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NHRA Results: Millican finally gets his first NHRA victory; Capps, Laughlin also score in Bristol

Clay Millican (on the left) piloted his Parts Plus / Great Clips dragster to his first career Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. Ron Capps (Funny Car center in photo) and Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) were also winners in their respective categories at the 11th event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Clay Millican

Millican, a Tennessee native, raced a 3.825-second pass at 316.38 mph to defeat Leah Pritchett, who raced a 3.881 at 307.09 in her Papa John’s dragster. He became the 103rd different driver to win in Top Fuel. This was Millican’s 254th NHRA Top Fuel start and the ninth final round of his career. “I love what I do,” Millican said. “There were times I ever wondered if this was going to happen. I don’t deserve this credit. I’m really happy for David Grubnic and all of the boys who work on this car and I mean that one-hundred percent.” READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Larson Wins Again at Michigan

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson scored his second consecutive win at Michigan International Speedway when he took the checkered flag in Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.
Larson held off the field in a restart with five laps to go and went on to score his second win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. He won last year’s August race at Michigan and his victory on Sunday made it back-to-back victories at the two-mile track.
“What a great Father’s Day present for myself and all the other fathers out there,” Larson said in Victory Lane. “My dad is here today, too. So, I’m looking forward to celebrating with him. We’ve been so close to so many other wins. This is our second Cup win of the year, but we’ve had six second place finishes. All-in-all, it’s a good season so far and we’ll continue to keep building on what we’ve got.” READ FULL STORY

XFINITY Series Results: Hamlin Edges Byron for Michigan Win

Denny Hamlin

BROOKLYN, Mich. – For the second week in a row, a last lap pass decided the finish for the NASCAR XFINITY Series as Denny Hamlin passed rookie William Byron coming to the checkered flag in Saturday’s Irish Hills 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
It’s the first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory of the season for Hamlin, the second of his career at Michigan and the 16th victory in 158 career starts.
Hamlin led three times for 34 laps in Saturday’s race including the final lap after getting by Byron in the thrilling finish.
“He did a really great job and really I knew he had a really good car,” Hamlin said. “I wanted to race him clean. I was going to turn him around or anything like that, so stayed low below him and got him a little bit loose through 1 and 2 that allowed me to get position and then into Turn 3 we both got sideways. READ FULL STORY

Camping World Truck Series Results: Nemechek Gets Gateway Win

John Hunter Nemechek

MADISON, Ill. – “Happy Father’s Day!” a crew member shouted at team owner Joe Nemechek Saturday night as track workers put together the Victory Lane stage behind them. Nemechek had already passed out a half dozen hugs and handshakes to other members of the team he owns, NEMCO Motorsports. “Incredible,” was all Nemechek could muster in response after watching his son, John Hunter Nemechek, pass Matt Crafton late in the race and win the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park.

It was the fourth win of John Hunter’s Truck Series career, all of them driving for his father. But it was the first in which his father was also a participant. The win puts John Hunter Nemechek in elite company. Other sons to win a NASCAR national series race against their father include Richard Petty, Kyle Petty, Davey Allison and Dale Earnhardt Jr. READ FULL STORY

NHRA releases 24-race Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule for 2018 season. Wild Horse Pass is on the Schedule!!!

NHRA announced its 24-race 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, featuring intense racing action at tracks across the country.  Millions of fans will witness sensory-overloading side-by-side racing action where winners and losers can be separated by mere inches at speeds exceeding 330 mph.

All 24 events during the busy season will be aired exclusively on FOX Sports and for selected events on the FOX broadcast network, with live and near-live coverage of most of the events.  Over 575 hours of programming will feature action from Friday and Saturday qualifying rounds and Sunday finals.

The lineup for the four-race back-to-back stretch that starts the slate of busy racing action in the summer months will change in 2018. The Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway moves earlier to May 31- June 3. The NHRA New England Nationals at scenic New England Dragway outside of Boston moves later to July 6-8.

The 2018 season will begin at the venerable Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California with the NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 8-11, and closes at the renowned dragstrip with the final race of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 8-11.

