Archive for September 2009
After winning his fifth race of the season in
This weekend ASA Sanctioned Yakima Speedway wraps up the 2009 racing season with the 22nd Annual Fall Classic presented by Bud Clary Toyota of Yakima and CWI Security.
The top 13 drivers in the points standings have started all 28 races this season, and are all entered at Kansas Speedway.
Last year in Memphis Mike Neff had a dominant car. He qualified No. 4 and soundly beat Jeff Arend and Jack Beckman but he ran into No.1 qualifier Force Hood in the semis and his race day was over. This year Neff is hoping to extended his race day and avoid another run in with his teammates.
World of Outlaws drivers shared their thoughts on the National Open and racing at the storied half-mile against the always tough Pennsylvania Posse.
Jeff Gordon is looking to rebound from a slow start in the Chase. Mark Martin is 122 points ahead of Gordon, but this weekend could prove to be a spring board for Gordon’s drive for a fifth championship.
Earlier this year, Farm Bureau Insurance announced that they would sponsor six races in 2009 with Joe Gibbs Racing.
The official opening of Kansas Speedway was in 2001, with the first events being an ARCA race and a NASCAR Camping World Series West race on the same day – June 2.
Highly touted as a pre-season favorite to win the Funny Car championship, many expected to see Robert Hight visit every winner’s circle on the circuit. However, his Auto Club Ford Mustang team encountered one of the worst slumps in recent memory and had a horrible regular season performance. They barely squeaked into the Countdown to 1 playoffs in dramatic fashion at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
As a touring series champion, Andrew Ranger earned a protected starting position in the prestigious NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown to be held on Jan. 29-30 at California’s Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
Top racers in 11 categories were on hand vying for points leading to divisional and national championships.
The battle for the World of Outlaws title got even closer after the opener of the Team Chevy Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway on Friday night, with Jason Meyers cutting nine more points off of three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz’s lead and is now just nine markers behind.
With his fifth victory at Dover and second at the track this year, Jimmie Johnson affirmed that his No. 48 Chevrolet team is a serious threat to win a fourth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
Robert Hight, who barely advanced to the Countdown to 1, has now won the first two of the six championship playoff events.
Paulie Harraka led 149 of 150 laps en route to winning the Toyota/Copart 150, while Jason Bowles came away with a fourth-place finish to clinch the 2009 series championship.
Valleyford’s Jake Bissett rode into Montana looking to secure a 2009 Legends divsion championship and trailing by six points. The Freeman High School freshman faced long odds and was strong all night.
Johnny Sauter led a race-high 62 laps. He surrendered the lead to pit under caution on Lap 120 to take right-side tires and emerged in fourth behind Matt Crafton, Jason White and Timothy Peters, who all stayed out.
Pro Stock racer Mike Edwards took advantage of NHRA’s new qualifying bonus point system and earned the maximum 12 points during two days of qualifying at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presnted by Castrol Syntec.
After passing polesitter Kyle Busch for the lead on Lap 118 at Dover International Speedway, Clint Bowyer led the final 83 laps of the Dover 200 and beat Mike Bliss to the finish line by 1.319 seconds to win his second series race of the season and the eighth of his career.
For Jason Sides it was his second A-Feature win of the season and the fourth of his career with the World of Outlaws.
Robert Hight, who barely made it into the NHRA Full Throttle Series Countdown to 1, has made the most of his opportunity and followed up his win last weekend in
To reach the top of the points standings Corey Juhnke has had to overcome the persistent Dan Garber and the improving Steve Bayne while also taking note of up-and-coming drivers such as Jason O’Neil, Colton Garber, Braeden Havens and Darryl Carrillio.
Cory McClenathan and the Fram Tough Guard Top Fuel team have one victory under their belts, as well as the Countdown to 1 playoffs points lead, following the NHRA Carolina Nationals on last Sunday.
Rookie of the Year, Joey Tanner, who is only 19-years old, made the transition to asphalt racing from the dirt where he had success.
Danny Lasoski is currently sixth in the World of Outlaws championship standings heading into this weekend’s pair of events. He has racked up 38 Top-10 finishes with 21 of those being Top-Fives.
Winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship isn’t quite as difficult as dropping Guitar Hero down the chimneys of every kid on the planet overnight, but it comes close. Juan Pablo Montoya’s wish list, although short, is a focused and comprehensive one.
