RCR Post Race Report — New Hampshire Motor Speedway

RCR Post Race Report — New Hampshire Motor Speedway  
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series   
RACE:       LENOX Industrial Tools 301         
TRACK:    New Hampshire Motor Speedway   
DATE:       July 15, 2012  
 
Race Highlights:        
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished eighth (Kevin Harvick), 17th (Paul Menard) and 21st (Jeff Burton).
Harvick maintained an average running position of 7.641 during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 while spending 300 of the 301 laps (99.7 percent) running within the top 15.
Harvick was credited with seven of the Fastest Laps Run according to NASCAR’s post race Loop Data Statistics and Burton was credited with two.
Menard made 61 Green Flag Passes, tying him for fifth in the NASCAR Loop Data category.
Menard ran between the 11th and 23rd positions, maintaining an average running position of 16.39 throughout the 301-lap event.
Burton finished third in the NASCAR Loop Data Statistics category of Closers by gaining three positions over the final 10 percent of the race.  
Kasey Kahne captured his second Sprint Cup Series win of the 2012 season and was followed to the finish line by Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski.  
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 29. The race is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Race Winners Week Ending7/15/12

Super Cross- Ryan Dungey
Moto GP- Gran Premio D’Italia- Jorge Lorenzo
World of Outlaws- Sammy Swindell
KN- Samuel 150- Brad Moffitt
Whelan- Town Faire Tire 100- Mike Stefanick
ARCA- Prarie Meadows 200- Alex Bowman
Nascar
Camping World Truck Series- AMerican Ethanol 200- Timothy Peters
Nationwide Series- FW Webb 200- Brad Keselowski
Sprint Cup- Lenox Industrial Tools 301- Kasey Kahne

Swindell Claims Third Crown at 29th Annual Kings Royal

Swindell Claims Third Crown at 29th Annual Kings Royal
The World of Outlaws event taped by SPEED will be broadcast on Saturday, July 28
 
ROSSBURG, Ohio – July 14, 2012 – There was a brief moment when the bitter disappointment of last year flashed through Sammy Swindell’s mind as he raced around Eldora Speedway at more than 125 miles per hour.
It was a year ago at the Kings Royal when the veteran sustained a blown tire on the last turn of the last lap, which knocked the prestigious win and the $50,000 prize out of his grasp only feet from the finish line.

On a muggy Saturday evening, Swindell was forced to ignore that nightmare while he once again led the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race in the closing laps.

“We came so close last year and had a great car and a great race going until the very last corner,” he said. “That was in the back of my mind. Once I thought we were losing a left rear tire and I just told myself, ‘Don’t worry about it. Just hit your marks and keep going and whatever happens is going to happen.'”

Swindell erased all doubts and outlasted a late charge from Kerry Madsen to claim the 29th annual Kings Royal – and the $50,000 winnings – in front of a packed facility and television cameras that will broadcast the event on Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m. (Eastern) on SPEED.

The victory was his 20th career at Eldora Speedway and his third career Kings Royal title, which ties him with Jac Haudenschild for second on the all-time list.

“It would have been nice to be back to back,” Swindell said. “I was just trying to be as conservative as I could; to run hard where I needed to and be careful where I needed to. We pulled it off.”

After qualifying 22nd of the season-high 50 drivers and winning his heat race, Swindell started third in the feature based on the special format. He passed Paul McMahan for the runner-up position on lap seven and then drove into the lead on the restart following the first caution – on lap 11 for Stevie Smith, who came to a stop in turn four.

Tim Kaeding hit the wall in turn two while running fifth on the restart and came to a stop on the frontstretch, bringing out another caution. Swindell chose the inside lane on the double-file restart and rocketed to the lead while Chad Kemenah and Dale Blaney, who restarted second and fourth, respectively, made contact on the ensuing lap.

Kemenah faded and eventually pulled into the pits, while Blaney lost several positions after nearly getting into the wall during the melee. Daryn Pittman closed to the rear of Swindell as a couple of drivers who transferred out of the B Main started to charge prior to the halfway point.

By lap 14, B Main winner Donny Schatz had advanced from 21st to fifth, while 23rd starter Kraig Kinser moved to eighth and 24    th starter Steve Kinser was in 10th.

However, the car on the move was Kerry Madsen. He restarted 11th on lap 11 and advanced to third place as Swindell entered traffic near the halfway mark of the feature. Madsen and Pittman then traded slide jobs in every corner for two straight laps before Madsen held onto the spot on lap 27. Two laps later the final caution waved for debris in turn three and the field was stopped to refuel.

Madsen and Pittman continued their sliders on the restart while Swindell checked out. Madsen again regained the position for good with 10 laps remaining and began chasing Swindell. With five laps remaining Madsen dove to the inside in turn one, pulling up next to Swindell but eventually losing ground exiting turn two.

“I didn’t really try a slide job, I just tried to run the middle and thought I could get a run to do a slide job a lap later and it completely backfired on me,” Madsen said. “I just lost too much ground.”

As the duo entered traffic with three laps remaining, Madsen again began to reel in Swindell. However, a last-ditch slide job in turns three and four ended with Swindell’s momentum carrying him past a sliding Madsen in turn four with the checkered flag in the air.

