(CONCORD, NC – APRIL 24, 2016 – RIS) The seventh annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods had dramatic results under brilliant Carolina blue skies Sunday. Hosted by zMAX Dragway, the weekend got underway with only one Friday round of qualifying after rain started falling late in the day. The rain gave way to near perfect weather for the rest of the weekend and a sellout crowd saw Saturday's two Pro qualifying rounds, plus the start of Sportsman eliminations.
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RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Carl Edwards bumped teammate Kyle Busch on the final lap and went on to win the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday. Edwards was in striking distance for the final 15 laps, bjut drove in hard on the final set of turns to nudge Busch out of the way and on to victory. It was Edwards' second straight victory in the Sprint Cup Series. He won at Bristol Motor Speedway one week ago. Busch recvered to finish second while Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
(CONCORD, NC – April 23, 2016 – RIS) Alexis DeJoria posted a track record 3.934 second ET at 321.04 mph in front of a sellout crowd to surge to the top qualifying position in NHRA Funny Car racing at the 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods. DeJoria will drive her Kalitta Motorsports Toyota Camry against Robert Hight, Tim Wilkerson and Jeff Diehl in the noon first round of eliminations. "To actually finish the day in the No. 1 spot and get a track record, that's just incredible," said DeJoria. "I'm so proud of my guys. They really give me good equipment. It makes it easy – well, easier. Man, she's a handful off the starting line and I'm surprised I could keep her in the groove and get her down to the end of the track."
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was the recipient of good racing luck as he took advantage of a late race caution to win the Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday. Jason Allgaier was leading with six laps remaining when a restart resulted in a pileup at the front of the pack damaging several cars. Earnhardt ended up first on the restart and held off Ty Dillon for the win, his first of 2016.
[Track release] CONCORD, N.C. (April 23, 2016) – Reserved seats for Saturday’s qualifying rounds of the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods at zMAX Dragway are sold out, as fans from 48 states and nine foreign countries have ventured to the Bellagio of drag strips, one of the largest venues on the circuit, for a 40,000-horsepower festival of nitro-powered drag racing excitement.
(CONCORD, NC – April 22, 2016 – RIS) After a rain shower that soaked the track this morning, Sportsman qualifying got underway a little after 11:30, with a track temperature of 95°F. Sportsman qualifying opened the day, with SuperComp actually running four-wide, just like the Pro classes. Persistent rain late in the day halted qualifying after only one round of Pro class runs.
Fast Facts: NHRA 4-Wide Nationals Presented by Lowes Foods
WHAT: Sixth annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods, the fifth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers earn points leading to 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.
Qualifying Fast Facts: 56th Annual Food City 500
Coors Light Pole Winner: Carl EdwardsCarl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 56th Annual Food City 500 with a lap of 14.991 seconds, 127.997 mph. This is his 18th pole in 417 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 2016 and is his third pole in 24 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2016 and his 14th in 33 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Joey Logano (third) posted his 13th top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his seventh in eight races this season. Ryan Blaney (18th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kyle Busch didn’t dominate the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, but the reigning Sprint Cup champion was able to get to the front and win the race, leading 34 laps and getting his fourth straight NASCAR victory. Busch used great adjustments by his crew to get to the front and win. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished a distant second and Joey Logano was third. Busch passed Martin Truex, Jr., who led the most laps on this night, with 32 laps to go to win his second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – The opening race of the season at Daytona International Speedway will probably have enough participants this year. The race that used to be open to all the previous year’s pole winners has led to all kinds of rules mainly because there weren’t enough pole winners. This year, so far, we have had seven races and seven pole-winners. The latest is Carl Edwards.
