Starting Ninth, Anderson Preps for a Tough Challenge in Denver

Starting Ninth, Anderson Preps for a Tough Challenge in Denver

Event:  33rd annual Mile-High NHRA Nationals

Location: Bandimere Speedway, Morrison, Colorado

Day/Date: Saturday, July 21, 2012

Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro driver Greg Anderson knew he had his work cut out for them heading into the Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Morrison, Colo.  As one of a handful of cars that opted not to test prior to the event, Anderson and his KB Racing crew faced the tough assignment of having to adapt to the unique conditions at Bandimere Speedway while trying to secure a starting spot for Sunday’s final eliminations.  This challenge was complicated even further on Friday when an ignition problem prevented the four-time champion from making their first qualifying attempt, depriving the team of valuable tuning data.

Although the team was able to rebound and make three respectable runs, including a 7.011-second, 196.44 mph pass on their final attempt to earn the ninth starting position, Anderson acknowledged that further improvement would be necessary in order to contend for his third win on the mountain.

“Since we didn’t test prior to the race, every qualifying attempt became that much more important, so losing that first run certainly didn’t help,” said Anderson.  “As a result, we never made what I would consider a good run, which is not the way you want to head into race day, especially facing as tough a ladder as we will have tomorrow.

“There’s no doubt that between the altitude and the heat these are the toughest conditions we will face all year.  Still, the bottom line is that we have to do a better job of tuning our race cars, getting them closer to those running at the top of the page.  It’s certainly frustrating, but we are not about to throw in the towel.  We have a long night ahead of us, studying the data from both our Summit Racing Camaros and coming up with what we hope will be a winning game plan.  It’s going to be a challenge, but that is when this team usually excels.”

Rolling Off Fifth, Line is Ready for a New Approach in Denver

 Rolling Off Fifth, Line is Ready for a New Approach in Denver   

Event:  33rd annual Mile-High NHRA Nationals

Location: Bandimere Speedway, Morrison, Colorado

Day/Date: Saturday, July 21, 2012

Reigning NHRA Pro Stock champion Jason Line completed a solid qualifying effort on Saturday, capturing the fifth starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations of the Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Morrison, Colo.  Although the Summit Racing driver’s 6.988-second, 196.93 mph pass from Friday evening remained his run of record, he posted two respectable runs on Saturday, covering the quarter-mile in 6.994 and 7.018 seconds.

Even so, Line was not totally pleased with his showing, and enters his first-round encounter with Colorado racer Deric Kramer looking to better his race car’s performance, while also admitting that a new approach, focusing on the man behind the wheel, might be needed to challenge for his first win at Bandimere Speedway.

“We just seemed to take one step forward and two steps back in qualifying this weekend, so we know there is room for improvement tomorrow,” said Line.  “The good news is that I think we learned a couple things about our Summit Racing Camaros today that we should be able to apply to tomorrow, which hopefully will give us a better car for race day.

“Still, this might be one of those weekends where we might have to figure out how to win the race with our left (clutch) foot instead of our right (gas) one.  It’s just one of those things that you have to deal with from time to time in racing, especially in these unique conditions. We know we’re going to have our work cut out for us, so we’ll just have to stay focused and do our jobs as well as we can, doing whatever we can to try and go rounds, making the best of the situation.  Fortunately, this is the crew that can do exactly that.”

Close Qualifying–Dyson Racing

Close Qualifying

BOWMANVILLE, ONT July 21, 2012 – One tenth of a second separated the two Dyson Racing cars in qualifying today for the American Le Mans Series race at the newly named Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Chris Dyson qualified in second place in the #16 Mazda-powered ModSpace P1 entry, with Eric Lux lining up third in the #20 Dyson entry for tomorrow’s Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport here at Canada’s oldest track.

Dyson won his first Mosport race in 2003, winning in LMP2. “This is the third year in a row we have been on the front row here with Guy Smith and I am pleased for that,” said Chris. “We were a day late in finding what our new car likes here, but we now have a car that is raceable with a better platform. We worked hard overnight and all today but were not able to get the absolute speed out of it that the Muscle Milk car has. Click for More Hi Res We will try some more things in the warm-up to get more performance out of the car.”

This is Eric’s second time at the series’ fastest track and what many consider the most daunting track of the year. “The car has been great pretty much all weekend,” noted Eric. “We made small changes here and there, but have not had to do too much. It has a stable platform and is a predictable car for this fast circuit. Tony (Burgess) has been doing a great job all weekend and I think we are going to have a strong race tomorrow.”

