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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.

 

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.

NASCAR RACE #20 PREVIEW: Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, today at 1:00 p.m.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup moves into the midwest city of Indianapolis for the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard.

Race time is 1:00 p.m. on ESPN.

The 400-mile race consists of 160 laps on the 2.5-mile oval and a crowd of 250,000-plus is expected.

The famous brickyard is best known to everyone as the home of the Indianapolis 500 which occurs every May around Memorial Day.

Aerial view of IMS (photo by Rich Dikeman via wikipedia commons)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was built in 1909, is now an asphalt track with flat straightaways.

IMS has the claim as the world’s largest spectator sporting venue with permanent seating reaching 250,000 or more.

The track was paved in 1909 with 3.2 million bricks. A “yard of bricks” is at the starting-finish line.

RECAPPING THE 2011 BRICKYARD 400:

Paul Menard earned his first Sprint Cup win, holding off crowd-favorite, Jeff Gordon by 0.7 seconds. His crew chief’s pit strategy helped Menard lead 11 of the final 16 laps.

Jamie McMurray, the last driver to surrender the lead, finished fourth in the race. Kasey Kahne started the race second and led a high of 48 laps but finished a disappointing 18th.

Menard’s dad, John, has been a car owner for many drivers in the Indy 500.

The top 10 starting lineup with their qualifying speed for this year’s race includes:

2011 Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

1. #11 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 182.762.

2. #99 Carl Edwards, Ford, 181.984

3. #16 Greg Biffle, Ford, 181.532

4. #48 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.357

5. #24 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 180.952

6. #17 Matt Kenseth, Ford 180.654

7. #51 Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 180.487

8. #78 Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 180.473

9. #56 Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 180.433

10. #21 Trevor Bayne, Ford, 180.390

For further information and to follow the race, log onto to NASCAR.com or Indianapolismotorspeedway.com


 

NASCAR RACE PREVIEW #9: Richmond International Raceway, tonight at 7:00 p.m. on FOX TV

 

Richmond International Raceway (2007 photo by Kev via wikipedia commons)

Race number-9 is on the horizon tonight at 7 p.m. on FOX-TV.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit travels to Richmond, Virginia for the Richmond 400.

The race will be held at the Richmond International Raceway, which has the only three-quarter-mile track on the circuit.

With a 0.75-mile track, the 400 lap race will be 300 miles.

This track combines superspeedway horsepower with short-track distance and multigroove racing.

2011 recap of the Crown Royal/Matthews & Daniel Hansen 400 Race:

Kyle Busch (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

Kyle Busch led 293 of the 400 laps, dominating the spring race at RIR for a third straight season.

Busch was able to conserve enough gas in his Toyota to complete an 86-lap green-flag run to the finish.

Denny Hamlin, the runner-up led the race with the second-most laps of 38. Kasey Kahne, David Ragan and Carl Edwards completed the top five on the podium.

For more information or to follow the race tonight, log onto RIR.com

Carl Edwards wins NASCAR All-Star Race

 

Carl Edwards (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

Carl Edwards easily won NASCAR’s annual All-Star Race in Concord, North Carolina and claimed the $1 million prize.

He beat Kyle Busch to the checkered flag at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Edwards won three of the four segments in the 100-lap race, but still had one last pit stop and a 10-lap sprint to the finish line before he could win his first All-Star contest.

David Reutimann was third in a Toyota and was followed by Tony Stewart, who turned 40 years old on Friday.

Greg Biffle was fifth, Matt Kenseth was sixth and teammate David Ragan was eighth.

Denny Hamlin finished seventh, Kevin Harvick was ninth and Ryan Newman was 10th.

 

Info courtesy of NASCAR news

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