Auto Club driver Robert Hight chases second consecutive Countdown victory from No. 1 spot in Reading

Auto Club driver Robert Hight chases second consecutive Countdown victory from No. 1 spot in Reading

READING, Pa. (Sept. 23) – The only things that seems to slow down NHRA driver Robert Hight and his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS these days are his parachutes.

But Hight didn’t even need them in the final qualifying session for the NHRA Nationals on Saturday at Maple Grove Raceway.

Hight had just secured the sixth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 55th of his career with his run in Q4, but when he pulled the parachutes to slow the car, they didn’t blossom.
Continue reading Auto Club driver Robert Hight chases second consecutive Countdown victory from No. 1 spot in Reading

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force snares No. 8 qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force snares No. 8 qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

READING, Pa. (Sept. 23) – Courtney Force knows she has a fast hot rod come race day. That’s why she’ll put qualifying behind her after a rare mid-pack performance during the first two days of the NHRA Nationals this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.

Force, in the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, turned in a best effort of 3.935 seconds at 321.88 mph in Friday’s second round. She was unable to improve in either of Saturday’s efforts, striking the tires in both runs. But Force, who has a class-leading seven No. 1s this season, remained upbeat heading into Sunday’s elimination rounds. Continue reading Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force snares No. 8 qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

John Force lands PEAK Chevrolet in the No. 13 qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

John Force lands PEAK Chevrolet in the No. 13
qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

READING, Pa. (Sept. 23) – John Force will seek an eighth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car victory in Sunday’s NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway from the No. 13 qualifying position.

Force, gunning for a 17th Funny Car title, had a best qualifying pass of 3.978 seconds at 324.12 mph in the PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS, improving on his career-best run at the track despite lifting early. He ran in the four-second range twice Saturday, unable to surpass Friday’s second-round effort. Continue reading John Force lands PEAK Chevrolet in the No. 13 qualifying position for Reading’s NHRA Nationals

World champ Erica Enders dealing with ‘unhappy’ car as Reading turns to eliminations

World champ Erica Enders dealing with
‘unhappy’ car as Reading turns to eliminations
READING, Pa. (Sept. 23) – Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders only made one decent pass in qualifying for the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals, but the ever-hopeful Texan says she’s confident team owner Richard Freeman has the crew in place to turn their fortunes around during Sunday’s eliminations at Maple Grove Raceway. Continue reading World champ Erica Enders dealing with ‘unhappy’ car as Reading turns to eliminations

Hagan Qualifies Dodge Charger Funny Car No. 2 to Lead Mopar at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Hagan Qualifies Dodge Charger Funny Car No. 2 to Lead Mopar at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Matt Hagan qualifies Mopar HEMI®-powered Funny Car from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) No. 2 at Maple Grove Raceway for 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals
Three Mopar-powered Funny Cars from DSR qualify in top five
Six Mopar Dodge Funny Cars will compete in 16-car field
Tony Schumacher leads Mopar in Top Fuel with fifth-place qualifying effort
Hagan defeats Mopar Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon match race
Tom Baker Jr.’s Super Stock 1970 Plymouth Barracuda wins Best Appearing Car
September 23, 2017, Mohnton, Pa. – Led by Funny Car driver Matt Hagan and the Mopar 80th/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T crew, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teams featuring Mopar HEMI® power made a number of strong qualifying runs in unseasonably warm conditions during the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. The solid efforts set up the opportunity for each team to go deep into Sunday’s elimination rounds in both Funny Car and Top Fuel at the second event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Continue reading Hagan Qualifies Dodge Charger Funny Car No. 2 to Lead Mopar at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Allen Johnson Takes on Raceday at Dodge NHRA Nationals in 500th Pro Stock Race of Career

Allen Johnson Takes on Raceday at Dodge NHRA Nationals in 500th Pro Stock Race of Career

READING, Pa. (September 23, 2017) – Allen Johnson qualified No. 4 in the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. In his 500th race of his Pro Stock career, Johnson will have lane choice over Kenny Delco in the first round.

On Friday, Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum team were greeted with uncommon Reading, Pennsylvania sunshine. Capitalizing on similar track conditions to the Carolina Nationals last weekend at zMAX Dragway, the Adam Hornberger-led team went back into their data logs and put a tune-up in it for Maple Grove Raceway. Johnson rocketed to the No. 3 spot with a 6.589-seconds pass at 209.79 mph and collected one bonus point for being third quickest of the session. Continue reading Allen Johnson Takes on Raceday at Dodge NHRA Nationals in 500th Pro Stock Race of Career

Jeg Coughlin Jr. gains ground on Pro Stock field in second day of Reading action

Jeg Coughlin Jr. gains ground on Pro Stock
field in second day of Reading action
READING, Pa. (Sept. 23) – Five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. got quicker in each of Saturday’s qualifying sessions for the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, finally finishing the time trials portion of the race hanging on the No. 12 rung on the race day ladder.

