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Keeping Pace

Archive for July 2009

Steckly Overcomes Adversity To Win NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Event

It was a historic night as Auto Clearing Motor Speedway hosted the first NASCAR-sanctioned event in the province of Saskatchewan as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series made its debut at the .333-mile oval.

Lewis puts major focus on Idaho 200 defense

Defending Idaho 200 champion, Gary Lewis, has won two straight 200’s at Stateline Speedway, three consecutive Montana 200’s and is looking do add a third Idaho crown this weekend in the 10th Annual running of the quarter-mile facilities premier event.

Plenty of racing across the Inland Northwest for fans to see

While Stateline Speedway is in the midst of hosting its 10th Annual Idaho 200 weekend there is still plenty more options available to race fans from drag racing to motorcycles and Legends cars. Check out what’s on tap this weekend.

Fenton brings INSSA points lead to INSSA portion of Idaho 200 weekend

Jeff Fenton will have his work cut out for him on Friday night as the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association points leader will be out to stay ahead of second-place running David Garber and will have to contend with several new drivers trying to grab a top-6 finishing position and a spot in Sunday’s Idaho 200 at Stateline Speedway.

Bell Eager to Get Back On-Track at Idaho 200 Weekend

Minegar Racing’s two-car effort will be out in force this weekend at the Idaho 200 in search of win’s in the 100-lap Carbon X Rocky Mountain Challenge Series and the Idaho 200. One half of the team, Craig Bell, is hoping to turn around a tough season with a good run at Stateline Speedway.

On a Mission: Jason Sides Wins Finale of Six Nations Showdown at Ohsweken

Jason Sides won his second career main event at Ohsweken Speedway, as he was also victorious in 2007 when the World of Outlaws made their debut at the 3/8-mile located in Ontario, Canada.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes - Nashville

At age 51, Ron Hornaday’s fifth win of 2009 ties him with Harry Gant and Joe Ruttman for the most wins in the same season by a driver over the age of 50.

Superior Racing ABRA Hydroplane Team Adds A Partner For SeaFair And Beyond

A familar name in Unlimited Hydroplane racing returns to the SeaFair pits this weekend to help guide the U-25 team driven by Dr. Ken Muscatel.

CLOSE FINISHES AND FUN AT STATELINE SPEEDWAY’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT FEVER

Stateline Speedway kicked off its 10th Annual Idaho 200 week with some great Wednesday Night Fever action at the Post Falls quarter-mile.

NCATS Recap: Ranger Gets It Done In Edmonton

Andrew Ranger, 22, led the race the entire way, but had to hold off a hard-charging JR Fitzpatrick in a three-lap sprint to the finish after a late caution flag.

LEWIS LOOKS TO CLOSE OUT SUMMER WITH THIRD IDAHO 200 VICTORY

As a two-time and defending Idaho 200 champion, Gary Lewis knows that he will have his work cut out for a third straight victory come this Sunday’s main event.

Mustang Extends Racing Presence — Enters NASCAR For The First Time In 2010 Nationwide Series

The 2010 Ford Mustang will join the 2010 Fusion (Sprint Cup) and the 2009 Ford F-Series (Camping World Truck Series) as Ford’s competitive entries in NASCAR’s three major professional series.

Redemption for Meyers at Ohsweken: Wins Opener of Six Nations Showdown

Jason Meyers took the lead on a restart from Jason Sides in turn three on the 10th lap and would pace the field for the remainder of the 30-lap contest to score his fifth A-Feature win of the season.

Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Returns to Marquee Event in North Idaho

John Dillon leads the chase for the 2009 RMCS championship with Jeff Jefferson nipping at his heels but it’s Thane Alderman that will be looking for a repeat performance on Saturday night.

NASCAR Nationwide Series News And Notes - Iowa

Race fans in Iowa are expected to turn out in record numbers on Saturday when the NASCAR Nationwide Series runs its debut race at Iowa Speedway.

Harding declared winner of ASA Northwest Late Model Tour event at Evergreen Speedway

After apparent race winner, Jason Fraser, was disqualified for a rules violation series officials moved Pete Harding to the top spot in the 100-lap event held at Evergreen Speedway.

NASCAR Camping World Series West News & Notes - Miller Motorsports Park

Jim Inglebright brings momentum with him, after winning the most recent NASCAR Camping World Series West race – which was at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway on July 19 as he heads to Miller Motorsports park in Utah this weekend.

