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Archive for July 2012

Brown wins NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel event in Sonoma

Antron Brown, who became one of seven drivers in NHRA history to sweep the Western Swing in 2009, outran Spencer Massey in the final to claim his third win at Sonoma, his fourth victory of the season and 35th of his career. Brown’s Matco Tools dragster produced a final round performance of 3.814 seconds at 318.02 mph to hold off Massey’s charging FRAM/Prestone dragster, which finished in 3.826 at 323.50.

Jimmie Johnson wins fourth Cup race at Brickyard; Earnhardt Jr. takes series lead

Jimmie Johnson matched Jeff Gordon with four Brickyard 400 victories in the events 19-year history while Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s fourth place finish moved him atop the points standings on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Pursley prevails for Colorado victory on NASCAR K&N Pro Series

Greg Pursley piloted his No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford by Dylan Kwasniewski early in the race and held off a hard-charging Derek Thorn during the final restart to pick up his third win of the season and 12th overall in his series career.

Opportunistic Brad Keselowski seizes inaugural Nationwide win at Indy

Brad Keselowski delivered Roger Penske his first victory at Indy in a NASCAR event as he blazed to a win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series inaugural event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Pedregon leads Funny Car qualifying at NHRA stop in Sonoma

No one was able to improve on Cruz Pedregon’s track record time of 4.028 seconds at 307.30 mph from Friday’s evening session.It was the 49th No. 1 of Pedregon’s career and his first No. 1 at Sonoma. More importantly, it puts the two-time world champion in a position to grab his first victory of the season. He hasn’t won since Dallas last September.

Kalitta blisters Sonoma strip in NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series qualifying

Doug Kalitta, a five-time winner at Sonoma, covered the distance with a track record time of 3.785 seconds at 321.65 mph in his Technicoat dragster to lead the 16-car field. If Kalitta’s time holds through Saturday’s two qualifying sessions (11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.) it will be his first No. 1 qualifying position since 2010 in Brainerd, Minn. and the 31st of his career.

Johnson nets Mile High Nationals victory on NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series

Allen Johnson driving his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger defeated V. Gaines in the final round with a winning run of 6.951 seconds at 197.31 mph. Local favorite Gaines trailed with a performance of 7.144 at 160.35 in his Kendall Oil Avenger. Johnson was the No. 1 qualifier, set a new track record for elapsed time and was able to set the overall top speed and elapsed time during the event.It was his sixth consecutive career final round appearance at the track. Antron Brown, Jack Beckman and Eddie Krawiec also scored wins in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event near Denver.

Elliott Sadler shakes off sickness for Chicagoland Nationwide win

Elliott Sadler, who also won the $100,000 Nationwide Dash 4 Cash bonus for the victory, had battled a flu bug for the previous three days, at one point spending 36 hours in bed. But when he arrived at the track Saturday, he felt the worst was behind him and was ready to practice and then race on Sunday.

Buescher claims third Trucks win with last-lap pass at Chicagoland

Leading just six laps in the entire event, James Buescher passed points leader Timothy Peters and then held off Brendan Gaughan, who led 83 of the 150 laps, to win his second race in the last three events.

Johnson locks up top spot in NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock qualifying

Allen Johnson powered his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger to a performance of 6.951 seconds at 198.29 mph to take the 25th No. 1 qualifying effort of his career and fourth at the Denver track. Spencer Massey, Jack Beckman and Hector Arana Jr. also will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event being held in Morrison, Colorado.

Massey, Arana Jr., Johnson, Beckman lead NHRA qualifying in Colorado

Spencer Massey, the current points leader in Top Fuel, was able to post a run of 3.914 seconds at 318.02 mph in his FRAM / Prestone dragster to move to the top of the qualifying order. He is riding a wave of success coming off of the most recent event in Norwalk where he defeated Steve Torrence in the finals for his fourth win of the season. He is the defending race winner at Bandimere Speedway and led the category in both qualifying sessions.

Kasey Kahne survives Denny Hamlin’s epic charge, wins at Loudon

The victory was Kahne's first at the Magic Mile and the 14th of his career. Kahne is 12th in the standings — and the only driver in positions 11-20 with two victories — with seven races left before the Chase field is set at Richmond.

Eric Holmes Earns NASCAR K&N Pro Series At Evergreen Speedway

The win for the driver of the No. 20 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota out of Escalon, Calif., was especially sweet after a disappointing finish in his last start at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway at which he experienced engine problems while leading the race. He was forced to settle for a 23rd-place finish. Additionally, the win was the 50th for Bill McAnally Racing comprised of 49 championship events and one special event.

Timothy Peters tames Iowa, pads trucks points lead

Timothy Peters took the lead off a restart with 10 laps remaining to dash to victory in the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series American Ethanol 200 Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. The win was the first of the season, allowing him to increase his season points lead to 12 over Justin Lofton.

Tony Stewart foils Kenseth, Biffle, wins Daytona thriller

As Tony Stewart approached the checkered flag for his third win of the season and the 47th of his career, a massive wreck in Turn 4 skewed the finishing order behind him. Stewart's 47th victory broke a tie with Hall of Famer Buck Baker for 14th all-time.

Nobile wins K&N Horsepower Challenge on NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series

Sophomore-sensation Vincent Nobile, 21, used a holeshot start in his Mountain View Tire Dodge Avenger in the final round of the K&N Horsepower Challenge and powered to a 6.750-second run at 205.94 mph to hold off veteran Jason Line and pick up the win and $50,000. Nobile also outran Johnson and Mike Edwards in the first two rounds of the Challenge.

Gray, Torrence, Johnson and Arana lead Ohio NHRA qualifying after first round

Johnny Gray drove his Service Central Dodge Charger to the qualifying lead with a performance of 4.094 seconds at 306.33 mph. Gray currently has one No. 1 qualifying position this season and two in his career.

Kurt Busch wins wild Nationwide race at Daytona


With a strong push from defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kurt Busch took the checkered flag in a wild race that ended with Austin Dillon wrecking in the tri-oval as Busch crossed the finish line.

Incentive not a problem for Coughlin as home race looms

Jeg Coughlin said some of the primary goals of the weekend will be to get his JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger qualified in the top half of the field and try and make some progress toward cracking the Top 10 in points and a spot in the Countdown to the Championship.

Enders makes NHRA history at O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Erica Enders drove her GK Motorsports Chevy Cobalt to a final round winning performance of 6.627 seconds at 207.40 mph to hold off four-time world champion Greg Anderson, who trailed in the race in his Summit Racing Chevy Camaro with a 6.641 at 208.36. The win gives Enders the historic mark of first-ever female to win an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock event. Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jeff Arend (Funny Car) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the rain-delayed NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event near Chicago.

Brad Keselowski blitzes Kentucky for third Cup win in 2012

Brad Keselowski, who wrecked his primary car after tangling with Juan Pablo Montoya on the first lap of Friday's first practice session, picked up his series-best third victory of the season and the seventh of his career, all but assuring himself of a position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Swindell Strikes Before Lightning at Lakeside Speedway

Sammy Swindell scores a wild victory at Lakeside Speedway on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as he bested Kraig Kinser in a 30-lap feature.

Schumacher atop Top Fuel qualifying at NHRA stop in Chicago

Chicago resident Tony Schumacher powered his famed U.S. Army dragster to a performance of 3.763 seconds at 324.83 mph to claim his second top qualifying position of the season and 69th of his career. On the run the seven time world champ moved from ninth to first in the 16-car order. This is his seventh No. 1 qualifying position at Route 66 Raceway. He is a three-time winner at his home track.

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