Tony Burgess joins Eric this weekend for his first race with Dyson Racing. Closing in on one hundred sports car races, Burgess is a Toronto native and resident. He has raced at the Mosport track eleven times, including the last 24 hour motorcycle race held here. “Not only is this is my home track but it is my favorite track in North America and probably the world. I think Spa is very good, but Mosport is still unmolested since they first built it in 1961,” commented Burgess. “It has a great flow to it, with fantastic high speed corners. In my view, it is one of the best tracks in the world, and the fact that it is my home track makes it that much better.”

Last year Guy Smith set fastest race lap and the #16 Dyson entry swapped the lead four times with Greg Pickett’s team on their way to a close second place finish. That

Ryan Hunter-Reay Wins the Pole for Edmonton Indy; Gives Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Sixth Pole of 2012 Season

 
Ryan Hunter-Reay Wins the Pole for Edmonton Indy; Gives Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Sixth Pole of 2012 Season
 
EDMONTON, Alta., CANADA (July 21, 2012) – Ryan Hunter-Reay, winner of the last three consecutive races and leads the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings, won the pole today for Sunday’s running of the Edmonton Indy.  It was the first pole of the season, and the second of the Andretti Autosport driver’s career.
 
With his time/lap speed of 01:17.2338/103.664 mph, Hunter-Reay, behind the wheel of the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet, posted the sixth pole-winning effort in 11 sessions this season for the new Chevrolet IndyCar V6 2.2 liter direct injected twin turbo engine.
 
A total of five Team Chevy drivers ended today’s Firestone Fast Six qualifying sessions in the top-10. Ryan Briscoe, No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, put up the third quickest time. Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet, was sixth in the final qualifying results order.  Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, posted the seventh quickest time. Rubens Barrichello, No. 8 BMC/Embrase KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, was 10th at the end of the qualifying sessions.
 
A total of 13 Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers qualified for Sunday’s Edmonton Indy at the Edmonton City Centre Airport temporary circuit: James Hinchcliffe qualified 12th; Sebastien Bourdais-14th; Marco Andretti-17th; E.J. Viso-18th; Oriol Servia-20th; JR Hildebrand-21st; Tony Kanaan-22nd and Ed Carpenter-24th.

Line is Fourth on Friday in Denver

 Line is Fourth on Friday in Denver  
Event:  33rd annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

Location: Bandimere Speedway, Morrison, Colorado

Day/Date: Friday, July 20, 2012

Jason Line and the Summit Racing team took to the track at Bandimere Speedway on Friday for the first time in a year, making their first qualifying attempts at the Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Morrison, Colo.  Despite not having tested prior to the event, the KB Racing crew acquitted themselves quite well in the thin air and high heat, making two solid runs.  After opening with a 7.027 second, 196.10 mph effort, Line came back in the evening session and took advantage of the cooler conditions to power his Camaro through the quarter-mile in 6.988-seconds with a top speed of 196.93 mph, slotting himself fourth with two attempts remaining on Saturday.

“The conditions here at Bandimere are such that if you don’t test beforehand, your qualifying runs double as testing attempts, which can put you a little behind,” said Line.  “Although the times we posted were fairly competitive, there was certainly room for improvement in each one.  The good news is that we have a couple more whacks at it tomorrow to try and get our Summit Racing Camaro better for race day, so tonight we’re going to study the notes from both Greg’s (teammate Anderson) and my car’s runs today and hopefully come up with a strategy that will put us in a position to win on Sunday.”

Franchitti Qualifies Second at Edmonton

Franchitti Qualifies Second at Edmonton

Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti continued his streak of impressive IZOD IndyCar Series
qualifying runs Saturday at the Edmonton City Centre Airport. The Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi
Racing driver posted the second-fastest time in the final, “Fast Six” qualifying round, and will start
Sunday’s Edmonton Indy from the pole due to a 10-position penalty for an unapproved engine change in
the car of pole qualifier Ryan Hunter-Reay. It will be the fourth consecutive front-row start for Franchitti, a
streak that began at Texas Motor Speedway in June.

The final two rounds of “knockout” qualifying were affected by changing weather conditions around the
Edmonton airport circuit, as a brief shower just prior to the second round resulted in a wet track for all
competitors. The track began to dry near the end of the 15-minute session, leading to constant position
changes during the final minutes.