Haudenschild finished third – his eighth career Kings Royal top three and first since winning the event in 1998.

“Any time you can get on the podium it’s a good feeling,” he said.

Justin Henderson placed fourth and Kraig Kinser earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from the last starting row to fifth. Pittman ended sixth, Joey Saldana seventh, Schatz eighth and Greg Wilson charged from 22nd to ninth. Steve Kinser rounded out the top 10 after starting last.

Kemenah, Henderson, Pittman, Swindell, McMahan and Kaeding each claimed a heat race victory, and Dallas Hewitt won the C Main. Craig Dollansky established quick time in qualifying with a lap of 13.338 seconds.

Saldana Feasts at the Knight Before the Kings Royal

Saldana Feasts at the Knight Before the Kings Royal
He earns his 11th career World of Outlaws feature win at Eldora Speedway
 
ROSSBURG, Ohio – July 13, 2012 – Eldora Speedway has turned into a feast-or-famine facility for Joey Saldana.
A year ago, his season was derailed after a vicious accident during the Kings Royal kept him out of his sprint car for approximately two months. However, Saldana powered to a special victory in his return to Eldora Speedway last fall.

On an overcast Friday, Saldana recaptured that magic and feasted en route to the Knight Before the Kings Royal win – his 11th with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at the famed half-mile oval.

“Tonight we needed it,” he said. “The last two months we’ve been struggling.

“It definitely makes you feel confident, but you still got to come out here and run all 40 laps and be leading at the end.”

Saldana – a two-time Kings Royal champion – enters Saturday’s 29th annual Kings Royal, which pays $50,000 to win and will be taped by SPEED for a delayed broadcast, as a favorite after a strong performance that began with the 12th quickest time in qualifying of the 48 competitors.

Based on the inversion, Saldana started on the outside of the front row of his heat race. He led all eight laps to lock himself into the dash, which he started on the pole after the No. 8 pill was drawn during the dash inversion.

Once again, Saldana led the entire race to earn his third dash win of the season. It gave him the pole for the 30-lap feature and he took advantage early.

Saldana rocketed to the top spot on the start and built a sizeable advantage as a couple of top-10 cars had issues in the opening dozen laps. Danny Lasoski pulled to the pits under thick smoke while running sixth on lap four and Tim Kaeding brought out the first caution on lap 11 when he stopped in turn two while running eighth.

Saldana chose the outside on the double-file restart – like he did on every restart – and was never seriously challenged. The field was brought back together on lap 12 after a five-car crash on the backstretch, which triggered a couple of random events under caution.

As the lights went out, signaling the green flag the next time by, Sammy Swindell spun to a stop on the frontstretch after his steering wheel apparently came off. Swindell, who was running fourth, had to tag the rear of the field and restarted 17th.

While things were sorting out for Swindell, Kraig Kinser drove to the work area with a flat right rear tire. Kinser would have restarted eighth, but instead had to restart 18th.

The final caution came on lap 14 when Jac Haudenschild spun entering turn one and NASCAR star Tony Stewart, who owns Eldora Speedway, couldn’t avoid the spinning car and slammed into him. Those cautions helped Greg Wilson work his way toward the front and after starting the race 20th, Wilson restarted on the inside of Saldana for the last restart.

“We tightened our car up and tried something a little different, and it was real good,” said Wilson, who earned the KSE Hard Charger Award. “We got our car really, really tight and locked down, and were just able to roll around the bottom.”

Once again, Saldana mastered the cushion and pulled away from Wilson and third-place finisher Dale Blaney.

“Greg was really good on the bottom in (turns) one and two … and you get Joey out in clean air and on that curb that way it is, he’s really good on it,” Blaney said. “We’ll take a third, gladly run third every time with the Outlaws, and look forward to tomorrow.”

Craig Dollansky was fourth and Brian Brown placed fifth. Tim Shaffer charged from 21st to sixth, Justin Henderson finished seventh and Stevie Smith ended eighth. Kinser rebounded to finish ninth and Steve Kinser rounded out the top 10 after starting 22nd.

RCR Post Race Report — Nationwide Series New Hamphire Motor Speedway & Truck Series Iowa Speedway– Camping World Truck Series

RCR Post Race Report — Nationwide Series New Hamphire Motor Speedway & Truck Series Iowa Speedway
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series
F.W. Webb 200
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 14, 2012
 
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Kevin Harvick), third (Austin Dillon) and seventh (Elliott Sadler).
Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Dillon by three points. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish and Justin Allgaier.
The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, 29 points shy of the No. 18 car’s lead, with the No. 3 team third in the standings and the No. 33 team fifth.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
Austin Dillon won the $100,000 NASCAR Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash bonus, defeating Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael Annett. Both Dillon and Sadler qualified for the next Dash 4 Cash race and an additional $100,000 bonus at Chicagoland Speedway on July 22.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Harvick and Dillon ranked second and third, respectively, in Average Running Position, with an average of 3.190 (Harvick) and 3.945 (Dillon).
Harvick earned the second-highest Driver Rating (126.4) and ranked second in NASCAR Loop Data categories for Fastest Drivers Late in a Run, Fastest Laps Run, Fastest on Restarts and Green Flag Speed.
Dillon leads the series in top five finishes (10) and top 10 finishes (13) through the 17 races contested so far this season.
Dillon and Sadler led the field in Green Flag Passes and Quality Passes with 19 each.
Brad Keselowski earned his second Nationwide Series win of the season and was followed to the finish line by Harvick, Dillon, Sam Hornish and Stenhouse.
The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, July 22. The 18th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.  

