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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Truex Takes Playoff Opener at Chicagoland

Martin Truex Jr.

JOLIET, Ill. – Regular-season champion Martin Truex Jr. won the opening race of the 2017 Monster Energy Series Playoffs on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.  Truex Jr. repeated the start of the playoffs the way he did a year ago winning at Chicagoland. After romping through the regular season and winning the championship rather handily, Truex Jr. said Sunday was just business as usual and not in any way a statement.  “I don’t really care a lot about statements,” he said. “I’m just having fun. It’s important to come here and not let the pressure get to you, and I think we did a good job with that.”
Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson completed the top five in the Tales of the Turtles 400.
“Obviously would have been great to battle with Martin a little bit more,” Elliott said.  “We didn’t have anything for him.  From where we’ve been to where we ran today was a major, major step in the right direction, frankly where we need to be, where we deserve to be, to the potential we can run.”  Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray completed the first 10 finishers.  Truex Jr. moves on to Round 2 with his win with Larson, Harvick, Keselowski and Kyle Busch the top five.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next Sunday afternoon. READ FULL STORY

XFINITY Series Results: Allgaier Brings Home Second Win of 2017

Justin Allgaier

JOLIET, Ill. – Justin Allgaier brought the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season to a close in a big way by picking up his second win of the season at his home track, Chicagoland Speedway, in Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300.  Allgaier took the lead on a restart with 15 laps to go and was able to outrun Kyle Larson and JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler to the checkered flag.
It was Allgaier’s fifth career win.
“It’s so cool to win in my home state,” said Allgaier, the Riverton, Illinois native. “Just so proud of this team and everyone at JR Motorsports for this effort this season. We are ready to run for a championship next week.” READ FULL STORY

Camping World Truck Series Results: Sauter Wins Chicago, Playoff Field Set

Johnny Sauter

JOLIET, Ill. – Johnny Sauter won Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series TheHouse.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway while Christopher Bell wrapped up the regular season championship.  The defending series champion scored his 15th career win. He led the final 28 laps Friday night.
“We had a great truck yesterday and we were worried with the Cup guys and the XFINITY guys here, the track might change a little bit,” Sauter said. “I can’t thank Hendrick horsepower enough.
“This is what we needed. This is the momentum, this is a shot in the arm. I can’t thank my guys enough – this truck was on rails tonight.” READ FULL STORY

SEMA Show (Oct. 31st – Nov. 3rd) New Products Showcase Features Enhancements

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. – As the No. 1 destination for attendees at the SEMA Show, the 2017 New Products Showcase will feature expanded operating hours, a Buyer Happy Hour and enhancements to make it easier than ever for buyers and media to visit. Located along the skybridge between Central and South Halls, the SEMA Show New Products Showcase will be open to Showgoers from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the event – one hour before opening and one hour after closing – and will include a New Products Happy Hour on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.   “The New Products Showcase is an essential part of the SEMA Show. Thousands of buyers and media visit the Showcase to discover leading trends, and participating exhibitors rely on it as a tool to generate awareness of their products and brand,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA VP of events and communications. “Even beyond the brand awareness, we’ve seen a direct correlation between buyer visits to a booth and exhibitors that have products in the Showcase.”Buyers and media will be able to visit the New Products Showcase when it opens at 8 a.m., then hit the Show floor immediately when it opens at 9 a.m. each day of the Show. While at the New Products Showcase, buyers and media will also be able to utilize scanning devices to create a personalized list of products they see in the Showcase that are of particular interest. Details for the products scanned will be provided to attendees when they return the scanner, complete with company name, booth location and more.Another option for maximizing one’s visit to the New Products Showcase is to attend the New Products Happy Hour on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening. Complimentary beer and popcorn will be available to buyers and media from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and visitors will also be able to use the scanning devices during this time.  The New Products Showcase is expected to include nearly 2,000 product entries, and all exhibitors qualify to submit one entry at no cost. There is also a “featured products” category for exhibitors to enter products that may not meet the qualifications for a “new” product. Entry forms and details can be found at www.semashow.com or contact sales@sema.org909-396-0289.


