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Archive for September 2012

Joey Logano roars to Nationwide victory at Dover

Joey Logano, who led 184 of 200 laps, crossed the finish line .876 seconds ahead of runner-up Paul Menard and won at Dover for the second straight time. Michael Annett ran third, tying his career best in the Nationwide Series, and fourth-place Elliott Sadler increased his series lead to nine points over defending champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished ninth. Kyle Busch completed the top five.

Nelson Piquet Jr. sidesteps Crafton for Vegas trucks win

Nelson Piquet dove low to the inside of Matt Crafton in the first turn and made the winning move stick on the backstretch of the 1.5-mile track. Crafton, whose winless streak stretched to 30 races, finished .223 seconds behind the Brazilian at the checkered flag.

Thorn wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race in New Mexico, Havens seventh

Derek Thorn, out of Lakeport, Calif., started from the seventh position and charged to the front after Dylan Kwasniewski, who earned the pole position earlier in the day, set a blistering pace in the early going. Thorn, who collected his second win of the season, had built a more than seven-second lead on Lap 120, but had to hold off rookie Dallas Montes and Eric Holmes on a green-white-checkered finish after a late caution.

Denny Hamlin cashes in on guarantee in New Hampshire Chase race

After running out of fuel in the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race last Sunday at Chicagoland, Denny Hamlin promised via his Twitter feed that he would win Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Brown, Tasca, Johnson and Ray pick up NHRA wins at Texas Motorplex

Antron Brown claimed his fifth victory of the season and moved into a tie for the points lead with the driver he beat in the final round, teammate Spencer Massey. Brown powered his Matco Tools dragster to a 3.898 second run at 311.49 mph to hold off Massey’s FRAM dragster, which finished with a 3.945 at 300.60.

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series in high gear at Texas Motorplex

Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) will lead their categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the second of six playoff events in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.

Brad Keselowski reaping the rewards of unrelenting effort

Brad Keselowski, 28, a third-generation racer from Michigan, has been described as relentless in his pursuit of excellence. To be any less committed, Keselowski believes, wouldn't be fair to his No. 2 Penske Racing team.

Austin Dillon soars to repeat Nationwide win at Kentucky

Austin Dillon, who started the race from the pole, regained the lead on Lap 151, slingshotting around Elliott Sadler to eventually build a three-second advantage before finishing with a 1.059-second margin of victory over runner-up Sam Hornish Jr.

James Buescher makes it two truck wins in a row at Kentucky

James Buescher's Turner Motorsports crew chief, Michael Shelton, made sure his driver saved enough fuel in their Chevrolet Silverado at the right time — particularly on the last caution period from Lap 108 to 111 — to motor all the way to the checkered flag.

Why Brad Keselowski is a legitimate Sprint Cup title contender

Brash and outspoken from the day he entered the sport, Keselowski, 28, drove aggressively from the outset, eschewing the traditional approach of treating your elders with deference as you learn the intricacies of racing at NASCAR's highest level.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. salvages eighth-place finish, wants more

With a stout car in the early going and a couple of two-tire calls, Earnhardt advanced through the field, ultimately finishing eighth. If he's to be a contender for the championship, however, Earnhardt knows he must do better.

Langdon, Capps, Line and Hines win at zMAX Dragway

Shawn Langdon defeated Tony Schumacher Sunday with a performance of 3.785 seconds at 326.71 mph in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster, holding off the hard-charging Schumacher, who finished in 3.808 at 322.27 in his U.S. Army dragster. Langdon won from the top qualifying position and beat Chris Karamesines, Bob Vandergriff and Brandon Bernstein to advance to the final round.

Keselowski tops Johnson in first Chase race at Chicagoland

With a pass for the lead that seemed certain to spark controversy in the Hendrick Motorsports camp, Brad Keselowski won Sunday's Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins at Chicagoland, assumes Nationwide points lead

Ricky Stenhouse’s No. 6 Ford came to life over the final 29-lap green-flag run, giving team owner Jack Roush his first victory at the 1.5-mile track in any of NASCAR’s top three touring series. In winning the race, Stenhouse overcame two mistakes: stalling the car on pit road and an adjustment that adversely affected the handling.

Ryan Blaney, 18, sets truck series youth mark with Iowa win

Ryan Blaney, making just his third truck series start, held off a final charge by Ty Dillon, who snared the points lead with a runner-up finish. The youngster, who drove a Brad Keselowski-owned truck to Ram's first win in the series since 2008, celebrated in Victory Lane with his father, Sprint Cup series driver Dave Blaney.

Schumacher earns record setting victory at NHRA U.S. Nationals

Tony Schumacher moved past “Big Daddy” Don Garlits for most Indy Top Fuel wins and into a tie with Pro Stock great Bob Glidden for most pro category wins at the world’s most prestigious drag race. In the final round, Schumacher powered his U.S. Army dragster to a 3.806 at 315.34 to hold off Spencer Massey, who trailed with a 3.828 at 319.37 in his FRAM/Prestone dragster.

Clint Bowyer wins Richmond as Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon make Chase

In a rain-interrupted race of accumulating tension, Clint Bowyer made it to the finish line 1.198 seconds ahead of Jeff Gordon, who knocked Kyle Busch out of the final wild-card spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the closing laps of Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Courtney Force No. 1 Funny Car qualifier at U.S. Nationals

Courtney Force, a 24-year-old rookie Funny Car driver, powered her Traxxas Ford Mustang to a career-best performance of 4.049 seconds at a track record speed of 317.27 mph to take the top spot. She will face Jon Capps in the opening round of eliminations as she seeks her second win of the season and tries to win the world's most prestigious drag race.

Kevin Harvick asserts superiority in Nationwide win at Richmond

Kevin Harvick beat Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to the finish line by 1.944 seconds to win for the fifth time at the .75-mile short track and for the 38th time in the series, tying Carl Edwards for third on the all-time victory list.
  

Dale Earnhardt Jr. knocks Jeff Gordon off Richmond pole


The 44th of 45 drivers to make a qualifying attempt in Friday's time trials, Dale Earnhardt Jr. toured the .75-mile speedway in 21.526 seconds (127.023 mph) to claim his first Coors Light pole award of the season, his first at Richmond and the 11th of his career.

Rain postpones U.S. Nationals to next weekend

Rain forces the NHRA's Labor Day Weekend event to next weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway. Qualifying had been run on Friday and Saturday but yesterday;s round and today's eliminations were scrubbed.

Denny Hamlin repeats, edges Jeff Gordon for Atlanta victory

Outrunning Jeff Gordon on a two-lap dash to the finish in Sunday night's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Denny Hamlin scored his second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, his series-best fourth of the season and the 21st of his career.

Last-lap surge propels Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to Nationwide win at Atlanta

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. narrowed Elliott Sadler's lead in the Nationwide standings to 12 points, as the same two drivers who battled for last year's title have begun to separate themselves from their pursuers. Sam Hornish Jr. finished ninth Saturday and is third in points, 32 behind Sadler.

Ty Dillon notches first truck series victory at Atlanta

Taking advantage of Kyle Busch's brush with the wall in the late going, pole-sitter Ty Dillon won going away in Friday night's Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the first victory for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie.

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