Race Weekend Update
Newman wins at Phoenix: #31-Ryan Newman won the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 2nd win at Phoenix, his first for Richard Childress Racing and 18th career win. Newman's last win was at Indianapolis in July 2013.
#42-Larson finished second (for the 4th time in the last five races) followed by #18-Busch, $17-Stenhouse Jr., #2-Keselowski, #4-Harvick, #19-Suarez(career best), #77-Jones(career best), #48-Johnson and $11-Hamlin.
Pole winner, #22-Logano, led 82 laps but had a pit road speeding penalty mid-way in the race and then with 6 laps to go in the race had a tire explode and hit the wall, finishing 31st.
#18-Kyle Busch led the most laps at 114 and had a commanding lead with 6 laps to go before Logano hit the wall and brought out the caution.
#19-Daniel Suarez (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
#42-Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 6 points over #2-Brad Keselowski.
Jayski.com: Keselowski's car fails Phoenix post-race inspection
Brad Keselowski's #2 Team Penske Ford team could face penalties this week after his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride failed post-race inspection at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday night. The #2 failed weights and measures after Keselowski piloted it to a fifth-place finish.
NEXT RACE: This weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana; TV Sunday live on FOX at 12:30 p.m. PT
SCHUMACHER, J. FORCE, S. GRAY AND KRAWIEC TAKE HOME WALLY TROPHIES SUNDAY AT NHRA GATORNATIONALS
Tony Schumacher raced his way to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. John Force (Funny Car), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the third of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Schumacher, an eight-time Top Fuel world champion, piloted his U.S. Army dragster to a 3.703-second pass at 329.26 mph for the 83rd victory of his career and first of the season. He defeated reigning world champion Antron Brown who ran a 3.764 at 322.65 in his Matco Tools dragster. With the win, Schumacher becomes the winningest Top Fuel driver at the facility with five after previously being in a four-way tie.
Force, a sixteen-time world champion and the winningest driver in NHRA history, ran a 3.928 at 328.14 in his PEAK Chevy Camaro Funny Car for the 148th victory of his career, eighth at Gainesville and first of the season. He defeated rookie Jonnie Lindberg's 3.971 at 314.83 in his Head Racing Toyota Camry.
The victory marks the 2,500 Funny Car round-win for John Force Racing. Force raced past Del Worsham, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. on his way to the finals. Lindberg defeated Dave Richards in the first round and upset Robert Hight and Matt Hagan to get to the final.
VIDEO: Force celebrates his 2,500th round win: www.nhra.com/videos/2017/amalie-motro-oil-nhra-gatornationals-john-force-takes-home-his-148th-win-his-career
NEXT RACE: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 31-April 2.
VIDEO: Mario Andretti - Still Driven: www.indycar.com/Videos/2017/03/03-20-Mario-Andretti-Driven-CBSMorning
**Bonus, this was filmed in Sonoma!
NEXT RACE: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 7-9.
- Wednesday Night Drags and Sonoma Drift this Wednesday: www.sonomaraceway.com/track/you-can-race/
- 24 Hours of LeMons Returns for Sears Pointless Event This Weekend: www.24hoursoflemons.com/events-results/article/180-sears-pointless
- Speedway Children's Charities Hosts Double-Header Event Weekend at the Karting Center:
- Saturday: NHRA Tour de Charity is Sold Out!
- Sunday: Children's Champions Appreciation Day