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NASCAR RACE PREVIEW #24: Michigan International Speedway, Sunday August 15, 2010


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Circuit moves to race number 24 on the schedule. It’s the same place they raced at for the 16th race on the schedule, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. It’s the CARFAX 400. The race will be broadcast on ESPN, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Michigan International Speedway (NASCAR)

Michigan International Speedway is a D-shaped oval that seats 119,500 spectators and the 400-mile race equals 200 laps.

Sitting on a 1,400-acre site, the wide, saucer-shaped racing surface of the elongated oval enables racers to choose their groove and emphasizes pit stops and fuel milegae.

RECAPPING THE 2009 CARFAX 400 RACE: Brian Vickers found just enough fuel to become the first pole-sitter to win a race in 2009. Race leader Jimmy Johnson led 133 of the first 197 laps but ran out of fuel and finished 33rd. Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Sam Hornish, Jr. followed Vickers to the finish line.

COST TO GO THE RACE: Prices are reduced on all grandstand seats, now $25 and up. Expanded general admission section with children younger than 12 getting in for free. Ages 12-17 get half-priced reserved seats.

To purchase tickets, call 800-354-1010 or order online at

NASCAR PREVIEW: RACE #22 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday



The NASCAR race schedule shifts from the Brickyard in Indianapolis to Long Pond, Pennsylvania this weekend for the Pennsylvania 500 in the Pocono Mountains.

The Sprint Cup race will take place on Sunday August 1 at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

Pocono Raceway also hosted NASCAR’s 15th race back on June 6.

The triangular track might just be NASCAR’S trickiest, with three very different corners and three straightaways of varying lengths that will challenge drivers and crew chiefs all day.

Pocono Raceway (NASCAR)

The Pennsylvania 500 is 500 miles which equals 200 laps on the 2.5 mile track.

Pocono Raceway opened in 1974 and seats 76,812.

Pocono says its solar farm makes it the only sports facility anywhere in the world to generate enough clean, renewable energy on site to more than offset its annual use of electricity. The raceway’s 3-megawatt solar farm, covering 25 acres, is expected to be completed by the fall of 2010 and will power all of the track’s energy needs.

There is something new to the Raceway on the track. A NASCAR Camping World Truck race will debut on Saturday July 31.

Recapping the 2009 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. Denny Hamlin’s fifth career Cup victory was his third at Pocono. He led 91 of the 200 laps in a race delayed by a day by rain. Juan Pablo Montoya, Clint Bowyer, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Kasey Kahne completed the top five.

Tickets for the races at Pocono Raceway range from $45 up to $500. Call the Raceway at 800-722-3929 or you can also order them at

NASCAR RACE PREVIEW #20:Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois on Saturday July 10, 2010


This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit will head to the Chicago suburb of the Blues Brothers, Elwood and Joliet Jake, Joliet, Illinois.

The race is the 400 and will air at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on TNT.

Chicagoland Speedway (file)

Chicagoland Speedway combines with banking and good grip to produce high speeds on a D-shaped asphalt 1.5-mile tri-oval. The distance is 400.5 miles which is broken down into 267 laps.

The 75,000 seat racetrack has a new Skyline Terrace, a corporate hospitality option with oversized spots.

In 2008, Kyle Busch became the first driver to win a Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway from the pole. Kevin Harvick won from the 32nd starting spot in 2002. Chicagoland became the 10th Sprint Cup track to have night racing. All three touring series events are run under the lights.

Recapping the 2009 400, Mark Martin dominated 195 of the 267 laps and pulled away from Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin on a late-race restart. Jimmie Johnson (58) was the only other driver to lead more than 10 laps and finished eighth behind pole-sitter Brian Vickers.

Kevin Harvick (2000, 2001) and Tony Stewart (2004, 2007) are two-time winners at Chicagoland.

Jeff Gordon will make his 600th Cup start at Chicagoland Speedeway.

Kevin Harvick has a 210-point lead over Jeff Gordon with eight races left before the Cup Chase.

Fifth-place Denny Hamlin leads the series with 5 wins.


Jamie McMurray has won the pole position for Saturday night’s race at Chicagoland Speedway.

This is the third pole of the season and sixth of his career for McMurray, who won the Daytona 500 in February but has been struggling recently. McMurray turned a lap of 183.542 mph (295.382 kph) in his Chevrolet.

Jamie McMurray (Nascar)

He was followed by the Chevrolets of Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart. Greg Biffle qualified fourth in a Ford, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. in a Dodge.

