Archive for September 2010
Tony Schumacher scored his fifth win of the season and first in the playoffs by outrunning Shawn Langdon in the final round. Schumacher posted a performance of 3.838 seconds at 320.43 mph in his U.S. Army dragster to hold off Langdon’s Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster, which trailed with a 3.908 at 298.67 in his second-career final.
Andy Brown picked up the victory in the Appleway Parts Center ICAR Late Model Series season finale held at Stateline Speedway. By virtue of a third place finish Dan Garber captured the 2010 ICAR championship.
While the talk had been centered on Denny Hamlin’s verbal sparring with Richard Childress Racing’s Kevin Harvick heading into the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson kept his head down and focused on winning his first race in the 2010 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Austin Dillon made history in Las Vegas on Saturday night as he became the youngest driver in the track’s history to win a NASCAR series event. Dillon won the pole and had the dominant truck throughout the night en route to the victory.
Tim Wilkerson earned his first No. 1 qualifying position of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series campaign. Running the Dallas strip at 4.079-sec. with a speed fo 305.77 mph on the all-concrete Texas Motorplex. Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock motorcycle) also secured top qualifying positions on Saturday.
Donny Schatz claimed the overall title in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup back in July and has now won four times at Lernerville in his career with the World of Outlaws. He has racked up 13 consecutive Top-10 finishes at the historic track located in Western Pennsylvania dating back to 2004.
Joey Saldana’s chances of winning the 2010 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship took a major step back after the driver of the Budweiser car owned by Kasey Kahne was involved in an incident at Eldora Speedway.
Kyle Busch recorded his 11th NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the season and set the record for single season victories on the circuit.
The $10,000 triumph for Jac Haudenschild, who started seventh in the 30-lap contest, served as the opener of the Four Crown Nationals at the famed track and was his first World of Outlaws win at Eldora since 2005. The Hall of Famer has won nine times in his career with the series at the half-mile and now has 56 career World of Outlaws A-Feature wins.
Larry Dixon, Cruz Pedregon, Allen Johnson and Karen Stoffer were leaders in their categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event, the third of six races in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Dan Garber holds a 14-point lead on Blake Williams heading into the season finale for the ICAR Late Model Series. The final Twin 50-lap shootout is set for Saturday nigth at Stateline Speedway.
Dave Villwock once served as a crew chief for Chip Hanauer. On Sunday he equaled the living legend in career Unlimited Hydroplane main event victories with 61. Villwock can move past Hanauer at the season’s finale set for Qatar in November.
Cruz Pedregon and his Snap-On Tools Toyota Camry was the class of the Funny Car field all weekend long and was able to use his No. 1 qualifying position to his advantage and secured the win over Jack Beckman in his Valvoline / Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car. In the finals Pedregon posted a winning run of 4.171 seconds at 299.13 mph to a trailing 4.212 seconds at 301.81 of Beckman. This was the first win by Pedregon since his victory at the last race of the season in Pomona in 2008 and today was his birthday as well.
Jonathon Gomez picked up his first career victory on the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series. The win came at his hometrack Magic Valley Speedway in Tiwn Falls, Idaho. Steve Jones capped a solid season with his first career RMCS championship.
With Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer gambling on fuel to last for a run to the checkers late Sunday afternoon in New Hampshire it was Bowyer who struck gold as Stewart’s fuel tank ran dry with two laps left in the Sylvania 300.
With his victory Saturday night, Joey Saldana climbed to within three points of Jason Meyers for the points lead in the chase for the 2010 World of Outlaws championship.
Kyle Busch continued his winning ways on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and also made a trademark move for the lead that ruffled the feathers of his closest competitors.
Cruz Pedgregon blazed to his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season with a run of 4.11-sec. and showed his driver-owned race team can be a contender during the NHRA playoof Countdown to 1 format.
Jeff Bernard, the defending champion of the San Diego Bayfair Air Guard Championship presented by Degree Men and Dave Villwock continued their winning ways in the Golden State as each won their H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series heat race to set-up a grand duel for the title on Sunday afternoon.
