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Archive for August 2012

Pursley Dominates In Portland Victory

The driver of the No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford – hailing from Newhall, Calif. – started the day with his fourth Coors Light Pole Award and then led all 63 laps en route to his fourth win of the season and the 13th of his series career.

Denny Hamlin wins action-packed Cup race at Bristol

Denny Hamlin saved his best effort for the stretch run in Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and his persistence paid off with the No. 11 team's third win of the season in 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. incensed over Brad Keselowski’s comments

With the close quarters of Bristol Motor Speedway the sight on Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski's war of words makes for some potentially intersting viewing.

Joey Logano survives two-lap dash for Nationwide win at Bristol

Joey Logano, who posted his 15th career win and his first at the .533-mile short track, outran runner-up Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and crossed the finish line .503 seconds ahead of the defending series champion.

Spokane 200 returns to SCR with plenty of talent in the hunt for victory

Spokane County Raceway has received nearly 50 driver entries for Saturday's Spokane 200 that offers only 34 positions for the starting line-up-proof that the race has built staying power as it heads into its second running.

Timothy Peters leads every lap for truck triumph at Bristol

Timothy Peters became the first driver to lead from green to checkered since Ron Hornaday Jr. paced all 225 laps at Louisville Motor Speedway on July 12, 1997. The 1-2 Red Horse Racing finish also gave team owner Tom DeLoach a fitting present for his 65th birthday.

Mark Martin escapes injury in scary Michigan crash

Mark Martin's car missed the outside pit road wall and the barrels protecting it and slid rapidly toward Kasey Kahne's pit stall, just beyond an opening to the garage. Nicking the wall before the opening, Martin's car turned and slammed into the unprotected end of the wall near Kahne's pit.

Greg Biffle’s victory at Michigan breaks winless streak for Roush, Ford

With his third victory at the two-mile track, his second of the season and the 18th of his career, Washington state native Greg Biffle broke a seven-race dry spell for both Ford and owner Jack Roush. Biffle also grabbed the points lead from Jimmie Johnson, who finished 27th after his engine failed in the closing laps.

Capps runs to win; Enders makes it two straight on NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series

Ron Capps (Funny Car), Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were winners at the penultimate regular season event in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Erica Enders tops Pro Stock qualifying heading into Sunday’s NHRA finale in Minnesota

Erica Enders claimed her first No. 1 starting position of the season and the fourth of her career in Pro Stock with a time of 6.550 at 210.37 in a Chevrolet Cobalt sponsored by GK Motorsports.She will face Shane Gray in the opening round.

Justin Allgaier springs surprise with Nationwide win in Montreal

Justin Allgaier captured his first win of the season at the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, emerging in front after a frenzied overtime finish.

Nelson Piquet Jr. rallies at Michigan for breakthrough truck win

Nelson Piquet and crew chief Chris Carrier employed a brilliant — and race-winning — strategy to capture the Brazilian's first victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The duo chose to stay out on the race track while the front-runners pitted under green, and milked a huge lead that ballooned to over 15 seconds with seven laps remaining.

Schumacher atop Top Fuel qualifying in Minnesota

Tony Schumacher powered his U.S. Army dragster equipped with the new cockpit canopy to a leading time of 3.791 seconds at a track record speed of 323.97 mph. Schumacher's team unveiled the NHRA-approved technology at this event and utilized the enclosed cockpit on his car for both qualifying attempts.

Densham returns to driver’s seat at SCR

The annual Night of Fire drag racing event invades Spokane County Raceway on Saturday night and features NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car star, Gary Densham.

Jesse Little joins Coulter Motorsports K&N Pro Series East Team

Spokane native Chad Little's son, Jesse, has been working towards the goal of being a full-time NASCAR driver just as his father was for many years. The third generation driver has been signed to join the prestigious Coulter Motorsports for a run towards the NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship in 2013 and a shot at the series Rookie of the Year award.

