The Stock Car Gazette e-zine for Tuesday 9/29/09
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Stock Car Gazette Columnists Speak Out!
Track Trash – Dover’s Monster
by Racing Maniac
How can the Old Geezer do it? He’s keeping a pace that just might cause me to eat some crow.
Lemme know if you have a good recipe…….. read the rest of RM’s article at motorsportsnews.net/archives/4107
More from RM at motorsportsnews.net/archives/category/track-trash
TV Times – Cup Chase Ratings Down 21% For New Hampshire
by Lou Modestino
The overnight ratings were down 21.9 Percent For Chase Race #1 at New Hampshire. Read more at motorsportsnews.net/archives/4110
More from Lou at motorsportsnews.net/archives/category/tv-times
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Courtesy of www.FrontStretch.com
Secret Star Of The Weekend: The Best Run You Never Saw
Despite enjoying a solid rebound performance after suffering an engine failure at Loudon last weekend, Kasey Kahne still didn’t end up carrying the flag for Richard Petty Motorsports at Dover. That honor instead went to A.J. Allmendinger, who finished seventh and scored his career best finish at the Dover International Speedway.
The ‘Dinger qualified inside the top 20 on Friday, and never fell out of it all day on Sunday. Cracking the top 15 by lap 60, the No. 44 car remained a fixture at the front of the field all day, racing hard with the likes of teammate Kahne and Tony Stewart before moving one rung higher over the race’s final 50 miles.
“With 25 laps to go, we just took a guess at what changes we wanted to make and it seemed to work,” stated Allmendinger of his final pit stop that got him over the hump. The No. 44 team capitalized on both Kahne and Ryan Newman’s inability to handle their race cars on two tires late, scoring just his third top 10 finish all season in the process. – Bryan Davis Keith
45 Cars On Entry List For Kansas
Heading to Kansas Speedway this weekend, a few familiar faces return to the series as they hope to give the starting field an extra boost. Among the top 35 cars locked into the field, there’s just one driver change, as Erik Darnell once again returns to the No. 96 with primary sponsor Northern Tool + Equipment. The rookie replaces Bobby Labonte, who will now be forced to qualify on speed or use his Past Champion’s Provisional to make the field with TRG Motorsports.
Labonte’s ride headlines the ten teams going for eight spots to round out the field:
* 09 – Mike Bliss, Phoenix Racing Dodge
+ 13 – Max Papis, Germain Racing Toyota
+ 21 – Bill Elliott, Wood Brothers Ford
+ 25 – Brad Keselowski, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
* 36 – Michael McDowell, Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota
* 37 – Kevin Hamlin, Front Row Motorsports Dodge
* 66 – Dave Blaney, PRISM Motorsports Toyota
71 – Bobby Labonte, TRG Motorsports Chevrolet
82 – Scott Speed, Team Red Bull Toyota
* 87 – Joe Nemechek, NEMCO Motorsports Toyota
+ = New Entry (Team was not entered last week)
* – Team expected to start and park
Rookie Kevin Hamlin rounds out the other driver changes this week, replacing Tony Raines as the start and park driver for Front Row Motorsports’ second car. Two other rookies, Max Papis and Brad Keselowski, are added to the list as part of their limited schedules, while Bill Elliott returns for his first race since cracking three ribs on his dirt bike. Unlike Labonte, Elliott’s spot in the field is not guaranteed as Labonte has first crack at the champion’s provisional (Labonte’s the more recent titleholder, winning his in 2000 compared to Elliott’s trophy from 1988).
Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series list had a healthy recovery this week, up to 52 cars after just 44 were entered last week.
Courtesy of Insider Racing News
Goodyear To Test Bigger Tire
Goodyear will test a new larger NASCAR tire on October 6th at Richmond International Raceway. The 17-inch tire — which is an inch-and-a-half wider and higher — will provide a larger contact patch on the track and is expected to offer better handling and more grip. Roush Fenway Racing is providing the car and driver for the test. Stucker said the car had to be modified for the test. Goodyear will also test a car using the current 15-inch tire to use as a baseline to compare the two tires.