Jac Haudenschild used a run on the high side of turns three and four in the Owens-Corning Fiberglass XXX on the 23rd lap to dart past Steve Kinser to take the top spot. On the 20th lap, he employed an impressive pair of moves to snag first the third spot from Donny Schatz on the high side of turn two, before diving under Sammy Swindell on the back straightaway to move into second and set his sights on Kinser, whom he would catch just a couple laps later. Haudenschild would lead the final eight laps.
Cory McClenathan means business in his march to topple Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon in drag racing’s Top Fuel division. After one round of qualifying in Charlotte the FRAM Filters dragster driver is atop the speed charts.
A group of 15 participants will compete in a 14-race schedule similar to what Competitive Edge offers each summer for aspiring drivers and those looking to hone their skills. Next summer’s overall winner receives an opportunity to race for Billy Ballew Motorsports, which this season is fielding trucks driven by Aric Almirola, who took over for Kyle Busch. Ballew’s opportunity will be provided at Martinsville Speedway while the series runner-up will compete for Andy Belmont Racing at an ARCA event in Pocono, Pa.
Jeg Coughlin cruised into the postseason with two wins in three consecutive final-round appearances but his Chevy Cobalt overpowered the racetrack in Indianapolis and spun its tires just enough to prevent him from advancing further in the first of six playoff races.
Heading into this weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals here at zMax Dragway, Tony Schumacher finds himself trailing Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon by more than four rounds of racing – 87 points – and holding third-place in the standings.
Ashley Force Hood comes into Charlotte this weekend fresh of a strong run in the U.S Nationals. Picking up her first win of the 2010 season to move atop the Funny Car drivers standings, Force Hood has the attention of her competitors.
Greg Pursley took the lead from Paulie Harraka with two laps remaining, moments after race leader Patrick Long slowed suddenly due to a flat right front tire.
Blake Williams became the youngest race winner in the history of the Inland Northwest Super Stock Association as he bested Kameron McKeehan and Cameron Kellogg at Stateline Speedway. McKeehan’s runner-up finish earned him the 2010 INSSA championship over Amanda MacDonald and Braeden Havens.
Bodie Morton claimed his second career victory on the Lucas Oil Super Late Model Series at Montana Raceway Park and in doing so captured the 2010 championship. Wrango West came home second with Cory Wolfe rounding out the top-3 Spokane native David Garber finished fourth with Mark Owens fifth.
Mike Fought is the new 360 Sprint Champion. Bart Hector, Jr. added his name to the list of Mini Stock Champions and as important to the next in a long line of ERP Champions named Hector. Skyler Leseman is the Street Stock Champion. Dallas White is the Pure Stock Champion. Robert Kirk won the inaugural Super Stock Championship while Colton Fisher is the Youth Hornet division winner.
Denny Hamlin had been the pick all along to knock Jimmie Johnson from his perch as the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and after his win at Richmond International Raceway that pick is starting to look a little more obvious. Hamlin becomes the series points leading heading into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint CUp.
Jason Meyers lined up on the pole and had fellow Californian Paul McMahan battling him for the top spot for most of the 40-lap contest. Meyers used a strong double file restart with two laps remaining en route to the win, to become just the third driver from the state of California to win the Gold Cup since the World of Outlaws began sanctioning the event in 1978.
With three drivers expected to lock into the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff format many have said Richard Childress Racing has rebounded from a sub-par 2009 season. In the face of nearly 10 years of adveristy since the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr. the fact that RCR is in a championship hunt speaks volumes of their efforts to overcome.
Joey Saldana came home third on Friday night to retake the lead in the World of Outlaws championship standings by a mere two markers over Jason Meyers, who had taken the lead on Thursday night by two over Saldana.
In the first race at Richmond and third overall with NASCAR’s new Nationwide car, Kevin Harvick crossed the finish line .256 seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski, who extended his championship lead to 373 points, over Carl Edwards, who ran 10th.
David Garber, the current Inland Northwest Super Stock Association points leader, heads to Kalispell, Mont. in search of his first Lucas Oil Super Late Model Championship. His departure on Saturday means a new INSSA champion will be crowned after Garber’s three-year reign.
