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SEMA UPDATE: Celebrate Alex Xydias’ 95th Birthday and Raise Money for AXC’s Welding Program

XydiasA 95th birthday celebration will be held for SEMA Hall of Famer Alex Xydias at the Petersen Garage at the Fairplex in Pomona, California (2201 N. White Ave., Gate 12, Pomona, CA 91768), Saturday, June 17, from 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Entertainment will include a car show, live DJ, tacos and a no-host bar, with proceeds benefiting the next phase of the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC)—the Pete Chapouris PC3 Welding & Fabrication Program. Emceed by Dave McClelland, the event will feature Xydias, who will deliver the keynote entitled “Life in the Fast Lane.” The cost to attend is $35 per person and $60 per couple. A limited number of spaces are available for the car show. Buy tickets online, or call 909-865-4205. For more information, contact Theresa Contreras at contreras@fairplex.com.

NASCAR News: Almirola Released from Hospital

Aric Almirola

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, has been released from a local Kansas hospital and will fly back to his home in Mooresville, N.C. today.

Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra after a multi-car accident at Kansas Speedway Saturday night (Read More).  Almirola is mobile and will follow-up with his doctors in Charlotte.

Richard Petty Motorsports will provide further updates when available.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Truex Jr. Conquers Kansas

Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps for the third consecutive spring race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night, but this time around he was able to win and take the checkered flag in the Go Bowling 400.
The Furniture Row Racing driver was ahead for a race-high 104 laps to score his second win of the season and ninth of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
“These races are so hard to win, any of those restarts I could’ve gotten beat on,” Truex said after the several late race restarts of the night. “Something could have happened. You just never know.
“It felt like if I could get out front on those restarts I’d be fine. If I came out second or third after a lap or two, it took me a long time to get good enough to pass those guys. I knew I had to go, I knew I had to make it happen.”
Brad Keselowski finished second with Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five.
“We caught a couple breaks there on those restarts and made the most of them,” Keselowski said.  “That was good. We had a really great Freightliner Elite Support Ford just kept getting caught in adversity there. We worked our way through it. It stinks we finished second and still lost points because we didn’t get those stage points. All in all we had a really fast Ford and have a lot to be proud of. We will move on to the next week.” READ FULL STORY

Camping World Truck Series Results: Busch Wins Kansas Truck Race

Kyle Busch

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kyle Busch inherited the lead late after leader Ben Rhodes suffered a mechanical failure and then held on to pick up the win in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.
It’s his first win of the season in the Camping World Truck Series for Busch and the 47th of his career.
“Really great race. I feel horrible for Ben Rhodes. He drove a great race there,” Busch said. “Great run overall. Really proud of the effort of our guys.”
Busch started 10th and through the help of several early cautions quickly worked his way to the front of the field, taking the lead for the first time of the night on Lap 23. Busch held on to win Stage 1 and also took Stage 2 before falling back to second behind Rhodes late in the race.

NHRA Results: Torrence, Capps, Butner, Tonglet score at Southern Nationals

Ron Capps raced his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T to his third consecutive Funny Car victory this season Sunday at the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.    Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Bo Butner (Pro Stock), and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the seventh event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series schedule.


Ron Capps

Defending world champion Capps raced a 3.991-second pass at 317.79 mph to defeat Tim Wilkerson in his Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang. This is Capps’ second victory at Atlanta Dragway and 52nd of his Funny Car career.“It’s a pinch-me moment,” Capps stated. “The car speaks for itself lately. This was probably one of the more difficult racetracks to navigate. You really had to be ready for two or three different sets of bumps. It makes for an exciting run, but you’re just hoping, at the same time, that your car stays in the groove. Funny Car is just getting tougher and tougher.” READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Stenhouse Jr. Breaks Through at Talladega

