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That was a pretty exciting race yesterday from Watkins Glen… almost worth waiting for from Sunday ’til Monday. Congrats to Smoke and the #14 team.
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Track Trash – Rainy Days and Mondays at the Glen
by Boyd McPherson
These Monday races are a killer for the working folk. Just four races left until the Chase – who’s it gonna be?
For more Track Trash, visit motorsportsnews.net/archives/category/track-trash
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TV Times – No Camaro For Nationwide Series in 2010
by Lou Modestino
There will be no Pony Car in NASCAR Nationwide Series for Chevy. Instead GM plans to run Impala as Nationwide COT, not Camaro: Dodge and Ford will race the Challenger and Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series next year, as the series transitions to the “Car of Tomorrow” platform.
For more of this writer, visit motorsportsnews.net/archives/category/tv-times
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Stewart Wins Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips At The Glen
by Phil Allaway
Before the race was postponed on Sunday, Tony Stewart said that he would like the weather to warm up, allowing the track to get slippery and play right into the hands of his road racing experience.
He got his wish.
Smoke came from his 13th starting spot to smoke the field, passing Kyle Busch for the lead on Lap 67 and leading the last 23 circuits in scoring the victory in Monday’s rain-delayed race at Watkins Glen. It was Stewart’s record fifth victory at the track to go along with his seventh overall on a road course, second to Jeff Gordon for the most in the modern era. His third victory overall this season, Stewart had his hands full on restarts with both defending champion Busch and a hard-charging Marcos Ambrose surrounding him. But with a car that was outstanding on short runs, his Old Spice / Office Depot Chevrolet was clicking on all cylinders when it counted the most.
“It was awesome that on both the last [two] restarts where we were able to stay ahead of Kyle. Both on the outside and inside we were able to get good jumps, beat him to turn two, up to the top of the S’s,” he said. “That was a pretty big moment in the race, showing our strength. At that point it was just a matter of when Marcos got to second, making sure on the restart we didn’t give him an opening.”
“We were able to pull away, get enough of a gap where I could run my line and pace and do the things that I needed to do to make my car good.”
The race wasn’t a cakewalk for Stewart at first, though. It was a muggy 83 degrees when the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen got underway, and the No. 14 was setup for more of a cloudy day.
Then the first caution came out for debris in the Inner Loop, giving Stewart and Co. the opportunity they needed to bring their car to life.
“We weren’t as strong as we needed to be… until the end of the first run,” he explained. “Came in on the first stop and I asked Darian [Grubb] for a lot of changes. [The crew] did an awesome job.”
Stewart quickly moved up through the field after that, taking the lead for the first time on a restart on lap 46. He lost it briefly as a result of green flag pit stops before regaining it for good from Busch following that double-file restart on Lap 67.
Later on, Busch overcooked it going into Turn 10 on lap 70, allowing Marcos Ambrose to assume second place. The Aussie native held on, never seriously challenging Stewart but bringing home his career-best finish in the Cup Series.
“It was just a great weekend for us,” Ambrose said. “We didn’t quite close the deal, but I’m really excited for our future.”
Following Stewart and Ambrose to the line was Carl Edwards with his best career finish on a road course (3rd) after starting 33rd. Busch faded to fourth at the finish, while Greg Biffle rounded out the top 5.
Juan Pablo Montoya finished sixth, followed by outside polesitter Kurt Busch. Max Papis, in the Germain Racing No. 13, finished a career-best eighth, followed by Clint Bowyer in ninth after a charge from 38th starting spot. Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 10, also fighting back from the rear of the field after suffering a pit road speeding penalty early in the race.
The day’s most memorable moment occurred on lap 63, when a spectacular multi-car crash led to a lengthy delay. It all started when Kasey Kahne got loose in Turn 9; he saved it, but nudged the No. 77 of Sam Hornish Jr. in the process. Hornish then went off at the exit of Turn 9 and nailed the tire barrier. This caused the Mobil 1 Dodge to rebound across the track, collecting Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton in the process as all three cars went airborne to some degree. Andy Lally, David Ragan, and Joey Logano also suffered damage in an incident that caused a 19-minute red flag to clean up the track and re-align the tire barrier.
“When I saw Sam (Hornish) go out, I knew he was coming back,” said Burton in describing what happened. “There was nothing I could do… it’s a bigger hit than I want to have for awhile.”
Race To The Chase (Top 12)
by Phil Allaway
Tony Stewart’s victory on Sunday and the troubles for the Hendrick Motorsports cars allowed Stewart to expand his points lead to a season-high 260 over Jimmie Johnson. Johnson, who started from his first career road course pole, never really recovered from an early spin in Turn 1. He eventually came home in 12th. As for teammate Jeff Gordon, who maintained third in the standings, he was a victim of circumstances in a lap 63 crash. Gordon could not avoid the spinning No. 77, resulting in a head-on impact that gave his hurting back a serious jolt. Totaling his race car, the contact ended Gordon’s day and resulted in a 37th place finish.
