Tim Allison Checks In

We had our biggest sprint car 360 race ever in the state of Ohio on July 3rd at Waynesfield Raceway Park and the weather was hot but the racing was even hotter yet! With $6000 to the winner, you could bet everyone was wanting the big trophy and the money. We had 46 signed in for the first ever Bob Reynolds Memorial Race and also on the race card was the non-wing sprints and the emods and with a total of 123 cars in the pits on a nice summer night. With standing room only the racing was totally awesome all night long and the track was in great shape all night!

There was no qualifying so we drew in the 2nd heat and started fourth along with 2 veterans- Tim Shaffer and Danny Smith- both being regulars on the All Star circuit and the World of Outlaws tour,  so we had our work cut out for this one, but we finished 2nd in the heat race right behind Tim Shaffer.  That got us qualified for the big show and also got us in the trophy dash to determine where we would start in the big feature for 30 laps,
We had 2 trophy dashes, one for the odd numbers of 1,3,5,in the odd heats and 2,4,6 for the even heats to determine the first 12 starting spots for the feature.  We were in the 2nd trophy dash and we won it. That put us starting on the outside front row of the biggest show ever for 30 laps of hard racing.  We were hoping for win number 100 and the big prize of $6000.  When the dust settled, we ended up finishing 2nd right behind Tim Shaffer.  We had a great shot and got close a couple of times but in the end we finished 2nd.  It was great run as we have been knocking on the door the last couple of weeks for that feature win and number 100!

This week we are off and the next race is next weekend at Tony Stewart’s famous Eldora Speedway and this is the super bowl weekend of sprint car racing as it is the Kings Royal Weekend.  This is an all sprint car show and a must see event.
It is the NRA 360 sprint cars along with the 410 sprint cars paying $50000 to the winner for the 410 class!

Subaru Road Racing Team Starts/Finishes 12th at Watkins Glen Sweat-Fest

Subaru Road Racing Team Starts/Finishes 12th at Watkins Glen Sweat-Fest
– Drivers run qualifying lap speeds during 2 ½-hour race –

Phoenixville, PA. – June 30, 2012 – On a blazing, cloudless Summer day, the likes of which would cause a Gila Monster to seek shade, the world-famous Watkins Glen International road racing course near Watkins Glen, N.Y., took its toll on race cars and their drivers in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series.
 
Refusing, however, to succumb to a scorching sun that had the Devil himself smirking, the Subaru Road Racing Team’s pit crew and drivers Andrew “A. J.” Aquilante and Bret Spaude,  qualified their #35 Subaru WRX STi race car 12th quickest in a field of 29 Grand Sports class competitors, and finished the 2 ½-hour race in 12th.
 
“There must have been a decree that we would be the 12th place car this weekend,” conceded Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Subaru WRX STi race cars. “We’ve done better than that this season, and we’ve done worse.
 
“A. J. and Bret drove smart, our enthusiastic pit crew got them in and out quickly, and that was the best we could do. GRAND-AM made an re-adjustment to our Subaru’s turbocharger boost pressure, which they had allowed us the last couple races, and which is their prerogative. Twelfth quickest isn’t where we’d like to be, but in a 29-car class, we’re still a contender.”
 
Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., qualified the car at The Glen and raced the first 34 minutes before pitting for gas and tires, and slotting “AJ” Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., into the seat for the cockpit for the final 44 laps.
 
Two subsequent, efficient pit stops by the SRRT crew brought AJ to as high as second place on laps 38 and 39, before his final stop dropped him to 18th.  Picking up four positions between laps 56 and 58, he worked his way back to 12th, where the team had started the race.
 
“Other cars caused seven full-course yellow situations that ate up 22 laps that we could have been racing. That didn’t help our progress today, but we had a trouble-free Subaru to race, a much-appreciated veteran crew, and did as best we could with our new rules parameters,” said Joe Aquilante.
 
The race-prepped #35 SRRT WRX STI is developed to compete against rival teams fielding cars producing over 400 horsepower.

Line Looks to Make 200th Start a Memorable One

Line Looks to Make 200th Start a Memorable One

Mooresville, N.C., July 4, 2012 – This weekend, Summit Racing star Jason Line will reach a significant milestone in his Pro Stock career.  When he rolls to the starting line on Sunday for the start of final eliminations at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, he will be making his 200th start in a “factory hot rod”.  

