SPEEDWAY AND CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION TO HOST CAR WASH FRIDAY

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SPEEDWAY AND CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION TO HOST CAR WASH FRIDAY;

$10 WASH INCLUDES LAP AROUND 1.5-MILE CHAMPIONSHIP TRACK

Miami – South Florida residents have the unique opportunity to get their car washed on Pit Road at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and then take a lap in their personal vehicle around the track. Proceeds from Car Wash and Ride, set for this Friday (August 10) from noon-9:00 p.m., will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Homestead-Miami Speedway’s recently launched charitable arm, Driving for a Cause.

Participants can have their car washed for a $10 donation, which provides the opportunity to take their newly-cleaned autos around the track. Cars will be led by the official Homestead-Miami Speedway pace car. Additional laps can be purchased for $10 per lap.

Car cleaning will be at the track’s Pit Road from noon-5:00 p.m., and then move into the garage area to make room for Speedway T-n-T, the regular Friday night drag racing event along the 1/8-mile Pit Road. The car wash will conclude at 9:00 p.m., while T-n-T goes until midnight. Car wash participants should enter via Gate 18. 

Gordon Goes From Chase Purgatory To ‘Wild Card’ Potential

So who’s got the golden horseshow now? That would be Jeff Gordon, who went from Chase purgatory to provisional “wild card” qualifier in the blink of an eye last Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Transfer the word “luckless” from Gordon to Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson. Johnson’s domin

ant day at the “Tricky Triangle” ended in the Turn 1 spin that literally opened the door for the trailing Gordon, who ended a 31-race winless streak with his 86th career victory.

Gordon bypassed three “wild card” rivals and would join HMS teammate Kasey Kahne were the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ field be set today.

Gordon can identify with Johnson. He’s also had fast cars – and nothing to show for it due to flat tires, bizarre mechanical failures and other issues outside the driver’s control. The last seven races, however, have seen something of a renaissance. Gordon still ranked outside the top 20 – and ineligible for a “wild card” – following June’s Pocono race.

He’s now 13th in the standings, 68 points out of the top 10. While he’s scored the same number of points (611) as one-time winner Ryan Newman, Gordon holds the best-finish tie-breaker (two fifths to Newman’s one). Gordon also became Hendrick’ fourth winner of the season marking the first time since 2007 each of the team’s drivers posted at least one victory.

Johnson says flat tire led to wreck:


A WILD RESTART TELL US WHAT HAPPENED DOWN IN TURN ONE?
“When I was cooling my tires down through the tunnel coming to the green I noticed that something didn’t feel right. I kept trying to clean the tires off and it got a little better so I just assumed I had trash on my tires, but when I got down into turn one I realized that I had a right-rear (tire) flat. Unfortunate that we lost the lead there and we got a couple of cars in the process. I shouldn’t feel bad about that but not much you can do with a right-rear flat.”(Chevy PR)(8-6-2012

Long Pond, PA – August 3, 2012

– In a live press event at Pocono Raceway, Heisman Trophy Trustee, Jim Corcoran accompanied by Heisman Trophy winners, George Rogers (1980, University of South Carolina) and Tim Brown (1987, University of Notre Dame), announced today that Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, has been selected as the seventh recipient of The Heisman Humanitarian Award. The award will be formally presented to Gordon at the 78th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 10, 2012 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The Heisman Trust’s mission is to preserve the integrity of the Heisman Trophy and to provide opportunities for underserved youth and other members of our society. Since the Trust assumed stewardship of the Heisman Trophy in 2001 it has made donations in excess of four million dollars to over 200 charities throughout the country, affecting countless children. The Heisman Humanitarian Award was established in

2006 to recognize those in the world of sports who give significantly of themselves to serve their communities and to improve the lives of others.

Sprint Cup Series News, Rumors & Stats

Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund set up:

Pocono Raceway has established the Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund to benefit the victims of the lighting strike tragedy which occurred following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Donations will be accepted at any PNC Branch or by mailing checks/money orders, addressed to “Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund” to the following address:
Pocono Raceway
Attn: Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund
1234 Long Pond Road
Long Pond, PA 18334(Pocono Raceway

SRT Motorsports announced that Dodge will withdraw from NASCAR competition at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Ralph Gilles, President and CEO Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC, made the announcement during a media teleconference call. The decision affects current involvement in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. Penske Racing currently fields two Dodge Charger cars in the Sprint Cup Series and two Dodge Challenger cars in the Nationwide Series. Penske Racing announced in February that it would end its partnership with Dodge, which started in 2003, at the end of the 2012 season

Dodge has recorded 215 wins in the Sprint Cup Series, including 55 since 2001, and has been represented in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup seven of the eight seasons. In 2010, Brad Keselowski captured the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship driving a Dodge from Penske Racing.

