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Swindell Remains Undefeated at Merced Speedway

While most of the national racing series are taking a break during Easter weekend, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series continued its swing through California with a stop last night in Merced.

Fresh off a Florida victory Johnson heads to Las Vegas looking for two in a row

After getting off to a bit of a sluggish start in the new season’s first two races, Allen Johnson seems to have eased back into the winning groove that saw him dominate the 200-mph factory hot rod category during the second half of last season. After welcoming a new teammate in four-time champ Jeg Coughlin, Johnson seems comfortable in his role as one of the elite drivers in the category.

Kyle Busch wins dramatic Auto Club 400

Kyle Busch made it a sweep of NASCAR's races this weekend at Auto Club Speedway while Joey Lagano and Denny Hamlin's continued fued was the talk of the post-race festivities while quietly Dale Earnhardt Jr. took over the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points lead- it was some kind of weekend in Southern California!

McMahan Celebrates an Eventful Day at Mini Gold Cup

Paul McMahan picked up the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cup Series victory during Saturday's stop in Chico, Calif. after leading the final 33 laps of the 40-lap feature.

Kyle Busch wins Auto Club NASCAR Nationwide Series race

Kyle Busch finished .834 seconds ahead of Nationwide Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. to claim his sixth win at the two-mile track and the ninth straight for Joe Gibbs Racing, extending the record for consecutive victories for a Nationwide car owner at a single speedway.

Larson Captures Inaugural Event at Stockton 99 Dirt Track

Kyle Larson has been taking the NASCAR Nationwide Series by storm but Friday night proved he can jump behind the wheel of an STP Sprint Car Series machine and find victory circle just as easliy as he has in NASCAR.

Johnson among Gatornationals winners on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Allen Johnson used a quicker reaction time to defeat teammate Jeg Coughlin in the final round of the Pro Stock division action for his first victory of the season and the 17th of his career. The defending world champion finished in 6.535 at 212.59 in his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger, just in front of the quicker, but losing, JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger of Coughlin, which posted a 6.514 at 212.25.

Kahne clinches long-awaited Bristol win

Washington state native, Kasey Kahne, topped the field in the first of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stops scheduled for the famed Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol

Kyle Busch led 92 of the first 225 laps, however the run for the money began about Lap 230 when Busch and Kevin Harvick approached a five-car group of slower cars. It took nearly 10 laps for the lead duo to clear the pack and, by the time they did, Kyle Larson was applying pressure.

Kalitta leads Top Fuel final qualifying efforts at Gatornationals

Doug Kalitta claimed his second straight top qualifying effort of the season and 33rd of his career with a 3.779 second run at 326.32 mph in his 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools dragster. Kalitta moved around defending world champ Antron Brown on his final qualifying attempt to claim the No. 1 spot at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.Kalitta will face rookie Leah Pruett in the first round.

Reigning K&N Pro Series West Champ Claims First East Victory

Dylan Kwasniewski, the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, bested the legendary .533-mile high-banked oval and the other 35 competitors on Saturday to win the DRIVE4COPD 125 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship season opener. Kwasniewski's victory was his first on the East series as he begins his quest for the 2013 championship one season after claiming the West title.

First round of qualifying wraps at NHRA Gatornationals

Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were qualifying leaders in their categories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Grubnic looks to add to his NHRA Top Fuel resume at this weekend’s Gatornationals

After opening the season with a pair of quarterfinal efforts, native Australian David Grubnic is hoping to pull from his past successes at the Gatornationals to kick his 2013 season into high gear and improve on his sixth place points position.

Inland Empire Late Model Touring Series Ceases Operations

The region's touring late model division, ICAR (Inland Championship Auto Racing) has announced it will not operate a series in 2013 citing schedule conflicts.

Kenseth celebrates 41st birthday with win NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Las Vegas


In winning the 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of his career, Matt Kenseth, who turned 41 Sunday, became the third driver in series history to win on his birthday, joining Cale Yarborough and Kyle Busch in that exclusive club.

Dominant Sam Hornish Jr. runs away with Vegas Nationwide race

The win was Sam Hornish’s second in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series and his first since Nov. 12, 2011 at Phoenix. It was the first Las Vegas victory for Penske Racing in any NASCAR series and the first Nationwide triumph for crew chief Greg Erwin, a winning Sprint Cup crew chief who signed on with Penske during the offseason.

Anderson seeking return to championship form at Gatornationals

Greg Anderson says he’s more determined than ever to win the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 14-17 at historic Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville. Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are the defending event winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Series event.

Kaeding a Safe Bet Once Again at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas

With the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip in the distance, Tim Kaeding celebrated in style after he scored his second straight World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series feature victory at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on Thursday night.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Teams Continue Western Swing

Aric Almirola is off to a strong start in 2013. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver is currently 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings and his team used the added track time to gather data and prepare for the race on Sunday

Carl Edwards breaks drought with win at Phoenix

As Denny Hamlin put it, Carl Edwards is “relevant again” after winning Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race four laps past its posted distance of 312 laps.

Busch dominates at Phoenix for 52nd Nationwide win

Working his way through traffic in short order, Kyle Busch passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead on Lap 89. He lost the top spot briefly by pitting under caution on Lap 152, as Brad Keselowski and three other drivers remained on the track, but Busch regained the lead on Lap 164, clearing Keselowski as the cars streaked into Turn 3.

Pursley Rolls To NASCAR K&N Pro Series Phoenix Win

Greg Pursley led 56 laps, taking the lead back from Cameron Hayley on Lap 56 en route to winning the Talking Stick Resort 60. Hayley, 16, finished second to give Gene Price Motorsports a 1-2 finish.

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