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Posts Tagged ‘Pocono.’

Juan Pablo Montoya earns NASCAR pole at Watkins Glen

Juan Pablo Montoya usually expects to win the pole whenever the NASCAR Sprint Cup races go to road courses due to his experience in Formula One.

Montoya earned the top starting spot last week at Pocono, and made it two in a row Saturday at Watkins Glen International, the 2.45-mile road course that gave the driver from Colombia, the second of his two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

Juan Pablo Montoya's #42 car getting a pre-race inspection (megasportsnews.com photo)

With seven wins during his time in Formula One racing, Montoya expects to run well at road courses, and on Saturday he did, winning the pole for Sunday’s Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen in a track-record 69.438 seconds (127.020 mph). The Coors Light pole award was Montoya’s second of the season and first on a road course at the Cup level and the ninth of his career.

Montoya edged out Kyle Busch (126.928 mph) by .05 seconds. Busch also broke the track record of 126.421 mph he set last year, as did third-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson (126.925 mph), fourth-place Brad Keselowski (126.626 mph), and fifth-place Marcos Ambrose (126.524 mph).

The top 10 drivers in the standings qualify for the Chase, along with the two drivers from positions 11-20 with the most victories. Montoya is 27 points behind 20th-place Jeff Burton and would have to improve at least one position to be able to grab a wild-card spot.

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.

NASCAR ‘THE CHASE RACE” PREVIEW: Charlotte Motor Speedway on ABC-TV Saturday night

Charlotte Motor Speedway (shot by NASA's Globe Software World Wind via wikipedia commons)

The Chase for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup continues Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 at 7:30 p.m. on ABC-TV.

The defending champion is Jamie McMurray from 2010.

The top 5 Chase leaders are 1) Carl Edwards; 2) Kevin Harvick -1; 3) Jimmie Johnson -4; 4) Brad Keselowski -11 and 5) Matt Kenseth.

Tony Stewart took the pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway, outracing Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards on Thursday night.

This is Stewart’s first pole in more than a year since Pocono in August of 2010 and is first at Charlotte in 26 tries.

Stewart was clocked driving around the 2.5-mile oval with a speed of 191.959 to lead up front for the race. Kenseth was clocked at 191.918.

Info compiled from NASCAR news

Tony Stewart is on the pole at Pocono Raceway

Tony Stewart is a happy man going into Sunday’s race at Pocono.

Stewart ran his number 14 Chevrolet for a qualifying lap Friday of 171.393 mph around the 2.5 triangle track to start from the top spot for Sunday’s Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Juan Pablo Montoya will start second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race for an impressive turnaround from last week’s 32nd finish at the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tony Stewart on the pole (nascar)

Tony Stewart's car in the pits (megasportsnews.com file)

Denny Hamlin will start third as he tries for a 2010 sweep in both Pocono races. Hamlin won the Pocono 500 in June.

Stewart now has earned two poles this season, the first coming at Texas Motor Speedway in April. He is ninth in the points race.

Hamlin has had alot of success at Pocono. It is his favorite track. Besides having won in June 2010, he also won the Pennsylvania 500 last year and both Pocono races in 2006.

However, Hamlin has slumped in recent races the past five weeks, finishing no higher than eighth during that time frame.

compiled from staff, wire and NASCAR news