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Archive for February 2010

Johnson Denies Teammate Gordon A Win, Gets Back-To-Back NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Victories

If fans and competitors thought that four-time NASCAR Sprint Car Series champion Jimmie Johnson would struggle in a drive for five straight titles his hot start this season has certainly proved otherwise.

Pit-road Woes Can’t Keep Harvick From NASCAR Nationwide Win

Kevin Harvick overcame some pit road miscues over the course of a day filled with threating weather to pick up his 35th NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of his career.

Jason Meyers Edges Steve Kinser & Donny Schatz at Las Vegas

Jason Meyers, Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz thriller the Vegas fans with wheel to wheel racing action in Friday’s feature event.

Roush Fenway Makes Changes to Nationwide Program

Roush shakes up its NASCAR Nationwide program with Carl Edwards gaining a new crew chief heading to Las Vegas event this weekend.

Previewing the Second Annual Las Vegas Super Sprint Classic

Of note heading into Las Vegas this weekend is news that Paul McMahan will be filling in for the injured Cody Darrah in the No 91 machine for Kasey Kahne Racing as a teammate to Joey Saldana.

McClenathan, Beckman take delayed Arizona Nationals wins

Weather delays Sunday had moved racing into the early evening, and deteriorating conditions forced the postponement of action. NHRA officials called a halt to Sunday’s racing after three rounds of Top Fuel and Funny Car and one round of Pro Stock and scheduled completion for Monday morning.

Magic City Showdown at Nodak Speedway Opens 2010 Gold Rush Tour

The World of Outlaws raced at Nodak Speedway for the first time in 2006, with Terry McCarl picking up the win in that race. Daryn Pittman was victorious in 2007, with Jason Meyers taking the win in 2008. Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, picked up the win last year to earn his first career triumph at the track.

Jimmie Johnson Rallies For NASCAR Victory At Fontana

Showing the strength of a four-time champion Jimmie Johnson held off a hard charging Kevin Harvick in a battle of two Southern California NASCAR stars at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.

Arizona Nationals completion postponed; race will resume Monday

Weather has delayed the conclusion of the Arizona Nationals for the NHRA Full Throttle Series event. Top Fuel and Funny Car action will wrap-up Monday with Pro Stock action being moved to the next event being held in Florida in two weeks.

Great American Dream: McMurray Still Can’t Believe Daytona Win

One week after winning NASCAR’s biggest event-the Daytona 500-Jaime McMurray is still making fans take note of his skills as he grabbed the pole for today’s Sprint Cup event at Auto Club Speedway. The last week has been a whirlwind for a driver who many thought would be without a job in 2010. Columnist Cathy Elliott gives a unique look inside the Missouri native that has been the talk of NASCAR heading into its West Coast stop.

Busch Edges Biffle For NASCAR Nationwide Win In Fontana

Kyle Busch picked up his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the season in a wild finish at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.

Schumacher, Force and Edwards Earned No. 1 Qualifying Positions At NHRA Arizona Nationals

Defending NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher earned the top qualifying position for the NHRA Arizona Nationals. John Force (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also earned top honors at teh conclusion of Saturday’s qualifying runs.

NHRA Announces State Drag Racing Championship Program

Similar to approaches by state high school athletic associations that conduct state championships in various school sporting events, the NHRA will designate and recognize one annual event per state. Washington has several NHRA-sanctioned facilities including Renegade Raceway in Wapato, Wash. In 2009 Spokane County Raceway was NHRA-sanctioned and should be again in 2010 once the operational agreements are finalized.

Daytona champ Jaime McMurray takes Auto Club Speedway pole

In less then seven days Missouri native Jamie McMurray has gone from winning the Daytona 500 to sitting on the pole in California.

Kalitta Continues Early-Season Resurgence

Kalitta finished runner-up to 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car season opening winner, Larry Dixon, last weekend in Pomona and is out to showcase a potential run for the championship in the division.