Since making his debut nine years ago in Columbus, Ohio, Line has been the picture of consistency, winning two Full Throttle Championships, 28 national event wins (second only to his teammate Greg Anderson among all Pro Stockers and including at least one in every year of competition) in 59 final round appearances and 29 No. 1 qualifying performances.  It is an impressive resume that he looks to embellish even further this weekend during his sponsor’s race.

“Two hundred starts is a lot, and more than I expected to make,” said Line.  “It’s way cool, and to have done it with the same team and for the most part the same sponsor is a very big deal.   Being part of the Summit and KB Racing family is certainly an honor and a privilege – everyone concerned have all been great to me, and the fact that they have allowed me to do this for so long is very special.

“In many ways, it’s appropriate that I will make my 200th start in Norwalk, in front of the people who have made it all possible.  It would be nice to reward them for their support with our second win of the season.”

In addition to the normal rigors of racing in a national event, Line and his KB Racing crew will also share the title sponsorship not only of the race but also the racetrack, with many Summit employees expected to be in attendance throughout the weekend.  Finally, the reigning Pro Stock champion will be the top qualifier in a select group of racers competing in Saturday’s K&N Horsepower Challenge, a three-round shootout where the winning driver will walk away with $50,000 while a lucky fan will drive away in a new truck.

“It says a lot about this Summit Racing team that for the second year in a row we are the No. 1 qualifier for the K&N Horsepower Challenge,” said Line.  “It shows we’ve had good cars, good equipment and a great crew which we can hopefully combine into a win in the Challenge.  I feel like I am over due to win it, and although I’ve thought that way in the past, maybe this year we can get it done in the Camaro.”

One factor adding to Line’s confidence heading into the weekend’s events is the rapid progress the team has made in adapting to their new race car.  In only its second race, Line’s stunning blue Chevrolet Camaro was among the quickest cars in the class in Chicago, besting entries teams have used since last year.  Despite this impressive showing, he is quick to point out how early they are in the learning process with the famed muscle car.

“We know this new Summit Racing Camaro is going to be a great car, but we still have a lot to learn about it,” said Line.  “Even so, it has already been very good.  It was a Top Three car in Chicago, and any time you have that you can win the race, which is amazing considering how few runs we have on it.  It’s a great feeling heading into Norwalk.”

Finally, Line will be able to reach his career milestone in the company of some very important people as both his family and his team owner will be in attendance at Summit Motorsports Park.

“It’s always good when my family comes with me to the races,” said Line.  “My kids are really looking forward to spending time at the waterpark, and I enjoy having them with me at the track, so it should be a fun weekend.

“We’re also lucky that Ken and Judy (team owners Black) will be with us in Norwalk.  Any time they come out to the races, it’s a tremendous boost to everyone on the entire team, and we’re looking forward to having them with us in Ohio.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to put a smile on everyone’s faces by parking that blue Summit Racing Camaro in the winner’s circle on Saturday and Sunday night.”

Anderson Prepared to Have Fun During ‘Biggest Weekend’

Anderson Prepared to Have Fun During ‘Biggest Weekend’

Mooresville, N.C., July 4, 2012 – At this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, current Full Throttle Pro Stock championship leader Greg Anderson and his teammate Jason Line will face a challenge that no other professional competitor will have to deal with throughout the course of the year.  For starters, they will be racing in their sponsor’s event for the third time this season, with the stakes raised even further by the fact that the racetrack also bears the name of the high performance mail-order parts leader.

As if that were not enough, Summit Motorsports Park is located just an hour’s drive away from the company’s headquarters, ensuring that many of the employees will be in the stands cheering the KB Racing crew on.  Finally, on Saturday Anderson and Line will be among eight Pro Stock drivers racing for a $50,000 winner’s prize in the K&N Horsepower Challenge specialty race, where Anderson comes in as the two-time defending champion.

With all that on their plate, it would be understandable if Anderson approached this weekend with some trepidation.  However, the four-time champion’s take is quite the opposite.

“This is without a doubt the biggest weekend of the year for this Summit Racing team,” said Anderson.  “However, with the K&N Horsepower Challenge on Saturday, it is also the most fun event.  Naturally, on Sunday, we’ll be going for our fifth win of the season in our sponsor’s race, getting as many Full Throttle points as we can, but the day before we’ll be having a great time racing for the big pay day without worrying about points, doing what we can to help a lucky fan win a new truck.

