Archive for May 2009
Restarting eighth on Lap 374 of 400, after NASCAR called the 10th
caution of the race for David Stremme’s hard crash on the frontsretch,
Jimmie Johnson atoned for a slow pit stop and charged through the field to run
down Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart and win his fourth Sprint Cup race at
Dover, his second of the 2009 season and the 42nd of his
Brent Harris leads three-time Northwest late model champion Gary Lewis by 13 points but all eyes will be on local stars Mike Longton and Erick Hargraves heading to Yakima Speedway on Saturday, June 6.
Ron Capps powered his NAPA Dodge-powered NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car victory on Sunday in Topeka, Kan. and moved into the top-5 in the chase for a 2009 championship.
Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending series champion, retained the top spot after getting tangled up with a lapped car while leading on Friday night and recovered from a spin while running third on Saturday night to salvage a Top-10 finish. Steve Kinser came all the way from the back of the field to finish 10th on Friday night and was the runner-up on Saturday night and now trails Schatz by just 14 markers.
Tim Sawyer picked up his second Gary Miller Memorial 100 victory in the last three seasons and continued as the Northwest Modified Series points leader in the chase for the 2009 championship.
West Coast late model star Jason Jefferson rode into town for a run in family friend Dean Boever’s Dodge Charger. When the 50-lap main event was over he’d given Boever, SCR fans and David Garber just about all they could handle en route to victory.
In his 39th start on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Boise, Idaho native Brian Scott played a strategy game to perfection and guided his No. 16 Albertson’s Toyota Tundra to victory.
Jason Meyers started on the pole in the 30-lap contest and withstood a number of challenges from Kraig Kinser throughout the race to pick up the $10,000 check.
Great racing and triple-digit tempatures baked Yakima Speedway for its final event in the month of May.
Brad Keselowski took the lead for the first time on the next-to-last lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race after Joey Logano ran into the back of Kyle Busch, his teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, moments after a restart on Lap 199.
Dale Blaney started fifth and moved up a spot on the opening lap and battled Chad Kemenah in the early going, before tracking down Jason Meyers and then setting his sights on Donny Schatz, when the three-time and defending series champions got tangled up with a lapped car sending him into the wall and ending his night, handing the lead to Blaney.
John Force Racing NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car driver, Ashley Force Hood, grabbed the top spot in Friday’s NHRA qualifying session for the 21st Annual O’Reilly Summer Nationals.
With Thursday’s announcement that Tony Eury Jr. was being replaced as crew chief for NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., pressure and scrunity will be upon the third-generation driver heading to this week’s Cup stop at Dover.
Weekend racing across the region will fill the need for speed from dirt fans to asphalt. Check out a sneak preview of racing at Spokane County Raceway, Stateline Speedway and Sunset Speedway.
Having been behind the wheel of late models, go-karts, midgets and just about anything else that goes fast, Berry has settled into a nice situation with car owner Mike Bartle and the No. 53 MacKay Spinal Injury Foundation sprinter.
With just eight events remaining before the start of the Countdown to the Championship, John Force is battling with reigning series champ Cruz Pedregon, Bob Tasca III and his own teammates, Mike Neff and Robert Hight, for the points lead.
My most recent dose of racing perspective came to us courtesy of the NFL. Here’s what happened.
The World of Outlaws first competed at I-96 Speedway in 1995, with Joey Saldana scoring his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win in that race. Steve Kinser is the defending winner at the half-mile and had four career victories at the track to lead all drivers.
Stateline Speedway’s popular Wednesday Night Fever program had a great turnout as the weather has picked up and brought with new drivers and teams.
Some of the top midget racers and teams on the West coast are expected to make the trip this weekend. Favorites include Atkinson, Margeson, Pat Bliss, brother of NASCAR Nationwide Series competitor Mike Bliss, 2008 USAC National racer Ben Petter, past WMRA event winner Tony Seidelman and Californian John Sarale, young Mitch Hoffses, Kenny Burns, past karting champion Johnny Blair in the Dick Voss Racing #45 and others.
Casey Vitale outlasted a field of 39 cars to take the opener on May 22 at Cottage Grove (Ore.) Speedway while at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore., Jeremy Shank topped 48 cars on May 23 and Brett McCutcheon bested 44 cars on May 24.