With only four of the 10 “Countdowners” making it out of the first stanza, the standings, which had reset for the playoffs, tightened up by the end of the day. And now just 78 points separate the top eight heading into this weekend’s NHRA Fall Nationals.
race is the last of seven in the region and will feature drivers in
eight categories, including 250 mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top
Alcohol Funny Car, vying for late-season points leading to divisional
and national championships.
The Columbia Motor Speedway, located in Hermiston, Oregon, has a proud tradition of sprint car racing at the facility, but it has been several years since sprint cars have run at the track providing a venue that should prove new and challenging to many of the teams looking to compete.
Jason Meyers will continue that championship quest this weekend as the World of Outlaws make their final stop of the season at Eldora Speedway on Friday, September 25 to help kick off of the annual Team Chevy Four Crown Nationals at the track owned by Tony Stewart.
After a strong performance last Saturday night at Yakima Speedway on the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour, Gary Lewis has eclipsed Ron Eaton (three) in regional championships and matched another great with title number four.
In the first ever modern day four-lane, four-wide Top Fuel and Funny Car exhibition events, it was Top Fuel pilot Spencer Massey and Funny Car driver Mike Neff who came out with the wins Sunday at zMAX Dragway.
Valleyford’s Joe and Jake Bissett will battle three other Legends drivers at Montana Raceway Park this Saturday night for the 2009 championship.
Toyota continues its drive toward a fourth consecutive Manufacturers’ Championship. Busch’s New Hampshire victory increased the truck maker’s lead to 18 points over Chevrolet.
This weekend, Brian Vickers will become the youngest driver ever to reach 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts in six full seasons of competition.
This weekend’s event, which helps kick off the annual Team Chevy Four Crown Nationals on Friday, September 25, will serve as the World of Outlaws final stop of the season at the half-mile owned by Tony Stewart and the series final race in the Midwest.
Jeg Coughlin gave up more than a three-round lead in the points when the 10 racers eligible for the ‘09 title were reseeded for the Countdown to 1.
While Justin Allgaier and Steve Wallace play out their duel for the fifth position in the series standings, there are many storylines surrounding places 6-10 and beyond.
Last year at the O’Reilly Fall Nationals, Antron Brown raced his Matco Tools dragster to the No. 10 qualifying position with a lap of 3.897 seconds at 309.06 mph on his first qualifying pass.
Jason Bowles, who finished second to Holmes in last year’s title chase, can clinch this year’s championship with a finish of 16th or better in the Toyota/Copart 150 presented by Golden State Steele & Stair on Saturday, Sept. 26.
The champagne is ready, and the trophies are waiting. This weekend, three NASCAR Touring Series across North America will crown their champions, and two other series will take a significant step toward deciding their titlist during one of their biggest events of their season.
50-year-old Mark Martin held off Juan Pablo Montoya on a three-lap sprint to the finish Sunday to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The six-time world champ recently put the finishing touches on his 60th career victory, which just happened to be his record eighth title at the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
Great Saturday night short track racing dominated the evening at Ephrata Raceway Park.
Ageless Mark Martin, 50, held off a tremendous charge by Juan Pablo Montoya and Denny Hamlin with three laps to go to win the Sylvania 300.
Joining Cory McClenathan (Top Fuel) and Robert Hight (Funny Car) in the winner’s circle at at the 19th of 24 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series were Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
Wrapping up the last regular season point race before the 22nd Annual Fall Classic at ASA Sanctioned Yakima Speedway were the ASA NW Late Model Tour, RJ’s Tire Factory Super Streets, Burger Ranch Sportsman and H&H Furniture Pure Stocks.
The 2009 championship point’s chase closed to within one point before the start of the 150 lap feature. Brent Harris (E. Wenatchee, WA) gained one point by being the fastest qualifier. During the race Harris started behind Gary Lewis and it looked like it would go right down the checkers for the championship.
Two-time champion Larry Dixon blew away the Top Fuel field Saturday to earn the No. 1 quaifying position for Sunday’s NHRA Carolinas Nationals, the first race in NHRA’s six-race playoff, the Countdown to 1.
Joey Saldana used a slide job in turn four on the 33rd lap to take the lead, though he drifted high exiting that turn with Donny Schatz charging down the front straightaway to officially keep the top spot at the line.
Championship racing continued this weekend at Montana Raceway Park with titles locked down in the Thunder Roadster and Bandolero divisions.
