The on-track action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday is what keeps auto racing enthusiasts coming back for more. Tony Stewart put on a superb demonstration of driving skill and determination, leading to his decisive victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kobalt Tools 400. As his first win on this particular track and the first Chevrolet victory for 2012, the three-time defending champion Stewart also clocked up his 45th career win from his seventh position start. The victory, which was Stewart’s first with his new crew chief Steve Addington, puts him seventh in the standings.
Jimmie Johnson took second place, fighting his way to the front from the back of the field in a backup Chevrolet after a mishap with his car in practice the day before the race. Stewart kept his position at the head of the field for the last 30 laps of the race, while Johnson was hot on his heels for the last 17 of those laps, but just could not get past. Chevrolet was strongly represented at the event, with other top-ten finishes for the iconic manufacturer including Ryan Newman in fourth position, Paul Menard in seventh, and Jamie McMurray in eighth place, while Dale Earnhardt Jr.finished the race at number 10.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kobalt Tools 400 victory will no doubt help to ease the pain of last week’s debacle at Phoenix where he turned his car off to save on fuel and failed to get it to re-fire, resulting in a longer pit stop and his finish in 22nd place. It is thought that the problem may be linked to the new electronic fuel injection system introduced by NASCAR. In a post-race interview, Stewart remarked that he was finally glad to win a race at Las Vegas. This may have been an especially sweet victory for Stewart in light of the fact that he missed a good shot at victory last year by incurring a penalty by leaving his pit stop with an air hose still attached to his car.
The current top ten NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings are: Greg Biffle (125 points); Kevin Harvick (115 points); Denny Hamlin (113 points); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (107 points); Matt Kenseth (102 points); Carl Edwards (102 points); Tony Stewart (100 points); Martin Truex Jr. (98 points; and Mark Martin (97 points).
Tony Stewart continued his winning streak by taking the checkered flag at the 14th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne 50-lap midget car event on New Year’s Eve. Driving the twenty-year old VW-powered Munchkin, Stewart completed the race at 11:04 pm, later noting that the car in which he had claimed seven victories was easy to work with and fun to drive. Stewart ended the year on a high note and added to his list of achievements which include being the fast qualifier in his past ten races, and winning nine times in fourteen career starts.
Although it had an unpromising start, 2011 turned out to be an exciting year for both Stewart and his fans as he claimed his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, with his previous two title wins being in 2002 and 2005. The final race of the NASCAR season turned into a nail-biting duel between Edwards and Stewart, with Stewart crossing the finish line in first place and claiming the championship title.
In a post-race interview, 40-year old Stewart was reported as saying that it was the first time he had raced on New Year’s Eve, and that it was a great way to have finished the year. He also noted that it would be hard to keep up his winning streak, but he anticipates that it will be a lot of fun trying.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Tony Stewart has revealed that he will be part of a four-car “Team of Champions”, along with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Bryan Clauson and Jake Blackhurst, to participate in the 26th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals set to start on 10 January. Driving the Chevrolet Performance Parts Sponsored No. 14 Chevrolet/Spike, which he has dubbed “Back in Black”, Stewart intends to challenge the Esslinger/Ford dominated event. Clauson will be driving a No. 39c Essingler/Spike Indycar/Indy 500 race car, while Stenhouse Jr. will be competing in a No. 39a Esslinger/Spike, and Blackhurst will be driving a No. 39b Esslinger/Spike Kitchen Cooked entry.
The very first LA Auto Show was held in 1907, and even though its location changed since its inauguration, its popularity has grown rapidly. The Los Angeles Convention Centre is the ideal location for this popular event, as it offers 32 200 square meters of exhibition space which is filled with the latest vehicles that are on the market, vehicle debuts and concept cars. Concept cars on display this year will include Nissan, Mazda and Honda. Visitors can also expect to see debut vehicles from Porsche, Nissan, SAAB, BMW, Chevrolet and many more.