Further back, Kurt Busch had a good run on Sunday, riding in the top 10 for the entire race and eventually finishing seventh. However, he is now 482 points behind Stewart with just four races left in the regular season. Denny Hamlin maintained his fifth spot in the standings with a 10th place finish on Sunday, while just 17 points behind Hamlin is Carl Edwards, who came all the way up from 33rd position to finish third. These six cars remain “safely in” the playoffs, as they’re more than a full race’s worth of points ahead of 13th place Kyle Busch. In fact, Stewart is set to clinch a spot in the Chase by simply firing his engine at Michigan on Sunday.
As for those on the “bubble,” Juan Pablo Montoya is up one place to seventh after a consistent run to finish sixth. Montoya displaces Kasey Kahne, as the Infineon winner had a quiet day outside of the contact with Sam Hornish, Jr. Scoring a 17th place finish, he drops to just 129 in front of Busch. Behind him, Ryan Newman maintained the ninth position in points Monday, but had a tough race. The car just simply was not that good, and Newman eventually finished 21st. Rounding out the top 10 is Greg Biffle, who rose up two positions after a career-best fifth.
As for the final two potential Chasers, Mark Martin’s team simply could not fix the handle on the CARQUEST/Kellogg’s Chevrolet all weekend. After qualifying a dismal 28th, Martin stayed in the twenties for most of the race before finishing 23rd. This dropped Martin one place to 11th in points. Matt Kenseth also dropped a spot to round out the Top 12, with Kyle Busch now just 58 points behind him. Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer also remain within 100 points of Kenseth, the only other two drivers with a serious shot to break into the Chase at this point in the season.
Tracking The Top 35
by Phil Allaway
For the Front Row Motorsports No. 34 team, the race barely even started before problems began. A fluid leak forced the team to the garage after only a few laps, dropping John Andretti six laps down as a result. However, due to attrition, he eventually rebounded to finish in 30th.
Still, the mishap gave Scott Speed an opportunity to gain some ground in the standings. During the race, Speed kept his No. 82 out of serious trouble, and also collected five bonus points for leading the race through off-sequence strategy. This resulted in Speed pitting from the lead right after the red flag, dropping him close to the back of the lead lap. But from there, Speed held his ground and came home in 22nd, allowing the No. 82 to gain some ground on the No. 34 team. The margin is now 142 between 35th and 36th, a gap that can technically be made up within one race.
The top finishing team around or below the cutoff was the part-time No. 13 Geico Toyota driven by Max Papis. Papis had a strong car on Monday, gradually moving up through the field and briefly cracking the top 5. Although he eventually fell back to an 8th place finish, it is by far the best run of the year for the Germain Racing No. 13.
Afterwards, when asked to describe the difference between NASCAR and Formula One — where Papis briefly competed in 1995 for the Footwork team — Papis pulled no punches.
“I did not enjoy [being in Formula One],” Papis said. “[There is a] lack of respect for the human being there.”
Notes from the Track
By Phil Allaway
* The No. 66 (Dave Blaney), No. 04 (P.J. Jones), and the No. 37 (Tony Ave) start and parked on Monday. It was easy to figure out which cars weren’t there to run the full distance, as none of these teams actually had full crews sitting in their stall. The No. 37 team had no one at all, but had two sets of tires, a pit box, and gas cans there. The No. 04 lasted the longest of the three; driver P.J. Jones pitted about five laps into the race, dropped off the lead lap, then pulled in at lap 14.
* Today’s race was the third Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen to be affected by rain, but only the second one to be run on Monday. The other time was in 1987. Rusty Wallace won that race by 11 seconds, despite being forced to pit for a splash of fuel on the last lap.
* There was a minor injury in the No. 6 pit during the first caution. Dwayne Ogle, one of David Ragan’s crewmen, was being treated by EMT’s with ice packs after being run over by Juan Pablo Montoya during a stop.
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Kenny Wallace to race Modifieds at I-96 Speedway
He has competed in all three of nascar’s top ranks, including Cup and the Camping World Truck Series since 1988. Wallace is no stranger to Midwest-based …
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Stewart Wins Fifth Glen Race
On Monday, Tony Stewart held off Marcos Ambrose for his third victory of the 2009 season in a rain-delayed event at Watkins Glen International. Stewart led a race high 34 laps to win his fifth in the eight races that he has run at the Glen. It also was Stewart’s 36 victory in 378 career races. Stewart’s lead in the NASCAR point standing is 260 over second place Jimmie Johnson and 342 over Jeff Gordon. Four races remain before the Chase for the Championship begins.
