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June 14, 2016

Joey Logano wins his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2016

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On Sunday, Team Penske driver Joey Logano claimed his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the 2016 season in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. The 200-lap race began with Logano starting from the pole position, and featured nine cautions and fourteen lead changes between eight different drivers.

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Despite starting first, Logano was quickly overtaken on the first lap by Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. Truex led the race until Logano reclaimed the first position on lap ten, a position he would keep until the the first cycle of green flag pit stops around lap 40. Logano’s teammate Brad Keselowski took the lead during the pit stop cycle by staying out on the track. Keselowski, low on gasoline, led until a caution came out for a spin by Truex around lap 46. During the caution, Keselowski pitted and returned the lead back to his teammate, who led the race until lap 93.

Two other cautions slowed the race between the first caution and lap 93. The first occurred when Kyle Busch‘s engine failed around lap 53, forcing the driver to a last-place finish in the race. The other caution was caused by contact between the cars of Chris Buescher, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and A. J. Allmendinger ten laps later. Between laps 93 and 103, Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman, Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, and Paul Menard led at least one lap. Logano returned to the lead on lap 104, a few laps before a caution when Jeffrey Earnhardt‘s car caught fire. After the caution, Logano remained in first until Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott passed him on lap 117.

Elliott kept the lead until lap 149, when he was briefly passed by Logano. Elliott retook the lead for three more laps on lap 150 before returning the lead back to Logano, who led until the seventh caution was called around lap 156 for of a collision between Danica Patrick, Brian Scott, and Casey Mears. Logano held the lead on the ensuing restart and led through two more caution periods that were called in the final 50 laps. The first began around lap 164 because of a collision involving Johnson, Trevor Bayne, and Ryan Blaney, while the final caution of the race was called with about ten laps remaining after Denny Hamlin suffered a tire puncture on the front straightaway and collided into the SAFER barrier. On the final restart, Logano retained the first position and led the remainder of the race to capture the fifteenth win of his career.

After the race, Logano, who led a race-high of 138 laps, praised his team, saying “Team Penske gave me a great race car. Everyone did a great job figuring out exactly what this car was going to do. This is Ford‘s backyard, Roger [Penske]’s backyard; this is a great win”. Elliott, who finished second in the race, expressed disappointment with his result, claiming he “messed up” by not using the correct gear. Larson, Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick completed the top-five finishers, while Carl Edwards finished in the sixth position. Tony Stewart finished seventh ahead of Austin Dillon and Jamie McMurray, who finished eighth and ninth. Kurt Busch completed the first ten positions with a tenth-place finish. In post-race inspection, Larson’s car did not pass laser inspection, prompting NASCAR to impound his car so it can be further evaluated. Any possible penalties are to be announced in the next week.

In the drivers’ championship, Harvick led Kurt Busch and Keselowski with 526 points. Edwards and Logano were fourth and fifth with 472 and 455 points. Elliott was sixth with 453, followed by Johnson with 441. Truex was scored eighth ahead of Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, who completed the top-ten. The 2016 season is scheduled to continue on June 26 with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Unofficial 2016 FireKeepers Casino 400 Top-10 Race Results
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Pts.
1 1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 200 138 45
2 10 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 35 40
3 7 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 1 39
4 15 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 200 10 38
5 29 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 0 36
6 11 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 0 35
7 3 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 0 34
8 8 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0 33
9 14 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 0 32
10 17 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 0 31
(R) – Rookie



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June 13, 2016

Joey Logano wins first NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2016

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On Sunday, Team Penske driver Joey Logano claimed his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the 2016 season in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. The 200-lap race began with Logano starting from the pole position, and featured nine cautions and fourteen lead changes between eight different drivers.

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Despite starting first, Logano was quickly overtaken on the first lap by Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. Truex led the race until Logano reclaimed the first position on lap ten, a position he would keep until the the first cycle of green flag pit stops around lap 40. Logano’s teammate Brad Keselowski took the lead during the pit stop cycle by staying out on the track. Keselowski, low on gasoline, led until a caution came out for a spin by Truex around lap 46. During the caution, Keselowski pitted and returned the lead back to his teammate, who led the race until lap 93.

