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Archive for March 2012

Lucas, Hight and Line top Las Vegas NHRA qualifying

Morgan Lucas, who won two weeks ago in Gainesville, Fla. with a dominating performance, rallied from a 10th place effort in the opening round of qualifying to vault to the No. 1 spot during the day’s final session with a leading run of 3.817 seconds at 321.96 mph in his GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster.

Swindell Relies on Patience, Good Luck Charm for World of Outlaws win

Sammy Swindell picked up his 277th career World of Outlaws victory last night in Merced, Calif as his lead over the final caution-free 35 laps held up.

Jekyll or Hyde? Force unpredictable in Las Vegas

The first eight times that Vegas oddsmakers tapped the 62-year-old icon as the Funny Car favorite in the NHRA Nationals, an event contested this week for the lucky 13th time, Force took his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang beyond the second round just once and never raced for the title.

Tony Stewart wins rain-shortened Cup race at Fontana

After raindrops slowed the race on Lap 124, Tony Stewart, the race leader, faked a move toward pit road but stayed on the track and matched the pace car's speed of 65 mph, a far cry from the lightning-fast laps he ran under the green flag.

Logano cruises to 8th straight JGR Nationwide win at Fontana

The victory was Joey Logano's first of the season, second at Fontana and the 10th of his career. Logano is the first Sprint Cup Series regular to win a Nationwide race this season.

Brad Keselowski keeps cool, scores repeat Bristol win

The driver of the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge scored his second straight win at the .533-mile short track and the fifth of his NASCAR Sprint Cup career.

Sadler parlays strategic call into Nationwide win at Bristol

The Nationwide points leader drove away from Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski after a restart on Lap 273 of 300 and beat Kahne to the finish line by 1.159 seconds. The victory was Sadler's second at Bristol, the seventh of his career, and it came at the .533-mile track that gave him the first of his three Sprint Cup victories in 2001.

Lucas, Hight, Edwards and Krawiec earn victories at rain delayed NHRA Gatornationals

Morgan Lucas powered his GEICO/Lucas Oil dragster to the second-quickest run in NHRA history with a 3.743 second time at 326.87 mph to hold off seven-time world champ Tony Schumacher, whose U.S. Army dragster lost traction early.

Tony Stewart holds off Johnson for first Las Vegas victory

The victory was Tony Stewart's first at the 1.5-mile track, leaving only Darlington and Kentucky as active Cup tracks at which he hasn't won. The win was Stewart's 45th, 15th all-time, in 467 Cup starts.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. runs away with Nationwide race in Las Vegas

The victory was Ricky Stenhouse's first of the season and third in the series — and his first on a 1.5-mile intermediate speedway, the staple of NASCAR's top three touring series

Coughlin to chase Gators glory in two categories

After taking a year off from racing in the professional ranks, Coughlin returned to Pro Stock with a vengeance last month, reaching the final round of the season-opening Winternationals in California. Combined with a narrow round one defeat in Phoenix a week later, Coughlin enters the Gators ranked fifth in the world.

Denny Hamlin holds off Harvick to win Cup race at Phoenix

In his second race with 2011 Sprint Cup championship crew chief Darian Grubb on his pit box, Denny Hamlin held off Kevin Harvick in a 53-lap green-flag run to finish the 312-lap race at the one-mile track and took over the series points lead for the first time since surrendering it in the final race of 2010 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Mayhew Off To Fast Start With Dominant Victory At Phoenix

David Mayhew, who split time between the series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last year, collected his fourth career win. It was a near perfect weekend for the Atascadero, Calif., driver – who posted the fastest lap in practice Friday and earned his seventh Coors Light Pole Award Saturday morning. Mayhew had led 162 laps in four series races at Phoenix, but his best finish was fifth in 2010.

Elliott Sadler holds off Keselowski for Nationwide win at Phoenix

The victory was Elliott Sadler's first at PIR, the sixth of his career and his first in the Nationwide Series since 1998 at Rockingham, N.C.

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