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Archive for April 2013

Pedregon scores second victory of season on NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Bob Vandergriff Jr. (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near Houston.

Kevin Harvick wins thrilling Richmond race in overtime

Kevin Harvick beat Clint Bowyer to the finish line by .343 seconds to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season, his second at Richmond and the 20th of his career.

Dollansky Powers to World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Victory at Salina

Craig Dollansky fought off Paul McMahan’s relentless effort through heavy traffic in the 30-lap A-main to remain perfect in Outlaw competition at Salina, where he also won in 2011. Points leader Daryn Pittman was third with Sammy Swindell and Joey Saldana rounding out the top five.

Brad Keselowski wins NASCAR Nationwide race at Richmond

Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch to the lead with nine laps left, with Kevin Harvick following into second place a lap later. Keselowski crossed the finish line .718 seconds ahead of Harvick with Busch rolling home in third.

Stateline offers full plate on Saturday

Joey Bird, who looks to get his late model career started after a successful stint in Stateline’s Baby Grands division, makes his debut this weekend in the Stateline Speedway late model division. Bird has multiple karting and Baby Grand main event victories along with several championships. Purchasing a car recently raced by Braeden Havens, Bird will be one to watch in the late model division.

Havens Adds Another Touring Series to His Resume with Upcoming PASS Debut

Braeden Havens has had success when debuting on a new series including a top-5 finish in his late model debut. This start will be different as the college freshman will face as many as three past NASCAR Northwest Touring champions (Ron Eaton, Garrett Evans and Gary Lewis) along with what is considered the strongest fields of late model talent to race in the region in many years.

WESCO Flies Into 2013 at WVSO

The 2013 season championship is up for grabs with defending series champion Tony Berry only committed to a partial schedule. The two leading front runners happen to come out of the same McLees Racing stable; five-time WESCO Champion, Doug McLees and 2012 Rookie of the Year and points runner up, Danny Mathews.

Hagan, Massey, Edwards and Arana Jr. claim NHRA wins at zMAX Dragway

Matt Hagan powered his Magneti Marelli/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger to the final round win over fellow Virginian Blake Alexander, veteran driver Tim Wilkerson, and rookie Chad Head to take his sixth career victory.

Kenseth wins STP 400 at Kansas Speeedway

Matt Kenseth said his car was fast all weekend, and it showed on track, with Kenseth qualifying on the pole and becoming the first driver since Jimmie Johnson in 2008 to win at Kansas Speedway from the first starting position.

Crafton tops Coulter at Kansas Speedway

Matt Crafton, a past NASCAR Southwest Tour champion, nabbed his third career victory on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as he held off Joey Coulter at Kansas Speedway.

Funny Car rookie races to No. 1 qualifying position at zMAX Dragway

Chad Head, a second generation racer, powered his Head Racing Toyota Camry to a career-best performance of 4.014 seconds at 315.19 mph to top the 16-car field. Head is the son of longtime NHRA nitro racer Jim Head, who has earned multiple wins in both Funny Car and Top Fuel as a driver.

Kaeding Slides Into World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Win at Tri-State Speedway

After Joey Saldana and Cody Darrah swapped the lead four times in the first half of the race, Tim Kaeding took command on lap 25, fought off David Gravel in heavy traffic down the stretch, and earned the second victory in his five career starts at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval. Gravel wound up second with Paul McMahan, Dale Blaney and Kerry Madsen rounding out the top five in the 40-lap A-main.

Kenseth to lead NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to green flag at Kansas Speedway

After winning last fall at Kansas Speedway, Matt Kenseth became the surprise of qualifying at Kansas Speedway, capturing the pole for Sunday’s STP 400 with a new track record of 191.864 mph. This is Kenseth’s ninth NASCAR Spring Cup Series pole and his first pole of 2013. Today’s qualifying effort earned him his second pole in 15 races at Kansas Speedway.

Zimmer scores big kart win at Tucson

After struggling in recent years to make a living in stock cars, modifieds and open-wheel racing, the Washington State University engineering student was happy to be back in the winner’s circle.

NASCAR National Series News And Notes: Streaking Busch Faces Kansas Challenge

The 1.5-mile track, resurfaced last summer, has been a speed bump, of sorts, for Kyle Busch.
He’s without a NASCAR Sprint Cup victory or a top-five finish in 11 starts at Kansas Speedway, where Busch’s best performance is a seventh in 2006. Busch also has finished off the lead lap in five races – a rarity.