Two other cautions slowed the race between the first caution and lap 93. The first occurred when Kyle Busch‘s engine failed and on lap 53, forcing the driver to a last-place finish in the race. The other caution was caused by contact between the cars of Chris Buescher, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and A. J. Allmendinger ten laps later. Between laps 93 and 103, Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman, Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, and Paul Menard led at least one lap. Logano returned to the lead on lap 104, a few laps before a caution when Jeffrey Earnhardt‘s car caught fire. After the caution, Logano remained in first until Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott passed him on lap 117.

Elliott kept the lead until lap 149, when he was briefly passed by Logano. Elliott retook the lead for three more laps on lap 150 before returning the lead back to Logano, who led until the seventh caution was called around lap 156 for of a collision between Danica Patrick, Brian Scott, and Casey Mears. Logano held the lead on the ensuing restart and led through two more caution periods that were called in the final 50 laps. The first began around lap 164 because of a collision involving Johnson, Trevor Bayne, and Ryan Blaney, while the final caution of the race was called with about ten laps remaining after Denny Hamlin suffered a tire puncture on the front straightaway and collided into the SAFER barrier. On the final restart, Logano retained the first position and led the remainder of the race to capture the fifteenth win of his career.

After the race, Logano, who led a race-high of 138 laps, praised his team, saying “Team Penske gave me a great race car. Everyone did a great job figuring out exactly what this car was going to do. This is Ford‘s backyard, Roger [Penske]’s backyard; this is a great win”. Elliott, who finished second in the race, expressed disappointment with his result, claiming he “messed up” by not using the correct gear. Larson, Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick completed the top-five finishers, while Carl Edwards finished in the sixth position. Tony Stewart finished seventh ahead of Austin Dillon and Jamie McMurray, who finished eighth and ninth. Kurt Busch completed the first ten positions with a tenth-place finish. In post-race inspection, Larson’s car did not pass laser inspection, prompting NASCAR to impound his car so it can be further evaluated. Any possible penalties are to be announced in the next week.

In the drivers’ championship, Harvick led Kurt Busch and Keselowski with 526 points. Edwards and Logano were fourth and fifth with 472 and 455 points. Elliott was sixth with 453, followed by Johnson with 441. Truex was scored eighth ahead of Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, who completed the top-ten. The 2016 season is scheduled to continue on June 26 with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Unofficial 2016 FireKeepers Casino 400 Top-10 Race Results
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Pts.
1 1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 200 138 45
2 10 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 35 40
3 7 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 1 39
4 15 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 200 10 38
5 29 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 0 36
6 11 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 0 35
7 3 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 0 34
8 8 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0 33
9 14 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 0 32
10 17 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 0 31
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July 29, 2014

Jeff Gordon wins the 2014 Brickyard 400

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On Sunday, Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports recorded his 90th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in the 2014 Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Starting the race in second, Gordon won his second race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and his fifth at the track, breaking a tie with teammate Jimmie Johnson for the most event wins, while tying Formula One driver Michael Schumacher for the most wins at the track. The win marked his first 400 win since 2004, and was on the twenty-year anniversary of his 1994 Brickyard 400 win; Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard declared the day “Jeff Gordon Day”. Additionally, the win was the twelfth consecutive Brickyard 400 victory for Chevrolet, and the ninth for Hendrick Motorsports.

The race began at 1:19 PM EDT (1719 UTC), with Kevin Harvick holding pole position, his series-high fourth of the season. Harvick’s lead would end after just one lap, yielding to Gordon, who led the following 20 laps. Joey Logano would lead for the next ten laps, with the lead later being split by Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, and Clint Bowyer. After claiming the lead from Bowyer, Kahne would lead for 25 consecutive laps; he would end the race leading the most laps with 70.

The first caution flag was flown as an arranged competition caution on lap 22, allowing Cole Whitt to become the beneficiary, nicknamed the “lucky dog”, and gain back a lap. On lap 69, the second caution, for Danica Patrick stopping in turn 1, allowing Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to become the beneficiary; Trevor Bayne‘s crash in turn 3 on lap 98 led to Brad Keselowski gaining a lap. The final caution occurred on lap 140 due to Ryan Truex being too slow in turn 2, with Michael McDowell being the “lucky dog”.

On the final restart with 17 laps remaining, and Gordon, who struggled with restarts for seasons, passed teammate Kahne and led for the remainder of the race. Kyle Busch finished second, 2.325 seconds behind Gordon, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Hamlin and Matt Kenseth, with the top five being rounded out by Logano. Kahne dropped to fifth on the restart, and ran out of fuel on the last lap, finishing sixth, with the top ten closed out by Larson, Harvick, Earnhardt, Jr., and Dillon.

