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Archive for August 2010

Gold Rush Tour through the Pacific Northwest for World of Outlaws

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the Northwest with three stops between Wednesday night and Labor Day.

Points leader Dixon eager to finish the job

Larry Dixon’s nine wins this season equals his career-best wins total for a season; he won nine races on his way to the 2002 NHRA Top Fuel championship. His nine-win total is also more than any other driver in the four NHRA professional classes.

Defending champ Coughlin the hottest pro heading to U.S. Nationals

Jeg Coughlin knows how to tame the U.S. Nationals as he rides into this weekend’s NHRA stop with plenty of momentum.

Ochs Wins Doyle Braton Memorial

Greg Ochs picked up the victory in the Northwest Modified Series Doyle Braton Memorial Race with Hayden’s Jeff Bird running second and Jeff Braton rounding out the top-3.

Said wins thrilling NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Montreal

Boris Said won in Canada as he held off hard charging Max Papis who had held the lead heading to the start-finish line with the checkered flag flying.


The 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series features 22 stops across the United States with several venues adjusting their dates for the upcoming season.

Joey Saldana Wins Finale of the Oil City Cup to Score 12th Victory of the Season

Joey Saldana slid by Sam Hafertepe Jr. in turn four in lapped traffic on the 30th lap to take the lead, after nearly taking the top spot a few laps earlier. The second generation driver would lead the remainder of the distance to earn his series leading 12th A-Feature win of the season and his third in his last four starts at Castrol Raceway.

Rain forces cancelation of Bill Clark Memorial late model race at MRP

Mark Owens, Bodie Morton and David Garber had the fastest cars at Montana Raceway Park on Saturday night but Mother Nature picked up the victory as rain forced cancelation of the Bill Clark Memorial 150-lap Northwest Late Model Shootout.

Fought Wins Again At Ephrata Raceway Park

Mike Fought continued his winning ways in the ERP Sprint Car division as the Othello native picked up victory on the 2010 march towards a championship.

Jason Meyers Wins Opener of the Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Canada

Jason Meyers took the lead on Friday night on the 16th lap with a slide job on Steve Kinser in turn four and would lead the remainder of the distance to score his 44th career World of Outlaws A-Feature win, which was worth $10,000.

Kyle Busch extends winning streak at Chicagoland

With the victory at Chicagoland Speedway, Kyle Busch has now won four consecutive NASCAR series events with his three-race sweep of Bristol last weekend.

Hot August Nights On Tap At Spokane County Raceway This Weekend

Hot August Nights gets into full swing Saturday at Spokane County Raceway. Featuring Jet Cars, Pro Mods and the Summit Racing Series, drag racing fans are in for a real treat this weekend.

Webb, Hatton and Schrader win at Stateline Speedway

Rusty Webb took a break from his late model racing to run in Stateline Speedway’s Wednesday Night Fever program again this summer and as was the case in his last start-the Deer Park native earned the victory.

56 years of U.S. Nationals racing to be celebrated on NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series

For 56 years the top teams in NHRA racing have taken to the strip in Indianapolis and stage some of the greatest drag races in the history of the sport. The circuit returns to Indy next weekend with another historic event planned.

Dollansky Wins Finale of the Magic City Showdown at Nodak Speedway

Craig Dollansky was scheduled to start fourth in the 30-lap contest, but was penalized two positions for being late to the staging lining, thus lining him up sixth. Then during the formation lap prior to the start of the feature, contact with Brad Sweet did significant damage to the front of his machine.

Busch completes Bristol triple with Sprint Cup win

The victory was Busch’s fourth at the .533-mile track, his third of the season and the 19th of his career. Jaime McMurray came home third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne.

Joey Saldana Edges Steve Kinser by 0.018 Seconds in Opener of the Magic City Showdown

Joey Saldana led on the white flag lap, with Steve Kinser sliding him coming off turn four to take the top spot. The pair then drag raced down the front straightaway in front of the brand new state-of-the-art grandstand at the high-banked 3/8-mile, with Saldana winning by mere inches over the 20-time series champion. For Saldana, it was his 70th career World of Outlaws A-Feature win, tying him with Dave Blaney for seventh on the series all-time win list.

Kyle Busch plays spin-to-win NASCAR Nationwide race at Bristol

Kyle Busch can complete an unprecedented sweep of three races at one track in NASCAR’s top three touring series with a victory in Saturday’s Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race. Busch won Bristol’s Camping World Truck Series race Wednesday night.

Tight INSSA pack chases leader Garber down final stretch

David Garber, the man to beat for many years on the circuit, is holding three consecutive championship trophies heading into the weekend. For the first time in many seasons, the Spokane native has not one, but several challengers ready to pounce should he have issues in the final two runs of the year.

Busch Dominates NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race At Bristol

Kyle Busch continued to show the strength of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team as he drove from the back of the 36-truck field to the front and never looked back en route to victory.

