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Archive for October 2010

Force win tightens chase for NHRA Funny Car championship

John Force picked up the win in Las Vegas on Sunday to move within 37 points of the Matt Hagan’s points lead for the 2010 championship with one race remaining in the season.

Bowyer wins at Talladega as Chase tightens

Clint Bowyer’s showed its muscle when it mattered most en route to a Halloween afternoon victory on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Top NHRA drivers heating up the Vegas drag strip with two races to go in season

The season has come down to this weekend’s stop in Las Vegas and the finale in two weeks coming at Pomona. Both stops will be heart-stopping, but, Tony Schumacher holds the top speed after one round of qualifying at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Hamlin narrows Johnson’s lead with win at Martinsville

And the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is on- Denny Hamlin’s victory on Sunday closes the gap to a mere six points between humself and four-time champion Jimmie Johnson.

Keselowski Gets The NASCAR Nationwide Series Win At Gateway

Brad Keselowski had a rough outing at the summer stop for the NASCAR Nationwide Series where he was sent spinning across the finish line in a wrecked heap. This time Keselowski made the most of the final NASCAR race at the track located just outside of St. Louis.

Hornaday wins for first time at Martinsville on NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series

Martinsville race featured twin sisters Amber and Angela Cope of Spanaway, WA. The twins made their series debut driving for the uncle and past Daytona 500 winner Derricke Cope.

Holmes grabs win at All-America Speedway

Eric Holmes, out of Escalon, Calif., celebrated his 36th birthday in style by winning the race from the pole position, his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season and led a race-high 108 laps all while inching closer to his third series title. He will only need to start the season’s final race on Nov. 13 to clinch the series points championship. Holmes’ previous titles came in 2006 and 2008. 

Craig Dollansky Wins for Third Time at Tri-State Speedway on World of Outlaws series

Craig Dollansky continued his winning ways at Tri-State Speedway on Saturday night, winning a thriller over Joey Saldana to score his third career win at the track. For Dollansky the $10,000 win was his fourth of the season and the 35th of his career with the series. He is one of just two active World of Outlaws drivers that have won at the track, as he and 20-time series champion Steve Kinser have alternated wins at Haubstadt in each of the last six years.

Strong Restart Gives Jamie McMurray Victory At Charlotte

Jamie McMurray may not have made the 2010 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs among its 12 highest points holding drivers, but that doesn’t mean his Bass Pro Shop Chevrolet team will go away quietly. McMurray nabbed a win in Saturday’s Bank of America 500 in Charlotte to advance to secure a top-15 driver’s standing with less then a month to go in the season.

Track-Position Play Gives Keselowski Win At Charlotte

Brad Keselowski gambled on old tires that his Dodge Challenger would be able to hold off the charging NASCAR Nationwide Series field chasing him over the final 56 laps. When the checkered flag fell in Charlotte on Friday night Keselowski’s gamble paid off with victory in the Dollar General 300.

Dixon leads the NHRA winner’s list from Reading

Larry Dixon picked up his 12th final round victory of the season and added to his drivers championship points standings over Cory McClenathan.

Kinser Continues Dominance of Rolling Wheels Raceway Park: Wins New Yorker 25

Steve Kinser lined up fourth and moved up to third on the opening lap getting by Daryn Pittman. He then worked on Jason Meyers for third and dove under him coming off turn three on the ninth lap. That set up a battle between Kinser and his son Kraig for the top spot. The pair went at it for the next eight laps, with Steve taking the lead from Kraig on the 17th lap on the low side of turns one and two. For Kinser the $10,000 triumph was his ninth win of the season and the 561st of his amazing career.

Strong Pit Work Propels Kyle Busch To 12th NASCAR Nationwide Win

Kyle Busch earned his 42nd victory of his career and fourth at California Speedway as he dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series event held Saturday afternoon in Fontana.

Hagan on cusp of national record for NHRA Funny Car drivers

Matt Hagan powered his DieHard Dodge Charger to a 4.046-second run in the final qualifying session to officially certify his category-leading time of 4.011 seconds from Friday as an NHRA national record. If Hagan can hold the performance mark through the remainder of the weekend he will earn 20 bonus points in his quest to win the Funny Car world championship title.

McClenathan, Hagan, Johnson and Krawiec top Reading qualifying after one round

Matt Hagan, who trailed series leader John Force by 25 points entering the race, was quickest in Funny Car with a track-record effort of 4.011 seconds at 311.56 mph in his DieHard Dodge Charger.


Mica racer Kopp plans to call it a career after weekend race

Inspiration from Joe Kopp’s family to win a championship and go out on his own terms have guided the Latus Harley Davidson-backed rider to a storybook ending. Giving back to young riders, including Colbert’s Wyatt Anderson, has been a humbling part of being the sport’s top rider.

Anderson pins hopes for trifecta on a used car

Should Greg Anderson win the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock championship it will come behind the wheel of a used car in their race team’s fleet.

Four Drivers Four Races: The Battle for the World of Outlaws Title Hits the Stretch Run

Jason Meyers, the current point leader, had a strong weekend at Williams Grove, finishing third in the finale after an eighth-place run in the opener to extend his lead to 102 markers over Steve Kinser. Meyers has won 10 times this season, which is second only to Joey Saldana and has racked up 52 Top-10 finishes, which is second only to Kinser.

Biffle Wins Kansas Chase Race; Johnson Second

Washington state native Greg Biffle picked up the victory Sunday on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the third race of the championship 10-race playoff paid a stop in the Jayhawk state.

Logano nabs NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in Kansas

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver started from the pole and never looked back en route to the victory on Saturday afternoon,

Hodnett Hauls in Opener of the National Open at Williams Grove Speedway

The win for Greg Hodnett in the Macri Concrete/J&S Fabrication Maxim was worth $8,000 and helped extend the Pennsylvania Posse’s win streak to nine over the World of Outlaws. Donny Schatz’s win in the finale of the 2008 Summer Nationals marked the last time a series driver won at Williams Grove.

Joey Saldana set to resume World of Outlaws title chase

 Joey Saldana rejoins the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series this weekend and hopes to climb back into the chase for the 2010 championship.

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