Ambrose held onto second spot in the race and Carl Edwards finished in the third position. Last year’s winner, Kyle Busch, fought an ill-handling car all day and he drove his Toyota into fourth place. Greg Biffle had his best run at the Glen, finishing fifth followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch, rookie Max Papis, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin to round out the top ten. — The Sprint Cup Series moves to Michigan International Speedway next Sunday, August 16, 2009 — for the Carfax 400. The race is scheduled for 1:00 PM / Eastern time.
Different Kind Of Race Coverage At Michigan
ESPN2’s live coverage of the Aug. 15 Carfax 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway will have a new and different approach as the telecast will prominently feature five former NASCAR champions and will be done without a traditional “play by play” announcer. ESPN’s “Backseat Drivers” telecast will engage NASCAR fans with the authenticity and experience of analysts Tim Brewer, Ray Evernham, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree and Rusty Wallace. With Brewer contributing reports and analysis from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, Evernham, Jarrett, Petree and Wallace will call the race from the booth.
NMPA Hall of Fame Candidates Announced
Below are the candidates for this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. All candidates who receive votes on at least 65 percent of the ballots cast will be elected. In the event that no candidate receives 65 percent of the required votes, the leading candidate (or candidates, in the event of a tie) will be elected. 2009 candidates include:
# Roger Penske
# Jack Roush
# Rusty Wallace
# Waddell Wilson
# Robert Yates
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18 years ago, we lost J.D. McDuffie
Three Sponsors, three wins for Stewart: #14-Tony Stewart has three sponsors who server as primary sponsors for a certain number of races, Old Spice, Office Depot and Burger King. Stewart has won three races in 2010 [so far], with each sponsor getting a win:
Office Dept won at Pocono in June
Burger King won at Daytona in July
Old Spice won at Watkins Glen in August
Note: #18-Kyle Busch has won three races with different paint schemes in 2009, but the same company is the sponsor: Mars – M&M’s, Snickers and Combos.
UNOFFICIAL Driver Points Standings
[after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]:
1) #14-Tony Stewart, 3383 [3 wins], finished 1st
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3123, -260 [3 wins], 12th
3) #24-Jeff Gordon 3041, -342 [1 win], 37th
4) #2-Kurt Busch 2902, -481 [1 win], 7th
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2847, -536 [1 win], 10th
6) #99-Carl Edwards, 2830, -553, 3rd
7) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2781, -602, 6th
8) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2754, -629 (+127)[1 win], 17th
9) #39-Ryan Newman, 2727, -656 (+100), 21st
10) #16-Greg Biffle 2718, -665 (+91), 5th
11) #5-Mark Martin, 2716, -667 (+89)[4 wins], 23rd
12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2685, -698 (+58 ahead of 12th)[2 wins], 14th
Contenders for the top-12/chase:
13) #18-Kyle Busch, 2527, 58 points out of 12th, [3 wins] 4th
14) #83-Brian Vickers, 2589, -96, 11th
15) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2586, -99, 9th
16) #00-David Reutimann 2530, -155 [1 win], 25th
2010 Schedule? close to the same? The 2010 schedule situation appears to be pretty much status quo with Dover’s Sprint Cup date shifting back to mid-May [May 16th], more a result on the way next year’s calendar falls with Easter [April 4th] and Memorial Day [May 31st]. There won’t be any big changes on the Nationwide and Truck Series slates with Milwaukee’s future still very much up in the air. The trucks will return to Darlington in the Spring and there’s a report Pocono will also be added to its schedule.(RacingOne)
Gordon’s back sore after wreck: Jeff Gordon quotes following multi-car accident on lap 61 with #77-Hornish Jr. and #31-Burton:
MAN THAT LOOKED PAINFUL. “It was. It wasn’t that hard of a hit its just my back can’t stand too many hits. I really was concerned for Sam (Hornish). He took a heavy hit into the wall, a heavy hit by me and Jeff Burton. I saw him go off into the grass and I knew he was going to come out in front of me and I was just hoping to squeeze by and didn’t make it. It just made a rough weekend for the DuPont Chevrolet even worse. Now we just leave here and focus on Michgian.”
HOW DO YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW? “I’m hurting. Everything feels good except my lower back where I’ve already had issues. It will jsut take a couple of weeks for it to heal. By then we’ll go to Bristol and get through that then we’ll be alright.”
HOW IS YOUR BACK? ARE YOU OKAY? “It’s just not what I needed you know. You take three or four steps forward up to this point, and you take a hit like that and you take a couple steps backwards. So yeah, it was a heavy impact. I’m just glad Sam (Hornish) is all right.
