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Archive for March 2010

Lewis Has Successful NASCAR West Series Debut

Three-time Idaho and Montana 200 champion, Gary Lewis, advanced from his 15th place starting position to close his debut on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with a top-5 run.

Evergreen Speedway Champion Picks Up Win At ASA Northwest Late Model Tour Opener

Two time Evergreen Speedway champion, Naima Lang, wins season opening event on the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour which makes a stop at Stateline Speedway in June.

Hamlin Wins Second Straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Event At Martinsville

Most athletes struggle in their repsective sports while battling a torn ACL. Denny Hamlin wins races in his home state just days before having the knee operation needed to get his health back on track.

Force, McClenathan, Edwards And Smith Race To Victory At zMAX Dragway

zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC hosted the first-ever four lane side by side drag racing event that awarded points on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Like most new occassions the sports biggest names rose to the top to claim victory.

Harraka Maintains Momentum-Picks Up Where Leaving Off 2009 With All-American Speedway victory

Paulie Harraka was part of a historic NASCAR evening as K&N Filters kicked off their sponsorship of the NASCAR West Series in grand fashion at All-American Speedway located in Roseville, CA just outside of Sacramento.

Eric Holmes Ready to Win NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Season Opener

NAPA Auto Parts Toyota driver, Eric Holmes led 128 laps of the 150-lap Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts “150” last spring recording his first win of 2009 with hundreds of NAPA customers, employees and store owners in attendance and returns this weekend looking to make it two straight season opening victories.

Schumacher ready to go four-wide holding points lead

For the first time in modern drag racing history, four cars will compete side-by-side-by-side-by-side at what’s been labeled as the “Bellagio” of drag strips.

Three-Time Montana And Idaho 200 Champion Set To Make NASCAR Debut

Gary Lewis has conquered some big races across the Pacific Northwest and now takes the next step in a stellar career with a start on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West which kicks off its season on March 27 in Roseville, Calif.

ASA NWLMT Opener at Evergreen Speedway Kicks Off 2010 Season

This season’s chase for the iRacing ASA Northwest Late Model Tour championship will be a wide-open affair with several drivers in the hunt for their first title. The late model series, which makes a stop at Stateline Speedway in Post Falls and is scheduled to run at Spokane County Raceway, features top drivers from the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Prepares To Go Four-Wide At zMAX

For the first time in a points race on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will be held on the four-lane zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Last season Top Fuel and Funny Car teams staged the first-ever race four-wide for fun-this weekend event carries much more prestige.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Kicks Off 2010 Campaign This Weekend

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, in the past known as the Camping World West Series, kicks off its 2010 season Saturday night in Roseville, Calif. just outside of Sacramento. The series travels across the Western United States and makes three stops in the Northwest at Douglas County Raceway in Roseburg, Ore., Portland International Raceway and Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Kicks off Final 50 Days

The No. 11 Mountain Dew Buick will be one of 18 stock cars featured in the Hall’s Glory Road, a display featuring many of NASCAR’s great race cars in a static showcase that mimics various degrees of banking at racetracks including the impressive 33-degree incline found at Talladega Superspeedway.

Defending ASA Rookie Of The Year Eager For 2010 Season Opener

The iRacing ASA Northwest Late Model Tour kicks off its 2010 season Saturday night at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. Joey Tanner is the ‘09 series Rookie of the Year and will be out ot grab the championship after a seven-month season that swings through three Pacific Northwest states and British Columbia.

Johnson Gets First Win At Bristol, 50th Overall

Jimmie Johnson is halfway to 100 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories with Sunday’s win at Bristol Motor Speedway. With a late race charge past Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch to take the lead in the closing laps of the Food City 500, Johnson won for the first time at the high-bank .500-mile concrete oval.

Jason Meyers Wins Finale of Kasey’s King of Bulls Gap Presented By Budweiser

Saturday’s victory moved Jason Meyers to the top of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series points standings by five markers over Steve Kinser.

The Long And Short Of It Is Bullrings Rule

For the next two weeks NASCAR fans get the opportunity to take in Bristol and Martinsville-two historic and fun-filled venues. Love them or not the half-mile ovals raise the blood pressure of drivers and the thrill factor of their fans.

Allgaier Nips Keselowski For Bristol NASCAR Nationwide Win

Penske Racing nabbed a 1-2 finish at Bristol on Saturday afternoon and gave Dodge its first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory since 2007.

Joey Saldana Wins First Night of Kasey’s King of Bulls Gap Presented By Budweiser

Driving for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star and Washington state native, Kasey Kahne, Joey Saldana was impressive in Friday’s nights World of Outlaws action at Bulls Gap. With Kahne in attendance Saladana made a late race charge past Steve Kinser for the victory.

Logano Shows He Is Ready For Prime Time With Pole Effort At Bristol

Many racers and fans have said that Joey Logano would have to make major strides from 2009 if he is to truly be considered NASCAR’s next big thing-after winning the pole for the Food City 500 at Bristol it seems the 19-year old is ready for that lofty consideration.

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Adds Exciting New Wrinkle Prior To Final 10-Lap Shootout

Already filled with plenty of excitment for NASCAR race fans, this year’s All-Star event will have a new wrinkle to add intrique to the final 10 lap sprint.

Kasey Kahne to Race in Kasey’s King of Bulls Gap

Kasey Kahane plans to do plenty of racing in the Volunteer State this weekend with stops in Bristol and Bulls Gap, Tenn.

