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Archive for April 2010

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Returns to Jackson Speedway

Jason Meyers leads the series into Jackson Speedway on the strength of four A-Feature wins as he looks for his first victory at the track. The California native has a 17-point lead over Joey Saldana in the World of Outlaws championship standings as both drivers chase their first title.

Bernstein looking to score second St. Louis victory

Brandon Bernstein aims take his new blue-based Copart color scheme to victory at the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals this weekend at Gateway International Raceway located just across the stateline from St. Louis in Illinois.

Earnhardt Jr. To Run No. 3 Entry In Daytona NASCAR Nationwide Series Event

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will pay tribute to his father’s upcoming induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame by driving the No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet Impala in the July 2 Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

ARCA West Ignite Racing Fuels Series Heads To Vernon For Season Opener

The ARCA West Ignite Late Model Series opens its 2010 season on Saturday in Vernon, BC. Racing in the event will be some of Western Canada’s top late model drivers including 1999 NASCAR Northwest Tour champion Pete Harding. Also in the mix will be 1995 Montana 200 and past Montana Raceway Park late model title holder, Mark Owens.

It’s The Albert Lee Cup At Seafair, Boeing Also Part Of 2010 Event

Albert Lee Appliances and Boeing join Duke’s Chowder House as sponsors of 2010 Seafair for the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series.

Capps returns to St. Louis to add to his win record

With a win at Gateway already on his resume, Ron Capps looks to extend his record at the Illinois facility located just outside of St. Louis.

K&N Pro Series Vet Borneman Enjoys Top 5 Nationwide Run

John Borneman III is a fixture on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West circuit but every once in a great while ventures to NASCAR Nationwide Series events to test his skills against the well-funded teams. Last weekend the California native scored an astonishing top-5 finish.

Hard Fought Wins: A Look Back at the Last Three World of Outlaws Races at Jackson Speedway

One of the strongest fields in World of Outlaws history is following the series full-time this season and will be in action this weekend, led by Jason Meyers who is on top of the standings on the strength of four wins and 12 Top-10 finishes.

Dixon Heads To Gateway Looking To Conquer On NHRA Full Throttle Circuit

Larry Dixon has never won, posted a runner-up finish or claimed a No. 1 qualifying position at Gateway International Raceway. In fact, his best finish there is a semifinal effort. He has qualified No. 2 once, but his average qualifying position is seventh.

Riddle Wins Late Model Season Opener

Defending Yakima Speedway late model champion Owen Riddle continued to show a strong hand after an impressive top-3 run at the 44th Annual Apple Cup on April 18. Riddle broke through for his first win of 2010 over Erick Hargraves and JC Wofford as Ford Fusions took two of the top three finishing positions.

Quale Triumphant to Open RMCS Campaign

Bruce Quale scored his first career Rocky Mountain Challenge Series victory at his hometrack Magic Valley Speedway on Saturday night. Las Vegas native Thane Alderman ran second with NASCAR K&N Pro Series West veteran Brett Thompson running third in his series debut.

Keselowski wins Nationwide race at Talladega

Brad Keselowski took the lead on the last lap of a green-white-checkered-flag finish that extended the race three laps beyond its posted distance of 117 laps.

Harvick Inches Past McMurray For Talladega Victory

Kevin Harvick bested Jaime McMurray by inches in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The margin of victory was a mere .011-seconds.

RMCS Kicks Off Seventh Season Saturday Night

The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series, which holds an event during the annual Idaho 200 weekend at Stateline Speedway this summer, kicks its 2010 season off in Twin Falls, ID on April 24. Dave Minegar is a past champion of the series and looks to contend again this season with Craig Bell serving as his crew chief.

Gibbs-Arias takes charge as SCR works to reopen

Charles Allen and Ronald Hodgson were selected Feb. 23 to operate the Airway Heights facility for the next 10 years and have been in final contract negotiations that wrapped up this week. Each brings a wealth of experience, but they have entrusted Cindy Gibbs-Arias with the task of getting SCR back on its feet.

Back Home in Indiana: Kraig Kinser Looks for First Win at Tri-State Speedway

Kraig Kinser heads into the event at Tri-State Speedway a very solid seventh in the World of Outlaws championship standings on the strength of six Top-10 finishes, with a season-best finish of third at Tri-State Speedway in Oklahoma on April 10.

Seattle Restaurant Owner Steps Up For Seafair

Seattle’s Seafair has a savior in Duke’s Chowder House as its owner Duke Moscrip has added the additional sponsorship moneys needed to keep the traditional home race for Unlimited Hydroplanes on the 2010 schedule.

