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XFINITY Series Results: Bowman Breaks Through

Alex Bowman

CONCORD, N.C. –  Behind the wheel of a car on something other than a virtual race track for the first time in nearly a year, Alex Bowman warmed up for the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports ride he’ll inherit next season with a stunning victory in Saturday night’s rain-delayed Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.    Behind Bowman, who won for the first time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Ryan Reed soldiered home in 12th place, one position behind Brendan Gaughan. But Reed moved on to the XFINITY Playoff’s Round of 8 by one point over Gaughan, who was eliminated along with Jeremy Clements (20th on Saturday), Blake Koch (25th) and Michael Annett (27th).   Reed joins Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Brennan Poole, Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, William Byron and Matt Tifft in the Round of 8, with the series set to resume competition Oct. 21 at Kansas Speedway.    Bowman, who hadn’t raced since his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup / XFINITY Series doubleheader last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway, finished 1.390 seconds ahead of part-timer Sam Hornish Jr., who passed Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney in the closing laps for the second position. The start was Hornish’s fifth of the season. READ FULL STORY

Points N Plugs by Jerry Hutchcroft


These senseless tragedies CAN NOT AND MUST NOT define America. It is so sad that another mass shooting/killing has taken place in our country. Hopefully these horrible events will some day fade into history, but I fear not in my lifetime. When the September 11th tragedy took place, I knew right then that our country would change for ever because of it. I never imagined at the time, that mass killings would happen more and more often around the world, but also here in America. The HEROS at the Las Vegas tragedy should continue to define America. We’ve heard story after story about the First Responders that jumped into action even while the shooting was still taking place. We’ve also heard story after story of concert goers that despite the terror that was taking place around them, they too took action to help people who had been injured or were frozen in fear. My sister Debby told me that her son Brian and his wife Jessica had saved their money to attend this concert along with several friends, as a close out the summer special event. She said that they were fairly close to the stage when the first shots began to ring out. They, like most others thought it was fireworks or firecrackers going off, until they started hearing the bullets hitting the stage area. Intense fear sweeps over your body as you realize that this is real. Brian’s wife Jessica was hit in the foot with shrapnal and began to bleed very badly. Brian overcame his fear and quickly went to work stopping the bleeding with his shirt and belt. Brian led their group from Southern California to run, along with some people that they had been talking to at the concert. Debby said that Brian had to literally push some people that were frozen in fear to get them started running. Sadly one of the ladies that they had been talking to seconds before the shooting started, was hit while they were running and died right there. Brian led this group to one of the border fences near the airport, but people could not get over the fence. Somehow with his adrenelin pumping Brian was able to pull a support pole out of the ground, opening up a spot in the fence where people could find safety. When things calmed down they moved Jessica to an ambulance, where Brian helped other people in the ambulance that were also injured. He continued to help people as he could, all night while at the hospital and no he has no medical training.


NHRA Results: Torrence, Capps earn eighth victories; Anderson, Tonglet get back into winner’s circle

(from left; Torrence, Capps, Anderson & Tonglet)

Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence drove to victory for the eighth time this season Sunday afternoon at the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Ron Capps (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious in their respective categories at the third of six playoff events during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

Torrence powered to victory with a 3.684-second pass at 329.34 in his Capco Contractors / Torrence Racing dragster to take down Doug Kalitta’s 3.698 at 331.28 in his Mac Tools dragster in the final found. Torrence has doubled his career victories this season with a total of 16 Wally trophies with today’s victory.

Steve Torrence

“We got here by doing what we do all year long and doing it ourselves,” Torrence said. “We went out and we just took those guys out and put them back in the trailer. We’re leaving here with a bigger points lead and a trophy. You’re going to have to come in here and do everything you can to get every possible point because this thing could come down to one or two points at the end of the season.” READ FULL STORY

Robert Yates: 1943 – 2017

Robert YatesRobert Yates, a legendary NASCAR engine builder and championship team owner, passed away Monday. Yates was 74 and had been battling liver cancer.
His son, Doug Yates, announced his father’s passing on Twitter Monday night saying: “My Dad and Hero…has passed and is with the Lord. Thanks for all the prayers and support.”Yates, who was selected for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 this past May – leading the way with 94 percent of the votes, excelled in two aspects of NASCAR that put him among the sport’s greats – engine building and team ownership. “My dad’s the toughest guy you’ve ever met,” said Doug Yates, who continues his father’s legacy as an engine builder. “Never give up, always looking for the positive and looking for a competitive advantage, and that’s the way he raised myself and our family and everybody at Roush Yates.”  READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Monster Win for Kyle Busch