Madsen Slides to Brad Doty Classic Victory at Limaland Motorsports Park

Madsen Slides to Brad Doty Classic Victory at Limaland Motorsports Park
The Australian wins his third feature in the last 11 World of Outlaws events
 
LIMA, Ohio – July 11, 2012 – Initially, Kerry Madsen was just hoping to survive Wednesday night.

In the end, the Australian stood atop the podium at Limaland Motorsports Park after claiming the 40-lap feature, which was filled with slide jobs and close calls at the Ohio Logistics 24th annual Brad Doty Classic Presented by Racing Optics.

It is Madsen’s third World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature victory in the last 11 events and he became the seventh different driver to win in the last seven Outlaws races at the tight, quarter-mile track.

“It was pretty intense in the seat,” he said. “Ironically, I thought if we could get out of here with a top 10 I’d be excited. To get a victory is awesome.”

Stevie Smith, who started on the pole by virtue of a dominating dash victory, rocketed to the early feature lead with Sam Hafertepe Jr. in tow. Madsen, who started on the outside of Smith, passed Hafertepe Jr. for the runner-up position around lap five and began to chase down Smith once the duo entered traffic.

Smith’s advantage of nearly half a straightaway was quickly erased and Madsen tried a slide job in turns three and four on lap 18. However, he didn’t have enough speed and Smith maintained the lead. Two laps later, Hafertepe Jr. stopped on the frontstretch with a flat right rear tire while running fourth to bring out a caution a lap before the halfway point.

That’s when things became a little hectic.

“They were really important and they were awfully hard to figure out tonight,” Smith said of the restarts. “It was a tough deal on the restarts. The bottom was still real good. The top was kinda further around and there were guys coming in the middle, so it got really interesting.

“The double-file restarts made it an interesting race. Unfortunately, it gave Kerry an advantage.”

While Smith got through turns one and two with the lead, Madsen through a big slider on Smith in turns three and four. Smith tried to turn underneath Madsen, who had just enough to hold onto the top spot as they raced down the frontstretch.

Smith had a shot at redemption 10 laps later when Jac Haudenschild caused a caution by dramatically slowing in front of the Madsen-Smith battle on the backstretch. Madsen chose the inside lane on the double-file restart and narrowly edged Smith for the lead exiting turn two.

While drivers throughout the field were sliding each other every lap, the battle up front continued to be replayed with restarts after Chad Kemenah flipped in turn four on lap 34. Once again, Madsen choose the inside lane and once again, he held off a side-by-side clash with Smith.

“He was pretty nice,” Madsen said. “If it was two or three feet difference, I would have had to lift and couldn’t clear him. It was as close at it got.”

The final caution was waved on that restart after David Gravel was called for leaving the outside lane too early. However, Madsen was able to avoid being slid and drove to the narrow win.

“I wasn’t really being nice to him,” Smith said after finishing second. “I don’t really have a good excuse; he just did a heck of a job. He won the race. It’s his race. It’s his night and we’re just going to be glad with second and move on to the next one.”

Gravel, who piloted from 13th to third in the first half of the race, rebounded from his late penalty to round out the podium – his sixth top five of the season.

“It was definitely good racing,” he said. “It’s the best in sprint car racing. A lot of the guys you run with up front you can trust. That was a good showing tonight how clean everybody raced, especially up front.”

Greg Wilson picked up the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from 17th to fourth and Donny Schatz finished fifth. Fast qualifier Craig Dollansky was sixth and Daryn Pittman seventh. Last Chance Showdown winner Sammy Swindell finished eighth, Steve Kinser placed ninth and Tim Shaffer powered from 22nd to 10th.

Smith, Kinser, Hafertepe Jr. and Pittman each won a heat race, and Lucas Wolfe claimed the C Main.

Tony Burgess Joins Dyson Racing North of the Border

Tony Burgess Joins Dyson Racing North of the Border

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY July 10, 2012 — American Le Mans Series veteran Tony Burgess will be joining Dyson Racing for next weekend’s Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport on July 22nd and also at the 2012 Road Race Showcase at Road America on August 18th. Tony will be driving with Eric Lux in the #20 Mazda-powered Dyson IMSA P1 entry, the same car that won the ALMS championships last year. The Toronto resident has raced eleven times at the newly named Canadian Tire Motorsport Track.

“I am very much looking forward to driving with the legendary Dyson Racing team and I think this is the most exciting and competitive opportunity I have had for my home race,” Burgess said.
“We have been speaking with Tony for some time about putting a program together,” said team V.P. and Sporting Director Chris Dyson. “I’m delighted we were able to come up with the right situation for his home race at Mosport and also to get him on board with Michael (Marsal) and Eric for Road America. Tony’s got a wealth of experience in prototypes. He runs consistently and keeps it clean, and he has a great attitude towards the team. I think he’ll be a great addition to the #20 car lineup, and we’re looking forward to doing more with him.”

