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Kyle Busch only led one lap of the Circle City 100 ARCA/CRA Super Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway, but it was the one that mattered. Over the final 15 laps of the event, Busch tried high and low to work his way around John Hunter Nemechek, but until the final turn the youngster was able to hold off the challenge. 'Rowdy's' JEGS Camry dove to the inside of Nemechek's car through Turn 4 on the final lap and the two remained side-by-side all the way to the start-finish line, with Busch picking up the win by a nose.
"That was a lot of fun -- I just timed it right and it was a drag race to the finish," Busch said. "We've had a lot of great runs in this late model car over the years and I have to thank JEGS for coming onboard for this one. I won the race the same way Earnhardt would. Opportunities like these for young guys like John Hunter are going to take them a long ways."
Busch posted the second fastest time in the qualifying session, but started from the eighth position after the invert. On lap 12, he worked his way around fellow Sprint Cup Series competitor David Ragan for the sixth position and by the time the first caution of the race occurred on lap 28 he had advanced up to the fourth spot.
'Rowdy' went three-wide on the restart to move up to the second position and looked to high side of Ross Kenseth for the lead, but was unable to successfully complete the pass. Busch remained second with Kenseth leading at the halfway mark of the 100-lap event. A few laps later the No. 51 JEGS Camry looked to make a move for the lead, but once again was unsuccessful and opened the door for Nemechek to take over the second position.
Nemechek then worked his way around Kenseth for the lead on lap 54. Busch regained the second spot with a 'slide job' on Kenseth on lap 55 and set his sights on the new leader. KBM's owner-driver looked to work his way around the youngster on lap 66, but was unable to complete the pass. Over the final 30 laps 'Rowdy' tried several times to maneuver his way into the top spot, but was unable to complete the pass. After each attempt, he would fall back a couple of car lengths and then regroup and make another charge.
Giving it all he had on the final lap, 'Rowdy' was able to dive to the inside of Nemechek in Turn 4 and win the drag race to the start to finish line to claim the victory in his first Super Late Model start of 2014. The margin of victory over Nemechek was 0.024 seconds. Chad Finley, Alec Carll and Travis Braden rounded out the top-five finishers.
'Rowdy' will be back behind the wheel of his No. 51 Super Late Model on Tuesday, Aug. 5 for the PASS Triple Crown Series race at Autodrome Chaudiere in Valley Junction, Quebec, Canada.
Brandon Jones stayed near the front all night and won his second career ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) Friday night.
Jones pulled away from Austin Wayne Self in the closing laps and became the second driver in ARCA history to win their first two starts. The other was Alex Bowman in 2011.
The 17-year-old driver won the pole for the race, but lost the lead to second-place starter Mason Mitchell.
Mitchell led the first 54 laps before coming down pit road and giving up the lead under the race’s first caution.
Tires mean everything at LOR and can make a driver feel like Superman and charge to the front.
That was the case for Grant Enfinger, who took tires and stormed by Justin Boston to take the lead.
John Wes Townley and Mitchell would catch the No. 90 car and take over the first and second spots. Mitchell then worked his way around the 15 car to get back out in front.
As Boston and Jones were dropping back, a caution fell at lap 101 and both drivers came into the pits. By taking advantage of the tires, the two made their way back to the front and pulled away from the rest of the field.
Mitchell had to make an unscheduled pit stop around lap 150 for a rear gear issue and ended his night. With the misfortune of the No. 98 team, Enfinger re-took the points lead with a fourth-place finish in his first race with Gallagher Motorsports.
Boston had a seven second lead at one point until locking up the brakes to try avoid a spinning Gerhart and ran into the No. 5 car. The 25 car received a good amount of damage as everyone else pitted during the caution.
Jones wound up back in front and Self started to reel in the No. 4 car, but the Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) driver pulled away from the field to score the victory.
The win capped off a perfect day for Jones, who was fastest in both practices and won the pole in qualifying.