Schumacher eyes improvement in Valley of the Sun

Tony Schumacher, who is the defending world champion, was on the losing end of a unique race with Larry Dixon last weekend in Pomona, Calif. after both drivers posted identical elapsed times and speeds.  It was Dixon’s slightly better reaction time at the starting line that proved to be the difference.

Ganassi rewarded-McMurray repays owner for his faith

Chip Ganassi gave Jaime McMurray his first break when the little-known driver was looking for a shot at NASCAR’s top level. He rewarded Ganassi with a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the team’s Coors Light Dodge that had been driven by Sterling Marlin until a season-ending injury forced him out of the seast.

Force May Be NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car Title Contender After Strong Pomona Showing

John Force heads to Arizona and the second stop on the NHRA Full Throttle 2010 Tour with something he’s not held for some time-the Funny Car division’s points lead.

Worth the wait-Jaime McMurray returns to Daytona’s victory lane

The truth – the hole truth – is that Jaime McMurray won the Super Bowl of NASCAR on Sunday in a spectacular finish. Race officials just hope it makes fans forget about a pothole on the track that required two stoppages and delayed stock car racing’s greatest spectacle by more than two hours.

Force returns to winner’s circle; Dixon, Edwards also snare NHRA season opening wins

John Force’s Funny Car victory at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, during a weekend filled with nostalgic moments and memories, is Force’s record 127th, and it came in his 203rd final, but it was his first since the 2008 Topeka event, 623 days ago.

JW Myers selected to drive U-37 for 2010 H1 Unlimited season

U-37 owner Billy Schumacher has selected veteran Unlimited pilot JW Myers as his team’s driver taking over for Jean Theoret. Myer subbed for an injured Theoret in three races last season.

Daytona 500 Is Emotional Win For McMurray, Second Place For Earnhardt Jr.

Despite over two hours of delays due to weather-related track issues, Jaime McMurray and Dale Earnhardt Jr. thrilled a sold out Daytona International Speedway crowd in the 52nd Annual Daytona 500.

Stewart Struts Nationwide Stuff

NASCAR Nationwide Series victory is Stewart’s 15th win in a stock car at Daytona, moving him into a tie with Cale Yarborough for third all-time. He trails only Dale Earnhardt (34 wins) and Bobby Allison (16) for most at Daytona.

Peters beats Bodine in thrilling Daytona NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finish

Timothy Peters scored his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory last fall at the smallest track on the circuit-Martinsville Speedway. After Saturday night’s thrilling win the Virginia native now has a win on one of the series biggest tracks-Daytona International Speedway.

Dixon Grabs Top Qualifying Spot After Two Rounds of Winternationals NHRA Action

Larry Dixon, the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel points runner-up, grabbed the top qualifying position after two rounds at the season-opening 50th Annual Winternationals.

Reloaded: Coughlin ready for another title campaign

Jeg Coughlin Jr. had one of the best seasons of his illustrious career in 2009, leading the NHRA professional ranks with seven national event victories and 13 races atop the Full Throttle point standings.

Johnson and Kahne Win By Narrow Margins In NASCAR Gatorade Duels For The 500

Jimmie Johnson bounced back from a practice crash on Wednesday and drove his back-up car to a victory in one of two Gatorade Duels for the 52nd running of the Daytona 500. Washington state native, Kasey Kahne, picked up the win in Duel No. 2. Both races were decided by less then .1-second.

Lewis Brings Home Many Memories From South Africa Race

Four-time Northwest late model touring champion, Gary Lewis, took part in a unique stock car race in South Africa and came away with unforgettable memories.

NASCAR’s Drive For Diversity Program Introduces 2010 Driver Lineup

Group is led by Sergio Pena who made his presence known to the racing world in last month’s NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown by capturing the pole for the K&N Pro Series event and running second in his first career start. NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver, Paul Harraka, also among the 11-member group.