The best story of the past several weeks — of the entire season, if you ask me — can be summed up in two words: Tony Stewart.
Leading over Brent Harris only to drop back to second place, and then having to chase the East Wenatchee driver down for the lead at lap 134, Mike Longton showed his GTB Ag Services Ford Fusion’s strength over the Sunday afternoon race.
Last year three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz was victorious at Attica Raceway Park over Joey Saldana. It was his first career victory at the track.
Del Worsham and the Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing Funny Car have been a consistent qualifier most of the season. Through the first eight races, Worsham’s average qualifying position is 6.13. Throw out qualifying No. 16 in
Tony Berry has won two straight Inland Northwest Sprint Car Association events after and impressive outing at Stateline Speedway last Saturday night.
Allen Johnson is getting restless. The Pro Stock drag racer has yet to visit the winner’s circle in 2009.
Tommy Baldwin Racing has announced a driver change in its No. 36 Toyota beginning with this week’s Dover race. Scott Riggs, who qualified the car for eight of the season’s first 12 races, is being replaced by a trio of drivers – Mike Skinner, Patrick Carpentier and Brian Simo.
The World of Outlaws debuted a full-sized cutaway sprint car last Friday at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway, live on SPEED. The machine built by BR Motorsports out of California will be present at all of the televised events this season to help explain to fans the vast number of different components on a sprint car and what makes them go.
Using the commit cone to perfection, Longton went to the outside on a restart on lap 13 putting him along side the leader Harris. Longton took the lead on lap 14 and he would relinquish it once on lap 133 to Harris, getting it back a lap later.
Kevin Harvick Inc. newcomer J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 4 KHI Chevrolet) will be looking to repeat what his boss accomplished in 2000 — win a pole, lead several laps and earn a top 10 finish in his first start at Dover. Fitzpatrick, who has competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, has only experienced Dover on racing simulators.
At Bristol’s Thunder Valley Nationals, Mike Edwards’ driving was near perfect. His GXP’s setup was flawless. He left his competition in his dust all weekend. He was the No. 1 qualifier. He won the race. And just for good measure, he set the low elapsed time for the event in his final-round victory over three-time series champ Greg Anderson.
John Dillon started in the tenth position and quickly made his way to the front leading the most laps en route to the win. Zan Sharp’s chances of victory faded at lap 60 when he cut a tire and had to pit losing two laps in the process. Lynn Hardy’s night ended on the hook after contact with a spinning Bruce Quale in turn four.
The two top drivers in 2008’s Raybestos Rookie of the Year class, Washington state native, Tayler Malsam (No. 81 One Eighty Toyota) and James Buescher (No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel Ford), are continuing to impress out of the gate.
A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese at Dover International Speedway on May 31.
Donny Schatz lined up second and battled 20-time series champion Steve Kinser for each of the first nine laps of the race, before making the pass for the lead and ultimately the win on the high side of turn two in lapped traffic.
NASCAR declared Reutimann the winner when an ominous weather forecast indicated it would be impossible to run the longest race of the season to its conclusion.
So far this season the Budweiser/Lucas Oil team has scored three runner-up and three final four showings in eight races.
The fans were treated to lots of potatoes and prizes during the quick intermission, then bring on the Main Events! Hard driving led to flat tires, expired engines and a lot of body work for many of the teams.
David Reutimann’s win in NASCAR’s longest race, which was postponed from Sunday because of rain, was the first for Michael Waltrip Racing—now in its third season of NASCAR Sprint Cup competition—and the first for a Toyota team other than Joe Gibbs Racing.
Helio Castroneves’ “They gave me my life back” speech after winning his third Indianapolis 500 on Sunday ranks as one of the most emotional responses in recent sports history.
The tone of the day was set early when 22-year-old Marco Andretti and 20-year-old Mario Moraes didn’t even make it through the first turn before making contact. Graham Rahal, also 20, crashed on lap 56.
Helio Castroneves capped a perfect month of May by winning at the Brickyard for the third time Sunday, a triumph that was especially poignant given what he was facing just 5 1/2 weeks ago.
Northwest division racers head to
Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion and current series point leader, was victorious at Attica last season, while 20-time series title winner Steve Kinser, who is currently second in the standings, was the winner at I-96 Speedway.