France Happy With Chase
NASCAR Chairman Brian France said he is happy with the competition and he is not sweating that television ratings were down for the first Chase For The Sprint Cup event this year. The ratings for the Sprint Cup race last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway were a 3.2 on ABC, according to ESPN officials. Last year, it was a 3.8 while the rating was 3.3 in 2007. “We were up in August for almost every event and up in Richmond as well, so we were a little surprised,” France said. “It’s one race and I think if we keep having the kind of racing and the Chase unfolds the way I think it’s going to, that will take care of itself. We don’t have a concern about that. … The Chase has got the right storylines, the right things going on [and] the racing is very good
Race and Commercial Breakdown for the AAA 400
# Total number of commercials: 113
# Total number of companies or entities advertised: 60
# Total number of brief promos of products/services during the race broadcast: 38
# Total number of companies or entities advertised in brief promos or crawlers: 26
# Total amount of time these brief promos take during broadcast: app. 6 min. 30 sec.
# Start time to record race/commercial periods: 2:00 PM
# End time to record race/commercial periods: 6:03 PM
# Total minutes: 243
# Minutes of race broadcast: 197
# Minutes of commercials: 46
# Number of commercial-free minutes at the end of the race: 65 Thank you ESPN/ABC!
Courtesy of Jayski
Johnson wins at Dover: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway for his 2nd win at Dover this year, his 4th win of 2009 and 44th of his career. #5-Martin finished 2nd followed by #17-Kenseth, #42-Montoya, #2-Busch, #24-Gordon, #44-Allmendinger, #9-Kahne, #14-Stewart, and #39-Newman. Other Chase drivers finishes: #99-Edwards 11th; #16-Biffle 13th; Vickers 18th; #11-Hamlin 22nd. #20-Joey Logano was involved in violent wreck on lap 32 when #14-Stewart got into the back of him after Logano had to check up. Logano slid up the track and was hit by #43-Sorenson, then rolled seven times before coming to rest at the bottom of the track. He walked away from the accident uninjured. There were 9 cautions for 38 caution laps and 1 red flag following the Logano accident and 6 lead changes among 4 drivers.
Keselowski back in the #25 at Kansas: Brad Keselowski will attempt to make his first Sprint Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway this weekend driving the #25 GoDaddy.com Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports. The 25-year-old earned a sixth-place finish there in the September 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series event, his only previous start at the 1.5-mile racetrack. In his most recent outing with Hendrick Motorsports, Keselowski started 12th and finished 24th. Keselowski will make his final attempt to qualify Hendrick Motorsports’ #25 Chevy this season on Oct. 17 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.(HMS PR)(9-29-2009)
Hamlin in the #37 at Kansas and California: From Kevin Hamlin’s website: “I get the opportunity to drive the #37 Long John Silver’s Cup car starting at Kansas this week, and again next week in California. It’s a really cool deal for Front Row Motorsports owner Bob and Brad Jenkins to let me jump in the car. After testing CoT cars since about day 1 at Earnhardt-Ganassi, it’ll be great to get my first race opportunity. A huge thanks to Tony Raines also, it’s his ride and he had no problem jumping out of the car for two weeks to throw me a bone. I spot for him in the Nationwide races that I don’t drive, and we golf together quite a bit. He says I owe him a year supply of Pro v1 golf balls for helping me out, something I’m happy to oblige to do!”.(KevinHamlin.com)(9-29-2009)
Drivers racing at East Lincoln Speedway: Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and A.J. Allmendinger will join Ray Evernham at East Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday night September 30th as Stanley presents a special night to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Charlotte Affiliate to help fund life-saving breast cancer community outreach programs. Kahne, Sadler and Evernham will be aboard specially designed open wheel race cars in a match race and Sadler will also be the guest commentator for the event.(East Lincoln Speedway PR)
