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Grant Enfinger Wins Sourthern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Labor Day

September 1st, 2014 at 11:46 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Grant Enfinger won his first career dirt track race Monday during the 61st running of the Southern Illinois 100 presented Federated Car Care at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, The Labor Day event for the ARCA Racing Series marked the sixth win of the season for Enfinger and his second driving for GMS Racing.

The 29-year-old from Fairhope, Alabama now has eight career wins and also captured the 2014 Bill France Four Crown championship for the first time. The win has Enfinger 20 points behind Mason Mitchell for the 2014 ARCA points lead.

“It took me a few laps to get my rhythm but once I began to figure things out, I started driving it harder and gaining on those guys," Enfinger, who started fourth said. "Then once I got a little distance, I felt like I could be more consistent. As a whole, we really weren’t conserving much. We didn’t back into this one; I think we earned it.”

He certainly did as he led 63 of the 100 laps around the one-mile dirt oval. Mason Mitchell started from his fifth pole of the season and seventh of his career and he led the first 26 laps before Enfinger worked past his championship rival. Enfinger would show the way until Ken Schrader took the lead on lap 52. Schrader would only lead five laps and then Enfinger gained the lead again by getting past Schrader.

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Kasey Kahne Wins His Way into the Chase After Drama Filled Oral-B USA 500

September 1st, 2014 at 1:44 AM
By Mark Eddinger

NASCAR's win-and-your-in new Chase for the Sprint Cup came to a head Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Oral-B USA 500 when Kasey Kahne drove his way to victory in a double green-white-checkered finish. Kahne's 17th career win may be the biggest of his career as it enters him into the Chase by tallying his first win of 2014 and joining his Hendrick Motorsports teammates who all have three wins this season.

Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr were all down in victory lane to congratulate Kahne on the win.

"We're in the Chase with my teammates, I have a great group of teammates and it's awesome to work with those guys and be a part of HMS and be a part of everything that Mr. H gives us," Kahne said in victory lane. "I'm glad to be in the Chase."

It looked as if Kahne was going to drive to victory at the scheduled distance of 325 laps after he took the lead on a lap 303 restart but then Kyle Busch wrecked Martin Truex Jr with two laps left to force NASCAR's version of overtime. Tires were everything Sunday night on Atlanta's old track surface so pit stops were in order and Kahne came off in fifth. On the first G-W-C attempt Kahne moved back up to third before the caution came out for a crash involving Kevin Harvick who led a race-high 195 laps.

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Burt Myers and Dylan Lupton Each Pick up NASACR Wins on Saturday with Late Controversy

August 31st, 2014 at 6:55 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The winners of the Bayport Credit Union 150 and Bakersfield 150 presented by GPS on Saturday night both were decided under controversial finishes. Burt Myers took the win in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Langley Speedway after last lap contact with George Brunnhoelzl III and Dylan Lupton won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Kern County Raceway Park after Greg Pursley jumped the green-white-checkered restart.

The Bayport Credit Union 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour was held at Langley Speedway and it came down to the final lap where George Brunnhoelzl III led ahead of Burt Myers. The 38-year-old veteran battled the leader and the two made contact off Turn 4 and Myers beat his competitor to the line after Brunnhoelzl contacted the wall. NASCAR officials looked at a video replay but upheld the win for Myers.

It was the first win of 2014 for Myers and the 12th of his career. Brunnhoelzl did come across the line to finish second. Andy Seuss was third with JR Bertuccio fourth, Jason Myers fifth, Kyle Ebersole sixth, Danny Bohn seventh, Gary Putnam eighth, Ryan Preece ninth, and Luke Fleming tenth. Also on the lead lap were David Calabrese and Bobby Measmer Jr in 11th and 12th of the 17 car field.

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Ryan Blaney Edges German Quiroga in Great Finish to Win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

August 31st, 2014 at 4:53 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The two drivers feuded just last time out in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Bristol but on Sunday Ryan Blaney and German Quiroga put on a clean and magnificent show for fans through the final three corners of the 10-turn Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and were side-by-side at the line with Ryan Blaney earning his third career Truck Series win. The win in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 is the first win of 2014 for Blaney in the season's 14th race.

Blaney's team was the only to use a one stop strategy which had him in the lead on the final restart with eight laps to go. Quiroga was second after his team used some clever strategy on his first pit stop. Qurioga stalked Blaney for the lead looking for his first career win and finally on the final lap made his move. The driver of the No. 77 Red Horse Racing Toyota got a run on the backstretch and got beside the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford. Quiroga stayed on the outside of Blaney through Turn 8 and then had the inside line for Turn 9. He was able to clear Blaney but Blaney crossed back under Quiroga off Turn 10 and beat him to the line by 1/4 of a truck length.

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Will Power Wins Verizon IndyCar Series Championship; Tony Kanaan Wins MAVTV 500

August 31st, 2014 at 4:04 AM
By Mark Eddinger

Will Power earned his first career Verizon IndyCar Series championship with a ninth place finish in Saturday night's MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway and brought Team Penske their 13th IndyCar Series championship and first since 2006. It was Tony Kanaan that earned his first win with Target Chip Ganassi Racing and his 17th career win.

The night started with three drivers with a chance to win the championship. Power brought a 50 point lead in over his Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves and Power could earn the championship with a finish of sixth or better. Simon Pagenaud needed to win and have both Power and Castroneves finish in the rear to jump both.

Ultimately it was a pit entrance penalty on lap 216 that ended up costing Castroneves a lap and the championship pressure eased from Power's shoulders.

"It's 15 years of hard work. I was crying as I crossed the (finish) line," said Power. “It’s surreal. It’s just a fantastic way to finish the season. I can’t believe I’m the champion.”

The 33-year-old from Toowoomba, Queensland finished second in the championship in 2010, 2011, 2012 and in 2013 finished fourth but was able to make the leap to champion in 2014.

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