Ron Hornaday will head to Dover International Speedway this weekend with an 84-point cushion over Mike Skinner, who slipped to second after the Charlotte, N.C. stop 10 days ago. The lead position is familiar territory for the three-time champion, who held the top spot at this point last season.
Post Falls, Idaho driver Dan Barton grabbed second in the Comp Eliminator qualifying rounds. Medical Lake’s Glen Hultberg sits in sixth place for Top Dragsters after two days of Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series qualifying at Mission Raceway in British Columbia.
Brian Vickers came to the pits under green on Lap146, returning the lead to Busch, who stopped for tires and fuel three laps later. When caution flew for the fourth time for Kevin Hamlin’s spin in Turn 2 on Lap 153, Mike Bliss was the only driver who hadn’t stopped for service, and as such, his No. 1 Chevrolet was the only car on the lead lap.
Gary Lewis will lead the 26-car field to the green flag today in the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour’s running of the Big Sky 150 at Mission Valley Speedway in Ronan, Mont.
Tony Berry may have a lengthy gap between wins but once last week’s victory at Spokane County Raceway came there was no stopping the Inland Northwest Sprint Car Association driver as he grabbed the main event win last night at Stateline Speedway.
East Wenatchee’s Chris Walters picked up the pole award then went onto victory at Yakima Speedway for the traveling Limited Late Model Series.
Joey Saldana started on the pole and dominated the event from start to finish, lapping all the way up to the 13th-place finisher in an event that went non-stop green to checker, after an opening lap red flag led to a compete restart.
Three female drivers set to take the green flag for the 93rd Indy 500 run on Sunday.
NHRA Northwest division racers will be at Mission Raceway Park May 22-24 for the Lordco B.C. Nationals, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Racers in eight categories, including 260 mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, will be on hand vying for points leading to divisional and national championships. The division’s Auto Max USA Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event. The race is the second of seven in the division.
Joey Saldana passed three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz in lapped traffic on the 20th lap and led the rest of the way to score his series leading sixth win of the season and the 45th of his career with the series, which moves him to just one spot out of the Top-10 on the all-time list.
The upcoming Rocky Mountain Challenge Series event will mark the start of the season for the popular Late Model touring series after rain took round one back on May 2.
To be in his best state mentally, Joe Kopp has taken up running and recently competed in a half-marathon in addition to a rigorous bicycling schedule. The workouts help the 40-year-old keep an edge on his much younger competition.
Since its founders built the track northwest of downtown Indianapolis in 1909, the speedway and the race – which was first held in 1911 – remain one of the sporting world’s most celebrated fixtures.
Ryan Newman turned a lap at 188.475 mph Thursday night to grab the top starting spot for the Coca-Cola 600. It was Newman’s eighth career pole at LMS – the most of any active driver – and the Stewart-Haas Racing driver’s 44th overall.
Steve Kinser raced in the state of New York for the first time in 1979 and for the last 30 years, he has amassed an amazing record in the state, rattling off 36 wins to go along with 83 Top-Five finishes.
“We’re excited to kick off the Northwest tour, bringing the benefits of DIRTcar Racing to the area,” said DIRTcar West Region Director Chris Morgan.
Tony Berry’s win last weekend was special as it was the first in nearly four years but it also added to a growing fund for Washington State University football player, Cory Mackay, who was injured in an automobile accident earlier this month.
Yakima Speedway has announced earlier start times for this weekend’s events.
Joel Schrader once again wheeled his trash can themed Bump to Pass car to another win at a well attended Wednesday Night Fever at Stateline Speedway. Schrader and car owner Vern Dorsey of Spokane remain undefeated in the division.
Over the course of 60 years, a total of 93 drivers have driven cars with the number. Yet, only three of those 93 have taken the No. 17 to Victory Lane.
A large field of racers has already pre-registered to challenge Ronan’s own Cory Wolfe. The list includes last year’s winner Gary Lewis (Snohomish, WA). Lewis is on the way to winning the 2009 ASA NWLMT championship. Fresh off a win at the series last race which followed a second at the tours first race, Lewis is ready to return to Montana.
Berry handles INSCA race at Spokane County Raceway for first main event win of 2009.
