NASCAR News February 28th

February 28, 2010

    Don’t expect Johnson to apologize for winning by Terry Blount
  • Bump Drafts:
    Picks ‘n’ Previews: Las Vegas Edition by Jim McCoy
  • Clanton Advertiser:
    Elder was one of NASCAR’s pioneers by Jeff Findley
  • FoxSports:
    Danica tracker: Wreck ends her Vegas run
  • Insider Racing News:
    Before Chad Knaus, There Was Jake Elder by Kim Roberson
    Is it time for NASCAR to study again the concept of franchising Sprint Cup teams?
    Hornish, 77 team starting to put things together by Dave Rodman;
    Reutimann knows his odds, but doesn’t bet them and
    Harvick brings new car, strong start to Las Vegas by Mark Aumann;
    It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s Skydive Las Vegas by Rick Houston
  • NASCAR Driver of the Day:
    Lake Speed by Daniel Caudill Listen Now

  • ARCA News: Justin Marks Wins Rain-Shortened Tire Kingdom 150

    February 28, 2010

    JUPITER FL (2-27-10) – Justin Marks made ARCA history Saturday afternoon, winning the rain-shortened Tire Kingdom 150 presented by ModSpace at Palm Beach International Raceway.

    Marks, in the Construct Corps Dodge for Win-Tron Racing, earned his first career ARCA Racing Series victory utilizing rain tires provided by Hoosier Racing Tire, the first time ARCA has used a “wet” tire compound in its 58 year history.

    “It was a great race – a great win for me…for Win-Tron, for Construct Corps,” a soaked Marks proclaimed in victory lane. “It was the perfect rain conditions to run a rain race. The track was just wet enough to slide around, get on rain tires and find that line, but it never rained too hard, except for the last three laps when it just poured, and we could barely see.”

    Marks led on two occasions, first pacing the field on laps 41 through 56, and opening up leads as much as 15 seconds. Marks would give up the point to Robb Brent during the final round of pit stops of the day on lap 56 but would resume the lead when Brent pitted on lap 59. From there, the Rocklin, CA driver maintained a comfortable 30 car length cushion over Brent until the skies opened up on lap 68, and the 3rd and final caution flag of the day waved over the speedway. Marks crossed under the yellow and checkers waving together in a torrid down-pour, and the celebration was on. Listen Now

    Townley cited for underage possession of alcohol

    February 28, 2010

    Nationwide Series driver John Wes Townley [#21 Chevy] has been cited for underage possession of alcohol. Townley, who is 20, was cited Thursday. He apologized to NASCAR and his Richard Childress Racing team in a statement issued late in Saturday’s race by his race team. “I made a big mistake and feel terrible about it,” he said. “I have learned a valuable lesson and will do everything I can to make it up to those I have let down.” Car owner Richard Childress said Townley made an error in judgment that will be handled internally at RCR. Listen Now

    Ryan Dungey leads Supercross points race after Atlanta victory

    February 28, 2010

    By Nate Ryan, USA TODAY

    ATLANTA — Ryan Dungey opened a big gap Saturday night in cruising to a Supercross victory at the Georgia Dome while creating some separation in the points standings, too.

    The Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider finished a comfortable 10.976 seconds ahead of surprise runner-up Trey Canard and seized control of the championship race battle in what had been a wide-open race since injuries to past champions James Stewart and Chad Reed.

    With the third victory of his rookie season on the premier circuit, Dungey opened a 20-point lead over Josh Hill, who struggled to a sixth Saturday after crashing in practice. Ranked third is Ryan Villopoto, who entered Atlanta tied with Dungey atop the standings but scored only two points after finishing 19th of 20 riders. Listen Now

    WIPEOUT: Danica Patrick crashes in Las Vegas

    February 28, 2010

    Danica Patrick

    Danica Patrick was 35th and with her second DNF (did not finish) in three starts (she finished 31st last week at Auto Club Speedway). McDowell apologized and accepted responsibility for the wreck, but Patrick acknowledged she might have come up on him too fast following a four-tire pit stop just before that gave her grip and speed.

    “It would’ve been nice to have a decent finish,” said Patrick, whose next Nationwide start is June 26 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “I was feeling better and better all the time and I wouldn’t have wasted any time on the bottom (of the track) going slower and slower after Kevin Harvick was pointing me up high when he went by me as the leader.

    “Learning from that, I would’ve been much better off in the second stint and no doubt better in the third stint, but we never got a chance to see that.” Listen Now

    Happy Harvick Wins Las Vegas Sam’s Town 300

    February 28, 2010

    By Gary Graves, USA TODAY

    LAS VEGAS — Kevin Harvick’s mastery of Las Vegas Motor Speedway continues.

    Harvick overcame pit-road miscues to win Saturday’s rain-delayed Sam’s Town 300 Nationwide Series race, his second here at this level and but the latest in a string of strong runs for the Sprint Cup Series regular. Next were fellow Cup regulars Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski, who started on the pole, and Brian Vickers.
    Between a jack issue on one pit stop and dropped lug nuts on another, Harvick served up more evidence that Las Vegas might be his best track in this series even with this race delayed an hour and 35 minutes by rain. Starting second, his No. 33 Chevrolet led twice for 82 laps, including the final 25.

    In his past eight starts here Harvick has two wins (the first coming in 2004), six top-four runs and a seventh.

