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Kyle Busch on the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Phoeni

 

Kyle Busch's #18 M&M car (photo by Tim via wikipedia commons)

Kyle Busch set a track record in capturing the pole at Phoenix International Raceway.

Busch ran a lap at 138.766 mph in Friday’s qualifying session to takeĀ  the pole in his Toyota. His run broke the track record of 137.279 set by Carl Edwards in 2011.

All eyes by the fans and media are on the top two title contenders in the Chase, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. The two drivers are separated by just sevven points in the standings and there are two races left.

Keselowski will start 14th on Sunday, while Johnson will start 24th.

Finishing out the top row with Busch, will be Martin Truex Jr who qualified second and Denny Hamlin third.

NASCAR RACE #20 PREVIEW: Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, today at 1:00 p.m.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup moves into the midwest city of Indianapolis for the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard.

Race time is 1:00 p.m. on ESPN.

The 400-mile race consists of 160 laps on the 2.5-mile oval and a crowd of 250,000-plus is expected.

The famous brickyard is best known to everyone as the home of the Indianapolis 500 which occurs every May around Memorial Day.

Aerial view of IMS (photo by Rich Dikeman via wikipedia commons)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was built in 1909, is now an asphalt track with flat straightaways.

IMS has the claim as the world’s largest spectator sporting venue with permanent seating reaching 250,000 or more.

The track was paved in 1909 with 3.2 million bricks. A “yard of bricks” is at the starting-finish line.

RECAPPING THE 2011 BRICKYARD 400:

Paul Menard earned his first Sprint Cup win, holding off crowd-favorite, Jeff Gordon by 0.7 seconds. His crew chief’s pit strategy helped Menard lead 11 of the final 16 laps.

Jamie McMurray, the last driver to surrender the lead, finished fourth in the race. Kasey Kahne started the race second and led a high of 48 laps but finished a disappointing 18th.

Menard’s dad, John, has been a car owner for many drivers in the Indy 500.

The top 10 starting lineup with their qualifying speed for this year’s race includes:

2011 Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

1. #11 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 182.762.

2. #99 Carl Edwards, Ford, 181.984

3. #16 Greg Biffle, Ford, 181.532

4. #48 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.357

5. #24 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 180.952

6. #17 Matt Kenseth, Ford 180.654

7. #51 Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 180.487

8. #78 Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 180.473

9. #56 Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 180.433

10. #21 Trevor Bayne, Ford, 180.390

For further information and to follow the race, log onto to NASCAR.com or Indianapolismotorspeedway.com


 

Johnson’s win at Darlington gives Hendrick racing team its 200th victory

 

Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's Chevrolet (photo by Getty Images, courtesy of NASCARmedia.com)

Jimmie Johnson broke loose on a restart three laps from the ending of the Southern 500 and held over the weekend to give Hendrick Motorsports its 200th Sprint Cup win.

Johnson, whom you can never count out of a race, seemed like he would come up short on low fuel and worn tires and with Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch right on his heels and he was chasing Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman spun out with six laps left to go at Darlington Raceway.

Once the green flag was dropped, Johnson took off from Stewart and cruised to his first win since Kansas last October, breaking a 16-race winless drought for the five-time NASCAR champion and the Rick Hendrick racing team.

It was Johnson’s third win at the South Carolina track, but the first since he swept the 2004 events, the last season Darlington had two cup races.

Denny Hamlin finished second, followed by Stewart, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 17 and his Sprint Cup winless streak goes to 140 laps.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR Sprint Cup, Radio & TV news

Brad Keselowki wins NASCAR Nationwide race in North Carolina; 5th win of 2010

Brad Keselowski is getting team owner Roger Penske closer to the Nationwide series championship. It would be his first NASCAR series title.

Friday night, Keselowski pulled away from Martin Truex, Jr. on a late restart at Charlotte Motor Speedway to record his fifth victory of the year and moves him to a whopping 450-point lead over Carl Edwards.

Brad Keselowski (courtesy of NASCARmedia.com)

Keselowski only needs to finish 26th or better in the final four races to clinch the series title.

After racing side-by-side with Truex on the restart with just eight laps left, Keselowski pulled ahead and wasn’t challenged from that point to the end.

Justin Allgaier finished third, followed by Joey Logano and polesitter Clint Bowyer. Bowyer had a costly pit-road speeding penalty late in the race.

Danica Patrick finished 21st, but that is her best finish in nine Nationwide races.

Keselowski earned his 11th career win and bested his four-win total of 2009 in the series.

compiled from staff & NASCAR Nationwide series news

Ryan Newman captures pole at Charlotte for the 600

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ryan Newman has captured his second straight Coca-Cola 600 pole and ninth in 19 Sprint Cup races at the track. Charlotte is Nascar’s longest race with 400 laps equalling 600 miles

Ryan Newman (nascar)

Newman was clocked at 187.546 mph and barely got past All-Star race winner Kurt Busch, who will start second on Sunday. Followed by Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Johnson and defending champion David Reutimann.

There are no other active drivers who has more poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway than Newman, who moved to within five of David Pearson’s record.

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