Beginning early in 2010, NASCAR fans anywhere in the world will be able to log onto the internet and compete against one another, as well as a number of NASCAR drivers, in an official NASCAR series featuring digital duplicates of real-world NASCAR cars and tracks in the most realistic NASCAR racing environment ever created.
Four hundred laps and 600 miles usually equals approximately four-and-a-half hours behind the wheel at 1.5-mile Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Add late May heat and humidity. Teeth-rattling speeds. The evolution of a daylight start, mid-race dusk and a checkered flag in the evening. Combined, all those factors pose unique challenges, making patience, endurance and focus the keys to thriving in — and winning — the Coca-Cola 600.
Kyle Busch may not be known as a sentimental type, but he may just have a soft spot tucked away when it comes to NASCAR Nationwide Series competition at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He made his series debut at this race in 2003, starting fifth and finishing second for team owner Joe Nemechek (No. 87 NEMCO Chevrolet), the 1992 series champion. Nemechek won this race in 1997.
Kraig Kinser, who is in his second year with Tony Stewart Racing, will have a chance to compete with his boss in attendance on Friday night. The third generation driver finished second in the season finale at the track last season and was ninth in the spring there. He enters this week’s event with seven Top-10 finishes on the season and is solidly in the Top-10 in points.
With his win Saturday night at Stateline Speedway, David Garber has moved into the top-5 in his chase for a fifth points championship on the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association.
The great weather and the sound of race cars took over Saturday night, and another very good crowd strolled in, it was time to enjoy the Youth Hornets, Mini Stocks, 360 Sprints and Pro 4 trucks!
Tony Schumacher crossed the finish line in 3.857 seconds at 310.91 mph in his U.S. Army dragster to edge Doug Kalitta, whose Kalitta Motorsports dragster trailed at 3.879 at 303.43. It was Schumacher’s third victory at the legendary Tennessee drag strip and the 59th of his career.
Despite having mechanical problems for the second consecutive event when he lost an engine on Friday night, Steve Kinser is still second in points and leads the series with 15 Top-10 finishes in the 18 events that have been contested. He and Donny Schatz have traded the top spot in the standings a couple of times this season, as Kinser looks for his record 21st title.
While Kevin Harvick had to settle for second place in 2007 and Kasey Kahne came away as the runner-up in 2008, Kyle Busch took the first-place trophy in the Long John Silver’s 200.
The evening of racing started with the Les Schwab Trophy Dashes. After the fourth restart in the young rookie class of Youth Hornets Bart Hector of Othello, WA took the win.
Andrew Zimmer (Spokane, WA) led until Dave Garber took over. Shelby Thompson moved up to 2nd and closed in on Garber’s lead. The two went side by side for over 15 laps with Thompson on the inside and Garber outside. They swapped leads every lap. By lap 45 Thompson finally started to pull away from Garber.
After Scott Walker set fast time and a new track record for the Late Models, the trophy dashes were won by Erick Hargraves and Jesse Brown.
Tony Stewart did what he had threatened to do since the beginning of the season. He had parlayed five top-five finishes in the last six races into a second place in the Cup series standings, but victory had eluded the 37-year-old driver nicknamed “Smoke” — until Saturday night.
For Greg Hodnett, the 1993 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner, it was his seventh career A-Feature win with the World of Outlaws and his second with the series at Williams Grove Speedway.
Trapped a lap down after a green-flag pit stop on Lap 86 of 134, Ron Hornaday recovered to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch survived a succession of adventures to run second, crossing the finish line 1.669 seconds behind Hornaday.
For Tim Mann of Spokane, having the track up and running suits him and his Fabulous Floors Corvette West Coast Pro Modified Association team just fine and eventually will pay off in testing and other cost-saving options.
Host Mission Valley Speedway in Polson, Montana is bringing the best Super Late Model Stock Car teams from the U.S Northwest and Canada together for the season’s richest race. Over $40,000.00 in awards and bonuses has perked a lot of interest in the racing community for the 2nd annual ‘Corey Wolfe Challenge’.
Crown jewels are artifacts of the reigning royal family of their respective countries. They belong to monarchs and are passed down the line to the next sovereign to symbolize the right to rule. They may include actual jewels such as crowns, scepters and rings, or other objects like swords or documents or even ceremonial garments.