“I’ve been very fortunate in the Challenge, winning it a few times, including the last two years, and we’re going back this year looking for the hat trick.  I’ll tell you there is nothing better than seeing the expression on that fan’s face when they realize they have just won the big prize because of you.

“I can’t wait to get to Norwalk – I love the racetrack, the facility, the people who run it, the name of the place and all the Summit employees who will come out to cheer us on.  As far as we’re concerned, it’s the perfect place to have this race.  We’re proud to race there and proud to carry the Summit name on our doors.”

This race will also be the first opportunity for the KB Racing team to display their sleek new Camaros to their primary sponsor.  With limited testing and only three races, the Chevrolet has already shown glimpses of its future potential, with Anderson’s win and runner-up finish the best of any brand during that same period.

“We’re anxious to show off our new Camaros to everyone at Summit,” said Anderson. “We’ve been to a couple races across the country with them and the buzz has been tremendous at every track we’ve been to.  They are beautiful cars, and we can’t wait to show them to the people who are paying for them.  I know they are going to love them – they picked out the colors and the paint scheme, but haven’t gotten to see them in person yet.  They’ve done such a great job designing them, it will be a cool thing to see the look on their faces when they see them in person.

“The cars are coming around slowly but surely.  We’re not yet where we need to be performance-wise, but they drive and handle beautifully and race really well.  We just need a little more speed out of them, which will come with time.  At this point it’s just fine tuning.

“There’s no need to reinvent the wheel because they already are sound, consistent cars.  Based on the knowledge we gained in Chicago, we expect to have a better product on the racetrack this weekend. One win and two final rounds in the first three races is not a bad start, but we hope to win every race we go to.  Still, I’m very proud of the new car’s performance and my race team for adapting to it as quickly as they have.  We’re looking to extend that string of success this weekend, and we couldn’t pick a better place to do it.”

Race Report Week Ending July 1, 2012

NHRA
Top Fuel — Antron Brown
Funny Car — Jeff Arend
Pro Stock — Erica Enders
Pro Stock Motorcycle — Andrew Hines
Top Alcohol Dragster — Jim Whiteley
Top Alcohol Funny Car — Frank Manzo
Competition Eliminator — Bruno Massel
Super Stock — Michael Lund
Stock Eliminator — Daryl Bureski
Super Comp — Tom Stalba
Super Gas — Sherman Adcock
Super Street — Ricky Shipp

Nascar
Camping World Truck Series- Unoh 225- James Buescher
Nationwide Series- Feed the Children 300- Austin Dillon
Sprint Cup- Quaker State 400- Brad Keselowski

Grand Am
Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen- GT- Robin Liddell/John Edwards
DP- Joao Barbosa/Darren Law

World of Outlaws
Sammy Swindell

ARCA
Andrew Ranger

Anderson Pads Points Lead with Runner-Up Finish in Joliet

Anderson Pads Points Lead with Runner-Up Finish in Joliet

Event:  15th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals

Location: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Illinois

Day/Date: Sunday, July 1, 2012

Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team overcame a three-hour rain delay and horsepower-robbing hot and humid conditions on Sunday to score a runner-up finish at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Illinois.  Starting from the eighth position, Anderson used a combination of solid performance and strong driving to advance to his eighth final round of the 2012 season, where he would square off against Erica Enders in a rematch of last year’s Joliet final.

Just as he had in the previous rounds, Anderson left the line in unison with Enders, who was looking to become the first woman to win a Pro Stock national event.  Although he was able to make a competitive 6.641-second, 208.30 mph run, it was not enough to hold off his opponent, who used a 6.627-second, 207.40 mph pass to score the win.

“We rebounded well today and had a pretty good hot rod, but just couldn’t seem to get near the top cars,” said Anderson.  “To this Summit Racing team’s credit, we raced hard and tough, and probably made it further than we should have to be honest, because we just didn’t have the performance we needed to put us over the top.

“I had said a million times before that Erica was going to win a race, and that I just didn’t want it to be against me.  However, you certainly can’t take today’s performance away from her – she earned it.  She went out there and took it, with both she and her team doing a better job, and they won the race, and I congratulate them.  It’s one for the history books.”