Kyle Busch took on four seconds’ worth of fuel during a splash-and-go on Lap 172 of 200 and got back on track ahead of Ron Hornaday.
Antron Brown, a five-time winner this season, has earned the pole at the last two NHRA events (
With his number one ranking, Joey Saldana became just the second World of Outlaws driver to ever hold the top spot, joining three-time and defending series titlist Donny Schatz who has been on top of the rankings a number of times over the last few seasons including last month.
When the field for the Chase was set following the race at Richmond, Mark Martin’s reaction to his enviable position at the top of the driver standings was to praise his crew chief, Alan Gustafson, and say, “I’m having the time of my life.”
David Garber holds a 24-point lead on Jeff Fenton in the chase for the INSSA championship with Greg McKinley, Corey Allard and Rookie of the Year contender Andrew Zimmer, rounding out the top five.
The Better All Auto Sales / Better-Haul Auto Transport & First Class Auto Sales Championship 150 on the .500-mile oval has drawn the Northwest’s best Super Late Model Stock Car Drivers to the fabled central Washington track for the ASA NWLMT season finale.
This season with strong runs on the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour matched by Brent Harris at every turn, Lewis sits two points ahead of the East Wenatchee, Wash. driver with 150-laps of racing left in the touring season.
For Jason Meyers it was his first career win at the 3/8-mile located at the historic fairgrounds and his eighth A-Feature victory of the season.
Ron Capps begins the chase to his first Funny Car championship from second in the point standings and as the elapsed-time national record holder racing to 1000 feet.
Jeg Coughlin gave up a good portion of the points lead he had built when the standings were reset for the Countdown to 1.
A native of Mauston, Wis., Kelly Bires has frequented the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since 2006.
When the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins Sunday at New Hampshire, several drivers will be in the spotlight for reasons other than their seeding.
After the finish this past Saturday at WVSO the points drew closer. Gary Lewis had a tenuous 12-point cushion going in; a strong run by Brent Harris (2nd) and a not so typical finish for Lewis (6th) has set the stage for a championship shoot-out at Yakima.
Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending series champion, is undefeated in the two previous races at the 3/8-mile located at the historic Clay County Fairgrounds.
The night’s events feature the Thunder Roadster 35-lap season championship race along with the 25-lap season championship event for the Bandolero division. The Bomber 75-lap event that was rained out on September 5 will be held this weekend for a triple-header of main event action.
The race is in a sense a home race for Skinner’s team, Randy Moss Motorsports. Owner Randy Moss begins his 12th NFL season Monday night against the Buffalo Bills as the head wide receiver of the New England Patriots, which is based in Foxboro, Mass., only a two-hour drive from Loudon, N.H.
The top 10 teams in each pro category will begin their quests for world championship glory at the NHRA Carolinas Nationals, Sept. 17-20 at the spectacular zMAX Dragway, Bruton Smith’s “Bellagio of Drag Strips.”
Dave Garber won the final late model divisional race at Spokane County Raceway with Jason Jefferson and Colton Garber rounding out the top-3. Jefferson’s car, owned by Dean Boever, won the season championship by virtue of the runner-up finish.
Only one class, the Adult Hornets, had their championship decided with Dallas White too far ahead for anyone to catch.
Jeff Bird won the rescheduled Doyle Braton 93 Memorial Race for the Northwest Modified Series that ran last Saturday night at Stateline Speedway.
Owen Riddle runs third in the final regualr season late model race at Yakima Speedway to wrap-up his second championship in the last three seasons.
Local native Denny Hamlin from Chesapeake finally won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at his home track after coming “oh, so close” so many times before.
Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” and that mantra served true for Joey Saldana on Saturday night in the finale of the 56th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.
Alex Lessor won his first career Montana Raceway Park late model championship with a runner-up finish to Cory Wolfe in the Twisted Tea 100. Sagle, Idaho native Corey Allard was third.
John Dillon earns the 2009 RMCS championship with his race victory in Twin Falls, Idaho’s Magic Valley Speedway.
Evans was able on each double restart, of the 125-lap main on the high banked .250-mile oval at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, to hold back Brent Harris’ attempts at the lead.
Matt Crafton was involved in incidents in back-to-back restarts with 10 laps remaining that knocked out the first-place and second-place trucks.
Joey Saldana dove under Sides on the 27th lap to take the spot and held off a furious charge on the last lap to earn his 17th overall win of the 2009 World of Outlaws season.
