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Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix International Raceway.’

Martin earns pole position for NASCAR race in Phoenix

Mark Martin (photo by Brian Neudorff via wikipedia commons)

Mark Martin will be on the pole for today’s NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway for the second straight year after becoming the second-oldest, pole-sitter in Sprint Cup history.

Joining Martin on the front row will be Kasey Kahne.

Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson is third next to Kyle Busch.

A native of Batesville, Arkansas, Martin turned 54 in January, leaving him just a few months short in beating Harry Gant as the oldest driver to earn a Sprint Cup pole. Gant drove in the NASCAR series when it was called the Winston Cup in the 1980′s and 1990′s.

Today’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 is a 312-mile race.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR Sprint Cup, Radio & TV news

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 take  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.

Sadler ends 14-year drought with win in Nationwide Series

 

Elliott Sadler (file photo)

Elliott Sadler took the lead after a late caution and held on down the stretch to record his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win in 14 years over the weekend at Phoenix International Raceway in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale, Arizona.

Brad Keselowski finished second and defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was third.

Kevin Harvick led the most laps but finished fifth behind Austin Dillon after his pit strategy failed on the last caution.

Sadler was able to celebrate his first Nationwide win since October 31, 1998 at North Carolina Motor Speedway.

Sadler, a former full-time driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, started eighth and never got near the lead until late in the race. It was hisw first win in 91 races in the series.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR Nationwide Series news

NASCAR Quaker State 400, Kentucky Speedway: Kyle Busch earns 99th career win

Kyle Busch getting ready to talk about career win #99

The most historic day in Kentucky Speedway history, was the culmination of 11 years of hard work and effort by founder Jerry Carroll, current track owner Bruton Smith and the KYS administration, workers and fans.

Saturday’s race under ideal weather conditions and sunny skies and an air temperature in the mid 80′s.

The inaugural Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 being held in Sparta, Kentucky during the week inspired Steve Beshear, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, to declare the period from July 4-10 as NASCAR Week in the Commonwealth. Beshear served as the Grand Marshal of the race.

Kentucky Speedway, now 12 years old, is located in the Northern Kentucky hills on Interstate 71 South halfway between Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky.

Kentucky is the first venue added to the Sprint Cup schedule since Chicago and Kansas in 2001.

The inaugural winner of the Quaker State 400 is Kyle Busch, who dominated the race leading 125 of the 267 laps on the 1.5-mile oval track.

Busch pulled away from Jimmie Johnson on a restart with 3 laps to go to win his third race of the year.

With the win, Busch jumps into the points lead at the halfway point of the Sprint Cup series.

The win was the 99th of his career across three NASCAR Series, Sprint Cup, Camping World Trucks and the Nationwide Series.

David Reutimann finished second followed by Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards rounding out the top five.

Busch, driving the #18 M&M’s Toyota, snapped a string of 18 straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races where the pole-sitter did not post a victory. Carl Edwards in the #99 Aflac Ford was the most recent driver to go from the pole to Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14, 2010. No cup season has ever been completed without at least one pole-sitter driving to a victory, dating back to Bob Flock’s pole to checker win at Hillsboro, North Carolina’s Occoneechee Speedway on August 7, 1949.

 

 

PHOTO and GAME COVERAGE BY MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM

 

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66-race winless streak ends for Gordon

Jeff Gordon 2011 (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

Jeff Gordon is one of NASCAR’s most-popular drivers with fans and the media.

It is hard to believe that prior to Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, that he had not won a race in 66 starts, dating back to April 2009.

Gordon, a four-time Sprint Cup champion, passed Kyle Busch with eight laps left and stretched his lead from there.

The Indiana native came off a disappointing Daytona 500, struggled in qualifying and started 20th.

He avoided several wrecks and still managed to lead a race-high 138 laps to win for the first time since the win at Texas Motor Speedway in 2009.

The win, his 83rd, tied him for fifth on the all-time list with Cale Yarborough.

Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

compiled from NASCAR news

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