Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Brazilian Racing Professional Is Progressing In NASCAR

Miguel Paludo: (Born July 26,1983) is from Nova Prata, Brazil. Some people do not know that Miguel was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes seven years ago, and he is required to take daily insulin shots. At the young age of 14, he started racing go-karts. Paludo raced in the National Level racing Renault clios where he earned two podium finishes in 2006. In 2008, Paludo raced in the Porsche GT3 Championship Series where he competed in the full season. He earned three wins, two poles and 11top-three finishes and was also named the Champion in that series. In 2009 he earned a second Porsche GT3 championship.
Miguel moved to North America in 2010 to try and put NASCAR on his racing resume. He got his first experience behind the wheel of a stock car when he participated in a test for Red Horse Racing at New Smyma Speedway in Florida. Paludo signed a deal to drive in the K@N Pro series East for Hattori Racing Enterprises. He competed in nine of 10 races earning his best finish of fourth at New Hampshire Motor speedway.
Miguel made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in August of 2010 for Germain Racing, where he earned an outstanding 9th place finish. He made one additional start for Germain at Kentucky Speedway and then joined Red Horse Racing towards the end of the season. He also ran at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the season finale event where he tied his best finish of ninth place.
In 2011, he is scheduled to run the full season with Red Horse Racing and he will be running for the rookie of the year title. After race 16 out of 25 for the trucks, Miguel currently sits 16th in the championship standings with 3 top 5’s and 4 top 10s. Coming into Bristol on August 24th, Miguel was fresh off his career best third place finish at Michigan. He did not get the finish he was looking for at Bristol (31st position) but I am sure he was happy to finish the race and get home. Miguel got a wonderful experience last Monday that he will never forget: His wife gave birth to there first child ( Oliver Paludo). Before the race started in Bristol, Miguel had a big smile on his face and said “Oliver is so perfect”. Miguel still has time to make up some points and get good finishes. He is a rookie: so every race he does not do well in, he will learn from it and go back there next year and do better.
Miguel has two goals: Earn rookie of the year honors and move up in NASCAR
someday. I believe Miguel will have a very good chance at getting the rookie of the year title this year. Someday we may see him move up in the Nationwide series, you never know. He has finished in the top 5 a couple times this year, so we know he knows how to get up to the front and have a chance at winning. If he does not get a win this year, I am sure he will at least get one win next year in the truck series. If he does get a win in the truck series, he would make history at becoming the first Brazilian to win a NASCAR Truck Series race. We will have keep watching the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and wait and see what the future holds for Miguel Paludo.
To Miguel Paludo: Congratulations to you and your wife on the birth of your first child and Good luck at Atlanta!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The 2011 Indy Grand Prix Of Sonoma Preview

Infineon Raceway,( formerly Sears Point Raceway) is a 2.52 miles (4.06 km) road course that the IZOD Indy Car Series come to every year. Sunday August 28th, the IZOD Indy Car Series drivers roll into Infineon Raceway with a couple things in mind: After Sonoma, there is only four races left on the schedule-That is not much time to try and beat Dario Franchitti off the top of the points standings. Every driver will be pushing the limits in Sundays race. They will also be trying to get a win or at least a good finish and earn some points. Before the race started, the IZOD Indy Car drivers Practiced and Qualified. There was also some big stories going into the race Sunday.
Dario Franchitti was nearly a half- second behind will power during last Thursday’s test a Infineon. Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti ran just five laps in Friday’s practice and set the best time of the day at 1:19.426. Sam Schmidt Motor sports/AFS Racing rookie Martin Plowman jumped to the top of the time charts in Saturday morning’s second practice session. In Qualifying, Penske racing took the first 3 spots on the starting grid: Will Power claimed the pole for the race, Helio Castroneves starts 2nd and Ryan Briscoe starts 3rd.
Team Penske driver Will Power was fined $30,000 by IZOD Indy Car Officials for making an obscene gesture at the end of Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Will was upset at the decision to restart the race on Lap 217, while the track was still very slick from rain. The restart caused a big wreck and the Indy Car officials decided to end the race early. Will Power jumped out of his car furious and went looking for the Indy Car officials. During a live TV interview he flashed the middle-finger salute with both hands.
So we all know by now that Danica Patrick is leaving Indy Car in 2012 to go to NASCAR, but Go Daddy. COM is going to be staying. Andretti Auto Sport and GO DADDY will remain partner in the IZOD Indy car series. There have been reports that GO DADDY might be on the side of Andretti’s three (of four) cars in 2012.
Simona de Silvestre will not be racing this weekend because she was having trouble with her US VISA and could not make it to the race on time. Simon Pagenaud will be subbing for Simona.
So who has the best chance at winning Sunday? There are two guys that have been dominate all year: Will Power and Dario Franchitti. Will is the “king of the road courses” and I truly believe you will see Will Power or Dario win at Infineon Raceway.
Race Fans: Make sure you tune into Versus Sunday, August 28th- 4 p.m. ET and get ready to see some great road course racing!
To see the complete results of qualifying, click on the link below

The 2011 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix Preview

The Circuit de Spa- Francorchamps is one of the most challenging race tracks in the world, Spa is a favorite circuit of many racing professionals and fans. On August 28th, the Formula one drivers rocket into Circuit de Spa- Francorchamps to start race 12 out of 19 on there season schedule.
Friday August 26th , the formula one drivers did two practice sessions. Both the morning and afternoon sessions were interrupted by rain. Michael Schumacher was the fastest in practice #1. Nico Rosberg was 2nd fastest, Jenson Button was 3rd, Sebastian Vettel was 4th and Lewis Hamilton was 5th fastest. In practice #2: Mark Webber was the fastest, Fernando Alonso was second fastest, Jenson Button was 3rd, Lewis Hamilton was 4th and Felipe Massa was 5th fastest. Saturday morning, the formula one drivers completed a 3rd practice and qualified for Sundays race. Red Bull racing professional Marker Webber was the fastest in practice #3. Mclaren-Mercedes racing professional Lewis Hamilton was second fastest. James Alguersuari was third, Jenson Button was 4th and Sebastian Vettel was 5th fastest. In qualifying: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel held off Lewis Hamilton's McLaren in rainy weather in Saturday's qualifying to snatch the pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.
35 year old Australian Formula one driver, Mark Webber ended months of speculation about his future on August 27th. Red Bull Racing confirmed that Webber will stay at the team in 2012.The pairing of Mark Webber and his teammate Sebastian Vettel is a very strong one. They push each other hard, so both of them can do great in each race.
This weekend, 7 time world champion Michael Schumacher celebrates 20 years of Formula One racing. Unfortunately during Saturday’s qualifying session, the right- rear wheel detached itself from the car, sending Schumacher into the wall. Michael was granted a Mercedes request to be allowed to start Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix despite not having set a qualifying time and the 42-year-old German will line up last on the starting grid.
Pastor Maldonado has been given a five-place grid penalty after his collision with Lewis Hamilton at the end of Q2 in Spa, Pastor will drop from 16th to 21st. Maldonado appeared to swerve into Hamilton in retaliation for a bump at the chicane a little earlier. Both drivers were charged with causing a collision.
So who has the best chance at winning Sunday morning? 2010 World Champion, Sebastian Vettel has the best chance at taking the checkered flag. He is on the pole for the race and now the 24 year old has enough confidence and he has enough talent to get the win Sunday morning and snatch his second world championship at the end of the season.
Race fans: Make sure you tune into the SPEED channel at 7:30am ET for the Formula One Race: Grand Prix of Belgium. If you miss the race at 7:30am, then tune into SPEED at 3:30pm ET to see a replay of the race. The Formula One Racing season is getting exciting, so you don’t want to miss this race!
                To see the complete results of practice 1, click on the link below