The B&B team was able to test last weekend at the Spokane County Raceway facility and had great reviews.
Jeff Burton’s over-the-wall crew of gas man Curt Bowman, catch-can man Andrew Childers, front-tire changer Daniel Blizzard, front-tire carrier Jon Wallace, rear-tire changer Terry Spalding, rear-tire carrier Chris Martin and jackman Adam North completed their respective skills and the 40-yard car push in 22.115 seconds, an event record.
Next on the NHRA Full Throttle Series docket is the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway where Kurt Johnson was a winner in 2003. He enters the race eighth in the Pro Stock standings with the potential of advancing far up the points ladder. Johnson sits less than three round wins out of the top five.
The first evening of a two-day show at Williams Grove was won by Mother Nature.
Robert Hight is also looking to capture some of the magic his boss and teammate John Force grabbed in
Brian Scott’s third-place finish in the previous Camping World Truck Seris race at Kansas was his third top-five in the past seven races. He closed out 2008 by finishing fourth at Phoenix and second at Homestead-Miami and has put together three straight top 10s this season heading into Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series makes a stop in Vernon, B.C. and Kevin Harvick Inc. driver Cale Gale will be one of the competitors. Vernon is just north of Wenatchee and offers a great half-mile track with outstanding views all around. Learn more about Gale’s entry into the series by checking out the story.
Donny Schatz’s lead in the championship standings is down to a single point over 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, who used a runner-up finish at Delaware International Speedway to chop 18 points off the margin.
Under a full moon, the Cops & Robbers and Hobby Stock divisions made their SCR 2009 debut last Saturday night as support shows to the ASA iRacing.com Northwest Late Model Tour.
The first evening of a two-day show at Williams Grove was won by Mother Nature.
Driving the FRAM Tough Guard Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing, Cory McClenathan has shown quiet determination and skill this year, and his team, led by first-time Top Fuel tuners Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler, have demonstrated their strength on the drag strip.
Lucas Wolfe will get a couple of chances to compete at his home track twice this week, as the World of Outlaws visit Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 for two full nights of racing. He’ll also get to catch up with a number of people that only get to see him race a handful of times each season.
The INSCA is an open-wheel sprint car club that operates with the goal of providing an affordable place to race these machines. The club utilizes a limited motor rule that helps provide a level playing field to all entrants and better racing for the spectators that follow the series.
The NASCAR Camping World Series East/West Challenge has drawn large crowds to Iowa Speedway in its first two seasons. In fact, the race is increasingly popular with NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers since the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers – Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne – each won the million dollar NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Challenge in Charlotte the night before competing at Iowa Speedway.
For Danny Lasoski, it was his first World of Outlaws win since February of 2008 and the 82nd of his career. It was the sixth World of Outlaws victory for his car owner Lonnie Parsons of Iowa. Lasoski began the night by turning the fastest lap in qualifying for the third time this year and he also won the Crane Cams Dash to earn his first pole position of the season in an A-Feature event
With the one win already under his belt, Greg Pursley is ready for another victory. “I’d really like to win another race before the year is out and Iowa would be a great one to win,” he said of the Long John Silver’s 200, the annual NASCAR Camping World Series East-West combination race on May 17 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. “Going there with the East and the West, it would be great to win there.”
Donny Schatz leads the World of Outlaws to the half-mile on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15, after picking up his fifth win of the season last Saturday night at Eldora Speedway and taking the lead in the championship standings as well. The three-time and defending champion won once at Williams Grove last season and has 15 career victories at the track.
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXV, set for Saturday, May 16 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (SPEED, 7 p.m.), will consist of four segments, concluding with a 10-lap sprint and a $1 million pay-out to the race winner.
Keselowski was labeled a surprise when he won his first two career NASCAR Nationwide Series races last year — including the double-duty-driver-laden night race at Bristol Motor Speedway — en route to a third-place finish in the 2008 driver standings.
One of the many highlight’s during NASCAR All-Star Week in Charlotte, N.C. is the annual pit crew challenge. The defending championship pit crew from the No. 83 Red Bull team will be back in an effort to win two straight titles.
Brandon Berstein heads to Bristol, Tenn. aiming for Final Round. The Budweiser teams has three runner-up finishes and several top-5 qualifying runs as he chases the Top Fuel championship.