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. captured his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.   Stenhouse Jr. got by Kyle Busch on the final lap in overtime and held off the field in the race to the checkered flag to score the win.
Ryan Newman’s accident late set up the extra laps and Busch had the top spot heading into overtime. But Stenhouse Jr. got drafting help from Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray to propel into the lead and out race everyone to the finish line.
“We’ve been terrible for a long time, but this year, every race, we’re getting better and better,” Stenhouse said. “This car was so fast today, qualifying on the pole, get the win. It’s cool to have Jack Roush back in victory lane. This is cool, closest track to my home town and man, the fans were here this weekend.”
Stenhosue Jr. earned the victory in his 158th career NASCAR Cup start and becomes the 11th first-time winner at Talladega. The win broke Roush Fenway Racing’s 101-race winless streak. READ FULL STORY

XFINITY Series Results: Almirola Gets Talladega XFINITY Win

Aric Almirola

Aric Almirola scored the win in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Almirola had to fight off a hard-charging Elliott Sadler and Joey Logano on the final lap to score his third career series win. His last victory came in July of 2016 at Daytona.
A torrid battle for the top spot on the last lap saw Bubba Wallace and Ryan Seig both spin behind the leaders. NASCAR did not display the caution flag and the race back to the line was on.
At the checkered flag it was Almirola ahead to score the win.
“This means so much. I want to thank everyone at the Biagi DenBeste team – they let me run this thing seven or eight times a year and I have so much fun,” Almirola said. “Our car was super-fast.
“I knew it right from the beginning of practice. We ran about 10 laps in practice and I said, ‘Put it on the jack stands, we’re ready to go. This thing is fast.’”
Almirola became the season’s seventh different winner. He led three times for 13 laps including the final four. READ FULL STORY

BREAKING NEWS: There will NOT BE a 2018 Arizona Concours d”Elegance.

We are humbled by the critical acclaim bestowed upon the Arizona Concours d’Elegance over the past four years by the public, the media and our participants. However, the long-term success of events such as the Arizona Concours is built on sustained corporate support. Although the event has been a critical success, it unfortunately has not established the financial foundation necessary to support it sustainably into the future.   There will not be a 2018 Arizona Concours d”Elegance.   Our sincerest gratitude goes to the dedicated Concours Committee, many faithful volunteers, our wonderful entrants and judges, as well as numerous sponsors.  We thank every one of those who have supported us with your investment of time, talent, enthusiasm and resources. You all have been directly responsible for raising more than $300,000 for Make-A-Wish® Arizona, enabling the granting of more than 30 wishes for young people who face the most serious of life’s challenges.“In the beginning, we set out to achieve a word-class Concours and an event that would positively impact the lives of children in need. The group of people responsible for the Arizona Concours take great pride in what has been achieved and we thank all of those who worked so hard to make this, our dream, a reality. As Dr. Seuss said, ‘Don’t cry because it is ending…be happy because it happened!’” Kevin Cornish, executive director of the Arizona Concours

NHRA Results: Torrence, Capps, McGaha, Tonglet collect NHRA Four-Wide Nationals wins

Steve Torrence raced his way to the Top Fuel victory Sunday in the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Zmax Dragway.

Ron Capps (Funny Car) Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the sixth event on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors dragster to a 3.783-second pass at 323.89 mph for the ninth victory of his career and first of the season. He defeated current points leader, Leah Pritchett, eight-time world champion, Tony Schumacher and Terry McMillen in the final round.


Steve Torrence

“This is the same as winning a race that you had to pedal it every round or you had to win it on holeshots,” Torrence stated. “This is a driver’s race. We race 24 races a year and one of them we race four-wide. It’s completely different when you come in here; you’re mentally challenged. READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Logano Wins Richmond in 300th Start

Joey Logano

Making his 300th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start, Joey Logano came from the rear of the field to win Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Logano had to start from the 37th position after the Team Penske crew made a transmission change on the Shell Pennzoil Ford. But he was able to work to the front and thanks to some pit strategy for track position, get the lead and drive to his first Cup win of the 2017 season.

“I didn’t really discuss it much with (crew chief) Todd Gordon,” Logano said of the pit strategy to stay out earlier in the last stage to get track position.. “My thought process was, ‘Oh no!’ right after we stayed out. But we were able to maintain the lead. I don’t think we would have been able to win the race and hold off Kyle (Busch) if it had stayed green. The caution came out. READ FULL STORY