Sarge In Command After Weekend Sweep In Texas
Sun, 21/09/14 – 18:41 | No Comment
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Tony Schumacher and his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster team are rounding into championship form as he raced to his second victory in as many days, this time winning the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Sunday at Texas Motorplex in Ennis.
Courtney Force (Funny Car) Dave Connolly (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were [...]

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Logano Makes Team Penske Two For Two In Chase
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor RacinToday.com

Joey Logano became a Chase-race winner on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

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Joey Logano won Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and in doing so, joined Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski – who won at Chicagoland Speedway a week ago – in advancing to the second round of the 10-race Chase playoffs.

The victory, which came in Race No. 2 of the Chase, was fourth of the season for Logano. It was the seventh of his career.

And it came thanks for putting on a restart symposium in a race which featured 15 cautions – the last of which sent the race to a green/white/checkered finish.

“We were able to have some good restarts,” Logano said. “The guys did a good job of setting this thing (his No. 22 Ford) up and gave me something to win with today.”

The second round of the playoffs will begin after next weekend’s race in Dover, Del. with four of the original 16 playoff drives eliminated.

Non-Chase driver Kyle Larson finished second.

Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing, who led a race-best 104 laps, finished third while non-Chaser Jamie McMurray of Chip Ganassi Racing was fourth.

Six-time champion Jimmie Johnson was fifth.

Logano, a native of the Northeast, calls New Hampshire a home track. But, he also admits he’s had trouble at the mile oval in Loudon. Not so on Sunday.

“I went to sleep last night hoping for a top-five,” he said, “and that would be good for me at this track. It’s not Read the full story »

Sun, 09/21/14 – 16:35 | No Comment
Logano Makes Team Penske Two For Two In Chase
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Joey Logano won Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and in doing so, joined Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski – who won at Chicagoland Speedway a week ago – in advancing to the second round of the 10-race Chase playoffs.
The victory, which came in Race No. 2 of the Chase, was [...]

Sun, 09/21/14 – 16:35 | No Comment
Sampey-Drago Leaves Fear Behind In NHRA Return
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Angelle Sampey-Drago says any fear she had about climbing back aboard the seat of a Pro Stock Motorcycle was resolved when she made her first test run in seven years.
“It was a different fear.  It’s because I’m a mom now,” said Sampey-Drago, a three-time NHRA world champion and drag racing’s winningest [...]

Sun, 09/21/14 – 14:48 | No Comment
Gaughan’s Late Pass Nets NNS Win In Kentucky
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Brendan Gaughan secured his second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season Saturday night when he won at Kentucky Speedway.
Gaughan passed Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon for the lead on the final restart of the night to get the win.
“I love my restarts,” said Gaughan. “It was an awesome restart. Shane (Wilson, crew chief) kept [...]

Sun, 09/21/14 – 7:17 | No Comment
Routine Mistake Costs John Force A Countdown Victory
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Funny Car icon John Force was foaming at the mouth Saturday after an uncharacteristic red-light cost him a victory against Matt Hagan during the delayed Race 1 final of the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship at the Texas Motorplex.
Force outran Hagan over the 1,000-foot distance of the Motorplex’s all-concrete surface with a [...]

Sun, 09/21/14 – 7:06 | No Comment
Courtney Force Hangs On To Claim Funny Car Pole In Texas
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Courtney Force earned her fourth pole position of the season Saturday, when she qualified P1 at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Shane Gray (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. It is the second playoff race in the [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 20:50 | No Comment
Pruett/Rojas Win Tudor Series Race At COTA
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Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas drove their No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford/Riley to their third victory of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship season on Saturday when the won the Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
Pruett took the lead with 33 minutes remaining, and then held off both Joao [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 18:24 | No Comment
Gordon Has Climbed To Top Of Hendrick Fave List
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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LOUDON, N.H. – It’s been 13 years since Jeff Gordon won the last of his four NASCAR Sprint Cup titles.
So how surprising is it that the 43-year-old driver is one of the favorites in this year’s Chase for the championship?
“Jeff is still one of the best drivers out there,’’ [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 14:17 | No Comment
No Letdown For Keselowski In New Hampshire
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Brad Keselowski, who won the Chase-opening Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway last weekend, set a track record in winning the pole for this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.
The pole was Keselowski’s fifth of the season, the eight of his career and his third in 11 starts at the 1.058-mile flat [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 7:00 | No Comment
Courtney Force Trashes Texas Records
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Courtney Force had the blinders on at the Texas Motorplex Friday evening, and cranked out a blinding pass to back it up.
Force claimed the provisional Funny Car pole during second-round qualifying for the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals with a 1,000-foot pass in 4.039-seconds at 314.90 mph. Both numbers set Motorplex [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 6:37 | No Comment
Larson In Middle Of Chase To Win First Cup Race
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Larson doesn’t want anybody to think of him as arrogant or boastful. Let’s just call him confident.
And the 21-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie is getting the kind of results on the track that prove he can get the job done, even if he is a bit impatient for more.
In his first [...]

Fri, 09/19/14 – 13:38 | One Comment