               To see the complete results of practice 2, click on the link below

              To see the complete results of practice 3, click on the link below

                 To see the complete results of qualifying , click on the link below

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race At Bristol Motor Speedway Preview

On August 28th ,The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Bristol Motor Speedway to start race 24 out of 36 on there season schedule. Bristol is the worlds fastest half mile, were race fans will not get disappointed when the green flag waves in the air Saturday night. One of the biggest stories in NASCAR this week, was that Danica Patrick will run full time in the Nationwide Series next year and part time in the Sprint Cup Series. There was also one other top story in the Sprint Cup Series.Joe Gibbs Racing driver, Kyle Busch was charged May 24th, 2011 for speeding and reckless driving. He was driving his 2012 Lexus sports car 128 mph in a 45- mph zone in a residential area in Mooresville, N.C. According to his Citation, he was speeding past a church and a Daycare. Judge H. Thomas Church gave Busch a 30- day suspended jail sentence with a year of unsupervised probation. As long as Busch doesn’t violate the law over the next year, he wont have to go to jail. Kyle also had his license suspended for 45 days, was fined $1,000 and ordered to do 30 hours of community service with the B.R.A.K.E.S teen safe -driving program. Race fans have mixed emotions about this subject. Some say that Kyle should be suspended from NASCAR for a couple races and be in jail. The race fans that support Kyle say that people should get over it, Kyle is a good driver and should get some more respect.
Things to keep in mind before the race starts Saturday night: Its hard to bet against Kyle or Kurt Busch. Between them, Kurt and Kyle have a total of 10 of the last 19 Cup victories at Bristol ( five a piece). Since Brad Keselowski injured his ankle, he has finished 1-2-3 in the last three Cup races. So is he going to get a 4th place finish or even maybe a win at Bristol?
Friday afternoon, the sprint cup cars rolled out on the track to practice. In practice #1: Carl Edwards was the fastest with a lap time of 15.789 seconds (121.528 Mph). Mark Martin was second fastest, Matt Kenseth was third, Brad Keselowski was fourth and Kasey Kahne was 5th. In the second and final practice: Carl Edwards was the fastest with a lap time of 15.943 seconds (120.354 Mph). David Stremme was second fastest, Juan Montoya was third, Clint Bowyer was fourth and Brad Keselowski was fifth. In qualifying: Ryan Newman sped around Bristol at 122.811 mph (15.624 seconds) to win his second Coors Light pole award of the season and the 48th of his career, 10th on the Sprint Cup all-time list.
So what do the Sprint Cup drivers have to do to finish up front at Bristol? They have to be very aggressive with the gas pedal and the steering wheel. You can’t just cruise around Bristol cautiously and finish in the top three or top five.Who do I think will have the best chance at winning Saturday night? Its hard not to pick Kyle Busch. Kyle won the Nationwide race at Bristol Friday night. Keep your eye on Kyle, because I truly he has a good chance at getting the win.
Race Fans: Make sure you tune into ABC - 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday and get ready to see great short track racing from one of the worlds fastest short tracks. Get ready to be a the edge of your seat until the checkered flag waves in the air, you do not want to miss this race!
To see the complete results of practice one, click on the link below

To see the complete results of practice two, click on the link below

To see the complete results of qualifying, click on the link below

Friday, August 26, 2011

The 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race At Bristol Motor Speedway Preview

Bristol Motor Speedway:(formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway) is a NASCAR short track located in Bristol Tennessee. Bristol ( nicknamed “Thunder Valley”) is one of the most popular tracks on the NASCAR Schedule because of its extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads and stadium-like seating. On August 26th,the NASCAR Nationwide Series rolls into “Thunder valley” to start race 25 out of 34 on there season schedule. Before the race on Friday, almost everyone heard about the top story in the Nationwide Series- Danica Patrick will be racing full time with JR Motor Sports and part time with Stewart- Hass racing in the Sprint Cup Series. The NASCAR Nationwide Series has three other big stories going into the race Friday night.
Parker Kligerman is a 21 year old race car driver currently with Penske Racing’s driver development program. He currently drives the #29 Dodge Ram for Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Parker is currently 9th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Points standings with 3 Top 5’s and 6 Tops 10’s in 16 starts. Friday night, Parker will make his first start of the season in the Nationwide series for Penske racing. He will be in Brad Keselowki’s No.22 Nationwide Series car. Keselowski, the resigning Nationwide Series Champion, has been out of the Nationwide Series events since fracturing his ankle and straining his back Aug.3 in a crash while Testing at Road Atlanta. Parker has a good chance at winning or getting at least a solid top 15 finish. He was 14th in the first and only Nationwide practice with a lap time of 16.197 seconds (118.466 Mph). Keep your eye on Parker Friday night and don’t be surprised if you see this young gun up front a lot in the race.
Going into the race Friday night, 20 year old Trevor Bayne is going to have a new Crew chief with him. Chad Norris has been named crew chief of Roush Fenway's No. 16 Nationwide Series team. He has been with Roush Fenway since 2005, and he led Marcos Ambrose's winning effort from atop the pit box last weekend in Montreal. Norris takes over for Chris Andrews. Andrews' role in the organization will be announced at a later date.
Friday morning, the Nationwide cars were out practing in there only practice session. Kevin Harvick Inc driver Elliot Sadler was the fastest with a lap time of 16.020 seconds (119.775 MPH). Friday afternoon, the Nationwide cars were out on the track Qualifying. Kyle “Rowdy” Busch snatched the pole for Friday nights race and his teammate Joey Logano starts second.
Cory Howe, a crew member of the No. 50 MAKE Motor Sports Chevrolet team in the Nationwide Series was injured performing adjustments underneath the car Friday morning during practice at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Cory was transported to Wellmont Health System in Kingsport, Tenn., where he underwent treatment and tests for his minor injuries. He is currently listed in good condition and the team will have further updates on his release once available.
Every time you watch any NASCAR race at Bristol, you never get disappointed. Bristol is one of the most exciting race tracks on the NASCAR Nationwide Schedule and I truly believe Friday night, we will see an exciting “Friday night under the lights” race that you race fans do not want to miss! Who has the best chance at winning Friday night? You want to keep your eye on the Roush Fenway boys, JGR boys and Kevin Harvick Inc boys. They are the teams that have the best chance at winning friday night; but you dont really know who is going to win, becuase short track racing at Bristol is exciting, fast pace and anything can happen. Race Fans: The NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be on ESPN: Friday- 7:30 p.m ET. Get ready to be at the edge of your seat until the checkered flag waves in the air.

To see the complete results of practice, click on the link below.

