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19 Year Old Joey Logano Wins Lenox Industrial Tools 301

June 29, 2009

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LOUDON, N.H. — In becoming a Sprint Cup winner at 19 years, 1 month and 4 days, Joey Logano had just the kind of race expected from a rookie. In winning Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301, Logano spun once, benefited from two “free passes” after falling a lap down and, he said, had to overcome an early feeling that he was lost out there trying to figure out where he needed to be.

“It’s not the way you want to win your first race,” he said. “But 20 years down the road when you look in the record books, no one will know the difference.”

Indeed, the NASCAR record book will reflect only that Logano supplanted Kyle Busch as the youngest winner in the premier circuit’s 61 years and not the bizarre path the Joe Gibbs Racing driver traveled to get there.

Logano’s misfortune incidentally positioned him for taking the checkered flag. After starting 24th and running outside the top 20 for most of the race, Logano’s No. 20 Toyota spun after being pinched on a lap 181 restart. He fell a lap down after his team fixed damage that shredded his tires but got back on the lead lap through a caution four laps later that also allowed him to make a final stop for fuel. Listen Now

NACSAR Rain Shortened Lenox Tools 301 Results

June 29, 2009

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Rank Start Name Make Laps Completed Leading Laps Points Money Won
1 24 Joey Logano Toyota 273 10 190 $276,201
2 2 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 273 64 175 $207,226
3 4 Kurt Busch Dodge 273 28 170 $146,675
4 14 David Reutimann Toyota 273 0 160 $146,423
5 1 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 273 40 160 $134,548
6 36 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet 273 0 150 $100,350
7 9 Kyle Busch Toyota 273 0 146 $140,673
8 26 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 273 0 142 $113,510
9 3 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 273 93 148 $142,751
10 13 Kasey Kahne Dodge 273 0 134 $126,848 Listen Now

Hornday Wins Truck Race in Memphis

June 29, 2009

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MEMPHIS — Ron Hornaday dominated his second consecutive race and won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Memphis Motorsports Park. Hornaday, the series points leader, won last week at Milwaukee in the same truck by leading 180 of 200 laps. He had a similar performance in the MemphisTravel.com 200 on Saturday night.

He started on the pole after a qualifying lap of 117.7 mph and led 175 of 201 laps on the .75-mile oval.

“It’s a pretty dominant truck, for some reason,” Hornaday said. “I don’t know what we’re doing to it, but we’re going to go back and copy it somehow.”

A caution with five laps to go, caused when Dennis Setzer and Tayler Malsam got together, cut Hornaday’s commanding lead with a restart and a green-white-checker finish.

Brian Scott, who was running second, stayed with Hornaday through much of the first extra period lap, but Hornaday pulled away on the final sweep.

“I got a good jump on the restart,” Scott said. “I got to his bumper and drove into the corner right there with him. Unfortunately, I drove a little harder, and didn’t stick quite as well (in the turn).” Listen Now

Dixon #1 at Richmond

June 29, 2009

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RICHMOND, Va. — Scott Dixon’s best pass of the night had more to do with saving horsepower than flaunting it, a decision that literally fueled his victory in Saturday night’s IRL SunTrust Indy Challenge.
As Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and pole-sitter Dario Franchitti pitted for ethanol on lap 139 – the downside of an aggressive strategy that further backfired when he had to return for entering a closed pit – Dixon backed off and was able to take the lead. Franchitti ultimately rallied but could only finish second to Dixon, who led the final 161 laps for his IndyCar Series-best third victory this season.

Graham Rahal was third, Hideki Mutoh fourth and Danica Patrick fifth in a race that featured just three lead changes among three drivers.