After the race, Hamlin had firewall plates, which protect the driver from smoke and fire, but can assist a car’s aerodynamic performace if airflow is permitted, confiscated by NASCAR.

The drivers’ points standings after the race featured Gordon in the lead with 717 points. Earnhardt, Jr. with 693; Keselowski, 666; Kenseth, 661; Johnson, 628; Kyle Busch, 609; Ryan Newman, 606; Carl Edwards, 603; Logano, 591; and Bowyer, 577, closed out the top ten. With the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format introduced for the 2014 season, Gordon, Edwards, Johnson, and Logano clinched spots in the Chase Grid, which Keselowski leads, with Johnson, Gordon, Earnhardt, Jr., Edwards, Logano, Harvick, Kyle Busch, Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Kenseth, Newman, Bowyer, Larson, and Dillon comprising the remainder of the current leaders for the sixteen-driver Grid.

The race was officially named the Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 Powered by BigMachineRecords.com. Walding, who served in Iraq as a member of the Green Berets, had his lower leg amputated after being shot. His name was chosen for the race as part of Crown Royal’s “Your Hero Name Here” program.

The next race, the Gobowling.com 400, is to be held on August 3 at Pocono Raceway, and will air on ESPN at 1:00 PM EDT.

Official Top-10 Race Results for the 2014 Brickyard 400
Position Car Number Team Driver
1 24 Hendrick Motorsports Jeff Gordon
2 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Kyle Busch
3 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Denny Hamlin
4 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Matt Kenseth
5 22 Team Penske Joey Logano
6 5 Hendrick Motorsports Kasey Kahne
7 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Kyle Larson
8 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Kevin Harvick
9 88 Hendrick Motorsports Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
10 3 Richard Childress Racing Austin Dillon



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May 13, 2014

Jeff Gordon wins in eleventh NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2014

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  • 29 July 2014: Jeff Gordon wins the 2014 Brickyard 400
  • 13 May 2014: Jeff Gordon wins in eleventh NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2014
  • 30 October 2013: Jeff Gordon wins the 2013 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500
  • 22 October 2012: Matt Kenseth wins third NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2012
  • 1 May 2011: NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wins 2011 spring race in Richmond, Virginia

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On Saturday, Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon won the 2014 5-hour Energy 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. Starting the race in thirteenth, Gordon claimed his 89th career win, first of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and third at the track. The race was the first Sprint Cup Series night race held at the track.

Area thunderstorms and tornado warnings delayed the planned 7:37 p.m. EST race start by 35 minutes. About halfway through the race, a second incident occurred, when some of the lights on the track’s backstretch blacked out. Two major wrecks occurred during the race: with 116 laps remaining, Jamie McMurray‘s car had a tire go down, and hit the turn 3 wall, with both the front and back of the car catching fire; McMurray was rescued by pit crew members. With about 80 laps remaining, A. J. Allmendinger, who was attempting to pass Paul Menard, spun out and hit Justin Allgaier, who spun into David Gilliland, the latter sent airborne.

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick dominated for the majority of the race, and had placed almost a third of the 43-car field behind a lap when he performed a pit stop on lap 42; Harvick would lead on 119 laps, the most of any driver in the race. However, he was relegated to the middle of the field after the lap 42 pit stop. By lap 236, cars began making green-flag pit stops, which led to Brad Keselowski taking the lead, but was forced to make his stop with nine laps remaining. As a result, Gordon took the lead, and defeated Harvick by .112 seconds. Gordon’s teammate Kasey Kahne was third, then Joey Logano, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.. Carl Edwards, Danica Patrick, Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson, and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top ten.

After the race, Gordon led the points standings with 394 points, followed by Kenseth with 379. Kyle Busch with 373, Earnhardt with 368, Edwards with 367, Logano with 346, Johnson with 340, Ryan Newman with 332, Greg Biffle with 328, and Brian Vickers with 327 closed out the top ten.

Official Top-10 Race Results for the 2014 5-hour Energy 400
Position Car Number Team Driver
1 24 Hendrick Motorsports Jeff Gordon
2 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Kevin Harvick
3 5 Hendrick Motorsports Kasey Kahne
4 22 Team Penske Joey Logano
5 88 Hendrick Motorsports Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
6 99 Roush Fenway Racing Carl Edwards
7 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Danica Patrick
8 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Aric Almirola
9 48 Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson
10 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Matt Kenseth



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October 30, 2013

Jeff Gordon wins the 2013 Goody\’s Headache Relief Shot 500

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Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Goody’s Headache Relief 500 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Gordon started the race in ninth, and eventually won his first race of 2013 and snapping a 32-race winless streak. The race, contested over 500 laps, featured a season-high 17 caution flags for 111 laps and involving 21 drivers, and 15 different race leaders.

