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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

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