The “Fast Six” qualifying round began on a dry track, but rain again began to fall in the final minute,
affecting the final runs from Franchitti; 2011 Edmonton pole qualifier Takuma Sato, who will start fourth;
and fifth-qualifying Alex Tagliani. Sunday’s 75-lap race starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live television
coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) second quickest in qualifying, his fourth
consecutive front-row start in 2012:
“It was fairly interesting out there. The car was working well, but it
started to rain right at the end of the first round, and it was wet throughout the second. But by the ‘Fast
Six’ [final qualifying round] it was starting to dry out, and the question became whether to use new [softer]
‘Red’ tires, or run scrubbed tires. We took a gamble and went with used Reds. It almost paid off, as we
came within a hundredth [of a second] of Ryan’s time. But we’re starting at the front, and I think we’re in
good shape for the race tomorrow.” 

Dixon Runs Second in Tight Edmonton Field

Dixon Runs Second in Tight Edmonton Field

Detroit race winner Scott Dixon paced the Honda-powered entries Friday at the Edmonton City Centre
airport temporary circuit, posting the second-fastest time in a tight field during IZOD IndyCar Series
practice in preparation for Sunday’s Edmonton Indy. After two sessions, less than one half-second
separated the top 18 drivers in the 25-car field, with Mike Conway and Simon Pagenaud also posting top-
four times on the day.

Alex Tagliani, Dario Franchitti and Justin Wilson made it six Honda drivers in the top eight, while
Pagenaud led a Honda sweep of the top eight positions in morning practice.

IZOD IndyCar Series activities in Edmonton continue Saturday, with final practice and “Fast Six” knockout
qualifying. Sunday’s 75-lap race starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports
Network.

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) second quickest in Friday practice: “I’m happy
with my car; it seems pretty decent. At one point, I was up [on the field] by three or four tenths [of a
second], but came up on a slower car and ruined that lap. We really didn’t get another chance for a clear
lap. But I’m confident we have a strong car. With rain forecast for qualifying, it should be an exciting
show for the fans tomorrow. There are a lot of good passing points on this track, and it’s going to be a
heck of a race.” 

Outlaws on Speed!

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Returns To SPEED This Sunday (July 22) At 12 Noon EDT With Broadcast Of Firecracker 100
 
Super-Sized Two-Hour Television Broadcast Features Dramatic Big-Money Event At Lernerville Speedway
CONCORD, NC – July 19, 2012 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will roar back onto the SPEED cable network this Sunday (July 22) at 12 noon EDT/9 a.m. PDT with a super-sized two-hour broadcast of the sixth annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.

The renowned tour’s much-anticipated first appearance of 2012 on SPEED will bring all the excitement, pageantry and hard-core racing of the Firecracker 100 extravaganza to fans across the nation.

Highlights of the two preliminary programs that kicked off the WoO LMS weekend at the four-tenths-mile oval will lead into comprehensive coverage of the headlining Firecracker 100, a crown-jewel event featuring 28 of the country’s top dirt Late Model drivers in a battle for a $30,000 top prize.

Announcers Ralph Sheheen and Shane Andrews will call all the action from the booth and Tony Bokhoven will provide fans the news from the pit area during the SPEED broadcast. Special features on drivers, the entertainment-filled Firecracker 100 weekend and technical aspects of dirt Late Model racing will dot the fast-paced program, which highlights a 100-lap event in which the outcome was in doubt until the very end.

Homecoming Awaits ModSpace at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Homecoming Awaits ModSpace at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

― ModSpace, Sponsor of the No. 16 Dyson Racing Mazda Lola, makes charge at checkered this weekend ―

CONCORD, N.C., July 19, 2012 – With Modular Space Corporation’s Canadian Headquarters located in Brampton, ON, just 60 miles from this weekend’s American Le Mans Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the organization is eager to compete for the checkered flag as primary sponsor of Dyson Racing’s No. 16 ModSpace Mazda Lola in the LMP1 class.

“We are thrilled to be racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend as a sponsor with Dyson Racing,” stated William Mann, Vice President of Motorsports for ModSpace. “Our relationship with Dyson Racing has been a key to our motorsports program this season and it is great to be in Canada this weekend competing in our Canadian headquarters’ backyard.”

Modular Space Corporation, better known as ModSpace, is among the largest modular building providers in North America with 13 branch and service offices across Canada and remains a leading innovator in modular construction. With 40-plus years of experience, the company offers a comprehensive list of temporary and permanent products, from ready-to-roll mobile offices and storage, to completely custom modular building solutions.