The race was primarily dominated by championship contenders Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth, who led 123 and 202 laps, respectively. However, Johnson fell behind after a caution on lap 218, and dropped back further into the field after another caution on lap 229. Kenseth relinquished the lead on lap 237 to Clint Bowyer, and was out of the top ten afterwards. Gordon took the lead from Bowyer on lap 282, which he held for 57 laps. Johnson and Kenseth eventually caught up to the top ten, while Gordon lost positions due to a pit stop, but he reached second place with 80 laps to go. On lap 479, Gordon passed Kenseth entering turns one and two, and led for the remainder of the race. Kenseth finished second, followed by Clint Bowyer, 2012 champion Brad Keselowski, and Johnson closed out the top five. Kevin Harvick, pole-sitter Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Greg Biffle and last week’s race winner Jamie McMurray rounded out the top ten.

After winning, Gordon stated:

Cquote1.svg “It’s hard to top what it feels like to win, especially when you’ve been through what this team has been through. I’m so proud of them for never giving up. We’ve shown it all year long; we’ve been through a lot, but this makes it all worth it. It means a lot to all of us to get a huge win here for points, for the Manufacturers’ Championship, for the Rick Hendrick family and for those we lost several years ago [in a plane crash near the track]. We’ve left so many racetracks looking at each other going, ‘what do we need to do?’ Today, it all came together.” Cquote2.svg

In the points race, Gordon moved up to third, 27 points behind Johnson and Kenseth, who were both tied for the lead with 2,294. The remaining ten drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup were: Harvick (2,266), Kyle Busch (2,258), Bowyer (2,239), Earnhardt (2,238), Biffle (2,236), Kurt Busch (2,219), Carl Edwards (2,218), Joey Logano (2209), Ryan Newman (2,188) and Kasey Kahne (2,170).

The win was Gordon’s eighth at Martinsville, tying him with Johnson for the most among active drivers at the track. The win also clinched the Manufacturers’ Championship for Chevrolet, the eleventh consecutive title for the American-based manufacturer.

The next race of the season is to be the 2013 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, to air on ESPN on November 3, 2013.

Official Top-10 Race Results for the 2013 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500
Position Car Number Team Driver
1 24 Hendrick Motorsports Jeff Gordon
2 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Matt Kenseth
3 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Clint Bowyer
4 2 Penske Racing Brad Keselowski
5 48 Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson
6 29 Richard Childress Racing Kevin Harvick
7 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Denny Hamlin
8 88 Hendrick Motorsports Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
9 16 Roush Fenway Racing Greg Biffle
10 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Jamie McMurray



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October 22, 2012

Matt Kenseth wins third NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2012

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Roush Fenway Racing driver Matt Kenseth won his third race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the second of the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup following the Hollywood Casino 400 in Kansas City, Kansas yesterday. The race was the first on reconfigured Kansas Speedway and had a season-high 14 cautions.

Matt Kenseth in 2009.
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Kenseth, who started in the twelfth position, led 78 laps of the 267-lap race. Michael Waltrip Racing driver Martin Truex, Jr. finished second, while Paul Menard finished third, ahead of Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart. Clint Bowyer, Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson followed in the next four positions. Jeff Gordon managed a tenth place finish. Other drivers participating in the Chase for the Sprint Cup finished farther back, such as Denny Hamlin who finished thirteenth.

Johnson, who was second behind Keselowski in the Drivers’ Championship before the event, collided into the wall halfway through the race after leading 44 laps before the caution was given for Aric Almirola‘s crash on lap 123. Johnson’s crew managed to keep Johnson on the same lap as the leaders, allowing him to gain positions. Stewart and Greg Biffle were among other drivers who had difficulties during the race, as both had violations on pit road.

After the race, Johnson stated, “I’m definitely proud of this team and the fact that we never give up, we continue to fight and we try to get every point that we can. I’m very proud but also disappointed. I crashed the car. Spun out, trying to get inside the 56. He bobbled a little in front of me, and I thought that was an opportunity to jump on the gas real hard. When I did that, my car took off and I couldn’t catch it.”