Busch Wins Fifth Straight Nationwide Race at Texas

Kyle Busch won for the fifth time at Texas Motor Speedway as he beat his teammate Joey Logano by just over .6-seconds to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.

Hamlin Holds Off Charging Johnson For Second Victory

Proof that NASCAR drivers are indeed worthy of being held in the same regard as other sports stars came on Monday as Denny Hamlin, less then two weeks removed from ACL reconstructive knee surgery, burst by Jeff Burton and held off Jimmie Johnson for a win at Texas Motor Speedway in Monday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.

Force, Dixon And Edwards Win In Las Vegas

Larry Dixon picked up his third NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel event of the season while John Force continued his mastery of the Funny car ranks in 2010. In Pro Stock, defending champion Mike Edwards led the way in Las Vegas’s stop on the NHRA National Event schedule.

Joey Saldana Comes from 13th to Win at I-55 Raceway

Joey Saldana’s victory on Saturday night at I-55 Raceway, was one of the toughest and most demanding of his career, as he raced for the third time since having 10 screws and a plate inserted into his broken left hand.

Quick Times Pace NHRA Field In Las Vegas

Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Del Worsham (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) are the top qualifiers for the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals. Final rounds will be held Sunday.

Burck, Reynolds and Vallone Win At Stateline Speedway

Stateline Speedway played host to the 2010 season opener for the Inland Northwest Sprint Car Associaiton which put on a thrilling show for the fans. Central Washington racer, Kevin Burck picked up the win.

Haudenschild Looks Ahead to I-55 Raceway this Weekend

Jac Haudenschild is currently ninth in the World of Outlaws championship standings on the strength of three Top-10 finishes, with a best finish of third at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California last month.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … no, it’s The Biff

Greg Biffle is a superhero? For Cathy Elliott that just might be the case she says in this week’s guest column.

Havens family bring father-son act to track

Airway Heights resident Todd Havens, who grew up in Minnesota and raced street stocks in that area before “retiring” to start a railroad servicing business, and his 16-year-old son, Braeden, will compete this weekend in Sunset Speedway’s Adult Clone Engine class before wrapping up preparations for their INSSA debut set for May 22.

Chad Kemenah Looks to Extend Streak of Top-Fives at Paducah International Raceway

Chad Kemenah is a perfect three for three in earning Top-Five finishes at Paducah International Raceway over the last three seasons as he looks for his first win at the track.

Stewart To Make 400th Start In NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Tony Stewart, Smoke as his fans love to call him, makes a historic start this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Coming off a big win, Coughlin looking to add to past Vegas successes

Jeg Coughlin will be trying to bring home two trophies from Las Vegas. In order to prepare for the K&N Spring Fling 20’s presented by Sparco at Bristol Dragway on April 22-25, Coughlin also will compete in the Super Comp dragster this weekend to get into a good Sportsman-type rhythm.

Line Heads To Vegas Looking For NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Victory

Jason Line has had a roller coaster season thus far but is hoping for an upswing at this weekend’s NHRA National Event set for Las Vegas.

Dixon Claims 50th National Event Win At Houston

Larry Dixon broke through for his 50th career NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel victory breaking a tie with Don Prudhomme, the legendary driver and car owner that opened the Top Fuel seat for Dixon in the 90s.

Stateline Speedway Crowns Three Main Event Winners

Kip Elliott, Joel Schrader and Rich Hatton showed their race cars are prepared for a strong season at Stateline Speedway after picking main event victories to kick off the Post Fall’s facilities Saturday night program.

Longton Wins 44th Annual Yakima Speedway Apple Cup

2008 Yakima Fall Classic winner and past late model champion, Mike Longton, jumped out to the lead at lap 48 of the 44th Annual Yakima Speedway Apple Cup and never looked back en route to the victory.

Jason Meyers Wins at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola

For Jason Meyers, the $10,000 triumph was the 39th of his World of Outlaws career as he looks to become just the 12th driver in series history to cross the 40 A-Feature win plateau.

Force Just Five Shy After Earning 133rd Career No. 1 Qualifying Position

John Force ran a 4.021-sec. pass in Houston pn Friday night and made it stand up pn Saturday to move ever closer to Warren Johnson’s NHRA qualifying record of 138 top starting positions in a career.

Levant Captures 44th Annual Apple Cup Pole At Yakima Speedway

Calgary’s Brian Levant shocked the super late model field with a solid qualifying effort that netted the driver of the Cowtown Motorsports Toyota the top spot for Sunday’s 125-lap main event.

Two Tire Call Helps Ryan Newman End Winless Drought

It’s been what seems like forever for Ryan Newman when it comes to visiting victory lane in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. After a gamble on tires late in the Subway 600 at Phoenix International Raceway, Newman broke a streak of 78 races without a victory in dramatic fashion over Jeff Gordon.

