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Archive for May 2011

Harvick wins 600 when Earnhardt runs out of gas

Kevin Harvick, a driver who wasn’t a factor for 600 miles, won the race when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of gas a half-mile from the finish line after the event went to overtime for the first time in its history.

Kenseth Powers Past Edwards For Nationwide Win At Charlotte

Subbing for sidelined Trevor Bayne, Kenseth won the 26th Nationwide race of his career. Carl Edwards ran second, followed by Kyle Busch, polesitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Reed Sorenson. Brad Keselowski, Steve Wallace, Brian Scott, Aric Almirola and Elliott Sadler completed the top 10.

Busch Outduels Bowyer for Truck Series Win

With 28 wins, Kyle Busch is tied for second all-time in the truck series with Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague.


Hamlin’s No. 11 team repeats as pit crew champions

As was the case last year, the victory in the Pit Crew Challenge will give Denny Hamlin first choice of pit stalls for Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The no-brainer selection is pit stall No. 1, closest to the exit from pit road.

Kenseth steals Dover win on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

A two-tire call late in Sunday’s FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway put Matt Kenseth on the front row for a restart on Lap 367 of 400, and that was all he needed to secure his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season and the 20th of his career.

Brown defeats Schumacher for Top Fuel win at Atlanta

Antron Brown drove his Matco Tools dragster to a 3.856-second run at 318.69 mph  to hold off teammate Tony Schumacher  and earn  his second win of the season, 27th of his career and fourth at Atlanta Dragway (two in Top Fuel, two in Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Busch wins Dover trucks race, becomes first repeat winner

Kyle Busch continues to have the hot hand no matter the series he's racing in or what track that show is at on any given weekend.

Pittman Powers Posse Past World of Outlaws at Williams Grove

Daryn PIttman picks up 30th career victory in thrilling fashion over Brian Leppo and Jason Sides to net a $8,000 payday.

Dixon still looking for first NHRA win of season

Despite being winless this season, Larry Dixon’s car is actually out-performing points leader Del Worsham’s car.  Dixon set the national elapsed time record earlier this season when his silver Al-Anabi Racing dragster covered 1000 feet in 3.770 seconds at Pomona, Calif. in February.  Dixon leads the Full Throttle Series with 28 qualifying bonus points while Worsham is tied for third in Top Fuel with 11. 

NHRA Pro Stock parity should continue this weekend at Atlanta

Once dominated by the likes of Bob Glidden, Lee Shepherd, Johnson and most recently by the Summit Racing tandem of Anderson and Jason Line, NHRA Pro Stock racing these days is proving to be filled with quite a bit of parity. In five races so far, there have been five different No. 1 qualifiers and four different winners.

Regan Smith pulls off major upset at Darlington

The victory was redemption for Smith, who was deprived of an apparent victory at Talladega in 2008 when he was penalized for passing Tony Stewart below the yellow out-of-bounds line that separates the racing surface from the apron.

Busch’s win at Darlington inches him closer to Martin

Kyle Busch is getting closer to Mark Martin's number one all-time ranking for victories on the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The Las Vegas netted the win at Darlington Raceway on Friday night to climb within one of the historic mark.

Saldana Gets Redemption, World of Outlaws Win at Eldora Speedway

Not only did Joey Saldana put the Kasey Kahne Racing Red Bull Maxim in victory lane, he also increased his lead in the 2011 championship battle to 51 points.

Worsham makes history with his NHRA Top Fuel victory in Houston.

With the victory, longtime Funny Car racer Del Worsham joined Mike Dunn as the only drivers to win this event in both nitro categories. Worsham powered away from Al-Anabi Racing teammate Larry Dixon to take his third win of the season and second in a row. He covered the distance in 3.880 seconds at 318.99 mph while defending world champ Dixon finished in 3.900 at 316.82.

Pursley adds to points lead with NASCAR K&N Pro Series victory

Greg Pursley held off Moses Smith's furious challenge as a pair of green-white-checkered attempts pushed the scheduled 50-lap race to 63 laps.

Busch Makes It Three In A Row In Richmond Spring Race

Kyle Busch beat Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin to the finish line by 1.805 seconds as both drivers conserved fuel during an 86-lap green-flag run to the finish. Busch has won the last three spring races at Richmond, with Hamlin winning the last two fall races.

Friday top qualifiers hold onto positions heading into Houston eliminations

Schumacher, Force, Tonglet and Humphrey maintain speed during Saturday's qualifying to sit atop the speed charts as Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals looms large.

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