The TSM driver competes full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and will look for his first win in that series at Iowa Speedway next weekend. This is the third win for the No. 4 car on the 2014 ARCA season. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Kyle Larson has the other victory at Pocono Raceway in June.
The series heads back to Pocono for the ModSpace 125 Friday and will be televised at 5 p.m. ET 1 on FOX Sports 1.
SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 Top 10
- #4 Brandon Jones
- #22 Austin Wayne Self
- #44 Frank Kimmel
- #90 Grant Enfinger
- #11 Matt Tifft
- #15 John Wes Townley
- #52 Ken Schrader
- #25 Justin Boston
- #77 Tom Hessert
- #60 Kyle Weatherman
You’ll have to excuse NASCAR next driver Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan) if he’s extremely quiet this weekend when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (#KNWEST) tour heads to Colorado National Speedway.
Lupton, the rising teenage sensation has enjoyed a stellar season on the tour. He’s qualified well, led laps and even produced seven straight top-10 finishes to start the year, but the Wilton, California native is still (surprisingly) winless.
That’s a statistic he hopes to conquer in Saturday night’s NAPA Auto Parts / Toyota 150. And should earning his second-career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West come at the expense of appearing a little distant, that’s OK.
“We are ready to win,” said 20-year old Lupton. “We’ve done pretty much everything else this year, but win. We know it’s coming, but it’s just a matter of when. I’m just focused right now, more than ever. We have a lot of great things happening with our Sunrise Ford Racing team, we just need to be able to capitalize on them.”
In Lupton’s most recent K&N Pro Series West race at Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho, the team continued to show speed and resilience, and control the field for five laps, but left the track with a subdued eighth place finish.
“We were going back for the lead and unfortunately, got crashed,” Lupton stated. “Can’t say I’m exactly thrilled with our finish at Stateline, but it’s (still) a top-10, so we have to take good even with the bad,” sounded Lupton. “It’s a bullring. However, we survived and that was our primary goal going into the weekend. It’s just frustrating to know that we couldn’t capitalize on it when our No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Go Pro / Lucas Oil Ford Fusion was so good. Just have to stay focused and march on. Like we always do.”
And there’s even a bigger reason to stay focused, especially at Colorado National Speedway. Last year’s race didn’t go as planned. After struggling in qualifying, Lupton methodically used the event to adjust the handling of his No. 9 Vadio / Lupton Excavating / Sunrise Ford, but was only able to climb up to 10th when the checkered flag waived. A finish that Lupton considers unacceptable this season.
“Last year, Colorado was a struggle for the team, but we have grown since last year and I believe we can get a win,” he mentioned. “We are bringing the same car to Colorado that we had in Idaho, which has always been good to us on short tracks.
“There is some pressure on me to get to victory lane and I feel like we should have been there a couple of times so far. However, we will just need to rally the second half of the season, start to dominate, and get the points lead. We have been showing speed every track we show up at so I am excited to get to Colorado National Speedway.”
With seven races down and seven to go, The Sunrise Ford Racing driver controls second in the championship standings, 26 points behind veteran and points leader Greg Pursley. With his run at Stateline, Lupton was able to maintain his position in second, but lost a few points on Pursley.
“Right now, everyone’s chasing Greg,” Lupton explained. “He’s been flawless this season. There’s no hiding that. We’ve been right there too, he just carries a little bit of a better average finish, which has given him that cushion in the standings. We know that this weekend, we could go up or down, but we have to be strategic to make sure we stay in this championship battle.”
In addition to Sunrise Ford, Go Pro and Lucas Oil, Eibach Springs, Immersion Media, Capitl and Company will adorn their logos on his Ford Fusion this weekend at Colorado.
Entering Colorado, Lupton has 25 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts to his credit with one career victory at Evergreen Speedway (2013). During his NASCAR K&N tenure, Lupton has accumulated eight top-fives and 19 top-10 finishes. A third place qualifying effort at Lebanon I-44 Speedway (June 2013) is his best time trials effort to date. He has controlled the K&N field twice for 11 laps.
