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Logano wins Nationwide race at Chicagoland

Joey Logano in 2007 (photo by Stacy via wikipedia commons)

Joey Logano held off Defiance, Ohio native Sam Hornish Jr. to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

With Hornish’s second-place finish, car owner Roger Penske garnered the top two spots.

Austin Dillon finished third earning a $100,000 bonus.

The lone Sprint Cup regular driving in the race, Logano earned his second Nationwide Series win of the season and the 2oth of his career.

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.

Detroit welcomes back IndyCar for 2012

(courtesy of IndyCar.com/media)

The Motor City of Detroit welcomes back open-wheel racing.

The IndyCar Series will be returning to Detroit’s Belle Isle Park on June 3, 2012.

It’ll be the first open-wheel race in the city since 2008.

The Grand-Am, Cadillac V and Indy Lights series races will also be on the weekend card.

Detroit businessman and team owner Roger Penske also announced that his company will dedicate $6 million to improve the 2.1-mile race course in the city’s largest park. The improvements should make for a semi-permanent road course.

General Motors Company’s Chevrolet division is committed to sponsor the race for three years.

Chevy has also unveiled a twin-turbo V6 engine that will power teams fielded by Penske, Panther Racing and Andretti Autosport.

The new engine by GM is it’s first on the open-wheel circuit since 2005, will have competition from Honda and Lotus starting in 2012.

Info compiled from the IndyRacing League, Radio & TV

Power wins IRL race at Sonoma

 

Will Power at May 2010 Indy 500 practice (photo by Manningmbd via wikipedia commons)

Will Power won his second straight race at Infineon Raceway and then shared the podium with two of his teammates, who finished second and third.

Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe completed a 1-2-3 sweep for Team Penske at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, the first time that has happened for owner Roger Penske in nearly 20 years.

Power led 71 of the 75 laps while winning his second consecutive race from the pole at Sonoma, the same track where his career almost ended in 2009 after a terrible crash.

Power has a career-high five victories, one shy of the IndyCar single-season record.

Info courtesy of IndyCar news

Nationwide Series title goes to Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski (courtesy of Nascarmedia.com)

Roger Penske can now see his name on a NASCAR championship.

Brad Keselowski clinched the Nationwide season championship by finishing third last weekend in Texas. The win gives owner Roger Penske his first championship in one of NASCAR’s national series.

Keselowski, who only had to finish only 21st or better to wrap up the driver’s championship with two races left, crossed the finish line winning driver Carl Edwards and runner-up Kyle Busch to record his 24th finish in the top-five in 2010.

compiled from staff & NASCAR news

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