Mello YelloFollowing the season-opener, the series returns to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix for the NHRA Arizona Nationals, Feb. 23-25.  READ FULL STORY

NHRA Results: Brittany Force, Matt Hagan, Erica Enders score Wallys at New England Dragway

Brittany ForceBrittany Force raced to the Top Fuel victory Sunday afternoon at the fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway.   Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) also notched victories in their respective categories at the ninth of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Force earned the fourth victory of her career and first of the season with a pass of 3.716 seconds at 328.62 mph in her Monster Energy dragster to defeat Antron Brown, who ran a 3.728 at 327.98 in his Matco Tools dragster in the final round.
“We figured things out in Topeka and I felt like we had our team back, so we knew our first win would be right around the corner,” Force said. “The key to it all is our team sticking together and not giving up, and it definitely paid dividends today.”
Force qualified second for the event and defeated Steve Chrisman, Troy Coughlin Jr., Shawn Langdon and Brown on her way to the victory. Force now sits at sixth in the points standings and is the fifth Top Fuel winner of the season. Brown defeated Shawn Reed, Scott Palmer and points leader Leah Pritchett before reaching his fourth final round of the season.
Hagan powered to the 25th victory of his career and third of the season with a 3.897 pass at 332.59 in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger Funny Car to defeat Courtney Force who ran a 3.927 at 332.34 in her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro. READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Milestone Win for Johnson

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson tied NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough on the all-time win list when he took the checkered flag for the 83rd time in his career in Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway.
Johnson got by Kyle Larson on a green-white-checkered restart and was out front at the overtime line as a multi-car crash broke out behind him. He took the win under caution, marking the 11th time he’s gone to Victory Lane at “The Monster Mile.”
The win is special to Johnson because he was a fan of Yarborough growing up and he even was wearing a special helmet design with images of Yarborough on it. Once he climbed out of the car, Johnson sported a vintage-Yarborough No. 28 Hardee’s hat for the celebration.
“I never thought I’d end up here in NASCAR as a kid racing in the dirt in Southern California,” Johnson said. “I remember going to a race in Oklahoma with my parents and my brother. We were driving across the country and we pulled up to a Hardee’s. I had no idea it was a burger stand and I really thought when I walked in the door, I was going to see Cale Yarborough’s race shop. It was very disappointing. I had a burger and left, and then understood the world of sponsorship. READ FULL STORY

XFINITY Series Results: Ryan Blaney wins his 5th

Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney captured his fifth career win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series when he took the checkered flag in Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Blaney got by Kevin Harvick on the day’s final restart to drive to his first series win since 2015. It was the first of 2017 for Team Penske. Blaney was the eighth different winner in the series this year.
It wasn’t easy for Blaney by any means. He started at the rear after unapproved adjustments before the race. He’s the first driver to win after going to the rear since Marcos Ambrose was victorious at Montreal in 2011.
“It was really tough,” Blaney said. “We kept having tons and tons of cautions,. We lost the lead on a pit stop when we kind of got blocked in and I wasn’t sure I was going to get a shot at it. READ FULL STORY

NASCAR News: Austin Dillon Wins rain delayed Coca-Cola 600

Austin Dillon

Austin Dillon used fuel mileage strategy to win his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.   Dillon inherited the lead from Jimmie Johnson with three laps to go and went on to score his first series win and in the process bring the iconic Richard Childress Racing No. 3 back to Victory Lane.   “It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Dillon said. “I can’t believe it. I was just really focused on those last laps. My fiancé wrote in the car, ‘When you keep God in the first place, he will take you places you never imagined.’ And, I never imagined to be here at the 600 Victory Lane. Praise the Lord and all these guys who work so hard; and my pit crew is the best on pit road. I love it for them. We’re in the Chase. It’s awesome.”   Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five. READ FULL STORY

Takuma Sato wins 101st Indianapolis 500 driving for team Andretti

Team owner Michael Andretti and Takuma Sato

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a place so special to the Andretti family that its team could not be counted out even after Fernanado Alonso and Ryan Hunter-Reay exited with engine failures.  It was Takuma Sato , the newest full-time Andretti driver, who went the distance, drank the milk, and once again put Michael Andretti in victory lane. Sato, the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 , proved Andretti was no fool when he stretched his organization to six cars for Sunday’s 101st running of the event.  Four of the six Andretti drivers led 95 of the 200 laps Sunday, and Andretti has now put a car in victory lane three times in the last four years. For a driver who could never win at Indy, Andretti is doing just fine as an owner. READ FULL STORY