WHAT WILL YOU HAVE TO DO THIS WEEK TO GET READY FOR MICHIGAN NEXT WEEK WITH YOUR BACK?
“Oh, Michigan is pretty easy. If we were going to Bristol next week, I’d be concerned. So we’ve got a couple of weeks to hopefully heal. We went through this at Dover when I hit at Dover and hurt my back as well. Every time I hit something it takes a toll on my back, but it seems to recover. But when you’re braking that hard it’s already pretty tight and then you hit like that and it spasms a bit. But we’ll be all right.
ARE YOU SORE? “Oh man, my left side and my back is super sore. It’s going to take probably a couple of weeks for it to heal completely and then we’ll be back to new. This happened at Dover when I hit the wall in Dover it was similar. This is a little bit different angle and it’s hurting. Luckily we’ve got Michigan coming up next weekend. It’s pretty easy on things.”
HOW MUCH DO YOU PROTECT YOUR BACK NOW? “There’s nothing you can do. You got to get out there and you’ve got to just hope you don’t get into situations. It’s not life-threatening or anything its just painful. I’ve had MRI’s and everything else after these things and everything looks fine. It’s just some spasms that go on. You’ve just got to calm that down but it doesn’t just calm down by itself in a day. It really does take a couple of weeks.”(Chevy Racing)(8-11-2009)
Race and Commercial Breakdown for Watkins Glen: For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, or wonder how often your driver was focused on, here is the breakdown for Monday’s race.
Total number of commercials: 139
Total number of companies or entities advertised: 65
Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 21
Sunday Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:01 PM
Sunday End time to record race/commercial periods: 2:38 PM
Sunday Total minutes: 37
Monday Start time to record race/commercial periods: 12:01 PM
Monday End time to record race/commercial periods: 3:10 PM
Monday Total minutes: 189
Total minutes for both days: 226
Minutes of race broadcast: 174
Minutes of commercials: 52
Number of missed restarts: 1
Number of mystery cautions (no debris shown): 1
Number of Boris Said ‘Foot Cam Shots’: 2
Total race brdcst time 143 Total comm. brdcst time 46
Red Bull to stay with Toyota: It looks like Team Red Bull will be sticking with Toyotas and TRD engines in 2010, rather than jump to Chevys and Rick Hendrick horsepower. Team manager Jay Frye said he expected to make some announcements on everything in the next week or so. Brian Vickers’ contract renewal with Red Bull has been up in the air, but Vickers is expected to get a new deal with the team, and Vickers is also expected to drive some for Toyota Nationwide owner Todd Braun in 2010.(MikeMulhern.net)(8-10-2009)
EGR to switch to Hendrick engines? If Team Red Bull does stay in the Toyota camp, that could open up a Rick Hendrick engineering and engine option for car owner Chip Ganassi and driver #42-Juan Pablo Montoya. Ganassi and Montoya are running Chevrolets this season, with engines supplied through Richard Childress. However General Motors’ bankruptcy and racing cutbacks have left a number of issues and sponsorships up in the air.(MikeMulhern.net)(8-10-2009)
Ford to debut new engine at Michigan? Ford’s long-awaited debut of its new NASCAR engine is now expected to come next Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, but it’s not clear which teams may be using it. The engine has a much improved cooling system, which should make for more downforce on the nose, because teams won’t have to run so much ductwork.(MikeMulhern.net)(8-10-2009)
Best Buy to sponsor US F1 team? It is believed that Best Buy is interested in the new US F1 team headed by journalist Peter Windsor and technical expert Ken Anderson. Its chief marketing officer Barry Judge revealed on his Twitter page that he recently met with team officials. “Thoughts on how a Best Buy partnership would help our entry into Europe?” he wrote. Best Buy recently announced plans to open stores in the UK and other European countries for the first time in 2010 while also eyeing major British brands such as Comet and Currys, hence his European reference.(F1-Live.com), if Best Buy just join the F1 team, no word how or if it would affect the sponsorship of the #19 Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge that Elliott Sadler drives.(8-10-2009)
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Where There’s Heat, There’s Smoke: Stewart Wins at The Glen – www.racintoday.com/archives/8758
Tuesday Memo: Somebody Find Skaife – www.racintoday.com/archives/8766
Vicious Wreck Leaves Gordon Hurting – www.racintoday.com/archives/8752
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EVERNHAM TO RUN LATE MODEL RACE AT
CAROLINA SPEEDWAY TO BENEFIT SHRINERS HOSPITAL
GASTONIA, N.C. (August 10, 2009) — Ray Evernham is getting back behind the wheel to help raise funds and awareness for Shriners Hospital.