Following the race, Keselowski remains the Drivers’ Championship leader with 2,250 points. Seven points behind, Johnson is second with 2,243. In third, Hamlin is twenty points behind, but five ahead of Bowyer. Kahne and Truex, Jr. are fifth and sixth respectively with 2,220 and 2,207 points. Stewart, Gordon, Kenseth, and Harvick round out the top-ten positions for the Drivers’ Championship with four races remaining in the season.



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August 12, 2012

Lightning strikes Pocono Raceway killing one, injuring nine

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  • 1 May 2011: NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wins 2011 spring race in Richmond, Virginia
  • 18 April 2011: NASCAR: Johnson beats Bowyer for victory in Aarons’ 499
  • 10 April 2011: Matt Kenseth wins 2011 NASCAR Samsung Mobile 500
  • 21 March 2011: NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wins 2011 Jeff Byrd 500
  • 10 March 2011: NASCAR: Carl Edwards wins 2011 Kobalt Tools 400

The Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen will be contested today, one week after tragedy struck Pocono Raceway on August 5, 2012. The 2012 Pennsylvania 400 ended after 98 out of 160 laps were completed due to thunderstorms in the area, but a fan was killed after being struck by lightning, while nine others were injured, with one critically, though the critically-injured victim would later be in stable condition by August 6.

The victim of the fatal strike was a 41-year old man from Moosic, Pennsylvania. He had been standing next to his car behind the grandstand at Turn 3, when he was struck by the bolt. Bystanders had attempted to perform CPR on the man. Paramedics’ attempts to revive the man proved futile, and he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Of the other eight victims, three were taken to hospitals, while five others were treated at the scene.

Racetrack staff had noted on the social site, Twitter to, “seek shelter as severe lightning and heavy winds are in our area.” Before the storm arrived, as well as after the race, public address systems instructed fans to evacuate the grandstands. However, fans posted on the track’s Facebook page that they never heard the warnings, and a fan stated that the races can be so loud that very little can be heard.

“You could tell it was very close. I mean, that’s the thing that’s going to take away from the victory, is the fact that somebody was affected by that.”
 
— Race winner Jeff Gordon

After the tragedy, various tracks that will host races later in the season have prepared for any possible storms. Watkins Glen International, the site of the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen, stated that they had prepared in the event of an approaching storm, having set up police cars, television screens, and text messaging to warn spectators. Michigan International Speedway, which will host the 2012 Quicken Loans 400 on August 19, stated that they contacted the National Weather Service to make sure that their lightning policy remains intact. Bristol Motor Speedway, which hosts the Irwin Tools Night Race on August 25, informed spectators via signage, the track’s official website, its mobile application, as well as personnel and information booths. Richmond International Raceway stated that they intend on using public address systems and social media services to warn fans.

The Pennsylvania 400 wasn’t the only NASCAR race that was rained out this year. The 2012 Daytona 500 was postponed for the first time in its history due to rain.

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  • 1 May 2011: NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wins 2011 spring race in Richmond, Virginia
  • 18 April 2011: NASCAR: Johnson beats Bowyer for victory in Aarons’ 499
  • 10 April 2011: Matt Kenseth wins 2011 NASCAR Samsung Mobile 500
  • 21 March 2011: NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wins 2011 Jeff Byrd 500
  • 10 March 2011: NASCAR: Carl Edwards wins 2011 Kobalt Tools 400

The Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen will be contested today, one week after tragedy struck Pocono Raceway on August 5, 2012. The 2012 Pennsylvania 400 ended after 98 out of 160 laps were completed due to thunderstorms in the area, but a fan was killed after being struck by lightning, while nine others were injured, with one critically, though the critically-injured victim would later be in stable condition by August 6.

The victim of the fatal strike was a 41-year old man from Moosic, Pennsylvania. He had been standing next to his car behind the grandstand at Turn 3, when he was struck by the bolt. Bystanders had attempted to perform CPR on the man. Paramedics’ attempts to revive the man proved futile, and he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Of the other eight victims, three were taken to hospitals, while five others were treated at the scene.

Racetrack staff had noted on the social site, Twitter to, “seek shelter as severe lightning and heavy winds are in our area.” Before the storm arrived, as well as after the race, public address systems instructed fans to evacuate the grandstands. However, fans posted on the track’s Facebook page that they never heard the warnings, and a fan stated that the races can be so loud that very little can be heard.

