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Archive for June 2010

Jason Sides Wins King of Sedalia at Missouri State Fair Speedway

Jason Sides earned $10,000 for the victory, which was his second at Missouri State Fair Speedway and his first with the World of Outlaws at the historic half-mile, before a very large crowd. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee now has seven career A-Feature wins with the series dating back to 2004.

Big Fast Colorful Field Set For 2010 Season Opener

According to H1 Unlimited Historian Fred Farley, the last time 12 boats appeared at the annual Madison event was in 1988 and only 11 of those qualified to compete.  You have to go back 42 years, to 1968, when 14 boats were on hand, to find a larger field

Anderson sweeps Pro Stock events in Norwalk

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver, Greg Anderson, swept the weekend at Norwalk, Ohio. Larry Dixon, Tim Wilkerson and Matt Smith also claimed final round victories.

Garber wins second INSSA main event of 2010

David Garber rallied to a second INSSA win at Stateline in his second start on the series in 2010. The Spokane native is attempting to win the INSSA championship at Stateline Speedway while also nailing down the Lucas Oil Super Late Model championship at Montana Raceway Park.

Johnson Victorious At New Hampshire

Jimmie Johnson made it two wins in his last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts and with it emerged as a strong contender for championship number five.


NHRA Pro Stock driver, Greg Anderson, is $50,000 to the good after winning the K&N Horsepower Challenge as part of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series stop in Norwalk, Ohio.

Kyle Busch A Record-Breaking Winner At New Hampshire

Kyle Busch became NASCAR Nationwide Series’ all-time lap leader in winning the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kinser Nabs Lakeside Victory On World Of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Steve Kinser used a strong restart on the 12th lap to charge around Joey Saldana who had an engine going sour as the race wore on. He then used a strong restart on the 17th lap on the low side of the track to open a slight lead on Jac Haudenschild and would wind up crossing the stripe about a half a second ahead of the fellow Hall of Famer.

Carey, Kronenberg, Halden, Lee & Grobmair Claim Legends Thunder Victories

Five INEX winners crowned in ninth annual summer event held in Kalispell, Mont. Valleyford, Wash. high school junior, Jake Bisset, was the highest local finisher with a third place run in the Legend Pro division.

Thompson Scores First Career Victory On Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

Brett Thompson has done plenty of racing in his late model and NASCAR West Series career but he’d not yet scored a main event win on the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series until Saturday night in Meridian, Idaho.

Two for Tatnell: Wins World of Outlaws Debut at Junction Motor Speedway

Brooke Tatnell started third in the Southern Crane & Tractor Supply machine and battled Donny Schatz for the second spot for the first 11 laps of the 25-lapper. He got around the four-time and defending series champion on the 12th lap on the high side of the track coming off turn four.

Dixon, Coughlin, Edwards and Force Hood top Norwalk first-round qualifying

Qualifying is underway for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series stop in Norwalk, Ohio. Ashley Force Hodd, Jeg Coughlin, Larry Dixon and Mike Edwards lead their respective divisions after round one.

Freeman High racer Bisset moves up in rank at Legends

The ninth annual Legends Thunder event rolls into Montana on Saturday. All eyes will be on Valleyford’s Jake Bisset as he moves from the semipro ranks to the much tougher professional class and with it challenges three-time Thunder winner Kory Abbott for the main event win.

Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Heads To Meridian Speedway For First Stop of 2010

The Rocky Mountain Challenge Series heads into Meridian Speedway for the first of two appearances on the 2010 schedule. John Dillon is the series’ most recent winner with Steve Jones riding the top of the drivers points standings.

Dixon looks to rebound after rare early exit

Larry Dixon is the defending Top Fuel champion at Norwalk; last year, he was the No. 1 qualifier and defeated Steve Chrisman, Clay McMillan, Antron Brown and Brandon Bernstein on his way to victory circle.

Ron Capps prepared for emotional NHRA race

Team owner Don Schumacher announced on Sunday that John Medlen, who came on board at Don Schumacher Racing earlier this year to help tune the Funny Car driven by Matt Hagan, would now take over as crew chief on the NAPA car. Ron Capps’ longtime tuner Ed “Ace” McCulloch would become a consultant to all three DSR Funny Car teams. Capps and McCulloch both joined DSR in 2005.

World of Outlaws set for inaugural event at Junction Motor Speedway

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, has won 30 times in his career in the state of Nebraska, with the first of those coming in 1980. He won his first World of Outlaws race in the Cornhusker state in 1982.