Evernham will race an Ingersoll Rand sponsored Super Late Model in the Shrine 100 on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC. All proceeds from the event will go toward Shriners Hospital.
Evernham, owner of Ray Evernham Enterprises and East Lincoln Speedway, is participating in the event to benefit Shriners Hospital and help prepare to race in the upcoming “Prelude to a Dream” event on September 6, 2009, at Eldora Speedway, which is owned by Sprint Cup driver and owner Tony Stewart.
“My longtime partners at Ingersoll Rand have made this all possible with their generous support for this race,” said Evernham. “It’s an honor to be able to race a car carrying the Ingersoll Rand paint scheme to help raise money for the incredible work the Shriners do.”
The gates at Carolina Speedway open at 5 p.m. ET and the first event begins at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets are available at www.carolinaspeedway.com.
POST RACE WINNER’S PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:
TONY STEWART AND DARIAN GRUBB, NO. 14 OLD SPICE/OFFICE DEPOT IMPALA SS:
KERRY THARP: Let’s roll into our winning press conference. Our race champion today is Tony Stewart. He drives the No. 14 Old Spice Office Depot Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing. This is Tony’s 36th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. This is his fifth win at Watkins Glen International, his third win of 2009. He ups his lead in the points by 260.
Tony, just a great performance by your team today. Your thoughts?
TONY STEWART: I’m excited about it. Obviously it’s a great day for Stewart-Haas Racing and an awesome day for Office Depot and Old Spice. Finally got Old Spice in Victory Lane. Office Depot, Old Spice and now Burger King. It was an awesome day. We weren’t as strong as we needed to be at the start, till the end of the first run. Came in on the first stop and I asked for a lot of changes there. I appreciate Darian and the guys. They did an awesome job. There was a lot of stuff to do that was lengthy time-wise. Awesome spot. I think we only lost six spots. To do what they did in that short amount of time was pretty phenomenal. That kept us up good enough in track position to where we could start working our way through there.
We just had a good car where we could stay there all day. Darian did a good job of knowing where we needed to be on fuel mileage. Tried to do as much as we could in the parts of the track where we could shut the car off and save fuel.
Everybody was doing their part, the drivers were to go green with NASCAR today, trying to be economically friendly. I think everybody did a good job.
It was awesome that last — both the restarts where we were able to stay ahead of Kyle. Both on the outside and inside we were able to get good jumps, beat him to turn two, up to the top of the S’s. That was really key for us, especially when we did it the second time, the opposite side when he chose the opposite side as he did the first time, we still beat him there, I thought that was a pretty big moment in the race, showing our strength. At that point it was just a matter of when Marcos got to second making sure on the restart we didn’t give him an opening. Protected our spot like everybody else did all day. We were able to pull away, get enough of a gap where I could run my line and pace and do the things that I needed to do to make my car good.
There were spots on the track he was a little stronger than us, but I thought there were equally the same amount of spots that we were a little better than he was. I felt like lap time-wise they pretty much evened out. It was a matter of not making mistakes, not giving him an opportunity to get there. I was pretty happy with the day.
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Kroger sponsoring Memphis Race: Kroger is returning for three more years as the title sponsor of the fall NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park on Oct. 24. The race will officially be entitled the “Kroger On Track for the Cure 250″ and will again benefit breast cancer awareness organizations.(Memphis Motorsports Park PR)(8-10-2009)
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Post race quotes from racewinner, Marcos Ambrose“I knew I had to get by him (Kyle Busch),” Ambrose said. “I knew if I waited until the last 10 laps he was going to do everything he could to block me so I just tried to surprise him. I surprised us all because I got up in there pretty hard. Being in victory lane for the second time is just fantastic. I’ve got so many people to thank. We’re just going to enjoy it. It’s a special time in my life and I’m just really proud of all of my guys. This is just great.”Once Ambrose past Busch, he set sail putting almost four seconds between him and the rest of the field until the caution flag waved at Lap 65, which was the first of two double-file restarts he survived to repeat at The Glen. “I’ve just got to thank Frankie Kerr (crew chief) and just all my guys,” Ambrose said. “It was just an awesome day for us. This deal came together late. The Nationwide team has come back to a part-time schedule so it’s a skeleton crew. They built a wonderful car for us that we could work on. I had a lot of help from the (Michael) Waltrip (Racing) guys and my Cup guys. It was just a perfect day. When you’re racing against Kyle (Busch) and Carl (Edwards) and all of those guys and when you pass them to win you’re really doing something special. Last year we won on fuel mileage and this one we earned. It’s just an awesome feeling and it’s just great to be back in victory lane.”