Unlimited Hydroplane Shops Buzzing

What the North Carolina area is to stock cars the greater Seattle region is for Unlimited Hydroplane racing-home to the majority of races teams and a stop on the seasonal schedule. After a swing to the Midwest that wrapped up last weekend in the Tri-Cities many teams are busy preparing for the ‘home’ race this weekend-Seafair.

Week 21: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 – And Beyond

A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 2.

World of Outlaws Preview: Ohsweken Speedway

Jason Sides will defend his win at Ohsweken Speedway in 2007 this week as the series returns to the always racy 3/8-mile owned by Glenn Styres.

Spokane County Raceway Inaugural Nitro Nationals Set For This Weekend

This event is slated to be one of the largest events of the season at Spokane County Raceway, with racing action including Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars, Pro Mods, A/Fuel Dragsters, Nostalgia Alcohol Funny Cars and Jet Cars.

NSCS Recap: Johnson Wins Third Race At The Brickyard

Jimmie Johnson ran behind race leader Juan Pablo Montoya and Mark Martin until Montoya received a pass-through speeding penalty during a late race pit stop.

BROWN SWEEPS THE WESTERN SWING AT FRAM-AUTOLITE NHRA NATIONALS

Antron Brown, Tim Wilkerson, Jason Line and Andrew Hines were winners in their categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event in Sonoma, Calif.

 

Oh Boy! Steve David

For Steve David and the Oberto team, it was a near perfect weekend.  He won all four of his heats, with the only glitch coming in the form of a 150 point penalty in heat 1-A on Saturday for a lane infraction.

Dollansky Dominates Lebanon Valley: Picks up First Win with Kasey Kahne Racing

For Craig Dollansky, it was the 29th A-Feature win of his career with the World of Outlaws and the first triumph of his career in the state of New York. He has now won A-Feature events in 18 different states with the series.

OWEN RIDDLE WINS HARD FOUGHT LATE MODEL MAIN AT YAKIMA SPEEDWAY

Shane Mitchell debuted his new late model race car at Yakima Speedway on Saturday night but it was division points leader Owen Riddle that hand the hot hand en route to the main event victory.

Rain doesn’t dampen mood at Ephrata Raceway Park

A little rain didn’t bother the crowd gathered for Saturday’s program at Ephrata Raceway Park. Spanaway’s Mike  Press picked up the Northwest Outlaw Street Stock Series main event victory.

Bird picks up Northwest Modified win at Stateline Speedway

Jeff Bird made the most of his second 2009 start on the Northwest Modified series with a win Saturday night at Stateline Speedway.

Steve David And JM Kelly Win Columbia Cup Prelims

Steve David J. Michael Kelly picked up wins in the Saturday portion of the ABRA Columbia Cup Unlimited Hydroplane action in Kennewick.

Edwards Muscles Past Busch For NASCAR Nationwide Win

Kyle Busch led coming to the green flag on Lap 174, but Carl Edwards battled him hard and finally made the pass for the lead on Lap 179.

ANDERSON CLINCHES COUNTDOWN TO 1 SPOT IN PRO STOCK WITH TOP QUALIFYING EFFORT

With the qualifying effort Greg Anderson became the fourth driver in his category to secure a position in the Countdown to 1, NHRA’s playoffs. It was his fourth No. 1 of the season, 73rd of his career and his sixth at Infineon Raceway.

SMYTH TAKES HOME INSTY-PRINTS COMPACT 50 AT MONTANA RACEWAY PARK

Jeff Smyth made the most of his shot to drive Bill Mitchell’s Ford Mustang in the Insty-Prints Compact 50 at Montana Raceway Park. The impending late model driver held off astrong field for the main event victory in the 50-lap event.

Martin Grabs Indy Pole For The Brickyard 400

This is Mark Martin’s 45th pole in 742 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Martin moves into a tie for 10th with Buck Baker on the all-time poles list.

Drivers look ahead-Busch says there’s no beef with Johnson

Kurt Busch said he hadn’t had a chance before Friday to respond to a text message from Johnson offering to talk after a late-race clash between the two NASCAR stars sent Busch to a 17th-place finish at Chicago and left him fuming.