Hagan ready to battle for top spot in NHRA Countdown to One playoffs

Matt Hagan and his Aaron’s/Mopar Dodge Charger team have struggled all season, winning only four rounds of racing in the first 13 events. His slump started to turn around at the race in Sonoma, Calif., where Hagan earned his first final-round appearance of 2012. He then repeated that effort at the next race in Seattle, moving from 13th in the standings to 11th, 62 points out of the 10th and final spot in the Countdown.

Hight wants NHRA redemption in Minnesota

Robert Hight’s championship season of 2009 actually started turning around at Brainerd International Raceway in the most unlikeliest of ways. Hight, in dire need of round wins to get into the Countdown, shockingly did not qualify for the event and team owner John Force shook up the team moving himself to the Auto Club team for a race and Hight over to the Castrol GTX team. The move worked as Hight clinched the final spot in the Countdown that year and went on to win his first championship.

Marcos Ambrose notches Watkins Glen repeat in wild finish

Marcos Ambrose's No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford finally cleared Brad Keselowski's No. 2 Dodge in the last corner as Keselowski slipped in oil to the outside. Ambrose got to the finish line .571 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Carl Edwards wins at Watkins Glen in first 2012 Nationwide start

Carl Edwards took the top spot from Brad Keselowski on lap 73 of 82, completing a pass to the outside as the cars approached the esses at the 2.45-mile road course. Keselowski regained the lead momentarily on Lap 76 but lost it again to Edwards' crossover move as the cars approached Turn 1 to start Lap 77.

Brown takes lead into ICAR event

Andy Brown holds a 26-point lead over Bart Hector Jr. heading into the ICAR Late Model Series 75-lap shootout on Saturday night at Spokane County Raceway.

NHRA History made in Seattle as Force and Enders earn victories

For the first time in NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series history, two female drivers claimed Wally trophies at the same event. Courtney Force powered her Traxxas Ford Mustang Funny Car to the winner's circle for the first time in her career, and Erica Enders earned her second career Pro Stock victory in her GK Racing Chevy Cobalt at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways.

Rain-aided Pocono win puts Jeff Gordon right back in Chase picture

Jeff Gordon didn't lead a lap under the green flag, but he notched a critically important victory at Pocono Raceway, thanks to an opportunistic move to the front after a restart on Lap 91 of a scheduled 160.

Elliott Sadler scorches Iowa for fourth Nationwide win of 2012

Eilliott Sadler passed Justin Allgaier with 58 laps remaining and pulled away to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 on Saturday night at the 0.875-mile oval. The triumph was his fourth this season, setting a personal best for wins in a year.

Joey Coulter powers to first truck victory at Pocono

Joey Coulter charged from third to first moments after a restart on Lap 44 of 50 at the 2.5-mile triangular track, after a caution on Lap 39 that took series leader Timothy Peters out of the race. Peters was racing through the tunnel turn, got loose beneath another truck and spun into the wall, as two separate incidents in the same corner damaged five cars.

Johnson nails top qualifying Pro Stock time in chase of NHRA Western Swing sweep

Allen Johnson powered his Mopar Dodge Avenger to the No. 1 position with his 6.554 second pass at 211.66 mph Friday evening. He earned the maximum amount of qualifying bonus points during the Western Swing by making the quickest run of every qualifying round since the Denver event.

Capps tops Funny Car qualifying in Seattle for NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series

Ron Capps' 4.119 second pass at 298.47 mph during the second qualifying session Friday was quickest of the day for the 8,000 horsepower NHRA Funny Car class. Capps has a lot of history at Pacific Raceways; it is the home of his first career victory in 1995, when he beat NHRA legend Connie Kalitta in the Top Fuel final. The NAPA Auto Parts pilot has three victories at the track and four runner-up finishes, making it a favorite of the popular driver.

Robert Hight aims to close NHRA Western Swing with win in Seattle

Robert Hight heads to Seattle's NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event with high hopes of winning for the first time at Pacific Raceways behind the wheel of his John Force-owned Funny Car.

Brown, Johnson aim to make NHRA history in Seattle

WIth the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series invading Seattle's Pacific Raceways this weekend all eyes will be on two of the sports best as they aim to sweep the series famed Western Swing.

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