Busch Rallies For Phenomenal Phoenix Nationwide Win

Kyle Busch restarted 10th on Lap 193 of 200 at the 1-mile track. By Lap 195 he had gained second position, and on Lap 196 he passed eventual third-place finisher Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Force Earns Top Qualifying Position After First Round In Houston

John Force continues to defy critics and competitors in an effort to win yet another NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car championship. The 60-year California drivers earned the top qualifying spot in Houston on Friday after one round of competition.

Spring brings return to local racing

Like the howling winds that roared across the Inland Empire, motorsports has blown into full song with action underway at Stateline Speedway, Sunset Speedway, Yakima Speedway’s 44th Annual Apple Cup and much more.

Holmes Finally Finds Success At Phoenix

Eric Holmes bounced back from a sub-par start to his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season with a win at Phoenix in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 100.

Jonathon Gomez Focused on Future After All American Decision

Jonathon Gomez left the season-opening NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event in Roseville, Calif. with a top-3 run. After post race inspection results were reported and posted the Twin Falls, Idaho driver found himself moved to the last place position with a daunting event at Phoenix International Raceway set for April 8.

Previewing The Inaugural World of Outlaws Event at Tri-State Speedway

Steve Kinser looks to add to his impression record in inaugural events, which has seen him win nearly 60 times with the World of Outlaws when the series debuts at a track.

Tiny Butler University makes big impression on Lucas

Morgan Lucas, driver of the GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster, was motivated by a collection of underdog college basketball players from a small hometown school — Butler University — when he attended the NCAA men’s Final Four at palatial Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Milestone Weekend For Carl Edwards, Elliott Sadler At Phoenix

Elliott Sadler and Carl Edwards will have 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts between them when each takes the green flag Saturday night in Phoenix, Arizona.

Fraser Aims For Repeat In 44th Annual Yakima Speedway Apple Cup

Jason Fraser dreamed of one day joining the list of winners who’ve achieved Apple Cup glory. Now that his name is forever etched on that list the driver of the Brokk Rentals Chevrolet returns to Central Washington looking to double-up in the Northwest’s premier season-opening late model event.

Tanner Returning To Site Of Historic Late Model Victory

Joey Tanner has achieved many victories in his dirt late model over the years but until last October had not tasted success in pavement stock car racing. That changed with a win in the Yakima Speedway Fall Classic, an event that draws some of the Northwest’s top late model drivers. Tanner returns to Yakima this weekend aiming for a win in the 44th Annual Apple Cup, a race won in the past by the likes of Derrike Cope, Jason Jefferson, Hershel McGriff and Don Dowdy.

Force Off To Strong Start In 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series

John Force is showing that despite being five years shy of being able to collect retirement benefits from Social Security, he is still one the top drivers in the NHRA.

Brett Thompson to Make First of Five Starts This Season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series

Idaho’s Brett Thompson, a mainstay on the NASCAR West Series who has also made several starts on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, plans to run this week in Phoenix while continuing to focus on the overall growth of Thompson Motorsports.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – News & Notes, Phoenix

Greg Pursley is looking forward to returning to PIR, where he set a track record in winning the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for last year’s Phoenix event.

Terry McCarl Looks Forward to Returning to Jackson Speedway

McCarl has seven career wins at Jackson Speedway including last season in the Jackson Nationals aboard the Big Game Treestands Maxim

Harvick Wins NASCAR Nationwide Series Race At Nashville With Two-Tire Stop

One day after owner/driver Kyle Busch guided his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride into victory lane in Nashville fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star and race team owner, Kevin Harvick, matched the feat with a win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Music City.

Kyle Busch Earns First Win As Driver-Owner At Nashville

Kyle Busch joined an exclusive club Friday night as the Las Vegas, NV native picked up a win on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series netting his KBM race team their first victory and Busch’s first as a NASCAR team owner.

Bee Broadcasting Signs To Again Broadcast 20th Annual Coors Light Montana 200

Western Montana, Southwestern British Columbia and Alberta, Northern Idaho and race fans on the Internet will again be able to listen to the famed Montana 200 live as Bee Broadcasting will devote extensive coverage of the 20th Annual event across its network with the July 17 200-lap finale carried live on Montana Country 106.3 The Bear.

A Fantastic Start to 2010 for the World of Outlaws: Great Racing & Big Crowds Highlight First Nine Races of the Season

Just five points separate current championship point leader Jason Meyers and 20-time series titlist Steve Kinser, with Joey Saldana in third only 20 markers out of the lead, while four-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz is fourth, 57 points back.

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