Tony started his racing career on enduro motorcycles, including a 24 hour motorcycle race at Mosport, and switched to racing on four wheels in 1990. He began racing sports cars in international events in 1997 and has sixteen 24 hour sports car races to his credit at Le Mans, Daytona, Spa and Bathurst. His first 24 Hours of Le Mans was in 2000, where he finished third in class in GT2. Tony started racing in the American Le Mans Series the same year and has been a regular competitor in the ALMS the past twelve years. He got his first taste of prototypes while racing in the 2006 European Le Mans Series in the LMP2 class. He moved up to LMP1 the following year, capturing third place at Mosport with Autocon Motorpsorts. He continued racing the familiar orange cars of Autocon through the 2011 season and finished third in the ALMS drivers’ championship.

He is closing in on one hundred sports car races since his start in 1997. During those years, he has raced in more than ten countries and has fifty-three ALMS races under his belt. Tony lives in Toronto with his wife and has a degree in aerospace engineering from Ryerson University.

Dyson Racing has enjoyed more success at Mosport than any other American Le Mans Series venue with sixteen podiums to their credit including six wins and four poles at the iconic Canadian track.
The two-hour forty-five minute Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport is scheduled for noon ET on July 22 from the 2.5 mile, 10-turn Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The race will be broadcast on ESPN2 with live streaming available on ESPN3.

4Turbo- Rounds VII and VIII Polish National Championship

This weekend there were VII and VIII rounds of Polish National Championship, this time not combined with any other series. There was some mixed weather on Saturday, which combined with very dangerous course convinced the team to skip a few practise runs. Even with very limited running our driver Tomasz Nagórski managed 2nd overall loosing only 0.06sec to the winner.

On the second day Sunday weather was better and Tomasz managed straight win of all the runs and beat the standing record for the course twice to arrive with impressive result better then previous one by over 2 seconds on this only 3 kilometre road.
The second win extended the lead in Polish National Championship and was followed by decision to continue this season and compete for the title.

Next round is in two weeks.

Race Winners Week Ending 7/8/12

Moto GP
Dani Pedrosa

American Le Mans Series
North East Grand Prix, Lime Rock Motorsports Park
GT- Flying Lizard Motorsports;  Joe Bergmeister, Patrick Long
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing; Lucas Luhr, Klaus Graf

F1
British Grand Prix
Mark Webber

Whelan
Firecracker 150- George Brunnhoetzl

World of Outlaws
Kraig Kinser
Tim Kaeding

IndyCar
Honda Indy Toronto- Ryan Hunter Reay

Nascar
Nationwide Series- Subway Jalapeno 250- Kurt Busch
Sprint Cup Series- Coke Zero 400- Tony Stewart

NHRA
Top Fuel — Spencer Massey
Funny Car — Mike Neff
Pro Stock — Vincent Nobile
Pro Stock Motorcycle — Andrew Hines
Top Alcohol Dragster — Bill Reichert
Top Alcohol Funny Car — Paul Gill
Competition Eliminator — David Rampy
Super Stock — Chad Taylor
Stock Eliminator — Larry Hill
Super Comp — Al Kenny
Super Gas — Nathan Vrooman
Top Dragster — Mike Laws
Top Sportsman — Gary Wojnowski Sr.

Line Scores a Productive but Disappointing Runner-Up Finish in Norwalk

Line Scores a Productive but Disappointing Runner-Up Finish in Norwalk  

Event:  Sixth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Location: Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio

Day/Date: Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summit Racing Camaro driver Jason Line had a bittersweet performance on Sunday, scoring a runner-up finish at his sponsor’s race, the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.  Starting from the second position, Line defeated Rodger Brogdon, Jeg Coughlin and Shane Gray in the early rounds to advance to this fourth final round of the 2012 Full Throttle Drag Racing season, where he would face Vincent Nobile in a repeat of the K&N Horsepower Challenge final held 24 hours earlier.

Racing without lane choice, Line knew he would need every advantage to score his second win of the season, and used a lightning-quick .010 reaction time to gain the edge on Nobile, who is noted as one of the best ‘leavers” in the category.  Unfortunately, soon after his launch, his car headed directly for the outside wall, with the corrective actions necessary to bring the car back towards the groove scrubbing off valuable speed, resulting in a 6.705-second, 207.88 mph run, which fell shy of holding off his opponent’s 6.661-second, 208.01 mph charge, depriving the reigning Pro Stock champion of a coveted win.

“For some reason, we had some problems doing burnouts today, and it happened again before the final, which didn’t make for a good run, and it cost us,” said Line.  “Vincent’s a good kid and a good competitor, but we came here to win, so we’re not satisfied with anything else. It’s just disappointing because we really wanted to win for all the Summit employees on hand, as well as Ken and Judy (team owners Black.)

“We are still very early in the learning process with this Summit Racing Camaro, but we know it is already capable of winning races – we just need to do a better job of figuring out what it needs and adapting it to the different conditions.  This weekend’s results were somewhat unfortunate, but they also could have been much worse, so we will take what we learned from Norwalk and move on, making sure we have a better showing at the next race.”