Anderson’s road to the final showed the resilience and determination of both he and his KB Racing crew.  After opening with a relatively easy win against Ron Krisher, the four-time champion was paired against No. 1 qualifier Allen Johnson, who had been the dominant car throughout the weekend.  However, using a lightning-quick .016 reaction time and a 6.634-second, 208.46 mph pass, Anderson was able to upset his higher-ranked opponent on a hole shot, with Johnson posting a 6.612-second time and 209.04 mph speed in the losing effort.

Finally, Anderson’s 6.637-second, 207.91 mph run in the semifinals was enough to defeat rival Mike Edwards, sending him to the 111th final round of his career and the encounter with Enders.

“We obviously need a couple more races with these new Summit Racing Camaros to get them fully up to speed,” said Anderson.  “They drive really well, and race well – we just need a little more speed out of them, and we’ll keep pecking at them until we do.

“It’s obviously disappointing any time you lose a race, but the good news is that we knocked out a couple cars that are running at the top of their game right now when we aren’t, which is a good feeling.  We know we’re going to get there – the bottom line is that we need to go home and work to make our horses faster.”

RCR Post Race Report — Kentucky Speedway– Sprint Cup

RCR Post Race Report — Kentucky Speedway  
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series   
RACE:      Quaker State 400       
TRACK:    Kentucky Speedway  
DATE:       June 30, 2012  
 
Race Highlights:        
 
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 11th (Kevin Harvick), 12th (Paul Menard) and 24th (Jeff Burton).
Harvick ranks sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, 68 points behind Matt Kenseth’s lead, while Menard ranks 13th and Burton ranks 20th.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Harvick spent 93.3 percent (249 laps) running within the top 15 during the Quaker State 400.
Harvick made 66 Green-Flag Passes, tying him with RCR teammate Menard for sixth in the NASCAR Loop Data statistics category.
Menard ran as high as fourth and maintained a 15.772 average running position before crossing the finish line 12th at the 1.5-mile track.
Burton made 54 green-flag passes over the course of the 267-lap event.
Brad Keselowski captured his third Sprint Cup Series win of the 2012 season and was followed to the finish line by Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 7. The race is scheduled to be televised live on TNT beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Swindell Strikes Before Lightning at Lakeside Speedway

Swindell Strikes Before Lightning at Lakeside Speedway
He regains the World of Outlaws championship lead after series-best sixth win
 
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – June 30, 2012 – There was thunder and lightning Saturday evening at Lakeside Speedway after another scorching afternoon.
With high humidity and temperatures soaring into triple digits for the fourth consecutive race, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series was in hurry-up mode as a storm approached prior to the 30-lap feature at the half mile.

Sammy Swindell and Kraig Kinser set the tone from the drop of the green flag as lightning descended around the area midway through the main event. The duo battled neck and neck – even side by side at times – with Swindell crossing the finish line first by a car length.

“I seen him drive in there real hard a few times,” he said. “I was hoping that maybe he would see the carrot out there real close and try to run a little hard. I was just running my line and trying to keep up with the race track as it was changing. It’s a lot easier to control the race sometimes when you’re in front.”

It was his series-best sixth victory of the season and it moved him back into the World of Outlaws championship standings lead for the first time since he and Steve Kinser left Orange County Fair Speedway tied for the points lead on May 19.

Kinser, who won the previous two years at Lakeside Speedway, was involved in the first caution of the race. Brian Brown jumped to the early lead only to smack the wall in turn three on the opening lap. Kinser had nowhere to go and collided with Brown’s stalled car, which was compounded when Patrick Stasa slid into the crash.

Brown and Stasa went to the trailer, while Kinser’s team was unable to make the necessary repairs before the race restarted.

His son, Kraig, who entered the event with three World of Outlaws victories in the past eight events, capitalized on the complete restart by pulling into a comfortable lead. In fact, he held nearly a straightaway advantage before the second-and-final caution on lap seven for Donny Schatz, whose car caught on fire.

After parking it in the infield near turn one and hoping out of the car, which was met with fire extinguishers, Schatz climbed back into his race car and his team fixed the problem. Kinser also rejoined the field – six laps down. He finished 14th and is nine points behind Swindell in the championship standings.