In the end, the 76-time national event winner topped out at 6.608 seconds and 209.79 mph in his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro, which places him opposite Drew Skillman on the sudden-death elimination grid. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. gains ground on Pro Stock field in second day of Reading action

CORVETTE RACING AT MONTEREY: Focus Forward to Raceday GTLM championship-leading team confident in strategy ahead of Monterey round

CORVETTE RACING AT MONTEREY: Focus Forward to Raceday
GTLM championship-leading team confident in strategy ahead of Monterey round

MONTEREY, California (Sept. 23, 2017) – Corvette Racing is confidently looking ahead to raceday following GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying for the America’s Tire 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Following seventh- and ninth-place efforts Saturday in time trials, the championship-winning team will bank on strategy and its experience at the circuit to move up through the field Sunday. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT MONTEREY: Focus Forward to Raceday GTLM championship-leading team confident in strategy ahead of Monterey round

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight tops 339 mph again to lead Reading qualifying

Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight
tops 339 mph again to lead Reading qualifying

READING, Pa. (Sept. 22) – Auto Club of Southern California Funny Car driver Robert Hight kept rolling on the first day of the NHRA Nationals on Friday at Maple Grove Raceway, speeding to the provisional No. 1 spot with the track-record for elapsed time as well as speed.

Hight kicked off the six-race Countdown to the Championship by winning last weekend in Charlotte, taking over the Funny Car points lead in the process. Continue reading Auto Club Chevrolet driver Robert Hight tops 339 mph again to lead Reading qualifying

Blaney Qualifies Fourth At New Hampshire

Blaney Qualifies Fourth At New Hampshire

September 22, 2017

In one of the most important qualifying sessions of their 2017 season, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team rose to the occasion and earned the fourth starting spot for Sunday’s 300-miler at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The flat, one-mile oval at New Hampshire makes passing difficult. That combined with the relative shortness of the race puts track position at a premium, and the No. 21 will be on the outside row for the start of the race. That puts the team in a better position to earn stage points in the first half of the race, and it sets them up for better track position later on as well due to the opportunity to pick a more advantageous pit stall.

Every point is of the utmost importance as Blaney and the team work to make the cut for the second round of the playoffs, which begin after next weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. Blaney enters this weekend 10th in the standings but just eight points ahead of 13th-place Kurt Busch. The bottom four of the 16 playoff drivers will be eliminated after Dover.

On Friday, the near future looked promising. The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion was fast from the start of practice at New Hampshire. Blaney was fifth fastest with a best lap at 135.030 miles per hour.

In the three rounds of knock-out qualifying, he was 11th in the first round with a speed of 133.212 mph then won the second round with a lap at 134.753 mph. In the final round he posted a speed of 134.720 mph to earn the fourth starting spot.

“I thought we made good gains through the rounds and that’s something to be proud of for sure,” said Blaney, who led the way all day for the Ford contingent. “We just didn’t pick up speed in the last round.

“We had good speed in the second one and some other guys went faster the last round, and we kind of stayed the same.”

Still, Friday’s performance showed a significant improvement over the team’s recent appearances at New Hampshire.

“We made some good adjustments,” Blaney said. “I think that’s the best we’ve ever qualified here, so that’s something to look forward to and we have a good spot for Sunday.”

Among those closely following the events of the day at New Hampshire was the team’s long-time crew chief, NASCAR Hall of Famer Leonard Wood, who was back home in Stuart, Va., celebrating his 83rd birthday.

Wood was most impressed with Blaney’s dominance of the second round of qualifying.

“Wow!” he said, adding that the birthday weekend festivities will keep him at home instead of in the pit area at New Hampshire on Sunday.

Sunday’s race is set to get the green flag just after 2 p.m. Eastern Time with TV coverage on NBCSN.

Hagan Leads Mopar After First Day of Qualifying at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Hagan Leads Mopar After First Day of Qualifying at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Matt Hagan uses Mopar HEMI® power to claim provisional No. 2 spot in Funny Car during qualifying for 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway
Leah Pritchett sits fifth to lead Mopar in Top Fuel
Pritchett is carrying special wrap celebrating Mopar’s 80th anniversary this weekend
Pritchett defeats Hagan in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon match race
Second annual Mopar Mega Block Party kicks off event at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, NHRA on FOX’s Dave Rieff wins home run derby
Retiring Mopar Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson receives special honors as he makes 500th start this weekend Continue reading Hagan Leads Mopar After First Day of Qualifying at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Post Qualifying

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ISM CONNECT 300
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST QUALIFYING PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

SECOND-PLACE QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR TEAM CHEVY’S KYLE LARSON AT NEW HAMPSHIRE
Four Chevrolets Will Start in the Top 12

