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Archive for April 2012

Neff guides his Funny Car to Houston victory on NHRA Full Throttle Series

Mike Neff powered his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang past Ron Capps’ NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T in the final round of eliminations. Neff’s 4.239 second pass at 301.67 mph was too much for Capps, who hazed the tires in the Texas heat and clocked a 4.476 second pass at 211.79 mph.

Pursley Rallies For Utah Grand Prix Win

Greg Pursley dominated the early portion of the race and led the first 21 laps before stopping for fuel. At one point he had a more than six-second lead on Eric Holmes. After the stop he drove his No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery Ford through the field and made it to second place before suffering the flat tire on Lap 39. Fortunately, Pursley discovered the tire going down at precisely the best place on the 2.2-mile road course.

Kyle Busch capitalizes on late caution for Richmond win

The win was Kyle Busch's first of the season and the 24th of his career, tying him with his brother, 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch, for 26th all-time.

Lucas tops Top Fuel qualifying at Royal Purple Raceway

The GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel team of Morgan Lucas ran low E.T. of the event during Friday evening’s qualifying session and the 3.772 second pass at 327.74 mph held up as the No. 1 qualifying position throughout Saturday’s warm weather conditions.

Kurt Busch edges Hamlin for Nationwide victory at Richmond

Kurt Busch delivered the first-ever NASCAR Nationwide Series victory to the team owned by his brother, Kyle Busch. The win was Busch's fourth in the series and his first on a short track. Hamlin came up two feet short after a phenomenal drive from the rear of the field after a pit road mistake.

Pedregon leads Funny Car qualifying at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston

Cruz Pedregon’s Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry team struggled in the beginning of the season, but Pedregon feels like the team is finally coming together. If the team holds onto the No. 1 spot through Saturday’s qualifying sessions it will be his second of the season and 32nd of his career.

Little has a quiet confidence heading towards potential NASCAR history

The Little family has made plenty of news and history in the Pacific Northwest in the sport of auto racing. Now it may just be third-generation driver Jesse Little, who makes history should he qualify for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Event at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday. Little is excited to become his family's third generation NASCAR driver following in the footsteps of father Chad and grandfather Chuck.

Denny Hamlin holds off Truex for Cup win at Kansas

Taking advantage of changing conditions Sunday at Kansas Speedway, Denny Hamlin held off Martin Truex Jr. over the final 30 laps to win the STP 400, his second victory of the season, his first at the 1.5-mile track and the 19th of his career.

Buescher powers to first Truck series victory

James Buescher gives Turner Motorsports its second straight victory on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Buescher earned his first win in the series, to go with his maiden Nationwide Series victory at Daytona in February. Turner Motorsports sent Kasey Kahne to Victory Lane last Saturday at Rockingham, with Buescher running second.

Spokane County Raceway shuffles staffing

With Cindy Gibbs’ departure, the upcoming season will have no ties to Bucky Austin’s management that reopened the facility three seasons ago nor of the Roger Hodgeson and Charlie Allen operational group that had been at the helm since 2010.

Havens handles Havasu, sets sights on Stateline Speedway

Last weekend's strong run on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series earned Braeden Havens the Coca-Cola Move of the Race award which is presented to the driver who advances the most positions forward from their starting position at the drop of the checkered flag.

Hight, Massey and Anderson claim zMAX wins

Auto Club Ford Mustang driver Robert Hight becomes just the fifth Funny Car racer to win four consecutive events in NHRA history, and joins the ranks of Don Prudhomme, Kenny Bernstein, his team owner John Force and Cruz Pedregon, who he defeated in the finals, to accomplish the feat. Hight used a reaction time of .058-second at the start of his 4.076 second pass at 314.83 mph to secure his 27th career win.

Kasey Kahne surges to trucks win in Rockingham return

Kasey Kahne — who finished seventh in the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday and third in the Nationwide Series on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway — surged to the front in the 155th lap of 200 to notch his fourth win in five starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Thorn wins NACAR K&N Pro Series West event; Havens nets 8th

Derek Thorn, who recorded his first career Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day, waged a race-long, back-and-forth battle with Dylan Kwasniewski before charging ahead for the win in the closing laps of the Toyota/NAPA 150 presented by Gene Price Motorsports.


Spokane native, Braeden Havens, captured an 8th place finish en route to the Coca-Cola Move of the Race award.

Hight continues strong start to the season with No. 1 qualifying run at zMAX Dragway

Robert Hight was outside the 16-car field looking in when he powered his Auto Club Ford Mustang to the top of the field with a run of 4.074 seconds at 317.19 mph during the third round of qualifying. This is his 42nd No.1 qualifying position of his 166-race career. Hight has won the last three events and if he continues his winning streak at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, he will become the fourth Funny Car driver to win four in a row joining legends Don Pruhdomme, Kenny Bernstein and John Force.

Greg Biffle wins heated battle against Johnson for Texas victory

Greg Biffle took the lead on Lap 304 of 334 and pulled away to win his first race since Oct. 3, 2010 (at Kansas), his second at Texas and the 17th of his career. Johnson, who led a race-high 156 laps, scraped the wall trying to run down Biffle in the late going.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. keeps Roush streak alive with Nationwide win at Texas

The victory was Stenhouse's second in six starts this season and the fourth of his career. It was also the fourth straight Nationwide win at Texas for Roush Fenway Racing,

Saldana Rallies to Find Victory Lane at Paducah

Joey Saldana made a bold in the main event en route to victory on Friday night as the World of Outlaws invaded Paducah, Kentucky.

Capps atop Funny Car qualifying in Charlotte

Ron Capps powered his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger to the top of the class with a run of 4.105 seconds at 301.81 mph. Capps has yet to record a No. 1 qualifying this position season but has 11 in his 368 race career. The provisional No. 1 run comes off a recent addition of Rahn Tobler as crew chief for the team.

Coughlin focused on unique 4-Wide format

The lone racetrack on the NHRA tour with four lanes, zMax Dragway in Concord, NC allows for an unusual style of racing where four cars simultaneously race one another. The major obstacle for the contestants is the staging process as they must deal with three other drivers putting their racecars in the beams for a fair start.

Behar turns attention to Late Models

Stateline Speedway kicks off the local asphalt racing scene on Saturday and one racer with plenty of momentum behind will be Nicole Behar.

Opportunistic Ryan Newman cashes in at Martinsville

Ryan Newman cleared runner-up AJ Allmendinger on the second lap of a green-white-checkered-flag restart and held on to win by .342 seconds. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr.

Kevin Harvick storms to trucks victory at Martinsville

Kevin Harvick crushed the rest of the field in Saturday's Kroger 250, winning in seemingly effortless fashion by .953 seconds over Richard Childress Racing teammate Ty Dillon.

Hight, Lucas and Line nail down top qualifying runs in Las Vegas

Robert Hight, the defending NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car winner of this event, raced to his second No. 1 of the season and 41st of his career with a performance of 4.132 seconds at 310.41 mph in his Auto Club Ford Mustang.

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