The flames were licking from the engine of Joey Logano’s GameStop/Mad Catz Toyota, leaking fluids fuelling the fire that raged beneath hood and floorboard in an ugly, dangerous mess.Logano had been drilled, under caution, by Robby Gordon’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino/The Rogue Joint Toyota, Gordon’s manoeuvre leaving you breathless if his sponsorship hadn’t.As Logano caromed off a tire barrier back onto the track and wrestled his engulfed scrap metal to a stop, dropping his window net and scrambling out before he was charbroiled, crew chief Dave Rogers helpfully called to him on the radio:”You’re on fire.”And this was just part of the fun that has Montreal race fans counting the days until NASCAR rumbles back into town.
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Newman goes for the “Quad” at Bristol; #2-Chevy for KHI in trucks: Bristol Week is going to be a very busy time for Ryan Newman — especially opening Wednesday. Newman will drive four completely different pieces of racing equipment for as many owners. That includes a return to Kevin Harvick Inc.’s #2 Pringles Chevy. That’s the same chassis that carried Newman to his 2008 victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Newman will compete in the track’s first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race that precedes the NCWTS O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline. He’ll add starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events to complete a marathon weekend consisting of 1,100 laps.(NASCAR PR)
Hermie Sadler running at Bristol: According to Hermie Sadler’s website, he is scheduled to race in the O’Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Also from Twitter, Kyle Petty and Rutledge Wood are expected to be team members and Kevin Harvick Inc. is helping prepare the truck. Formal announcement is expected some time this week.(HermieSadler.com)(8-10-2009)
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Owner DeLoach Calls Timothy Peters ‘Breath Of Fresh Air’
08-10-2009 | TruckSeries.com Report
Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing and owner Tom DeLoach haven’t tasted a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory since 2006, but everything points to win No. 3 being just over the horizon. DeLoach was able to bring aboard Timothy Peters to drive the No. 17 Strutmasters.com Toyota in mid-June. Success was both immediate and lasting
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ARCA Weekly Notes Package: 8/10/09
One More Weekend Off before Busy Four Week Stretch
The ARCA RE/MAX Series has one more “off” weekend before heading to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois, for the Southern Illinois 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 23. The race marks the first of two dirt track events in the 2009 racing season and begins a late-season stretch of six races in four weeks to include Springfield (August 23), Chicagoland (August 28), Toledo (September 4), DuQuoin (September 7), New Jersey Motorsports Park (September 13) and Salem (September 19).
Lofton Nationwide Ready
Current ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Point Contender Justin Lofton will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Michigan Int’l Speedway on August 15 for CJM Racing. He is one of several drivers that include fulltime ARCA RE/MAX Series racing on their resumes who have transitioned to the NASCAR Nationwide Series over the years. Others include David Ragan (competed in ARCA RE/MAX Series fulltime in 2005/finished eighth in Saturday’s NNS race at Watkins Glen), Scott Speed (competed in ARCA RE/MAX Series fulltime in 2008/finished tenth in Saturday’s NNS race at Watkins Glen), Justin Allgaier (competed in ARCA RE/MAX Series fulltime 2006 through 2008/finished 17th in Saturday’s NNS race at Watkins Glen), Michael McDowell (competed in ARCA RE/MAX Series fulltime in 2007/finished 27th in Saturday’s NNS race at Watkins Glen), Justin Marks (competed in ARCA RE/MAX Series fulltime in 2007/finished 32nd in Saturday’s NNS race at Watkins Glen) and Matt Carter (competed in ARCA RE/MAX Series fulltime in 2008/finished 36th in Saturday’s NNS race at Watkins Glen).
In addition to Michigan, Lofton plans to race for CJM at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (October 16), Texas Motor Speedway (November 7) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (November 21). More information is available at Lofton’s new website, www.loftonracing.com.
Kligerman Leads Rookie Standings
Current ARCA RE/MAX Series Points Leader Parker Kligerman leads the Rookie of the Year Standings 13 races into the 21-race 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series. Kligerman, Craig Goess, Joey Coulter, Steve Arpin and Tim George Jr. are among the rookie contenders who have spent time in the top-ten in the point standings this season. ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year recipients have gone on to form successful careers throughout motor sports; Five ARCA Rookies have gone on to capture ARCA RE/MAX Series championships later in their careers, including Benny Parsons, Dave Dayton, Bill Venturini, Frank Kimmel and Bill Baird. Parsons holds the distinction of being the only ARCA Rookie of the Year who has gone on to win season-ending championships in both the ARCA RE/MAX Series (1968 and 1969) and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (1973).
Kimmel, whose storied racing career has included nine ARCA RE/MAX Series championships, an invitation to compete in the International Race of Champions (IROC) Series, along with forays into the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NACAR Camping World Truck Series, was the 1992 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year.