Hornaday Wins Record Fourth Consecutive Race

Ron Hornaday used the preferred outside lane and held off repeated inside moves by Mike Skinner to win his 44th NASCAR Camping World Truck race.

Two in a Row for Hodnett with the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway: Wins Opener of the Summer Nationals

It was the ninth win of Greg Hodnett’s career with the World of Outlaws and was worth $8,000. It was his third career victory with the series at Williams Grove and his third win of the 2009 campaign at the track.

Wham made noise with superior engines

Earl Wham is an icon in motorsports that few in the area have surpassed. From hyrdoplanes to auto racing Wham has done and seen it all over the course of an impressive career.

Wednesday night creates fevered pitch of racing at Stateline Speedway

Stateline Speedway rolls on with another strong field of cars for its Wednesday Night Fever program at the Post Falls facility.

Party Like It’s 2009 – And Indy Week

NASCAR fans are a rare breed. We like to wrap our arms around the past and hold it close. Some folks still haven’t accepted the fact that Richard Petty isn’t racing anymore, or that Toyotas are successfully competing in all three of NASCAR’s top series.

LEWIS RETURNS HOME LOOKING FOR THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY

Gary Lewis picked up the Montana 200 win in the wee hours of Sunday morning then turned for home less then six hours later; not much time for celebrating or getting a car ready for Monroe’s “big track.”

World of Outlaws Preview: Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway

Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, has won the Summer Nationals in each of the last two seasons and has won the event four times in his career.

Schumacher eyes big finish to Western Swing

Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher will be looking to take an extra step this weekend in the FRAM-Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway. The Sonoma race marks the final stop on the NHRA’s infamous three-race Western Swing which began in Denver two weeks ago.

Coughlin looking to reestablish dominance

Entering this weekend’s 22nd annual Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals at beautiful Infineon Raceway, Jeg Coughlin will be feeling the heat from red-hot rival Mike Edwards, the only driver left with a legitimate chance of taking the top position from him before the Countdown to 1 playoffs start four races from now.

NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car points leader Capps returns ‘home’ this weekend

Ron Capps and the NAPA team will continue to try to achieve their goal of winning every round. It they accomplish it, it will help them hold onto the points lead through the next four races leading up to the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, after which the Countdown to 1 playoffs begin for the final six races.

KRAWIEC ON A ROLL IN PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE AS FULL THROTTLE SERIES HEADS TO INFINEON RACEWAY

Eddie Krawiec, the former dragstrip manager at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. turned hotshot Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, emerged from deep in the top 10 last season in the Countdown to 1 to win the Full Throttle Series season crown.

Indiana-Connected Stewart, Gordon Out Front Heading To Indianapolis

Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon appear primed for another championship run. And as NASCAR Sprint Cup teams prepare for Sunday’s Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, both return to a special place.

NASCAR Nationwide Series News And Notes - O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis

Kyle Busch (No. 18 NOS Toyota) widened his lead to 212 points over second-place Carl Edwards (No. 60 Vitamin Water Ford) with his win at Gateway International Raceway last Saturday.

Rain Postpones the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30’s to Wednesday

Rain has forced the postponement of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30’s originally scheduled for tonight (Tuesday, July 21) to Wednesday, July 22.

ABRA Teams Ready For Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup

Unlimited Hydroplane racing returns to its Pacific Northwest roots with the first of two stops on the 2009 schedule. This weekend’s Columbia Cup event continues a rich tradition of hydroplane racing on the banks of the river known for tremendous deck to deck action and amazing finishes.

BROWN DEF. SCHUMACHER IN A CLASSIC NHRA FINAL ROUND

Classic NHRA drag racing thrills Pacific Northwest fans at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.

NCATS Recap: Ranger Wins A&W 300

Andrew Ranger displayed a dominant car at times at Sun Valley Speedway in Vernon, B.C. located just across the Canadian border from Wenatchee, Wash. Ranger opened up a lead of nearly 10 seconds at one point. However, with the late restart, he beat Steckly to the line by .561 seconds.

NCWS West Recap: Inglebright Victorious in Portland

The NASCAR Camping World West Series returned to Portland International Raceway in many years with Jim Inglebright taking the victory in the BI-MART Salute to the Troops 125 on Sunday.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News & Notes Heading To The Brickyard

Two races ago, after the night race at Daytona International Speedway, ninth-place Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford) was a comfortable 114 points ahead of 13th-place Mark Martin (No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet). Pretty safe, right? Wrong.

