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Archive for May 2012

Dr. Pepper Late Model Series set for Saturday at SCR

The Inland Empire late model season gets underway on Saturday night as Spokane County Raceway hosts the Dr. Pepper Late Model Series featuring NASCAR champions Pete Harding, Gary Lewis and Garrett Evans along with defending series champion Erick Hargraves.

Bullring battle for Havens this weekend on NASCAR K&N Pro Series

This weekend Spokane's Braeden Havens heads to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a track he has competed on in the past, for the Star Nursery 200 on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

Kasey Kahne cruises to third Coca-Cola 600 triumph

Kasey Kahne brought home the victory in NASCAR's longest race giving the Enumclaw, Wash. native his first win of the 2012 season and first with Kendrick Motorsports.

Michael Self Captures First K&N West Win At Brainerd

Moving to second place with 10 laps left in the Brainerd 125, Utah's Michael Self chased down leader Dylan Kwasniewski to take the lead on the white flag lap. From there it was clear sailing for the 21-year old's first career victory on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

Brad Keselowski saves fuel to win Nationwide race at Charlotte

Brad Keselowski's fuel lasted the final 73 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway as he earned his 18th career victory on the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Keselowski netted over $46,000 for his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the 2012 season.

Saldana Works for Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown Win

Joey Saldana led 23 23 of 30 laps en route to his 79th career World of Outlaws feature victory. The win was good for $12,000 to the driver of the Great Clips sprinter.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. makes it three straight with Iowa Nationwide win

Ricky Stenhouse dominated the field for most of the race to capture the checkered flag at the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 in front of 34,000 fans Sunday. The win is the third straight at the 0.875-mile track for Stenhouse, who swept the two Nationwide races held here last year

Johnson wins record-tying third NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

In beating Brad Keselowski to the finish of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway by .841 seconds, Jimmie Johnson won the exhibition event for the third time, tying Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for most all-time.

Justin Lofton holds off Keselowski for first Trucks win

Justin Lofton picks up his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

At long last! Johnson wins 200th for owner Rick Hendrick

After months of frustration, Jimmie Johnson gave Rick Hendrick his 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, running away from the rest of the field on a green-white-checkered-flag restart that took the Bojangles' Southern 500 one lap past its scheduled distance.

Joey Logano pulls away at Darlington for second straight Nationwide win

Joey Logano drove away from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin after a green-white-checkered-flag restart to win his second straight race in the series and third of the season.

Brad Keselowski prevails in Talladega thriller

Kyle Busch had pushed Brad Keselowski to the lead on Lap 193 of 194 in a race that went six laps past its scheduled distance at the 2.66-mile track. The two cars ran bumper-to-bumper until Turn 3 of the final lap, when Keselowski entered the corner high and dived to the bottom of the track, separating his No. 2 Dodge from Busch's No. 18 Toyota.

Capps nabs win on NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series at Atlanta

Ron Capps, who used a consistent string of 4.16-second runs to take his 34th career victory, outran Robert Hight in the final round, who was trying to give JFR its seventh consecutive win of the season. Capps’ Napa Auto Parts Dodge Charger posted a 4.166 second run at 303.91 mph to take the win, while Hight’s Auto Club Ford Mustang trailed with a 4.399 at 273.44.

Kwasniewski Dominates In NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Win At Stockton 99 Speedway

Dylan Kwasniewski, who picked up his first win of the season and third of his career, started from the pole and led every lap in the first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at the quarter-mile track since 2006. It was also the sixth time in nine NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races at Stockton since 2002 that a race was extended past its advertised distance.

Hight tops Atlanta NHRA qualifying heading into Sunday’s final round action

Robert Hight, who has won four of the first six races in 2012, claimed his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday with a leading performance of 4.104 seconds at 308.35 mph in his Auto Club Ford Mustang. Hight teammates John Force and Mike Neff won the other two races to give the JFR team a stronghold on the winner’s circle this season.

Logano slingshots past Kyle Busch for Nationwide win at Talladega

Joey Logano wins NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Talladega Superspeedway with a late race pass on Sprint Cup series teammate, Kyle Busch.

Schumacher tops NHRA qualifying in Atlanta

Tony Schumacher, who earned his last victory 29 races ago in Oct. 2010, powered his U.S. Army dragster to a track record time of 3.815 seconds at 322.58 mph, putting him in position to earn his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and 68th of his career if the run holds through Saturday's final two qualifying sessions (11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.).

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