To see the complete results of Qualifying, click on the link below.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Move Over Guys, There's A lady Moving Into NASCAR Full Time In 2012

Danica Patrick (born March 25, 1982) is currently competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series full-time for Andretti Autosport and she is also competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series part time for Jr Motor Sports. Danica was named Rookie of the Year for the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Season. She won her first and only IndyCar Series career win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300; Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy Car race. She placed 3rd in the 2003 Indianapolis 500 , which was both a personal best for her at the track, and the highest finish by a woman in the event's history. In 2010, Patrick began racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the #7 Go Daddy. COM Chevrolet Impala for JR Motor Sports part-time. She had her best career finish of 4th in the Nationwide series on March 5, 2011 at Las Vegas Speedway —the best finish by a woman in NASCAR's top three Series. On August 25th via live video conference on NASCAR. COM, Danica ended months of Speculation after announcing her 2012 plans.
Danica made it official that she will move to the NASCAR Nationwide Series full-time in 2012, and also run a partial Sprint Cup schedule for Stewart- Hass Racing. During the live conference, Danica Patrick and Go Daddy. COM founder Bob Parson signed the last document to make it official for her to race in the Nationwide Series full time. Danica will have sponsorship from Go Daddy. COM with JR Motor sports in the Nationwide Series and Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Her partial schedule in the Sprint Cup Series is not set yet, she believes that they will run  8-10 races  in 2012. Danica also stated that the car number for her Sprint Cup car with Stewart- Hass racing has not been decided yet. "We are excited to finally announce that Go Daddy will be taking me full-time into NASCAR next year," Patrick said. "Very exciting, I'm just excited to finally say it." She would like to continue to run the Indy 500, but nothing is official on that yet. Bob Parson stated that he believes that Go Daddy. COM is staying in IndyCar, and he also stated that there is a special announcement going to happen in the future about Go Daddy. COM and the IndyCar series.
I truly believe Danica should get the respect she deserves, because she is truly one of the best female racers in the world and she will be competing against some of the best drivers in the country. After the 2011 IndyCar Series is over, I wouldn’t be surprised if the IndyCar series ticket sales and TV ratings go down alot. She is one of the most popular drivers in the IndyCar series and without her what does the IndyCar series have? There are many details remaining, such as the actual races she'll run in the Sprint Cup Series but for now, the major news is out there. So keep your eye on this girl, because I truly believe she will be making history for herself in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012 full time.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Up-And-Coming Young Racing Professional Is Making All The Right Moves On His Path To NASCAR Stardom

Ross Chastain
(Credit goes to google)
Ross Chastain: Born December 4th, 1992 is from Alva Florida. Ross attended Riverdale High school and he currently is attending Florida Gulf Coast University. While working on his family's watermelon farm, he was always dreaming of racing.
At the age of 12 Ross started his racing career and he didn’t look back. This young gun has build an impressive racing resume in his young career. 50+ feature wins, 2007 Fast Kids Points Champion, 2008 Fast Truck Champion, 2008 Fast Truck 6 pack Champion, 2008 Punta Gorda speedway Late Model Champion, he was third in points for the 2009 Punta Gorda Speedway Late Model Championship, 2010 Orlando speedworld Late Model Champion and 2011 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Auto Racing Late Model Champion.He won a race in his first attempt at driving a legends car. Ross ran ASA Late Model South Series last year with GMR Motorsports. 
Friday July 29th, Ross got a wonderful opportunity to build on to his racing resume  and possibly move forward in his racing career. He made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis for Turn One Racing. In qualifying Ross qualified the #66 Turn One Racing truck in 15th position for the race. During the race: After some adjuments to the truck, great pits stops by the crew and great driving by the talented guy in the truck, Ross ended the 200 lap race in a impressive 10th place! Because of his impressive NASCAR Truck Series debut, Ross is getting another great opportunity to drive for Turn One Racing this Wednesday, August 24that Bristol Motor Speedway.
Ross was given a true talent in racing and I truly believe he will do great at Bristol this Wednesday. You don’t see many drivers make there debut in the truck series and finish a impressive 10th place. In the future I truly believe Ross will be in the truck series soon and in a couple years I am sure we will see him in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. Keep your eye on this very talented young gun, you may hear the name Ross Chastain as a Champion in one of NASCAR’S Top three divisions in a few years, you never know.
Attention All race fans: Don’t miss the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race - 8 p.m. ET Wednesday only on Speed!
To Ross Chastain: Congratulations on your impressive debut in the NASCAR Truck series and on getting a opportunity to make your second career NASCAR Truck Series start! Good luck this Wednesday at Bristol!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Michigan International Speedway Preview / 2011 Chase Preview

  Michigan International Speedway: a two- mile moderate-banked D shaped Superspeedway located on more than 1,400 acres in Brooklyn Michigan. Michigan speedway is one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR due to its Wide, sweeping corners and long straightaways; typical qualifying speeds are in excess of 190 mph and corner entry speeds are anywhere from 205-215 mph! On August 21st, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series starts race 23 out of 36 on there season schedule at Michigan International Speedway. Friday, the drivers practiced and qualified for the race, they also had a final practice on Saturday. One of the biggest questions I know a lot of race fans want to know is will Sunday’s race be exciting as the nationwide race was  Saturday? When the drivers start the race on Sunday, they will have two things on there mind: Getting a win and having a spot in the chase. Some drivers have a good chance at getting in the chase while others need a miracle to happen to be in the chase.
I know a lot of people want to see Dale Earnhardt Jr win a race, I would like to see him win a race too. Sunday he may have a good chance at finally getting a win. About 3 years ago Dale Earnhardt Jr won his last Cup race at Michigan. Keep your eye on Dale Earnhardt Jr, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was in victory lane on Sunday. Dale is currently 9th in the points standing. He is in the Chase-but with only a couple races to go before the chase starts, if he would have about two bad races, he would be out of the chase. JR Nation: Dale JR has a good chance at winning, but he is not safely in the chase yet. Another driver who has a good chance at winning is Greg Biffle. Greg has two wins at Michigan in 17 starts. Biffle’s chance at being in the chase is dwindling with only a couple races to go before the chase starts . He needs two wins or at least one win and a couple really good runs to be in the chase. Biffle fans: Lets just say Biffle needs a lot of luck on his side and he is one of the drivers who needs a miracle to be in the chase. Tony Stewart: He visited Michigan in 2000, but this year he has not scored himself a victory. “Smoke” currently is in the chase and sits 10th in the standings, but he is not safely in the chase. To the Stewart Fans: Your driver definitely needs at least one win before he is safely in the chase. Clint Bowyer currently has no wins this season and with a Avg. finish of 15.8 so far this year, he currently sits 11th in the points. He has no wins this season, so he would be bumped out of 11th in the points standings when the chase does start. Bowyer fans: Clint’s hopes of being in the chase is not looking good, he needs at least one win, so keep your eye on Clint Sunday afternoon. David Ragan: a nice guy for sure, but his chance at winning Sunday and being in the case- not good. David Ragan has dropped from 13th to 23rd in the points in the past three races due to finishes of 23rd, 34th and 28th. David Reutimann has just one top 10- so Reutimann is definitely not one of the drivers that has a good chance at winning Sunday and being in the chase. Sunday all of these drivers will have winning on there mind so they can get in the chase.
In practice one: Matt Kenseth was the fastest with a lap time of 38.133 seconds( 188.813 Mph.) Ryan Newman was second fastest with a lap time of 38.195 seconds (188.506 Mph.) In the second and final practice: Mark Martin was the fastest with a lap time of 28.371 seconds ( 187.642 Mph). Kyle “Rowdy” Busch was the second fastest with a lap time of 38.417 seconds ( 187.417 Mph). In qualifying: Greg Biffle grabbed the pole for the race Sunday. Matt Kenseth starts 2nd, Ryan Newman starts 3rd , Denny Hamlin starts 4th and Mark Martin Starts 5th.
Anything can happen in the race Sunday, we may be surprised and see a driver who has not won yet this year get a win, you never know.Who do I think will be out of the Chase and who will be in the chase? I believe David Reutimann, David Ragan and Clint Bowyer will be out of the chase and Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt and Tony Stewart will be in the chase. I don’t think Jimmie Johnson will be the Champion this year, I believe it will be Kyle Busch or Carl Edwards. Roush Fenway Racing has been strong all year except for David Ragan.Will the race on Sunday be exciting as the nationwide race was Saturday? My prediction: yes because its getting closer to the chase and drivers are going to be pushing the limits and doing everything they can to win. To find out if the Spint Cup race will be exciting as Saturdays nationwide race, you got to tune into ESPN - 1 p.m. ET Sunday and get ready to be at the edge of your seat until the checkered flag waves in the air.