Swindell, who won a pair of Outlaws races on pavement at Lakeside Speedway in 1991 and 1992, rocketed by Kraig Kinser for the lead on the restart as bolts of lightning began to appear in the distance off turn four. Kinser maintained a close second – and even pulled side by side with him on lap 12 – but was unable to regain the lead.

“I got on the gas and spun (the tires) a little bit, just enough for Sammy to get an edge and pull back in front of me,” Kinser said. “That was it. I hounded him so hard at the end of the race. He just never really slipped up at all. He’s hard to pass when he gets out front.”

Cody Darrah also took advantage of the restart and worked his way from sixth to third, where he also finished last year at Lakeside Speedway.

“The first stages of that race I screwed up on those starts,” he said. “Then we had a restart where I kind of got everything back together and ended up pulling from sixth to third. I wish we got through lapped traffic a little bit better, but that’s part of it.”

Lucas Wolfe drove from 10th to fourth and Kerry Madsen was fifth. Chad Kemenah earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after maneuvering from 19    th to sixth. Danny Lasoski finished seventh, Craig Dollansky eighth, Tim Kaeding ninth and Schatz rounded out the top 10.

Brown, Swindell and Lasoski each claimed a heat race, and Joey Saldana was the quickest in qualifying with a lap of 14.162 seconds.

Starting Second, Line Targets Second Joliet Win

Starting Second, Line Targets Second Joliet Win

Event:  15th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals

Location: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Illinois

Day/Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pro Stock standout Jason Line completed a strong qualifying effort on Saturday, powering his Summit Racing Camaro to the second starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations of the   NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Illinois.  Steadily improving with every run, Line scored eight bonus points by recording the second quickest elapsed time in each of the four sessions, highlighted by his 6.616-second, 207.82 mph pass on his final attempt.

This marks the ninth time in this season’s 11 races that the defending champion has qualified in either the first or second position and the second consecutive year he will start second at Route 66 Raceway.  Despite his solid showing, as he prepared for his first-round matchup against Larry Morgan, Line was already searching for ways to improve his performance.

“Naturally, we’re only completely satisfied when we’re No. 1, but I’m really proud of the progress this team has made with this Summit Racing Camaro,” said Line.  “With a total of only 19 runs on this new car, it has already started to show some of its true potential, and we keep gaining on it with every pass down the track.   As I keep saying, it’s going to be a great car.

“The good news is that we also made some gains with Greg’s (teammate Anderson) car on that last pass, so we’re feeling fairly positive heading into race day.  As long as everyone does their job tomorrow, we have as good a chance as anyone to leave here with the win.”

Anderson Makes Progress, Starts Eighth in Joliet

Anderson Makes Progress, Starts Eighth in Joliet

Event:  15th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals

Location: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Illinois

Day/Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012

Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team entered the final day of qualifying for the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Illinois looking to get a handle on their race car in the hot conditions at Route 66 Raceway.  After recording a 6.660-second time in the afternoon session, the current Full Throttle championship points leader completed his qualifying effort with his best run of the weekend, covering the quarter-mile in 6.638-seconds with a top speed of 207.98 mph to earn the eighth starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Although disappointed to not have placed higher in the qualifying order, the defending Joliet champion was nevertheless encouraged by lessons learned about his new Camaro’s performance on his final attempt, which he saw as reason for cautious optimism heading into his first round encounter against veteran Ron Krisher.

“Our last run tonight was definitely directionally correct, no question about it,” said Anderson.  “Obviously we wish we would have made a bigger gain, but for the first time all weekend it was a sign we were headed in the right direction with this Summit Racing Camaro, which gives us a good feeling heading into race day.

“As things stand right now, I think we have a shot, and we’re going to take what we did tonight and make a bigger move with it tomorrow, trying to get ourselves right in the ball game.  That’s what I’m going to hope and pray for tonight, and we’ll see if the good Lord shines down on us.”

Anderson Makes Progress, Starts Eighth in Joliet

Anderson Makes Progress, Starts Eighth in Joliet

Event:  15th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals

Location: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Illinois

Day/Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012

Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team entered the final day of qualifying for the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Illinois looking to get a handle on their race car in the hot conditions at Route 66 Raceway.  After recording a 6.660-second time in the afternoon session, the current Full Throttle championship points leader completed his qualifying effort with his best run of the weekend, covering the quarter-mile in 6.638-seconds with a top speed of 207.98 mph to earn the eighth starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Although disappointed to not have placed higher in the qualifying order, the defending Joliet champion was nevertheless encouraged by lessons learned about his new Camaro’s performance on his final attempt, which he saw as reason for cautious optimism heading into his first round encounter against veteran Ron Krisher.