“You could tell it was very close. I mean, that’s the thing that’s going to take away from the victory, is the fact that somebody was affected by that.”
 
— Race winner Jeff Gordon

After the tragedy, various tracks that will host races later in the season have prepared for any possible storms. Watkins Glen International, the site of the Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen, stated that they had prepared in the event of an approaching storm, having set up police cars, television screens, and text messaging to warn spectators. Michigan International Speedway, which will host the 2012 Quicken Loans 400 on August 19, stated that they contacted the National Weather Service to make sure that their lightning policy remains intact. Bristol Motor Speedway, which hosts the Irwin Tools Night Race on August 25, informed spectators via signage, the track’s official website, its mobile application, as well as personnel and information booths. Richmond International Raceway stated that they intend on using public address systems and social media services to warn fans.

The Pennsylvania 400 wasn’t the only NASCAR race that was rained out this year. The 2012 Daytona 500 was postponed for the first time in its history due to rain.

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May 1, 2011

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wins 2011 spring race in Richmond, Virginia

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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch won his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spring race at Richmond International Speedway on Saturday during the 2011 Crown Royal Presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 in Virginia. Throughout the course of the race there were eight cautions and the lead changed among ten drivers.

Busch, who led 235 laps, was over one second ahead of his teammate Denny Hamlin at the conclusion of the race. Kasey Kahne finished third, ahead of David Ragan and Carl Edwards. Clint Bowyer, A. J. Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson, and Tony Stewart followed in the next four positions. Brian Vickers could only manage a tenth place finish.

During the race, Ryan Newman collided into Juan Pablo Montoya, prompting Montoya to crash into the SAFER barrier. Following the accident, Newman told his crew, “I can’t believe they [NASCAR] aren’t going to black flag that 42 car. … I’m going to take care of it after the race.” On lap 236, Montoya collided back into Newman.

64 laps later, a nine car accident, involving Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin and six other drivers occurred. Following the accident, Gordon commented, “I seem to find the worst angles for hitting walls. I wish there was a SAFER barrier there. I seem to be able to find the ones without the SAFER barrier.”

After the race, Busch said, “I learned from Denny last fall, and I’m not going to say what I learned. He might know, but we did a good job at doing what we needed to do.” Next, Hamlin told his crew chief Mike Ford that he “didn’t have anything” for Busch.

Following the race, Edwards remains Drivers’ Championship leader with 335 points. Nine points behind, Johnson is second with 326. In third, Busch is 30 points behind, but four ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch are fifth and sixth respectively with 300 and 289 points. Bowyer, Newman, Kenseth, and Stewart round out the top-ten positions for the Drivers’ Championship.

The 2011 season continues on May 7 at Darlington Raceway for the 2011 Showtime Southern 500. The race will be televised in the U.S. on the FOX Network at 7:30 p.m. EDT.


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April 18, 2011

NASCAR: Johnson beats Bowyer for victory in Aarons\’ 499

NASCAR: Johnson beats Bowyer for victory in Aarons’ 499

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Monday, April 18, 2011

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Image: Pete Souza.

Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson won his first race of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and his second career win, at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday during the Aarons 499 in Alabama. Throughout the course of the race there were six cautions and 88 lead changes among 26 drivers.

Johnson was 0.002 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer at the conclusion of the race; this tied with the record for the closest finish in series history which occured at Darlington Raceway in 2003. Pole position winner, Jeff Gordon finished third, ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kevin Harvick in fourth and fifth. Carl Edwards took sixth position ahead of Greg Biffle in seventh. Mark Martin, David Gilliland, and Joey Logano rounded out the top ten finishers in the race.

Johnson said: “We were just the lucky guy at the end with a good run. We had some big mo on our side, and off we went.” Johnson continued, “I can’t thank Junior enough. He made the decision that my car was faster leading. And the way these things are finishing up, the lead car’s going to get the win. In some respects, he was more worried about the team having a good performance than anything.”

Following the race, Edwards remains Drivers’ Championship leader with 295 points. Five points behind, Johnson is second with 290. In third, Earnhardis fourteen points behind, but 22 ahead of Harvick. Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch are fifth and sixth respectively with 267 and 257 points. Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Bowyer round out the top-ten positions for the Drivers’ Champoinship.

The 2011 season continues on April 30 at Richmond International Raceway for the 2011 Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400. The race will be televised in the U.S. on the FOX Network at 7:30 p.m. EDT.



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