The Napa Auto Parts 150 is set for Saturday, July 12. The 150-lap feature will commence shortly after 9:00 p.m. Pacific. This weekend will mark the series’ first visit to the track since 1985. It is the seventh of 14 events on the 2014 schedule.
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Brandon Jones picked up where he left off by securing the pole for Friday's ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR).
Jones set a new track record of 22.268 seconds (110.904 mph). The 17-year-old driver was fastest in both practices on Friday and won the last time he raced in ARCA at Winchester Speedway at the beginning of July. He was also the only driver to break the old track record of 22.294 seconds.
Points leader Mason Mitchell will start next to Jones on the front row. Mitchell ran up front in the last ARCA race at LOR in 2012 and scored a fifth-place finish.
Mitchell's closest points pursuer Grant Enfinger qualified 15th in the No 90. Chevrolet for his first race with Gallagher Motorsports.
Tom Hessert, Ken Schrader and Justin Allison rounded out the top-five in qualifying. Hessert was in Schrader's 52 car in the 2012 race here and finished runner-up to Frank Kimmel. Matt Tifft, one of Schrader's drivers, qualified ninth in a second Ken Schrader Racng entry. Kimmel ended up 10th on the board.
Cody Coughlin had a rough start to the day by crashing in practice and forcing his No. 55 team to go a back-up. Coughlin got to qualify and placed 16th on the chart. The highest Venturini Motorsports driver in qualifying was Justin Boston in sixth.
Blake Hillard made his return to the ARCA series for the first time since Salem in April with an 11th-place qualifying effort. Kyle Weatherman will start next to him on the sixth row in the No. 60 Ford for the Roulo Brothers.
Qualifying was extremely close as the first 21 cars out of 24 who took time were separated by less than a second.
The SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 will be live at 9 p.m. ET Friday on FOX Sports 1.
SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 Lineup Top 10
#4 Brandon Jones
#98 Mason Mitchell
#77 Tom Hessert
#52 Ken Schrader
#88 Justin Allison
#25 Justin Boston
#66 J.J. Haley
#22 Austin Wayne Self
#11 Matt Tifft
#44 Frank Kimmel
Verizon IndyCar star Josef Newgarden, the only American to ever win in the famed Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, has been confirmed to participate in the Sports Car Club of America Formula F 45th Anniversary at Barber Motorsports Park, August 9-10. Newgarden will race on Sunday in a Honda-powered Piper Formula F, and participate as a speaker in the Formula F birthday celebration on Saturday night.
The 2014 Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award will go to the eligible rider who earns the most points in GoPro Daytona SportBike as well as the eligible rider who earns the most points in AMA Pro Flat Track's Grand National Championship.
Tomas Puerta has all but locked up the $5,000 prize Saddlemen generously provides that goes along with earning the award in AMA Pro Road Racing's GoPro Daytona SportBike class. The Colombian sits 11th in the standings and has accumulated 46 more points than the next best contestant, Tucker Lancaster. It would be a long-shot for Lancaster to make up the difference in points with just one round of GoPro Daytona SportBike action remaining, which is set to be held at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., Sept. 13-14, 2014.
For anyone remotely familiar with AMA Pro Road Racing, Puerta's success this season hasn't been that surprising. The 21-year-old is the reigning SuperSport national champion and rides for one of the most sought-after race teams in the business today - RoadRace Factory/Redbull - and plays teammate to Jake Gagne, the current GoPro Daytona SportBike points leader. He's likely already banking on his money for this year's Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award, and there's no telling how far he'll go next year with a full season at this level under his belt.
In AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship competition, Wyatt Maguire's 11th place finish at Grays Harbor Raceway last weekend was enough to put him ahead of Shayna Texter by a mere three points in the standings. If Maguire holds on to earn the most points out of all of the class-rookies this season, a lineup that features the likes of Texter, Justin Maloney, and Cody Johncox, he would be the recipient of the $5,000 award that goes along with winning the 2014 Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award.