World of Outlaws Preview: Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30’s

The biggest one-day event on the World of Outlaws schedule is going to be even bigger this season, as the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania will be Twin-30 laps features on Tuesday, July 21 with the winner of each segment earning $15,000.

ASA Northwest Late Model Tour Heads To Evergreeen Speedway Looking To Stop Lewis

Gary Lewis sits in second place in the chase for the 2009 ASA Northwest Late Model Tour championship, just six points behind leader Brent Harris. The 38-year old Snohomish, Wash. driver has momentum heading to Evergreen Speedway this weekend after winning his thrd straight Montana 200 and just two weeks earlier grabbed a win at Pacific Raceway’s road course.

Vintage Modifieds Thrill Ephrata Raceway Park fans

Vintage Modified’s are a rare treat at any racetrack with their throwback look racecars and last weekend’s Ephrata Raceway Park got the chance to take in the traveling series show.

MORE TRACK RECORDS FALL AT YAKIMA SPEEDWAY

Track qualifying records and mid-season championships were awarded at the Central Washington half-mile.

Kyle Busch Grabs First Win At Gateway

In a 19-lap green-flag run to the finish, Kyle Busch held off Reed Sorenson to win the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at the 1.25-mile racetrack. The victory was Busch’s 27th in the series, tying him with Jeff Burton for fourth place on the career win list.

Hornaday Wins Third Race in a Row

Ron Hornaday was sixth for the Lap 127 restart in the 150-lap race on the 1.5-mile track. Crew chief Rick Ren made chassis and air pressure adjustments to the tires on the final two stops to give Hornaday a faster truck.

LEWIS MAKES IT THREE STRAIGHT COORS LIGHT MONTANA 200 WITH A THRILLING VICTORY

Gary Lewis roared to his third straight Montana 200 setting up the potential for the trifecta should he prevail in the Idaho 200 coming on August 2.

TONY PEDREGON EARNS PROVISIONAL NO. 1 IN FUNNY CAR DURING DIFFICULT SESSION IN HOT CONDITIONS

Tony Pedregon ran in the final pair of the second qualifying session with Bob Tasca (4.228, 282.48) and each got down the track they qualified 1-2 but they were among the only Funny Cars to do so on what proved to be a difficult track to solve for most of the Funny Car crew chiefs.

What a Night: McCarl Wins Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora

For Terry McCarl, it was his second World of Outlaws win of the season and the ninth of his career with the series. He started on the pole and dominated the 30-lap contest, holding a three second lead at one point in the race.

19TH ANNUAL COORS LIGHT MONTANA 200 FRIDAY NIGHT SHOW THRILLS FANS

Mark Owens and the No. 44 Budweiser Chevrolet stormed to the top of the speed charts with a 13.016-second lap with Gary Lewis in the SEFNCO Communications fell back to second by just .163-seconds.

Late-model big purse events arrive

Gary Lewis made history in 2008 as he became the only driver to sweep the Idaho and Montana 200’s two straight years.

World of Outlaws Fast Talkers: Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30’s

The “Month of Money” continues for the World of Outlaws on Tuesday, July 21 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania with the annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, which will be a special Twin-30 lap event this season, with the victor of each segment taking home $15,000.

LEWIS EAGER FOR CHANCE AT THIRD STRAIGHT COORS LIGHT MONTANA 200

Gary Lewis begins his quest for three straight Idaho and Montana 200 titles this weekend with the running of the 19th Annual Coors Light Montana 200.

LESSOR READY TO DEFEND HOME TURF IN 19th ANNUAL COORS LIGHT MONTANA 200

Montana Raceway Park late model points leader, Alex Lessor, awaits with nervous engery the arrival of the region’s best drivers out to take a shot at the Coors Light Montana 200 powered by Kalispell Toyota. Lessor hopes when the smoke clears he’s the won left holding the big prize.

NASCAR Nationwide Series News And Notes - Gateway

NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings leader Kyle Busch (No. 18 New Balance Toyota) has a seemingly comfortable 192-point advantage heading into this crucial stretch that also includes the July 25 race at O’Reilly Raceway Park and Iowa Speedway’s inaugural series event on Aug. 1.