To view the complete results from practice 1, Practice 2 and qualifying click on the links below

Saturday, August 20, 2011

2011 NASCAR Nationwide Race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Race Preview

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a 4.361 km (2.71 mi) motor racing circuit for the Formula one Canadian Grand Prix, NASCAR Canadian tire Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and Grand- Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Saturday Augusts 20th , the NASCAR Nationwide series starts race 24 out of 34 on there season schedule at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal Canada. Anytime we go to a road course we always see a lot of road course expert drivers try to make the field and compete against the Nationwide regulars. This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide series has four popular news
headlines going into the race this weekend.

29 year old Canadian Maryeve Default is a race car driver from Sorel, Quebec. As a Teenager, Maryeve raced snowmobiles, motorcross, go-karts and open wheel racing. In 2010 she raced in two events in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. In 2011 she made 12 starts in the ARCA series and had one top 10 finish at Chicagoland. Saturday Maryeve plans on becoming the first Canadian woman to make a Nationwide Series race when she straps on her helmet at her hometown track in this weekend's NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Default has been entered in the No. 81 Dodge owned by Pat MacDonald, with sponsorship from the Quebec Dodge Dealers. The car is normally driven by Blake Koch. The car is inside the top 30 in owner's points, guaranteeing Default a starting spot in Saturday's race. I truly believe Maryeve will have a good solid finish saturday.
Boris Said will drive the No. 30 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet for the Nationwide Series race at Circuit Gilles Villanueva on Aug. 20. Boris is the defending winner of the race at Montréal. Said has two top-five finishes in four starts at the track, and after an exciting battle for the lead in the closing laps of the 2010 event, Said captured his first career victory in the Nationwide Series. In 22 Nationwide starts this season, Turner Motors ports has three wins, 19 top-five and 45 top-10 finishes between its four teams.
There have been reports by ESPN reporters that Danica Patrick is finalizing a contract to run full time in 2012 for JR motor sports in the Nationwide Series. There also have been reports that she will run part time for Stewart Hass racing in the Sprint cup Series in 2012. An announcement is expected next week in Phoenix, where Patrick's sponsor,, is based. The initial announcement of Patrick's foray into NASCAR racing took place in Dec. 2009 in the Rotunda at Chase Field in Phoenix. Danica Patrick is one of the most popular drivers in the Indy Car Series. If she leaves the Indy series next year, that will definitely hurt the series.
30 year old IZOD Indy car driver, Alex Taglioni will be making his 3rd Nationwide series start this weekend in Montreal. He will be driving the #12 Hot wheels sponsored dodge car for Penske racing. Taglioni drives for Sam Schmidt motorsports in the Indy Series and he is currently 10th in the IZOD Indy car series Championship points standings.
The Nationwide Series rolled out on the track Friday morning for practice one and Friday afternoon for practice two. Most of the road course experts were the fastest in both practices.
The Canadian fans were on there feet cheering during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villanueve, with two local stars starting in the front row for the race.
Jacques Villeueve bumped Alex Talgliani off the Pole position to snatch his first career NASCAR nationwide series Pole. The Pair of Rodger Penske -owned Dodges were the only two to complete a lap under 72 seconds around the 2.71 mile circuit .
Saturday afternoon I believe race fans will see an exciting road course race that will keep you on the edge of your chair until the checkered flag waves. The drivers who I believe have a good chance at winning Saturday are: Pole Sitter Jacques Villeueve, IZOD Indy Car driver Alex Talgaliani, Boris Said and Ron Fellows. Those drivers definitely have a good chance at winning Saturday, but anything can happen in the race and we could see a driver who we least expected to win be in victory lane. We will have to wait and see what the Nationwide road course race will be like Saturday afternoon by watching it at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN!

Click on the link below to take you to practice 1 results

Click on the link below to take you to practice 2 results

Click on the link below to take you to qualifying results


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ryan Truex Signs with Joe Gibbs Racing

Any NASCAR fan who watches the NASCAR K@N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Nationwide Series has probably heard the name Ryan Truex before. 19 year old Ryan Truex from Mayetta, New Jersey is a 2009 and 2010 NASCAR K@N Pro Series East Champion. He is the younger brother of Sprint Cup Series driver and two time Nationwide Series Champion 31 year old Martin Truex. Jr.
Some of you may remember last season 20 year old Trevor Bayne was driving for Diamond- Waltrip Racing in the nationwide Series and was released from his contract and Ryan took over in the #99 MWR Nationwide car for the remainder of the season. Truex launched his Nationwide Series career in 2010, achieving a pole at Michigan and earning three top-15 finishes in his first seven Nationwide Series starts for MWR. This season, Ryan competed in ten races in the Nationwide Series with Pastrana-Waltrip Racing, until a lack of funding and sponsorship took him out of the car.
On September 3rd Ryan is getting a great opportunity that he has probably been thinking about since he lost his ride at Pastrana- Waltrip racing- he is going to be back in the Nationwide series in a couple weeks. Ryan will be piloting the Joe Gibbs racing Nationwide No.20 Toyota at Atlanta Speedway; he will also be in the car at Richmond, Chicagoland, Dover, Kansas, and Phoenix for the nationwide event.
I’m sure all of the Ryan Truex fans are excited to hear that Ryan will be back in the Nationwide series in a couple weeks. Ryan is getting an excellent opportunity to drive for one of the best NASCAR teams and I truly believe he has a good chance at doing very well in the #20 Nationwide Toyota. I will admit that Ryan did struggled a lot in the 10 races that he did run this season and that’s mostly because he is still a rookie in the nationwide series and he needs to get more experience. When he starts his 6 race contract with Joe Gibbs racing he will have three talented teammates( Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano )that can help him improve in the nationwide series. After his 6 race contract is up, it is uncertain on what Ryan’s future will be in the NASCAR Nationwide series, so we will have to wait and see on what the future will be for Ryan. For right now, it’s still great to hear that Ryan is getting a great opportunity to be driving for JGR.
To Ryan Truex: Congratulation on getting a 6 race contract with Joe Gibbs Racing and good luck in September at Atlanta!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The ARCA Racing Series 125 at Pocono Raceway