"I'm definitely striving towards the award and it would mean a lot to me if I were to win it," said Maguire. "It enables us rookies who are out of the championship chase to have something to compete for. There are a lot of battles going on right now. Week-in and week-out we're all competing for it. Last weekend's 11th place finish was pretty cool and I hope to keep the momentum rolling at Sacramento."
Maguire's main competition for the Rookie of the Year honor, Texter, won the Sacramento Mile in the Pro Singles class last year, so he will need to be on game in he wants to stay in front.
Saddlemen has been helping AMA Pro Racing reward some of the best up-and-coming stars of motorcycle racing by sponsoring the Rookie of the Year award for the last four seasons. Saddlemen is also the official seat and luggage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track.
Fans can watch the Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award battle heat up in Grand National Championship competition this weekend when AMA Pro Flat Track heads to Sacramento, Calif. for the Sacramento Mile on July 26. For tickets and more information on the event, please visithttp://www.sactomile.com/tickets/ or call 1-844-722-6453. All of the action will be streamed LIVE onFansChoice.tv.
The next time AMA Pro Road Racing takes to the track will be August 8-10, when Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series competitors roll their thundering Harley's off the trucks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind.
Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) threw down the gauntlet in practice and qualifying today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For the first time in ESM history, both of the Tequila Patrón-sponsored Honda Performance Development ARX-03b prototypes will start from the front row and side-by-side for Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix.It seems appropriate that the Tequila Patrón-sponsored race cars qualified 1-2, especially on National Patrón Tequila Day.
Ryan Dalziel, co-driver of the No. 1 Tequila Patrón HPD set the qualifying track record with a 1:17.603 (113.145 mph) en route to the first pole position for the No. 1 team this year. Dalziel dominated in qualifying and led the entire 15-minute session. His closest competitor was teammate Johannes van Overbeek.
Scott Sharp, ESM owner/driver, will start the race in the No. 1 Tequila Patrón team. Sharp has 14 previous Indy 500 starts and two IROC starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
During his qualifying session, van Overbeek, co-driver of No. 2 Tequila Patrón, clocked a lap at 1:17.879 (112.744 mph), less than three-tenths of a second behind Dalziel. This marks the second front-row start for the No. 2 team. In May, van Overbeek was the pole winner at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – the site of the No. 2 team’s first win.
Ed Brown is the starting driver for the No. 2 team for Friday’s race.
Friday’s two-hour, 45-minute Brickyard Grand Prix is the eighth race of 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Green flag is 5:45 p.m. ET.
Television coverage of the Brickyard Grand Prix starts at 5:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
David Ostella put the Performance Tech Motorsports machine fourth on the grid in the Prototype Challenge class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
On his last lap, Ostella jumped from eighth to fourth with a lap time of 1 minute, 20.208 seconds. The quick lap continued a recent trend, as Ostella also posted his best time last month at Watkins Glen International with seconds remaining in the session. Ostella and new teammate James French will start from the second row of the PC class in the 49-car field.
"It was good; I'm happy with qualifying and being so close to the front," Ostella said. "Only four-tenths off Colin (Braun), who got the pole. I think I'm still struggling with qualifying. I'm not happy with how long it takes me to get up to speed. So I'll be working on that. I'm happy with the performance."
Ostella's best qualifying lap was more than a second quicker than his top practice time Friday. He qualified just .359 of a second behind Braun's track-record lap.
It was Ostella's best qualifying performance this season in the No. 38 Dash Neighborhoods/Phillips 66 car. Ostella competed on the historic IMS oval in the Firestone Freedom 100 for Indy Lights in 2011 and 2012, but this was his first day on the new 14-turn, 2.439-mile road circuit at IMS that incorporates part of the famous Indy oval. That mixture creates a complex setup challenge due to the circuit's intricate turns and fast straightaways, said Performance Tech Lead Engineer Ty Sayman.
