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Archive for October 2009

Coughlin looking for third Las Vegas title in a row

Jeg Coughlin has driven his Chevrolet Cobalt to back-to-back victories in Vegas, winning last October’s event and the one earlier this year in April.

Bernstein hoping for back-to-back victories

Brandon Bernstein is currently fifth in NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel points standings. Besides the recent victory in Richmond, the Budweiser/Lucas Oil team has four runner-up finishes on their scorecard this year.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News & Notes - Talladega

Carl Edwards (No. 99 SUBWAY Ford): “A year ago, I didn’t want to go there at all because I knew the potential for losing points. But right now, I know the potential for Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin and those guys to lose points. So greedily, I’m kind of hoping to go there and have things get mixed up and gain some points.”

Creek Medicine Man Restores Balance To Talladega Superspeedway

The historic track turned to a symbolic and meaningful ceremony to prepare for welcoming thousands of race fans to this weekend’s events.

Capps in need of maximum points day at Las Vegas Nationals

Ron Capps trails first place Robert Hight by 43 points heading into this weekend’s event in Las Vegas with just two national events to go in the 2009 chase for the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car championship.

NASCAR Nationwide Series News & Notes - New Car’s Final Test

The NASCAR Nationwide Series may have a weekend off but there is still plenty of work for teams to do in preparation for Texas in two weeks and the debut of a new car for 2010.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes - Talladega

Todd Bodine is heading for a fifth consecutive superspeedway victory at the 2.66-mile Alabama facility, including a third straight at Talladega. Bodine has won two of the three contested NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Talladega

Just 19 Points Separate Donny Schatz & Jason Meyers Heading into World Finals

Jason Meyers finished fourth at Lone Star Speedway last weekend to earn his series leading 53rd Top-10 finish of the season. For the native of Clovis, California it was his second consecutive fourth-place finish at the blazing fast half-mile in East Texas.


In Funny Car, a female driver is trying to make history and become the first of her gender to win a world championship crown in the wildly unpredictable category which her father, John Force, has dominated for most of two decades. In order to do it, Ashley Force-Hood needs to stop five other men who are also in contention, including one multi-time champ, her former driving instructor, a teammate, last season’s series runner-up, and a driver who’s finished second in the championship standings three times.

Denny Hamlin Fends Off Jimmie Johnson At Martinsville

In a green-white-checkered-flag finish that ended under caution with John Andretti wrecked at the finish line, Denny Hamlin pulled away from Jimmie Johnson over the final two laps of the Tums Fast Relief 500.

NHRA Newsmakers Heading To Las Vegas

Tony Schumacher leads Larry Dixon by a mere 47 points heading to the 9th Annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals to be held Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Live Streaming Planned From Doha Unlimited Hydroplane Event

ABRA Unlimited Hydroplanes will race in the Middle East during the month of November and the action will be available on the series’ website via a live audio and video stream.

NNS Recap: Aggressive Keselowski Taking Home Elvis

Brad Keselowski picked up an extra $75,000 from Nationwide as part of its Dash 4 Cash program. He won a $25,000 bonus for winning the race and $50,000 for scoring the most points in the four Dash 4 Cash races.

NCWTS Recap: Timothy Peters Collects First NASCAR Win At Home Track

Driving the No. 1 Red Horse Racing Toyota for the first time this season, at a venue the Danville, Va., driver considers his home track, Timothy Peters collected his first victory in 64 starts in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series.

The Inland Empire deserves to be part of the national racing scene

While battling the impacts of a terrible cold, it dawned on me that the Inland Empire should be part of the national racing landscape. We have great facilities, loyal fans and motels and space to accomodate a large gathering for such an event–the question is what series should that be?

NASCAR Family Tree: The Lineage Of The No. 42

The driver of the current edition of the No. 42 is Juan Pablo Montoya, from Bogota, Colombia, a country that has produced exactly one NASCAR Sprint Cup driver.

Hall of Famer Fred Rahmer to Compete in Inaugural WoO Fest at Lone Star Speedway

Fred Rahmer, who was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame earlier this year, will join 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser and Jac Haudenschild as fellow Hall of Famers in the field on Saturday night at the blazing fast half-mile.

History Being Made Deserves The Hype

It’s a pretty safe bet to say that the 42 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers on the track who are not named Jimmie Johnson probably feel the times they are currently living in are pretty interesting, although their descriptive term of choice might be a little more, shall we say, colorful.

Texas Event Key To World of Outlaws Championship Chase

Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers are separated by just 18 markers heading into the inaugural $12,000 to-win WoO Fest at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas on Saturday, October 24, as Schatz chases his fourth consecutive title, while Meyers looks for his first.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News & Notes - Martinsville

Mark Martin, the four-time series runner-up and renaissance man at age 50, began the Chase as its top seed and promptly won the first event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He remained at the top of the standings for the Chase’s first three weeks, finally dropping to second place two weeks ago, yet still a championship contender.

