John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard

June 28, 2014 by  
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As the 20th race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard covers a distance of 400 miles over 160 laps on the four-turn rectangular-oval Indianapolis Motor Speedway track. For more information visit nascar.com

Date: 27 July 2014
Venue: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
City: Indiana
State: Indianapolis
Country: United States

NASCAR’s Iowa Speedway Ready for Action

May 12, 2014 by  
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NASCAR will be hosting its first events as the new owner of Iowa Speedway on the weekend of May 17-18, when the Casey’s General Store 150, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, and NASCAR Nationwide Get To Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin Williams will take place. In addition to the action on the track, fans can expect loads of entertainment with a special feature being fan photo opportunities with winning drivers. Moreover, instead of being held inside the media center, drivers’ meetings will be held on the opposite side of the front stretch, giving fans more opportunities to see the competitors before the race starts.

New president of Iowa Speedway, 28-year-old Jimmy Small is reportedly determined to make a success of this new venture, and to include fans and the State of Iowa in the process. Small concedes that he’s aware that many people think he is a bit young for the position he is in, but notes that he is professional in his approach and passionate about the sport.

Born and raised in Detroit, historically the automotive capital of the United States, Small is a graduate of Notre Dame University in Indiana, not far from the renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway. During his senior year he applied for a position at NASCAR’s headquarters in Daytona, and was hired soon after his graduation. Starting off in series operations, Small went on to gain experience in other areas of NASCAR’s operation, and when offered the position of president of Iowa Speedway, he readily accepted.

NASCAR’s announcement last year that it was buying Iowa Speedway generated a lot of speculation, and a lot of excitement among fans and teams alike. Top notch drivers, including Brad Keselowski and Trevor Bayne, tested the track last week and gave it the thumbs-up. Certainly autoracing fans in this region have some thrilling racing to look forward to at Iowa Speedway this season.

McMurray Takes Victory at Talladega

October 21, 2013 by  
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A multi-car wreck on the final lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Camping World 500 aided Jamie McMurray in taking the checkered flag at the Talladega Superspeedway event on Sunday, with Dale Earnhardt Jr and Rick Stenhouse Jr taking second and third places respectively. When rookie Austin Dillon lost control of his car on the final lap of the race, the resulting crash ruled out any chance of Earnhardt challenging McMurray’s position, allowing him to cross the finish line in first place for the first time in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race since 2010 when he won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dillon had been running third behind McMurray and Earnhardt when he crashed, with the only other driver involved being Casey Mears.

One of the highlights of Jamie McMurray’s career was his first place spot in the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 – a race in which he led 96 of the final 100 laps and beat Bobby Labonte. He was a substitute driver for the event and it was his second Cup start. In 2010, he became one of only three drivers to have won both the Brickyard 400 and Daytona 500 in the same year. In 2003 McMurray focused on the Sprint Cup Series and won Rookie of the Year having had five top-5 finishes and finished 13th overall for the year.

McMurray has been driving the #1 Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing since 2010 – the year he won the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. In 2011 McMurray earned four top 10s and finished the season in the 27th spot in points, while the 2012 season saw him earn only three top tens. 2013 started off on a disappointing note as he crashed on lap 33 of the Daytona 500, finishing in 32nd place. His first top ten of the season was at Bristol, with his second being in Martinsville. He finished as runner-up to Matt Kenseth at Kentucky and took 11th place at New Hampshire. Although not part of the Chase, McMurray’s victory on Sunday reaffirms his skill as a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver.

The current Top Ten in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings (in order) are: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards.

Open Wheel Collectibles Expo 2013

May 6, 2013 by  
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Hunter Collection, Heritage Auctions Highlight the Open Wheel Collectibles Expo at Fairgrounds May 23-25, 2013.

Many new features should grab the attention of those attending the inaugural Open Wheel Collectibles and Sports Memorabilia Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The event will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the DuPont Pavilion.