“Our last run tonight was definitely directionally correct, no question about it,” said Anderson.  “Obviously we wish we would have made a bigger gain, but for the first time all weekend it was a sign we were headed in the right direction with this Summit Racing Camaro, which gives us a good feeling heading into race day.

“As things stand right now, I think we have a shot, and we’re going to take what we did tonight and make a bigger move with it tomorrow, trying to get ourselves right in the ball game.  That’s what I’m going to hope and pray for tonight, and we’ll see if the good Lord shines down on us.”

RCR Post Race Report — Kentucky Speedway–Nationwide Series

RCR Post Race Report — Kentucky Speedway
 
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Feed the Children 300
Kentucky Speedway
June 29, 2012
 
Race Highlights:   
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished first (Austin Dillon), third (Kevin Harvick) and ninth (Elliott Sadler).
Dillon leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Elliott Sadler by two points. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish and Justin Allgaier.  
The No. 3 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, 35 points shy of the No. 18 car’s lead, with the No. 2 team third in the standings and the No. 33 team fourth.  
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.  
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Dillon earned a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 and led the field in Loop Data categories for Average Running Position (1.095), Fastest Driver Early in a Run (171.077 mph), Fastest Laps Run (79), Fastest on Restarts (165.773 mph), Green Flag Speed (169.073 mph) and Laps Led (192).  
Dillon set the record for the most laps led in a Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway (192 laps), surpassing the previous record set by Carl Edwards in 2005 (150 laps).  
Dillon and Harvick were among six drivers who spent 100 percent of the race running in the top 15, while Sadler spent 98.5 percent of his laps in the top 15.  
Harvick held the second-highest running position, with an average running place of 3.710.  
Harvick maintained the third-highest Driver Rating (121.7) and also ranked third in Green Flag Speed (168.592 mph), Fastest on Restarts (163.435 mph) and Fastest Laps Run (31).  
Sadler earned his 11th top-10 finish through 15 races.  
Sadler tied for third in the Closers category, improving two positions in the last 10 percent of the race, and made 27 Quality Passes, which also tied him for third in that category.  
Dillon earned his first career Nationwide Series win and was followed to the finish line by Kurt Busch, Harvick, Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier.
The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the Daytona 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, July 6. The 16th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Line’s Solid Start Slots Him Second on Friday in Joliet

Line’s Solid Start Slots Him Second on Friday in Joliet

Event:  15th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals

Location: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Illinois

Day/Date: Friday, June 29, 2012

In only his second race with his new Summit Racing Camaro, reigning Pro Stock champion Jason Line returned to the impressive qualifying performance he has shown for most of the 2012, earning the provisional second starting spot during the opening day of qualifying for the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Illinois.  In each of the two sessions at Route 66 Raceway, Line posted the second quickest time among the 23 cars attempting to qualify, with his 6.629-second, 207.34 mph pass in the afternoon remaining his run of record.

However, with two attempts remaining on Saturday, the three-time Route 66 winner looked to extract even more performance from his ride, with his sights firmly set on the No. 1 position.

“We had a good day today, with the team doing a great job,” said Line.  “This Summit Racing Camaro is going to be really good once we get a few things that are totally unrelated to this race car straightened out.  Fortunately, I think we learned a few things tonight, so tomorrow we’ll see if we can show what this Camaro can really do. It’s all good.”

Ninth on Friday, Anderson Targets Change and Improvement in Joliet

Ninth on Friday, Anderson Targets Change and Improvement in Joliet

Event:  15th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals

Location: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Illinois

Day/Date: Friday, June 29, 2012

The first day of qualifying for the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Illinois provided racers in the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series with challenging conditions, with both high heat and humidity robbing the naturally-aspirated Pro Stock engines of valuable horsepower, putting a premium on getting the proper tune-up to maximize their performance.   This proved to be an even greater task for Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team who are still determining the performance envelope for their new Chevrolet Camaro.

