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David Ragan wins the All-Star Showdown

David Ragan passed Brad Keselowski with a handful of laps to go to take the win in the All-Star Showdown. Both drivers transfer into the Sprint All-Star race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote and will be the final driver in the All-Star race. Ragan said “Clean air was everything. If a driver was running sixth and got out front he could have held off the field. The restarts were key and getting ahead was ... Read More »

Kyle Busch on the pole for the Sprint All-Star race; Ragan on the pole for the All-Star Showdown

Kyle Busch laid down the fastest lap in practice for the All-Star race which afforded him the last qualifying attempt for the All-Star race. Busch made the most of it laying down a three lap time of 119.191 seconds which equated to a 135.916 mph. That bested Clint Bowyer who will start on the outside of the front row with a three lap time of 119.666 seconds and a speed of 135.377 mph. The second row will have Greg Biffle ... Read More »

Sprint Cup Qualifying Rained Out at Dover

DOVER, DE (May 14, 2011) – Qualifying has been rained out for the FedEx400 benefitting Autism Speaks. This is the first rain out situation under the new rules where the starting line-up will revert to practice times instead of owner’s points. The top 10 are: 1.) Jimmie Johnson 2.) A.J. Allmendinger 3.) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 4.) Kasey Kahne 5.) Joey Logano 6.) Kurt Busch 7.) Kyle Busch 8.) Martin Truex, Jr. 9.) Brad Keselowski 10.) Kevin Harvick Missing the show ... Read More »

Kyle Busch Accepts Penalty, Rocky Relationship with Harvick

As expected, Kyle Busch was asked several questions on Friday morning about the incident last Saturday night with Kevin Harvick following the Showtime Southern 500 and the penalty that followed. For the driver of the No. 18 Camry, there is really no questioning the penalty or Harvick’s dislike for him. “When matters get taken into the drivers hands or anything else onto pit road, where innocent bystanders can be injured or something, NASCAR is going to step in and they’re ... Read More »

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick fined and placed on probation

NASCAR has penalized NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick as a result of rules infractions committed at last weekend’s event at Darlington Raceway. Busch, driver of the No. 18 car, and Harvick, driver of the No. 29 car, have each been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events until June 15 for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing – involved in an ... Read More »

North Wilkesboro Speedway Is Closing

For the last 1 ½ years, Speedway Associates Inc. has taken race fans and Wilkes County residents on a history-making ride with the reopening of North Wilkesboro Speedway, one of stock car racing’s oldest facilities that had been shuttered for 14 years. However, the business climate and a lack of working capital has now brought everything at the historic facility to a screeching halt, effective immediately. “Simply put, we made a lot of improvements to the speedway,” Speedway Associates Inc. ... Read More »

Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway Closing

For the last 1 ½ years, Speedway Associates Inc. has taken race fans and Wilkes County residents on a history-making ride with the reopening of North Wilkesboro Speedway which had been shuttered for 14 years. However, the business climate and a lack of working capital has now brought everything at the historic facility to a screeching halt. Read More »

Nationwide Qualifying cancelled at Darlington

Rain has forced the cancellation of qualifying at Darlington Raceway for the Nationwide Series. The starting lineup is being set by the new NASCAR rules, the starting positions are determined by the fastest practice speeds. The front row of the race will be Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer. Row two will consist of Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne. Reed Sorenson and Elliott Sadler make up row three. Sprint Cup qualifying will still be held before the start of the Nationwide ... Read More »

Ryan Newman fastest in first Sprint Cup practice session

Ryan Newman set the pace in the first practice for the Sprint Cup cars at Darlington Raceway. Newman’s fast lap was 27.812 seconds with a speed of 176.816 mph. Second quick in the session was Carl Edwards, clocking a lap of 27.894 seconds for a speed of 176.296 mph. The third fastest driver in the session was Kurt Busch who turned in a lap of 27.996 seconds which is a speed of 175.654 mph. Unfortunately for Busch he hit the ... Read More »