The ARCA Racing Series powered by Menards(formerly Midwest Association for Race Cars ,ARCA Series, ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series ,ARCA Re/MAX Series and ARCA Racing Series powered by ReMax and Menards) is considered a minor, but professional, league of stock car racing. Even though some events occur the same weekend as the NASCAR events, the ARCA Series is in no way affiliated with NASCAR. ARCA's competitors contain a mix of both professional racers as well as hobby racers. There is also younger competitors trying to make a name for themselves.
The afternoon of August 6th ,the ARCA Racing series was getting ready to race at “ the tricky triangle” of Pocono Raceway and start race 13 of 19 on there season schedule. Unfortunately two hours before the Pennsylvania ARCA 125 was set to take the green flag on Saturday, Mother Nature made her way into eastern Pennsylvania where she completely drenched the 2.5-mile oval leaving the race in jeopardy for the day. Shortly after 5:00 p.m, officials from ARCA and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway elected to postpone the race until after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, which was also delayed until Sunday morning.
One of the biggest stories going into the race was that nine-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Frank Kimmel has not scored a win since 2008.The Pennsylvania ARCA 125 at Pocono Raceway might have been the race for that to happen. Kimmel won the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell at Pocono last July and led 20 laps before finishing seventh, and his eighth-place run this June was his fourth consecutive top-10 in Long Pond. Kimmel has three victories at the track, in 1999, 2005, and 2006. Seven Pennsylvania drivers were on the entry list for the Pennsylvania ARCA-125: Kory Rabenold/Slatington PA, Steve Fox/Hazleton PA, Brian Kaltreider/Reading PA, Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA, Nick Igdalsky/Long Pond PA, Don Thompson/ Carlisle PA, and Kyle Martel/Lebanon PA. There were also two woman on the entry list for the race: Maryeve Default/Sorel Quebec(She has been an ARCA series regular this year), and Milka Duno/ Caracas Venezuela ( Milka has only ran a couple races this year).Another big story was that while Max Gresham had his mind on winning the Pennsylvania 125 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Pocono Raceway Sunday morning, the driver of the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota also had his eyes firmly focused on the future. Running well at Pocono would go a long way in getting him certified to run NASCAR at the beginning of next year. That will set up his whole season and give him the opportunity to do a full schedule, maybe run for Rookie of the Year in the Nationwide or Truck divisions. Keep your eye on Max, we may see him move up into NASCAR’s top three series someday soon. Chris Buescher and Grant Enfinger have been learning from one of the best of all time-Frank Kimmel. kimmel has to be impressed with the numbers rookie TY Dillon has posted this season (Going into Pocono TY had a 370 point lead over second place Frank Kimmel). TY Dillon has been the most dominate driver in the ARCA racing series this year, but did he dominate on the “Tricky triangle“?
Before the race, the ARCA cars were out on the track Practicing and qualifying. 18 year old Georgia driver, Max Gresham won the Menards Pole Award Presented by Ansell at Pocono with a lap time of 53.535 seconds (168.114 mph). In Practice, Max was 5th fastest with a lap time of 54.937 seconds (163.824mph). The young talented rookie, TY Dillon qualified in the second position with a lap time of 53.546 seconds (168.080 mph). In Practice Dillon was 4th fastest with a lap time of 54.848 seconds (164.090 mph). Casey Roderick qualified in the 3rd position with a lap time of 53.967 seconds (166.769 mph). Casey was the fastest in practice with a lap time of 54.512 seconds (165.101mph).Roush Fenway Racing development driver Chris Buescher qualified in the 4th position with a lap time of 54.242 seconds (165.923 mph). In practice, Buescher was 8th fastest with a lap time of 55.238 seconds ( 162.931 mph). Ryan Wilson qualified in the 5th position with a lap time of 54.290 seconds (165.776mph). In practice Ryan was 7th fastest with a lap time of 55.166 seconds (163.144mph). Three cars did not qualify for the race: Levi Youster, Rick Clifton and Roger Carter.
Coming out of turn 3- the pace car turned on to pit road and the start of the ARCA Racing series 125 was green! Pole Sitter Max Gresham quickly jumped over in front of second place TY Dillon and charged away from the field. First caution on lap 2: The cars of Kyle Martel and Tom Berte made contact, Graham tried to escape the chaos but was clipped by Brandon Kidd which sent the No. 59 Batter’s Dream Dodge Charger skidding toward a retaining guardrail on the infield. Just before he made contact with the wall, Graham's car struck a paved path and launched over the three-tier rail. The car then spun and came to a rest inside the guardrail after sliding through the grass, with the car's rear end resting on the top of the barrier. Shortly after coming to a stop, Graham dropped the window net and climbed from his automobile when cheers abruptly were heard from the race fans in the stands. Waiving to them, he climbed into an ambulance for the mandatory ride to the infield care center. In all, five cars were entangled in the mess, Including Berte, Graham and Martel, MGR teammate Brent Brevak also was involved along with the No. 7 of Brandon Kidd .John Blankenship loses a left rear tire while there still under caution. He makes a u turn, goes on pit road and his crew gets another left rear tire on his car.
The green flag waved in the air for the restart and Max Gresham charged away from the field again. The young gun TY Dillon charged past Max Gresham and took the lead at lap 17. With 24 laps to go the 2nd caution came out for James Harvey Hilton. It appeared that his car lost power and he was not able to get onto pit road, so he stopped his car in the grass off the long pond straightway in the back stretch. With 23 laps to go the cars rolled on to pit road to make there first and final stop, and Ty Dillon rolled out 1st .
The green flag waved in the air for the restart and Dillon gets a spectacular restart and pulled away from the field fast! Coming into turn number one Casey Roderick gets turned by Max Gresham, and Roderick slams the rear of his car into the wall. Gresham got a tire rub and some damage on his right front fender. Gresham racing not very smart, ruins Roderick’s and his day.
The pace car made a hard left turn onto pit road putting the field into the hands of the leader TY Dillon. The green flag flew in the air and TY gets another great restart. Coming out of turn number three, the final caution comes out with just a couple laps to go. Green flag flies in the air and TY Dillon rockets away from the field with 10 laps to go. Coming out of turn three. Dillon races onto the front stretch and crosses the finish line the winner of the ARCA racing series 125 at Pocono raceway! Dillon’s teammate Tim George Jr finished in the second position. Chris Buescher finished 3rd, Tom Hessert finished 4th and Grant Efinger finished 5th.
After the ARCA race ended, some race fans talked about their reactions of the race via email.
It was a really wild race, Especially when Buster Graham went over the Guardrail! Congrats to TY Dillon on his 9th career win at Pocono! - Cody H

I thought the race was really awesome! The ARCA drivers need more spotlight, the series is great. Ty Dillon has been terrific this year ,he has the championship won .The drivers put on a show in my opinion . It was a spectacular race!- Tyler M.

