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FORD SWEEPS BRISTOL WINNING FUSION’S 100th CUP RACE

FORD SWEEPS BRISTOL
WINNING FUSION’S 100th CUP RACE

BRISTOL, TN – August 20, 2018 – Kurt Busch, driving the No.41 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) Ford Fusion, won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this season, in a Saturday night thriller in Bristol, Tennessee. Busch recorded his 30th career Cup win and the Ford Fusion’s milestone 100th race win.

“Congratulations to Ford on the Fusion’s 100th Cup win, and to Kurt, Gene and Tony on an impressive race,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Kurt and the Stewart-Haas team earned every bit of that win tonight. Congratulations to Ryan and Joey on their Stage wins. That really helped set the tone for the night. It’s been a total team effort all year with Ford Performance and it showed tonight as the Ford teams were battling for the lead.” Continue reading FORD SWEEPS BRISTOL WINNING FUSION’S 100th CUP RACE

NHRA–Brainerd Results

Top Fuel — Billy Torrence, 3.756 seconds, 329.99 mph def. Antron Brown, 3.751 seconds, 329.10 mph.

Funny Car — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 3.961, 325.69 def. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.031, 319.67.

Pro Stock — Deric Kramer, Chevy Camaro, 6.652, 207.56 def. Tanner Gray, Camaro, Foul – Red Light.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.897, 195.14 def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.903, 193.99.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Jackie Fricke, 5.302, 269.24 def. Dean Dubbin, 5.443, 264.86.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Annie Whiteley, Chevy Camaro, 5.564, 267.37 def. Jay Payne, Camaro, 11.980, 68.98.

Super Stock — Brian Johnson, Plymouth Duster, 11.164, 116.68 def. Jason DeForrest, Chevy Cavalier, Foul – Red Light.

Stock Eliminator — Ben Line, Ford Mustang, 10.538, 123.15 def. Randi Lyn Shipp, Pontiac Firebird, 10.679, 106.56.

Super Comp — Don Nichols, Dragster, 8.899, 160.04 def. Donald Leisdon, Dragster, 8.877, 172.89.

Super Gas — Jeff Crooks, Pontiac Firebird, 9.885, 151.87 def. Tom Carlson, Chevy Corvette, Foul – Red Light.

Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com — Todd Fleck, Dragster, 7.591, 154.30 def. Ross Laris, Dragster, Broke.

Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com — J.R. Lobner, Olds Cutlass, 7.559, 178.31 def. Michael Freischel, Pontiac Firebird, 7.581, 180.89.

Pro Stock Snowmobile — Glenn Hall, Arctic Cat, 8.273, 155.70 def. Matt Ernst, Arctic Cat, 8.242, 155.19

Runner-Up Finish for Will Power Keeps Team Chevy Driver in Hunt for Second Championship

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
ABC SUPPLY 500
POCONO RACEWAY
LONG POND, PA
POST RACE RECAP
AUGUST 19, 2018

Runner-Up Finish for Will Power Keeps Team Chevy Driver in Hunt for Second Championship

LONG POND, Pa. – Starting on the pole, 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power battled hard for his third consecutive trip to Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway, but had to settle for the runner-up spot when the checkered flag flew after 200 hard laps.

The 500-mile mile race was delayed for just under two hours after five-car accident in turn two forced track crew to make significant repairs to the fence. Driver Robert Wickens was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation of what was officially announced as orthopedic injuries. The remaining four drivers involved were all evaluated and released by Verizon IndyCar Series medical staff and cleared to drive. Continue reading Runner-Up Finish for Will Power Keeps Team Chevy Driver in Hunt for Second Championship

Beckman Triumphs in all-Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Final at Brainerd

Beckman Triumphs in all-Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Final at Brainerd

· Win by Jack Beckman is seventh for a Mopar Dodge//SRT NHRA Funny Car driver this season
· Victory is first for Beckman at Brainerd, second of year, 28th of career
· Tommy Johnson Jr. takes runner-up in all-Don Schumacher Racing final round
· Mopar-powered NHRA Sportsman racer Brian Johnson captures NHRA Super Stock win
· Johnson, Steve Scherschligt earn Dodge Top Finisher honors in Super Stock and Stock

August 19, 2018, Auburn Hills, Mich. – Jack Beckman raced to victory in an all-Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car final round matchup with teammate Tommy Johnson Jr., at the NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota, taking his second win of the season and the seventh of the year for a Mopar-powered Dodge//SRT Funny Car driver. Continue reading Beckman Triumphs in all-Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car Final at Brainerd