AND: David Reutimann and Erik Darnell are set to join a host of NASCAR stars at East Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday night September 30th as Stanley presents ‘Real Drivers Wear Pink.’(Gaston Gazette)(9-29-2009)
Edwards, Bowyer to compete in support of Victory Junction in Kansas: NASCAR drivers #99-Carl Edwards and #33-Clint Bowyer will contest a race within a race when they compete in next Sunday’s Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway. Sprint announced a Stateline Challenge between Edwards, of Columbia, Missouri and Bowyer, of Emporia, Kansas. Sprint will present a check for $100,000 to Victory Junction Midwest in the name of the driver who finishes higher in the race. A $25,000 donation will be made in honor of the other driver. All proceeds from the race will help fund construction efforts for Victory Junction, a year-round camp for chronically ill children. The $35 million facility will be built on 71 acres in Wyandotte County, KS.(Kansas City Star)(9-29-2009)
Menard says he will not be going to #07 car: #98-Paul Menard denied speculation that he is a candidate to replace #07-Casey Mears in the fourth car [Chevy] at Richard Childress Racing next season. Reports this past weekend from Dover International Speedway had Menard, sponsored by his father’s company, touring the RCR facility in Welcome, N.C. He supposedly is unhappy with the merger between Yates and Richard Petty Motorsports and is looking for a new home.(see more at ESPN Insider)(9-28-2009)
Courtesy of Racin’ Today
Woody: Racing Is About Competition, Not Cooperation – www.racintoday.com/archives/10380
Harris: They Talk A Good Race Over At Hendrick Motorsports – www.racintoday.com/archives/10412
Knaus Is Hearing The Sounds Of Success In Cup Garages – www.racintoday.com/archives/10387
Ingram: Sports Cars Refuse To Stall Out – www.racintoday.com/archives/10383
Courtesy of www.Valvoline.com
Yes, He REALLY Said That
Tony Stewart, on what he’s learned this season. “I’ve been asked the same question about 4,000 times, that’s about the one thing that’s been the most noticeable thing. There’s about four questions that circulate every week… that are phrased a little different but, every week, end up being the same. That’s the only thing that I’ve noticed of being a constant this year as an owner and driver.”
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JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S IMPALA SS, WINNER: “It was just an awesome race car, awesome day. I can’t thank all the Lowe’s employees for all of their support. We had the race for relief program on the deck lid and want to point out that Lowe’s is going to donate more money now that we would. So a lot of great things for us. The fans were great cheering me in when my engine was broken trying to here to victory lane. I am just so happy we had a maximum points day today, that is what we needed to do.”
TALK ABOUT YOUR CAR TODAY AND HOW GOOD IT WAS. “Yeah, it was great. Chad (Knaus, crew chief) made some good decisions. We made some great calls last night to make the car more comfortable to drive and it’s really what I needed today. We had plenty of speed in it just needed some comfort and I had that. I was able to lead a lot of laps but the few times I was back in traffic because of strategy I worked my way up through there and everything went well. It was a solid day for the Lowe’s car.”
WHEN YOU SAY COMFORT, DESCRIBE TO THE FANS WHAT THAT MEANS. “You’re so on edge around this race track. I swear that you can feel the expansion joints around the corner and it starts shaking the car and moving it around. If the set-up of the car is loose and you’re hanging on on top of that the combination of those two can make it really, really tough out there. The guys made the car comfortable. It was loose at times but loose where I could drive it and really keep my foot in it.”
YOU HAD TO PUSH IT TO VICTORY LANE, WHAT WAS ALL THAT ABOUT? “I went to do my burnout and when I dumped the clutch to do a burnout the thing locked up and that was it. That is as far as it would go. I don’t know what happened.”
YOU JUST TIED 14TH ON THE ALL TIME LIST, 44TH WIN TIES BILL ELLIOTT ON THE ALL-TIME LIST. “That’s so incredible. Just so thankful for all the support and opportunity that Rick (Hendrick) gave me to drive this race car. Lowe’s came on board way back when and signed up and none of us thought it would turn into this. It’s an amazing 44 wins later, fighting for a fourth championship, life it good.”