Bode, Dixon, Coughlin and Hines winners at final Countdown to 10 race

Bob Bode was a surprise winner in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series stop in Brainerd, MN. Also picking up wins were Larry Dixon, Jeg Couglin and Andrew Hines.

Harvick’s Gamble Pays Off With Michigan Win

Kevin Harvick clinched a spot in NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup with his third victory of the 2010 season. Harvick had a dominant car throughout the day at Michigan International Speedway as did his Richard Childress Racing teammates Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer

Holmes Cashes In At Colorado National Speedway

Eric Holmes made it two victories in consecutive weekends on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. This week’s win came at Colorado National Speedway giving Holmes two Rocky Mountain wins when coupled with last Saturday’s victory at Montana Raceway Park.

Basler, Young, Morris, Irwin and Lee Nab Main Event Wins At MRP

Montana Raceway Park’s racing is fast coming to a close with points battles tight in several divisions. Scott Lee and Zach Havens were tied coming in Saturday’s racing action for the MRP Thunder Roadster championship but Lee picked up a win and moved back atop the standings.

Record Crowd Packs ERP For Big Rig Truck Series

Semi-Truck racing action thrilled North Central Washington on Saturday night as a record crowd packed Ephrata Raceway Park for the Rolling Thunder Big Rig Series’ only stop at the quarter-mile.


Doug Kalitta is coming off his first win of the season at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series last stop, the Mopar Mile High Nationals, giving him momentum heading into this week’s stop in Minnesota.

Todd Bodine wins Darlington truck race

The key moment of the race occurred with 47 laps to go when Austin Dillon elected to give up the lead and pit for tires under caution. Expecting Todd Bodine and others to follow suit before the finish, Dillon dropped outside the top 10 in the running order and never challenged for the lead again as a flurry of late cautions allowed the leaders to remain on track without needing to stop for tires or fuel.

Brad Keselowski Dominant at Michigan in NASCAR Nationwide Series new car design

Brad Keselowski earned the victory in the Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway on the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The race was just the second running of the series newly redesigned race car.

Realignment 2011, Race To The Chase Are Puzzlers

Carl Edwards has gradually moved higher into the Chase field, but Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin are still duking it out.

Date Change Announced For NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Season Finale

The 125-mile NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race now set for Nov. 13 is part of four days of NASCAR racing action at Phoenix that also includes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Blake Koch Ready For NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Stop In Colorado

Blake Koch, who celebrated his 25th birthday last Saturday, drives for veteran car owner Jim Offenbach, whose team has an alliance with Richard Childress Racing.


Brandon Bernstein sits atop the qualifying ladder for Top Fuel dragsters on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series stop in Brainerd, MN.

Colbert teen Anderson flat out fast

In July, Wyatt Anderson traveled to Illinois for the AMA Amateur Dirt Track Grand Championships and won the 125cc Modified National Championship in short-track and half-mile racing and clinched the Grand National Championships in the 250 Modified and 125 Modified ranks.

Lewis Montana Victory Benefits Victory Junction Gang

Northwest late model champion, Gary Lewis, picked up a $5,000 paycheck last weekend at Montana Raceway Park and was able to see some of his sponsor’s funding go towards the Victory Junction Gang.

Streaking Coughlin excited about Brainerd, upcoming playoffs

A victor two races ago in Sonoma, Calif., Jeg Coughlin followed up his Wine Country win by claiming runner-up honors at the last NHRA tour stop in Denver. He’s hoping to keep his hot streak alive in the final event of the regular season to launch his 2010 championship aspirations for the Chevrolet Cobalt team.

Cory Mac in good spot as ‘regular’ season ends

Racing the FRAM Top Fuel dragster, Cory McClenathan has had a solid season competing against the rest of the category’s elite, including his Don Schumacher Racing teammates Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown, Larry Dixon, Doug Kalitta, Brandon Bernstein, among others

Robert Hight eyes No. 1 Countdown spot

Robert Hight enters Brainerd, the last race before the Countdown to 1, as one of two drivers who can clinch the No. 1 spot in the championship hunt as well as a 30 point lead going into the last six races.

David defeats Villwock en route to Seafair victory

A critical point in the chase for the Seafair trophy and the series high point championship came in heat 2A.  Villwock and David were relegated to the outside as a result of their victories in 1A and 1B.  With the faster qualifying speed, Villwock drew last and started in lane six, outside of David in lane five.

Holmes Charges To NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Win In Montana

Two-time series champion, Eric Holmes, used a long green-flag run at the start of the race to move up from his starting position of seventh and set up his charge for the lead. After a debris caution on Lap 103 bunched the field, Holmes worked past David Mayhew on Lap 113 and took the race lead – a spot that he would not relinquish the rest of the night.

Jason Meyers Wins Ironman 55 & $20,000 in Thrilling Fashion over Lucas Wolfe

The $20,000 win for Jason Meyers was his eighth of the season and his second career triumph at I-55 Raceway, where he has finished in the Top-10 in each of his last seven starts at the high-banked 1/3-mile co-owned by Ken Schrader and Ray Marlar.