For more information, visit the Los Angeles Convention Centre website at http://www.lacclink.com/.
Date: 19 – 28 November 2010
Venue: Los Angeles Convention Centre
City: Los Angeles
Country: United States of America
The Miller Family owned Meadowbrook Farm for more than two centuries, and with the Winnipsaukee Lake to its side and majestic mountains surrounding the farm, it is one of the most picturesque locations in the region. Concerts became a traditional event for the family to host, and in keeping that tradition, the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion still hosts breathtaking events. The Meadowbrook Musical Arts Centre is now the venue for concerts and exhibitions, while the pavilion acts as a concert and festival venue. On 25 July 2010, a very special exhibition will be held at Meadowbrook.
Over and above being a music industry entrepreneur and restaurant mogul, Joe Bortz is known as a famous concept car restorer and avid car collector. His focus is mainly on vehicles from the 1950’s, which were showcased at the legendary General Motors Motorama. His love for cars led to the creation of the Bortz Auto Collection, and his collection only consists of extremely rare vehicles. As concept cars were created only as showcase vehicles and not for production, finding these prototype vehicles is a very difficult task. Fortunately Bortz found out about a junk dealer, purely by accident, who was selling off the cars in parts. As time went by, Bortz ended up with twenty concept cars, such as the 1958 Pontiac Club de Mer, the 1953 Pontiac Perisienne and the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special. Some prototype vehicles can still be seen in museums around the country, but the Bortz Auto Collection remains truly unique. Four of his vehicles will be on display at Meadowbrook, of which one will be the 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne, saved from the junk yard, and that took twenty-two years to restore.
All four of these restored cars will be showcased together for the first time in fifty-five years, as the Bortz Auto Collection brings the rarest of vehicles to the Meadowbrook exhibition. The other three unique vehicles will be the 1953 Buick Wildcat I, the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special and the 1953 Pontiac Parisienne. Motoring enthusiasts should not miss out on the opportunity to see the these amazing vehicles at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion.
The Motorsports Expo is one of the most anticipated events on the calendar for auto racing and car enthusiasts. This year, the Motorsports Expo will be held for its 24th year, and hosted at the Verizon Centre of Progress Building, located at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on the 13th and 14th of March 2010. Organizers have ensured that this year’s expo will be an event to remember, with magnificent exhibits and extra features for all to enjoy. And there is an additional treat for DIRTcar Racing fans, as a number of drivers have confirmed their presence at the 2010 Motorsport Expo for an exclusive autograph session.
Over and above endless exhibitors and stands, there will be a special signing of autographs on the 13th of March 2010 by the drivers of the Super DIRTcar Series. Some of the drivers to look forward to include Matt Sheppard, Dale Planck, Ryan Phelps, Gary Tomkins, Larry Wight, Lance Willix II and Jessica Zemken. Not only will these drivers be autographing photos, but motor sports fans will have the opportunity to ask their favorite drivers questions in regard to racing, plans for the future and their careers. Visitors to the Motorsports Expo 2010 will also be invited to attend discussions by Matt Sheppard, Dale Planck and Larry Wight, where they will be sharing their experiences and challenges.
A variety of racing vehicles will also be on display, and fans can look out for the original Chevrolet Impala Stock Car that was ridden by Mike Welch, the No. 5H Ernie Kreis & Son-Fastline Performance-P&M Fabrication/Bicknell, Big Red Towing no. 99 Dave Miller Auto Body/Bicknell car and the JB Motorsports no. 9S Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell, that was piloted by Matt Sheppard. All these vehicles will be exhibited in the DIRTcar Land exhibition section of the expo.
Out of town visitors to the 2010 Motorsports Expo 2010 will find comfortable accommodation close by, with the Ramada Inn being the official hotel for the expo. The Motorsports Expo 2010 is an event that the entire family can enjoy, and combines the thrill of racing with the excitement of being able to bring the fans and their racing heroes together.