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Archive for February 2012

Buescher grabs first Nationwide win in wild finish at Daytona

James Buescher, a first-time winner in the series, took advantage of a last-lap wreck involving front-runners Trevor Bayne, Tony Stewart, Elliott Sadler, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Busch to score the victory, one day after rookie John King won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in his first trip to Daytona.

James Buescher grabs first Nationwide win in wild finish at Daytona

James Buescher, a first-time winner in the series, took advantage of a last-lap wreck involving front-runners Trevor Bayne, Tony Stewart, Elliott Sadler, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Busch to score the victory, one day after rookie John King won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in his first trip to Daytona.

John King wins Daytona truck race in three overtimes

John King was in the lead in the third overtime when Joey Coulter's Chevrolet flew into the catch fence on the frontstretch after James Buescher's Chevy turned sideways from contact with the truck of Ron Hornaday Jr. Coulter walked away from the wreck.

Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth win Duel qualifying races at Daytona

Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth claimed the third and fourth starting spots for Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500. They'll line up behind pole-sitter Carl Edwards and Biffle, who swept the front row for Roush Fenway in last Sunday's time trials at the 2.5-mile track.

Brown, Hight and Line score NHRA Arizona Nationals victories

Antron Brown held off fellow Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher in the final round when he powered his Matco Tools dragster to a 3.793-second pass at 319.82 mph. It was Brown’s first win of the season in his second consecutive final round appearance. It was also his 32nd career win, with 16 wins in Top Fuel and 16 wins in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Langdon, Gray, Edwards secure No. 1 Qualifying Positions at NHRA Arizona Nationals

After setting the track record Friday night, Shawn Langdon kept his Al-Anabi Racing dragster in the top spot in Top Fuel through Saturday qualifying. Langdon’s Friday night performance of 3.754 at 323.12 was quick enough to secure his second career No. 1 qualifying position.

Lasoski Claims World of Outlaws Sprint Car Season Opener

Danny Lasoski rocketed to the lead on the start until the race's lone caution on lap four bunched the field together again. He chose the bottom line in the double-file restart and again drove to a big advantage before entering lapped traffic on lap 11.

Busch’s late pass nets Budweiser Shootout win

Kyle Busch pushed Stewart to the lead on the last lap of Saturday night’s exhibition Budweiser Shootout. Then Busch ducked to the outside of Stewart as they closed in on the finish line and beat him by .013 seconds to the checkered flag

Gray, Langdon, Line lead qualifying at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Johnny Gray followed his runner-up finish at Firebird International Raceway in 2011 with the quickest Funny Car lap of the day Friday. Gray powered his Service Central Dodge Charger to the top of the order with a 4.074 at 298.93. If it stands it would be his second career No. 1 qualifying position.

NASCAR Short Track Stars To Light Up Daytona International Speedway

Two-days of racing will be headlined by three non-points special events: the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified tours, and the Late Model division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. A temporary oval will be set up on Daytona’s Superstretch to host the races, It is tentatively slated to be approximately .4-mile.

Massey rides record win, plans to continue run to championship

The Prestone/FRAM team qualified second in last weekend's NHRA season-opener and then recorded consistent times of 3.782, 3.776, 3.745 and 3.750 seconds during Sunday's elimination rounds. Massey needed the record run to get past DSR teammate Tony Schumacher in the semifinals and needed another stout run against teammate Antron Brown in the final.

Massey, Force, Anderson win O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternational titles

Spencer Massey, who finished second in the points standings last year, opened the new season in first place by outrunning Antron Brown in the final round to take his seventh career Top Fuel victory and first at Pomona. Massey posted a 3.750 at 325.77 in his FRAM/Prestone dragster to hold off Brown’s charging Matco Tools dragster, which trailed with a 3.794 at 320.43.

Lucas, Hight and Line notch top qualifying runs heading to Sunday finale

Morgan Lucas powered his GEICO / Lucas Oil dragster to a 3.783-second run at 325.06 mph to take the top spot in the field as teams took advantage of cooler track and air temperatures. It was Lucas’ fifth No. 1 qualifier of his career and first at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, where he raced to the Top Fuel victory one year ago.

Tasca, Lucas and Edwards race to top spots in NHRA Winternational qualifying

Bob Tasca drove his MotorCraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang to the provisional No. 1 position with a 4.109 second pass at 309.34 mph during Friday’s qualifying efforts. If it holds, it would be Tasca’s third career No. 1 qualifying position.

Spokane’s Storer wins national talent search for spot in Winner’s Circle Program

Jared Storer will be busy this race season as the Sunset Speedway champion has earned an opportunity to compete in the USAC NorCal Focus Midget series in California. Storer earned the chance for car owner Ron Sutton through an evaluation process that included turning laps on a paved surface for the first time in his career.

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