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Kyle Petty has spent each of the last 15 springs riding with over 200 others on motorcycles across the United States to raise funds for charity. This year the event gets started in Stevenson, Wash. and makes stops in Naches, Wash. with an overnight stay in Richland.
When Tony Stewart (No. 14 Old Spice Chevrolet) made the decision to leave championship-caliber Joe Gibbs Racing to start his own team last season, many skeptics whispered that it would be years before Stewart made another trip to Victory Lane. After all, Haas CNC Racing, the team Stewart took over, had competed in 284 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and had one top-five finish to show for it. Apparently Stewart wasn’t listening to the grim outlook.
The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has dominated recently at Darlington, winning the last three races (Denny Hamlin 2006, 07 from the pole; Tony Stewart last year). This weekend, it is Joey Logano’s (No. 20 GameStop Toyota) turn at continuing the team’s winning streak.
With his Richmond win, Kyle Bush totaled 50 wins across NASCAR’s three national series heading into Darlington on Saturday. That’s tied for third-most since the inception of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995.
A look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com at Darlington Raceway on May 9.
Kyle Busch, who won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Friday night at the .75-mile short track, joined Cale Yarborough as the only drivers to win NASCAR Sprint Cup races on their birthdays. With a full year in hand, Busch also holds the record for most victories in the series before turning 25.
The victory was Kyle Busch’s third of the year, his third at Richmond and his 24th in the series. Matt Kenseth finished third, followed by Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick. Joey Logano, Mark Martin, rookie Michael McDowell, Jason Keller and Jason Leffler completed the top 10.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural class, consisting of five members, is scheduled to be enshrined in May 2010. That class will be selected by the Voting Panel from a list of 25 candidates assembled by a 21-person Nominating Committee.
Randy Moss is known for his competitive nature on the football field as a wide receiver for the New England Patroits but he has added another title-winning NASCAR team owner.
For the third straight year, Crown Royal staged its “Your Name Here” contest, which awards the naming rights to the May Richmond NSCS race to a fan. Fans are asked to describe an honorable act or achievement worthy of toasting with Crown Royal.
Mike Skinner waited until Monday afternoon to pick up the rain shortened NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in Kansas.
The Nationwide Series moves from the high banks of Talladega to short track action in Friday’s Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Brad Keselowski, the most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup race winner and NASCAR Nationwide Series regualr, had mixed results on the .75-mile oval in 2008.
The chase for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship gets underway in September but Richmond International Raceway’s Saturday night event could be a turning point for several drivers including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth.
Talladega produces two first time NASCAR race winners in as many days as Brad Keselowski, who had run most of the day in the middle of a wild 43-car pack until a major incident on lap 8, broke through for his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.
Eric Holmes nabbed his eighth career NASCAR Camping World West victory Saturday night in Madera, Calif. as he beat David Mayhew and Mike David to the stripe. Jerome, Idaho native Brett Thompson came home sixth with Twin Falls Jonathan Gomez 11th, Aurora, Oregon’s Jim Warn 17th and Phil Dugan of Meridan, Idaho 19th.
It’s always a wild ride at Talladega whether it’s NASCAR Sprint Cup racing or as was the case on Saturday, NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers looking to tame the high-banked and ultra quick superspeedway. When it was said and done winner David Ragan got the lead when it counts; at the checkered flag.
Guest columnist Cathy Elliott gives some insight on NASCAR fan favorite, Mark Martin.
Over the years the No. 9 has won quite a few races in its history including 38 with Bill Elliott at the helm. Several of Elliott’s most memorable No. 9 moments came at Talladega, site of this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stop. Take a look at the history of this famous number up through its current driver, Enumclaw, Wash. native, Kasey Kahne.
You have to go all the way back to Sept. 27, 1998 to find the last time a driver-owner won an event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ricky Rudd raced to victory that day at Martinsville Speedway.
Idaho’s Brett Thompson and the rest of the NASCAR Camping World Series West head next to Madera (Calif.) Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 presented by Exclusive Energy Drink on Saturday, April 25. The third-mile track, located on the fairgrounds facility along Highway 99 in California’s Central Valley, last hosted a series event in 2003.
Todd Bodine has shown right out of the gate this season that he is going to be a factor every race. With his win at Daytona, he became the series’ first repeat winner in ten races at the track. He followed his win with a second-place finish at California and a solid third at Atlanta. The 2006 winner at Kansas, he thinks he can become its first repeat winner, too.
NASCAR Nationwide Series-only regulars Jason Leffler (No. 38 Great Clips Toyota) and a host of others have put together strong performances in the first seven races this season and currently maintain top-10 positions in the standings heading into the Aaron’s 312 this Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into the state of Alabama to run its second superspeedway event of the 2009 season.
The Midwest is familiar territory for Stacy Compton. While he has only two starts at Kansas Speedway, he has raced at both I-70 Speedway and Heartland Park Topeka, which hosted the series from 1995 to 1999.
Mark Martin beat Kyle Busch off pit road during a late race caution and charged past Ryan Newman on the re-start en route to victory. Martin is the third oldest race winner in NASCAR history with his Saturday night victory.
Vancouver, Wash. native Greg Biffle held of NASCAR Nationwide Series regular, Jason Leffler, en route to Jack Roush’s 100th victory in the series.
Six drivers from the Northwest and Western Canada qualified for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 presented by Shamrock Farms. The top regional finisher of the event was Brett Thompson of Jerome, Idaho (9th) followed by Oregon’s Jim Warn (11th). Alberta’s Daryl Harr finished 13th and Ellensburg native, Travis Bennett came home 20th.
The NASCAR Camping World West Series, which has two races in the Northwest later this summer, holds its third race of the 2009 season on Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway. Eric Holmes is the series points leader but Mike David is the defending race champion and looks to make it two straight in Phoenix.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. could never be accused of missing a chance to be part of unique marketing approaches to companies that come calling daily for his services. Check out the latest Dale Jr. branded item that is sure to be a hit with race fans.
For Glendale, Ariz. native Michael McDowell (No. 47 Tom’s Snacks Toyota), this spring’s trip to Phoenix International Raceway is a matter of a different series and renewed karma. A year ago, McDowell finished 34th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500. Twelve months later, McDowell has shifted his talents to the NASCAR Nationwide Series behind the wheel of a JTG-Daugherty Racing Toyota.