    “It was good in the beginning and good in the end,” said Harvick, who passed Hamlin on lap 176 of 200. “We had a couple of hiccups today and were able to overcome them because the car was so good. Everything just played out there at the end and it seemed like we were able to maneuver through traffic better than anybody. Listen Now

    Results NASCAR Nationwide Series

    February 28, 2010

    Sam’s Town 300
    Date: Saturday, February 27th

    Site: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1996) — Las Vegas, Nevada
    Track: 1.5-mile oval
    Laps: 200
    Miles: 300

    Rank Start Name Make Laps Completed Leading Laps Points Money Won
    1 2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 200 82 195 $94,795
    2 4 Denny Hamlin Toyota 200 29 175 $59,125
    3 3 Carl Edwards Ford 200 28 170 $46,125
    4 1 Brad Keselowski Dodge 200 1 165 $45,443
    5 10 Brian Vickers Toyota 200 1 160 $31,225
    6 18 Trevor Bayne Toyota 200 0 150 $35,343
    7 13 Justin Allgaier Dodge 200 0 146 $33,193
    8 6 Paul Menard Ford 200 0 142 $25,275
    9 9 Greg Biffle Ford 200 1 143 $24,935
    10 15 Steve Wallace Toyota 200 0 134 $30,943
    11 34 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 200 0 130 $29,543
    12 31 Jason Leffler Toyota 200 0 127 $28,993
    13 26 Brendan Gaughan Toyota 200 4 129 $28,443
    14 20 Scott Riggs Ford 200 1 126 $28,333
    15 14 John Wes Townley Chevrolet 200 10 123 $28,523
    16 5 Kyle Busch Toyota 200 43 120 $21,995
    17 32 Scott Lagasse Jr. Ford 200 0 112 $27,278
    18 22 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 200 0 109 $27,143
    19 39 Josh Wise Ford 199 0 106 $29,433
    20 19 Shelby Howard Chevrolet 199 0 103 $20,755 Listen Now

    Woo LAS VEGAS SUPER SPRINT CLASSIC Classic Thriller: Jason Meyers Edges Steve Kinser & Donny Schatz at Las Vegas

    February 28, 2010

    Las Vegas, NV— February 26, 2010—Jason Meyers has been involved in some thrilling races over the years, but probably none quite as exciting as Friday night, when he battled 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser and four-time and defending series titlist Donny Schatz right down to the wire to score a breathtaking win in the Second Annual Las Vegas Super Sprint Classic at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before a huge crowd. Even more impressive was the fact that Meyers lined up 18th on the grid for the 30-lap contest and steadily worked his way to the front.

    Meyers took the lead from Schatz on the 28th lap on the low side of turns one and two and quickly open a slight gap. Kinser battled Schatz and took the second spot on that same lap and tracked down Meyers on the white flag lap, taking the lead on the low side of turn three, with Meyers battling back off turn four to win a drag race down the front straightway aboard the GLR Investments KPC to score the $10,000 triumph, which was the 36th A-Feature victory of his World of Outlaws career.

    “I don’t think I have ever won a race from that far back and I don’t know when the last time an Outlaws race was won from that far back,” said Meyers. “We went out and were trying to get a Top-Five on a night that had kind of gone backwards on us. The guys gave me one heck of a race car and there was a great track tonight. My hat’s off to my team.”

    The win was extra special for Meyers, as his team was mourning the loss of his crew chief D.J. Lindsay’s father-in-law Jim Boyd. The Wisconsin native was a fixture at many World of Outlaws events over the years. Listen Now

    February 27th NASCAR Race News

    February 27, 2010

    NASCAR betting tries to define itself by Ryan Newman;
    New daddy Edwards still has a job to do by Terry Blount
  • Associated Press:
    Patrick sad to step away from NASCAR by Jenna Fryer
  • CBS Sports:
    Numbers game: Busch brothers trying to 86 the #48 in Vegas’ 13th by Pete Pistone
  • FoxSports:
    Harder to overcome slow start in Cup by Rea White
  • Insider Racing News:
    Is Danica Patrick Breaking the Glass Grandstand? by Brenda Benedict
    Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon: 1-2 at Vegas….and this place is FAST and
    Jake Elder: The man behind the legend and
    And the Danica Update: Las Vegas 300, and she appears still undaunted, despite California’s problems
  • SB Nation:
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Reveals Interesting Strategy; Will It Help? by Jeff Gluck
  • Speedway Media:
    Kevin Harvick taking it ‘one race at a time’ and
    Carl Edwards: ‘Wow, I have a family now’ by Mary Jo Buchanan;
    Spectator vs. Spotter: Las Vegas Edition by Rebecca Spence;
    Week Three: More of the Same? by Ron Fleshman
  • USA Today:
    Kurt Busch wins pole, shatters track record at Las Vegas by Gary Graves
  • Yahoo Sports:
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings
  • Kurt Busch on Vegas Pole

    February 27, 2010

    By Gary Graves,

    LAS VEGAS — After one-upping little brother Kyle at their home track on Friday, Kurt Busch now aims for the same victorious result.
    A day that saw 19 drivers either match or break the pole qualifying record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway saw the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion claim bragging rights for Sunday’s Shelby American race with a lightning-quick lap of 188.725 mph in Penske Racing’s No. 2 Dodge Charger. That was nearly three miles an hour faster than Kyle’s mark set nearly a year ago before he went on to win the 427-mile race.

    More impressive for Busch than earning his first pole since September 2007 at Fontana, Calif., was grabbing his first in NASCAR’s current-model car since its full-time introduction in 2008. Ironically, the pole came under the direction of first-year crew chief Steve Addington, who guided Kyle from 2008 until late last season.

    “That was an unexpected lap, but looking back at some of the decisions that (first-year crew chief) Steve Addington made, I’m following some key things that maybe I’ve been missing with the (current car),” Busch said. “To get a pole with the (current car), it’s been that long. It’s a fun car to race, a fun car to win with and now to qualify with. I’m stoked. Listen Now

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