Don Prudhomme, Bruce Larson, Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett to make special appearances April 8-9
Display showcases cars from drivers like Richard Petty, Dick Brannon, “Jungle Jim” Liberman and more
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Kyle Busch led 352 of 500 laps to gain his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway and his 35th career victory in the series. His margin of victory over second place finisher AJ Allmendinger was 0.663 seconds. Busch, who also won Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, completed the first NASCAR national series weekend sweep at Martinsville Speedway. Allmendinger had his fourth top-10 finish and second runner-up series finish in his sixteen races at the speedway while third place finisher Kyle Larson had his first top-10 finish in five races at Martinsville.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – As short track races go, the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway wasn’t what we might expect, especially after last November’s drama, but the racing was good. And so was the ending. Kyle Busch won two grandfather clocks in a weekend of work by starting first when the final green flag flew with 16 laps to go at the .526-mile track. With Teammate Matt Kenseth starting alongside in second place, Busch moved to the front and stayed there. Great drama gripped the crowd as A.J. Allmendinger moved into second place, but couldn’t catch the fleeting driver of the No. 18 Toyota. Busch’s win in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race was a sweep at Martinsville, the first. After winning his first race of any kind at the truck race, he scored his second in dominating fashion.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS - Kyle Busch started second in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 but was the dominant truck on multiple restarts to take his first Martinsville Speedway win in what became the Alpha Energy Solutions 255 with numerous cautions in the closing laps of the race. This was Kyle’s 45th victory in 130 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Races. John Hunter Nemechek, the winner of the previous truck race this year, finished second in his still unsponsored #8 Chevrolet. John posted his second consecutive runner-up finish at Martinsville and now leads the point standings by 3 points over Parker Klingerman who finished eighth after starting 25th. Third place finisher, William Byron, posted his first top-10 finish in the Truck series.
MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - Kyle Busch won the Alpha 250 Camping World truck race at Martinsville Speedway despite multiple cautions and two red flag situations. Busch beat John Hunter Nemechek to the checkers on what became a gree-white-checker finish. William Byron, Kyle Larson, and Timothy Peters finished out the top five. Ed Turner will post a detailed report shorty.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Having occasion to walk the pits at Martinsville Speedway is akin to filling up a bucket list in one two-hour period. The pit area is tight and you easily run into drivers because their luxury coaches are not close by. The garage area is mall, but it’s easy to see what is going on inside. You might catch what Driver A is telling his crew chief. You might run into some old friends.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Joey Logano just keeps running well at tiny Martinsville Speedway. He won both poles in 2015 and won his first pole at a track he said he had difficulty with when he started racing in the major leagues. That’s all in the past. He is the first driver since Jeff Gordon in 2003-04 to win three in a row on the 0.526-mile oval.
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson somehow saved his fastest lap for last, and Southern California's favorite racing son soared to another historic victory. Johnson pulled away in overtime to beat Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his record sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Fontana. With his 77th career victory, Johnson passed Dale Earnhardt for seventh place in NASCAR annals. Johnson was third on the late restart, but he surged past leader Denny Hamlin while giving a little bump to Harvick before side-drafting and pulling away.
FONTANA, CA - RIS -Austin Dillon passed Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez on the final lap and surged to an improbable victory Saturday in the Xfinity Series race. Busch got within 2 miles of his record-tying fourth consecutive Xfinity win after leading 133 of the 150 laps, but the defending Sprint Cup Series champ blew his left front tire while attempting to save fuel.
FONTANA, CA - RIS – Austin Dillon was confident as he headed out from a press conference for Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet was asked about the all the upsets in the NCAA basketball tournament and what he thought about it. His answer was short.
INDYCAR - Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Race Results ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Results Sunday of the Firestone Grand
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Race Results
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Results Sunday of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.8-mile St. Petersburg street circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (3) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 110, Running
2. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 110, Running
3. (5) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 110, Running
4. (2) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 110, Running
5. (17) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 110, Running
AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Kevin Harvick, who had won seven times at Phoenix International Raceway, made it eight in getting to the finish line first in Sunday's Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The margin of victory over Carl Edwards' Toyota was 0.10 seconds. It rivaled the Daytona 500 finish victory margin. Denny Hamlin also nipped Martin Truex, Jr. by the same margin at Daytona. Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made up the rest of the top five.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – RIS – Two-time Indy 500 Winner Juan Montoya made it two in a row at St. Pete by winning the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Verizon IndyCar Series race. Starting from the third position the Columbian beat his Verizon Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud by 2.3306 seconds. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and Mikhail Aleshin rounded out the top five.