Johnson Gets Road Course Gift From Ambrose

Jimmie Johnson inherited the lead in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway when Marcos Ambrose failed to keep up with the pace car during the final caution of the 110-lap race and pulled away from Robby Gordon in the final five laps to win the first road-course race of his career.

Schumacher, Force, Edwards win at 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army team also qualified sixth and seemed fated for a second-round matchup with rival and points-leader Larry Dixon and the Al-Anabi team in the second round, but No. 14 qualifier Morgan Lucas put that to rest with his upset of Dixon in the first round. So Schumacher didn’t meet a higher qualified racer until the semis when he dispatched of No. 2 qualifier Cory McClenathan and the FRAM dragster team, and then he secured his fourth win of 2010

Saldana Edges Haudenschild in Thriller at River Cities Speedway to Win the Duel in the Dakotas

Joey Saldana edged the Hall of Famer at the line by a scant 0.164 seconds to score his sixth win of the season and the second of his career at River Cities Speedway.  For Saldana it was the 65th A-Feature win of his World of Outlaws career, as he was crowned the overall champion of the Duel in the Dakota which was comprised of both nights of racing this weekend, following a fourth-place performance in the opener on Saturday night.

Steve Kinser Wins For the First Time at River Cities Speedway

The $10,000 win for Steve Kinser was his third of the season and the 555th of his legendary World of Outlaws career. He dedicated the triumph to his wife Dana, who is recovering from heart surgery that she recently underwent.

Bird Scores Win In Gary Miller 100 Modified Race At Stateline Speedway

Hayden’s Jeff Bird picked up the win in the Gary Miller 100 for the Northwest Modified Series held Saturday night at Stateline Speedway.

Ranger Coasts To Victory At Infineon

Former Indy car driver Andrew Ranger picked up the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Edwards wins in NASCAR Nationwide’s debut at Road America

Carl Edwards credited road-course veteran Boris Said and a Road America driving instructor for providing tips on how to get around the mammoth track.

Local Favorite Allen Johnson Secures No. 1 Qualifying Pro Stock Position Bristol

Greenville, Tenn. native Allen Johnson scored the number one qualifying position in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock division heading into Sunday’s final round.

Mitchell, Robinson, Spooner & Berglund Nab Wins At Montana Raceway Park

Bill Mitchell earned his second consecutive win in the Flathead Beacon Crusin’ Compact division while 2009 Super Stock champion, Jason Robinson, picked up his first checkered flag of the season.

Kahne takes charge again at Sonoma

Washington state native Kasey Kahne ran to the top of the qualifying charts in Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup action in Sonoma, Calif.

Bowles Tops Field In NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Qualifying

Defending series champion Jason Bowles starts from the pole in his quest for a third consecutive Sonoma win on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

Bristol Qualifying Finds Force Hood Atop The Funny Car List

Ashley Force Hood roared to the top of the qualifying ladder after the first round of action in Bristol, Tenn.

Sprint boat races become tradition

Three unique racing events have arrived to the Inland Northwest highlighted by the USSBA stop in St. John.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West prepares for Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 At Infineon Raceway

Six of the top 15 drivers in the championship standings will be making their first series start at Infineon Raceway. They include Jonathon Gomez (No. 22 Heritage Cattle/Century Boatland Chevrolet), Josh Combs (No. 9 Grape King/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford), Luis Martinez Jr. (No. 6 King Taco/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford), Michael Self (No. 88 Johnnie Walker Performance Center/Team Viva Chevrolet), Travis Milburn (No. 14 Cooks Collision Chevrolet) and Greg Rayl (No. 07 Spectator Racing Ford).

North Dakota Stops Highlight Weekend Racing For World Of Outlaws

Two nights of racing action set as the world’s fastest sprint cars head into North Dakota with a tight points battle for the 2010 championship.

King of Sedalia Race Brings Danny Lasoski to his Home Track of Missouri State Fair Speedway

Prior to hitting the track at Sedalia, Lasoski hit the links at the Sedalia Country Club on Tuesday with a number of fellow World of Outlaws drivers, officials, crew members and sponsors to help raise money for a very worthwhile cause.


It was the 100th Sage and Sun Festival in Ephrata last weekend and at Ephrata Raceway Park that means the annual visit from the Washington Midget Racing Association and the Vintage Sprint Cars and Midgets.


