Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to the Funny Car victory at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway on Sunday.Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious in their respective categories at the 21st event of 24 on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The Dodge NHRA Nationals is the third race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Tommy Johnson Jr.
Johnson powered his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to a 3.895-second pass at 330.63 mph in the final round to defeat teammate and points leader Ron Capps’ 3.911 at 324.12 at the controls of his Napa Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T. Johnson, who has raced to the final round in all three NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship events, claimed his 14th career victory, second of the season, and first at Maple Grove Raceway. He is second in the points trailing Capps by only 24. Johnson beat Cruz Pedregon, Mike Smith, and Jack Beckman en route to his fifth final round of the season. READ FULL STORY
Martin Truex Jr. dominated to score his fourth victory of the season and second in the Chase with a win Sunday in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway. Truex Jr. led 187 of the 400 laps to notch his second career Dover win and moves on to the next round of the Chase after winning two of the three races in round one.
“We are here to get it done and golly I’m telling you just the best bunch of guys you could ever ask for,” Truex Jr. said. “It’s just amazing to drive their race cars and do what we were able to do. I’m just ecstatic.”
There were just six cars on the lead lead at the finish.
The win was especially sweet for New Jersey native Truex Jr., who considers Dover his home track.
“All in all, this is a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of friends here, a lot of family here.”
Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five.
Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon completed the first ten finishers. READ FULL STORY
Daniel Suarez won the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway to advance to the Round of 8 in the Chase.
Suarez dominated the day leading four times for 123 laps including the final 48.
It was his second career series win and the 16th of the year for Joe Gibbs Racing. The organization has won 11 of the last 19 races with five different drivers.
“I’m very proud of this team – the 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry,” Suarez said in Victory Lane. “They did a really good job today and the guys just brought an amazing car. We had a ton of speed. This is one of those races that you would feel bad to lose the race. ARRIS, Juniper, Toyota – everyone that supports this program together, it’s pretty unbelievable to win.”
There was some drama late when Suarez battled Justin Allgaier for the top spot and it triggered an incident that saw Justin Marks spin and crash hard. READ FULL STORY
Tyler Reddick scored his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the season Saturday night in the DC Solar 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Reddick outran his Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Daniel Hemric to the checkered flag for the third series win of his career.
It was the first ever 1-2 finish for BKR.
Reddick led 70 laps Saturday night.
“It’s an incredible accomplishment, not just for our team, but for the entire organization,” Reddick said. “It’s something that I and everyone here has wanted to do, which is win on a mile-and-a-half race track.
“I had to get to make some moves and be aggressive and even with my teammate so he’s probably not the happiest after getting on his door so bad. I’m just kind of breathless and speechless. It’s a really big deal for everyone on the team. READ FULL STORY
Alex Laughlin wins his first NHRA Wally.
Shawn Langdon raced to his third victory of the year Sunday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park just outside of St. Louis.
Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock), and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious at the 20th event of 24 on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals is the second race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
Langdon powered his Red Fuel/Sandvik Coromant dragster to a 3.798-second pass at 323.66 mph to defeat eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s 3.783 at 317.49 in his U.S. Army dragster on a holeshot. Langdon notched his 14th career win and first at Gateway Motorsports Park. The 2013 Top Fuel world champion moved to fourth in the points. He outlasted reigning world champ and points leader Antron Brown, three-time 2016 event winner Doug Kalitta, and No. 1 qualifier Richie Crampton en route to the final round. READ FULL STORY
(Above) John Force won for the third time in 2016, his 146th career victory
Antron Brown piloted his Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster to victory on Sunday at the 9th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. John Force (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Chip Ellis (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners in their respective categories at the 19th event of 24 on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The NHRA Carolina Nationals is the first race of the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs.Brown claimed his 59th career victory, and fifth of the season, with a 3.763-second pass at 319.29 mph in his dragster, defeating Doug Kalitta and his Mac Tools machine, which ran a 3.811 at 320.28. It is Brown’s second consecutive win at the NHRA Carolina Nationals, the opening event of the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. In 2015, Brown went on to win the Top Fuel world championship. READ FULL STORY
JOLIET, Ill. – Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson both had their cars fail post-race LIS inspection after Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Truex Jr. won the race while Johnson finished 12th on Sunday. Both will face penalties later this week.
However, NASCAR officials indicated neither violation exceeded laser measurements that would result in the stiffer penalties outlined for “encumbered” wins as was outlined last week. Under those policies, cars failing LIS inspection by a significant margin could received penalties as severe as not counting a win toward advancement into the next round of the Chase.
LIS inspection failures have resulted in P2 level penalties this year of 10 to 15 points and $15,000 fines.
Should similar punishment be handed out this week Truex Jr. would lose the point lead, but his win would still move him to round two of the Chase. Johnson would fall further down the Chase standings with the removal of points.
JOLIET, Ill. – Martin Truex Jr. opened the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a win Sunday in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Truex Jr. made a big move on the race’s final restart in overtime to get around leader Ryan Blaney and held off the field to score his third win of the season.
“The racing gods want to make it difficult on us,” Truex said. “Man, this feels good. I’m a lucky guy to be able to drive this black 78. (Crew chief) Cole Pearn, Jazzy (Team Engineer Jeff Curtis), everybody on this team, the pit crew, Barney (Team Owner Visser) for giving us everything we need.
“This is the way we wanted to start the Chase. It feels awesome.”
The victory moves Truex Jr. into the second round of the Chase.
Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Blaney and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
“You never know,” Blaney said of the decision to stay out and not pit. “Those guys were on me so fast. We had a really good car all day. We started way back in the field and made it up there pretty quickly. We got our car decent at the end. We gambled and I prefer to do that. I prefer to take a gamble to stay out and try to hold those guys off.” READ FULL STORY
JOLIET, Ill. – Erik Jones won Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series The Drive for Safety 300 and leaves Chicagoland Speedway as the number one seed in the Chase.
Jones took the lead with less than 10 laps to go and went on to score his fourth win of the year and sixth of his XFINITY Series career.
Jones got by Elliott Sadler for the top spot and then took the checkered flag for his fourth win of the year. It wasn’t easy though as Jones had to fend off a fast charging Kyle Larson in the last two laps.
“I thought we were making a lot of speed today,” Jones said. “I saw Kyle Larson running me down on the high side so I moved up there and we had speed there too. Can’t say enough about Joe Gibbs Racing and this crew for this car today and we’re looking forward to having a chance to win a championship.” READ FULL STORY