The Expo is being hosted by long-time hobby show promoters John and Joyce Douglas.

The event’s title sponsor is Heritage Auctions from Dallas, Texas. The show features the collection of Dr. Harlen Hunter, including doors from Gasoline Alley, the most complete Indy 500 autograph collection known to exist, over 60 signed helmets, a complete run of Indy 500 programs including the 1911 signed by Ray Harroun and the ‘Harvest Program,’ a complete run of all the IMS metal badges and most of the celluloid and cardboards, tickets back to 1909, early NASCAR items, one of the largest collections of those who have driven the Daytona 500, bound volumes of Speed Age and other historical reference works, to mention just a fraction.

Many of the prime items from Dr. Hunter’s collection will be on display at the Open Wheel Expo in Indy. There will also be a booth with some items for sale from “The Hunter Collection.”

Show hours are 4:00-8:00 on Thursday. The Hoosier Hundred will be run on Thursday beginning at 8:00. Friday hours are 1:30-7:30, and Saturday hours are 9:30-4:30. Saturday is Family Day with reduced admission.

Autograph guests will be present all three days, including guests from some of the mainstream sports.

Author Tom Saal will be present to sign copies of his “fresh off the press” new auto racing book that is geared to young people.

Check the event’s website regularly for updates on appearances and other pertinent information. That address is: www.OWCshow.com You can contact Expo management at: OWCshow@comcast.net

Dates: 23-25 May 2013
Venue: Dupont Pavilion, Indiana State Fairgrounds
City: Indianapolis
State: Indiana
Country: United States

Dale Earnhardt Jr Moves into Sprint’s Top Spot

July 30, 2012 by  
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Sunday’s fourth place finish on Sunday’s Brickyard 400 has moved Dale Earnhardt Jr 14 points ahead of Matt Kenseth, who is in second place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. When asked how it feels to be running first in the standings, Earnhardt noted that it is a reflection on how hard his team has worked and that he was proud of their achievements, but no doubt echoed his team and his fans’ sentiments by saying that he would like to win some more races.

Jimmy Johnson took the checkered flag in the Brickyard 400, bringing his career wins in the race to four, matching the record of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon – the only other NASCAR driver to win this particular race four times at the historic Indianapolis racetrack. It was Hendrick Motorsports’ eighth win out of the nineteen Indianapolis NASCAR races. While acknowledging that winning at Indianapolis is special because of the track’s unique history, Hendrick noted that his team put the same amount of effort into every race and that winning a championship called for being good everywhere. Johnson completed his victory lap in a pace car with his wife, daughter and crew members accompanying him.

Kyle Busch took second place just 4.758 seconds behind Johnson, with Greg Biffle in third, Dale Earnhardt Jr in fourth place, Jeff Gordon fifth and Denny Hamlin in sixth. Matt Kenseth finished the race in 35th place after being wrecked in a crash triggered by Joey Logano with only 26 laps remaining, describing the events as “frustrating”.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top ten standings are:

Dale Earnhardt Jr – #88 Chevrolet – 731 points

Matt Kenseth – #17 Ford – 717 points

Greg Biffle – #16 Ford – 709 points

Jimmie Johnson – #48 Chevrolet – 704 points

Denny Hamlin – #11 Toyota – 667 points

Kevin Harvick – #29 Chevrolet – 653 points

Martin Truex Jr – #56 Toyota – 653 points

Tony Stewart – #14 Chevrolet – 652 points

Brad Keselowski – #2 Dodge – 649 points

Clint Bowyer – #15 Toyota – 643 points

Top three Nationwide Series standings are: Elliott Sadler in the #2 Chevrolet with 704 point; Austin Dillon in the #3 Chevrolet with 703 points; and Ricky Stenhouse Jr in the #6 Ford with 691 points. The Camping World Truck Series top three are: Timothy Peters in the #17 Toyota with 395 points, Ty Dillon in the #3 Chevrolet; and Justin Lofton in the #6 Chevrolet with 365 points.

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