Honda Racing Report–Kimball Takes Career High Second in Toronto

Kimball Takes Career High Second in Toronto
Coming from mid-field starting positions, Charlie Kimball and Mike Conway passed their way to podium
finishes Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto, with Kimball claiming an IZOD IndyCar Series career-high
second place finish at the Exhibition Place street circuit and Conway taking third, his best result since
joining A.J. Foyt Racing at the start of the 2012 season.

Starting 13th, Kimball gained two positions in the opening laps, and was up to eighth place on Lap 30.
Fifteen laps later he had climbed to sixth. After the final round of pit stops on Lap 55 became embroiled
in the battle of the race, fighting for what was then third place with fellow Honda-powered drivers Simon
Pagenaud, Justin Wilson and Josef Newgarden, along with Team Penske’s Ryan Briscoe.

A brush with the wall sent Wilson to the pits on Lap 67, and five laps later Kimball was able to
successfully pass both Pagenaud and Tony Kanaan in a single move at the end of the Lakeshore Blvd.
straight to jump from fourth to second, where he finished behind race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. Now in
his second season of IndyCar competition, the second-place finish is the best of Kimball’s career,
following a trio of eighth-place runs earlier this season.

Conway’s race played out in a similarly dramatic fashion. Running 11th with 15 laps remaining, he took
advantage of a strong-running Honda Dallara package in the closing laps to capitalize on passing
opportunities and the mistakes of others to move to fifth by Lap 80, and then third on the final race restart
on Lap 82, when multiple incidents at Turns 1 and 3 resulted in the race ending under caution.  Other potential Honda-powered contenders encountered various problems on the challenging Torontostreet circuit. Detroit race winner Scott Dixon dropped out after only seven laps with engine failure, while his Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti encountered problems during his first pit stop, dropping the pole qualifier deep in the 25-car starting field.
Wilson started third and ran at the front until a brush with the wall ended his day. Pagenaud led 23 laps
mid-race, but later made contact with Newgarden as the pair battled for position, resulting in Newgarden
making minor wall contact and a penalty for Pagenaud.

RCR Post Race Report — Daytona International Speedway–Sprint Cup

RCR Post Race Report — Daytona International Speedway  
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series   
RACE:      Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola        
TRACK:    Daytona International Speedway   
DATE:       July 7, 2012  
 
Race Highlights:        
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Jeff Burton), 14th (Paul Menard) and 23rd (Kevin Harvick).
Harvick ranks sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, 90 points behind Matt Kenseth’s lead, while Menard ranks 13th and Burton ranks 18th.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, RCR teammates Harvick and Menard ranked first and second, respectively, in the category Fastest Drivers Late in a Run.
Each of the RCR drivers ranked in the top 10 in the Loop Data Category Fastest Laps Run – Harvick tied for first with 10 laps, Menard ranked fourth with eight laps and Burton tied for fifth with seven laps.
The runner-up finish was Burton’s fourth-consecutive top-10 finish at restrictor-plate tracks.
Burton gained the fifth-most positions (13) in the last 16 laps of the 160-lap event.
Burton made 258 Green-Flag Passes during the 400-mile race.
Menard maintained the ninth-fastest Green Flag Speed of 197.250 mph.
Harvick maintained a Green Flag Speed of 197.389 mph, ranking him third in the Loop Data category.
Tony Stewart captured his third Sprint Cup Series win of the 2012 season and was followed to the finish line by Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman.  
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 15. The race is scheduled to be televised live on TNT beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

HPD Sweeps Lime Rock Park

HPD Sweeps Lime Rock Park
A thrilling, come-from-behind effort by the Muscle Milk Racing duo of Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr in their
HPD ARX-03a saw the pair score its third consecutive overall and LMP1 victory of 2012 Saturday at the
American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park.

In addition, Level 5 Motorsports continued its streak of American Le Mans Series LMP2 class victories,
and is now four-for-four on the season, as Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker teamed up for the win
aboard their HPD ARX-03b.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Luhr passed pole qualifier Chris Dyson’s Lola-Mazda just six laps
into the race, then edged away until a problem with the gearbox electronics resulted in a long stop 45
minutes into the contest. When repairs were complete, the Muscle Milk team found itself four laps behind
the leaders and 21st overall.

Once repairs were complete, a relentless charge by Luhr and Graf got the ARX-03a back into contention,
and the timing of yellows and pit stops meant that, with less than 30 minutes to go, the Muscle Milk
machine was back on the lead lap and nose-to-tail with the leading Dyson entry. When the green flag
waved for the final time, Graf was soon past Dyson’s co-driver Guy Smith and secured Muscle Milk’s third
win in succession when a late-race accident led to the race finishing under yellow.

Level 5’s LMP2 win also was the result of a drive through the field, as the team elected to withdraw its
#95 HPD ARX-03b and start the #055 car at the rear of the 29-car field in a strategic move to pair
Bouchut with Tucker.

Bouchut surged through the field and led overall for more than 30 minutes, then team owner/driver Tucker
held off the attacks of the Conquest Morgan-Nissan of Martin Plowman and David Heinemeier Hansson
late in the contest to finish third overall and first in LMP2. It marked the fourth consecutive class victory
for Level 5, which is undefeated in American Le Mans Series LMP2 competition this year.