The Far East Valley (Apache Junction) Friday Night Cruise-In will start up again on Friday October 6th from 3 – 7pm at its regular location at the Basha’s grocery parking lot on the Southwest corner of Apache Blvd. (Main Street) at Signal Butte Rd. For additional information call Tom from the East Valley Cruisers club at 480-650-0733

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. House of Representatives Committee Schedules Hearing for RPM Act

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment has scheduled a September 13 hearing to discuss several bills to reduce regulatory burdens impacting small businesses. The hearing will review the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2017 (H.R. 350), which would clarify that the Clean Air Act allows motor vehicles to be converted into race vehicles used solely for competition. The RPM Act provides clarity to motorsports parts businesses and protects racers’ ability to purchase the parts and equipment that enable them to compete.

The RPM Act of 2017 needs your support. Even if you wrote to Congress in 2016, SEMA urges all race fans and businesses to take action again. Go to www.sema.org/RPM to support the RPM Act of 2017 and secure the future of racing today!

NHRA Results: Torrence, Todd, Skillman get first Indy wins, Krawiec earns U.S. Nationals glory again

Steve Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors dragster to the Top Fuel victory Monday at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world’s biggest drag race, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

J.R. Todd (Funny Car), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious at the 18th event of 24 on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Series Drag Racing Series schedule.

Steve Torrence

Torrence raced to a 3.757-second pass at 322.96 mph to defeat Kebin Kinsley who lost traction in his Road Rage Fuel Booster dragster at the start of the final. It is Torrence’s first win at the Chevy Performance U.S. Nationals, seventh of the season and 15th of his career. READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Hamlin Charges to Southern 500 Win

Denny HamlinDenny Hamlin charged to the win in Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway after missing the entrance to pit road earlier during green flag pit stops.
Hamlin looked to be in control of the race until lap 315 when he missed pit road trying to come in for fuel and tires. But he was able to rebound and drove back to the front of the field finally taking advantage of Martin Truex Jr. having an issue to take the lead and then driving off to his second career Southern 500 win.
“I drove my ass off, that’s as hard as I can drive,” Hamlin said. “I love this race track. This is the Southern 500 — it doesn’t get much better than this.”
It was Hamlin’s second win of the season and 31st of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
He led four times for 124 laps, including the final three.
The victory gave Hamlin a sweep of the weekend after his XFINITY Series race win Saturday at Darlington. READ FULL STORY

XFINITY Series Results: Darlington High Five for Hamlin

Denny HamlinDenny Hamlin won for the fifth time at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in an exciting finish to Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200.
Hamlin took the lead on an overtime restart and was then passed by Joey Logano before making a cross over move in Turn 4 to retake the lead and the checkered flag.
“I didn’t anticipate the ’22’ getting back to us like that, but he did and hats off to them and they didn’t have probably the fastest car, but they had great pit stops all day and put themselves in position and then I knew going down the backstretch that he was going to have inside position,” Hamlin said. “It was up to me then to back up the corner, let him slide up the race track and slide back around him on the exit, so it takes a lot of patience, but glad it all worked out for us and this whole Sport Clips team. READ FULL STORY

Camping World Truck Series Results: Cindric Bumps Grala for MoSport Win

Austin CindricAustin Cindric rebounded from a pit road penalty and then put the bumper to Kaz Grala, which sent him spinning, on the last lap to win Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.Cindric led the opening 31 laps, but a penalty on lap 32 for removing the gas can from his pit stall put him back in the pack. He was able to charge through the field and closed in on Grala before ultimately getting into the back of Grala on lap 64 en route to his first career win.“I wanted to pass him clean because I’m all about that,” Cindric said. “I feel like this is what NASCAR racing is about. You have to win to make a playoff position. You can’t finish second.
“Everyone (who has won at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) made the move in the last corner. I figured I might as well change that.” READ FULL STORY