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January 30, 2011

Some of the fans of kgkiradio.com have probably been wondering why the web site has not been updated lately. I have been on a one year hiatias due to a job change. I can now again keep you updated on all that is racing. Please enjoy the site as many new changes will start in the next month.

Red Bull Driver Sebastian Vettel Wins in Malaysia

April 4, 2010

SEPANG, Malaysia — Spurred by the disappointment of mechanical failures that cost him victory in the Formula One season’s opening two races, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel led from start to finish to win Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

After the team’s championship hopes had been written off due to queries over the reliability of its cars, Red Bull answered in the best possible way — Vettel leading a 1-2 finish ahead of teammate Mark Webber.

Vettel led in Bahrain and Australia before his car let him down mid-race but there was no easing up Sunday, the German passing pole-sitter Webber in the run to the first corner at Sepang circuit and leading throughout as forecast rain stayed away.

“A very good result for us, especially for me, after two races where we didn’t finish where we wanted to be,” Vettel said. “Racing cars are built on the limit and sometimes they break.

“We want to fight for the championship.”

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was a distant third, with Renault’s Robert Kubica a comfortable fourth. Force India’s Adrian Sutil took fifth, impressively holding off McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who had stormed up from 20th on the grid to third before he pitted.

Webber gave up the lead when he spun his tires trying to get off the line and had to settle for second after a close battle into the fourth turn on the first lap. He pushed Vettel in the early laps, but that pressure eased when a stuck wheel gun made for a slow pit stop. Listen Now

Amateur superstar Tomac set to turn pro with GEICO Powersports Honda team

April 4, 2010

HOUSTON (April 4) — The GEICO Powersports Honda team took a well deserved weekend off for Easter before starting the home stretch of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series season on April 10 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

The Supercross season winding down means the outdoor Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross season is just around the corner. GEICO Powersports Honda will be getting a new team member, Eli Tomac, when the outdoor season starts.

Tomac has been tearing up the amateur ranks, and in fact, blew away the competition in winning his last two amateur races earlier this year.

“I went into Lake Whitney in Texas well-trained,” Tomac said. “Me and my dad (cycling icon John Tomac) prepared really well for it. I kind of had the feeling I was going to win, but you never know. We had taken a lot of time off from November to March, so I really wasn’t sure where I was at.

“I won all my motos there, then went into Oak Hill with a ton of confidence and I made it happen there too.”

Tomac said he can’t wait to join the GEICO Powersports team and face the new challenge of racing as a pro. Listen Now

Substance Abuse Behind Them; Brian Rose, Shane Hmiel Back Racing

April 4, 2010

Shane Hmiel back racing; Brian Rose back in NASCAR: Former NASCAR driver Shane Hmiel won a USAC Midget race last week at Hickory Motor Speedway. He returned to race again the next night, turning the fastest speed in qualifying and hoping for another $3,000 winner’s payday, only to see rain wash away those hopes. A handful of people milled around the pits and maybe a few hundred people sat in the grandstands as Hmiel and his one crewman worked on his car. It was a long way from pit road at Bristol Motor Speedway, the site of his last Sprint Cup race five years ago. It was a long way from victory lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he won a NASCAR Truck Series race in 2004. Listen Now

Martinsville Race and Rain causes TV Rating Tumble

April 4, 2010

NASCAR ON FOX was wiped out this weekend when wet weather forced postponement of racing from Martinsville Speedway. The race was made up on Monday afternoon and aired nationally on FOX affiliates. Because the race aired on a weekday afternoon, no national rating will be released until next Thursday. The overnight rating for the race was a 2.1/6. The last FOX race to be rained out and made up on a Monday was last year’s Coca-Cola 600, but that’s not really a fair comparison because the make-up date was the memorial Day holiday, and as a result the make-up earned a 3.3/8 in the metered markets. The better comparison is to the 2008 Auto Club Speedway race, which was made up on a normal Monday and earned an overnight rating of 2.3/7. In 2009 the final Martinsville Ratings were 4.6/10 [with an overnight of 4.1/9*] and 7.4 million viewers. The Martinsville race is excluded from FOX’s season-to-date total, which remains a 5.6/12 (9.3 million viewers). However, last year’s Martinsville race stays in the 2009 average, and because it was a mediocre rating FOX’s year-to-year comparison has improved since last week without actually running a race. FOX’s 5.6/12 for the season is now down -7% compared to last year’s final 6.0/12 for FOX. Last weeks final TV Ratings for Bristol were flat vs. 2010 with a 4.4 rating and a 10 share [was 4.5/10 in 2009].