HPD, Muscle Milk and Level 5 Motorsports will try to continue their winning streaks later this month, as
the American Le Mans Series heads north of the border for its annual Canadian round, the July 22 Mobil1
Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Klaus Graf (#6 Muscle Milk Racing HPD ARX-03a) Finished 1st overall, 1st in LMP1: “I literally qualified
every lap. I couldn’t have gone any quicker. Until I had gotten into the lead, I wasn’t aware. I just pushed
like crazy in traffic, taking a lot of risks. I felt like I must have blacked out, [because] I was pushing so
hard.”

Christophe Bouchut (#055 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b) Finished 3rd overall, 1st in LMP2:
“Scott [Tucker] said we had a chance to win today. But at Lime Rock this was going to be difficult. We
had to overtake so many cars and there are not a lot of places to do that. I was running really well and I
just kept pushing as hard as I could. It turned out that was enough to keep driving around and making
good passes.”

Steve Eriksen (Vice President, Honda Performance Development) on Saturday’s American Le Mans
Series Northeast Grand Prix: “What a great result for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and Level 5
Motorsports against formidable competition. After barely missing out on pole, the Muscle Milk team then
had to contend with an extended pit stop due to an electrical gremlin. However, the never-say-die
attitude of Lucas and Klaus resulted in a well-deserved overall victory. Scott Tucker did a commendable
job of holding off the LMP2 competition during the closing laps leading up to the race ending under fullcourse
caution. It was great to see the Honda Performance Development cars leading the race and
ending up on the top step of the podium in both LMP1 and LMP2.”

Kraig Kinser Rides Momentum to Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial Victory

Kraig Kinser Rides Momentum to Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial Victory
The win at Beaver Dam Raceway is his fourth in the last 12 World of Outlaws races
 
BEAVER DAM, Wis. – July 7, 2012 – Kraig Kinser has picked a great time to peak.
The Bloomington, Ind., native has claimed four of the last 12 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series features, including Saturday night at the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial at Beaver Dam Raceway as the “Month of Money” is about to kick off.

“Once you get a win in there, hopefully they just keep coming again,” said Kinser, who moved within 71 points of the lead in the championship standings. “And hopefully they come in threes again like they did last month. Hopefully we’ve got two more left in us at least.”

For the second time this season Kinser used a late pass on his father, 20-time World of Outlaws champion and current points leader Steve Kinser, to capture the top spot. Son got around father on the backstretch on lap 24. He then had to fend off Donny Schatz, who closed to within a car length on the final lap.

“The thrill is never going to go away for me, especially being dad,” Kraig Kinser said. “I knew Donny was on a charge, too. He’s definitely one guy you don’t want his car good because he’ll drive around you in a hurry.”

Schatz, who ran sixth for most of the first half of the 40-lap feature, maneuvered his way to third with 15 laps remaining. He then worked on Steve Kinser for several laps before driving by on the outside in turn four with four laps to go. Schatz quickly cut the deficit to the leader, but ran out of laps.

“He was just trying to be cautious and I was going for it; win it or wear it,” Schatz said after his best finish in the last 15 races. “We had a good enough car to get near him, I just couldn’t get around. I gave it my all. It just wasn’t quite good enough.”

For Steve Kinser, who started on the pole and led the first 24 laps, the podium finish ended in some frustration.

“We’re not disappointed, but I felt like it was my race to win tonight and I gave it away,” he said. “I’m proud (Kraig is) doing a good job, but I like to win races also.”

After missing the dash by only one position in his heat race, Kraig Kinser started the feature 11th. He quickly worked his way into the top five within the first three laps, which were stopped three times because of incidents.

Kinser had already climbed to ninth when Bill Warren and Phil Mock got upside down in turn one to bring out a red flag on the second lap.

After a caution was thrown on the restart for David Gravel leaving too early, Kinser capitalized on the fast inside groove to gain two more positions before Kerry Madsen and Sammy Swindell caused the final caution on lap three when the duo crashed in turn two racing for the runner-up position.

Kinser restarted fifth and advanced to third on the restart. On lap 20, he passed Mike Reinke, a local favorite who later pulled to the infield with a dozen laps remaining while running fifth, for second place with a perfect slide job in turn three. Four laps later, Kinser used momentum on the outside lane to power by his father for the lead.

“When you take a charge from that far back, it’s an awesome feeling,” Kraig Kinser said. “We were on. It was just a lot of fun.”

Craig Dollansky was fourth and Cody Darrah finished fifth – his third top five in the last four races. Tim Kaeding picked up the KSE Hard Charger Award after maneuvering from 18th to sixth. Brian Brown was seventh, Lucas Wolfe placed eighth and Swindell rebounded from the early caution to finish ninth. Cap Henry rounded out the top 10.

Swindell set quick time in qualifying. Schatz, Steve Kinser and Brown each won a heat race. Russ Egan claimed the Last Chance Showdown.