Force eyes a four-wide win at zMAX

Courtney Force invades zMAX Dragway this weekend as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader.

Langdon returns to zMAX Dragway seeking more Top Fuel success

Shawn Langdon claimed his first Top Fuel win at the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoff opener in 2012 and has continued to run well ever since. They say it’s hard to win that first race, but in NHRA competition the ones that follow often prove to be just as tough. However, going back to familiar territory may be the inspiration Langdon needs in order to get back to winner’s circle.

Larson Withstands Logano Challenge To Win Rockingham

Kyle Larson, 20, won in only his fifth career start in the Truck Series and clearly had the fastest truck in the field all day, leading 187 of the race’s 200 laps.

Busch caps perfect weekend with Cup win at Texas

Yes, Kyle Busch capped a perfect weekend when he took the checkered flag .508 seconds ahead of runner-up Martin Truex Jr. But Busch’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Texas, his second of the season and the 26th of his career started with a pole-winning run on Friday that afforded him the luxury of picking the No. 1 pit stall.

Pittman Earns Third Outlaws Victory at SoCal Showdown

West Coast swing wraps up with a thrilling World of Outlaws main event in Perris, Calif. as Tim Kaeding and Daryn Pittman battled for the victory.

Dominant Kyle Busch wins fourth Nationwide race of 2013

Winless in his own Nationwide equipment last year, Kyle Busch visited Victory Lane for the fourth time in six races this season, becoming the first driver in series history to win four of the first six.

Bisset confident heading into Apple Cup race

Jake Bisset brings a quiet confidence to Yakima Speedway this weekend as he prepares for the 47th Annual Apple Cup late model event.

Nominees For NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Fifth Class Announced

NASCAR today announced 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s fifth induction class, and included among the diverse group are five newcomers whose achievements are cornerstones of the sport’s origins and continue to fuel its growth in contemporary times.

Format announced for NASCAR’s first race on dirt in over 30 years

The “Mudsummer Classic” will be the first NASCAR national touring series event held on dirt since NASCAR’s premiere series competed on September 30, 1970 in Raleigh, N.C. Richard Petty won the Home State 200 at the one-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway.

Schumacher, Pedregon and Johnson have winning hands in Las Vegas

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event held at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson dominates Martinsville for his eighth win at the track

Leading 346 of 500 laps in Sunday's STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Jimmie Johnson racked up his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at the .526-mile short track and the 62nd win of his career. For the second straight event at Martinsville, Johnson won from the pole.

Late pass gives Johnny Sauter victory at Martinsville

Johnny Sauter won the season opener at Daytona, and after a break of 43 days, won the second race of the season at the .526-mile short track. Sauter won for the eighth time in the Truck series and posted his first back-to-back victories. It was only the second time in series history that a driver has opened the season with back-to-back wins; the first was 2006 by Mark Martin.

Johnson wins K&N Horsepower Challenge

Veteran Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson claimed his second victory in the K&N Horsepower Challenge in his Mopar’s Express Lane Fast Oil Changes Dodge Avenger by holding off Erica Enders-Stevens’ GK Motorsports Chevy Camaro in the final round. Johnson, who earned $50,000 for the victory, also defeated Greg Anderson and teammate Jeg Coughlin in earlier rounds.

Brown, Hight and Edwards lead NHRA charge in Las Vegas

Antron Brown leads Top Fuel qualifying on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series after Friday's first round. Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

SCR provides vital testing ground for Kurt Busch’s car

Spokane at Martinsville Speedway this weekend? That's correct as the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet wheeled by Kurt Busch unloads with knowledge gained from two days of testing at Spokane County Raceway.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to action this weekend

Two-time world champion Jason Line and four-time world champion Greg Anderson are determined to get their winning ways back on track at the NHRA Nationals, which will be televised on ESPN2HD. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) are the defending winners of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finally Back In Action Friday At Martinsville Speedway

The Sprint Cup cars have been silent for the Easter break, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been idle for five weeks. That changes at 9 a.m. Friday when the track goes green for the first practice session of the weekend.

Havens kicks 2013 season off at Evergreen Speedway

Braeden Havens, who finished third in the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series Rookie of the Year standings, has found success at Evergreen in the past with his late model. Getting the chance to run the high speeds of the .675-mile oval as the first race of the season will be a good test to start the year.

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