WoO Fest at Lone Star Speedway Gets Even Bigger: Purse Upped to $12,000 to-win

The inaugural WoO Fest for the World of Outlaws has gotten even bigger, as track owners Sam and Lisa Hafertepe have increased the purse for the event on Saturday, October 24 with $12,000 now awaiting the winner of the 30-lap A-Feature.

NASCAR Nationwide Series News & Notes - Memphis

In four Memphis starts, Oregon native Mike Bliss has an average finish of 5.5. In his two Memphis races since the inception of Loop Data in 2005, Bliss has a Driver Rating of 121.6 and an Average Running Position of 5.3.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series At a Glance: WoO Fest at Lone Star Speedway

Joey Saldana was victorious in the series return to Lone Star Speedway in the spring, becoming just the third driver to win an A-Feature event at the track joining 20-time series champion Steve Kinser and three-time titlist Sammy Swindell on the winners list.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes – Martinsville

With three wins so far this season, Mike Skinner sits third in points as the trucks return to action this weekend.

Busch Dominates NASCAR Nationwide Race At Lowes Motor Speedway

Six days removed from exiting car with what was later diagnosed as pneumonia, Kyle Busch led 137 of 200 laps to win the Dollar General 300 at the 1.5-mile track.

Northwest Circle Track Hall of Fame in early discussion phase

Would the region support a Circle Track Hall of Fame? According to one racing expert the answer is yes. Who to induct first is a bigger question.

Inaugural NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class Announced

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, consisting of members of the Nominating Committee along with 29 others representing NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, major race track ownership groups, retired drivers, owners and crew chiefs along with motorsports media representatives, met in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C. to vote on the induction class of 2010.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News & Notes - Lowe’s

Heading into Saturday night’s NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson has grabbed the points lead with his sights squarely set on claiming his fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title – an unprecedented accomplishment in the sport.

A look at NHRA racing heading to Las Vegas stop over Halloween weekend

The NHRA Full Throttle Series is off until the weekend of Halloween. Mike Edwards leads the Pro Stock division in the chase for the 2009 championship.

Ford Unveils New 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Mustang

The Ford Mustang currently competes professionally in the NHRA Funny Car and Pro Stock divisions and places like the Grand-Am KONI Challenge, SCCA World Challenge the Mustang Challenge Series and joins the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2010.

Announcement Set For Inaugural NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class

The inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be inducted into the Hall in a ceremony to be held on May 23rd at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.

NASCAR’s First Father-Daughter Duo To Compete At Talladega

Mike Wallace and his 21-year-old daughter, Chrissy Wallace, are slated to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Mountain Dew 250 fueled by Fred’s at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 31.

NASCAR Nationwide Series News & Notes - Charlotte

Kyle Busch lost 90 points to Edwards following last Saturday’s race at Auto Club Speedway. Leading the race at the time, he was forced to turn the No. 18 Toyota over to Denny Hamlin due to illness.

Johnson dominates at Fontana to grab Chase lead

In Sunday’s Pepsi 500, Jimmie Johnson grabbed the points lead from Mark Martin with his California victory. Johnson’s win also left runner-up Jeff Gordon conceding that his Hendrick Motorsports teammate is in a class by himself.

Bernstein snaps 52-race winless streak with victory in NHRA Top Fuel final round

Brandon Bernstein ended a more than two-year winless streak that spanned 52 races when he blew away Antron Brown in the final round of the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel event held just outside of Richmond, VA. Also picking up wins were Mike Edwards in Pro Stock and Del Worsham in Funny Car.


Inland Northwest Sprint Car Association driver Mark Jones picked up the inaugural win at Columbia Motor Speedway in the first running of the Northwest Sprint Car Invitational.

Logano Overcomes Obstacles For Auto Club Speedway Win

Joey Logano rallied from 25th position after Greg Biffle forced him into the backstretch wall while Biffle was passing for the lead on Lap 50 of 152.


Larry Dixon, who notched his eighth No. 1 qualifier of 2009 and 39th of his career in the Al-Anabi dragster, sliced his deficit behind NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel points leader, Tony Schumacher, from 54 to 47 points with a 3.783-second pass at 311.27 mph.

Putting Schedule Genie Back In The Bottle Rubs NASCAR Fans The Right Way

As more and more fans in other time zones began watching NASCAR events, fewer and fewer of them wanted to do that watching early in the morning.


Ashley Force Hood, who leads all Funny Car drivers with five No. 1 qualifiers in her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang already this season, is bidding to become the first woman in the history of the ultra-competitive Funny Car class to win and NHRA Full Throttle Series championship.

NASCAR Announces Plans For NASCAR Nationwide Series New Car

The 2010 roll-out schedule follows a meeting in late July with series team owners and crew chiefs with NASCAR officials at the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C.

Sprint car champ Popple closes season in Hermiston

Running in quarter midgets then transferring to motorcycles and go-karts led Justin Popple to many successes along the way. Taking some time off before returning to sprint car racing in a family-run operation has been enjoyable over the years, he said.

Force Hood battling Hight, Pedregon for title

Ashley Force Hood, the 26-year-old daughter of drag racing icon John Force, remains on pace to reclaim for her dad and his team the NHRA Funny Car Championship that has been theirs for most of the last two decades.