1984 ARCA Rookie of the Year Davey Allison went on to claim the 1987 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year award.
Other former winners of the ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year award include Matt Carter, Blake Bjorklund, Joey Miller, TJ Bell, Jason Jarrett, Glenn Brewer, Lee Raymond and Charlie Glotzbach, to name a few.
Who Will Be the Next First Time Series Winner?
Six of the top-10 ARCA RE/MAX Series Point Contenders have not yet visited victory circle in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition, including Craig Goess (13 career starts), Joey Coulter (13 career starts), Bryan Silas (63 career starts), Steve Arpin (13 career starts), Tom Hessert (36 career starts) and Robb Brent (29 career starts).
Earlier this year, Patrick Sheltra earned his career-first victory at Salem Speedway in his 48th career start. Other first time Series winners this season include Sean Caisse at Rockingham (sixth Series start) and Parker Kligerman at Toledo Speedway (eighth Series start).
Kimmel Six Laps Shy of Major Career Milestone
Nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel is just six laps shy of leading 10,000 laps in ARCA RE/MAX Series Competition. Although he has only led 36 laps so far this season, Kimmel heads into the next race on the schedule-the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds-as the defending race winner. Kimmel led 83 of 102 laps en route to victory at Springfield last year and set a new one-lap track record at the one-mile dirt track. He is a seven-time race winner at Springfield.
Kyle Busch, David Ragan to Support ARCA-Owned Properties this Weekend
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch and David Ragan will each make appearances at ARCA-owned properties this weekend. Busch will compete in a 100-lap CRA Late Model race on Friday night, August 14 at Toledo Speedway, which is owned by ARCA President Ron Drager and business man Roy Mott. Ragan will sign autographs for race fans at ARCA-owned Flat Rock Speedway on Saturday night, August 15.
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Upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series Races
Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds; Sunday, August 23
Ansell Cut Protection 150 at Chicagoland Speedway; Friday, August 28
ARCA RE/MAX 200 presented by Belle Tire at Toledo Speedway; Friday, September 4
Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds; Monday, September 7
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Ranger Rings Up Mosport Win
Fourth Win Of The Year For The Points Leader
BOWMANVILLE, Ont. – Andrew Ranger made a spectacular move before having to hold off Scott Steckly to win the Vortex Brake Pads 200 in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action on Saturday evening at Mosport Speedway.
Ranger, out of Roxton Pond, Que., made a daring move on Lap 155 by diving to the inside in Turn 2 and picked up three positions on the track just prior to completing a pass of Don Thomson Jr. for the race lead. All told, Ranger led 57 of the final 65 laps of the race.
Steckly was right on Ranger’s rear deck lid through every turn of the final 15 laps, but Ranger was able to beat Steckly to the line by .711 seconds.
It was Ranger’s fourth win of the season and the seventh of his series career. It was his second win on an oval track this season after winning on July 18 at SunValley Speedway in Vernon, B.C. Prior to that, he had been winless on ovals for his just over two seasons in the series.
DJ Kennington had another solid run to finish third; it was his sixth top-five finish of the year. Steckly leads all drivers with seven top fives on the season.
Ron Beauchamp Jr. followed Kennington for fourth place while Thomson scored his second straight top five.
Rookie Steven Mathews, making his series debut, finished sixth. Kerry Micks, Dave Whitlock, Jason Hathaway and Anthony Simone rounded out the top 10.
Ranger extended his lead over Steckly to 46 points. Kennington, in third, is 99 points off Ranger’s pace. Just five races remain on the schedule before the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion is crowned on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ont.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 heads to the challenging Circuit de Trois-Rivieres in Quebec for the third of its four road-course events on the 2009 schedule. The GP3R 100, part of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 16.
NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1-Vortex Brake Pads 200 Results
At Mosport Speedway
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (9) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Ford, 200 laps, 61.277 mph, $6,700.
2. (6) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 200, $4,300.
3. (3) DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 200, $7,100.
4. (14) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 200, $5,500.
5. (1) Don Thomson, Jr., Hamilton, Ont., Chevrolet, 200, $3,000.
6. (4) Steven Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 200, $2,400.
7. (16) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 200, $2,300.
8. (13) Dave Whitlock, Petrolia, Ont., Dodge, 200, $2,700.
9. (12) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 200, $2,100.
10. (7) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Chevrolet, 200, $2,000.
11. (10) John Gaunt, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 199, $1,900.
12. (15) Kent Nuhn, Williamsford, Ont., Chevrolet, 199, $1,800.
13. (21) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Chevrolet, 198, $1,700.
14. (8) Cale Gale, Mobile, Ala., Chevrolet, 198, $1,650.
15. (5) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 197, $1,600.
