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Kevin Harvick on pole for tonight’s 5-Hour Energy 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas

Kevin Harvick's car (photo by BHFeller via wikipedia commons)

Kansas Speedway has generally been kind to driver Kevin Harvick.

He started on the pole at the Kansas City, Kansas track last October and won the race.

He is back at the pole at the 1.5-mile oval after posting a track qualifying record of 194.252. This will be his second pole of the season.

Tonight’s 7 pm race is the 5-Hour Energy 400 and will have Joey Logano starting second. Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Kyle Larson three through five.

The rest of the Top 10 in order, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick and Greg Biffle. Patrick has qualified tweeks in a row in the Top-10.

Harvick has two wins during the 2014 season and won at Darlington from the pole.

Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Fontana second year in a row

Kyle Busch in 2010 (photo by Raniel Diaz via wikipedia commons)

Kyle Busch, Mr. Consistent as he is known by fans and media of NASCAR, won on Sunday for the second year in a row at Fontana, California’s Auto Club Speedway.

Always a threat to win any race, Busch had a wild two-lap sprint to the finish to hold off his older brother, Kurt, Kyle Larson and Tony Stewart.

He is the fifth different winner in five races in the Sprint Cup circuit this year.

Before the frantic finish, Jimmie Johnson was leading the race by a comfortable margin until he blew a tire with seven laps remaining. Then, Jeff Gordon took control until Clint Bowyer spun out causing a caution with two laps to go leading to an overtime finish.

Kyle Busch won his 29th career Sprint Cup race by using his veteran driving skills to block the 21-year-old rookie Larson to win an up-and-down race which saw 35 lead changes and several tire problems at the Auto Club 400.

 

Denny Hamlin wins pole at Fontana for second straight year

Denny Hamlin (photo by Kim Phillips via wikipedia commons)

 

Denny Hamlin has won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 for the second straight year, turning a lap of 187.451 in his Toyota at Fontana, California.

2012 Fontana champion Tony Stewart qualified eighth.

This is Hamlin’s first pole of the season and the 13th of his career. He captured three in 2012 and has won the pole three times at Auto Club Speedway.

 

NASCAR Race Preview #3: Kobalt Tools 400 today from Las Vegas at 3:16 pm on FOX

Las Vegas Motor Speedway from above (photo by Tom Donoghue via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to another warm climate for the March 10 race.

From Daytona to Phoenix and now Las Vegas, Nevada for the Kobalt Tools 400 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

FOX has the televised broadcast with a starting tme of 3:16 p.m.

The desert speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval. The 400.5 mile race breaks down to 267 laps.

This speedway has wide, progressive banking which allows for fast, side-by-side racing.

After Stardust International Raceway closed up in 1970, plans were made for a dragstrip, road course and dirt track and a $72 million superspeedway, which was completed in 1996.

Indycar driver Richie Hearn won the first race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Mark Martin won the first Cup race in 1998.

Tony Stewart was the 2012 winner at Las Vegas in March (megasportsnews.com photo)

The track qualifying record was set by Kasey Kahne in 2012 with a lap of 190.456 mph and the race record was set by Martin at 146.554 mph in 1998.

Top active drivers with wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Jimmie Johnson with 4 wins, Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth with 2 wins apiece.

RECAPPING 2012 KOBALT TOOLS 400

Tony Stewart beat out Jimmie Johnson to win the third race of the NASCAR season, however, Greg Biffle took the points lead by finishing third.

For more information or to follow the race you can log onto NASCAR.com or LVMS.com.

 

2013 NASCAR RACE 1 PREVIEW: Sprint Cup Daytona 500, today at 1 pm on Fox Sports

(courtesy of ISC)

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season officially opens today with one of the most popular races on the circuit, the Daytona 500 from Daytona Beach, Florida.

The race starts at 1 pm, today, February 24 on FOX Sports.

On the pole will Danica Patrick, who is the first female driver to ever achieve the top spot in NASCAR’S premiere series.

The design of the track at Daytona, which opened 54 years ago in 1959, was based on the high-banked oval at the Ford Proving Grounds near the motor city of Detroit.

The track is one of the largest on the Sprint Cup circuit of 2.5 miles in length and is a 500-mile, 200-lap race.

If there is rain in the Daytona area, NASCAR has found a way to dry the track quicker.

They’ll use a new drying system which can improve by 80%. It can dry the track in 30 minutes instead of years past when it would take 2 1/2 hours.

Daytona International Speedway diagram (By Will Pittenger via wikipedia commons)

2012 DAYTONA 500 RECAP

The race was delayed a day by rain and a jet-fueled propelled track dryer caught on fire when driver Juan Pablo Montoya’s car struck it on a caution lap.

Matt Kenseth won the restrictor-plate race.

The last 10 Sprint Cup races at Daytona International Speedway, the top drivers include, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart with two wins each and Kevin Harvick with 1.

To follow the race, log onto NASCAR.com and or DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

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