Heading into the race weekend at Richmond, I asked my mom to say a little prayer for Brian Vickers; Mom has better connections in that area than I do.
Because of an ignition problem in qualifying, Edwards started from the rear of the field under a penalty for adjustments outside of impound.
Jason Jefferson has championships at Tri-City Raceway and Yakima Speedway; is the 2003 Rookie of the Year on the NASCAR Northwest Series; won on the NASCAR Camping World West Series, in which this season he’s working with third-place driver Greg Pursley; but he’d never run the high-banked oval in Airway Heights until stepping into Dean Boever’s car.
Jason Meyers lined up third and took the lead from Sammy Swindell on the ninth lap in heavy lapped traffic and would pace the field for the remaining 22 circuits en route to his second win of the season at the ¼-mile bullring
With just three races left in the 2009 Championship season Matt Hein continues to lead the points as he has virtually all season.
Richard Petty claimed nine of his record 200 victories in a Ford in 1969, the only year he drove the brand.
Much of the points earned by a late model driver at Montana Raceway Park are awarded in the region’s biggest events.
Gary Lewis is anxious for a return visit to the North Central Washington quarter-mile and the chance to challenge Brent Harris, who also calls WVSO home and Garrett Evans who will be out to make it two straight Tour wins at the facility he has been a part of for over three decades.
Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, won the Gold Cup in 2004.
There are tight point’s races throughout the top fifteen including the championship. Gary Lewis and Brent Harris are locked into a donnybrook with just 12-points between them for the iRacing.com ASA NWLMT crown.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame broke ground in Charlotte on Jan. 25, 2007 and will open May 11, 2010.
Cronkite was the grand marshal for the 1959 Firecracker 250 – Daytona International Speedway’s first summer event, in the track’s first year of operation.
Six of the Madison, Ill., facility’s previous winners are series champions, including defending winner Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Longhorn Chevrolet). The six — Hornaday, Johnny Benson, Greg Biffle, Todd Bodine (No. 30 Ventrillo Toyota), Ted Musgrave and Jack Sprague — own all but three of series’ 14 season titles.
The ASA Northwest Late Model Tour makes its second appearance in 2009 on the super fast .250-mile high banked oval.
Race No. 26, the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “regular season,” is an anticipated event for every single driver in the series. But it’s something else entirely for Denny Hamlin.
Jason Meyers took the lead on the 17th lap following a lap-16 restart where he nearly took the lead a couple of times en route to his second consecutive World of Outlaws win and his seventh of the season.
After a lackluster qualifying effort left him 12th on the 16-car grid, Jeg Coughlin came alive in eliminations,
Ashley Force Hood joined Shirley Muldowney (Top Fuel) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) as the only female Mac Tools U. S. Nationals professional winners.
Kenny Wallace will become the 17th driver in NASCAR history to start at least 800 races. The distinguished list includes names such as Richard Petty, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt and fellow NASCAR Nationwide driver Morgan Shepherd (No. 89 Lagina Plumbing/Eldora Speedway Dodge).
Terrible weather interupted fun outdoor activities all over the state this Labor Day Weekend, but did not stop ERP from racing on Sunday!
Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski have each won three times with the World of Outlaws at Cottage Grove Speedway to lead all drivers.
NASCAR does not release official attendance figures. Several reporters estimated attendance for the Pep Boys Auto 500 as about 100,000, a big increase from the estimated attendance of 60,000 for the Kobalt Tools 500 in March.
Ashley Force Hood, Jeg Coughlin, and Hector Arana also were winners of the final regular season event in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The Countdown to 1, NHRA’s six-race championship playoffs, begins Sept. 18 with the NHRA Carolinas Nationals at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, N.C.
Eight spots remain in the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – and
11 drivers are mathematically in contention for securing one. Matt Kenseth is just 20 points inside the top-12 driver points standings in his quest to make the chase again.
Kraig Kinser was victorious for the first time in his career at Grays Harbor Raceway last season and became the eighth different winner in the last eight A-Feature events for the World of Outlaws at the track dating back to 2000.
Gary Lewis and Brent Harris will look to continue their chase for the 2009 ASA Northwest Late Model Tour championship next weekend in East Wenatchee, Wash. as the Labor Day Weekend appearance of the Northwest’s late model series in Yakima was washed out.
