Archive for February 2010
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.
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, Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz thriller the Vegas fans with wheel to wheel racing action in Friday’s feature event.
Roush shakes up its NASCAR Nationwide program with Carl Edwards gaining a new crew chief heading to Las Vegas event this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kyle Busch picked up his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the season in a wild finish at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.
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.
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.
In less then seven days Missouri native Jamie McMurray has gone from winning the Daytona 500 to sitting on the pole in California.
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.
Tony Schumacher, who is the defending world champion, was on the losing end of a unique race with Larry Dixon last weekend in
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stewart, behind the wheel of a Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet, made it five wins in the last six Nationwide Series Daytona 300 events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Despite not yet winning the Winternationals, Antron Brown is a two-time winner at Auto Club Raceway at
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Budweiser Shootout kicks off NASCAR racing at the famed Daytona International Speedway. Kevin Harvick is the defending champion of the event.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.