Motorsport

  • Hamlin takes Pole at Dover

    Denny Hamlin rolled to the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Dover International Speedway.

    Hamlin drove the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota to a fast lap of 160.121 mph on the 1-mile concrete oval. He'll start first in Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks

    The pole position was Hamlin's first of the season, third at the Monster Mile and 21st of his Sprint Cup career. The pole-winning lap was significantly slower than the track qualifying record of 164.444 mph set by Brad Keselowski in May.

    "It's great," said Hamlin, who also won the Dover pole in September 2012 and May 2013. "Obviously our car's shown speed all day long, which is something that we haven't had lately, so we're kind of building and getting a little bit better and starting to figure out our setups and whatnot. So we're getting better and obviously this kind of shows it."

    Martin Truex Jr., second in the Sprint Cup standings, will share Sunday's front row in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Chevrolet after notching the second-fastest lap at 159.723 mph. Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano completed the top five.

    Defending Sprint Cup champion and current points leader Kevin Harvick qualified sixth-fastest in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet. Kyle Busch, making just his second start of the season in points-paying races since returning from serious leg injuries in a February crash at Daytona, earned the 10th starting spot in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota.

    Some big names were left out of later qualifying rounds at the two elimination stages in the three-round format. Jimmie Johnson, a nine-time Dover winner in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet, was among them. After leading opening Sprint Cup practice earlier in the day, he posted just the 14th-fastest lap in Round 2, failing to make the final cut to determine the top 12 starters.

    "I think, in a sense, we maybe didn't make the changes we need to or thought we needed to change, because the car had so much speed in that first practice session, but it's a totally different race track," Johnson said. "And we tried to plan ahead and made some small changes, but it wasn't enough."

    Kurt Busch was also in that unfortunate group, making just the 13th-best lap to miss the cut for the final, five-minute round.

    Keselowski was the final driver to make the cut after Round 1, edging Kasey Kahne by .005 seconds for the 24th spot. The Team Penske driver ended up qualifying 19th. Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart also just missed the cut, posting the 26th-fastest lap.

    Jeff Green and Travis Kvapil failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

  • Hancock and Nicki Pedersen in MELEE

    Triple world champions Greg Hancock and Nicki Pedersen have been involved in a sensational on-track melee in Motala at a Swedish Elitserien match this evening.

    Pedersen took the American’s front wheel away as they charged into the back straight in heat 15 of Piraterna’s 50-40 triumph at home to Dackarna.

    Hancock crashed hard down the back straight, but immediately leapt to his feet and sprinted nearly the length of the straight to confront his rival, taking him clean off his bike with a flying shoulder tackle.

    The world champion's Piraterna team mate Chris Holder pulled Pedersen back, before fellow riders and mechanics stepped in to separate the riders, with Holder leading a furious Hancock back to the pits.

    Pedersen was excluded for causing the unsavoury crash, with Hancock third in the re-run behind Holder and Dackarna’s Michael Jepsen Jensen.

    The affable Hancock’s extremely out-of-character reaction to Pedersen’s challenge has set social media alight across the globe with videos of the incident going viral on Twitter and Facebook.

    With the pair set to lock horns in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium at the Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix on July 4, all eyes will be on the SGP series’ two most decorated stars to see if there are more fireworks on American Independence Day.

    Hancock ended his night with 10 paid 12 points for the Swedish Pirates, with Holder top-scoring on 11 paid 12. FIM Speedway Under-21 world champ Piotr Pawlicki tallied 10.

    Polish international Krzysztof Buczkowski led the Dackarna scorechart on 12 paid 14 points, with Pedersen accruing eight. SGP star Michael Jepsen Jensen scored seven paid eight while Aussie champ Jason Doyle notched three.

    Elsewhere, World Championship leader Tai Woffinden powered to a 14 paid 15-point maximum for Vetlanda as they laid out Lejonen 57-33.