Schumacher Grabs First Win Of Season On NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series

Tony Schumacher bested teammate Antron Brown for his first victory of the 2010 season at the Tire Kingdom Gatornationals. The win comes in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series third event of the season.

Edwards Wins Phoenix Event In Florida And Claims Gatornationals Top Spot

Mike Edwards won the Phoenix Pro Stock Final Round. It took a trip across the United States to accomplish the feat as the race was a make-up for a weather shorten race in Arizona

iRacing.com ASA NWLMT Season Opens March 27 At Evergreen Speedway

Gary Lewis is the defending champion of the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour while Joey Tanner was named the 2009 series Rookie of the Year. The 2010 season gets underway March 27 at Evergreen Speedway and travels across three states and British Columbia.

NHRA Full Throttle Series Underway In Florida

Defending champions Robert Hight (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) posted the top qualifying runs in Friday’s round of action at the Tire Kingdom Gatornationals.

Returning Favors: There’s The Rub In Racing

Let the “boys be boys” was the motto used in January to describe the loosing of rules regarding close quaters racing at tracks like Daytona and Bristol. That motto was put to the test over the last week with the Carl Edwards incident at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Craig Dollansky Wins at Lone Star Speedway

Craig Dollansky beat points leader Steve Kinser in Friday’s racing action at Lone Star Speedway for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The victory moved Dollansky into the top-10 drivers points standings while Kinser dropped back one spot to second behind new points leader Joey Saldana.

Montana Racing Facility Partners With Lucas Oil

Montana Raceway Park signs agreement with Lucas Oil that provides the company with several benefits including title sponsorship of the Super Late Model division. Going forward the group will be known as the Lucas Oil Super Late Models.

Ashley Force Hood fights ‘female driver’ tag

NASCAR has gone to great lengths to create a hystery for Danica Patrick’s arrival to the Nationwide Series while NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car driver, Ashley Force Hood, works just as hard for acceptance in her sport on an equal playing field with her male competitors.

Points leader McClenathan brings Fram ‘bracket’ car to Gainesville

Cory McClenathan’s strong start to 2010 has the NHRA Top Fuel driver atop the points standings heading to the Sunshine State’s Gatornationals this weekend.

NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch Racing NHRA Event This Weekend

Kurt Busch will not be idle this weekend while his fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors enjoy some time off. The driver of the Miller Lite Dodge and winner of the most recent stop on the series is heading to Florida to race in the NHRA Full Throttle Gatornationals-his first career start on the drag racing series.

Previewing the Opener of the Texas Two-Step Weekend at Lone Star Speedway

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series moves from California to Texas for two races this weekend. Steve Kinser, Jason Meyers and Joey Saldana have been the hot shoes of late.

Kurt Busch Wins NASCAR’s Kobalt Tools 500

Las Vegas native holds on over two green-white-checkers attempts to bring Roger Penske his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in as many trips to Atlanta.

Joey Saldana Scores First Win of 2010 at Thunderbowl Raceway

The driver of the Kasey Kahne sprinter broke through for his first main event victory on the series second night of racing action in Northern California. With the victory Saladana moved into the series points lead by seven marks over Friday night’s winner, Jason Meyers.

Harvick Wins His Third Straight Trucks Start

California native Kevin Harvick scores victory in Peach State over Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola and Steven Wallace. Harvick’s victory came in a brand new truck prepared by his Kevin Harvick Inc. race team while Busch scored his first top-3 run as a team owner.

Jason Meyers Wins at Thunderbowl Raceway

It may have taken nearly seven years to accomplish but Jason Meyers finally scores a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series main event victory at his California home track. The victory netters the Clovis, Calif. driver over $10,000 in prize money.

Harvick At Home In Hot-Lanta

Atlanta Motor Speedway will always hold a special place in Kevin Harvick’s heart. In his third career NASCAR Cup Series start, the Bakersfield, Calif. driver delivered Richard Childress a shot in the arm just weeks after the loss of Dale Earnhardt. For Harvick the win was the start of a stellar career in the sport’s top series.

Tim Kaeding Geared up for Visit to Thunderbowl Raceway

The World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series makes its first stop in the state of California this season and while fans will be watching Jason Meyers and Donny Schatz renew their battle for the season championship-Tim Kaeding is out to surprise those mainstays this weekend.

Schultz Captures Fastkart Indoor Speedway Winter Series Championship

Fastkart Indoor Speedway wrapped up its 2009-10 Winter Racing Series. Over 25 drivers took part in the six-race season with the top-3 points positions earned by drivers under the age of 16 years old.

Oval Of Life: Farewell To A Legend, Hello To Fatherhood

Cathy Elliott muses about about the passing of a NASCAR great while a current driver celebrates the arrival of a new edition to his team.

Kopp and AMA Racing Featured on SPEED This Weekend

Spokane fans out to catch a glimpse of Mica’s flat track ace, Joe Kopp, can tune into SPEED this weekend for AMA motorcycle action from Daytona International Speedway. Kopp is the defending winner of the race and will be out to show the nation his racing expertise.

At a Glance: World of Outlaws at Thunderbowl Raceway

World of Outlaw drivers stay on the West Coast after a crowd-pleasing Las Vegas stop last weekend. Jason Meyers, Donny Schatz, Steve Kinser and the stars of dirt sprint car racing come to Northern California for this week’s action. Thunderbowl Raceway is the host for the series third racing event. The Tulare, Calif. track is a high-banked 1/3-mile oval. The track record of 12.713 seconds at 94.297 mph was established by Terry McCarl on March 20, 2009.

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