"It's actually a very difficult track when it comes to setup," Sayman said. "You come off of straightaways into long turns, and you have to find where you can keep your speed. The track has a lot of nuances. I really wasn't too worried about the qualifying setup. I focus on the race. A pole would be nice, but a win is always better."
Team Principal Brent O'Neill joined his crew in applauding Ostella, 22, for his qualifying performance. This was the best qualifying result since the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, when the team started third.
"It was really good for us. The last lap, David was able to pull it out and put all the pieces together," O'Neill said. "David's still young. He's still getting it all together. That was a pretty stellar lap he put together at the end. He's never been a good qualifier. We're getting him to that point, and you're going to see him get better and better. We'll have a good start for tomorrow."
Ostella thinks he still has much to learn about qualifying but is happy to see most of the PC field behind him for the start of the race.
"I'm happy with the performance," Ostella said. "The Performance Tech team put together a great car. Now we just have to focus on race setup and get ready for tomorrow."
The Brickyard Grand Prix begins at 5:45 p.m. (ET) Friday with the live broadcast beginning at 5:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1. Fans can follow live timing and scoring at IMSA.com and also race details on Twitter at @IMSALive.
For more information or to donate to Dash from Breast Cancer, click the following link: davidostella.com/dash-from-breast-cancer/. For updates on the team, follow Performance Tech Motorsports on Facebook.
AMA Pro SuperSport action from the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend a Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was typical of the class for up-and-coming stars of tomorrow and fast club aces. In other words, it was a full grid's worth of battles and unpredictable skirmishes at the front.
Dustin Dominguez of Houston Superbikes took two wins as the Oklahoman's hot streak extended. Each time out, he topped TOBC Racing's Hayden Gillim as both races were held on Sunday due to track conditions unconducive to racing the day before. With the riders making their bids for the series championship, the New Jersey round will be another winner-take-all showdown in the final chapter of 2014.
The weekend began as a test for three men fighting for the points lead as Corey Alexander (HVMC/Celtic Racing) remained out in front as the teams entered Ohio. Alexander was great early in the season. The reigning East champion, looked nearly unbeatable at Daytona and was almost as strong at Elkhart Lake despite a training accident that put his participation in doubt. However, a subpar Alabama round left Gillim and Dominguez rallying closer.
Mid-Ohio would go be a turning point as Dominguez and Gillim left Alexander behind.
In Race 1, Gillim had the early lead but Dominguez made a great pass on lap two and made it stick. Gillim made a nice move to rip the lead away on lap four but Dominguez repeated his earlier ploy - outbraking Gillim on the main straight. He then cut a blazing lap and when Dominguez encountered lapped traffic, he didn't have Gillim's No. 69 machine directly on his Yamaha's tail anymore. From then on, the Oklahoman held the point position.
"With these races being so short and there's so many riders, I didn't know if there was going to be a red flag so I tried to lead every lap," said Dominguez. "We've finally got this thing the way we wanted it and have been getting good results ever since."
Dominguez had another good race in the second affair. He led Gillim, but the Kentuckian seemed poised on his tail and in good position to make a late-race move. Gillim nearly crashed with a lap and a half to go, avoiding a highside heading onto the main straight.
Gillim tried to rally on the final lap. He made an ambitious move and the two touched. Neither rider fell, and Dominguez pulled away for a 3.510-second victory after 11 laps.
"Mid-Ohio has always been one of my favorite tracks. I knew going into the weekend I had to win both races to have a shot at the championship," Dominguez said. "This was the biggest weekend for me not just because I won both races, but because now I'm two points out of the championship and have good momentum going into the last race of the year. All the glory to God and can't thank my team and sponsors enough for providing me a bike and opportunity to win races. I'm ready to prove I have what it takes to win this championship."
Gillim took two second place finishes on the day. He was disappointed not to win but made the most of a day when he never really got his bike sorted.
"With us getting so little track time before the race, I really didn't have a good setup," said Gillim after Race 1. "I had hardly any weight on the rear so in every turn I was out sideways."