The ARCA racing series always brings us fans an exciting race to watch, and I think Sunday morning’s race proved that to us. In my opinion ARCA is one of the best racing series to watch, they bring good racing to the track, and its great to see the young guns making a name for themselves in this series. There is also older people that race in this series and have no plans to move up to NASCAR or any other series. TY is one of the young guns in the series that you definitely have to keep your eye on. There has been talk that he might be in the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series next year. TY is a threat to win every time he gets on the track and at the end of the ARCA season, I am sure we will hear the name TY Dillon as a ARCA Series Champion. Its definitely going to be exciting to watch him go up threw the ranks in the NASCAR series in a few years. Love him or hate him ,you got to admit that TY is one Talented young gun, who is going to have an amazing future ahead of him.
Attention Race fans: Do you want to see some great racing? If so, then check out the Allen Crowe 100 ARCA Racing Series event at the Illinois state fairgrounds, August 21st at 1:00pm, ( not televised on TV). The next televised race will be October 7th, the Kansas Lottery 98.9 race at Kansas speedway 8:30 pm ET Live on Speed!
To TY Dillon :Congratulations on your ninth career ARCA Racing Series victory at Pocono raceway!

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Lucas Oil Raceway

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (formerly Indianapolis Raceway Park and O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis), is a 51year old short track that has held many exciting NASCAR events through out the years. About 17 years ago, The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series started racing at Lucas Oil Raceway. Unfortunately in 2012 it is possible that this exciting short track will be closing. That’s why Friday nights Camping world Truck series race was an exciting and special race, that you race fans did not want to miss!
The Evening of July 29th, the tough trucks of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned for a “Friday night under the lights race” at the historic famed short track. The Truck series drivers had two things on there mind going into qualifying and the race. The first thing was getting a good starting position, because track position is a very big key to winning a race at a short track. The second thing that a lot of drivers had on there mind, was getting the win and being possibly the last truck series driver to win at Lucas Oil Raceway.
One of the biggest stories going into the race was that Kyle Busch was not in his truck again this weekend. Kyle gave 2009 and 2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Champion, Josh Richards another great opportunity to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports. A lot of people probably have never heard of the name Ross Chastain until Friday night. On July 20th, Turn one racing announced Southern Florida late model standout 18 year old Ross Chastain was selected to pilot the No. 66 Chevrolet in Friday night’s 17th Annual AAA Insurance 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. That was only a one race deal for Ross, but maybe someday in the future we will see him in more truck races. One driver who had an excellent chance at winning, was Ron Hornaday. He has four wins at LOR and all his wins came from a top5 starting spot. James Buescher also had a pretty good shot at getting the win. Buescher has 8 straight top 10 finishes this year so far . At LOR he finished 5th and 6th in his 2 starts there. 2011 looks like to be the best class of rookies in the truck series, Keep your eye on Parker Kligerman. This season he has 12 starts- 5 top 10s, and his best finish is second. This year rookie Joey Coulter has had a best finish of 5th 3 times, so you might want to also keep an eye on this young gun.
Before the truck race, the trucks were out on the track for practice and qualifying. 21 year old Austin Dillon, grabbed his fourth pole of the year at LOR. His qualifying lap time was, 22.425 seconds (110.127 Mph). In Practice Dillon was seventh in the first session and second in the final practice session. Kevin Harvick Inc driver, Elliot Sadler was 6th in the first practice session and he was the fastest truck in the final practice. In qualifying Elliot just didn’t have enough speed to snatch the pole away from Dillon, Elliot qualified 2nd for the race. His lap time was 22.544 seconds (109.546 Mph). Rookie Joey Coulter was struggling in the first practice and ended up 14th fastest. In the Final practice Joey found enough speed to slide into the 3rd fastest position. Joey showed good speed in qualifying, and qualified 3rd. Coulters lap time was 22.551 seconds ( 109.512 Mph.). Points leader Johnny Sauter, was second in practice #1 and seemed to of lost speed in the final practice, he ended up 7th fastest. Johnny gained a little bit more speed in qualifying to take the 4th
starting spot for the race. His qualifying lap time was 22.561 seconds (109.463Mph.) 4 time NASCAR Camping world truck series Champion, Ron Hornaday was 3rd in practice #1 and lost speed in practice #2, he ended up 11th fastest. Ron found some speed after the last practice to qualify in the 5th position for the truck race. Ron’s qualifying lap time was 22.591 seconds (109.318 Mph). Ross Chastain was 25th in practice #1 and he picked up a little bit of speed in the final practice to end up 19th fastest. In Ross’s qualifying attempt, he qualified 15th for the race. Chastain’s lap time was 22.863 seconds, (108.017 Mph). All 36 drivers who attempted qualifying made the starting field for the 200- lap race.
All in line- two by two -thirty six trucks about to trade some paint at Lucas Oil Raceway. Coming out of turn 4- the green flag flew and “Friday night under the lights” short track racing was underway! 1st caution at the first corner of the race track.: It appears that Johanna long got into Jason white. That caused Jason to lose control of his truck and slam into the wall. Ryan Siege had nowhere to go and he ran into Jason white.
On the restart Austin Dillon chose the outside line, as the green flag flew Austin got a great restart and charged away from the field. Austin had a big lead over 2nd place Johnny Sauter at lap 17. KHI driver Elliot Sadler was running in 3rd, Joey Coulter was running in the 4th position and Parker Kligerman was doing great in the 5th spot. Points leader Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon battled hard for the lead, but at lap 37 Sauter charged past Dillon and took the lead!
As a light rain shower began to fall on the track, the second caution came out at lap 40 for rain. Before the restart, the trucks rolled on to pit road for there first pit stop. As the pace car headed off the track to go on pit road, Austin and Johnny were both side by side coming around turn 4 for the restart. The green flag flew in the air and Sauter had a great start and charged away from the field.
As the 3rd caution came out on the race track, all the lead lap trucks came on pit road for a pit stop. Parker Kligerman led the field to the restart, and got an excellent start as the green flag flew in the air. The 4th caution came out at lap 90, Timothy Peters was racing hard with Steve Arpin, both of there trucks made contact, and that resulted in Timothy having a cut tire. Max papis got the Aarons lucky dog, and got back on the lead lap.
The pace car turned back on to pit road, and the green flag flew back in the air at lap94. Parker Kligerman and James Buescher battled side by side for the lead for about 5 laps until finally at lap 100 James charged past Parker and pulled away from the field. On lap 136 points leader Johnny Sauter came to pit road because he cut a right front tire. At about Lap 138 Sparks flew out of Johnny’s truck- it appears that his right front sway bar was broke . Johnny about 2 laps down, stayed on the track and kept losing positions. With 33 laps to go- James Buescher was the leader and Austin Dillon was running second. Matt Crafton running in the 3rd position, Ron Hornaday 4th, and David Star 5th. Timothy Peters grabbed the lead from James Buscher at lap 6 and didn’t look back.
Timothy raced around the final turn, and crossed the finish line the winner of the AAA Insurance NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Lucas oil Raceway! James Buescher finished 2nd, David Star finished 3rd, Miguel Paludo finish 4th and rookie Joey Coulter finished 5th. Ross Chastain did an excellent job in the race and got himself a 10th place finish. As Timothy Peters did his victory celebration, Ricky Carmichael and Austin Dillon were still trying to cross the finish line- Ricky Carmichael ran out of gas, and Austin Dillon’s truck just didn’t have much power and also had a flat tire because Todd Bodine put him in the wall with 2 laps to go. Josh Richard’s really struggled all night, and he ended up finishing in the 22nd position. It was a really tough night for points leader Johnny Sauter, he ended up finishing 24th-4 laps down. Johnny has the points lead by only 4 points over Austin Dillon.
Overall the truck race brought most race fans an exciting “Friday night under the lights” race to watch possibly for the final time at Lucas Oil Raceway . Timothy Peters and his team have shown that they are strong and they are going after that Championship this year. Right now, Timothy sits 4th in points -22 points behind the points leader Johnny Sauter. In my opinion Timothy has an excellent chance at claiming the Championship this year. Even if he doesn’t claim the championship this year, I truly believe we will hear the name Timothy Peters as a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion in a few years.
To All Race Fans: Do you want to see the next generation of Sprint cup series drivers? If So, then Check out the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Pocono Raceway, August 6th -1pm ET only on Speed!
To Timothy Peters: Congratulations on your 3rd career NASCAR Camping world Truck Series win, and good luck at the “Tricky triangle” of Pocono Raceway next weekend..

