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Archive for July 2013

Capps picks up second NHRA victory of the season with Funny Car win in Sonoma

Ron Capps powered his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger to his fourth win at the scenic Bay Area track with a holeshot performance of 4.085 seconds at 307.79 mph to hold off the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang of 15-time world champion John Force in the final round. It marked the 40th career win for the California native.

Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, the 15th of 24 in the 2013 season.

Indiana native Ryan Newman gets much-needed win at the Brickyard

Taking advantage of an uncharacteristic glitch on pit road on the part of Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 team, Ryan Newman grabbed the lead during a long cycle of late green-flag pit stops and held on to win Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch survives late restart for Nationwide win at the Brickyard

That Kyle Busch beat runner-up Brian Scott to the finish line by 2.141 seconds belies the difficulty Busch experienced on the final restart on Lap 95 of 100, when Joey Logano squeezed Busch into Turn 1 and allowed Scott to take the lead.

Garber looks for perfect combination at Montana 200

The region's two big late model events kick kick off this weekend with the running of the 23rd Annual Montana 200. A local driver may be the favorite to win the race based on his most recent performance.

Massey aims for Mile High victory as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series begins its Western Swing

Spencer Massey, who is currently third in the season points standings, hopes to score another victory at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 19-21 at Bandimere Speedway, located 10 miles west of downtown Denver.

Brian Vickers pulls off surprise victory in Cup race at Loudon

In a green-white-checkered-flag finish, Brian Vickers sped away from Kyle Busch in overtime and took the checkered flag .582 seconds ahead of Busch to win Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Brad Sweet Earns Crown in 30th Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway

Brad Sweet scores a prestigous win on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series with his Kings Royal victory at Eldora Speedway.

Kyle Busch saves fuel, wins 58th career Nationwide race at Loudon

The driver of the No. 54 Toyota crossed the stripe at the end of the third green-white-checker, .466 seconds ahead of runner-up Brian Vickers, as Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Busch, Vickers and Matt Kenseth led all 213 laps of a race that went 13 laps beyond its scheduled distance.

Peters Finishes Strong To Post Second Iowa Speedway Victory

Timothy Peters grabbed the lead with 27 laps to go, taking the outside lane on Ty Dillon and then pulled away from the field. Crew chief Butch Hylton made the crucial call to replace two tires late, saving time on a pit stop. The move paid dividends, giving Peters the handling he needed to take the corner after the green flag dropped.

Kopp keeps busy with AMA, track improvements

Joe Kopp has a big AMA-style race planned for Spokane Speedway on July 17 and news regarding Spokane County Raceway's curtaiing of racing is being dealt with in the region.

Donny Schatz Wins His Second Brad Doty Classic at Limaland

Donny Schatz rolls to a big win in the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park as he became just the second driver in the events history to lock down back-to-back victories.

Gray tops Capps at Ohio NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event

Funny Car driver Johnny Gray picked up his fourth win of 2013 on Sunday with a victory against Ron Capps at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. Khalid alBalooshi (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, the 13th of 24 in the 2013 season.

Jimmie Johnson completes season sweep in wild race at Daytona

The victory was Jimmie Johnson's fourth of the season — tying Matt Kenseth for most in the series — and the 64th of his career. He leads second-place Bowyer by 49 points in the series standings with eight races left before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set at Richmond.

Late surge gives Kenseth NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Daytona

Thanks to the boost from James Buescher, Kenseth's No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota streaked away from the field after the final restart and earned the win in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the event one lap past its scheduled distance of 100 laps.

Force tops NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car qualifying in Norwalk

John Force powered his 8,000-horsepower Castrol GTX Mustang to a leading performance of 4.021 seconds at 317.72 mph, setting a new track E.T. record in the process. Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Series event, the 13th of 24 in the 2013 season.

Schatz Wins World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Thriller in Dodge City

Donny Schatz earned his eighth main event victory of the season on Friday night at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas. The win continues Schatz standing in the championship standings with a third place position.

Former champion trying to adjust to underdog status on NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Larry Dixon will be an underdog in another loaded Top Fuel field, but his major objective is seeing more improvement out of the 8,000-horsepower Rapisarda dragster that has posted three round wins in 2013.

Schumacher wins wild Top Fuel race on NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Tony Schumacher’s fiery finish stopped the clocks in 3.930 seconds at 269.29 mph, but it was quick enough to hold off a determined Clay Millican, whose Parts Plus dragster trailed and the veteran driver remained winless in six career final round appearances.  It was the third win of the season and the 72nd overall for local favorite Schumacher, a longtime Chicagoland area resident.

Pit strategy propels Matt Kenseth to Sprint Cup Series-best fourth win

Matt Kenseth, who got the lead by taking no tires during a pit stop on Lap 242, collected the 28th victory of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. 

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