It seems that there is little hope now that anyone will be able to catch Jimmie Johnson in the run for the Sprint Cup Championship. Even though Carl Edwards won Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he’s still so far behind Johnson that is seems doubtful that he’ll ever catch up.
For a while during the race things were looking up for Edwards. Johnson started from pole but ended up 30th on the grid at one point after he was flagged for speeding on the pit road. After some tenacious racing, Jimmie Johnson slowly managed to climb his way back up the grid but as the laps began to wind down he was still stuck outside the Top Ten. It seemed as though he’d never make it past that point, which would have meant a significant drop in points for him and possibly given other contenders for the Sprint Cup a chance. Meanwhile Edwards had been working hard to make his way to first place and to stay there. The Pep Boys Auto 500 victory trophy was clearly in his sights and, knowing that Johnson had suffered such a major setback earlier on in the race, he thought his chances at catching up to Johnson in the Sprint Cup Championship were carved in stone.
The magic started to happen with just 13 laps to go when debris on the track brought out a caution. Crew Chief Chad Knaus made the decision to bring Johnson in for a quick four-tire stop, causing him to restart the race in 11th place. There were just eight laps left and it seemed impossible for Johnson to finish in the top five. But surely enough, Johnson picked his way up the grid, one car at a time, until he finally made it over the finish line in second place. The dramatic finish widened Johnson’s points lead to 183. With just three races left in the championship, it is almost certain now that Johnson will be winning the Sprint Cup Championship for the third time in a row. Edwards has improved his chances in the overall standings with his victory on Sunday helping him to jump forward to second place. The last few racing events in the series will no doubt be real nail-biters.
Racing fans living in Mississippi will want to start preparing themselves for the 2008 Gumbo Nationals. This great annual event has something for everyone and will keep even the most hard-core auto racing fans entertained. The race will take place at Greenville Speedway on the Â¼ mile Gumbo clay oval track.The two-night racing event will see more than 400 laps take place in five different racing divisions as drivers compete for the $40,000 that will be awarded as prize money. Racing drivers from as many as ten different states have already entered themselves in the Greenville race. The main races to take place during the course of the weekend are the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour, which is sponsored by 750 horsepower 1300 pound O’Reilly Auto Parts, complete with winged sprint outlaw cars and the three-wheelin’ 750 horsepower Super Late Models. Friday night will see the drivers competing for a top spot on the grid with time trial qualifiers and head-to-head qualifiers. Then all will return on Saturday to compete not only in the 40-Lap main event finales (both divisions), but also in the B-Mains and the Dash races. The top prize for the event is $4,400, while the drivers racing in the “Halloween Havoc” Super Late Model Showdown will stand the chance of winning $4,000.
But that’s not all. The Greenville Speedway will also be playing host to the Rislone USCS Modified Series during the course of the weekend, with a full program of action prepared for modified fans. Competitors in this series will also run qualifying races and time trials on Friday and come back on Saturday night for the grand finale. The top prize for the Rislone USCS Modifieds is $2,500. The Gumbo Nationals Championship races are expected to have an excellent response with massive turn-outs. Already pre-entries have been received for both the Street Stock and Mini Stock divisions and competitors for these divisions will be competing for $1,000. The Gumbo Nationals will be taking place from October 31 – November 1 and are not to be missed. Those that really enjoy making the most of the event will be happy to know that there is also a special practice session scheduled for October 30. So book now and get ready for a great weekend of racing action!
New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, will play host to the FASCAR Late Model Challenge on Saturday 13 September. Auto racing fans can expect plenty of action as competing drivers tackle 100 laps around the half-mile asphalt track. The exciting program includes Modifieds, Super Stock, Sportsman, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock, plus double points for Modifieds.
Fans can expect the pit gate to open at 2 pm on Saturday, with an exclusive practice session for the FASCAR Late Model Challenge drivers between 3 and 4 pm followed by Division practice. Qualifying for the FASCAR Late Model Challenge (which was formerly known as the Goodyear Challenge Late Models) is scheduled for 6:30 pm with racing action starting at 7:30 pm.
FASCAR (Florida Association of Stock Car Automobile Racing) is considered to be the state of Florida’s version of NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing), providing a developmental league where 16 to 18 year old drivers can develop their skills racing stock cars in preparation for competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series.