As the series prepares to compete in Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Matt Crafton has the confidence of knowing how to find Victory Lane. A year ago, he grabbed his first NASCAR national series victory at Lowe’s.
In the World of Outlaws only visit to Delaware International Speedway, Steve Kinser, the 20-time series champion, was victorious over Joey Saldana in 2003. Saldana led the first 16 laps of the 30-lap contest, before Kinser got under him to take the top spot on the 17th circuit and led the rest of the way to earn his first career win in the state of Delaware.
Working Saturday night from a top-6 starting position, Gary Lewis moved to the lead in the late portions of the 125-lap main event and nailed down the win to compliment a runner-up finish on May 2 at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.
NASCAR returns “home” to Charlotte, N.C. this week for their annual All-Star Race Weekend. Most teams are based in the Charlotte area and while many will be racing most drivers and crews will have the chance to sleep in their beds this weekend.
There were 7 lead changes among five drivers during the 125-lap feature on the banked .500-mile oval. Lewis made the last change on lap 87. Once getting the lead of the race it was evident that he was not going to lose it.
Mike Skinner’s (No. 5 Bad Boy Mowers Toyota) Kansas victory was the eighth by an over-50 driver currently active in the series. Skinner and rival Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Copart.com Chevrolet) each have four such wins.
The Northwest Modifieds in their second visit of 2009 saw a few new faces,
and close compitiion. The 40 lap main event. brought Chris Ochs to the
finish line with Tim Sayer and Rick Gimeno right on the leaders heels.
After Mike Easley set a new track record in qualifying at 21.448 for the RJ’s Tire Factory
Super Streets, Bob Greiner won the Trophy Dash. The other dash was called off
after Buck Noel, Jr. flew his race car into the banking outside turn one
bringing out a red flag.
Saturday’s win for Donny Schatz was the fifth of his career at Eldora Speedway, which is owned by his car owner, two-time NASCAR champions Tony Stewart. For the North Dakota native, it was his 93rd career A-Feature win with the World of Outlaws. He has won five times this season, all on half-mile tracks aboard the Armor All J&J.
The weather forcast for May 2nd showed up at ERP Saturday night, May 9th and the
rain delayed opening day started with sunshine and mid 70’s for Jerry’s Auto Supply
Fifty-year-old Mark Martin, a throwback to the old days, charged home ahead of three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson and other younger drivers to win the Southern 500, a 367-lap marathon on what is known as NASCAR’s toughest track.
The Battle of the Border pitted drivers of the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association against Montana Raceway Park’s late model drivers and the fans were the clear winners as action was fast and furious throughout the night.
Yakima Speedway late model champion, Mike Longton, picked up the pole for the 125-lap ASA Northwest Late Model Tour.
Qualifying results from the 2nd Annual Kokanee Battle of the Borders.
With the ASA iRacing.com Northwest Late Model Tour running a 125-lap event at Spokane County Raceway and the stars of the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association heading to Kalispell, Mont. you will be able to keep track of both events from the comfort of your computer.
Matt Kenseth inherited the lead when Kyle Busch was forced to pit under yellow with a cut right-rear tire and won the race under the record-tying 10th caution period of the night, when Morgan Shepherd spun moments after a restart for a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race six laps beyond its scheduled 147 laps.
NASCAR, ever the rowdy cowboy in the corral, takes a truly unorthodox approach to its all-star race. The event is open to – gasp! — race winners from the previous and the current season, plus the past 10 event winners and the past decade’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions.
Matt Kenseth picked up the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Area drivers Kevin Richards and Shelby Thompson headline the local contingent that will battle the Tour regulars. Losch expects those two to be in the hunt with the series leaders, including Gary Lewis, who won the 2007 event, and others.
Inland Northwest Super Stock Association teams head to Kalispell, Mont. this weekend for the 2nd Annual Kokanne Battle of the Borders 100. Drivers will be out to dethrone Dave Garber, INSSA’s two-time champion, who picked up the win in the 2008 debut race.
Among Jac Haudenschild’s wins at Eldora, have been three in the Kings Royal, which puts him in elite company along with 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, as the only drivers that have been victorious three or more times in the annual $50,000 to win event.