KJ knows he has to bring his “A” game

ACDelco’s Kurt Johnson knows this upcoming contest promises excitement for both competitors and fans alike.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series At a Glance: Rolling Wheels Raceway Park

There has been 61 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature event held in 2009. Rolling Wheels Raceway Park is a semi-banked 5/8-mile oval. The track record of 15.952 seconds was established by Craig Dollansky on June 2, 2004.


Cory McClenathan has experience in championship battles. He’s finished second four times during his great career. He’s finished third three other times, including last season.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Events Moving To Earlier, Uniform Start Times For 2010 Season

NASCAR worked closely with FOX, Turner, ESPN/ABC and the tracks on this project for the fans. The race start times for NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2010 in the Eastern and Central regions of the country will begin at 1 p.m. ET, West Coast events will begin at 3 p.m. ET, and night races will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.


Falling just short in his bid for a second INSCA championship to title winner, Justin Popple, 2007 series champion Tony Berry sees this weekend’s race as a chance for redemption to a strong but brief season.

NASCAR Nationwide Series News & Notes - Auto Club Speedway

Kyle Busch — who is going for his third consecutive series win at Auto Club Speedway as the winner of last year’s race in addition to his victory in February — has put his stamp on the 2009 season.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News & Notes - Auto Club Speedway

A total of 190 points separate first place to 11th in the Chase standings, and only 99 points separate first to sixth – the closest points margin after the first three races of the Chase since the format’s inception in 2004.

Northwest Sprint Car Invitational is Upon Us

Some racing enthusiasts are starting to turn their attention towards football and hunting season with many track and series schedules winding down, but WAIT – there is one more big event yet this year! The Northwest Sprint Car Invitational will be this weekend, October 10th, 2009 at Columbia Motor Speedway in Hermiston, Oregon.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News And Notes

Aric Almirola has made 11 starts since teaming up with Billy Ballew Motorsports at Texas in June. In those 11 races, he’s collected five top-five and three top-10 finishes.


Lucas, Line and Phillips also claim wins at rain-delayed Memphis race; Ashley Force Hood assumes points lead in Funny Car.

Race For The 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Heads To Golden State

Groundbreaking for California’s Auto Club Speedway took place in November 1995. There have been 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track opened in 1997 and four drivers have competed in all 18 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Joe Nemechek.

ABRA Series Drivers Ready For Doha

The drivers of the 2009 ABRA Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series are preparing for the longest trip in the modern history of the sport, 7671 miles from the USA to Doha, Qatar.


Matt Hein rebounded from an off-night performance to capture the 2009 ASA/NSRA Sprint Car Championship.


Joey Tanner overtook the defending champion of the Fall Classic, Mike Longton of Moxee, Wash., on the 27th lap. There were numerous cautions and race stoppages in the event that saw 39 Late Models take the green flag.

Stewart Out-Runs Gordon For Kansas Victory

Tony Stewart, a first-year car owner/driver, raced hard all afternoon with the frontrunners and gambled with crew chief Darian Grubb on the two-tire strategy at the end.

Logano Edges Busch For Nationwide Win At Kansas

With three laps left in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the 1.5-mile track, the 19-year-old Joey Logano surged past Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to the outside as their Toyotas raced toward the finish line.

Greg Hodnett Wins First Career National Open While Cody Darrah Wins First Career World of Outlaws Race

Greg Hodnett dominated the 40-lap National Open from start to finish to win for the third time this season with the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway. For the veteran driver, it was his 10th career World of Outlaws A-Feature win


Larry Dixon paced the field with a 3.810 at 318.99 in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to hold down the top spot. He was quickest in both sessions and earned the maximum six-point bonus available in his category.

World of Outlaws LIVE on SPEED Tonight at 5 p.m. Pacific

Live World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series action returns to SPEED tonight. Check local listings for to be sure event is available in your area beginning at 5 p.m.

Go Inside The Minds of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers

Mark Martin commented once again on how much fun he is having this season, and how his current good fortune is like icing on his career cake, all that kind of stuff.

Zimmer caps busy season in Yakima

National karting events, at which Zimmer has competed against some of the best open-wheel stars in the world, have prepared him for this weekend’s Yakima Speedway Fall Classic race.


Gary Lewis has wins on the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour in the state of Washington and in Roseburg, Ore. en route to the 2009 championship, including a title-clinching victory on Sept. 19 in Yakima and will rely on that momentum this weekend in the 22nd Annual Yakima Speedway Fall Classic

World of Outlaws Preview: National Open at Williams Grove Speedway

Steve Kinser has won 38 times in his career at Williams Grove Speedway, including four times in the National Open. In his career at the track, the 20-time series champion has nearly 100 Top-Five finishes and well over 100 Top-10’s.

Fruitful Memphis outing crucial for Johnson’s Countdown hopes

Allen Johnson’s Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T team, captained by co-crew chiefs Mark Ingersoll and Jeff Perley and J&J engine builder Roy Johnson, Allen’s father, has been among the elite in qualifying throughout the year, which made the team’s uncharacteristic No. 13 start last week in Dallas rather surprising.

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