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Pocono–Post Race

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
ABC SUPPLY 500
POCONO RACEWAY
LONG POND, PA
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER
POST RACE QUOTES
AUGUST 19, 2018

DRIVER QUOTES:
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 2ND:
YOU CAME AS CLOSE AS YOU COULD TO WINNING THREE IN A ROW. BUT THE PIVOTAL POINT IN THE RACE WAS YOUR LAST PIT STOP
“Yeah, that’s when I actually thought we’d be able to jump him again, but I got caught up with a lapped car coming out of the out lap and almost went to the wall, and came back; and then had a mis-shift on the out lap. It was just a terrible exchange altogether. I wasn’t quite good enough in traffic. (Alexander) Rossi was very good running in traffic. We just had way too much push. So yeah, that’s all we could do. The guys did a great strategy. We went long. That’s how we jumped in but weren’t quite good enough in traffic, but it was a great day for the Verizon guys. Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Pocono–Post Race

Rossi Dominates Crash-Marred Pocono Run

Rossi Dominates Crash-Marred Pocono Run
• Alexander Rossi leads 180 of 200 laps, scores third IndyCar Series win of 2018
• Gains ground on fellow Honda driver Scott Dixon in championship battle
• Early multi-car crash injures Robert Wickens

LONG POND, Penn. (August 18, 2019) – Already a winner of one 500-mile race – the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 – Alexander Rossi added another “500” win to his IndyCar Series career total today with a dominating performance at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. Continue reading Rossi Dominates Crash-Marred Pocono Run

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS HAVE A SEMIFINAL FINISH AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS HAVE A SEMIFINAL FINISH AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 19, 2018) — Courtney Force and the Advance Auto Parts team led John Force Racing with a semifinal finish at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Sunday. Brittany Force and Robert Hight each had quarterfinal exits and John Force had an early Sunday.

Courtney Force, who was the No. 10 qualifier after a less than desirable two days of qualifying, powered her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car past Jim Campbell and Jonnie Lindberg before being defeated in the third round by eventual race winner Jack Beckman. Against Campbell, Force made the quickest pass of the round at 3.973-seconds and 326.00 mph earning her lane choice against Lindberg. Continue reading COURTNEY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS HAVE A SEMIFINAL FINISH AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Chevrolet Adds to Win Total Heading to the ‘Big Go’

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS
BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY IN BRAINERD, MINNESOTA
SUNDAY, AUG. 19, 2018

Chevrolet Adds to Win Total Heading to the ‘Big Go’

• Deric Kramer earns second Pro Stock victory of season
• Courtney Force increases points lead in Funny Car standings
• Team Chevy drivers have combined for 25 regular-season wins
• Next up on schedule is the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 19, 2018) – Two weeks ago, Deric Kramer slid out of the American Ethanol Chevrolet Camaro SS and pounded the hood in frustration. The Colorado resident had fouled in the Pro Stock final against Tanner Gray and left Seattle as runner-up for the second consecutive National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event. Continue reading Chevrolet Adds to Win Total Heading to the ‘Big Go’

Legge, Farnbacher Finish A Fighting Third in Virginia

Legge, Farnbacher Finish A Fighting Third in Virginia
• Katherine Legge, Mario Farnbacher feature in rough-and-tumble GTD fight
• Fifth podium finish of season moves Legge within 13 points of championship lead
• Tire gamble fails to pay off for Lawson Aschenbach and Justin Marks

ALTON, VA (August 19, 2018) – A wild GT-only WeatherTech SportsCar Championship run today at Virginia International Raceway found the Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge in the midst of a three-way battle for victory in the final laps of the two-hour, 40-minute contest.

Legge’s third-place finish gained significant ground for both herself and Acura in the season-long battle for the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s
Starting seventh after a disappointing qualifying run on Saturday, Mario Farnbacher moved the #86 Meyer Shank Racing to sixth in his opening stint, before handing the driving duties over to Legge at the first round of pit stops. Continue reading Legge, Farnbacher Finish A Fighting Third in Virginia

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Brainerd–Post Race Quotes

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS
BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY IN BRAINERD, MINNESOTA
POST-RACE DRIVER QUOTES
SUNDAY, AUG. 19, 2018

An interview with Pro Stock winner DERIC KRAMER, KB RACING, AMERICAN ETHANOL CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 6 qualifier, second win of season and career; fifth final round of season; competed in 80th Pro Stock race; has 23-13 round record this season; cut .002 light in final):