Although they were able to make two representative runs, their 6.649-second, 207.15 mph best in the evening session found them ninth midway through the qualifying procedure, a standing Anderson looked to better during one of his final two attempts on Saturday.

“We were definitely off today, so we’ll make some changes for tomorrow,” said Anderson.  “We know this Summit Racing Camaro can run better than it did, and it’s naturally disappointing for us to come off the trailer like that, but we’re going to keep digging, trying different things.  We believe we learned something tonight with Jason’s car that we’ll apply to both Ronnie (Humphrey, who runs the Genuine Hotrod Hardware Pontiac through the KB Racing team) and my car tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.

“The fun races are the ones where you come off the trailer and you’re fast, but sometimes it’s just a battle, which is what we have this weekend.  We’ve had them before and we’ve gone on to win the race, so we’re not about to give up, but we have to find something tomorrow to put us in a better position for Sunday.  It’s not fast off the trailer, but we have to make it fast.”

Madsen Takes Top Honors at Belleville High Banks

Madsen Takes Top Honors at Belleville High Banks
The Australian wins his second World of Outlaws feature in the last six races
 
BELLEVILLE, Kan. – June 29, 2012 – Kerry Madsen was as patient as anyone during the nearly 90-minute delay for track work prior to Friday’s feature.
Once he hit the track, it was a different story. Madsen picked up his second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory in the past six races to cap a blistering day that featured temperatures in the triple digits at Belleville High Banks.

“That was well worth the wait,” he said with a big smile. “The track was awesome, wide open around the cushion.”

Madsen started sixth in the 25-lap feature – only the third ever for the World of Outlaws at the famed high-banked, half-mile oval – but didn’t stay there long. He secured fourth place on the third lap and slid Joey Saldana in turn four for third place on lap six.

Madsen rocketed to the runner-up position on a restart midway through the race before a caution on lap 16 provided a unique opportunity. Polesitter Sammy Swindell, who built a sizeable lead during the first half of the feature, was called for jumping the restart. He was penalized one row and Madsen advanced to the lead.

“As it turned out he went a little early and gave us the preferred line on the restart,” said Madsen, who chose the outside lane for the double-file restart. “It would have been good. I was right on his bumper and I felt like one little bobble and I was going to make a slide-job attempt.

“We caught a break and we took full advantage of it.”

Craig Dollansky, who timed in quickest during qualifying with a lap of 14.407 seconds, restarted second and Swindell third. The duo appeared to touch wheels in turn two on the restart, with Swindell winning the battle for second and Madsen driving into an advantage of half a straightaway.

The drivers entered traffic with five laps remaining, but Madsen was too strong and Swindell was unable to overcome the penalty. He held off Steve Kinser, who maintains the championship points lead, for second place. Swindell declined to comment following the race.

Dollansky finished fourth and Saldana was fifth. Donny Schatz placed sixth, Kraig Kinser seventh, Mark Dobmeier eighth, Bill Rose ninth and Cody Darrah rounded out the top 10. Patrick Stasa earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after charging from 24th to 15th.

Steve Kinser, Chad Kemenah and Madsen each picked up a heat race win.

Casey Currie Charges Through

Anaheim Hills, CA (June 29, 2012) – The sun and wind were out in full force, beating down and whipping through the paddocks at Round 7 & 8 of Lucas Oil Off Road at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Unrelenting were the conditions, and so was the determination of Casey Currie as he charged through the field all weekend. Starting toward the middle of the pack both Saturday and Sunday, Casey would suffer some setbacks, giving him a chance to display some of his raw talent and driving skill for the crowd as he powered his way through multiple competitors to finish 5th on Saturday and attain up to position 2 on Sunday, final results still pending.

“We had a great jump at the start and coming into the 1st turn I was T-boned, resulting in a flat tire,” commented Casey of Saturday’s race. “I pitted to have the tire changed and re-entered the race in the back of the field. We were dead last, but put our heads down to work our way through 18 trucks to finish 5th.”

Running in the top 3 after starting 9th on Sunday, the door-to-door sport of short course racing would get technical when contact was made with only several laps to go.

“We had a great race going, running in 4th at half-way,” Casey went on to explain. “We came into the 3rd turn after the restart, and close racing resulted in slight contact with another driver. We charged hard after that to get in the top 2 spot before the race was over and are now waiting on Lucas officials for results.”

