“The Sarge” Tames Wild Horse In Day 1 Of Qualifying
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Tony Schumacher and Clay Millican laid down the three fastest Top Fuel passes in NHRA history Friday during opening day qualifying for the 34th annual Arizona Nationals, with “The Sarge” ultimately emerging as provisional pole-sitter at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Schumacher began the afternoon by covering the 1,000-foot distance in 3.649-seconds at 334.65-mph in his […]

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Harvick Cruises Through Atlanta
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Kevin Harvick led 141-of-163 laps, won both stages and took the checkered flag 4.183 seconds ahead of runner-up Joey Logano in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Harvick’s win was his fifth in the series at the 1.5-mile Atlanta oval and the 47th of his career.

“It’s just been a really good place for me, obviously getting my first Cup win here,” Harvick, who won that first race in 2001 after taking the ride of Dale Earnhardt Sr. who had died the race before in Daytona, said. “We’ve run good cars throughout the years, and the race track has stayed very similar to what it’s been for a number of years.

“And I think, as you look at the techniques and the things that I do in the car – and they give me what I want in the car, as far as the feel – it just applies here.”

Harvick got good effort from his pit crew, working under the new pit road rules.

“The good thing is they’ve had a lot of reps,” Harvick said. “We’ve had Clash reps, reps in the qualifying race, the Daytona 500, and they pitted on Saturday last week. They pitted on Saturday this week, and they’re just doing a really good job.

“Those guys are pretty athletic, and they practice hard and have done a great job over the last couple years of getting this car off pit road. As long as I don’t screw it up going too fast, they do really well making the pit stops.”

Logano said it was apparent early on who had the best car on Saturday.

“I don’t think we were even close,” Logano said. “Kevin played with us all day long.”

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Rinnai 250

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Hampton, Georgia

Saturday, February 24, 2018

  1. (5) Kevin Harvick(i), Ford, 163.
  2. (2) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 163.
  3. (1) Christopher Bell #, Toyota, 163.
  4. (3) John H. Nemechek, Chevrolet, 163.
  5. (10) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 163.
  6. (17) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 163.
  7. (9) Austin Cindric #, Ford, 163.
  8. (8) Kyle Benjamin, Toyota, 162.
  9. (15) Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 162.
  10. (12) Ryan Reed, Ford, 162.
  11. (6) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 162.
  12. (14) Matt Tifft, Chevrolet, 162.
  13. (16) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 162.
  14. (13) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, 162.
  15. (18) Chase Briscoe, Ford, 162.
  16. (24) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 162.
  17. (7) Brandon Jones, Toyota, 161.
  18. (33) Alex Labbe #, Chevrolet, 161.
  19. (11) Tyler Reddick #, Chevrolet, 161.
  20. (21) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 161.
  21. (28) Dylan Lupton, Ford, 160.
  22. (25) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 160.
  23. (20) Kaz Grala #, Ford, 159.
  24. (37) Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 159.
  25. (32) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 159.
  26. (30) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 159.
  27. (22) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 158.
  28. (36) David Starr, Chevrolet, 158.
  29. (35) Spencer Boyd #, Chevrolet, 158.
  30. (23) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 158.
  31. (39) Vinnie Miller #, Chevrolet, 158.
  32. (38) Stephen Leicht, Toyota, 157.
  33. (26) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 156.
  34. (29) Timmy Hill, Dodge, 156.
  35. (34) Chad Finchum #, Toyota, 155.
  36. (40) Matt Mills, Chevrolet, 154.
  37. (19) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, Engine, 92.
  38. (31) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Brakes, 49.
  39. (4) Cole Custer, Ford, Accident, 10.
  40. (27) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Vibration, 5.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  129.67 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 56 Mins, 09 Secs. Margin of Victory:  4.183 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  4 for 21 laps.