LOUDON, New Hampshire – (September 22, 2017) – Kyle Larson set the pace for Team Chevy with a second-place qualifying run in his No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He will start on the outside front row for the 300-lap ISM Connect 300, Round two of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Playoffs. This marks the 18th top-10 start of the season thus far for Larson, and his fourth in eight races at the track known as the ‘Magic Mile’. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Post Qualifying

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Qualifying

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ISM CONNECT 300
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING NOTES AND QUOTES
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – Qualified 2nd
DID YOU GET THE LAP YOU WERE LOOKING FOR? DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU COULD HAVE MADE UP SOME TIME?
“I felt like maybe I got in the corner a little hot and got myself a little bit too loose and to the brakes too hard. But, I feel like overall my lap was pretty good. The No. 18 (Kyle Busch) has been really fast recently, and especially in qualifying all year. So, for us to be second to him is not bad. We had the pole here earlier in the year and got encumbered, but we had to back it up with a front row start. It feels good. We’ll have a nice pit stall selection. Hopefully we can have another smooth day.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Qualifying

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Dale Earnhardt Jr.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ISM CONNECT 300
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) and discussed making his final start as a full-time Cup Series competitor at NHMS, his take on post-race burn outs, traveling commercial and many other topics. Full Transcript: Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Ryan Newman

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ISM CONNECT 300
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 CHILDRESS VINEYARDS CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and discussed his current position in the Chase, the severity of penalty levied against the No. 24 team this past week, running the modified race and many other topics. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Ryan Newman

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Jimmie Johnson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ISM CONNECT 300
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – Involved in an accident during the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
WHAT HAPPENED?
“I had a good first lap and entering Turn 3 for my second lap just got in there with a lot of speed anticipated it sticking, didn’t quite stick and then once I got out of the PJ1 there was just really no slowing down or directing it off the wall at that point. Came around and it got the fence. Definitely not the way we wanted to start. Frustrating, but we will take it and go figure it out” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Jimmie Johnson

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Jimmie Johnson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
ISM CONNECT 300
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) and discussed his recent trip to Naples, Florida for Hurricane relief clean up, his thoughts on the “sticky stuff” that NHMS used in the spring race, where his team is thus far in the Playoffs and many other topics. Full Transcript:

TALK ABOUT YOUR IMPACTFUL TRIP TO NAPLES FLORIDA THIS WEEK. WHAT WAS THAT EXPERIENCE LIKE THIS WEEK?
“It was something I have really wanted to do on a couple of levels. One, I wanted to give back and then two, I know the great work that Lowe’s does in communities and I was completely blown away by their involvement once again. Went to two different stores, the people I met in stores did not live in that area, they all are spending their free time to come in and fill-in for their Lowe’s associates that need to tend to stuff at home. I thought that was amazing. People from Tennessee were all the way down in Naples, Florida just covering shifts for other Lowe’s employees. Then of course we went to a home and pitched in there. I took my daughter with me and I wanted her to grasp kind of what was going on down there. She saw plenty of coverage on television about the hurricane moving in and I just wanted to close that loop for her and take her down and experience all that. So, all-in-all just a very impactful day in Florida. I feel like there were some great lessons, great respect and appreciation I have for mankind and the way people help each other in times of need and a lot of lessons learned. Very impactful trip and I’m glad that it was so well received by our local media, the outside media, social media, it was very well received and that is cool.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–New Hampshire–Jimmie Johnson

Meyer Hopes To Close Championship Gap at Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, PA

Meyer Hopes To Close Championship Gap at Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, PA

Sep 21, 2017 | Featured, Megan Meyer, Pre-Race Releases, Race Results
Meyer Hopes To Close Championship Gap at Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, PA

Megan Meyer and the Randy Meyer Racing Team had a short outing at the NHRA Carolina Nationals last weekend. Megan, who was the number one qualifier of the event with a 5.23 ET at 279 mph, exited eliminations in the second round running a 5.31 ET to Dan Page’s 5.32 ET. Her teammate, Justin Ashley, lost in the opening round of eliminations after qualifying as the third quickest car. Continue reading Meyer Hopes To Close Championship Gap at Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, PA

Strategy Will Be The Key For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team At New Hampshire

Strategy Will Be The Key For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team At New Hampshire

September 21, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the thick of a tight battle to advance to the second round of the Monster Energy Cup playoffs.

Blaney enters Sunday’s 300-mile race 10th in the standings, eight points ahead of 13th-place Kurt Busch. The bottom four of the 16 drivers in the playoffs will be eliminated from the title hunt after next week’s race at Dover International Speedway. Continue reading Strategy Will Be The Key For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team At New Hampshire

Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Rebound in California

Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Rebound in California
• Team seeks return to winning form at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
• Mid-season run included victories at Detroit and Watkins Glen, Canadian podium

TORRANCE, Calif. (September 20, 2017) – Michael Shank Racing brings its pair of Acura NSX GT3s to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for this weekend’s penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, seeking to add to an already impressive podium total in the inaugural season of GTD class competition for both the team and manufacturer. Continue reading Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Rebound in California

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