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Archive for May 2013

Rain out in Montana benefits Havens as he heads to G.E.T. Rich 212

Spokane's Braeden Havens will be able to take part in the high-stakes G.E.T. Rich 212 event. The NASCAR and late model veteran heads to Big Sky country with momentum on his side as each 2013 start has netted top finishes with a third-place run coming at Spokane County Raceway on May 18

Lucas hoping Indy 500 excitement carries over at this weekend’s NHRA event

Spending time around the IndyCar team owned by Sam Schmidt last weekend at the Indianapolis 500 has energized Morgan Lucas heading into this weekend's race in Englishtown.

Capps returns to site of quickest ever Funny Car run

Ron Capps and Don Schumacher Racing's NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T led by crew chief Rahn Tobler and assistant John Collins uncorked a qualifying run of 3.964 seconds at 320.89 mph that remains the quickest run ever by a Funny Car last year at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park,site of this weekend's NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.

Brown looking for Top Fuel Wally from this weekend’s Toyota Summernationals

Antron Brown will certainly be one of the favorites to win the Toyota NHRA Summernationals, May 30-June 2 at Raceway Park. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Johnny Gray (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are the defending winners of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2HD.

NASCAR News and Notes heading into The Monster Mile

Jimmie Johnson chasing more NASCAR history as the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Seris and Camping World Truck Series will all be in action this weekend.

Subaru Impreza STI RallyCross team to visit Parker Subaru

 The STI RallyCross car is on display one day only, this Saturday June 1st, from 11am to 5pm. at Parker Subaru in Post Falls.

Kevin Harvick wins wild Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

Kevin Harvick pulled away during an 11-lap green-flag run to the finish to beat Kasey Kahne to the finish line by 1.491 seconds. The victory was Harvick’s second of the season, his second at Charlotte and the 21st of his career.

Self Returns To Victory Lane At Brainerd

Michael Self recorded his fourth NASCAR K&N Pro Series victory in his last 13 races and his second victory in as many seasons on the road course at Brainerd International Raceway.

Thompson captures Lucas Oil 50 at Spokane County Raceway

Rick Thompson unloaded one of the fastest cars in the afternoon practice sessions only to lose an engine just six circuits into his run. Using most of the remaining time in pre-race activities to swap motors, Thompson got little more then shakedown laps to prepare for qualifying.

Kyle Busch leads 186 laps en route to record win at Charlotte

Kyle Busch beat Kasey Kahne to the finish line by .939 seconds to claim a record seventh NNS victory at Charlotte, breaking a tie with Mark Martin for supremacy at the speedway. In winning for the sixth time in nine starts this season, Busch extended his record for all-time NNS wins to 57.

McMahan Powers to World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Win at Charlotte

Late in the going of the night's main event Paul McMahan stole the lead from World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship leader Daryn Pittman.

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to Inland NW

This week's Keeping Pace, which hit the newstands on Friday, highlght's the return of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Northwest Pro 4 Alliance all competiing at Spokane County Raceway.

Coughlin, Gray, Langdon score NHRA victories at Kansas Nationals

Jeg Coughlin broke a winless drought of more than two years by taking the Pro Stock victory over teammate Allen Johnson. Coughlin took the win light with a performance of 6.680 at 206.20 in his Mopar Dodge Avenger, while runner-up Johnson finished in 6.698 at 206.57 in his Team Mopar Avenger.

Johnson wins record fourth NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Speeding away from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne after a restart on Lap 81 of 90, Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series all-star exhibition race for a record fourth time, beating charging Joey Logano to the stripe by 1.722 seconds.

Force earns No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car at the Kansas Nationals

John Force, a 15-time NHRA world champion, claimed the 141st No. 1 qualifying position of his career and his 11th at Heartland Park Topeka by clocking a track record time of 4.043 seconds at 313.22 mph in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang. He will meet former teammate Tony Pedregon in the opening round of racing.

Kyle Busch breaks “drought” with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Charlotte

Kyle Busch, who owns his own truck, charged from the back of the field after a pit road penalty to win in the series for the first time since Sept. 24, 2011 at New Hampshire. The victory was Busch’s fifth at Charlotte and the 31st of his career in 107 starts.

Schumacher, Hight and Edwards lead first round of NHRA qualifying in Kansas

Tony Schumacher, the Top Fuel points leader in the 8,000-horsepower category, posted a 3.769 second run at 326.08 mph in his U.S. Army dragster to move from the bottom of the qualifying order up to the top of the 16-car field at Heartland Park Topeka.

Jeg Coughlin patiently waiting for big pay-off

Jeg Coughlin has indeed been stellar on race day with his Dodge Avenger, reaching two final rounds and posting three semifinal finishes through the first seven events of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, including final-four finishes at the two most recent stops in Houston and Atlanta.