Bernstein looking for third consecutive final round appearance in Seattle

Brandon Bernstein has made final round appearances in Seattle three out of the five years he’s been at the wheel of the popular Budweiser dragster owned by his father, Kenny.  Brandon won the event in 2005 and scored two consecutive runner-up finishes in ’07 and ’08.  He was also the No. 1 qualifier in ’06.

NASCAR Camping World Series West News & Notes - Portland

As the series heads to Portland (Ore.) International Raceway this week for the Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125 on Sunday, July 19, some of the series veterans may be looking to Oregon’s Jim Warn for advice on how to get around the 1.98-mile road course that the series last visited in 1986.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes – Kentucky

Randy Moss Motorsports put the pieces together to head to the 2009 season opener in Daytona with veteran Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota) and Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Tayler Malsam (No. 81 One-Eighty Toyota) as their drivers. After the season’s first 11 races, the team has accomplished a lot in very little time.

World of Outlaws Preview: Ohio Logistics 21st Annual Brad Doty Classic

Jason Meyers is the defending winner of the race, picking up a thrilling victory last season, passing 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser coming off the fourth turn on the very last lap.

OVER 30 DRIVERS PRE-ENTERED FOR 19TH ANNUAL COORS LIGHT MONTANA 200

The 19th running of the prestigous Montana 200 gets underway on Thursday and several Inland Empire drivers including David Garber, Shelby Thompson, Kevin Richards and Braeden Havens have already pre-entered the event.

Week 20: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 – And Beyond

A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26.

Ephrata Raceway Park Crowns Mid-Season Champions

Mike Fought picked up one of two main events for the Winged 360 Sprint Cars with Bart Hector sweeping the Pepsi Cola Street Stocks with several other classes also in action.

Busch angry at Johnson over contact on track

Kurt Busch was fuming with Johnson after two of NASCAR’s top stars got into some late-race bumping Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway

NCATS Recap: Steckly Claims Tide 250 Victory

Defending NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 champion Scott Steckly isn’t quite ready to surrender his crown. Steckly, out of Milverton, Ont., led 43 of the final 44 laps, but still had to withstand a challenge from DJ Kennington on a restart with six laps to go. Steckly was able to hold on and beat Kennington to the line by .319 seconds.

Johnson, rain victorious at Woodburn Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division 32nd Annual  Les Schwab Challenge event at Woodburn Dragstrip was called prematurely due to rain. Some racing was completed prior to Sunday’s downpour.

CAPPS, BROWN, A. JOHNSON AND KRAWIEC EARN VICTORIES AT MOPAR MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS AT BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY

Ron Capps, Antron Brown, Allen Johnson and Eddie Krawiec picked up wins in Sunday’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

VILLWOCK WINS DETROIT UNLIMITED HYDROPLANE GOLD CUP

Dave Villwock picked up career victory number 58 behind the wheel of the U16 Miss Elam with defending ABRA Unlimited Hydroplane champion, Steve David, chasing throughout the afternoon’s final heat only to fall short at the checkered flag.

Swift and Iverson Roll To Victories At Stateline Speedway

Billy Swift continues to show the hot hand in the Stateline Speedway Hobby Stock division as the classes points leader netted another main event victory en route to a strangle hold atop the points standings.

GARBER PICKS UP FIRST CAREER ICAR LATE MODEL SERIES WIN

Dan Garber ran only his third ICAR Late Model Series event in his stellar career, and first in over two years in a thrilling night of racing at Stateline Speedway.

Lucas Oil Series Completes Woodburn, Ore. Qualifying Runs

In the final rounds of qualifying at Woodburn Dragstrip, Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Joey Severance of Spanaway, Wash., and Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., claimed the No. 1 qualifying positions in their classes.

Martin wins Chicagoland Speedway shootout

Pulling away after a double-file restart with two laps left in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, Mark Martin won his series-best fourth race of the season and the 39th of his career.

Steve David & Dave Villwock Win Gold Cup Prelims

Defending champions Steve David and the ageless Dave Villwock picked up Heat Race wins on Saturday during the Detroit Gold Cup. The final round is set for Sunday afternoon.

CAPPS, BROWN, EDWARDS AND ARANA EARN NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITIONS AT MOPAR MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS

Ron Capps took the top NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car qualifying position with a powerful run of 4.121 seconds at 297.22 mph in his NAPA Dodge Charger, which just edged out Tony Pedregon’s best of 4.135 in his Q-Horsepower Chevy Impala.