Larry Dixon continued his winning ways with his sixth Top Fuel victory of the 2010 season in the rain-delayed Englishtown, Penn. final round held Monday afternoon.

Saldana Wins Finale of Boot Hill Showdown on Sunday Afternoon

Joey Saldana took the lead for the first time on the 10th lap diving under Jason Meyers in turns three and four. Meyers used a strong restart on the 12 th lap to retake the lead on the high side after Saldana chose the bottom on the double file restart. Saldana moved back into the lead with nine laps to go en route to the win, which was his series leading 18th Top-Five finish of the season.

Hamlin Smokes The Competition At Michigan

Denny Hamlin has won five of the last ten NASCAR Sprint Cup races and is clearly becoming a contender for the 2010 championship.

ICAR Sees First Time Winners At Stateline Speedway

Rookie of the Year contenders Blake Williams and Chris Kellogg scored wins in the ICAR Twin 35’s held at Stateline Speedway. Both drivers got their starts in the track’s Wednesday Night Fever program.

Logano Continues Kentucky Dominance

SInce 2008 Joey Logano has won a pole at Kentucky Speedway then went onto win the race making NASCAR history in the process.

Three-wide pass gives Almirola win on NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

The Florida native moved by Todd Bodine and Kyle Busch with less then ten laps to go to take his second victory of the 2010 season.


McClenathan’s 3.752-second pass at 324.75 mph in the FRAM dragster was the quickest and second-fastest run in since NHRA moved to 1000-foot racing two years ago. It was the 37th No. 1 of his career.

Lessor Scores NAPA Battle Of The Borders 150 Victory On ARCA West Ignite Series

Defending Montana Raceway Park Lucas Oil Super Late Model champion, Alex Lessor, nabbed his first victory of the 2010 season with a strong late race performance in the ARCA West Ignite Late Model Series NAPA Battle of the Borders 150.

Kevin Harvick Has 20/20 Vision For Logano

After last weekend’s tangle between Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano, words were exchanged, tempers flared and the pair head to Michigan this weekend with little settle from the week before.

Swindell Slices to Win at Dodge City: Scores First World of Outlaws Victory Since 2006

Sammy Swindell made up a lot of ground on Joey Saldana in lapped traffic late in the going and was able to dive under him coming off turns three and four on the 28th lap to take the lead.


Should the defending NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion maintain the No. 1 qualifying position it would be the third in a row for Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang team and fifth overall this season.

ARCA West Ignite Series Invades Montana Raceway Park For NAPA Battle Of The Borders

The ARCA West Ignite teams have one race under their belt with British Columbia‘s Shane Harding claiming victory at Sun Valley Speedway in Vernon on May 8. Harding earned a win at Yakima Speedway on June 5 in an ASA late model. In both events the Langley native was followed to the stripe by his father 1999 NASCAR Northwest Tour champion, Pete Harding.


ICAR series fills void at Stateline after late-model tour cancellation

The ICAR Late Model Series returns this weekend, running its second race in as many weekends at the Post Falls quarter-mile. As was the case in 2008, the group is honored to be asked on short notice to thrill Stateline’s fans again.

U-25 Unlimited Hydroplane Team Taps Burien Driver For 2010 Season

Dr. Ken Muscatel and partner Ron Jones, Jr. have selected 5 Litre record holder Jon Zimmerman to drive the U-25 Unlimited Hydroplane.

Gary Lewis, Mark Owens And Eric Schmidt Headline Early Entries To 20th Annual Montana 200

Gary Lewis. The Snohomish, Wash. champion, has earned over $36,000 in Montana 200 prize money since 2007 and looks to increase that total at this year’s event behind the wheel of The Sign Factory USA Chevrolet.

Jeg Coughlin has grown up with E-town track

Jeg Coughlin has been racing at Englishtown for over 14 years. His record at the track is impressive but the family roots go deep at this week’s stop on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Family Affair May Await Ashley Force Hood In Englishtown

With defending champion Robert Hight, Ashley’s brother in law and her famous father John in the mix for a win this weekend matching up against family will be a possiblity after both men are off to hot starts in 2010.

Kurt, Kyle Make Vegas The City Of Brotherly Love

Las Vegas is known for many things, but, producing winning brother combinations in NASCAR is a new feat for Nevada’s largest city.

Dixon Wins NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Event in Chicago

A little rain shower couldn’t stop Larry Dixon’s march to a win in the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway located just outside of Chicago, Ill.

