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NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES: Ohio native Hornish finishes 2nd in Indiana 250

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Ohio native Sam Hornish, Jr. has been filling in quite well for suspended driver A.J. Allmendinger, who is  participating in NASCAR’s substance-abuse recovery program.

Hornish, the 33-year-old Defiance, Ohio native, drove the No. 12 Nationwide car this Saturday at Indianapolis and next weekend at Pocono. Hornish has filled in for Allmendinger in the past two Sprint Cup Series races. On the Cup side, he is driving the #22 car.

Saturday afternoon at the Brickyard, Hornish drove the #12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge to a second-place finish in the Inaugural Indiana 250 at the Brickyard. He ran all 100 laps and picked up 43 points for Team Penske.

Sam Hornish Jr. (photo by Freewheeling Daredevil via wikipedia commons)

His teammate, Brad Keselowski, won his third Nationwide race of 2012, in the #22 Discount Tire Dodge. It was the first time that team owner Roger Penske, has won a stock car race at the famed Brickyard.  He has won 15 races in IndyCar at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch led a race high three times for 51 laps in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota. But he never recovered from a slow pit stop under caution on Lap 64 that dropped him from first to ninth on the ensuing restart. Busch ended up finishing 22nd, slowed by a spin after losing control on a restart on Lap 79. He side-swiped Hornish during the incident, who continued in the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge without trouble.

A favorite amongst members of the media, Hornish has not had a full-time ride since 2010. In 2011, he raced just one time, all season, winning the Wypall 200 at Phoenix for Front Row Motorsports.

Hornish returned to the Nationwide Series for a complete schedule in 2012 for Penske Racing.

Allmendinger on the pole for today’s NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway

 

A.J. Allmendinger (2008 photo by Pam J via wikipedia commons)

A.J. Allmendinger, who finished 15th in the 2011 NASCAR standings, will be starting today’s Sprint Cup STP 400 from the pole.

The race starts at 12:30 p.m. on FOX-TV.

The 30-year-old driver earned his second NASCAR Sprint Cup pole, turning a lap at 175.993 mph in his Penske Racing Dodge to edge out Kevin Harvick who’ll start second. Joey Logano had the third-fastest time but will be starting the race from the rear after changing engines during practice on Friday.

This will be the first pole for Allmendinger, a native of California, since the 2010 race at Phoenix.

 

 

Info compiled from NASCAR Sprint Cup, Radio, TV & Racing news

Paul Tracy working on deal to drive for Pataskala’s Shank Racing

 

Paul Tracy at 2009 Indy 500 (photo by Manningmbd via wikipedia commons)

Canadian race car driver Paul Tracy said he close to working out a deal to drive an IndyCar this season.

He says that 2012 will be his final season in the open-wheel series.

The 43-year-old from Ontario said he is negotiating with Pataskala, Ohio-based Michael Shank Racing and he is close to getting a sponsor.

MSR is co-owned by NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger and will be a new team in IndyCar for 2012.

 

info compiled from Radio, TV & Auto Racing news

Younger Rahal helps Ganassi Team win 24 Hours of Daytona

Graham Rahal (file)

22-year-old Graham Rahal from New Albany, Ohio, won a Rolex watch over the weekend.

Rahal was part of the four-driver Ganassi team that won the 24 Hours of Daytona that concluded on Sunday, with Scott Pruett steering the final two hours to beat Ganassi’s other car, driven by Scott Dixon, for a one-two finish.

The win came 30 years after Rahal’s father, Bobby, teamed with Brian Redman and Bob Garretson to win the Daytona race.

Pataskala, Ohio-based Mike Shank Racing #23 car, driven in the final stint by Martin Brundle, finished fourth. The other two Shank entries finished in the top 10, with the A.J. Allmendinger-led car seventh and the Ozzi Negri-led car 10th.

compiled from staff, radio, TV & various motor sports news

Jimmy Johnson overtakes Kurt Busch to win New Hampshire race

compiled from staff, wire and NASCAR reports

It seems like Jimmie Johnson and the number 48 car is starting to make a move before the NASCAR Sprint Cup races begin.

The defending four-time Cup champion flew past Kurt Busch with two laps left to win Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)

Busch took the lead with about seven laps to go when he basically nudged Johnson out of the way. With Johnson and Busch racing side-by-side that seemed to put energy in what was a lackluster race.

Johnson applied the knockout punch to pull away for the win. Johnson has won two races in a row, having taken the checkered flag at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma last week.

Rounding out the top five were Tony Stewart finishing second, Kurt Busch was third, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick fourth and fifth respectively.

Johnson has now won five races this season.

Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano and A.J. Allmendinger completed the top 10.

The 318-mile race was almost devoid of cautions until the end; there were 201 straight laps of green flag racing.

Kasey Kahne drove up front for most of the race until engine problems knocked him out.

Pole-sitter Juan Pablo Montoya also was in contention to win until he had to leave the race after a collision with a lapped car.