Oil Division 6 action.
NHRA officials were forced to set the field after two complete qualifying sessions for the weekend when persistent showers moved into the area during Friday’s qualifying and lingered through Saturday’s sessions.
Craig Dollansky started on the pole and was challenged late in the going by his teammate Joey Saldana as the pair encountered heavy lapped traffic over the last five laps of the 30-lap contest.
David Ragan led the final 56 laps of the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at the .533-mile speedway, but Edwards was the big winner, as he trimmed Kyle Busch’s lead in the series standings from 339 to 248 points. Busch was the victim of an early accident and finished 28th, 59 laps down.
Morgan Lucas powered his GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster to a 3.867 second run at 307.37 mph to lead the Top Fuel field. Lucas just came off the second win of his career at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. If the time stands through tomorrow’s qualifying, it will be Lucas’ second consecutive No. 1 qualifying position and third of the season.
Of late, Tony Schumacher and his U.S. Army team have been unable to pocket a lot of rounds. In four out of the last five races, they’ve exited in the quarterfinals.
Although he turned 60 this year and even though he is less than two years removed from the devastating crash that left him hospitalized for almost a month with broken bones in his arms, legs, hands, and feet, John Force has given few indications that his skills have diminished.
The ACDelco driver is a three-time winner at Maple Grove Raceway scoring his second career victory there in 1993, and then again in ‘98 and 2000.
Plenty of racing is still on area racetrack’s schedules but for Sunset Speedway in Airway Heights the season wraps up this month with a fun race weekend set for September.
Going into this race, Steve David holds a slight 249 point lead with his Oh Boy! Oberto U-1 team over Dave Villwock’s U-16 Miss Ellstrom Elam Plus.
Coming in to the weekend, Delta, B.C., racer Shawn Cowie has a substantial lead in the Top Alcohol Dragster points. Cowie has been to five races and scored five wins. He opened the year with out-of-division races in
In three races this season in the state of North Dakota, three different drivers have picked up wins, with three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz winning at River Cities Speedway in his home state, while Jason Meyers was victorious at Red River Valley Speedway and 2001 series title winner Danny Lasoski picked up a win at Nodak Speedway.
Richie Larson fails post race inspection giving NSRA’s Western Speedway victory to Cory Lockwood.
On August 19, the shiver of patriotism and American pride ran up my spine when NASCAR visited the White House or, as President Obama referred to it in his remarks that day, “the American people’s house.”
Using musical notes and words, each member of Saturday’s starting lineup will greet the sellout crowd by introducing themselves, accompanied by a song of their choosing.
With wins in Idaho, Montana and Washington ASA Northwest Late Model Tour points leaders heads to Oregon looking to add another victory to the 2009 campaign.
Donny Schatz heads into Friday night’s event having won the last two World of Outlaws events at the high-banked bullring.
A large field of drivers has pre-registered for the ‘K-DOCK Radio 125. The race is shaping up to pit the best series regular’s vs. North State Challenge Series and Local Big 5 Late Model racers. This event is the largest super late model race in the area in this season.
Kyle Busch took the lead on Lap 124 after a lengthy side-by-side battle with Jason White and was a comfortable 2.721 seconds ahead of runner-up Matt Crafton .
The President of the United States, Barack Obama, welcomed current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson on Wednesday. Here are a few of his remarks regarding Johnson and NASCAR.
Any driver with a 391-point lead over 13th place after the Bristol race ends will clinch a spot in the 10-race championship battle.
Criag Dollansky will see the surface at Deer Creek Speedway for the first time just a few hours before he straps into his car for a full night of racing, and that is where his years of experience on the road with the World of Outlaws will come into play.
One of Brad Keselowski’s (No. 88 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet) favorite words is “lurking.” That’s how he described his dash for the win at his home track, Michigan International Speedway that came last weekend.
A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22.
Ron Hornaday goes for a sixth straight win Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. A victory in the O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline would give the 51-year-old Californian second alone in national win streaks.
Dave Villwock looks to add to his impressive 2009 season with a win in the ABRA’s next stop on the Unlimited Hydroplane circuit which comes this weekend in Indiana.
Brian Vickers pressured Jimmie Johnson over the closing laps, and Johnson, who led 165 of 200 laps, ran out of fuel less than five miles short of the finish for the second time this year at the 2-mile speedway.
With the victory, which came in just his 14th series start, Paulie Harraka delivered his registered car owner Mike Curb a win in the series.
Tony Pedregon grabbed his third victory of the season in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car division with Morgan Lucas, Greg Anderson and Hactor Arana also winning in Sunday’s final round action.
Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, won his fourth consecutive Knoxville Nationals on Sunday night.