Behind the badge fundrasier part of ERP race night festivites

As a part of the Behind the Badge Organization awareness efforts, Ephrata Raceway Park hosted a series of Cops versus Cops Trophy Dash races. Behind the Badge is the group that assists families of fallen Law Enforcement Officers.

Garber Wins ICAR Event At Stateline Speedway

Dan Garber earned a win in the first of two ICAR main events at Stateline Speedway then ran strong to a top-3 finish to net the night’s overall victory.

Hamlin Wins Green-White-Checker Finish At Pocono

Denny Hamlin delivered in his FedEx Toyota for career win number four at Pocono on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Holmes Unstoppable In Roseburg

Once out front, Eric Holmes was able to maintain the lead – despite some fierce challenges from David Mayhew.

Practice Makes Perfect For Keselowski’s NASCAR Nationwide Victory

Was it any coincidence that Brad Keselowski won Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race? Keselowski didn’t think so.

Young Scores Back-To-Back Bomber Wins At Montana Raceway Park

Jason Young continued his winning ways in the Montana Raceway Park Bomber division with his fourth win in five starts dating back to last season.

Dixon, Hight, Edwards and Treble lead NHRA Chicago final qualifying

Larry Dixon drove his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to the top of the field and posted a track record of 3.814-seconds at 317.42 mph. It was Dixon’s third No. 1 qualifier of the season and 43rd of his career.

Bodine wins No. 6 at Texas

Todd Bodine has an impressive winning streak at Texas Motor Speedway on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. On Friday night the New York native won his sixth main event of his career at the 1.5-mile oval.

First Round NHRA Qualifying In Chicago Sees Hight Atop The Ladder

Robert Hight, Larry Dixon, Mike Edwards and Craig Treble took the provisional top spots in their respective categories at the 10th of 23 events on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series held just outside of Chicago.

Jac Haudenschild Reigns Supreme in Inaugural Hall of Fame Classic

With his win on Friday night, Jac Haudenschild has now won a total of 16 times at the Knoxville half-mile in his illustrious career, including in 11 events with the World of Outlaws.

Young Looks To Continue Winning Ways At Montana Raceway Park

Racing resumes Saturday night at the Flathead Valley’s only professional sports venue, Montana Raceway Park. CHS and Little Caesars Pizza Night at the Races features the Bombers, Hornets, Compacts, Hobby Stock and Super Stocks.

Tatnell Tames Knoxville: Scores First World of Outlaws Win Since 2008

The win for Brooke Tatnell was the 10th of his career with the World of Outlaws, making him the 23rd driver in the 30-plus year history of the series to score double digit wins. It was his fourth career win at Knoxville, where he is also the track record holder in time trials, setting that mark in 2006.

Anderson turns investigator to prepare for NHRA Joliet event

Greg Anderson and his Summit Racing team have labored to find and fix the gremlins that have been haunting their race cars of late. If the challenges of restoring his race car to full health and dealing with another tightly-packed Pro Stock field were not enough, this weekend Anderson will also have to deal with a track that has been his personal nemesis.

Holmes Looking To Continue Oregon Hot Streak

Eric Holmes (No. 20 NAPA Toyota), will be shooting for his third consecutive Roseburg win when the series heads there for the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts Bonus Challenge 150 on Saturday, June 5.

Pursley Looks To Bounce Back After Tough Iowa Outing

Greg Pursley rode into Iowa Speedway atop the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver standings but an early race incident dropped the California native out of the lead and puts added pressure on his Gene Price Motorsports team heading to this week’s stop in Roseburg, Oregon.

Schumacher looking to continue winning ways at home

Defending NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel champion likes his chances heading into a ‘hometown’ race this weekend.

Kyle Busch To Make Milestone Start No. 200 In NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Nevada native will become youngest NASCAR driver in Sprint Cup history to achieve the honor just one month after turning 25 years old.

Mother Nature Halts Lucas Oil Series Drag Racing Action In British Columbia

An all-weekend rain storm forced NHRA Division 6 officials to postpone the event with some action picking up at Pacific Raceway later this summer.

Hight On Hot Streak As Full Throttle Series Heads To Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Robert Hight knows the competition in the Funny Car ranks on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is tough and the defending champion is out to show that he’s up to the challenge.

Jones Wins Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Event In Salt Lake City

Idaho’s Steve Jones netted his second straight victory on the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series as he led Brian Levant and John Newhouse to the checkered flag in Salt Lake City.

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