Race 04-29-09

April 29, 2009

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NHRA Drag Racing: 2009 Rookie News

April 29, 2009


The 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season has barely reached the quarter mark, and it already appears that the battle for the coveted Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award, which recognizes the top rookie racer in the series, will be one of the most interesting waged this season.

Prior to the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, most attention was focused on Spencer Massey, whom Hall of Famer Don “the Snake” Prudhomme selected to fill the vacant seat of the U.S. Smokeless Top Fuel dragster, and former Pro Mod racer Matt Hagan, who committed to a full season of Funny Car racing as a member of Don Schumacher’s team. A couple of weeks before the season began, a new candidate entered the fray as two-time Lucas Oil Super Comp national champ Shawn Langdon landed a ride in Top Fuel as a teammate to longtime friend Morgan Lucas. Listen Now

Tony George Team Owner and Vision Racing

April 29, 2009


Time flies.” Ed Carpenter hasn’t spoken truer words since “I do.”

Eighteen months after making his IndyCar Series debut with PDM Racing at Chicagoland Speedway in 2003, he finished 18th in Vision Racing’s debut at the Homestead-Miami Speedway season opener. Fast forward and Carpenter takes a ninth-place finish at Kansas Speedway into the opening days of practice for the Indianapolis 500.

“I remember in 2004 I competed in the 100th IndyCar event (with Red Bull Cheever Racing) and it’s hard to believe I competed in that and now it’s (66 starts) as Vision Racing,” said Carpenter, 28, who has made 85 starts overall. “The team has come so far. We’ve been through a lot since 2005, but the best thing is we’ve managed to get better every year and continue to improve.” Listen Now

Writer and Radio Host David Poole Passes at Age 50

April 29, 2009


Charlotte Observer writer David Poole talks during a news conference in March at Bristol Motor Speedway where he helped create awaremess for Pennies for Wessa as Wessa Miller and her father, Booker, look on. Wessa gave Dale Earnhardt a penny before the 1998 Daytona 500, Earnhardt’s one and only win in the Great American Race. Poole passed away at the age of 50 on Tuesday.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 28, 2009) – “The NASCAR community is stunned and saddened by the loss of David Poole. David was as passionate about NASCAR as anyone and had very definitive opinions about the sport. He served the industry, and most importantly the fans, through his reporting and commentary in the Charlotte Observer and Sirius Satellite Radio. Our thoughts and prayers go out to David’s family and friends. He will be missed.”

KESELOWSKI WINS: First win a wild one in Alabama

April 29, 2009


James Finch said Brad Keselowski’s victory in the Aaron’s 499 Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway was “the best thing ever to happen” to an independent scuffling to eke out an existence in NASCAR’s major leagues.

Finch wasn’t so overwhelmed, though, that he couldn’t separate his big moment from the bottom line. That was abundantly obvious upon learning Keselowski had earned a guaranteed spot in the Sprint All-Star Race on May 16 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.”This automatic qualifying thing for the all-star race,” Finch said with a chuckle. “Does that come with sponsorship?”

Considering the event pays $1 million to win, it’s a good bet Finch’s No. 1 black and yellow Chevrolet will have Keselowski behind the wheel. Listen Now

Oldest former Indy 500 driver, Danny Kladis, dies at 92

April 29, 2009


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway says Danny Kladis died on Sunday in Joliet, Illinois.

Kladis began racing midgets in 1935 and, after flying with the Army Air Corps during World War II, made his only start at Indianapolis in 1946 and finished 21st.

Kladis also drove 50 laps in relief of starter Spider Webb in 1954 and failed to qualify in his last try at Indy in 1957.

Survivors include four sons and three daughters.

Race 04-28-09

April 28, 2009

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April 27, 2009

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April 27, 2009


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Scott Dixon followed his first Indy Racing League championship by going into a funk, dropping to 10th the next season. Two middle-of-the-pack finishes to start this season had Dixon wondering if he was headed down the same road after his second series title last year.
All it took was one race to change his outlook.

Dixon took advantage of Ryan Briscoe’s tough-luck pit stop with 47 laps left, then held off Helio Castroneves down the stretch to win the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 on Sunday. Listen Now


April 27, 2009



Talladega, Ala. – April 26, 2009

2.66-Mile Oval

500 M – 188 L – Purse: $6,149,092

Fin       St      Car#            Driver                         Team                                                                    Laps             Pts            Pts              Won        Status

 1           9          09            Brad Keselowski         Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort Chev           188                190           *      5         $312,075      Running

 2         11          88            Dale Earnhardt Jr.       National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet                 188                175           *      5           224,200      Running

 3         25          39            Ryan Newman            Prelude to the Dream/U.S. Army Chevrolet           188                170           *      5           201,104      Running

 4         34          47            Marcos Ambrose        Little Debbie/Kingsford/Clorox Toyota                   188                160                              161,598      Running

 5           8          82    #      Scott Speed                Red Bull Toyota                                                     188                160           *      5           144,798      Running

 6         28            2            Kurt Busch                  Miller Lite Dodge                                                    188                155           *      5           130,750      Running

 7           2          16            Greg Biffle                   3M Ford                                                                 188                151           *      5           140,225      Running

 8         30          83            Brian Vickers              Red Bull Toyota                                                     188                147           *      5           136,648      Running

 9         22          20    #      Joey Logano               The Home Depot Toyota                                        188                143           *      5           153,276      Running

10        20          31            Jeff Burton                  Caterpillar Chevrolet                                              188                139           *      5           146,456      Running Listen Now

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