Since its conception NASCAR has been a sport of stats. From lap times to RPM’s, the numbers behind the speed have captivated millions and provided a quantifiable measuring stick for evaluating racing greatness.
However as the Chase heads to Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Oct. 17, multiple teams will be running pink paint schemes to recognize some drastically scarier Breast Cancer Awareness Month statistics including:
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their life
465,000 moms, wives and daughters will die of breast cancer in the U.S. this year alone
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. among women
* According to the American Cancer Society
Among the race teams taking a stand to help curb these statistics is the No. 96 Ask.com crew led by Bobby Labonte. To help recognize fans who have been affected by breast cancer, Ask.com is offering them the chance to have a loved one’s name incorporated into the tribute paint scheme by visiting Ask.com on Oct. 1 and making a free tribute to honor survivors, those living with breast cancer and in special memoriam of those lost to the disease.
Several NASCAR drivers completing a mind-blowing burnout maneuver have been captured on film….
After watching the clip, you’ll notice a large “G” symbol left in the drivers’ aftermath. Proud NASCAR sponsor Gillette has taken this footage and crafted a new widget for you to make your own custom burnout message and share it with your friends – see the link below:
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Courtesy of Jayski
Jennifer Jo Cobb attempting Kansas: Jennifer Jo Cobb will be attempting her 4th NASCAR Nationwide Series start as well as her 8th ARCA Re/Max Series start at her hometown track, the Kansas Speedway, this week. Cobb’s ultimate goal is to be the first woman competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in over 8 years. For now, she will focus on the next step to that lofty goal in this week’s Kansas Lottery 150 scheduled for Thursday, October 1 and the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday, October 3. Capitol Federal Savings will serve as the primary sponsor on Cobb’s #79 CapFed.com Dodge,for team owner Derrike Cope, Inc. with Rick Markle Racing. Cobb will have two teammates, owner/driver, Derrike Cope and the inaugural Kansas Speedway race pole sitter, Kevin Lepage.(Jennifer Jo Cobb PR)(9-29-2009)
Bliss back in the #40: With Scott Wimmer making his final 2009 start in the #5 this weekend, Mike Bliss will make one last NASCAR Nationwide Series start for Key Motorsports this season. The #40 will once again be sporting the black and red StopRepairBills.com colors at Kansas Speedway.(Key Motorsports PR)(9-29-2009)
Courtesy of The Hot Lap
HICKORY, NC–After starting from the pole, Rusty Wallace Racing’s Steve Wallace wheeled his Steve Leavitt-built No. 66 Chevrolet Impala SS to a dominating victory Sunday in the prestigious Bobby Isaac Memorial 200 late model stock car event at Hickory Motor Speedway. The victory was the first at the well-known North Carolina short track for the Nationwide Series’ fifth-ranked driver. The No. 66 car Wallace drove to victory was originally wheeled by his father, Rusty, in this year’s “Saturday Night Special” at Bristol Motor Speedway.(RWR)
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Buescher returning in 2010 with new team: During the Sunday night Speed Report broadcast on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that James Buescher will be returning to the series in 2010, however it will be with a new team. Buescher is headed to Turner Motorsports. Dunlap also said that it will be a two truck team.(9-27-2009)
Almirola returning full-time in 2010? During the race broadcast on SPEEDtv, Ray Dunlap reported that Billy Ballew Motorsports is close to locking up full sponsorship that would put Aric Almirola in one of his trucks for the entire 2010 season.(9-26-2009)
Graceway & BBM promoting national public awareness program: Billy Ballew Motorsports along with its sponsor Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC are promoting a national public education campaign to raise awareness of actinic keratosis (AK) – a potential early warning sign of skin cancer – as well as the long-term consequences of accumulated sun damage. It is estimated that about 10 million Americans have AK, a common pre-cancer that often develops on skin frequently exposed to the sun. AK is a visible sign of sun damage caused by the accumulation of harmful rays under the skin. AKs are small, red, sometimes scaly or rough spots that can be found on skin most often exposed to the sun like the face, bald scalp, hands, shoulders and arms. Because you cannot predict whether an AK will develop into cancer, it is important to check any changes in your skin with a doctor. The “Is it AK or OK?” design will be featured on the #15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. For more information on AK please visit www.IsItAKorOK.com. “Is it AK or OK?” is sponsored by Graceway Pharmaceuticals, in partnership with the Skin Cancer Foundation.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(9-26-2009)