“It was very tough to pass because of the track,” said Dixon, apologetic despite earning his second victory at Richmond International Raceway and first since 2003. “I saved a little bit more (fuel) than Dario, and he was caught with that yellow and I was able to continue on and jump on him in the pits. Listen Now

Sun Trust Indy Car Results

June 29, 2009

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Rank Start Name Make Laps Completed Leading Laps Points Money Won
1 2 Scott Dixon Dallara Honda 300 161 52 TBA
2 1 Dario Franchitti Dallara Honda 300 65 41 TBA
3 5 Graham Rahal Dallara Honda 300 0 35 TBA
4 8 Hideki Mutoh Dallara Honda 300 74 32 TBA
5 10 Danica Patrick Dallara Honda 300 0 30 TBA
6 17 Tony Kanaan Dallara Honda 299 0 28 TBA
7 16 Marco Andretti Dallara Honda 299 0 26 TBA
8 6 Raphael Matos Dallara Honda 299 0 24 TBA
9 12 Robert Doornbos Dallara Honda 299 0 22 TBA
10 13 Dan Wheldon Dallara Honda 299 0 20 TBA Listen Now

New Ford Motor Ready by August

June 27, 2009

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Jack  “Mr. Ford” Roush

Ford team owner/engine-builder Doug Yates expects Ford’s new FR9 engine to be ready by August, just in time for the season-ending, 10-race Chase for the Championship playoff. Yates, David Simon and Mose Nowland have been working on it all year, and Yates sees light at the end of the tunnel. Once it’s ready, though, which members of Team Ford Racing will get it? It likely won’t go to Roush Fenway stars #99-Carl Edwards (fifth in points), #16-Greg Biffle (eighth) and #17-Matt Kenseth (10th) because they’ll almost certainly make the 12-driver championship playoff. With so much on the line, there’s some reluctance to run an engine that hasn’t been tested in competition. Listen Now

The Future of NASCAR’s Truck Tour in Doubt?

June 27, 2009

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2008 Truck Series Champion Jonny Benson

Promoter Bruton Smith and NASCAR president Mike Helton are reported to be meeting Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway over the uncertain future of NASCAR’s Truck series, with increasing speculation that the tour – 25 races this season, on 16 Sprint Cup tour tracks and seven other tracks – will be severely cut next season. Indeed even the survival of the Truck series, which was created in 1995 by the late Bill France Jr. as a budget-priced ‘proving ground’ for new car owners, new sponsors and new drivers, has been questioned. General Motors, Ford and Dodge have all withdrawn financial support of the Truck tour and the Nationwide tour, leaving only Toyota officially involved. Toyota officials have reportedly decided to drop their financial support too, though Toyota racing boss Lee White insists no decision has been made. One suggestion to help save the Truck series has been for the four NASCAR car makers to work together to design an inexpensive ’spec’ Truck engine, to cut costs. Another suggestion has been a ‘common’ engine for all three NASCAR touring series.

Montoya Offers Danica Patrick Advice on Stock Car Racing

June 27, 2009

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LOUDON, N.H.  — Juan Pablo Montoya offered some friendly advice to IndyCar Series star Danica Patrick, a free agent who could possibly opt to jump to NASCAR in 2010.”I think she’s got the talent and everything, but I don’t think she knows what she’s getting into,” Montoya said when asked how Patrick would do if she made the move from open-wheel racing to stock cars, as he has done.

The Colombian driver, a former CART series champion, Indianapolis 500 winner and Formula One star, wasn’t referring to the media circus that such a move by the IRL’s glamour girl would create.

“(The cars are) so different to drive,” the NASCAR driver said on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “It’s not the same feeling. When you drive an open-wheel car on an oval, you have the grip, you turn the wheel and it turns, you get on it and it goes and you get on the brakes and it stops. Listen Now

Lenox Tools POLE Tony Stewart…Thanks to The Rain

June 27, 2009

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LOUDON, N.H. — A midafternoon downpour washed away NASCAR qualifying Friday for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

The lineup for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be set by owner points, with Sprint Cup Series leader Tony Stewart taking the pole despite crashing and having to move to a backup car in Friday’s opening practice.

It’s the third time this season that qualifying has been rained out.

The series points leader hit the wall hard early in the session on the 1.058-mile oval, sending the crew of his Stewart-Haas Racing team scrambling to get the backup No. 14 Chevrolet ready in time to get Stewart back on track. Listen Now

Lenox Tools Qualifing Rained Out Tony Stewart on POLE

June 27, 2009

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1. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

2. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

4. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, Owner Points.

5. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, Owner Points.

6. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

7. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Owner Points.

8. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, Owner Points.

9. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Owner Points.

10. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, Owner Points.

11. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

12. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

13. (9) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, Owner Points. Listen Now

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