Three-time Montana 200 champion, Gary Lewis, returned to Big Sky country and picked up his first career win on the ARCA West Mac’s Series.
The regular season is closing in on Yakima Speedway’s 2009 season but last Saturday’s racing was some of the best all year.
Morgan Lucas jumped to the spot in NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel qualifying and will face 77-year old Chris Karamesines in Sunday’s opening round.
With Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers battling on the bottom of the track, Brad Keselowski took advantage of the outside line to pass both drivers on the final lap at Michigan International Speedway
Cory McClenathan posted the top speed in first round NHRA Full Thottle Top Fuel qualifying action at the NHRA Nationals being held in Brainerd, Minn.
Brian Vickers nabbed his sixth pole award of 2009 and will lead the 43-car field to the green flag on Sunday.
The traveling super late model stock car series heads to Roseburg, Oregon on Saturday August 22. The chase continues on Labor Day weekend with a two day event Saturday and Sunday September 5 & 6 in Yakima, Washington. The season finale will be on Saturday September 12th in E. Wenatchee, Washington.
Speculation has been running rampant on whether Gordon would race at Michigan on August 16, and whether Hendrick Motorsports would have a standby driver ready to take the wheel at NASCAR’s pinball machine, Bristol Motor Speedway, on August 22.
Joe Doellefeld had the idea for the race. The series is grateful for his efforts to honor Braton, including displaying the No. 93 that Braton drove on the center stage at Stateline Speedway.
Skagit Speedway will ensure the ultimate fun for “Jon & Kate Plus 8 Night” families by banning all paparazzi and tabloid reporters from the facility for the evening.
Ashley Force Hood, the only Ford driver to have yet earned a starting spot in the NHRA’s Countdown to One, plans to do double duty at BIR this weekend.
Weather does not shut down all of Wednesday Night Fever racing at Stateline Speedway.
With three straight victories in the Montana 200, Gary Lewis returns to Montana Raceway Park looking to grabs his first career ARCA West Mac’s Series victory and a Best of the West Showdown win over two days of racing action.
Illinois native readies for showdown with Northwest’s best late model drivers at Montana Raceway Park.
Returning to Michigan International Speedway, Mark Martin (No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet) is going for back-to-back wins and what would be his fifth trip to Victory Lane at the track he calls “comfortable.”
The Gold Rush tour will encompass 12 nights of racing at eight different tracks in five states and one Canadian province over a 25-day period with over $150,000 on the line to win those events from a total purse of well over a half a million dollars for the 12 races.
Ron Capps heads to this week’s NHRA stop looking to regain the top spot in the chase for the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car points standings.
Competing on a tight budget, Wes Banks had initially considered skipping the race in Colorado. But with a shot at moving into the top 10 of the championship standings, he has opted to make the trip.
This weekend, Ryan Newman returns to a track filled with fond memories. It was at Michigan International Speedway – when he was just 23 years old – that Newman nabbed his first NASCAR national series victory in 2001.
The region’s best super late model teams head to Montana Raceway Park for its Bill Clark Can-Am Memorial Showdown featuring the ARCA West Mac’s Series and drivers from the United States including Gary Lewis, David Garber, Erick Hargraves, Shelby Thompson and many more.
The one thing missing from the Wright, Minn. native’s high performance resume is a Pro Stock victory at his home track, Brainerd International Raceway.
A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 16.
Tom DeLoach was able to bring aboard Timothy Peters to drive the No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota in mid-June.
The victory was Tony Stewart’s fifth at Watkins Glen International, his third of the season and the 36th of his Cup career.
Jeg Coughlin and most of the staff at Victor Cagnazzi Racing recently took the short trip from their Mooresville, N.C.-based race shop to fine-tune their set-up at zMax Dragway in nearby
Donny Schatz extended his lead in the World of Outlaws championship standings to 55 markers over Jason Meyers as he chases his fourth consecutive series title.
Twenty three degrees cooler at ERP Saturday night than it was the week before made for yet another great evening of stock car racing!
A thunderstorm hit the track about 11 a.m. Pacific on Sunday when drivers were about to start their engines.
For Joey Saldana the win on Saturday night at I-55 Raceway in the inaugural Ironman 55 was the 52nd of his World of Outlaws career, moving him to ninth on the all-time list one ahead current fellow driver Jac Haudenschild.
Several first time winner’s at Yakima Speedway on Saturday night and Mike Wiley picked up the win in the Northwest Pro 4 Truck Series main event.
Matt Hein continued his winning ways with a victory at Ephrata Raceway Park
Spokane’s David Garber picked up the first ever main event victory in the Red Bull/Triple W Equipment Flathead Valley 75 behind the wheel of the Osborne Racing Enterprises Pontiac.