Dyson Racing- Saturday in the Park

Saturday In the Park

LAKEVILLE, CT July 7, 2012 – As is the norm for Lime Rock Park, today’s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix did not want for action. In addition to the depth of the on- track battles, there were a surfeit of yellows that added more flux than normal to the outcome. Dyson Racing finished second and third in P1 on the shortest track of the ALMS calendar. Chris Dyson and Guy Smith were second overall in the #16 ModSpace Mazda-powered car and Michael Marsal and Eric Lux finished third in class in their second race with Dyson Racing.

Chris Dyson started from pole and came in from the lead an hour into the race to hand the car over to Guy Smith. Ten minutes later, Guy had to slowly motor back to the pits with a puncture, dropping the car down to fourth. Around the same time, the #20 car was hit in the rear. The damage did not measurably affect the car’s speed, but took its toll later in the race when two unscheduled stops to fix inoperative brake lights dropped the car down the overall running order.

Rob Dyson noted that, “Guy lost almost three laps with the puncture. It happened just as he went by the pits and he had to slow down to preserve the car and bring it back to the pits. It is one of those things. Our congratulations to Greg Pickett and his team. At the end of day, we have made a lot of progress and I think we have a good shot at taking it to them almost anywhere so we are locked and loaded. Hats off to everyone at AER who did a superb job giving us great engines.”
“It was a tough race,” summed up Guy. “We got a break when the Muscle Milk car had their gearbox problems early in the race, but that advantage was mostly negated by the puncture, and then they were able to get a couple of wave-bys during the yellows that put them back on the same lap as us. Ultimately, we did not have the speed in the car that we had in qualifying. We have definitely turned the corner from Mazda Raceway but still have some work to do and will go on to Mosport, a track we have been consistently fast at in the past.”

“This is the second race we have had with Dyson racing and our second podium,” said Eric Lux. “The guys worked really hard. All in all, the car was strong. We had some understeer when I got in but I was able to climb a number of positions, but we than ended up losing those fixing the brake light damage.”

Michael Marsal also worked traffic well and made up a number of positions in the #20 car’s first stint. “Dyson racing prepared a great car and we were strong. We pitted early for fuel, and went down a lap but was able to work my way back to fifth when Eric got back in the car. Unfortunately, he lost a lot of time in the pits, but overall, it was a strong finish and outside of that, we ran the race we wanted to. All in all, I am very happy to be here. The first race I ever attended was an ALMS race here with the Dysons and that is what made me decide to be a racing driver. I really cannot believe that now in 2012, I am here driving with them and that it has all come full circle.”

A Runner-Up on Saturday, Line Looks to Improve One Position on Sunday

A Runner-Up on Saturday, Line Looks to Improve One Position on Sunday  

Event:  Sixth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Location: Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio

Day/Date: Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jason Line and the Summit Racing team rode an emotional roller coaster on Saturday, posting the quickest times of the day in scoring a runner-up finish in the K&N Horsepower Challenge specialty race, which was held as part of the second day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Although the blistering heat and drenching humidity at Summit Motorsports Park prevented any changes among the top positions from Friday’s qualifying times, Line used the first two rounds of the annual all-star race to pace the Pro Stock field.

Coming in as the No. 1 qualifier, Line used a 6.705-second, 204.91 mph pass to eliminate Jeg Coughlin, who clocked a 6.746-second time, in the opening stanza.  He then squared off against his teammate Greg Anderson, who had won the event the past two years.  This time, however, Line combined a lightning-fast .008 reaction time and a 6.718-second, 206.10 mph run to gain the victory and advance to his third Horsepower Challenge final round.

Facing sophomore runner Vincent Nobile, Line tripped the finish line timers in 6.732 seconds with a top speed of 205.66 mph.  Unfortunately it was not enough to overcome his opponent’s starting line edge and 6.750-second, 205.94 mph run.  Taking full responsibility, Line turned his frustration into motivation for tomorrow’s final eliminations of the Full Throttle event, where he goes in as the No. 2 qualifier.

“As close as the competition is in Pro Stock, you have to be just about perfect to win, and today I came up twelve thousandths short,” said Line.  “My Summit Racing Camaro was good enough to win with, but I just didn’t do a good enough job.  Fortunately, we only have to wait until tomorrow to bounce back.  We may not be the fastest car here, but we are probably the second fastest, and certainly capable of leaving here with the trophy, which would be huge here in front of Ken and Judy (team owners Black) and everyone from Summit.

“However, I was very proud to be here and represent K&N, and I want to thank them for not only putting on the Horsepower Challenge, but everything else they do for the entire Pro Stock class.  They are a great company and I really wanted to bring that beautiful trophy home.  I guess we will just have to start working on getting back here next year.”

Semifinal Finish in K&N Challenge has Anderson Eying Sunday Win

Semifinal Finish in K&N Challenge has Anderson Eying Sunday Win  

Event:  Sixth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Location: Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio

Day/Date: Saturday, July 7, 2012

After taking advantage of Friday evening’s slightly cooler conditions to post a 6.698-second elapsed time and earn the third starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk Ohio, Pro Stock standout Greg Anderson headed into Saturday’s action looking to successfully defend his title in the K&N Horsepower Challenge all-star race.

Despite having to deal with oppressive conditions for the second day in a row, the Summit Racing Camaro crew was on its game, with Anderson combining a five hundredths of a second starting line advantage and a solid 6.733-second, 204.54 mph pass to trailer Erica Enders in the opening round on a hole shot, as she recorded a quicker 6.724-second time in the losing effort.

