Scott Pruett races into record books with Riley
His problem inadvertently became Kyle Busch’s, as well
Juan Montoya’s trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway got off to a decidedly rocky start in Friday’s first Sprint Cup practice. Montoya crashed his No. 42 Chevrolet shortly after getting up to speed on his first lap around the 1.5-mile oval. And Busch wound up sidelined, as well, when a piece of Montoya’s car — perhaps a broken brake rotor — punched a large hole in the left-front valance of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota.
Just three current pairings have been together for more than 100 races
Jake Elder got the nickname “Suitcase” for the sheer number of jobs he held during his tenure as a NASCAR crew chief. In an era when drivers and crew chiefs stayed together season after season, Elder’s lengthy and varied resume was considered unusual.
The victory was the 19th of Edwards’ career
Carl Edwards found a way to put the frustration of the first two Sprint Cup races of the season behind him. After finishing second in the Daytona 500 and having his pole-winning car knocked into the fence the following week at Phoenix, Edwards finally found Victory Lane — in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Points leader Johnson qualifies 19th as Hamlin achieves goal of first pit box
Denny Hamlin’s wish came true — what’s left is for the second-place driver in the Chase to maximize his advantage in Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin, who has won the past two races at Martinsville, claimed his second career pole at the .526-mile short track during Friday’s qualifying session. The pole is Hamlin’s second of the season and the ninth of his career.
Martin’s third-place time disallowed after failing post-qualifying inspection
The best medicine for a bad run is a victory the next time out, and Jimmie Johnson took the first step in that direction Friday at Dover International Speedway. With a lap at 155.736 mph (23.116 seconds), Johnson won the pole for Sunday’s AAA 400 Cup Series race at the Monster Mile, edging A.J. Allmendinger (155.642 mph) for the top starting spot.
For a man who didn’t believe in momentum
In Nationwide: Harvick held off Keselowski to win at Richmond
Carl Edwards continued to build toward the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a pole-winning run Friday at Richmond International Raceway. Edwards will start from the top spot in Saturday’s Air Guard 400, the final race before the Chase begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With a lap at 127.762 mph (21.133 seconds), Edwards edged Juan Montoya (127.455 mph) in winning his first pole at the three-quarters-mile short track.
It was Montoya’s second career victory, Patrick Carpentier finishes 21st
Qualifying session for Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 canceled because of rain
If Clint Eastwood had been at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday to ask Mark Martin his iconic movie question, “Do I feel lucky?” Martin’s answer would have been an emphatic affirmative. With the qualifying session for Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 canceled because of rain, Martin will start on the outside of the front row beside Sprint Cup points leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson.
Recent finishes at Alabama track make them favorites
With just four races remaining in the 2009 season, we’re beginning to get the clue that Jimmie Johnson is in line for an unprecedented fourth consecutive championship. The Chase format sets up well for the driver of the No. 48. However, this weekend’s race could be the opportunity that the top contenders are looking for.
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