The FASCAR Late Model Challenge Series is a twelve race season at the most challenging late model tracks in Florida. Saturday’s FASCAR Late Model Challenge is the eighth of the season, and Daniel Keene Jr. is currently in the lead for the series. Out of the five races so far this year, Keene has won four, demonstrating his exceptional driving skills. Jeremy Colangelo is second in points, while third is Jessica Murphy, followed by Alan Bruns, Darren Brown and Joe Winchell.
FASCAR has been operating since 1970 with various series taking place at their two race tracks, being New Smyrna Speedway (half-mile) and Orlando Speedworld (3/8 mile). FASCAR traveling series, which take place throughout Florida, include the Sunoco-Sunbelt Super Late Model Series and Advance Auto Parts Pro-Trucks Series. New Smyrna Speedway also hosts the annual Florida Governor’s cup in November and the annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February each year.
The next two events in the FASCAR Late Model Challenge Series take place on 25 October at the New Smyrna Speedway and 7 November at Orlando Speedworld – so make a note in your diary to be there.
Fans of the Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders should make sure that they get themselves to the CJ Raceway on August 31st for the next installment of this action packed racing series. The event is set to take place at the 4/10 mile raceway in Columbus Junction, Iowa, for the first time this year under the guidance of promotional agency Checkered Flag Promotions.
Getting the venue ready for the event hasn’t been easy. Just a few months ago in June the Louisa County Fairgrounds were completely underwater and it has taken hours of hard work by numerous volunteers to get them back into shape. They are now ready to host all the fast-paced, dirt-slinging action that has become a trademark of the Sprint Invaders. This isn’t the first time that the Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders will be visiting the area. Last year they hit West Burlington where Nick Eastin took his first career feature win after beating Kaley Gharst in an exhilarating race. This year all eyes are on Bobby Mincer who had already been on a role, winning his second Ready Mix Sprint Invaders race of the season on August 16. The two wins have combined with three hard charger efforts to put him at the top of the standings. He is followed by John Schulz, who is just eleven points behind and also has two wins to his credit so far this season. He is followed even more closely by Matt Rogerson who is just three points behind. Rogerson won the season opener at 34 Raceway and is ready to battle his way to the top. Only time will tell if Mincer will continue to increase the gap between himself and Schulz or if the standings will experience a bit of a reshuffle after the weekend’s race.
The old pros will be joined by the rookies who are already showing their stuff in the series. Austin McCarl may only be fifteen years old, but he is providing a bit of a threat to the top ten contenders in the race. He’ll get a further chance to prove what he’s made of when he joins the more mature drivers at the CJ Raceway oval on the weekend. Fans will be able to enjoy plenty of great food, amazing racing action and will even get the chance to meet their favorite drivers after the race. So make sure that you don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity! Get yourself to the CJ Raceway this weekend for some amazing racing.
Racing fans should be getting ready for the Discount Tire Co. American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region which will be held this Saturday night at the Manzanita Speedway. This great race promises to bring all the hot racing action back to Arizona for another exciting weekend race.
The recent weather in Arizona has been hot, but the 1/3-mile clay oval of the Manzanita Speedway promises to get even hotter as drivers, like reigning series champion Jeremy Sherman, take to the speedway this weekend to participate in the ASCS Canyon Region race. But Sherman will have to work hard to hold onto his points lead as Charles Davis Jr. joins him on the racetrack. Davis Jr. recently defeated Sherman, claiming his fifth overall victory of the season and preventing Sherman’s four-win streak from getting any bigger. The win also meant that he stayed within 80 points of Sherman on the points ladder and kept Nathan High of Goodyear 80 markers firmly behind him in third place. Even High will be struggling to hold on to third place, since he is only two points ahead of Mike Martin and six points ahead of R.J. Johnson. Clearly all three drivers will have their work cut out for them on Saturday and that should make for some fantastic racing action.
The ASCS Canyon Region on Saturday will also be the last opportunity that several teams will have to fine-tune their vehicles before heading back for the Annual O’Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour â€˜N Topless Midwest swing. The evening promises to be filled with excitement and each of the heat race winners will be given certificates in honor of their achievement. The various heat races will be sponsored by Racing Optics, MPD Race Products, Winters Performance and Sunoco. The Trophy Dash will be sponsored by Arizona Race Mart and Sunoco will also be giving out a certificate to the ‘B’ Main winners in the main event. The racing action will get underway at 19:30 on Saturday night, August 9th, at the Manzanita Speedway, which is located off I-10, Exit 141, in Phoenix Arizona. So make sure you don’t miss out on all the action this weekend at Manzanita Speedway!