Robert Hight looking to get even at Winternationals

Hight and his Auto Club Ford Mustang are two-time Winternationals winners grabbing the title in 2006 and 2008. A win this year would continue the even-year winning streak for the Alturas, Calif., native.

NHRA Celebrates 50th Winternationals In Pomona

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series kicks off its 2010 season this weekend in Pomona, Calif. with the running of the 50th Annual Winternationals.

Kopp Announced As Rider For Lloyd Brothers Motorsports

Mica’s Joe Kopp joins Aaron King as riders for Lloyd Brothers Motorsports. Kopp will ride Ducati’s and XR750’s in 2010.

Ignite Racing Fuel Joins ARCA West As Sponsor

Ignite Racing Fuels will become the series new title sponsor with Macs Stores stepping into a presenting sponsor. The Western Canadian based late model series will be know as the ARCA West Ignite Series presented by Macs.

NHRA’s Antron Brown ready to go racing

Despite not yet winning the Winternationals, Antron Brown is a two-time winner at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona site of the season-opening NHRA Full Throttle Series event.

Steve Kinser Wins Finale of DIRTcar Nationals

Steve Kinser battled Tim Kaeding for most of the 30-lap contest and had Joey Saldana challenging him in the late going. For the Hall of Famer, it was his third career World of Outlaws A-Feature win at Volusia Speedway Park.

Patrick sixth in first race in stock car

On a day that Dale Earnhardt Jr. commanded attention for grabbing the outside front row starting position in next week’s Daytona 500-it was Danica Patrick that made the most noise in Saturday’s racing action at Daytona International Speedway.

Harvick Wins Back-To-Back Budweiser Shootout In Exciting Finish

Kevin Harvick, who’d been held out of practice for the Budweiser Shootout due to illness, made his frist competitive laps of 2010 count with his second victory in the season-opening speciality race.

Martin, Earnhardt earn top two starting spots at Daytona

The two Hendrick Motorsports teammates are the only drivers from this year’s entries that know where they’ll be starting from for next Sunday’s Daytona 500.

On Top Again: Donny Schatz Wins 2010 World of Outlaws Season Opener

Donny Schatz began the 2010 season on top again taking the win on Saturday night in the season opening 39th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park

Previewing the Budweiser Shootout At Daytona International Speedway

The Budweiser Shootout kicks off NASCAR racing at the famed Daytona International Speedway. Kevin Harvick is the defending champion of the event.

Edwards draws the pole for Saturday’s Shootout

NASCAR Sprint Cup racing gets underway Saturday, Feb. 6 with the running of the Budweiser Shootout. Carl Edwards drew the pole in Thursday night ceremonies and will be joined by Kevin Harvick on the front row on the season-opening speciality race.

Previewing the 39th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio

Donny Schatz and Joey Saldana, the two winningest drivers in World of Outlaws competition last season, were victorious at in the DIRTcar Nationals last season.

NHRA Announces 2010 Full Throttle Series TV Schedule On ESPN2

NHRA racing enters its tenth season with ESPN kicking off with the 50th Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals during the second weekend of February.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Revises Method Of Setting Starting Lineups

NASCAR will revise its five-year-old procedure governing guaranteed starting positions for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010. The revision will open up additional spots in the line-up for teams qualifying via time trials.

Two Legends Unite as Steve Kinser Joins Tony Stewart Racing

Kinser, who will be chasing his record 21st World of Outlaws championship, will open the season aboard the No. 11 Bass Pro Shops Maxim owned by the legendary Stewart.

ASA Rookie of the Year Leaves NASCAR Event Ready For 2010

Joey Tanner, a former dirt late model front runner, was able to learn valuable information in preparation for a potential 2010 ASA Northwest Late Model Tour championship.

A Familiar Place: Kraig Kinser Heads to DIRTcar Nationals aboard Family Owned Machine

Ironically, Kraig Kinser will be driving for his father’s team, while Steve will be driving for Tony Stewart Racing, the team that Kraig was a part of for the last two seasons.

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