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Nashville Superspeedway

It was a warm Summer day on July 22, 2011 as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rolled into Music City USA for a Friday night under the lights race, that you race fans did not want to miss! Every truck series driver had two thing in mind when they started the race: Getting a good finish, but also winning and receiving the amazing trophy: A Sam Bass custom-painted Gibson Les Paul guitar.
The Biggest story going into Nashville was that Kyle Busch was not going to race in his #18 Toyota Tundra. 2009 and 2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Champion, Josh Richards received a great opportunity to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports Friday night. On July 7th at the Kentucky truck race, Todd Bodine’s team announced that they would be parking the truck for the Iowa and Nashville Events due to a lack of Sponsorship. It’s amazing how in a couple weeks a lot can change- Todd Bodine was at Nashville , driving for the #5 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota. Nashville has a reputation for first time winners in the truck series, so keep your eye on those young guns. Austin Dillon has had a really frustrating couple of races. Dillon and his team have seen victory slip away from them 3 times! Going into the race Friday night, Austin was determined to head out of Nashville as the winner.

Before qualifying and the race started, I had the privilege of asking some race fans, what they thought was going to happen in the truck race, and I also asked them if they had any favorite drivers in the truck series.
“I like a lot of truck series drivers. Austin Dillon and Todd Bodine are old favorites, I am really excited with seeing the youngsters in the truck series. The truck series does get wild, Tonight, its possible that we may see a wild race.” -Mark H.
“I believe it's going to be a fun and exciting race tonight, and I think the favorites are Johnny Sauter, Austin Dillon, Ron Hornaday and I am hoping Ricky Carmichael can maybe pool off a win tonight. I believe it will be an awesome race tonight.” -Tyler M.

I think it will be a pretty good race since Kyle Busch isn't in the race loll. I don't really have a favorite in the Truck Series right now since Mario Gosselin isn't racing this year, but I do like Ron Hornaday a lot. Timothy Peters and Nelson Piquet Jr have a good chance at getting the win tonight. I say Ron Hornaday or Johnny Sauter will probably win though.” -Cody H.

Before the race , the trucks were out on the track practicing and qualifying. 21 year old Austin Dillon won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Lucas Deep Clean 200 with a lap time of 30.603 seconds,(156.808 Mph). That was Austin’s 10th career NASCAR Camping world Truck series pole and his 1st pole in 4 races at Nashville Superspeedway. In the first practice - Austin was 12th fastest and he was 1st in the second and final practice. Austin’s Teammate 21 year old rookie, Joey Coulter qualified 2nd with a lap time of 30.681 seconds, (156.410 Mph). Joey Coulter was 3rd fastest in practice #1 and 10th fastest in practice #2. It was a Kevin Harvick Inc second row, with Elliott Saddler starting 3rd with a lap time of 30.734 seconds, (156.140Mph). Elliott Saddler was 5th in practice #1, and practice #2 he was 11th.Elliott’s teammate Ron Hornaday started 4th with a lap time of 30.734 seconds, ( 156.140 mph). Ron was in the top 10 in both practices. Timothy Peters was pretty good in practice, he was 2nd in the first practice and 4th in the second and final practice. Timothy qualified 5th , with a lap time of 30.813 seconds, (155.800 mph). Kyle Busch Motorsports driver, Josh Richards really struggled in both practice sessions. He was 20th in the first practice and 23rd in the final practice. Josh qualified 12th with a lap time of 31.080, (154.402 mph).Todd Bodine (nicknamed The Onion)was 4th in the first practice, and 7th in the Final practice. Todd really struggled in qualifying, he ended up starting in the 21st position. Todd’s lap time in qualifying was 31.285 seconds (153.390 Mph).
As the sun began to set at Nashville, the trucks rolled out on the track to start the race and to trade some paint in Music city- USA! As the green flag waved, Austin Dillon got an excellent start and charged away from the field. Austin led 4 laps until the first caution for Johanna Long came out, it appears she was coming off of turn 2, nearly lost control of her truck, and got into the grass. She got her truck back up to speed and joined the rest of the field.
Lap 8, the restart: Austin Dillon gets another great start and pulls away from the field quickly. At lap 28, former truck series champion Todd Bodine made his way up to the 13th position and Josh Richards found himself struggling in the 21st position. Lap 30, after Austin led 29 laps, Timothy Peters charges up to the front, and snatches the lead away from Austin Dillon on the back straight away of the track. Pit stops took place at lap 62: The leader, Cole Whitt, came off the track to get on pit road- he locked the front brakes up and missed pit road! 49 Laps to go: the second caution comes out for debris. Final Pit stops: Austin Dillon rolled out of pit road first and made his way back into the lead.
Johnny sauter goes on the inside of Austin Dillon at lap 107 and takes the lead! With 44 laps to go, the third caution comes out: Max Papis blows an engine and the truck ends up engulfed in flames. Fire shot out from underneath the truck and a little inside the truck. Max Papis did thankfully get out of his truck and walked away in good condition. Michael Waltrip: “It’s a good thing he’s got Geico, so he can get that fixed. He would probably save 15% too.” The green flag flew back into the air with 37 laps to go. Johnny Sauter took the lead, but Austin Dillon was running really close behind him. Austin Dillon passed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Johnny Sauter on lap 127 and didn’t look back.
So who’s dream of winning at Nashville Superspeedway came true? It was 21 year old Austin Dillon who crossed the finish line as the winner Friday night! Championship point leader, Johnny Sauter finished in the 2nd position, Timothy Peters finished in the 3rd position, and Kevin Harvick Inc driver Nelson Piquet Jr. finished 4th. Parker Kligerman finished in the 5th position. Definitely keep your eye on Parker, I’m sure he will get his first win soon. Former Truck series champion- Todd Bodine finished in the 6th position, and Josh Richards finished in the 22nd position .
After the truck race ended, some race fans talked about their reactions of the race via email.
“I thought it was a pretty good race, I knew it would either be Austin Dillon, Johnny Sauter, or Ron Hornaday getting the win. I’m just so happy for Austin and I loved the slide in the grass he did! ha-ha.” -Tyler M.
“It was a pretty solid race, I’m proud of Austin Dillon, but I’m not a big fan of Nashville Superspeedway.” -Cody H.
Overall the truck race brought most race fans an exciting “Friday night under the lights” race to watch. The Nashville race is definitely not the last win for Austin Dillon. Austin is 2nd in the championship points standings only 18 points out of 1st. The young, 21 year old, in my opinion, is going to continue winning. He has an excellent shot at claiming the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship at the end of the year. Keep your eye on this young gun - next year he will be in the Nationwide Series full time. In a few years, I’m sure he will be in the Sprint Cup Series! One day, I’m sure we will definitely hear the name Austin Dillon as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion!