Steve David & Dave Villwock Win Saturday Prelims

Steve David led heat 1A from Start to finish in the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto and Dave Villwock in the U-96 Spirit of Qatar won heat 1B just as easily.

Bodine breaks through for win at Nashville

The victory was Todd Bodine’s second of the season and first at the 1.33-mile concrete track southeast of Nashville.

Villwock & U-96 Spirit of Qatar Top Friday Qualifiers

Dave Villwock appears to have left his misfortunes in Tri-Cites behind him as his U-96 is atop the qualifying ladder after day one of Seattle’s historic SeaFair.

Tim Shaffer Slices to Win Opener of the Ironman 55 at I-55 Raceway

Tim Shaffer started on the front row of the 30-lapper and chased Jason Sides, who started on the pole, in the early going. For Shaffer, it was his first World of Outlaws win of the season and the 13th of his career.

Sickler Claims Victory, Lewis Earns Top Qualifying Honors At Montana Raceway Park

Kalispell, Mont. welcomed the NASCAR Rumble in the Rockies weekend with racing in two classes and a full slate of action from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West teams.

ICAR, INSCA heats up at Stateline

Kevin Burke leads the chase for the 2010 INSCA points championship with Mike Fought just 10 points behind. Dixon Helgeson is third with Rick Nelson and 2009 series champion Justin Popple sitting in fifth place.

Navigating Life’s Curves-Funkhouser forging ahead after sudden loss of his father

Justin Funkhouser looks like he might finish the remainder of the West Series schedule with Jack Sellers after one of his drivers fell out of favor with the team. Funkhouser will also have to go the rest of his racing career without his dad who died of a heart attack in June.

Rivalries Heat Up As Seafair Race Approaches

With the difference in first and second place points in every heat equaling 100, Dave Villwock now has to hope he draws Steve David in as many heats as possible in the upcoming Albert Lee Cup at Seafair and is able to get the Spirit of Qatar to the finish line ahead of team Oberto.

Bennett Rides Into Montana Happy To Be Part Of NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Event

Ellensburg, Wash. native Travis Bennett is set to make his debut in the No. 9 Grape King Ford Fusion on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The series stops at Montana Raceway Park this weekend for the NASCAR Rumble in the Rockies.

Steve Kinser Wins for First time at Fulton Speedway

Steve Kinser started second and chased early leader Doug Esh for the first dozen laps, diving under him coming off turn four on the 13th circuit in lapped traffic. He would lead the remainder of the 30-lap contesting to score the 559th A-Feature win of his illustrious career. Fulton Speedway became the seventh track in the state of New York that Kinser has won at.

First Montana Race Marks 238th Start For Jack Sellers

The Montana event will mark Jack Sellers’ 238th series race. The Sacramento, Calif., driver is closing in on the record for the most races in the modern era of the series (1971-present). Asked his thoughts on setting such a mark, Sellers responded with the same humor he has been known for throughout his career.

Late charge powers Biffle to convincing Pocono win

With his car owner in the Mayo Clinic recovering from injuries, Greg Biffle gave Jack Roush and Ford the best medicine possible to cure each’s respective ills-a win at Pocono Raceway. 

Donny Schatz Wins Finale of Six Nation Showdown

The win was the third of the season for Donny Schatz and the 103rd of his World of Outlaws career. He is currently four wins behind Hall of Famer Doug Wolfgang who is fourth on the all-time list.

Eagle’s Dillon captures Idaho 200

With 40 laps to go, John Dillon used lapped traffic to work around David Garber for the lead and moved out to a hefty advantage with Gary Lewis looming large in the rearview mirror.


Three days of NHRA divisional racing wrapped up on Sunday afternoon as Spokane County Raceway played host to nearly a dozen divisions of racing.

Jason Sides Wins for the Third Time at Canadian Track

For Jason Sides, the $10,000 triumph was his fourth World of Outlaws A-Feature win of the season which is a career-high. He won in the series debut at Ohsweken in 2007 and also was victorious last season at the track in the finale, after running up front early in the opener only to have a flat tire force him to the work area.

Fields set for Spokane Lucas Oil event

Participants in 11 different classes including 250 mph Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars will be battling it out in head to head competition on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. for a chance at taking home the trophy and their share of cash and contingency awards of more than $150,000.

Sharp in Shape at Stateline Duel for the Idaho 200 Night 2

Zan Sharp recovered from a Friday night incident at the NAPA Idaho 200 being held at Stateline Speedway and picked up a win on the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series which was part of night two of the Duel for the 200.

Sadler enjoys emotional truck win at Pocono

In winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Pocono Raceway, Sadler becomes the 21st driver to win in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions.

Busch Roars to Ninth NASCAR Nationwide Win

When it comes to NASCAR Nationwide Series racing if Kyle Busch is entered chances are he will usually nab a victory. So was the case at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night.

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