BIG NIGHT FOR YOUNKER AND PATNODE AT YAKIMA SPEEDWAY

Jay Younker won his third straight H&H Furniture Pure Stock Main Event. Mel Patnode snapped the five race winning streak of Randy Marshall, Jr. in the Burger Ranch Sportsman. Kyler Conduff extended his point lead with a win in the Yakima Driving School Youth Hornets and Owen Riddle won the Late Model Main Event.

Villwock Edges David for Top Qualifier

Madison Regatta winner, Dave Villwock, put the U-1 Miss Elam atop the qualifying ladder for the 100th running of the Chrysler Jeep Superstores Detroit APBA Gold Cup.

Joey Logano Wins First His Chicagoland Speedway Race — And Breaks A Record, Too

Joey Logano, who led a race-high 96 laps, stayed out on old tires during the second and final caution of the race — called on Lap 185 because of  debris — as did Jason Leffler. After the restart on Lap 192, Logano pulled away from teammate Kyle Busch, who took two tires under the caution.

MCCLENATHAN, PEDREGON, JOHNSON AND TREBLE LEAD QUALIFYING AT DENVER’S MOPAR MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS

Cory McClenathan posted a performance of 3.882 seconds at 317.05 mph in his FRAM Tough Guard dragster to lead the Top Fuel category, finally bringing to a close a long first day of qualifying prolonged by several rain delays.

World of Outlaws Preview: Cedar Lake Speedway

Steve Kinser, the 20-time series champion, was victorious in the series debut at Cedar Lake Speedway in 1983 and has five career triumphs at the track to lead all active drivers, along with finishing in the Top-10 in all but one of his 25 starts at Cedar Lake.

Spokane County Raceway motors on despite rumors

Spokane County Raceway’s oval track manager, Larry Bertrand, took a vacation last week, only to return and face a firestorm of rumors he’d been dismissed and the oval was facing closure.

Plenty of motorsports to check out this weekend

Tracks throughout the Inland Empire will be in action over the course of the weekend. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on tap.

Shelby Thompson to appear at Valley Bowl on Saturday

Shelby Thompson, who ran third in last year’s Montana 200 after leading the majority of the first-half of the race, will be at Valley Bowl on Saturday as part of a unique fan interaction complete with autographed auction items from Thompson and fellow Mead native, Adam Morrison.

Vickers bulls his way to fifth pole of 2009 season on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event

Red Bull Toyota driver, Brian Vickers, picked up his fifth pole award of the 2009 season on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, this time at Chicagoland Speedway for the LifeLock.com 400.

The Price of Fame

The entertainment media would largely be plunged into bankruptcy if we didn’t have an avid interest in our icons, heroes and yes, even our villains. Read our guest columnist Cathy Elliott’s take on this impacts NASCAR.

ICAR Late Model Series Heads To Stateline

The ICAR Late Model Series heads to Stateline Speedway for its third race of the 2009. Series officials have released the format for this weekend’s event.

Busch down in dumps

Kyle Busch claimed Stewart “dumped him,” or caused him to wreck, and questioned if drivers should be allowed to win if they cause an accident that lets them take the lead.

Coughlin says Denver’s six-second barrier could fall

Bandimere Speedway, the site of the upcoming 30th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, has seen countless Pro Stock runs down its quarter-mile strip. But none to date have been accomplished in less than seven seconds in competition.

MONTANA 200 TO BE WEBCAST LIVE OVER INTERNET

The Montana 200 broadcast team includes Paul Bartholomew from Motor Racing Network (MRN) and the voice of NASCAR’s Sprint Vision at each Cup race weekend, along with The Spokesman-Review newspaper’s motorsports columnist, Doug Pace, as they provide play-by play with Montana Raceway Park’s Reed Tobol working pit road

Skagit Drivers take aim at Mid Season Championships

Four divisions of the series will race including the 410, 360, and Sportsman Sprints along with the Outlaw Hornet four cylinder cars.

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Invades State of Oregon

Shawn Cowie is leading the Top Alcohol Dragster points handily after scoring five wins in as many races.  The Delta, B.C., resident started the season with wins at out-of-division races in Chandler, Ariz., and Las Vegas then went on to win the three Northwest division races he’s attended.