Antron Brown, Robert Hight, Mike Edwards and Matt Smith will lead their categories into Monday’s 11 a.m. eliminations as the No. 1 qualifiers of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Enumclaw, Wash. native Kasey Kahne may have locked himself into the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup 2009 with a win on Sunday night in Atlanta.
Results from the last two racing events at Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho.
Mike Skinner pulled away from Aric Almirola
on a restart with four laps to go on the .875-mile track and went on to win by
Andrew Hines beat the Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying leader and bonus event top seed Hector Arana in the final round at historic O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis to earn the $25,000 payday for the special event that features the eight best bike teams from the last year.
Kevin Harvick’s car was stronger on long runs, and the driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet passed Busch for the lead with 48 laps left and began to pull away.
Jason Meyers got around early leader Jayme Barnes in heavy lapped traffic on the ninth lap and endured four cautions over the remainder of the 40-lapper to earn his sixth win of the 2009.
The biggest challenge for David Mayhew and his team appeared to be just getting to the track, as their transporter carrying the race car and equipment encountered a couple of mechanical problems on the way to Iowa.
Larry Dixon, Robert Hight, Mike Edwards and Hector Arana were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event at historic O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
Joey Saldana took the lead from Jason Sides on the fourth lap of the 30-lap event and would lead the remainder of the race to push his season total of laps led to over 400.
Kraig Kinser was victorious for the first time in his career at Grays Harbor Raceway last season and became the eighth different winner in the last eight A-Feature events for the World of Outlaws at the track dating back to 2000.
Mid- to late summer is always a period of transition in NASCAR. This is the time when drivers change teams, gain and lose sponsors, maybe consider having a serious conversation with a different auto manufacturer. Harvick? Staying. Keselowski? Going.
Top points earning drivers in seven classes will be on hand to compete for team and individual honors. Racers in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle/Snowmobile, Sport Compact, High School and two categories of Jr. Dragster will run in the event.
The first challenge to face Peters & May is the transport of the ABRA circuit from the USA to Doha and back for the Inaugural Oryx cup.
Nicole Behar, whose father Mike is a past Inland Northwest Super Stock Association champion, leads the Jr. II Animal Light and Heavy classes and looks to pick up a win on her home track over the course of two days of racing.
Although she can dazzle in a little black dress and heels, Ashley Force Hood admittedly is more comfortable in the seven-layer firesuit, gloves, boots and custom helmet.
Carl Edwards has an injury that will keep him on crutches but not out of this weekend’s racing in Atlanta.
The annual visit to Yakima Speedway for the ASA NWLMT brings with it an added purse courtesy of the Northwest’s engine builders. The 4th annual Engine Builders Challenge has the winner of the race winning $3000.00.
Joey Saldana and his team always have the two-day event at Skagit Speedway in Washington circled on their calendars. With a couple of the members of the crew along with car owner Kasey Kahne being from the Evergreen State, the event is one they look forward to each and every year.
Seven months have passed since the NHRa Full Throttle season got underway and and for those drivers trying to make the NHRA playoffs this weekend is crucial.
While attention to set-ups for the Fall Classic is of the highest priority this weekend, winning and closing in on a fourth touring championship will also be on the mind of Gary Lewis.
The World of Outlaws made their debut at Skagit Speedway in 1978 as part of the annual Dirt Cup, with Hall of Famer Doug Wolfgang winning both nights of that event.
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series points leader with three victories this season, Tony Pedregon is ready to make the final regular season charge in his Wicked Quick/Q-Horsepower Chevy Impala
Joey Logano (No. 20 GameStop Toyota) will make his series track debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. It may not be unfamiliar territory — each of Logano’s four NASCAR Nationwide wins this year have come at intermediate tracks.
Allen Johnson has secured his playoff berth and can focus on finding a winning setup for Indy and beyond.
Only two races remain in the Race to the Chase — the 10-race stretch that precedes the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup — and the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta, a move from the track’s previous October slot, is one of them.
Entering the four-race swing, three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz has an 86-point lead over Jason Meyers in the series championship standings, with Joey Saldana third, Steve Kinser fourth and Jason Sides fifth.
Wrango West holds down top-3 points positions in Montana Raceway Park’s Legends division and Late Model class withone month remaining in the season.
With two race victories this season in his GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster, Morgan Lucas is hoping to add another to his win column at the 55th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, Sept. 2-7 at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.