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A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese at Dover International Speedway on May 31.
NASCAR declared Reutimann the winner when an ominous weather forecast indicated it would be impossible to run the longest race of the season to its conclusion.
David Reutimann’s win in NASCAR’s longest race, which was postponed from Sunday because of rain, was the first for Michael Waltrip Racing—now in its third season of NASCAR Sprint Cup competition—and the first for a Toyota team other than Joe Gibbs Racing.
Ron Hornaday will head to Dover International Speedway this weekend with an 84-point cushion over Mike Skinner, who slipped to second after the Charlotte, N.C. stop 10 days ago. The lead position is familiar territory for the three-time champion, who held the top spot at this point last season.
Brian Vickers came to the pits under green on Lap146, returning the lead to Busch, who stopped for tires and fuel three laps later. When caution flew for the fourth time for Kevin Hamlin’s spin in Turn 2 on Lap 153, Mike Bliss was the only driver who hadn’t stopped for service, and as such, his No. 1 Chevrolet was the only car on the lead lap.
Ryan Newman turned a lap at 188.475 mph Thursday night to grab the top starting spot for the Coca-Cola 600. It was Newman’s eighth career pole at LMS – the most of any active driver – and the Stewart-Haas Racing driver’s 44th overall.
Over the course of 60 years, a total of 93 drivers have driven cars with the number. Yet, only three of those 93 have taken the No. 17 to Victory Lane.
Beginning early in 2010, NASCAR fans anywhere in the world will be able to log onto the internet and compete against one another, as well as a number of NASCAR drivers, in an official NASCAR series featuring digital duplicates of real-world NASCAR cars and tracks in the most realistic NASCAR racing environment ever created.
Four hundred laps and 600 miles usually equals approximately four-and-a-half hours behind the wheel at 1.5-mile Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Add late May heat and humidity. Teeth-rattling speeds. The evolution of a daylight start, mid-race dusk and a checkered flag in the evening. Combined, all those factors pose unique challenges, making patience, endurance and focus the keys to thriving in — and winning — the Coca-Cola 600.
Kyle Busch may not be known as a sentimental type, but he may just have a soft spot tucked away when it comes to NASCAR Nationwide Series competition at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He made his series debut at this race in 2003, starting fifth and finishing second for team owner Joe Nemechek (No. 87 NEMCO Chevrolet), the 1992 series champion. Nemechek won this race in 1997.
While Kevin Harvick had to settle for second place in 2007 and Kasey Kahne came away as the runner-up in 2008, Kyle Busch took the first-place trophy in the Long John Silver’s 200.
Tony Stewart did what he had threatened to do since the beginning of the season. He had parlayed five top-five finishes in the last six races into a second place in the Cup series standings, but victory had eluded the 37-year-old driver nicknamed “Smoke” — until Saturday night.
Trapped a lap down after a green-flag pit stop on Lap 86 of 134, Ron Hornaday recovered to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch survived a succession of adventures to run second, crossing the finish line 1.669 seconds behind Hornaday.
Crown jewels are artifacts of the reigning royal family of their respective countries. They belong to monarchs and are passed down the line to the next sovereign to symbolize the right to rule. They may include actual jewels such as crowns, scepters and rings, or other objects like swords or documents or even ceremonial garments.
Jeff Burton’s over-the-wall crew of gas man Curt Bowman, catch-can man Andrew Childers, front-tire changer Daniel Blizzard, front-tire carrier Jon Wallace, rear-tire changer Terry Spalding, rear-tire carrier Chris Martin and jackman Adam North completed their respective skills and the 40-yard car push in 22.115 seconds, an event record.
Brian Scott’s third-place finish in the previous Camping World Truck Seris race at Kansas was his third top-five in the past seven races. He closed out 2008 by finishing fourth at Phoenix and second at Homestead-Miami and has put together three straight top 10s this season heading into Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series makes a stop in Vernon, B.C. and Kevin Harvick Inc. driver Cale Gale will be one of the competitors. Vernon is just north of Wenatchee and offers a great half-mile track with outstanding views all around. Learn more about Gale’s entry into the series by checking out the story.
The NASCAR Camping World Series East/West Challenge has drawn large crowds to Iowa Speedway in its first two seasons. In fact, the race is increasingly popular with NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers since the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers – Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne – each won the million dollar NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Challenge in Charlotte the night before competing at Iowa Speedway.
With the one win already under his belt, Greg Pursley is ready for another victory. “I’d really like to win another race before the year is out and Iowa would be a great one to win,” he said of the Long John Silver’s 200, the annual NASCAR Camping World Series East-West combination race on May 17 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. “Going there with the East and the West, it would be great to win there.”
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXV, set for Saturday, May 16 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (SPEED, 7 p.m.), will consist of four segments, concluding with a 10-lap sprint and a $1 million pay-out to the race winner.
Keselowski was labeled a surprise when he won his first two career NASCAR Nationwide Series races last year — including the double-duty-driver-laden night race at Bristol Motor Speedway — en route to a third-place finish in the 2008 driver standings.
As the series prepares to compete in Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Matt Crafton has the confidence of knowing how to find Victory Lane. A year ago, he grabbed his first NASCAR national series victory at Lowe’s.
NASCAR returns “home” to Charlotte, N.C. this week for their annual All-Star Race Weekend. Most teams are based in the Charlotte area and while many will be racing most drivers and crews will have the chance to sleep in their beds this weekend.
Mike Skinner’s (No. 5 Bad Boy Mowers Toyota) Kansas victory was the eighth by an over-50 driver currently active in the series. Skinner and rival Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Copart.com Chevrolet) each have four such wins.
Fifty-year-old Mark Martin, a throwback to the old days, charged home ahead of three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson and other younger drivers to win the Southern 500, a 367-lap marathon on what is known as NASCAR’s toughest track.
Matt Kenseth inherited the lead when Kyle Busch was forced to pit under yellow with a cut right-rear tire and won the race under the record-tying 10th caution period of the night, when Morgan Shepherd spun moments after a restart for a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race six laps beyond its scheduled 147 laps.
NASCAR, ever the rowdy cowboy in the corral, takes a truly unorthodox approach to its all-star race. The event is open to – gasp! — race winners from the previous and the current season, plus the past 10 event winners and the past decade’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions.
Matt Kenseth picked up the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The Valvoline Dodge, piloted by Reed Sorenson, will feature the names of Valvoline crew chiefs from both NASCAR and NHRA, and a crew chief-tribute logo on the hood. The decklid will feature Inman, who was a crew chief for eight NASCAR Cup championships — seven with Richard “The King” Petty and one with Terry Labonte.