(ESPN)(8-7-2012)

Allmendinger tested positive for Adderall:

AJ Allmendinger tested positive for prescription Adderall, the suspended NASCAR driver told ESPN in an exclusive sit down interview Tuesday. Adderall is typically prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Allmendinger said. He does not have ADHD and therefore had no prescription. He explained that he had been out in Louisville, KY, the Wednesday before the Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky Speedway, and was tired. A friend, Allmendinger said, handed him a pill and stated it was a workout supplement that would give him energy. Allmendinger ingested the pill. Two days later he was randomly-tested at the racetrack, a test he would ultimately fail(ESPN)(8-7-2012

Penske Racing will switch to Roush Yates horsepower in its 2013 move to Ford in the Sprint Cup Series, but the team still is exploring ways to keep its 63 engine employees. Penske President Tim Cindric told USA Today Sports that still building motors for Dodge teams in NASCAR’s premier series wouldn’t be an option, though. “Relative to us, they said they’re going in a different direction,” Cindric said. “We don’t see there being any more potential on the NASCAR side with Dodge.” Cindric said Penske has explored sending some of its engine staff to Roush Yates, reassigning others within Penske Racing and perhaps pursuing engine projects in other series with the rest of the employees in a scaled-down engine room. “We feel our biggest asset wasn’t the (horsepower) but the people,” Cindric said. “That’s a strong group of people we didn’t want to break up.”(

USA Today)(8-7-2012)

 

WATKINS GLEN-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 Stanley Ford)

· One win, four top fives, four top 10s

· Average finish of 2.3

· Average Running Position of 9.8, third-best

· Driver Rating of 118.0, second-best

· 79 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 119.907 mph

· 110 Quality Passes, 13th-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)

· One win, three top fives, six top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 9.3

· Average Running Position of 12.1, fifth-best

· Driver Rating of 106.8, fourth-best

· 41 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

· 284 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 119.336 mph, fourth-fastest

· 437 Laps in the Top 15 (68.9%), third-most

· 145 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

· Four wins, six top fives, nine top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 14.5

· Average Running Position of 14.3, 10th-best

· Driver Rating of 90.1, 10th-best

· 19 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

· 312 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 118.933 mph, ninth-fastest

· 384 Laps in the Top 15 (60.6%), ninth-most

· 143 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

· One win, two top fives, six top 10s

· Average finish of 12.9

· Average Running Position of 15.7, 11th-best

· Driver Rating of 89.2, 11th-best

· 292 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 118.692 mph, 13th-fastest

· 402 Laps in the Top 15 (63.4%), fifth-most

· 116 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

· One win, two top fives, four top 10s

· Average finish of 11.4

· Average Running Position of 8.4, second-best

· Driver Rating of 112.6, third-best

· 50 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 119.717 mph, third-fastest

· 401 Laps in the Top 15 (88.7%), sixth-most

· 138 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

· Five wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s

· Average finish of 7.1

· Series-best Average Running Position of 5.0

· Series-best Driver Rating of 124.8

· Series-high 105 Fastest Laps Run

· Average Green Flag Speed of 119.891 mph, second-fastest

· Series-high 613 Laps in the Top 15 (96.7%)

· Series-high 179 Quality Passes

Driver

Points

Wins

Poles

Week

Rating

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

744

1

0

1

102.1

2. Matt Kenseth

739

1

1

2

104.4

3. Greg Biffle

738

1

2

3

104.8

4. Jimmie Johnson

736

3

1

4

109.8

5. Martin Truex Jr.

694

0

1

7

96.3

6. Tony Stewart

691

3

0

8

90.4

7. Brad Keselowski

690

3

0

9

93.8

8. Denny Hamlin

683

2

2

5

99.6

9. Kevin Harvick

681

0

0

6

91.1

10. Clint Bowyer

679

1

0

10

90.1

 

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

     

11. Kasey Kahne (2 wins)

622

   

12. Carl Edwards

619

   

13. Jeff Gordon (1 win)

611

   

14. Ryan Newman (1 win)

611

   

15. Kyle Busch (1 win)

599

   

16. Paul Menard

597

   

17. Joey Logano (1 win)

575

   

18. Marcos Ambrose

553

 

 

 

 

Race #:

22 of 36 (08-12-12)

Track Size

: 2.45-miles

Number of Turns

: 7

Race Length

: 90 laps / 220.5 miles

Top 12 Driver Rating at Watkins Glen

Tony Stewart…………………..…… 124.8

Marcos Ambrose………………….. 118.0

Juan Pablo Montoya……………… 112.6

Kyle Busch…………………….…… 106.8

Jimmie Johnson………………….... 100.7

Kurt Busch…………………….…….. 94.7

Denny Hamlin……………………….. 93.5

Carl Edwards…………………..……. 93.5

Jeff Gordon…………………………… 90.1

Kevin Harvick…………………..……. 89.2

Brad Keselowski………………..….. 88.1

Martin Truex Jr………………………. 87.6

The Nationwide Series

The Nationwide Series races The Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen Saturday Aug 11th on ABC at 2:00pm

Elliott Sadler won from the pole position last Saturday night in Iowa. Maintaining his points lead over rookie Austin Dillon. And bouncing back from his loss and 15th place finish at Indy the week before.

Danica Patrick did good in Iowa last week finishing on the lead lap, she started 18th and finished 11th. Also she maintains her 10th spot in The Nationwide Series Standings By: Steve ‘The Racing Nut’ Christensen 8-8-2012

Camping World Truck Series

South Florida’s own Joey Coulter won his 1st ever Camping World Truck Series at Pocono last weekend. The Truck Series is off this weekend as they get ready for Michigan on the 18th. Another South Florida Camping World Truck Series Driver T.J. Duke is working on a deal right now to run The last race of the season at Homestead Miami Speedway, As I get more information I will share it with you on

www.racingnutsmotorsports.com By: Steve ‘The Racing Nut’ Christensen 8-8-2012

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