Chrissy Wallace lands ride for Talladega? From The Hot Pass: Chrissy Wallace will drive a truck for Rick Ware Racing at Talladega Superspeedway next month. And if her father, Mike, gets his wish, he’ll be racing alongside her. Mike Wallace is searching for sponsorship so the Wallace’s can be the first father-daughter combination to compete against each other in one of NASCAR’s top three divisions.(FoxSports.com)(2-26-2009)
Brown making debut at Martinsville: Seven-time Bowman Gray Stadium Modified track champion, Tim Brown will now embark on the NASCAR Camping World Series in front of his native Virginians at the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24th driving for Rick Ware Racing. Fastwax.com sponsorship will be on the hood and quarter panels. Brown finished second in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship standings three consecutive seasons, 2006-2008. Brown currently works with Michael Waltrip Racing as a suspension specialist as he prepares the next step as a NASCAR driver.(WareRacing.com)(9-26-2009)
Skinner looking to return to RMM in 2010: UPDATE searching for more sponsors: From Mike Skinner’s blog: “We are still working on getting the entire new site [MikeSkinner.com] up and running for you again by end of season when we announce our new 2010 sponsors and partners…but thought I would give you all a quick update on this week! Randy Moss, David Dollar and myself are working hard to keep the team intact for 2010 – we have some sponsors returning for next season and some pitches in for a few more so we can continue a fight for another championship and trips to victory lane.(MikeSkinner.com)(9-21-2009)
UPDATE: Despite a strong points position and three wins this season, the chances of Skinner returning to his Randy Moss Motorsports team in 2010 are uncertain. He’d like to remain with the two-truck organization, which he joined just before the season started, but the group is still searching for additional sponsorship for next year on Skinner’s #5 entry. The 1995 series champion has been backed on a part-time basis this season by several sponsors, including Exide and PC*Miler Navigator, both of which Skinner expects to return in a part-time capacity in 2010. Skinner gives crew chief Eric Phillips much of the credit for his 2009 success and hopes the sponsorship situation will allow both to return in 2010. “Eric and I are going to these places together for the first time,” Skinner said. “That’s one of the reasons that I’m working pretty diligently at trying to keep this group together. We need another season together. “I think our best chance to win a championship is to stay together so when we come back around to these places we’ve got some notes.”(SceneDaily.com)(9-25-2009)
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Nineteen Down and Two To Go; Watch it all on SPEED
A 1.5-mile speedway and a 1-mile short track will conclude the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series. Heading into the final two races of the year, Eddie Sharp Racing’s Justin Lofton and Cunningham Motorsports’ Parker Kligerman are in the midst of a tight, season-long points battle. Lofton and Kligerman have taken turns leading the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings at the conclusion of every Series race contested so far this season and heading into Kansas Lofton leads Kligerman by a slim, 25-point margin. The duo has also won 13 of 19 races to win 68 percent of the time. They are trailed in the standings by Frank Kimmel (-390 points), Joey Coulter (-625 points) and Craig Goess (-890 points
Race fans can watch the remainder of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series live on SPEED. The Kansas Lottery 150 at Kansas Speedway is on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 4 p.m. Central/5 p.m. Eastern and the ARCA RE/MAX American 200 at Rockingham Speedway is on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 12 p.m. Central/1 p.m. Eastern.
Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Concludes at Kansas
Eddie Sharp Racing and driver Justin Lofton lead the 2009 Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge Championship over Kimmel Racing and driver Frank Kimmel heading into the October 1 Kansas Lottery 150 at Kansas Speedway-the ninth and final race in the Challenge, which is a separate $75,000 total point fund within the ARCA RE/MAX Series designed to test a driver’s ability on tracks greater than one mile in length. This year’s Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge includes race events at Daytona Int’l Speedway (Feb. 6), Talladega Superspeedway (April 24), Kentucky Speedway (May 9 and July 18), Pocono Raceway (June 6 and August 1), Michigan Int’l Speedway (June 12), Chicagoland Speedway (August 28) and Kansas Speedway (October 1).
The ARCA RE/MAX Series has recognized a superspeedway challenge champion each consecutive year since 1984. Last Year, car owner Eddie Sharp and driver Scott Speed clinched Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge honors. In 2007, Erin Crocker became the first female driver to earn the award, driving cars fielded by car owner Ray Evernham. Car Owner Larry Clement is a five-time Superspeedway Challenge Champion with driver Frank Kimmel (1998, ’01, ’03, ’05, ’06). Other winners include Davey Allison (’84, ’85), Lee Raymond (’86), Bill Venturini (’87, ’91), Tracy Leslie (’88), Ben Hess (’89), Bob Brevak (’90), Bob Keselowski (’92), Jeff Purvis (’93, ’94), Mike Wallace (’95), Tim Steele (’96), Mark Gibson (’97), Chad Blount (’02), Bobby Gerhart (’04), Blake Feese (’04) and Kyle Krisiloff (’04).
U S A R (United Speed Alliance Racing)
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Next Step For Joyce, USARacing Pro Cup Series
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Ranger Closes The Deal At Kawartha
Kennington Snags Win In Rain-Shortened Event
FRASERVILLE, Ont. – Dry weather prevailed long enough on Sunday afternoon at Kawartha Speedway for Andrew Ranger to close out the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 season by winning the points championship and DJ Kennington to win the Z-Line Designs 250 presented by the Dodge Dealers of Ontario and Coca-Cola.
Ranger, who was one point shy of the title coming into the race, clinched the championship when the 27-car field took the green flag. It is the Roxton Pond, Que., native’s second series crown in three seasons having won it in the series’ inaugural season of 2007.
The race, already postponed from Saturday evening, was halted after 204 laps due to a heavy rain shower.
Kennington was able to wrestle the lead away from Kerry Micks on Lap 183 before the final caution flag of the day waved at Lap 193 when Joey Hanssen and John Gaunt got tangled up in Turn 1. The rain began to fall at the 200-lap mark at which point NASCAR officials decided to end the race as more showers were on the way.
Micks posted his second runner-up finish of the season and was followed by Don Thomson Jr. in third. Scott Steckly, the 2008 series champion, finished fourth with Ron Beauchamp Jr. coming home in fifth.
Jason Hathaway, Anthony Simone, Dave Whitlock, Ranger and Kent Nuhn rounded out the top-10 finishers.
The race lead exchanged 14 times among six drivers and was slowed due to caution nine times for a total of 68 laps.
Joey Hanssen was able to beat out Dexter Stacey in their year-long battle for top rookie honors in the series.
In the final point standings, Ranger finished 167 points ahead of both Kennington and Beauchamp, who both ended with the same point total, but Kennington gets the nod for second place due to his two wins on the season. Steckly wrapped up the season in fourth while Micks finished fifth.
As a touring series champion, Ranger earned a protected starting position in the prestigious NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown to be held on Jan. 29-30 at California’s Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. The seventh running of the event brings together the top racers from across North America for the “Daytona 500 of short-track racing.”
Next up for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series team is the NASCAR Touring Series Gala in Concord, N.C. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at which Ranger and the rest of the touring series champions will be honored.
NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1-Z-Line Designs 250 presented by The Dodge Dealers of Ontario and Coca-Cola Unofficial Results
At Kawartha Speedway
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 204 laps, 42.389 mph, $7,000.
2. (11) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 204, $5,500.