NASCAR News April 3rd

April 4, 2010

  • Alabama Live:
    This time Kyle Busch’s guitar trophy stays in one piece by Doug Demmons
  • Around the Track:
    History Around The Track: 1999 – Ron Hornaday Jr. Wins The 100th NASCAR Truck Series Race
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution:
    Gordon conscious of record books by Rick Minter
  • Bleacher Report:
    Improving the NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule and “Jimmie-Proofing” the Chase by Tom Parkman;
    Jennifer Jo Cobb: Making Small Gains For Big Picture Success in Long Run by Rob Tiongson
  • Bump Drafts:
    Break From Cup Offers Look At Up & Comers by Jim McCoy
  • Concord Monitor:
    Different world – Craven has ‘no regrets’ by Dave D’Onofrio
  • Detroit Free Press:
    Nelson Piquet Jr. on a different road by Mike Brudenell
  • Charlotte NASCAR Examiner:
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. showing plenty of improvement by David Exum
  • FoxSports:
    In the new era, it’s win or go home by Jeff Hammond;
    Fast-forward transition for NASCAR crew chiefs by Rea White
  • Las Vegas Revew Journal:
    New tires help produce top-5 finish by Martin Truex Jr.
  • Motorsports FanHouse:
    Powerful Penske Pair [Allgaier / Keselowski] by Geoffrey Miller Listen Now
  • Denny Hamlin Resting at Home after Knee Surgery

    April 4, 2010

    NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is home resting following surgery on his left knee.

    Patrick Connor repaired the anterior cruciate ligament in Hamlin’s left knee Wednesday morning outside Charlotte. Hamlin tore his ACL playing basketball in January.

    He wanted to postpone surgery until after the NASCAR season, but decided to have it repaired this week. The surgery had been postponed from Monday, the same day Hamlin won his first race of the season at Martinsville Speedway.

    Hamlin moved up four spots in the standings to 15th and is just 24 points out the top 12 and a spot in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup to determine the champion.

    Joe Gibbs Racing says Hamlin will drive as scheduled in the April 10 race at Phoenix, but Casey Mears will be on standby as a relief driver.

    “He will start rehab immediately, and now we can concentrate on getting his knee back to full strength, said J.D. Gibbs, president of JGR.

    “The doctors tell us it will improve with each passing week and that he cannot damage it by driving.”

    The Series is off this weekend.

    Mark Webber on F1 Pole

    April 4, 2010

    SEPANG, Malaysia — Red Bull driver Mark Webber took the pole position for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix after a chaotic rain-swept qualifying session on Saturday, while the McLarens and Ferraris will start near the back after badly misjudging the weather.

    Webber’s time of 1 minute 49.327 seconds around the Sepang circuit put him in front of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg— who will start on the front row of a grand prix for the first time — and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

    The third and final part of qualifying was red flagged and suspended for 18 minutes due to the amount of standing water on the track.

    When it restarted, Webber profited by being the only one of the top 10 drivers to take a risk and switch to intermediate tires rather than the full wets, and avoided the puddles to take the third pole of his career, and the third straight for Red Bull in the three races so far this season. Listen Now

    Happy Harvick Wins at Nashville…

    April 4, 2010

    GLADEVILLE, Tenn.— Kevin Harvick took advantage of a late caution to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.

    Harvick and crew chief Ernie Cope gambled by taking two tires when the eighth yellow flag of the day came out with 34 laps to go. That enabled Harvick to seize the lead from Kyle Busch, who was unable to mount a challenge as the race wound down.

    “We were 10 laps short (on fuel) and it seemed like there were a lot of cautions,” Harvick said. “We were in conservation mode so we did what we needed to do to play it both ways. We had options and weren’t in a box like some other guys were, having to pit under green. If you have to do that you’re pretty much done.”

    That was the case for pole-sitter Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski,who pitted under green with just over 40 laps left, then found themselves out of contention when the final caution flew. It was Keselowski’s brother, Brian, who touched off the race-changing event by spinning at the entrance to pit road.

    “I was a lot more confident with (Logano and Keselowski) in the back,” Harvick said. “I thought (Busch) would go better on the restart. I knew we had 25 laps or so but we had track position.” Listen Now

    Nationwide Series Results Nashville

    April 4, 2010

    Nashville 300
    Saturday, April 3rd

    Nashville Superspeedway Lebanon, Tennessee

    1 2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 225 52 190 $71,445
    2 15 Reed Sorenson Toyota 225 0 170 $32,000
    3 6 Kyle Busch Toyota 225 10 170 $26,850
    4 3 Justin Allgaier Dodge 225 0 160 $29,043
    5 5 Brad Keselowski Dodge 225 21 160 $24,868
    6 4 Carl Edwards Ford 225 0 150 $19,425
    7 17 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet 225 18 151 $21,918
    8 1 Joey Logano Toyota 225 122 152 $20,550
    9 12 Michael Annett Toyota 225 0 138 $22,443
    10 21 Brendan Gaughan Toyota 225 0 134 $23,768
    11 16 Paul Menard Ford 225 0 130 $14,125
    12 10 Trevor Bayne Toyota 225 0 127 $21,268
    13 19 Johnny Sauter Ford 225 0 124 $14,350
    14 24 Kelly Bires Chevrolet 225 0 121 $20,343
    15 13 Brian Scott Toyota 225 0 118 $15,650 Listen Now

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