As part of the organization’s motorsports partnership objectives, ModSpace will entertain customers and employees at the race venue for Sunday’s American Le Mans Series event.

“This race has been referred to as Canada’s biggest sports car race of the year,” stated Mann. “ModSpace values our customers and employees. They are the backbone of our company and help us achieve success. This is a great way to give something back to them since they are racing enthusiasts to die-hard motorsports’ fans.”

Piloting the Dyson Racing No. 16 ModSpace Mazda Lola, Chris Dyson and Guy Smith want this race to be a success for ModSpace both on and off the track this weekend.

“Both Guy (Smith) and I are confident for this weekend’s race,” stated Chris Dyson, co-driver of the No. 16 ModSpace, Mazda-powered Lola. “When we climb into the cockpit on Sunday, we are going to charge to the checkered flag. With the support with have from ModSpace employees and customers attending the race this weekend, reaching the top of the podium on Sunday would mean a great deal to our team.”

The Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport is a two-hour, 45-minute race and scheduled for noon ET on July 22 from the 2.5-mile, 10-turn Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Dollansky Conquers Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville

Dollansky Conquers Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville
NASCAR’s Tony Stewart earns his second career World of Outlaws feature victory
 
SARVER, Pa. – July 17, 2012 – Conservative was a little harder than Craig Dollansky anticipated on a humid Tuesday evening at Lernerville Speedway.

Dollansky climbed from his sprint car in Victory Lane, visibly exhausted after a pair of 30-lap, $10,000-to-win features at the 21st annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Presented by GottaRace.com. After he and NASCAR star Tony Stewart split the main event victories, Dollansky was declared the overall champion because he had a higher average finish than Stewart.

“With all the stuff that went on in the first one, I really just wanted to try to run a conservative race but get us a decent finish out of it to win the overall title,” Dollansky said after earning the $5,000 bonus and talking to the television cameras for the event, which is scheduled to air on SPEED on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. (Eastern).

“That wasn’t easily done. There was a lot going on back there. You definitely had to go into survival mode a little bit.”

Dollansky dominated his heat race, the dash and the first feature, when he had to survive 10 cautions en route to his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win at Lernerville Speedway. However, all of the drivers who finished in the top 20 were on the lead lap, which determined the inversion for the second feature – the largest in the history of the twin feature format.

That started Dollansky on the outside of the 10th row, while Stewart started on the outside of the front row after being involved in the 10    th-and-final caution with two laps remaining in the first main event.

“We got caught in a crash with like three (laps) to go or whatever and that put us to the back,” said Stewart, who finished 19th. “That actually ended up being a blessing in disguise.”

Polesitter Greg Hodnett took the early lead with Stewart in tow for the first half of the race. As the duo began to encounter traffic, Stewart capitalized on the outside lane and rode the cushion to the lead on the backstretch of lap 17.

He then pulled away until Donny Schatz, who drives for Stewart, found grip on the bottom and quickly disposed of Hodnett for the runner-up position on lap 23. Schatz reeled in Stewart and the two competed nearly side by side before the final caution with five laps remaining after Tim Shaffer hit the frontstretch wall and flipped while running seventh.

Stewart executed a near-perfect restart and Jason Sides maneuvered from fourth to second in turns one and two. Schatz later passed Sides entering turn three on the final lap to secure the runner-up spot.

“I felt like we were good once we could get to clean air,” Stewart said. “It was going to be won in the first lap of the restart for sure.

“It’s hard to win these races. When you come up to Pennsylvania you’ve got the best of both worlds. You’ve got the best touring guys and the best guys from the Posse that run, so it’s a pretty big honor to win one of these things.”

Meanwhile, Dollansky was mired in his own battle in the middle of the pack. He restarted 15th with five laps remaining and had to avoid several sliding cars in the closing laps to hang on to a 16th-place finish. His average finish was 8.5, while Stewart’s was 10th.

“Very special,” Dollansky said. “This is one of the crown jewels of our sport. We’ve been close here a few times, but to finally get it done here tonight, it’s a great accomplishment for our entire team.

“It was a long first race and it didn’t seem any shorter in the second one, although there was a lot less restarts.”

Local favorite Danny Holtgraver earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after working his way from 19th to second in the first feature. Holtgraver drove from 19th to 10th in the second main event.

Chad Kemenah, Stevie Smith and Kerry Madsen were the only other drivers who recorded a top-10 finish in each feature.

Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 Teams Head to Edmonton


Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 Teams Head to Edmonton
 
DETROIT – July 17, 2012 –With two-thirds of the IZOD IndyCar Series season in the books, the Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 teams return to Canada for the second consecutive event to compete in the Edmonton Indy.
 
The Edmonton City Centre Airport 13-turn, 2.224-mile temporary street circuit is the site of the 11th race on the 15-race 2012 schedule. The flat course has long straightaways with tight corners, and sits at an altitude of almost 2,200 feet above sea level.  The 2012 Edmonton Indy will be the eighth IndyCar race at Edmonton City Centre Airport. The race was held on a 1.973-mile temporary circuit from 2005-2010 and moved to a new 2.224-mile temporary circuit in 2011.
 
“Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay and his Andretti Autosport team on winning their third consecutive race in Toronto,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for the IZOD IndyCar Series. “This weekend, Chevy returns to Canada to race on the Edmonton City Centre Airport temporary course.  Like all temporary courses, Edmonton will present a unique set of challenges. The Chevrolet team engineers, working in conjunction with our technical partners, have been working on adapting to the altitude the cars will be operating in, which is nearly as high as Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The altitude, coupled with the recently added push-to-pass feature, will increase the workload on the Chevrolet twin turbo V6 engine.
 
“With five races remaining on the schedule, we are approaching them one-race-at-a-time. But, at the same time, we remain focused on the ultimate goals: Chevrolet winning the IZOD IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship, and a Team Chevy driver hoisting the Driver’s Championship trophy at the last race.”
 
Currently four Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 drivers occupy spots in the top-five in the driver standings.  With his Toronto victory, Ryan Hunter-Reay moved to the points lead followed by Will Power and Helio Castroneves.  James Hinchcliffe holds down fifth place in the points. Chevrolet holds the lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship standings by 13 points over second place.
 
Team Chevy driver Will Power is the defending champion of the Edmonton Indy.  Last year’s victory was his second win at Edmonton; his first coming in 2009. Sebastien Bourdais also has two wins at Edmonton, 2005 and 2007.  JR Hildebrand and James Hinchcliffe have both notched Edmonton wins in the Firestone Indy Lights Series.
 
Chevrolet competed previously in Indy-style competition as an engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines, winning 105 races, that powered Chevrolet to six driver champions, and included seven Indianapolis 500 victories.

Line Shooting for the Top of the Mountain in Denver

Line Shooting for the Top of the Mountain in Denver

Mooresville, N.C., July 17, 2012 – When it comes to racing at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., site of this weekend’s Mopar NHRA Mile-High Nationals, Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro driver Jason Line is a man of two minds.  On one hand, he enjoys going to the scenic speedplant carved out of the side of the mountain, and appreciates the effort put forth by the Bandimere family and their employees in maintaining the facility and making sure every detail is attended to during the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series’ annual visit.

However, he is not a fan of the atmospheric conditions at the Centennial State quarter-mile, where the mile-high altitude significantly reduces the amount of oxygen available, choking the “factory hot rod’s” carbureted engines and robbing them of nearly 400 horsepower.  As a result, a tuning package unlike that used at any other racetrack will be required, challenging teams to find a way to make the most of the trying conditions.

“The Bandimere family and their staff have a great racetrack in which they take a tremendous amount of pride,” stated Line.  “It’s a very cool thing to see, making it one of the stops on tour that you always look forward to.  However, it is a very tough place to race, and we will certainly have our work cut out for us this weekend.

“The tune-up required to run in Denver is way different from anything else we use the rest of the year.  Although the off-brands have run well there recently, we have a few different things we’re going to try in our Summit Racing Camaros this weekend.  It certainly won’t be easy, but I think we can give them a run for their money.”

As Line indicated, Mother Nature will be far from the only challenge facing the KB Racing team this weekend.  Although he has mounted a solid defense of his 2011 championship with one win in four final round appearances, a showing that will allow him to lock into this year’s Countdown to the Championship simply by qualifying in Denver, heading into the second half of the season he believes further improvement will be necessary both in their equipment and their at-track performance.

“Racing in Pro Stock is extremely tough at the moment, with any mistake, no matter how small, potentially costing you the race,” said Line.  “That’s why we’re constantly working to find whatever edge we can, including maximizing the performance of our Summit Racing Camaros.  It’s a great looking piece, and even though we are not yet where we need to be with them, they have already shown themselves to be good race cars.  We just need to get them in their happy spot, and we’re not going to stop trying until we do.