Stateline Speedway’s Mid-Week Program Puts On Great Show

The racing was close in all five divisions with lap lead changes and down to the line racing. The crowd was on its feet several times as the laps wound down to watch the finish.

World of Outlaws Preview: Charter Raceway Park

The World of Outlaws first competed at Charter Raceway Park in 1996 and have raced at the track every year since 2002. Five drivers currently competing full-time with the World of Outlaws have won at the high-banked 1/3-mile.

ASA/NSRA confirms the July 18 scheduled event at Spokane County Raceway

ASA/NSRA has been assured by SCR management that contractual agreements between ASA/NSRA and SCR will be honored and the event on July 18th will be held as scheduled.

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series News & Notes - St. Eustache

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series runs in the Eastern portion of the country this weekend before heading West with next Saturday’s race at Sun Valley Speedway in Vernon, B.C. This week’s race and Sun Valley will feature some big names in auto racing taking part in the series.

Full Throttle Funny Car points leader aims high

Ashley Force Hood rolls into Bandimere Speedway this week as the Funny Car favorite in the 30th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals.

Ephrata Raceway Park gearing up for Mid-Season Championships

The North Central Washington quarter-mile track heads towards the halfway point of the 2009 season with this weekend’s action.

Evans and Jefferson Split RMCS Wins in Doubleheader

Garrett Evans scored the victory at Magic Valley Speedway on July 3rd while Jeff Jefferson dominated the action at Meridian Speedway July 4th.

Dixon riding streak of three wins in four races into Denver

Larry Dixon is second in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel points standings; he is 53 points out of first place. Dixon has advanced to at least the semifinals in seven of the 12 races this season, including the last four.

World of Outlaws Preview: 34 Raceway

Brian Ellenberger, who is contending for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season, will make his first trip to 34 Raceway this week. The native of Butler, Pennsylvania has made a number of starts in the state of Iowa in his career, with the majority of those coming at the famed Knoxville Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News & Notes - Chicago

Despite a 15th-place finish last Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, Enumclaw, Wash. native, Kasey Kahne, will head to Chicagoland Speedway inside the top 12, which makes him Chase eligible.

MONTANA 200 BROADCAST MOVES TO BEE BROADCASTING’S FM STATION

Originally set for AM radio broadcasting, the overwhelming support of race fans and the community to have the race on the strongest station available made the decision to change to the FM dial easier, according to officials.

NHRA’S GRUELING THREE-RACE WESTERN SWING

Jeg Coughlin, Mike Edwards and Jason Line have been the major headliners in Pro Stock competition this season, while the Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines tandem of Eddie Krawiec, who has advanced to five consecutive final rounds, and recent winner Andrew Hines, are atop the Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series At a Glance: 34 Raceway, Charter Raceway Park & Cedar Lake Speedway

The World of Outlaws have a busy week ahead with three races in five days beginning on Wednesday, July 8 at 34 Raceway in Iowa, followed by a visit to Charter Raceway Park in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 11 and wrapping up with a stop at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 12.

NASCAR Nationwide Series News And Notes - Chicagoland Speedway

With so many series firsts at the Joliet, Ill. track, who and what are next? Will a driver register his initial Chicagoland victory, or will someone win their first career NASCAR Nationwide race there?

Hydroplanes Ready For Detroit River, 100th Running Of Gold Cup

The Gold Cup is the oldest active motorsport’s trophy in the world. The APBA Gold Cup is to power boat racing what the Super Bowl is to football, what the World Series is to baseball and what the Indianapolis 500 is to automobile racing.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Reaches Midpoint

Tony Stewart’s surprising success highlights a season filled with compelling storylines. Competition is strong and balanced, as illustrated by the 11 different race winners this season.

Villwock Wins Unlimited Hydroplane Event In Madison

Dave Villwock (Auburn, Wash.), piloting the U-16 Miss Elam Plus notched a perfect weekend by posting the top qualifying speed and winning every elimination heat.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes

DeLana Harvick’s No. 33 team has taken the lead in the series Owners’ Championship points standings for the first time in 2009. Harvick holds a 31-point edge over the No. 51 of Billy Ballew, the leader since race No. 2 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Week 19: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 – And Beyond

A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 11.

NCWS West Recap: Bowles Wins At Irwindale, Again

Jason Bowles crossed the finish line with a margin of victory of .450 seconds over Washington State native, Jeff Barkshire, the only other driver to lead a lap.

