Norwalk: Kalitta, Hagan, Enders-Stevens, Arana, Jr. tops
by Pete McCole NHRA Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan scored his third pole of the season with a record-breaking run in Saturdayâ€™s final qualifying sessions for Sundayâ€™s 51st annual Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Doug Kalitta was the top qualifier in Top Fuel with a record-setting effort of his own, while Erica Enders-Stevens picked up her second straight no. 1 qualifier in the Pro Stock division. Hector Arana, Jr. topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle ladder for his second pole of the season.
by Pete McCole Amid a growing controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, NASCAR has announced today they are asking fans to stop displaying the Confederate flag at any of their sanctioned events. Joining NASCAR in their announcement were all 29 tracks that host an event on one of NASCARâ€™s three major touring series schedules as well as Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., which hosts an NHRA event later this month. NASCARâ€™s parent company, International Speedway Corporation, owns 13 of the facilities, including Route 66 Raceway and Daytona International Speedway, the site of this weekendâ€™s Coke Zero 400.
by Brian Carroccio I had the pleasure of spending this past week at the picturesque Sonoma Raceway covering the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Taking advantage of the opportunity to take fresh rubber after a late caution, Kyle Busch stormed past leader Jimmie Johnson after the final restart then held off the charge from brother Kurt to score his 30th career Sprint Cup win. It was Buschâ€™s first win since sustaining a broken leg at Daytona in February.
by Brian Carroccio Kyle Busch edged his brother Kurt by 0.532 seconds to win today's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. It was the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of 2015 for the driver of the #18 M&M's Crispy Toyota and fourth career win on a road course and first since sustaining a gruesome leg injury at Daytona in February. Clint Bowyer was third, his best finish of 2015. Defending series champion Kevin Harvick was fourth with Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano fifth.
NASCAR Sprint Cup AJ Allmendinger earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet on Saturday at Sonoma Raceway. Allmendinger, who posted a best speed of 96.310 mph, will lead the field for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350. Kurt Busch will also start on the front row tomorrow afternoon after finishing second (96.095 mph). Matt Kenseth's No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota rounded out the top three with a fastest lap of 96.001 mph.
On New partnership with Windows 10 and engagement DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10 CHEVROLET SS met with media and discussed the new partnership with Microsoft and Windows 10, his engagement to Amy Reimann during their trip to Germany, his relationship with Jeff Gordon, the new rules package for the upcoming race in Kentucky, road course racing, and more.
by Pete McCole After weeks of speculation, NASCAR today announced new aerodynamic changes to their rules package for the Sprint Cup Series for the July 11 race at Kentucky Speedway in an attempt to improve the quality of racing in the series. NASCAR's Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell announced the changes during a teleconference on Tuesday. Among the changes will be a lower spoiler and a smaller front splitter, which will have less overhang than the current aero package.
Rain shortened Quicken Loans 400 Starting 24th in a backup car, Kurt Busch fought his way to the front of the field through intermittent rain showers and won Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway when a deluge halted the race after 138 of a scheduled 200 laps.
by Brian Carroccio With a lap of 201.992 mph, Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet edged out reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick by 0.067 seconds to score his 18th career NSCS pole. Harvick was followed by Michigan native Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Ryan Blaney.
Motorsports Marketing must change to remain relevant
by Brian C. Mackey In recent years, the commercial "edge" for Motorsports Marketing, that has long been a trademark of the sport's effectiveness, has seemed to dull and become what others might phrase as "dated." The clues are abundant. Motor racing attendance is down. Television ratings are in general decline. Change, perhaps even radical change, has become a pivotal element in the reconfigured look at the strengths and benefits of motorsport marketing.
NASCAR Martin Truex Jr. won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 on Sunday at Pocono Raceway. It was Truex's first win since 2013 at Sonoma and came at one of his home tracks. Kevin Harvick finished second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch to round out the top five. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was aiming for his third straight win at Pocono, finished 11th. Sunday was the fourth consecutive race in which Truex led the most laps. The No. 78 Chevrolet also led nearly nine times more laps in Sunday's race than his previous 18 races at Pocono.
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