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU HAD IT?
“Shifting into high gear I looked up and saw the win light was on in my lane and I figured that was pretty good for me, so I can’t complain about that.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Brainerd–Post Race Quotes

CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: Championship Lead for Garcia, Magnussen

CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: Championship Lead for Garcia, Magnussen
Second-place finish moves No. 3 Corvette into GTLM points lead for first time in 2018

DANVILLE, Virginia (Aug. 19, 2018) – Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia moved into the lead of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Driver’s Championship for the first time this season following Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Magnussen and Garcia placed second in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R – their fourth runner-up finish in five races and seventh podium result of the season. The defending GTLM champions provisionally lead the championship by four points with two races remaining. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT VIR: Championship Lead for Garcia, Magnussen

JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. scores third Top Alcohol Dragster victory of the year

JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. scores
third Top Alcohol Dragster victory of the year
RISING SON, Md. (Aug. 19) — Troy Coughlin Jr. scored his third Top Alcohol Dragster victory of the year at this weekend’s Northeast Shootout at Cecil County Dragway. The win adds to an impressive opening season in the class for Coughlin, who also collected the trophy at the Division 3 race in Norwalk, Ohio, and a $20K bracket race in Jackson, S.C.

“All credit to the guys at McPhillips Racing,” said Coughlin, the son of three-time and reigning Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin. “To come into this class as a rookie and get to work with a top organization like this is more than I could have ever asked for. Continue reading JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. scores third Top Alcohol Dragster victory of the year

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Takes Class Victory at Vegas to Reno

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Takes Class Victory at Vegas to Reno
• Honda Off-Road Racing Team wins BITD Vegas to Reno off-road race
• Third win of 2018 follows class victories at Parker 425, Baja 500

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (August 19, 2018) – The Honda Off-Road Racing Team and its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck continued their winning ways this weekend at the General Tire Vegas to Reno race, claiming a third class victory in four events this season.

A part of the Best In The Desert series of off-road races, the “V2R” is the longest event of its type in the United States and features a unique set of challenges, including high ambient temperatures, substantial elevation changes and the constant potential of sudden, strong rain storms. The course is also known for several high-speed sections, stretches of deep silt and thick dust that can make overtaking difficult. Continue reading Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Takes Class Victory at Vegas to Reno

Early Crash Leaves Menard 36th At Bristol

Early Crash Leaves Menard 36th At Bristol

August 19, 2018

A fast Ford Fusion and an even faster start in Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway were all for naught for Paul Menard and the No. 21 Menards/Knauf team.

After charging from his fourth starting spot into second place and onto the bumper of the race leader before the race’s first caution on Lap Three, Menard experienced a vibration on the ensuing restart and eventually hit the wall on Lap 28, ending his race and leaving him with a 36th-place finish.

The culprit was a problem with the right front wheel. Continue reading Early Crash Leaves Menard 36th At Bristol

RCR Post Race Report – Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Austin Dillon and the Dow NORKOOL Camaro ZL1 Team Cap Off Strong Bristol Motor Speedway Performance with Top-15 Finish

“Man, we passed a lot of cars tonight in the No. 3 Dow NORKOOL Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We started at the back of the field and worked our way to the front a couple of times. We went back and forth on handling tonight. It would fire off really well, then go into a little slump in the middle of the run, and then get really good again. Crew Chief Justin Alexander and the team helped the handling in the beginning of the race with chassis adjustments. Towards the middle of the race, the track started to come to us more and I was able to search around for better grip. It seemed like the bottom lane of Turns 1 and 2 and top lane of 3 and 4 worked best for us, and we were able to run in the top 10, and well into the top five, for a while. We took two left side tires on that final pit stop but restarted on the bottom and ultimately got shuffled out of a top-10 run. I’m bummed we didn’t get the finish we deserved, but it was worth the gamble to take two tires at the end. The top lane is just very dominant on restarts. I’m proud of the effort my team put in this week. Darlington is next and we are looking forward to it.”

-Austin Dillon

Ryan Newman and Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Camaro ZL1 Team Reel in 12th-Place Finish at Bristol Motor Speedway

“Our Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Camaro ZL1 had speed this weekend. Unfortunately qualifying didn’t go as planned but I wasn’t too concerned about it because our practices went well. Once the race started we battled tight and loose conditions, but by halfway, we were balanced fairly well. The biggest issue we had was being able to maneuver through all the rubber on the track. Our Chevy either plowed or shook itself loose. I think we’re all looking forward to the off weekend so we can recharge and get ready for Darlington. It’s my favorite race on the Cup schedule and I want to win it for so many reasons. We’ve got to win to get into the Playoffs.”