3. (9) Don Thomson, Jr., Hamilton, Ont., Chevrolet, 204, $2,400.
4. (6) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 204, $3,200.
5. (1) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 204, $5,000.
6. (20) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 204, $4,200.
7. (14) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Chevrolet, 204, $2,600.
8. (22) Dave Whitlock, Petrolia, Ont., Dodge, 204, $2,500.
9. (2) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Ford, 204, $2,400.
10. (15) Kent Nuhn, Williamsford, Ont., Chevrolet, 204, $2,300.
11. (23) Joey Hanssen, Venray, Holland, Dodge, 204, $2,200.
12. (7) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 204, $2,100.
13. (16) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Chevrolet, 204, $1,900.
14. (19) Howie Scannell, Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 204, $1,800.
15. (21) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Chevrolet, 204, $1,700.
16. (3) JR Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ont., Chevrolet, 204, $1,600.
17. (17) Donald Chisholm, Antigonish, N.S., Chevrolet, 204, $1,500.
18. (10) Derek Lynch, Warkworth, Ont., Dodge, 202, $1,400.
19. (13) Joey McColm, Ajax, Ont., Dodge, 200, $1,300.
20. (25) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 200, $1,200.
21. (5) John Gaunt, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 199, $1,100.
22. (8) Steven Mathews, New Liskeard, Ont., Ford, 193, $1,000.
23. (12) Brad Graham, Glencoe, Ont., Dodge, 182, engine, $900.
24. (24) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Pontiac, 178, $800.
25. (26) Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que., Ford, 168, accident, $700.
26. (18) Cale Gale, Mobile, Ala., Chevrolet, 166, $700.
27. (27) Brennan Didero, Ancaster, Ont., Dodge, 159, off track, $700.
Time of Race: 1 hour 48 minutes 17 seconds
Margin of Victory: Under Caution
Fastest Qualifier: R.Beauchamp, Jr. (74.722 mph, 18.067 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 68 laps.
Lead Changes: 14 among 6 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R. Beauchamp,Jr. 1-9; A. Ranger 10-45; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 46-55; A. Ranger 56-63; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 64; A. Ranger 65-83; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 84-125; D. Thomson,Jr. 126-137; R. Beauchamp,Jr. 138-140; S. Mathews 141-157; D. Thomson,Jr. 158-164; K. Micks 165; D. Thomson,Jr. 166-174; K. Micks 175-182; D. Kennington 183-204.
Standings: 1. A. Ranger, 2190; 2. D. Kennington, 2023; 3. R. Beauchamp,Jr., 2023; 4. S. Steckly, 1953; 5. K. Micks, 1942; 6. D. Thomson,Jr., 1841; 7. J. Hathaway, 1819; 8. A. Simone, 1800; 9. M. Dilley, 1767; 10. D. Whitlock, 1746.
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Insider Racing News
Montoya Ruffling Some Feathers Shouldn’t be the Highlight of the Week
by Brenda Benedict
Insider Racing News
Truex Gives Michael Waltrip Racing Its First Championship
by Kim Roberson
The Nascar Insiders
The NASCAR Week That Was: Sept. 20-26
One race into the Chase and sponsor news topped the headlines this week.
Insider Racing News
Johnson Serves Notice With Dover Victory
by Ron Felix
Insider Racing News
Is this Mark Martin’s Year?
by Matthew Pizzolato
The Nascar Insiders
Yo, Matt DiBenedetto, Shake It Off Kid
If you were watching Nationwide Series practice on Friday, you would have no doubt seen Matt DiBenedetto (Joe Gibbs Racing developmental driver) climb into Denny Hamlin’s #20 and help the team shake it down.
I.N. Sider salutes Gil de Ferran as he says goodbye to driving – again — in the new Behind [Closed] Garage Doors column, now posted at www.Valvoline.com.