He clearly found some answers for Race 2 but wasn't totally satisfied.
"We were still having some issues with grip," said Gillim, pointing out his near-crash with two to go. "The last lap, I put my head down and pushed as hard as I could. (Dominguez) made a little mistake. Coming into Thunder Valley, I was right next to him I felt like I might have made the pass but I didn't want to risk taking us both out. I'm glad we could give the fans watching a good race. I'm looking forward to New Jersey and (I) have the points lead so it should be fun."
Gillim dueled with Alexander for the East crown at New Jersey last year and the outcome was in doubt until the checkered flag, so he has experience in a championship shootout. The Suzuki pilot holds a slim two-point margin after Ohio.
Alexander lowsided in the Keyhole on lap five of the first race - a tough blow for his championship hopes. In Race 2, he had to pull off before the race started due to an issue with his brakes.
"I guess bad luck comes all at once when it does come," said Alexander. "This weekend started off rough just from the weather alone, which cut down the whole weekend to essentially one day. With that said, I felt we had a really good bike and a lot of potential to do really well. Unfortunately the unpredictable track surface caught us out in Race 1 which ultimately caught us out in Race 2 with a brake failure induced by the crash. With such a short schedule it puts a lot of pressure on the whole team to get everything together in a big hurry, and very little time for the riders to get a feel for everything. It's unfortunate for the team, the sponsors and myself to be plagued with such bad luck especially with such high potential and a strong start to the season. The only thing we can do is move forward and hope to dominate at our home track, New Jersey Motorsports Park, in September. Thanks, to all of the sponsors and people who made this season possible. It is unfortunate when things don't go as expected as we owe it to all of you to get a good result."
Alexander dropped down to fourth in points after his troubles.
His teammate on the HVMC/Celtic Racing squad, Wyatt Farris, earned third in Race 1 after a duel with Conner Blevins. He leapfrogged his stable mate in the points, too. Farris was second in Daytona but off the podium since then.
"I'm happy to get back on the podium with a third, and bring home a fifth for the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki team and our sponsors," said the Californian. "Even though they may not be quite the results I'm looking for, or the results we know we can get, any time you're on the podium it's a good day. I'm going to use this seven-week break to work on a few things, and head to New Jersey looking to improve our results."
Conner Blevins (Excel Machine Racing) earned his first AMA Pro podium in Race 2.
"We had a rough start to the season, but my dad has gotten the bike working really well now," said Blevins, who battled with Farris in Race 1 and finished fourth. "Also, the new tires that Dunlop brought this weekend were great, lots of grip and they looked really good at the end of the races."
Kaleb De Keyrel had been building momentum and earned a double podium in Alabama. The De Keyrel Racing pilot was just a little short of repeating that pace but still earned two nice finishes with sixth and fourth.
J.C. Camacho showed nice speed once again, earning fifth and eighth. The Texan has been solid all year and spent most of the time in the top ten, showing he can duel with the best in class. The House of Paint Designs racer is a lock to do well in the final points standings and is seventh heading into the final round.
Tuned Industries' Jason Aguilar (9-6) and Harv's Harley-Davidson pilot Cody Wyman (7-9) also garnered a pair of top tens in Ohio. Two surprise finishers jumped up this weekend as well. Jimmy Merck (Merck Factory Racing) was seventh in Race 2 after bagging 11th in Race 1. Frankie Gillim, Hayden's older brother, made the most of his appearance in Ohio and took 10th in Race 2.
Youngster Nick McFadden (TOBC Racing) was tenth in the opener.
It's all on the line for New Jersey. It has been an unpredictable season, one that saw Alexander look like a lock to win the title while Dominguez and Gillim had some low moments. With two aggressive, tough riders going for the honor of the number one plate, expect fireworks.
Following the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series' Indianapolis doubleheader Aug. 8-10, the AMA Pro Road Racing season will come to its conclusion and the 2014 champions will be decided at the Kawasaki Devil's Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., Sept. 13-14.
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