A fast green-flag pit stop put Montoya ahead of Pagenaud. It was smooth sailing until the last five laps of the race. Montoya said his steering arm on his No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet broke, causing a huge amount of play in the steering wheel.
“The steering arm was broken,” Juan Montoya said. “Like, there is play in my steering wheel. Like play, play, play, completely.” He said it was lagging his steering input. “Yeah, it was kind of like lag, lag, and then turn. But it was okay.”
UPDATE: According to IndyCar Pole Winner Will Power Will Not Race Due to Illness
UPDATE 2 : Power Reported to have Concussion
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – RIS – Welcome to race day. The first race of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar season – The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Oriel Servia drove the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet for Pole-winner Will Power in the morning Warm-up session while Power recovered from a stomach illness. A decision on whether Power will participate in the race has not been communicated.
Servia, from Spain, has 197 Indy car race starts.
Several drivers spun or drove off-course during the session. Most noticeable was that of 2015 St. Pete race winner Juan Montoya. He appeared to miss the corner and drove straight into a tire barrier. The in-car showed him shaking his hand as if it was injured. The front nose cone appeared damaged.
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Qualifying
ST. PETERSBURG - RIS - Will Power drove his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet through the Firestone Fast Six to win the Verizon P1 Award. Power overcame a big crash Friday to win the Pole position and will lead the 22 cars to the checkered Flag at noon Sunday on the Streets of St. Petersburg. He will line up alongside his Penske Teammate Simon Pagenaud. Two other Penske drivers, Helio Castroneves and Juan Montoya, will line up in row 2 behind their counterparts. This is the second year in a row Team Penske drivers will start the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from the first four positions.
AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Kyle Busch continued his domination of the NASCAR Xfinity series by winning the Axalta 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch led 175 of the 200 laps to win going away. Erik Jones finished second and Daniel Suarez third in a sweep of the first three positions by cars from Joe Gibbs Racing. Jason Allgaier finished fourth and Chase Elliott fifth. It was his third straight victory in the Xfinity series with four races run. He did not participate in that series' race at Daytona International Speedway.
AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Kyle Busch found the speed when it mattered and drove off to the pole for the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch covered the one-mile distance in 26.014 seconds (138.387 mph) in Friday's final round of knockout qualifying, a session interrupted by Jimmie Johnson's hard wreck against the Turn 2 wall.
The Coors Light Pole Award was Busch's first of the season (after an inspection failure cost him the top starting spot at Atlanta), his third at Phoenix and the 18th of his career.
"It was a good day," Busch said. "Unloading off the truck, everything seemed to go real well. I wasn't sure about our speed in race trim, but then hopped over to qualifying trim and, for as not as good of a feel that the car had, we had some good speed, so that was definitely a plus -- being able to have some good laps there and being able to run a really good lap there in the last session."
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – RIS – Welcome to St. Pete and the first Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season. Are you ready for some fun in the sun? Will 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Montoya make it two victories in a row on the Streets of St. Petersburg? A victory at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg over his arch-rival Scott Dixon, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, would be sweet but small compensation for the Columbian’s IndyCar championship loss to Dixon in the last race of the 2015 season. Dixon, from Auckland New Zealand, won the 2015 Verizon IndyCar championship by his victory in the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. That victory tied Montoya in points but Dixon earned the championship by driving to more race wins during the season. Dixon, a four-time IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner has never won at St. Pete.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS - It seemed to be a pattern. All day, Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion couldn’t get going on a restart, but came on late to wind up in the top five. The same thing happened on Sunday. The final restart saw Keselowski losing ground, but with six laps to go, he was challenging Kyle Busch for the lead. He passed Busch with five laps to go and drove away to win the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The win broke a 33 race win drought for Keselowski. It was his second win in three years in the NASCAR race at the LVMS under weird and windy weather conditions. Keselowski got past Joey Logano and then tracked down Busch, who’s right front wheel vibrated and struggled down the stretch. Keselowski, who overcame an early speeding penalty, drove his Team Penske Ford to his first Sprint Cup Series victory of the season.