-Ryan Newman

KYLE LARSON SECURES PLAYOFF POSITION WITH SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT BRISTOL

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
BASS PRO SHOPS NRA NIGHT RACE
BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
AUGUST 18, 2018

KYLE LARSON SECURES PLAYOFF POSITION WITH SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT BRISTOL
Chase Elliott gives Team Chevy two out of the top three overall finishing positions

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE (August 18, 2018) – After taking home the victory in Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson wanted to pilot his No. 42 DC Solar Camaro ZL1 to a weekend sweep, but came up one position shy after 500-miles of beating and banging in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’. Larson’s runner-up finish unofficially locks him into the 2018 NASCAR Playoff’s giving him the opportunity to race for a championship in the final 10 races of the Cup Series season. The run is Larson’s sixth top 10 finish in ten races at Bristol and 13th top 10 of the 2018 season. Continue reading KYLE LARSON SECURES PLAYOFF POSITION WITH SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT BRISTOL

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Bristol Post Race

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
BASS PRO SHOPS NRA NIGHT RACE
BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY RACE NOTES AND QUOTES
AUGUST 18, 2018

TOP TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL FINISHING RESULTS:
POS. DRIVER
2nd KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 DC SOLAR CAMARO ZL1
3rd CHASE ELLIOTT, NO 9 KELLEY BLUE BOOK CAMARO ZL1
8th ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 VALVOLINE CAMARO ZL1
9th JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S FOR PROS CAMARO ZL1
12th RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 BASS PRO SHOPS/CABELA’S CAMARO ZL1

TOP FIVE UNOFFICIAL FINISHING RESULTS:
POS. DRIVER
1ST Kurt Busch (Ford)
2nd Kyle Larson (Chevrolet)
3rd Chase Elliott (Chevrolet
4th Joey Logano (Ford)
5th Eric Jones (Toyota)
Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Bristol Post Race

ROBERT HIGHT POWERS AUTO CLUB TO SECOND NO. 1 OF THE SEASON

ROBERT HIGHT POWERS AUTO CLUB TO SECOND NO. 1 OF THE SEASON
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 18, 2018) — Robert Hight and the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team raced to the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Funny Car teammates, Courtney Force and John Force, are No. 10 and 13, respectively, and, in Top Fuel, Brittany Force jumped to the No. 6 position.
Hight, who now has two No. 1 qualifiers this season, his first in Houston, was quickest three of the four sessions earning 11 valuable bonus points. He came out of the trailer to run a 3.971-second pass at 326.95 mph that earned him the provisional No. 1 on Friday and then a 3.989-second pass at 324.83 mph in the second session. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT POWERS AUTO CLUB TO SECOND NO. 1 OF THE SEASON

Rossi, Hunter-Reay Lead Honda Qualifying Runs at Pocono

Rossi, Hunter-Reay Lead Honda Qualifying Runs at Pocono
• Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay make up second row of starting grid
• Robert Wickens again leads rookies with sixth-place qualifying run
• Honda drivers claim seven of top 10 qualifying spots

LONG POND, Penn. (August 18, 2018) – Already a winner of one 500-mile race – the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 – Alexander Rossi led the Honda field in qualifying today for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500. Rossi will start on the inside of the second row, third, with his Andretti Autosport teammate and 2015 Pocono race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay alongside, in fourth.

In his first visit to the unique, three-turn Pocono oval, Robert Wickens will start sixth for Honda and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, with Zach Veach making his own impressive rookie run to qualify seventh. Sebastien Bourdais qualified eighth in his DCR Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda. Continue reading Rossi, Hunter-Reay Lead Honda Qualifying Runs at Pocono

Power Wins Pole at Pocono

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
ABC SUPPLY 500
POCONO RACEWAY
LONG POND, PA
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER
POST QUALIFYING RECAP
AUGUST 18, 2018

Power Wins Pole at Pocono; Newgarden Second Quick to Make All-Chevy Front Row for the Sixth Time in 2018 Season

LONG POND, Pa.: Will Power just likes to go fast…faster than anyone else. For the third time this season and the 53rd time in his career the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet will lead the field to the green flag.

Power’s blistering two-lap average of 219.511 mph/1 minute, 22.0006 seconds total time secured his first Verizon P1 Award at Pocono Raceway and his ninth front-row starting position of the 2018 season. Continue reading Power Wins Pole at Pocono