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Alex Tagliani Wins Pole in Camping World Truck Series Debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

August 30th, 2014 at 8:59 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Alex Tagliani is making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and on Saturday he earned the pole for Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the road course. He is driving the No. 19 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing.

The 40-year-old from Montreal, Canada set the pole speed in the second of two rounds of knockout qualifying with an average speed lap of 109.889 mph which beat the track second that James Buescher laid down during last season's first trip to the track.

Tagliani has made six career starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and 22 starts in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series including six of the eight races held for that series this season. He is also a veteran of 131 CART races and 71 IndyCar Series races.

Rookie Gray Gaulding qualified second. Erik Jones will start third, German Quiroga fourth, Cole Custer fifth,and Andrew Ranger sixth. Ranger is also another Canadian driver making his Camping World Truck Series debut. Starting seventh will be Darrell Wallace Jr with Matt Crafton eighth, Timothy Peters ninth, and Cameron Hayley tenth. Hayley currently is second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points and is making his Truck Series debut. The 18-year-old is also from Canada. Rounding out the top 12 that advanced to the final round were points leader Johnny Sauter in 11th and Ben Kennedy in 12th.

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Update: Steve Turner Also Suing Harry Scott Jr in Turner Scott Motorsports Saga

August 30th, 2014 at 12:53 PM
By Mark Eddinger

More updates became available on Friday in the Turner Scott Motorsports saga and what seems to be a feud between the two co-owners Steve Turner and Harry Scott Jr. On Thursday it was reported that Harry Scott Jr was suing Turner and Friday Sporting News reported that Steve Turner is also suing Scott.

Apparently Turner filed suit against Scott on August 11th in Texas court. Scott filed his lawsuit on Wednesday in North Carolina court.

Turner is seeking more than $3 million in his lawsuit and alleges that he has been forced to lend money to the race team to keep it from defaulting on its bills. Turner also alleges that Scott hasn't taken responsibility for payment to vendors.

“Scott has refused to approve actions that are necessary and material to the business, leaving the Company unable to operate,” the lawsuit states.

The No. 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team that Ron Hornaday Jr has driven for in 2014 is not at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for Sunday's race while two other Turner Scott Motorsport trucks are. Hornaday, who is fourth in the Truck Series standings, is unsure if his No. 30 team will return to the track this season.

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Mikhail Aleshin Suffers Multiple Injuries During Final Practice Crash at Auto Club Speedway

August 29th, 2014 at 11:53 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Mikhail Aleshin was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center after he was involved in a final practice crash at Auto Club Speedway Friday night. Aleshin had qualified eighth earlier in the day for Saturday night's MAVTV 500.

The Russian was conscious when taken to the hospital and complained of pain in his right shoulder and right foot according to INDYCAR orthopedist Dr. Terry Trammell. Aleshin was then diagnosed with a concussion, fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle and chest injuries.

Aleshin's No. 7 car turned below the white line in between Turns 3 and 4 and then spun up the track where Charlie Kimball's oncoming car collided with Aleshin's car. Aleshin's car then became airborne and made contact into the catch fence above the SAFER Barrier.

Kimball was checked and released from the infield medical center at Auto Club Speedway and has been cleared to race tomorrow night.

The 27-year-old rookie from Moscow is currently 15th in the driver standings coming into the season-finale. His best finish this season was a second place in Race 2 of the Houston doubleheader.

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Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

August 29th, 2014 at 8:51 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

Kevin Harvick took the pole for Sunday night's Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It's Harvick's 12th career pole. After sitting on the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend, it marks the first time that Harvick has sat on consecutive poles. It's Harvick's sixth pole of his 2014 season.

Brad Keselowski will roll off from the second position with rookie Kyle Larson starting in the third position. Starting in the fourth spot is Ryan Newman with Matt Kenseth starting in the fifth spot. Martin Truex Jr starts in the sixth spot with Aric Almirola starting in the seventh spot. Starting eighth is Kyle Busch with Jeff Gordon starting in the ninth spot. Kasey Kahne will start in the tenth spot. Starting in the 11th position is Carl Edwards with Tony Stewart starting 12th. Stewart is running his first race since August 3rd after a sprint-car incident which killed fellow competitor Kevin Ward Jr.

Those 12 drivers advanced to the final round of the three round qualifying session at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday night. Positions 13-24 were decided in the second round of qualifying.

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Helio Castroneves Captures MAVTV 500 Pole and Gains One Point on Will Power

August 29th, 2014 at 7:44 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The Verizon IndyCar Series championship is on the line this weekend at Auto Club Speedway with Will Power, Helio Castroneves, and Simon Pagenaud in contention. Castroneves closed Will Power's points lead from 51 to 50 after winning the Verizon P1 Award on Friday.

He was the final driver of 22 to take to the 2-mile oval and clocked a two-lap average speed of 218.540 mph in his No. 3 AAA Southern California Team Penske car. It is the 42nd career pole for the Brazilian and his third of the 2014 season.

“It ain’t over; it’s just beginning,” said Castroneves. “Our job is to be aggressive over the 500 miles and finish where we started.”

Saturday night's MAVTV 500 is the third leg of the Triple Crown series and pays double points which keeps Castroneves very much alive for first career championship. He has finished second four times including the past two years.

Will Power, Castroneves' Team Penske teammate, is looking for his first championship as well but he qualified a season's worst 21st with a two-lap average of 212.604 mph.

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