“We also need to do a better job as a team on race day, avoiding any mistakes, and that includes the driver.  We’re fully capable of doing so, and we’re going to get there. Of course, of all the places to try and win, Denver is the toughest.  Still, it’s time for us to get back on track and back in the winner’s circle, and the sooner we do it, the better.”

Anderson Hopes Homework Will Pay Off in Denver

Anderson Hopes Homework Will Pay Off in Denver

Mooresville, N.C., July 17, 2012 – Throughout the course of the 2012 Full Throttle Drag Racing season, teams will be challenged to adapt to a variety of conditions, from differing racing surfaces to a myriad of atmospheric changes.  However, nowhere will the assignment be more difficult than at this weekend’s Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, Colo., where the naturally-aspirated Pro Stock cars will be throttled by the razor-thin air, producing elapsed times nearly half a second slower than at other tracks.

In his previous eleven races at Bandimere Speedway, site of this weekend’s event, Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro driver Greg Anderson has notched two national event victories, four No. 1 qualifying performances and won two-thirds of the elimination rounds he has contested.  Even with his most recent triumph coming as recently as 2008,  Anderson and his crew have been studying hard since the last race in Norwalk, working to come up with an effective plan for reaching the top of   “the mountain”, as racers refer to the scenic quarter-mile.

“To be honest, we’ve struggled with that Denver rascal for the last few years,” said Anderson.  “It’s a neat place to race – a cool city and a great racetrack, with the Bandimere family and their entire staff doing a tremendous job.  However, the conditions on the mountain are so different that it’s probably our toughest challenge of the entire season.

“We were unable to test there this year, so we’ve been hitting the books, poring over our notes from previous races, trying to come up with a good game plan for our Summit Racing Camaros.  We’ve been fast there in the past, so we know we can do it.  It’s just up to us to find a way to get back to that level of performance, and we’ll know how well we did once we get there.”

As Anderson explains, racing in the Mile-High City requires much more than a few simple adjustments.  Unlike their brethren in the nitro-driven categories, the “factory hot rods” will lose almost thirty percent of the horsepower normally available to them, completely changing the tuning dynamic, and necessitating the use of parts specifically made for this one race.

“We enjoy going to Bandimere, but our race cars certainly don’t,” remarked Anderson.  “Because of the lack of oxygen, the engines are choked down from the 1,400 we run at other tracks to about 1,000 – 1,100 in Denver, which goes against the grain of what we have tried to incorporate into the design of these Summit Camaros.

“For example, we have gear sets we’ll use there and nowhere else.  Basically, we have to make the motor and the car do something they weren’t built to do, which is a very tough assignment, and why we have been studying our notes. We’re trying to find the right answers, seeing what we need to do to perform well this weekend.”

Finally, this race marks the start of an NHRA tradition – the Western Swing.  Over the next three weeks, the world’s best quarter-milers will be competing on consecutive weekends, following the Denver race with stops in Sonoma, Calif. and Seattle, Wash.  With the playoff season rapidly approaching, this triad represents a prime opportunity for some to better their chances of securing one of the ten spots available.  In Anderson’s case, although he will lock himself in this year’s Countdown by simply making a qualifying attempt in Denver, the demands of “The Swing” remain the same, with the KB Racing crew working long hours to prepare for any eventuality that may occur while on the other side of the country from the team’s North Carolina headquarters.

“The Western Swing is a huge challenge,” said Anderson.  “We pack everything we possibly can in our trailers.  For example, we’ll take a spare race car along, which we don’t normally do, so the transporters are jammed full and you hope you’re taking enough to make it through, because it can be a battle of attrition.

“With the first race being in Denver you don’t want to incur a lot of damage to your engine parts, because it could make for a long three weeks.  On the other hand, if you make it out of this weekend in good shape, it makes the other two races seem a lot easier.  It’s a test of the entire team, and this Summit Racing team has shown in the past that we have the depth to make it work for us, and we’re hoping that’s the case again this year.

“It’s great that we’re going to lock ourselves in the Countdown this weekend, but we’ve been up and down a bit lately, which is never good.  We’re naturally conscious of it, and realize we need to rectify a few things.  Our goal for this weekend is to make sure we race a little smarter and drive a little better, avoiding any low points.  Until we achieve that objective, we’re not going to be satisfied.”

Tech9 Progress


Phil Hindley/Tech9 is an ARP dealer of Porsche products in Liverpool.  They campaign this beautiful 911 in Historic rallies.  Above you see the final race engine build, using ARP cylinder head and case hardware.

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
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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.

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