(Las Vegas – Mar 6, 2016 – RIS) Brad Keselowski drove back from a pit road speeding penalty to pass Kyle Busch for victory in the Kobalt 400. Fellow Penske driver Joey Logano followed 'Bad Brad' home in second place and Jimmie Johnson squeaked by Kyle Busch under the flag to grab third place by only 0.016 second. "This is really, really great," Keselowski exulted. "It seemed like there were plenty of challenges, whether it was pit road or the weather or cautions. They threw everything they had at us today but this Miller Lite Ford team was too strong and we were able to fight them off and get to victory lane.
LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - For a driver who couldn't usually pull the trigger at his home track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch is having a heck of a week. Busch dominated, leading all but one lap, and won the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Only Darrell Wallace, Jr. was able to lead a lap, and that was on Lap 55 during pit stops. The victory was the Las Vegas native's first in the series at his home track.
LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Kurt Busch won the pole position for Sunday's Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was especially sweet because the Las Vegas native was at his home track. After falling back in the second round of knockout qualifying, Busch came through, knocking Joey Logano off the top spot. Logano will start alongside Busch on the front row.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Jimmie Johnson only led 52 laps of Sunday’s 330-lap race, but he led the ones that counted. A risky final pit stop before the last run saw Johnson coming in several laps earlier than the field and found him a lap down, but when everyone else pitted laps later, he found himself in the lead of the Folds of Honor 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson led the final 45 laps for the victory.
Win 76 for Number 48
(Hampton, GA – Feb 28, 2016 – RIS) Jimmie Johnson pulled away from the field in an overtime restart to score his 76th career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in 509 series starts. The race ended under caution for a multi-car crash on the back straight but was slowed by only two cautions during the actual race, one for debris on the back straight and one for Ryan Newman's spin to bring about the overtime restart.
HAMPTON, GA - RIS - Kyle Busch led 119 of the 163 laps enroute to a victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch and Kyle Larson pulled away from the field after the final yellow flag. Larson closed the gap to about a half-second in the closing laps, but the rally ended when he got caught up briefly behind the lapped car of Ryan Preece.
Hampton, GA - RIS - John Hunter Nemechek held off Cameron Hayley, and went on to win the Great Clips Camping World Truck race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In what amounted to a green-white-checker finish, Nemechek took the lead when racing resumed after a caution, and was never headed as he crossed the finish line.
HAMPTON, GA - RIS - Kurt Busch will start the Atlanta Sprint Cup race from the first position after brother Kyle Busch's car failed post-qualifying inspection. First reports say that the rear toe-in was the reason why his time was not allowed. Kyle will start in the 39th and final position when racing begins on Sunday. In the first race using the new NASCAR rules package, it appeared that some teams had bigger gains and bigger losses than others. Those with sterling qualifying speeds included Roush Fenway Racing and those with slower speeds included Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske.
Stewart-Haas Racing announced today that beginning with the 2017 season, they would switch from running Chevrolet cars to Ford cars and engines. Engines will be supplied from Roush-Yates engines and they will build their chassis in-house. Since the team was formed, they have used engines and chassis from Hendrick Motorsports.
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 24, 2016) - INDYCAR announced today it has strengthened its race control program by naming three race stewards with extensive motorsports experience to monitor on-track competition at all 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series events. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, former Indy car driver Max Papis and longtime motorsports executive Dan Davis will make up the three-steward panel at each race.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Denny Hamlin did what many said could not be done on Sunday. On the last lap of the Daytona 500, Hamlin was in fourth place and then he did what no one else could do all day. On the last lap, Hamlin pulled out, got a touch of draft from Kevin Harvick and drove alongside leader Matt Kenseth. The cars touched and Kenseth went backwards (eventually finishing out of the top 10). Now the rival was Martin Truex, Jr. They rode side-by side before Hamlin pulled just enough ahead to claim the victory at the start-finish line. It was the closest Daytona 500 in history.