Race Weekend Wrap Up
- Brad Keselowski wins at Kentucky:#2-Brad Keselowski won the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 3rd win at Kentucky, 2nd win in a row and 21st career win. Keselowski ran out of fuel just after the start-finish line.
- #19-Edwards finished 2nd followed by #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #14-Stewart, #16-Biffle, #1-McMurray, #20-Kenseth, #4-Harvick and #78-Truex Jr.
- #17-Stenhouse Jr. hit the wall twice early in the race and hit the wall hard, finished 40th. Next was #48-Johnson, who got loose and backed in to the wall, finishing 32nd, down 59 laps. #22-Logano, smacked the wall with the right rear but continued on, falling back many spots. Then had a tire go down from the damage and slammed the wall, ending his night and finishing 39th. Four of the five Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates were involved in wrecks. First #21-Blaney and #24-Elliott made contact on lap 87 with both backing into the wall. A few laps later, #44-Scott got loose and hit by #42-Larson, causing the #44 to go sideways, then #34-Buescher hit the #44. The one rookie not involved was #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt who finished a career best 28th, was the highest finishing rookie for the first time.
AAA to sponsor Kentucky Speedway garages: AAA announced its partnership with Kentucky Speedway to sponsor the "AAA Garage," the areas at the track used by both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITIY Series teams during race weekend. This will be the first time AAA will make this type of sponsorship in motorsports. As part of AAA's sponsorship, the AAA Garage will feature AAA branding at Kentucky Speedway NASCAR events for the next three seasons. The garage sponsorship was a natural fit for AAA. The company is a leader in providing car care for consumers, and helps fans get back on the road fast when car issues arise. AAA has had a strong presence in NASCAR for years but the organization has increased its efforts significantly this season. They were the title sponsor of the AAA 400 Drive for Autism in May. AAA sponsors Richard Childress Racing drivers Austin Dillon and Brandon Jones. Dillon has had a AAA paint scheme for two races this year, and will again in October, while Jones will drive his #33 AAA Camaro at the Alsco 300 at Kentucky.(Kentucky Speedway)
New Hampshire to feature a Taste of the Speedways: With more than 700 miles of racing coming up, the on-track action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is sure to leave fans' appetites satisfied and mouths watering. There will also be some off-track options that will leave fans equally satiated, as the Magic Mile unveils the Taste of the Speedways. The Taste of the Speedways will feature signature food items from each of the eight Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) racetracks throughout the country and will be located under the Main Grandstand to the right of the main elevator. Menu items will include:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway: New England Fried Lobster Plate, Speedway Breakfast Burger, The Clam Bake Sandwich, Magic Mile Sundae, and Maple Cotton Candy; Atlanta Motor Speedway: Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshakes; Bristol Motor Speedway: Loaded Tots; Charlotte Motor Speedway: Speedway Picnic Burger; Kentucky Speedway: Fried Bologna Sandwich; Las Vegas Motor Speedway: South of the Border Cheesesteak & Busch Brothers Beer Braised Brisket Nachos; Sonoma Raceway: Crab Cake Skewer; Texas Motor Speedway: Bacon Cotton Candy & Queen Wing.(NHMS)
NEXT RACE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend; TV on Sunday on NBCSN at 10:30 a.m. PT
BROWN, BECKMAN, ANDERSON AND HINES RACE TO VICTORIES AT K&N FILTERS ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS IN CHICAGO
Antron Brown raced to his third Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday at the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals and moved into the series points lead over rival Doug Kalitta. Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.
Brown used a consistent string of 3.7-second runs to speed past Clay Millican, Terry McMillen and Leah Pritchett and advance to the final. He dialed up another 3.7-second run to get past Todd. With the win, Brown moves two points ahead of season-long leader Kalitta, who drives the rival Mac Tools dragster.
In Funny Car, Beckman defeated red-hot Ron Capps in the final. Beckman posted a winning time of 3.955 at 324.05 in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger, while Capps' NAPA Auto Parts Dodge lost traction near the start. It was Beckman's first win of the season, 23rd of his career and first at this event.
On Saturday, Matt Hagan thundered to the No. 1 qualifying position with a track record performance to lead the quickest Funny Car field in history. It was the second top qualifying effort of the season for Hagan, who navigated the Route 66 Raceway dragstrip under the lights in a track record time of 3.882 seconds at 331.12 mph
NEXT RACE: NHRA kicks off its Western Swing, July 22-24, at Bandimere Speedway near Denver.
Newgarden dominates field to win Iowa Corn 300
Josef Newgarden put on one of the most dominant clinics in Indy car history, leading a record 282 laps today to win the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. The victory was the third of Newgarden's six-year Verizon IndyCar Series career and first on an oval track. It also vaulted the Ed Carpenter Racing driver three spots into second place in the point standings after 10 of 16 completed races.
Starting the 300-lap race second in the No. 21 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka/ECR Chevrolet, Newgarden bolted past pole sitter Simon Pagenaud on the opening lap and never looked back. The only time the 25-year-old surrendered the lead came when he made pit stops for fuel and tires. His 282 laps led are the most ever by a driver in an Indy car race, surpassing the 250 by Ryan Hunter-Reay when he led every lap to win at Milwaukee in 2004.
Will Power finished in second place, 4.2828 seconds behind Newgarden. Driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Power passed Pagenaud and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the final seven laps to collect his third podium finish in as many races - on the heels of his back-to-back wins at Detroit's Belle Isle-2 and Road America. Dixon finished third in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet for his 88th career podium finish - moving the four-time series champion into a tie for sixth on the all-time podiums list with Helio Castroneves, Bobby Rahal and Al Unser Jr.
NEXT RACE: This weekend for the Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of downtown Toronto; TV on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on CNBC
CLICK HERE: Iowa Corn 300 box score
THIS WEEK AT SONOMA RACEWAY
- Wednesday Night Drags, Sonoma Drift & Top the Cops hit the track this Wednesday
- The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition will host a "Bike the Track" event this Thursday, July 14. Details here: http://bikethetrack.brownpapertickets.com/.