Watkins Glen Looms Large in Subaru Road Racing Team’s Schedule

Watkins Glen Looms Large in Subaru Road Racing Team’s Schedule
– SRRT Looks to Make Up Ground After Difficult Race –

Phoenixville, PA. – June 29, 2012 – The world-famous Watkins Glen International road racing course near Watkins Glen, N.Y., the site of round seven of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series, has long been a favorite venue for the Subaru Road Racing Team.
 
“Returning to race at Watkins Glen is like going home,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Subaru WRX STI race cars. “The Glen has long straights and steep elevation changes which will pose challenges for the entire Grand Sport field.”
 
Subaru Road Racing Team drivers Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude are also familiar with  the 3.4-mile “long course” layout used for Saturday’s 3pm race that will last two-and-a-half hours.
 
Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., will qualify the 4-door #35 Subaru WRX STI at The Glen and race until it is time to slot teammate “AJ” Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., into the cockpit for the charge to the checkered flag.
 
“Our team endured a difficult race at the last round in Road America,” commented James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc.  “Without warning from course workers waving yellow flags, Bret unknowingly drove into another car’s oil and found himself crashing at a very high-speed section of the race track.
 
“Thankfully, our driver walked away uninjured, which is a strong testament to both the structural integrity of our Subaru WRX STI, and the quality roll cage and safety equipment built by our race team.  Having a car ready to race at The Glen less than one week later just shows the level of preparation by SRRT.”
 
The race-prepped #35 SRRT WRX STI is developed to compete against rival teams fielding cars producing over 400 horsepower.
 

RCR Post Race Report — Kentucky Speedway

RCR Post Race Report — Kentucky Speedway
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series   
RACE: UNOH 225  
TRACK: Kentucky Speedway   
DATE: June 28, 2012  
 
Race Highlights:       
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished third (Ty Dillon), seventh (Joey Coulter) and 24th (Tim George Jr.).
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Coulter spent 98.7 percent of the 150-lap event running in the top 15, while Dillon spent 87.3 percent in the top 15.
Coulter earned the fifth-highest Driver Rating (107.6), and Dillon’s 99.3 Driver Rating ranked him seventh.
George posted the fastest lap of the race for two circuits with Coulter posting the fastest lap of the race for 11 circuits.
Coulter made 37 green-flag passes during the 150-lap event, ranking him seventh amongst his competitors.
Coulter maintained the fifth-best Average Running Position of 6.680 according to NASCAR’s Loop Data statistics, while Dillon scored an 8.600 Average Running Position ranking him eighth.
James Buescher earned his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the season was followed across the finish line by Brad Keselowski, Dillon, Matt Crafton and Timothy Peters.
The next scheduled Camping World Truck Series race is the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 14. The ninth race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on SPEED beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Permatex/Follow A Dream Team Sets Top Speed

Permatex/Follow A Dream Team Sets Top Speed

Marstons Mills, MA -June 27, 2012-Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream Top
Alcohol Funny Car team set top speed at the Lebanon Valley Dragway regional
despite going out early in eliminations. Driver Todd Veney fell to eventual
winner Eric Lourie in the first round by 21-thousandths of a second, 5.77 to
5.80, but set top speed of the meet on the run at 252.89 mph.

“It was tough because when it’s that close at the finish line, you can’t see
the other guy even though you’re a few feet behind him,” Veney said. “I
never saw him the whole way down the track and couldn’t believe it when the
win-light didn’t come on in my lane, but I guess it’s a payback from
Richmond, where we beat him by the exact same margin – 21-thousandths of a
second.”

Veney qualified in the fast half of the field with a 5.83 at 251 mph before
dropping the close first-round decision. “This is part of the sport – the
bad part – and everybody goes through it,” Blake said. “It’s disappointing
and frustrating, but everyone on this team is determined to turn it around,
and we will.”

Off the track, the weekend was a huge success as the team hosted students
from the Porter and Chester Institute. The pit area was swarmed with people
all day on Saturday, and six students with perfect attendance were chosen to
join the crew on the starting line for the first-round match against Lourie.

Instead of heading back to Cape Cod, Jay and Eddie Parker headed straight to
Chicago for this weekend’s NHRA Route 66 Nationals, stopping only to do a
display in Toledo. From Chicago, the team travels to Norwalk, Ohio the next
weekend for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals.

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