Ron Capps’s dirt Late Model will carry the same NAPA Auto Parts logos and colors as the 330-mph, 7,000-horsepower Don Schumacher Racing Dodge Charger that he campaigns on the NHRA Funny Car trail. Victory Circle Chassis in Bakersfield, Calif., provided a new body to Forster Racing so Capps’s machine could be customized with his familiar sponsor and colors for Saturday night’s program.
iRacing.com ASA Northwest Late Model Tour teams head to Spokane for race No. 2 of the 2009 season.
Over 25 race teams are expected for this weekend’s ASA event. Gary Lewis is excited about the improving late model situation in the Northwest, the potential of drivers and their chances of winning on any given night and the merging of two series.
Steve Kinser has 57 career wins at Eldora Speedway, with six of those coming in the famed Kings Royal. Dating back to his debut at the track in 1977, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, has nearly 150 Top-10 finishes.
The Valvoline Dodge, piloted by Reed Sorenson, will feature the names of Valvoline crew chiefs from both NASCAR and NHRA, and a crew chief-tribute logo on the hood. The decklid will feature Inman, who was a crew chief for eight NASCAR Cup championships — seven with Richard “The King” Petty and one with Terry Labonte.
Kyle Petty has spent each of the last 15 springs riding with over 200 others on motorcycles across the United States to raise funds for charity. This year the event gets started in Stevenson, Wash. and makes stops in Naches, Wash. with an overnight stay in Richland.
When Tony Stewart (No. 14 Old Spice Chevrolet) made the decision to leave championship-caliber Joe Gibbs Racing to start his own team last season, many skeptics whispered that it would be years before Stewart made another trip to Victory Lane. After all, Haas CNC Racing, the team Stewart took over, had competed in 284 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and had one top-five finish to show for it. Apparently Stewart wasn’t listening to the grim outlook.
Montana Raceway Park celebrated its 19th annual Coca Cola Spring Opener last Saturday Night with a lot of live action firing up the show
Last year four different drivers picked up wins in the five events that the series ran at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway, with Joey Saldana being the only repeat winner. Dating back to 1978, 30 different drivers have scored A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws at the half-mile.
The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has dominated recently at Darlington, winning the last three races (Denny Hamlin 2006, 07 from the pole; Tony Stewart last year). This weekend, it is Joey Logano’s (No. 20 GameStop Toyota) turn at continuing the team’s winning streak.
With his Richmond win, Kyle Bush totaled 50 wins across NASCAR’s three national series heading into Darlington on Saturday. That’s tied for third-most since the inception of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995.
Spokane County Raceway opened its oval track season with an exciting 50-lap main event that featured a trio of Garber’s battling for the victory.
A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com at Darlington Raceway on May 9.
Del Worsham raced to his first win of the season and first win with Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing at the 13th annual O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.
Garrett Evans made the right move when it counted, as the final three laps of green flag racing were his only laps led during the event.
Kyle Busch, who won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Friday night at the .75-mile short track, joined Cale Yarborough as the only drivers to win NASCAR Sprint Cup races on their birthdays. With a full year in hand, Busch also holds the record for most victories in the series before turning 25.
For Donny Schatz, it was his second consecutive win at Knoxville aboard the Armor All J&J for Tony Stewart Racing and his fifth in his last seven starts at the famed half-mile. The victory worth $10,000 on Saturday night was his fourth of the season and the 92nd of his World of Outlaws career.
Morgan Lucas, Ron Capps, Greg Stanfield and Andrew Hines take No. 1 positions in their respective NHRA categories heading into eliminations on Sunday at 11:00 a. m.
The victory was Kyle Busch’s third of the year, his third at Richmond and his 24th in the series. Matt Kenseth finished third, followed by Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick. Joey Logano, Mark Martin, rookie Michael McDowell, Jason Keller and Jason Leffler completed the top 10.
The Inland Empire has a young driver waiting in the wings who is happy to finally be of age to race in a late model series.
Danny Lasoski enters this weekend’s event 10th in the World of Outlaws championship standings on the strength of seven Top-10 finishes. He is just 12 points out of the eighth spot and 78 markers out of the Top-Five. He has three Top-Five finishes on half-mile track this season and continues to climb in the series championship standings after having some bad luck in the first few races of the year.