Lead Changes:  9 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Bell # 0; J. Logano(i) 1-4; C. Bell # 5-16; K. Harvick(i) 17-36; J. Logano(i) 37-39; K. Harvick(i) 40-82; J. Logano(i) 83; K. Harvick(i) 84-127; J. Logano(i) 128-129; K. Harvick(i) 130-163.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Harvick(i) 4 times for 141 laps; C. Bell # 1 time for 12 laps; J. Logano(i) 4 times for 10 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 98,20,16,22,9,18,1,12,3,7

Stage #2 Top Ten: 98,20,22,1,9,7,12,3,21,16

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Harvick Cruises Through Atlanta
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Kevin Harvick led 141-of-163 laps, won both stages and took the checkered flag 4.183 seconds ahead of runner-up Joey Logano in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Harvick’s win was his fifth in the series at the 1.5-mile Atlanta oval and the 47th of his career.
“It’s just been a really good place for me, […]

Sat, 02/24/18 – 17:54 | No Comment
“The Sarge” Tames Wild Horse In Day 1 Of Qualifying
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Tony Schumacher and Clay Millican laid down the three fastest Top Fuel passes in NHRA history Friday during opening day qualifying for the 34th annual Arizona Nationals, with “The Sarge” ultimately emerging as provisional pole-sitter at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Schumacher began the afternoon by covering the 1,000-foot distance in 3.649-seconds at 334.65-mph in his […]

Sat, 02/24/18 – 9:03 | No Comment
Kyle Busch On The Cup Pole In Atlanta
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Kyle Busch streaked to the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he laid down a lap of 184.652 mph during Friday’s three-stage qualifying.
“We seemed to be getting beat on every single run through (turns) 1 and 2,” Busch said. “But there, during that final run, I felt we got […]

Fri, 02/23/18 – 18:27 | No Comment
Crashweeks Hopefully Gives Way To Real Racing At Atlanta
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If it is true that people only watch automobile races to see the crashes, then the recently concluded Speedweeks was a smashing success. If, on the other hand, people think that driving talent, skill, strategy and applied technology make for compelling racing, last weekend was a crashing bore.
Let’s start with the 500, the marquee event […]

Fri, 02/23/18 – 15:28 | No Comment
Brittany Force Says Her Wild Ride In Pomona Was A Blur
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Brittany Force says she has no recollection of the grinding crash that launched the defense of her NHRA Top Fuel world championship nearly two weeks ago. But what she does remember _ backed by video she reluctantly has reviewed _ is akin to an out-of-body experience.
Force crashed during her first-round match Feb. 11 at the […]

Fri, 02/23/18 – 8:14 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Demolition Daytona Done, Atlanta To Be Fast, Too
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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NASCAR in 280 characters (or less):
The Daytona 500 finally lived up to its standing as the Super Bowl of stock car racing. Block, tackle and crash. (At least NASCAR doesn’t have the head injury safety problem that now looms in every NFL game.)
Things are always different on the last lap. […]

Wed, 02/21/18 – 19:24 | No Comment
No Hangover For Dillon, Childress
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The thrill of winning the 60th annual Daytona 500 Sunday night carried into Monday morning for Austin Dillon, who along with his team was honored during the Champion’s Breakfast in the Bill France Room at Daytona International Speedway.
Dillon drove the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 owned by grandfather Richard Childress to an historic victory in “The Great […]

Mon, 02/19/18 – 19:54 | No Comment
Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Is Enjoying Ridin’ With The King
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After finishing third in his Can-Am Duel race Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. was greeted by his “bodyguard.”
You may have heard of the guy.
“His name is Richard Petty,” said Wallace, referring to the NASCAR Hall of Famer and his Cup Series car-co-owner. “I have never seen him that excited before.  […]

Mon, 02/19/18 – 9:29 | No Comment
NASCAR Was The Big Winner At Daytona 500
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Struggling to remain relevant in the national sports landscape, NASCAR hit a home run on Sunday after Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet surged into the lead on the final lap and then pulled away from Darrell “Bubba” Wallace and Denny Hamlin to win the Daytona 500.
For old guard […]

Mon, 02/19/18 – 8:06 | No Comment
Mark Thompson Enjoys Senior Moment
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Soldier on, Mark Thompson.
Amidst NASCAR’s publicity push over its fresh flock of young drivers, there was virtually no fanfare over the 66-year-old Thompson establishing a remarkable record when the green flag waved to signify the start of today’s 60th-annual Daytona 500.
Before Sunday, the oldest driver to turn […]

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