Sammy Swindell battled fellow Hall of Famer Jac Haudenschild for a majority of the 30-lap contest, trading the lead three times, and slicing in and out of traffic, running side-by-side. Swindell took the lead from Haudenschild for the first time on the fourth lap on the low side of turns one and two. Haudenschild retook the top spot on the 18th circuit coming off turn four in heavy traffic. Swindell moved back into the lead with three laps remaining when Haudenschild hooked a rut and got upside coming off turn four while out front.
Jason Meyers has been victorious on preliminary nights each of the last two years at the Gold Cup. He finished a career-best third in the 40-lap finale last season. He paced the first 25 laps of the Gold Cup finale in 2008 after starting second, before contact ended his night on the 26th circuit. Paul McMahan attended the Gold Cup for the first time when he was five years old and raced in it for the first time in 1987.
Moses Smith came to NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series West circuit known for his road course skills. Over this season the Arizona native has added to his ability to turn the car in either direction with strong finishes on ovals. With the series returing to a road course this week Smith will be in the hunt for his first career NASCAR victory.
Larry Dixon stormed to a dominating win in the U.S. Nationals to kick-off the NHRA playoff format Countdown to 1 title chase.
It was a Labor Day weekend Smoke show at Atlanta Motor Speedway as Tony Stewart held off Carl Edwards for his first victory of 2010. With the win Stewart showed he will be a factor in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff system.
Prosser’s Steve Thompson earned the fast time for the Northwest Pro-4 Alliance stop at Stateline Speedway then went onto victory over Matt Melby, Eddie Secord, Ken Chandler and Lewiston’s Kameron McKeehan.
Steve Kinser led the first three laps from the pole, before Joey Saldana charged around him on the high side of turn four on the fourth lap. Kinser retook the top spot on the 27th lap in heavy traffic and would lead the remaining 15 laps to score his first World of Outlaws A-Feature win at Skagit Speedway and his second overall triumph at the track adding to a preliminary feature win he had at the track in 1995. For the Hall of Famer, it was the 560th World of Outlaws A-Feature win of his illustrious career.
Chris Warburton set a new track record in the Montana Raceway Park Bomber division then went onto victory in their 75-lap main event.
Strong winds at Ephrata Raceway Park could not hold back main event victories of Tony Seidelman, Mark Atkinson and Chris McCart.
Larry Dixon capped Saturday’s qualifying runs for the U.S. Nationals on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series with a track record 3.776-sec. pass at 324.36 mph.
Driving the JR Motorsports No. 88, Jamie McMurray held Kyle Busch at bay for the NASCAR Nationwide Great Clips 300 victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series invaded Washington state on Friday night for the first of two days of racing at the famed Skagit Speedway jut north of Mt. Vernon. Jac Haudenschild earned the victory in a hard-fought batte over Tim Kaeding.
Todd Bodine spun while battling Kyle Busch for the lead on Lap 81, but that trouble helped set up a fuel-mileage gamble for the No. 30 Germain Racing team.
The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil are underway with Cory McClenathan, Robert Hight, Andrew Hines and Mike Edwards leading the qualifying charge after the first day of runs to set the field.
With two races left in the chase for the 2010 Rocky Mountain Challege Series two men have the sights set on claiming the title-John Newhouse and Steve Jones.
Kameron McKeehan has been a force on the Northwest Pro-4 Alliance Series since he debuted in 2001. The series travels across the Western United States with drivers coming from as far as California, Utah and Canada. This year two Washington state drivers, Steve and Rick Thompson, have been running at or near the front while current points leader Kurt Madsen is the man to beat this weekend, according to Gem State native.
Danny Lasoski took the lead from Craig Dollansky coming off turn two on the 23rd lap and would pace the remainder of the 40-lap contest, using four strong double file restarts to stay out front. For the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, the $10,000 win was the 87th of his career with the series.
For Robert Hight the defending NHRA Funny Car champion rolling into Indy this year has a comfortable and excited feeling.