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Archive for June 2012

James Buescher posts decisive win in Kentucky Trucks race

James Buescher drove the same No. 31 Chevrolet he drove to his first NCWTS victory at Kansas in April and sits fourth in the chase for the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

Clint Bowyer fends off Tony Stewart for Sonoma victory

Clint Bowyer scores his first road course victory of career on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as he bests Tony Stewart in Sonoma, Calif.

Schumacher, Capps, Edwards claim Bristol victories on NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series

Tony Schumacher’s U.S. Army dragster ran like a bracket car all during Sunday’s eliminations, with his slowest pass coming in the final round against long-time on track rival, Doug Kalitta. Schumacher did his job on the starting line, as his reaction time was four-hundredths better than Kalitta’s, leading to Schumacher’s slower, but winning E.T., 3.819-second pass at 324.28 mph.

The drought is over! Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at Michigan

Pulling away from defending series champion Tony Stewart at the end of the final 60-lap green-flag run, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway by a dominating 5.393 seconds to end a drought of 143 races.

Logano continues NASCAR Nationwide Series dominance with win at Michigan

After a restart with four laps left, Joey Logano crossed the finish line .208 seconds ahead of runner-up Buescher to claim his fifth victory in 11 Nationwide starts this season and the 14th of his career. The win was the first for Toyota in the Nationwide Series at Michigan.

Brown sets track record in NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series qualifying

Antron Brown set both ends of the Top Fuel track record in his Aaron’s dragster with a 3.814 second pass at 323.12 mph during his second qualifying attempt Friday night under the lights at Bristol Dragway. Brown posted one of the quickest runs of the day – a 3.843 second pass in Saturday’s hot conditions — but no one was able to beat his Friday night run and he remained No. 1 for the second of the season and 31st of his career.

Jason Line shopping for perfect Father’s Day gift

Jason Line takes pleasure in celebrating the holiday at Bristol, Tennessee's quarter-mile, where his fondness for the facility comes from more than his on-track success, a ledger he looks to add to this weekend.

Courtney Force satisfied with consistency in early season; heads to Bristol with hope of earning victory

Courtney Force, the 23-year-old daughter of 15-time Funny Car world champ John Force has come a long way since February’s season-opener. Since then she has qualified for every race, posted semifinal efforts at Phoenix and Englishtown, shined during final qualifying at Topeka and logged a career-best time of 4.098 seconds. She’s also tagged the wall at high speed and experienced an engine explosion up close and personal.

Joey Logano prevails at Pocono, ends Cup drought

The second triumph of Joey Logano's career couldn't have come at a better time — during a contract year in which doubters have considered the 22-year-old a prime candidate to lose his ride at Joe Gibbs Racing to a more established star.

Sweet Sails to First World of Outlaws Victory at Clay County Cup

NASCAR regular Brad Sweet nabbed the win at Clay County Fairgrounds on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Driving for Kasey Kahne Racing, Sweet took the lead on lap 16 and never looked back.

Johnny Sauter finds redemption in trucks win at Texas

Johnny Sauter passed ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton on Lap 146 of 167 and rolled to victory by a margin of 2.101 seconds in the 16th annual WinStar World Casino 400K. Sauter, who hadn't led a race since the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in February, decisively snapped a string of three consecutive finishes of 24th or worse.

Torrence, Gray, Anderson and Krawiec nab Englishtown NHRA Full Throttle victories

Steve Torrence beat Tony Schumacher and Spencer Massey in earlier rounds with quicker reaction times and then used a horsepower advantage to edge Brandon Bernstein at the finish line in the final round. In the final, Torrence’s Capco Contractors dragster finished in 3.800 seconds at 323.66 mph while Bernstein’s MAV TV/Lucas Oil machine trailed with a 3.807 at 321.04.

Jimmie Johnson wins Dover Cup race in a cakewalk

Jimmie Johnson, who led 289 of the 400 laps, picked up his second victory of the season (in addition to a win in the May 19 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) and his second victory in the last three points races. Hendrick drivers have now won four straight races, including the All-Star event.

Riddle takes Sunkist 100 at Spokane County Raceway

Naches, Wash. native Owen Riddle rode into Spokane County Raceway's Dr. Pepper Late Model Series season-opening Sunkist 100 with momentum on his side. Winning this year's Yakima Speedway Apple Cup, then running strong in Wenatchee's 200-lap late model opener set the table for Riddle to show the Spokane faithful his talent. He did not disappoint!

Pursley Battles Back For Vegas Victory

Greg Pursley picked up his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win of the season, the 11th of his career, and successfully defended his race title at the .375-mile track.

Joey Logano charges to Nationwide Series win at Dover

Charging forward from the seventh position after a restart on Lap 158 of 200, Joey Logano overtook pole-sitter Ryan Truex for the lead on Lap 195 to win the 5-Hour Energy 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Capps aims to run to fifth straight final round appreance at Englishtown heading to Sunday’s finale

Ron Capps, who has raced to four consecutive finals and one victory since new crew chief Rahn Tobler took over tuning duties for his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger in early April, claimed his 12th career No. 1 qualifying position with the historic performance of 3.964 seconds at 320.89 mph during Friday evening’s qualifying session.

Todd Bodine breaks drought in rain-shortened trucks race at Dover

Despite spinning early in Friday's rain-shortened Lucas Oil 200, Todd Bodine remained on the lead leap, and with a contrarian pit strategy, he worked his way into the lead. When rain forced NASCAR to call the race after 147 laps, Bodine was the winner, breaking a drought of 37 races dating to 2010.

Massey, Capps, Line and Krawiec lead Englishtown qualifying

Spencer Massey powered his FRAM/Prestone dragster to a time of 3.728 seconds at 329.91 mph to lead an extremely quick Top Fuel field. Morgan Lucas was second with a 3.739 at 324.51 in the GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster and Shawn Langdon powered his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a 3.742 at 324.36.

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