Kyle Busch passed Chase Elliott coming to the final lap and went on to win Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Busch scored his third career Cup win at Dover and his second straight in the playoffs after winning New Hampshire last Sunday.
“That was hard-fought, that was everything I had,” Busch said. “I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, I rim-rided and carried it by the 24. I saw that carrot and I went for it.”
Elliott was left to finish a disappointing second.
“It was all just lap traffic dependent,” Elliott explained. “ I thought if I had a clean track, I could have run as fast as he did, but I didn’t, and I should have done something different.  So that’s just on me, and he did a better job than I did.  At the end of the day that’s what it comes down to. READ FULL STORY

NASCAR XFINITY Series Results: Blaney Best at Dover

Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney won Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway.   Blaney obliterated the field leading 136 laps and taking the checkered flag with nearly a five second lead over second place Justin Allgaier.
The Team Penske driver dominated the afternoon in his Fitzgerald Gliders Mustang.
“Yeah, it’s really hard to get a car like that and to be honest we didn’t have it in the first run,” Blaney said of his dominating performance. “We were a little bit off on the first run. We made some great changes after the first Stage to get it better to where it needs to be. We actually got it better for the last run. READ FULL STORY

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results: Rhodes Scores First Truck Win

Ben Rhodes

Playoff contender Ben Rhodes held off a hard-charging Christopher Bell to score his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.   Rhodes got the jump on the race’s final restart and then held off a furious charge from Bell to the checkered flag.
“I used every play in my playbook,” Rhodes said. “That was the most nervous thing I’ve ever done in my life. This is the biggest high of my life. I just never thought it would come after so many things went wrong, and now it did.” READ FULL STORY

NHRA Race Results: Brittany Force, Capps, Butner, Krawiec score points-crucial Countdown wins in Reading

(Krawiec, Butner, Force, & Capps)

Ron Capps powered to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious in their respective categories at the second of six playoff events during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

Ron Capps

Capps secured his category-best seventh victory of the season and 57th of his career with a 3.968-second pass at 326.48 mph in his Napa Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T to take down Courtney Force’s 3.993 at 311.70 in her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro in the final round. Capps retook the points lead in the Countdown to the Championship with the victory.  “We got lucky a little bit in the first round, but we feel like our hard work makes our own luck for us and we were fortunate to win it with consistency,” Capps said. “We know this Funny Car class is as tough as it’s ever been, so we know this won’t be easy through the last four races of the year.”  Capps earned the third qualifying position and took down Jim Campbell, 2016 winner of the events Tommy Johnson Jr. and teammate Matt Hagan on the way to his tenth final round this season. C. Force qualified eighth and defeated Bob Tasca III, teammate Robert Hight and Jack Beckman as she reached her fourth final round of the season. She still without a win in 2017.

Brittany Force

B. Force took down Steve Torrence in the final round of Top Fuel action with a 3.756 pass at 326.24 in her Monster Energy dragster to secure her second victory of the season and first since the event in Epping, N.H. in June. Force has now reached the final round at Maple Grove Raceway three times in her career, including in 2016. READ FULL STORY

BREAKING NEWS: Phoenix Signs ISM Connect as Naming Rights Partner


Phoenix Raceway and ISM Connect, a pioneer in smart venue technology, today announced a multi-year partnership that includes naming rights for the Raceway’s modernized venue as well as the installation of a groundbreaking digital fan engagement experience. Beginning in 2018, the venue will be known as ISM Raceway.

ISM’s 360° Connect network will provide the modernized venue with advanced, robust technology and data capabilities to create meaningful connections between fans, partners and the venue itself. This will be done through the use of digital display screens, interactive experiences, social media integrations and a mobile app that will give fans access to unique content, in-seat ordering, and more.

“We’re focused on building a world-class facility and the partnership with ISM will further enhance our technology capabilities and create opportunities to better engage with fans,” said Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. “ISM Raceway will serve as a premier motorsports and entertainment destination for generations to come. READ FULL STORY

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results: Kyle Busch Wins at New Hampshire

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch won Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to advance to the Round of 12 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
It was the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s third win of the season and 41st of his Cup career.
He got by a multi-car crash on the backstretch just before the end of the second stage to take the lead.
“That was pretty intense, there was just a wall of smoke in Turn 2,” Busch said. “All in all just a great day for this crew. We executed. We did what we needed to do.”
Busch led a race-high 187 laps
Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.
Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano completed the first 10 finishers.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wraps up the first round of the playoffs next week at Dover International Speedway. READ FULL STORY