Insider Racing News
Is NASCAR Pricing Itself out of Existence?
by Allen Madding
The Nascar Insiders
Jimmie Johnson Wins the Championship…Oh Wait the Season Isn’t Over
Long before Juan Montoya was perfecting point’s racing, Jimmie Johnson was an expert at it. That expertise has won him the last three championships and if you surfed around the internet yesterday, you might assume he’d won his fourth.
Cheers and Jeers: A Monster Tumble for Joey Logano
Whispers from Heaven: Three Seconds of Grace
Monday Night Doubleheader Worth The Wait
Your Turn: Sprint Cup Series From Dover on ABC
Monday’s Talk Better Than Sunday’s Racing?
T V * L I S T I N G S
Courtesy of Race Fan TV
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
5:00P-5:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
5:00P-5:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1
3:00P-4:00 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Touring Series East Sunoco 150, Dover Intl. Speedway, Dover, DE, Sept 25/09, HD, N
5:00P-7:00 SPEED ARCA RE/MAX Series Kansas Lottery 150, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, L
5:00P-5:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
1:00A-2:30 SPEED FIA Formula One PRACTICE, Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan, L
1:00P-2:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
3:00P-4:30 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series PRACTICE, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
4:30P-6:00 espn2/TSN2 NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING, Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
6:00P-7:00 espn2 NASCAR Nationwide Series FINAL PRACTICE, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
7:00P-7:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
12:55A-2:00 TSN2 FIA Formula One QUALIFYING, Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan, 16:9, L
1:00A-2:30 SPEED FIA Formula One QUALIFYING, Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan, L (may be blacked out in Canada)
10:00A-12:00n SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
12:30P-1:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
1:30P-3:30 SPEED Grand-Am KONI Challenge, Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT, Sept 20/09, N
3:00P-3:30 espn2 NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
3:30P-6:30 espn2 NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L (expect green at 3:46P)
4:00P-6:30 TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
5:00P-6:00 SPEED IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Northen Nationals, U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, MI, Aug 2/09, N
6:30P-7:30 espn2 NASCAR Sprint Cup FINAL PRACTICE, Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, SDD, N
8:00P-11:00 SPEED World of Outlaws, sprint cars, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA, HD, SDD, N
10:30P-12:30A espn2 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing QUALIFYING, O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals, Memphis, TN, HD, SDD, N
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
12:30A-3:00 SPEED FIA Formula One Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan, L (may be blacked out in Canada)
12:55A-3:00 TSN FIA Formula One Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan, 16:9, L
10:00A-11:00 espn2 NASCAR Now, pre-race, HD, L
11:00A-1:00P SPEED NASCAR RaceDay, preview of today’s Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway, HD, L
1:00P-2:00 ABC/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup COUNTDOWN, Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS, HD, L
2:00P-6:00 ABC/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Price Chopper 400, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS HD, L (expect green at 2:16P)
3:00P-4:00 SPEED FIM World Superbike, Magny-Cours, France, Race #1, HD, SDD
4:00P-5:00 SPEED FIM World Superbike, Magny-Cours, France, Race #2, HD, SDD
5:00P-6:00 SPEED FIM 250 World Championship, Bwin.com Grande Premio De Portugal, Estoril, Portugal, HD, SDD
6:00P-7:00 SPEED FIM MotoGP World Championship, Bwin.com Grande Premio De Portugal, Estoril, Portugal, HD, SDD
7:00P-10:00 espn2 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing ELIMINATIONS, O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals, Memphis, TN, HD, SDD, N
7:00P-8:00 HD Theater World Rally Championship, 2009 Season Preview, HD, N
7:00P-8:00 SPEED The SPEED Report, HD, N
8:00P-9:00 SPEED NASCAR Victory Lane, Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway, HD, N
8:00P-9:00 HD Theater World Rally Championship, 2009 Rally Ireland, Jan 30-Feb 1/09, HD, N
9:00P-10:00 SPEED Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, HD, L
10:00P-11:00 espn2 NASCAR Now, post-race, HD, L
We do not list all the programming offered by SPEED; for complete listings go to their website, www.speedtv.com/schedule/
Always CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS!
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