To All Race Fans: Don’t miss the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway, this Friday- 7:30pm ET only on Speed!
To Austin Dillon: Congratulations on your 3rd career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and good luck next weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway!


NNS: 2011 Nationwide race at New Hampshire/ Kyle Busch makes history

The afternoon of July 16th, Kyle Busch: The 2004 Nationwide series rookie of the year, and the 2009 Nationwide series Champion, went into the NASCAR Nationwide series race at New Hampshire with two things in mind: Winning the race and also making history at a young age of 26 years old. Going into the nationwide race, Kyle had a chance of getting his 100th career NASCAR win in his 550th start in NASCAR's top three series. He also had a chance of tying Mark Martin for first place in career Nationwide Series victories with 49.
Brad Keselowski was on the pole for the Nationwide race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick started second, Joey Logano third, Aric Almirola fourth and Kyle Busch started in the 5th position. During the Nationwide race there were 9 cautions, and tempers were really flaring! Lap 106:the 4th yellow flag came out, Jason Leffler spins hard into the outside retaining wall in the middle of the backstretch, and he was turned by Steve Wallace. It was a payback for contact coming off the fourth turn the lap before. Lap 190: the 8th yellow flag came out, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, Reed Sorenson, and Jeremy Clements are involved in a wreck off turn four. The accident is triggered when Steve Wallace gets into the back of Logano, hmm- looks like Steve Wallace has a problem with getting into the back of people and turning them. Finally the 9th and final caution came out at lap196: Andrew Ranger, Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Mike Wallace, Steve Wallace and Brian Scott tangle. Steve Wallace did not make a lot of friends during the race, and all the drivers that were involved in the cautions, were not in the best mood after the race. But that didn’t stop Kyle Busch, he raced down the back straight away for the final time in the lead, came around turn 4 and crossed the finish line the winner of the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and made history with his 100th career NASCAR win and his 49th career nationwide win! Well, certainly mine’s a little bit different,” said Busch, It certainly feels good. It means a lot,” said Busch after the nationwide race, who joins Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105) at the century mark. “It’s a great opportunity to race in this series and to win that many, and now to do it is pretty neat” said Busch. Everybody forgets, he's 26 years old," Mark Martin said''.
Kyle Busch is one of the most talented drivers NASCAR has seen in along time, and he is a threat to win every time he enters a race. Kyle Busch dominates almost every Nationwide Series race he enters. He became the first driver in nationwide series history to lead more than 10,000 laps! Kyle also made history, as the only driver to win all three of NASCAR’s top three touring series in the same weekend (Bristol). Some race fans ask, should Kyle’s NASCAR wins really be combined? Richard Petty’s 200 wins and David Persons 105 wins came out of just the sprint cup series, and Kyle Busch has 22 in Cup, 49 in Nationwide and 29 in the Truck Series. Many say no—that Busch has won the majority of his races in the “minor leagues” of NASCAR racing, and he does not compare to Petty or David Pearson. Some people think that back in the day when petty and Pearson were in NASCAR, the racing was not as competitive as it is today. I recently had a privilege of speaking with some NASCAR fans via email to get there opinions on how they felt about Kyle Busch making history with his 100th career NASCAR win. Mark. H : I'd have a hard time comparing Kyle Busch to Richard Petty. The 100 wins are different. Petty won his on the main track (Winston) while Kyle won his on Sprint-Nationwide and truck. Tyler. M: Kyle Busch's 100 wins is phenomenal! The guy is a great driver who deserves a little bit more respect. I'm not the biggest Kyle Busch fan, but what's not to like about this guy. Kyle is young, he's talented, he may not get the respect he deserves, but he can get it done on the race track. I Wouldn’t compare him to Guys like Petty, Earnhardt and Pearson ,but he is going to be one of the best before it's all said and done. Billy J. M : My opinion of NASCAR combining Kyle’s Truck, Nationwide, and sprint cup wins is just not fair. Kyle Bush controls both the Truck series, and the nationwide series because he is a professional and a great driver that is racing mostly against amateurs in both series. If you notice he doesn’t do quite that well against the professionals in the Sprint cup series. Jimmie Johnson owns the championship for the last 5 yrs and is 2nd in points now as we speak and only 7 points away from being in first place once again. Kyle Bush has too prove himself in the Sprint cup series with the pros before he can ever be considered one of the greatest drivers ever. Kyle Bush has not proven anything yet to even be considered in the same class as Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr or Jimmie Johnson and a lot more drivers. Lorri Angeline N (a big Dale Jr fan) : Lately officials have found several things on Kyle's car that he was penalized for, so therefore he makes me wonder if he didn't cheat himself to the 100 race wins to start with. He definitely is NO "Captain kid", and he sure isn't perfect. For instance, how can he start in 43rd position, make his way to the front, hit the wall, start from the back again a lap down, and still win the race? My question is, what does he have in his car? I would be cursing if I compared Busch to Petty or Earnhardt, that's just insane! Those guys back in the day didn't have it as easy as drivers today. They had to work extra hard to even get to the track and money didn't come as easy either. They raced to take care of their families, and to pay their bills, and there wasn’t much leftover. Their the ones who "drove like they stole it. Their life was depending on it, my point? Busch has a team, crew members, crew chief, and a spotter! His team works together all week getting his car ready, and making sure his car was safe, and complete. Unlike Petty and Earnhardt, Busch gets to the track, puts on his suit, puts on his helmet, and climbs into his car. All he has to do is drive the car! Compliments of Toyota, he ends up with an excellent chassis every week, without the car, Busch could not win! The 100th win is nothing for him to be proud of, he has ran into other cars, put them in the wall, jeopardized their lives doing so, and I truly believe if NASCAR would have thoroughly checked his car out from day one, he would have never received that honor to start with.
Love him or hate him: Kyle will be in NASCAR for many more years, making history. Its hard to deny the accomplishment of 100 wins in NASCAR‘s Top three series- especially at the age of 26. Everybody is entitled to there own opinion about Kyle and all his accomplishments. Maybe someday in the future Kyle will get 100 wins in just the sprint cup series, and prove us race fans that he is as good as petty and Pearson, we will just have to wait and see what the future will hold for Kyle. Even if he does not win up to 100 wins in just the sprint cup series by the end of his career, he will always be a great driver who accomplished a lot in NASCAR, and can win in just about any type of race car. To Kyle Rowdy Busch: Congratulations on your 100th career win in NASCAR, and making history at a young age of 26 years old.