Marcos Ambrose made a bold move into the chicane around Kyle Busch in what proved to be the winning pass, as the driver of the No. 47 Toyota held the lead the for the final 19 laps, winning the event for the second straight year.
Andrew Ranger, out of Roxton Pond, Que., made a daring move on Lap 155 by diving to the inside in Turn 2 and picked up three positions on the track just prior to completing a pass of Don Thomson Jr. for the race lead.
Jimmie Johnson picked up his 20th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole award in his 277th start on the circuit.
Kurt Busch began his racing career in go-karts before moving on to Legends cars, the NASCAR Auto Zone Elite Division, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Craig Dollansky led the race early before Donny Schatz got around him on the 16th lap to take the point in lapped traffic. On the 25th lap, Dollansky went high off of turn four and nearly took the lead as the front pair charged down the front straightaway. He then took the top spot in turns one and two on the very next lap, with Jason Sides closing in as well and the trio running side-by-side.
Seth Sands checks in with an update to this weekend’s racing action at Skagit Speedway.
Unlimited Hydroplane racing returns to International venues with the signing of historic agreement.
Driver Brandon Bernstein, a two-time winner in Brainerd, is hoping to earn a third victory at this track and take home his 18th career Wally next weekend when the NHRA Full Throttle Series returns to action after a brief summer break.
In a class that features high school- and college-aged drivers including Blake Williams, Cam Kellogg, Corey Husk and Chris Kellogg – plus drivers as old as the elder statesman of Inland Empire racing, Bruce Garber – it’s Justin Lovitt who may have the most unique approach to his Wednesday Night Fever drive.
Ron Hornaday’s win last weekend marked his 45th in the series yet his first in five starts at Nashville. He said he wanted that Sam Bass-designed Gibson guitar and he got it.
History will be made this weekend as the World of Outlaws head to the track located just outside of St. Louis for the inaugural Ironman 55 on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, with $20,000 awaiting the winner of the 55 lap finale.
Mark Dilley (No. 9 Dodge/Leland Industries Dodge) has unparalleled passion for racing, which just might explain why he made it his profession. Dilley joined forces last year with Linda Jones to form Wide Open Motorsport Solutions, a company with a primary purpose of procurement and promotion of drivers and sponsors.
Last season Jason Meyers and Craig Dollansky waged a thrilling battle at I-55 with Meyers coming out on top, while Dollansky staged a last lap charge off the fourth turn to come up just a few inches short of picking up the win.
To find the most successful drivers at The Glen, look no farther than two of the top three drivers in the series standings. Tony Stewart (No. 14 Old Spice Chevrolet) and Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet) share the lead in victories at the circuit with four apiece.
These fast and furious four-cylinder late models will converge on the Post Falls speed plant from five states, led by the top names in the sport like two-time Alliance Champion Kameron McKeehan.
Unfortunately for Carl Edwards, Watkins Glen is by far his worst road course. In four NASCAR Nationwide Series races there, his best finish was 11th in 2005, and he has an average finish of 23.8.
A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 9.
Denny Hamlin charged to the front from the sixth position with 13th laps left in Monday’s rain-postponed race and ended a 50-race winless streak in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
The NSRA was a loud and fast 50 lapper with Jeff Montgomery leading most of the race, which was crazy with 22 cars in the way! Matt Hein used all that traffic to his advantage and led the last few laps to victory.
Gary Lewis arrived Saturday afternoon, made some practice runs, then put the car in the trailer to save the equipment for one golden hour of practice Sunday morning.
Patrick Long won the 41-lap event on the massive 14-turn road course by more than five seconds over series rookie Paulie Harraka, who started the race last and ended up with a career-best finish.
For Donny Schatz, it was his 11th A-Feature win of the season aboard the Armor All J&J and the 99th of his World of Outlaws career.
Steve David, driving the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto stayed in position to challenge for more than two laps, but hit what he described as a “huge roller” in the North turn of the third lap.
Craig Bell worked from his 10th starting position to the lead by lap 66 then held off a hard charging Zan Sharp for the win on the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series at Stateline Speedway.
The Rolling Thunder Big Rigs with their 18-sec. laps times in semi-truck racing trim thrilled the capacity crowd at Montana Raceway Park’s 5th Annual August Revolution.
Ron Hornaday Jr. moved higher into the NASCAR record book alongside some famous company Saturday in the Toyota Tundra 200, becoming the third driver to win five straight races in a national series and the first in 38 years.
Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with eight laps remaining to win Saturday’s inaugural Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway.
Zan Sharp got the Idaho 200 underway at Stateline Speedway with a thrilling victory over David Garber, Jonathan Gomez and Andy Brown in the 100-lap “Duel for the 200” on the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association.