Celebrating in Style: Lasoski Wins the Eagle Nationals on the 4th of July

For Danny Lasoski, it was his third of the season with the World of Outlaws and his second in the last three races. It was the 84th A-Feature triumph of his career the series, and he has now visited the winner’s circle at Eagle Raceway three times.

WENNERBERG WINS WASHINGTON STREET STOCK OPEN AT YAKIMA SPEEDWAY

ASA Sanctioned Yakima Speedway wrapped up a two-day racing weekend on Saturday the 4th of July with the first annual Washington Street Stock Open featuring 21 of the regions top Street Stock drivers competing for a big open comp purse. Also on the race night were the CWI Security/EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornets and the Northwest Legends.

Stewart escapes-Avoids multi-car crash that he contributed to on last lap

Another wild restrictor-plate finish for NASCAR, which is still smarting from April’s frightening crash at Talladega Superspeedway, where Carl Edwards went airborne into the fence on the final lap in a similar last-lap crash.

Garber Wins ARCA West Race In Montana

Two-time INSSA champion David Garber held off a hard charging Mark Owens for the ARCA West Mac’s Series Firecracker 125 presented by SuperSeal at Montana’s Raceway Park.

Stewart wins Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

The victory was Tony Stewart’s second of the season, his second as an owner/driver for Stewart-Haas Racing and the 35th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.

Earnhardt hits the skids

The only thing NASCAR’s most popular driver – winless in 38 races – is certain of is that he’s not strong enough to withstand another year like this one

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying Rained Out; Stewart On Pole

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series line-up for the Coke Zero 400 has been set by points due to cancelation of qualifying.

NNS Recap: Elated Bowyer Wins At Daytona In Overtime

Clint Bowyer delivered the first victory of the season for beleaguered Richard Childress Racing, which has suffered cutbacks from Chevrolet in the wake of General Motors’ reorganization under bankruptcy.

World of Outlaws Preview: Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway

Brian Ellenberger, who is contending for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season, finished sixth at Eagle Raceway last season with the All Star Circuit of Champions. He made his first start at the high-banked bullring in 1999.

Drivers see a yellow flag

Many taking swipes at Jeremy Mayfield’s opportunity to return to racing despite an alleged positive drug test and court overturned suspension.

Nominees Announced For Inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction

The nominees, which include many of the sport’s legendary names, were selected by a 21-person nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks.

Chase Is On For Montoya

Regardless of how we feel about change, and what our opinions are about cross-pollination between racing series, you have to admire Juan Pablo Montoya.

Bullring Blitz: Saldana Looks to Continue 2009 Success on Short Tracks

Joey Saldana is chasing his first career win at Huset’s, while he was victorious for the first time at Eagle Raceway in 2007

NASCAR Family Tree: The Lineage Of The No. 43

This is the sixth installment in an occasional series of 2009 releases highlighting some of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ most renowned car numbers and their performance heritage. This installment takes a look at the No. 43.

Hot Rod Nationals Invade Spokane County Raceway

This weekend is also Military Appreciation Weekend, where all active military can buy 1 adult ticket and they get another 1 free.

Another NASCAR Hall Of Fame Debate: Lee Petty Vs. Cale Yarborough

Lee Petty was the first driver to win three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships; Cale Yarborough was the first driver to win the championship three consecutive years.

Dillon Leads Championship Heading into Double Header Weekend

John Dillon, a former NASCAR NW Tour champion, has been on a hot streak as of late winning two of the series last three races along with a runner-up finish last month at Magic Valley.

Ryan Newman Will Make NASCAR History By Competing In All Four August Races at Bristol Motor Speedway

During August race week, NASCAR Sprint Cup star Ryan newman again will be making his mark at BMS, while also etching his name in the NASCAR record books as he makes history by competing in NASCAR’s top three divisions, as well as the Whelen Modified Series, at the same track in the same week.

World of Outlaws Preview: Huset’s Speedway

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.

Northwest I-5 DIRTcar Late Model Tour Returns With Holiday Weekend Tripleheader At Southern Oregon, Willamette & Cottage Grove

Silent since its magnificent 2009 debut over the Memorial Day holiday, the Northwest I-5 DIRTcar Late Model Tour series roars back into action this weekend with an Independence Day celebration of speed.

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