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Archive for April 2011

Hamlin Dominates Nationwide Race At Richmond

A day after winning his own late-model charity race at his hometown .75-mile short track, Denny Hamlin covered the field in his No. 20 Toyota and picked up his first Nationwide Series victory in his second start of the season. The win was the 11th of Hamlin’s career.

Force, Schumacher, Humphrey and Tonglet lead Houston NHRA qualifying

John Force powered his Castrol High Mileage Ford Mustang to a 4.097 second run at 310.27 mph to lead the category. If his performance holds during Saturday’s final two qualifying sessions, Force will earn his third consecutive No. 1 effort of the season and inch closer to Pro Stock great Warren Johnson’s all-time NHRA No. 1 qualifying record of 138.

Enders breakout season looks for payoff at hometown race

Erica Enders, 27, who is one of only five women to ever compete in the Pro Stock category since it was introduced by NHRA in 1970, is in position to become the first female winner in the 200-mph category. She remains the only female driver to ever reach a final round in NHRA Pro Stock – what many motorsports journalists have called the most tightly-packed competitive form of auto racing – by posting runner-up finishes in Gainesville (2006) and Chicago (2005).

Edwards tops Kyle Busch for Nashville Nationwide win

The victory was Edwards’ second of the season and 31st of his career—tying him for fourth all time with NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Jack Ingram.

Busch holds off Hornaday for NASCAR truck series victory in Nashville

Victory moves Las Vegas native to fourth place in career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories in only his 88th start.

Worsham defeats teammate Dixon in Sunday’s Top Fuel final round

Del Worsham, Jack Beckman and Greg Anderson all won in their respective division's during Sunday's final round action at zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC.

Johnson’s win on Sunday one of NASCAR’s closest in history

With a push from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson surged past Clint Bowyer about six inches from the finish line. The finish tied Ricky Craven’s victory over Kurt Busch at Darlington in 2003 for the closest since the introduction of electronic timing and scoring in 1993.

Fensler Capitalizes At All American in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series West fifth career start

It was a battle that came down to the final laps with six drivers having a shot at victory on the tricky All-America Speedway one-third mile. When the checkered flag flew Jason Fensler scored his second career victory an left the sell-out crowd stunned with the side-by-side racing.

Kyle Busch Wins Nationwide Race In Overtime

Kyle Busch got the win on the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race seven laps past its scheduled distance at the 2.66-mile track. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Joey Logano, had just pushed Busch to the lead when Wallace’s wreck brought out the record 11th caution of the race.

Kenseth Dominates Texas To Snap Losing Streak

The victory was Kenseth’s second at Texas and the 19th of his NASCAR SprintCup career. Kenseth’s Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle came home third and fourth, respectively.

Edwards Wins First NASCAR Nationwide Series Race of the Season

Kyle Busch, who was gunning for his third consecutive win and fourth of the season, was chasing Carl Edwards for the lead on Lap 88 of 200 when the No. 52 Chevrolet of Tim Schendel blew a tire and slid up into Busch’s path. With no room to maneuver and no time to react, Busch slammed into the back of Schendel’s car, knocking Busch’s No. 18 Toyota out of the race.

Hight, Brown and Edwards win NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas

Robert Hight scored his second NHRA national event victory of the season at Sunday's NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, NV. Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Antron Brown (Top Fuel) also were winner's in their respective divisions.

Harvick spoils Earnhardt’s party in Martinsville

Kevin Harvick passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the lead on Lap 497 of 500 and pulled away to win the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup race Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Earnhardt ran second, extending his winless streak to 99 races.

Late pass gives Sauter truck win at Martinsville

With the white flag on the horizon Johnny Sauter turned up the heat on Kyle Busch and made a daring pass stick en route to victory at Martinsville Speedway in the running of the Kroger 250 on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Force, Dixon and Edwards earn top qualifying honors at Las Vegas

John Force claimed his first top qualifying honor of the season with a 4.136-sec. pass at 309.27 mph as the NHRA heads into today's final round of the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Larry Dixon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also closed out qualifying with atop their respective divisions.

Last corner pass nets Sides World of Outlaws victory

Jason Sides makes late race pass for victory at California's Calistoga Speedway. Craig Dollansky slowed coming to the checkered flag and that was the opening Sides needed for his second victory of the season.

Dixon blazes to the top of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel qualifying in Las Vegas

Larry Dixon, who claimed one of his 12 season victories at Las Vegas last year by defeating Cory McClenathan in the final round, posted a 3.904-second run at 312.78 mph in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to lead the qualifying order in the 7,000-horsepower category.

Swindell Holds Off Kaeding in World of Outlaws Debut at Merced Speedway

Sammy Swindell added to his many accomplishments on the World of Outlaws circuit as he picked up the inaugural win at Merced Speedway.

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