The next NASCAR Sprint Cup race is the Brickyard 400, Sunday July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR JULY 2, 2010: News, Almanac and Celebrity Birthdays

compiled from staff, wire and Entertainment news



Today is Friday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2010. There are 182 days left in the year.


* On July 2, 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the equator.

* In 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”

* In 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington railroad station. Garfield died the following September and Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.

* In 1926, the U.S. Army Air Corps was created.

* In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.

* In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil-rights bill passed by Congress.

* In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation reviving military-draft registration.

* 10 years ago on July 2, 2000, Opposition candidate Vicente Fox won Mexico’s presedential elections.


* A concert by rock singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday has been moved from the Newport Music Hall to the Basement, 391 Neil Ave.

Tickets cost @20 in advance, $25 the day of the show. Call (614) 461-5483 or visit

* Through the end of August, admission to the Columbus Museum of Art, including all special exhibits is free. The museum, located at 480 East Broad Street, is undergoing a renovation but is still offering a variety of activities.

For more information, call (614) 221-6801 or visit

* The Top Five TV Shows

* 1) America’s Got Talent, Wednesday on NBC. 2) America’s Got Talent, Tuesday on NBC. 3) NCIS, CBS. 4) Wipeout, on Tuesday on ABC. 5) The Mentalist, CBS.

* Columbus native Jay DeMarcus, the bass player for the country group Rascal Flatts, and his wife, Allison, are expecting their first child in January. The couple wed in 2004.

* Beauty queen Carrie Prejean will be walking down the aisle.The former Miss California who is 23, will marry Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller who is 28, July 2. The marriage will occur more than a year after she gained national attention for making comments opposing gay marriage during the 2009 Miss USA pageant. In June of 2009, Donald Trump, owner of the Miss USA competition, stripped her of the Miss California crown, citing “continued breach of contract issues.”


81 Imelda Marcos, former Phillippines first lady

80 Ahmad Jamal, Jazz musician

73 John Cooper, former head football coach at Ohio State

54 Jerry Hall, actress and model

31 Sam Hornish, Jr. Napolean, Ohio native and NASCAR driver

27 Michelle Branch, singer

24 Lindsay Lohan, actress of Mean Girls

Brad Keselowski wins Nationwide race at Talladega

compiled from staff and wire reports

Brad Keselowski (courtesy of Nascar

Brad Keselowski was almost benched this past Sunday from competing in the Nationwide Series race. He was involved in an earlier Cup race, sending his carbon monoxide level soaring past NASCAR’s limit to drive a race car.

Keselowski needed an oxygen mask for the majority of his break between races, then went out and won the Nationwide event at Talladega Superspeedway in a wild finish to end 850 miles of racing Sunday.

Keselowski won his first race for Penske Racing.  He said his carbon monoxide level after the Sprint Cup race was at 13-nearly triple Nascar’s required numeric level to drive a stock car. Brad said if the race had started 5 minutes earlier, he wouldn’t have been allowed to race.

Team owner Roger Penske asked Sam Hornish, Jr. to standby in case of an emergency. After 45 minutes of breathing through an oxygen mask, Keselowski was given the green light to dive the number 22 Dodge.

Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray seemed poised down the stretch to duplicate their thrilling 1-2 finish in the Sprint Cup race held first on Sunday. But McMurray shook loose on the overtime laps and was responsible for a scary wreck that nearly sent Dennis Setzer flying over the fence.

Setzer went airborne, crashed into the safety fence and his car was on fire as it skidded down the track.

This is only the second year team owner Roger Penske is fielding a full-time Nationwide program. Keselowski was added in 2010 to make it a two-car operation with Justin Allgaier, who gave Penske his first career series win this month at Bristol when he beat Keselowski in a 1-2 Penske Racing finish. Keselowski leads in the points standings.

Joey Logano finished second and Kevin Harvick was third.

Harvick, Keselowski and Logano were three of the 10 drivers who pulled double duty and drove about 850 miles after rain wiped out Saturday’s scheduled race. It was the second straight race weekend that NASCAR had a Cup-Nationwide doubleheader because of rain. The drivers had to drive twice the previous Monday at Texas Motor Speedway and drove a combined 801 miles.

Brad’s win comes just a few days after Penske Racing landed Shell Oil’s sponsorship for next season. The new partnership makes Pennzoil the primary sponsor for Kurt Busch, who will move to the number 22 Dodge. Miller Light will shift its sponsorship to Keselowski.

Penske has said that he is committed to bringing back Ohio native Sam Hornish in 2011 and finding him sponsorship. Penske expects to again field two-cars in the Nationwide Series in 2011.

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