16. (17) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Chevrolet, 197, $1,500.
17. (11) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 197, $1,450.
18. (19) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 194, $1,400.
19. (2) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ont., Dodge, 189, $1,350.
20. (20) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Pontiac, 171, $1,300.
21. (18) Joey Hanssen, Venray, Holland, Dodge, 167, suspension, $1,250.
Time of Race: 1 hour 37 minutes 55 seconds
Margin of Victory: .711 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Thomson, Jr. (82.421 mph, 21.839 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 45 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Thomson,Jr. 1-17; D. Kennington 18-111; A. Ranger 112-146; D. Whitlock 147-153; D. Thomson,Jr. 154-155; A. Ranger 156-169; D. Thomson,Jr. 170-177; A. Ranger 178-200.
Standings: 1. A. Ranger, 1364; 2. S. Steckly, 1318; 3. D. Kennington, 1265; 4. R.
Beauchamp,Jr., 1258; 5. A. Simone, 1155; 6. D. Whitlock, 1152; 7. K. Micks, 1146; 8. D. Thomson,Jr., 1124; 9. J. Hathaway, 1120; 10. M. Dilley, 1034.
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Courtesy of Race Fan TV
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11
5:00P-5:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, L
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
5:00P-5:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, L
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13
3:00P-4:00 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Touring Series East The Edge Hotel 150, Adirondack Speedway, Lowville, NY, Aug 1/09, N
5:00P-5:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, L
FRIDAY, AUGUST 14
12:00n-1:30P SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, CARFAX 400, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn MI, HD, L
1:30P-3:30 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series PRACTICE, CARFAX 250, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI, HD, L
3:30P-5:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING, CARFAX 400, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn MI, HD, L
5:00P-6:00 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series PRACTICE, CARFAX 250, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI, HD, L
9:00P-9:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, SDD, N
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
10:30A-12:30P SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, CARFAX 250, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI, HD, L
12:30P-1:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, CARFAX 400, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn MI, HD, L
1:00P-2:00 RSO CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals, Round 5, Gopher Dunes, Courtland, ON, July 19/09, N
1:30P-3:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup FINAL PRACTICE, CARFAX 400, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn MI, HD, L
3:00P-4:00 SPEED World of Outlaws, late models, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN, July 8/09, HD, N
3:00P-3:30 espn2/TSN2 NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, CARFAX 250, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI, HD, L
3:30P-6:00 espn2/TSN2 NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI, HD, L (expect green at 3:46P)
6:00P-7:00 espn2 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing QUALIFYING Part #1, Lucas Oil Nationals, Brainerd, MN, HD, SDD, N
7:00P-8:00 SPEED AMA Pro Motocross 450, Unadilla Valley Sports Center, New Berlin, NY, SDD, N
8:00P-9:00 SPEED AMA Pro Racing, American Superbike, Virginia International Raceway, Alton, VA, (14024), HD, SDD, N
9:00P-10:00 SPEED AMA Pro Racing, Daytona Sportbike, Virginia International Raceway, Alton, VA, (14025) HD, SDD, N
10:00P-1:00A SPEED Knoxville Nationals, top drivers from the National Sprint Tour and World of Outlaws, Knoxville, IA, HD, L
11:00P-12:00 espn2 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing QUALIFYING Part #2, Lucas Oil Nationals Brainerd, MN, HD, SDD, N
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16
10:00A-11:00 espn2 NASCAR Now, pre-race, L
11:00A-1:00P SPEED NASCAR RaceDay. Preview of today’s CARFAX 400, Michigan International Speedway, HD, L
1:00P-2:00 ESPN/TSN2 NASCAR Sprint Cup COUNTDOWN CARFAX 400, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn MI, HD, L
2:00P-5:30 ESPN/TSN2 NASCAR Sprint Cup CARFAX 400, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn MI, HD, L (expect green at 2:16P)
2:00P-3:00 SPEED FIM 250 World Championship Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske Republiky, Brno, Czech Republic, HD, SDD, N
3:00P-6:00 SPEED American Le Mans Series Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase, Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI, HD, L
6:00P-7:00 SPEED FIM MotoGP World Championship, Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske Republiky, Brno, Czech Republic, HD, SDD, N
7:00P-8:00 SPEED The SPEED Report, HD, N
8:00P-9:00 SPEED NASCAR Victory Lane at CARFAX 400, Michigan International Speedway, HD, N
9:00P-10:00 SPEED Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, HD, L
10:00P-1:00A espn2 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing ELIMINATIONS, Lucas Oil Nationals, Brainerd, MN, HD, SDD, N
We do not list all the programming offered by SPEED; for complete listings go to their website, www.speedtv.com/schedule/
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