However, standing between the four-time Challenge winner and his fifth consecutive HPC final round appearance was teammate Jason Line, who had earned the No. 1 starting position for the high-dollar shootout. Although Anderson was able to improve on his opening effort, covering the quarter-mile in 6.728-seconds with a top speed of 206.32 mph, it was not enough to run down Line, who used a 6.718-second, 206.10 mph pass to advance and put an end to Anderson’s run of success.

Even so, Anderson and his KB Racing crew’s weekend was far from over, as their focus returned to this year’s Full Throttle championship battle and winning their sponsor’s race at Summit Motorsports Park.

“Today wasn’t a bad day, but it certainly could have been better,” said Anderson.  “Unfortunately, I ended up No. 4 in the K&N Horsepower Challenge standings, so we had to run Jason in the semifinals.  If we had been on opposite sides of the ladder, I’m confident we would have faced each other in the final, guaranteeing us our third straight win, but we didn’t so we’re a little disappointed tonight.  However, it’s time for us to regroup and bounce back strong.

“The conditions out there today were the toughest we have had in several years, we just need to do a better job adapting to them.  We have two Summit Racing Camaros that can win this race tomorrow, so we need to get our heads straight and be ready for whatever the weatherman throws at us tomorrow.  We’ve got the tools and the hot rods, so hopefully we’ll make the right moves and go the distance, giving the Summit folks a good show.”

Honda Racing Report–Franchitti Continues Pole Streak in Toronto

Franchitti Continues Pole Streak in Toronto
Defending Honda Indy Toronto race victor Dario Franchitti scored his third consecutive pole of the 2012
IZOD IndyCar Series season Saturday on the grounds of Exhibition Place in Toronto, and will lead the
field to the green flag on Sunday as he seeks his fourth Toronto win and second victory of the season.
Franchitti edged championship points leader Will Power to record Honda’s fifth pole in 10 events this
year. Three other Honda-powered drivers also made it through the first two rounds of knockout qualifying
to the final “Fast Six” round, led by Texas race winner Justin Wilson, who will start third in his Dale Coyne
Racing Honda Dallara.
Franchitti’s Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and Detroit race winner, Scott Dixon, will be starting
fifth. Alex Tagliani rounded out the top six qualifiers for Bryan Herta Autosport.

RCR Post Race Report — Daytona International Speedway– Nationwide Series

RCR Post Race Report — Daytona International Speedway
 
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Daytona 250 Powered by Coca-Cola
Daytona International Speedway
July 6, 2012
 
Race Highlights:    
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fourth (Austin Dillon), sixth (Elliott Sadler) and 28th (Kevin Harvick).
Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Dillon by four points. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish and Justin Allgaier.
The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, 38 points shy of the No. 18 car’s lead, with the No. 3 team third in the standings and the No. 33 team fifth.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
Each of the RCR entries led laps during the race, with Sadler leading 10 laps. Dillon led eight laps and Harvick led two laps.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Dillon made 204 Green Flag Passes, ranking him fifth.
Sadler led the field in Quality Passes with 169, ranked second in Fastest Drivers Late in a Run and maintained the third-best Average Running Position (7.663).
Harvick ranked fourth in the Closers category, moving up three positions in the last 10 percent of the race, and was sixth in Quality Passes (153).
Kurt Busch earned his first Nationwide Series win of the season and was followed to the finish line by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Michael Annett, Dillon and Joey Logano.

Second on Friday, Line Has Eyes on Big Prize on Saturday

Second on Friday, Line Has Eyes on Big Prize on Saturday

Event:  Sixth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Location: Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio

Day/Date: Friday, July 6, 2012

Despite conditions that withered fans and race teams alike, Summit Racing Camaro driver Jason Line produced some heat of his own during the first day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, recording the second-quickest time in each of the two sessions.  After opening with a 6.707-second, 205.72 mph pass in the heat of the afternoon, he took advantage of the slightly cooler conditions on his second attempt, covering the quarter-mile in 6.697-seconds with a top speed of 205.94 mph to place second midway through the qualifying procedure.

With his position in Sunday’s final eliminations field fairly secure, Line turned his attention towards Saturday’s K&N Horsepower Challenge, a specialty race pitting some of the top drivers in the division in a three-round shootout with the winner pocketing $50,000.  Having earned the No. 1 qualifying position with 10 No. 1 qualifying performances and a 2.22 average starting position over the last year, he now looks to add a win in this prestigious event to his racing resume.

“It was a good first day for the Summit Racing Camaro,” said Line.  “We made two nice consistent runs, and believe we still have something left.  Given the conditions, which were hard on everyone, I’d have to say we’re fairly pleased with our performance, and I am very proud of the job this team continues to do.

“The forecast is calling for similar conditions tomorrow, so I believe we’re in good shape for Sunday, which allows us to focus on tomorrow’s K&N Horsepower Challenge.  I’ve never won it before, and even though the field is going to be extremely tough, I think we have as good a shot as anyone to take home the money and help a lucky fan win a new truck courtesy of the fine folks at K&N.”

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