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NHRA Results: Brown, Hight, and Skillman close Western Swing with Seattle victories

Antron Brown piloted his dragster to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) were also victorious in their respective categories at the 16th of 24 events in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.Brown took down Terry McMillen with a 3.776-second pass at 326.48 mph in his Matco Tools dragster during the final round. He earned his fourth victory of the season and second in three events. With the victory, he takes over the Top Fuel points lead.

Antron Brown

“I couldn’t be prouder of my guys, because the Western Swing can bring you down,” Brown said. “My team gave me a great car to allow me to go some rounds against tough competition, but this sets up some real interesting scenarios with only two races to go before the Countdown.” READ FULL STORY

NHRA Results: Todd wins first in Funny Car; Torrence, Gray, Tonglet also victorious in Sonoma

J.R. Todd powered to his first career Funny Car victory Sunday at the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock), and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious in their respective categories at the 15th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Todd clinched the victory with a 4.049-second pass at 323.27 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry against Tim Wilkerson, who went up in smoke in his Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang, during the final round.

J.R. Todd

The victory makes Todd the first African-American to win in the NHRA Funny Car category. He also becomes the second driver in NHRA history to win at Sonoma Raceway in both nitro categories; the first was Don Prudhomme READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Truex Jr. Wins at Watkins Glen

Martin Truex Jr.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Martin Truex Jr. saved enough fuel to hold off the field and pick up his fourth win of 2017 in Sunday’s I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen International.
It’s his 11th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win and the second of his career on a road course.
“I’m a little bit lost for words at the moment just because I’ve been thinking about this one a long time – all weekend, all day,” Truex said. “I guess this is our time. Just can’t say enough about all of these guys and what they allowed me to do. I’m having the time of my life, that’s all I can tell you.
“It means a lot to be in victory lane here at this race track. I’ve been coming here a long time and feel like we’ve been close and had a few slip away from us, but really excited. Great to see an awesome turnout here today with the fans and the sellout. Such a unique and great part of the country.” READ FULL STORY

XFINITY Series Results: Busch Gets Watkins Glen Win

Kyle Busch

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Kyle Busch overcame an early spin and a pit road penalty to win Saturday’s Zippo 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Watkins Glen International, his first series win at the New York road course.
It’s the 90th victory of Busch’s career and fourth of 2017 and it’s just his second series victory on a road course.
“Been a long time coming. We’ve been so close so many times,” Busch said. “Overall finally able to check this box off the list. I just had to not screw it up and I tried but we were fast enough to recover.
“This Toyota Camry drove really good. The guys had awesome brakes on the car. The tires were pretty good too. I thought I flat spotted them a couple of times, but they held through throughout the run so that was cool.” READ FULL STORY

Camping World Truck Series Results: Crafton Conquers Eldora Dirt


NEW WESTON, Ohio – Using a late-race restart 18 laps from the finish and a strategy to ‘go where the others aren’t,’ Matt Crafton muscled past veteran dirt racer Stewart Friesen to win Wednesday night’s fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.   Over the last forty laps of the race, Crafton patiently worked his way from the bottom of the top-10 and took advantage of a Lap 127 caution to position himself to challenge a dominant Friesen for his first win since Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway last May.”My first dirt win – a lot of fun,” said Crafton, who picked up his 14th career win. “In the second part of that race we down-right just stunk. It was my fault. We over-tightened it a little bit in the first run. It got free and we just went back to the way we started the race. READ FULL STORY

NHRA Results: Robert Hight gets first victory of season; Brown, Skillman, Krawiec win in Denver

Robert Hight powered to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious in their respective categories at the 14th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Robert Hight

Hight earned the victory with a 3.995-second pass at 317.57 mph in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro against Tommy Johnson Jr. who ran a 4.099 pass at 297.16 in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T during the final round. He earned his first victory of the season and the 38th of his career. Hight’s win also marked the 13th consecutive season in which he has earned at least one victory. READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Kahne Wins Brickyard 400

Kasey Kahne

In one of the most bizarre races in recent history, Kasey Kahne went to Victory Lane in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, ending a 102-race winless streak in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Kahne was able to hold off the field on the second overtime restart in a race that was slowed a record 14 times for cautions, including three red flags, which took over six hours to complete.
“To win at this track is unreal,” Kahne said. “We used to always be really close. We lost to Jeff (Gordon) and we lost to Tony (Stewart); just some fast cars back then.”
“I’m exhausted. But, an unbelievable win. The team just kept working. We had great pit stops.”
Brad Keselowski restarted first on the final overtime restart of the afternoon but got passed by Kahne entering Turn 1 and had to settle for second. READ FULL STORY

XFINITY Series Results: William Byron Best at The Brickyard

William Byron

William Byron held off Paul Menard in the closing laps to win the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday for his third NASCAR XFINITY Series victory of 2017.
The 19-year-old rookie becomes the youngest driver to win a XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis, coming in his first start in any racing series at The Brickyard.
“It’s really amazing to be here. I’ve got a lot of really great people around me,” Byron said. “It’s a really special moment for us to win at Indy. Great couple weeks and just really proud of this entire race team.”
Byron started third on Saturday and hung around the front of the field for much of the afternoon, winning Stage 1. After playing the pit strategy game with three laps to go in Stage 2, Byron fell back through the field missing out on any additional stage points, but was in prime position to restart the final stage near the front of the field. READ FULL STORY

SEMA Update: Mandalay Bay Adds 1,000 Rooms for SEMA Showgoers

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SEMA Show management recently announced that the Mandalay Bay has added 1,000 rooms for Showgoers heading to Las Vegas for the 2017 SEMA Show, Tuesday, October 31–Friday, November 3. Exhibitors and attendees who have not yet reserved a room are encouraged to book accommodations now to guarantee a room for Show week.Showgoers who make reservations through the Travel & Lodging page on www.SEMAShow.com have access to the latest hotel deals available. All reservations come with built-in benefits, including guaranteed low rates, no hidden fees and exclusive room blocks.The official SEMA Show hotel partner is OnPeak. For assistance with your booking, call 866-611-8831 (for international callers, dial +1-312-527-7300) between 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (CDT), Monday–Friday. Showgoers should be diligent if approached by any company or service other than OnPeak claiming to be the official SEMA Show housing provider. Reservations made through an agency other than OnPeak will be at your own risk

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Hamlin Gets First Win of Season

Denny HamlinDenny Hamlin scored his first win of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in Sunday’s Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Hamlin drove a backup car to the win after crashing his primary mount in Friday’s practice. He led 54 laps to claim his 30th career win and first since taking the checkered flag in last year’s regular season finale at Richmond Raceway.
He had to outrun a hard-charging Kyle Larson in the closing laps to give Joe Gibbs Racing its first win of the season.
“I was doing everything I could to pace,” Hamlin said after climbing out of the winning car. “I knew (Larson) had a very fast car. It just seemed like we were able to get off the corner pretty good. Really I just drove a pace there that I felt comfortable with, just in case we had to restart. I didn’t want to burn the tires up.”
Larson, who started from the back when what would have been a pole-winning qualifying run was disallowed for an illegal rear deck led, charged back to finish second for the seventh time this season. READ FULL STORY