Heartland Park an old friend to Force

The track is one of those on which the sport’s biggest winner has achieved results best described as “magical.” In 29 career appearances, John Force has taken a Castrol GTX Funny Car to the final round 14 times. He has won a record nine times and NEVER has he failed to make the starting lineup

Grubnic ready to defend Top Fuel title at 25th Annual Kansas Nationals

This season, the driver of the Candlewood Suites Top Fuel dragster will try to claim his third victory at the popular Kansas multipurpose motorsports complex as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series pulls into the sprawling Midwest facility for the 25th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals, May 17-19.

Matt Kenseth surges to third 2013 victory at Darlington

Mat Kenseth took the lead from JGR teammate Kyle Busch on Lap 355 of 367 and pulled away to win by 3.155 seconds over Hamlin, as Busch faded to sixth.

Schatz Continues Mastery of World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Knoxville

In a field of 51 cars, it was Brian Brown, Craig Dollansky and Tim Kaeding who tried to prevent Donny Schatz from returning to Knoxville's victory lane, a place Schatz practically calls home. Brown earned his second pole of the season and jumped out to a quick lead before Dollansky was able to slide into the top spot on lap 9. Meanwhile, Schatz reeled in Kaeding, then Brown and set his sights on Dollansky

Brown nabs Atlanta victory on NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Antron Brown claimed his second victory of the season and his fifth win at the Georgia dragstrip, powering past Brandon Bernstein in the final round. Brown covered the distance in 3.801 seconds at 321.25 mph in his Matco Tools dragster, while Bernstein’s dragster lost traction at the start and finished in 7.105 at 90.64.

Kyle Busch dominates Darlington for 56th Nationwide win

The victory was Kyle Busch's fifth in eight NNS starts this season. Busch, who led 107 of 147 laps, extended his career win record in the series to 56. Busch scored a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0, his 16th perfect rating since NASCAR started keeping the statistic in 2005.

NHRA resumes event at Atlanta after last weekend’s rain out

Matt Hagan ended a 29-race drought from the top of Funny Car’s qualifying order by racing to the No. 1 position Friday at the rain-delayed Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Saturday’s eliminations as the No. 1 qualifiers in their categories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.

Sawyer’s life races along on track, court

Garrett Sawyer’s first year at Walla Walla Community College wraps up in mid-June then it’s a summer of racing and continuing to build towards playing time in the winter.

David Ragan beats Goliaths in astonishing Cup race at Talladega

David Gilliland pushed David Ragan, his teammate, to the lead on the final circuit in a green-white checkered-flag finish that took Sunday's Aaron's 499 four laps past its scheduled distance of 188 laps. Gilliland came home second, followed by pole sitter Carl Edwards, Michael Waltrip and series leader Jimmie Johnson.

Pittman Surges to World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Win at Eldora

Daryn Pittman started seventh in his Kasey Kahne Racing Great Clips GF1 at the Tony Stewart-owned high-speed half-mile oval and methodically worked his way forward.

Thorn nabs third career victory as he takes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series G-Oil 150

Although Derek Thorn paced the entire event, he faced continual challenges from Cameron Hayley, who started from the pole position. Thorn wrestled the lead from Hayley at the drop of the initial green and then held him off following numerous restarts.

Regan Smith wins wild Nationwide race at Talladega

This was the same Regan Smith who was deprived of victory in a race he thought he had won at Talladega in 2008, when NASCAR demoted him to the 18th position for passing Tony Stewart below the yellow boundary line as the cars approached the checkered flag.

Rains forces NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to postpone event to May 10-11

The rain storms that covered much of the Southern portion of the United States claimed this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. NHRA officials have moved the event to May 10-11.

Unlimited All-Stars karting series comes to Sunset Speedway

Sunset Speedway hosts its first big event of the season beginning today and wrapping up Saturday night with the Unlimited All-Stars karting series on the one-fifth-mile clay oval. Offering cash prizes in four divisions, the race has already sparked a solid entry list from across the Northwest.


Also, SCR gets underway this weekend and Brycen Tarr lands on his feet.

Sunset Speedway to host UAS for first time in track’s history

Sunset Speedway, located on the grounds of the Spokane County ORV park in Airway Heights, hosts the premier dirt go-kart series in the region this weekend for two exciting days.

Lucas to compete in 200th pro race on NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series


Last week in Houston, Morgan Lucas reached the semifinals for third this time this year and solidified his hold on fifth place in the standings. He is 14 points ahead of Doug Kalitta and Khalid alBalooshi, who are tied for sixth.

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