    SGP racer Tomas H Jonasson notched nine paid 11 on his return from a knee injury, while Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov added nine paid 10 and Polish international Bartosz Zmarzlik and Swedish racer Peter Ljung scored a straight nine points apiece.

    SGP stand-in Peter Kildemand, who replaces Jaroslaw Hampel in the Adrian Flux British SGP, scored nine for the Lions.

    In the day’s other meeting, Polish star Piotr Protasiewicz stormed to 14 paid 16 points as Indianerna defeated Rospiggarna 50-40 in Kumla.

    He was well supported by Artem Laguta on 12 paid 13, while Monster Energy SWC winner Antonio Lindback notched nine and his gold medal-winning team mate Freddie Lindgren added eight paid 11. Danish racer Niels-Kristian Iversen managed just three.

    Slovak star Martin Vaculik bagged 13 for the visitors, while Swedish skipper Andreas Jonsson notched nine paid 10.

     

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  • Hancock Shines At Speedway GP Final In Australia

    American veteran, Greg Hancock has taken out a stunning Melbourne Speedway Grand Prix at Etihad Stadium in dramatic circumstances.

    The double World Champion – who annexed another podium finish in the World Championship – was undefeated – thus ensuring there has only been one winner in Grand Prix Speedway in Australia.

    He beat home Niels-Kristian Iversen – who survived a nasty crash midway in the meeting when his machine packed up on the startline, depositing him on his tailbone, and the spectacular Maciej Janowski.

    The final got underway in messy circumstances when three of the four riders went down – the worst off being Newcastle-raised Australian, Jason Doyle – who was knocked out in the horrible incident. He was transported to Royal Melbourne Hospital where he is awake and breathing unaided.

    The race got restarted and Hancock was able to assert his dominance on the Etihad surface to win and claim second in the world championship behind Perth-raised Brit, Tai Woffinden. Woffinden was handed his second World Championship despite a big crash in his semi-final.

    The Aussies were involved in further dramatic circumstances when wildcard, Sam Masters clashed with regular Speedway Grand Prix marked man, Nicki Pedersen early in the event. Following an altercation on track between the two, Masters remonstrated with Pedersen’s crew, knocking one flat before a pitside melee ensued.

    Despite the ugly incident, Masters was impressive on his Speedway Grand Prix debut, scoring five points.

    The 2012 World Champion, Chris Holder failed to fire throughout the Grand Prix, unable to get away from the startline throughout his five rides, collecting just two points. Similar fate befell Queenslander Troy Batchelor, who also took just a duo of points.

    Holder was able to retain his place in Speedway Grand Prix in 2016 despite a nervous moment. Peter Kildemand was four points behind Holder heading into the Semi-Finals. He had a runaway lead before a red light stoppage and then couldn’t fire on the re-run, finishing third, thus granting Holder his eighth place in the World Championship. Doyle also directly qualified, ending his first Grand Prix season a brilliant fifth.

    Standouts include Andreas Jonsson who staged a stunning switchback cutting through the middle of three of his fellow contenders to take the lead and carry on for a win.

    Overall, attracting 27,000 spectators, the return of Grand Prix Speedway to Australia could be considered a great start to the five year contract that Etihad holds. The surface was one of the best temporary surfaces ever constructed in Speedway Grand Prix competition and the Speedway fans who turned out enjoyed a magnificent event.

    DON SMALLGOODS AUSTRALIAN SGP SCORES: 1 Greg Hancock 21, 2 Niels-Kristian Iversen 15, 3 Maciej Janowski 11, 4 Jason Doyle 11, 5 Peter Kildemand 13, 6 Tai Woffinden 12, 7 Andreas Jonsson 12, 8 Krzysztof Kasprzak 9, 9 Matej Zagar 7, 10 Michael Jepsen Jensen 7, 11 Nicki Pedersen 7, 12 Sam Masters 5, 13 Tomas H Jonasson 4, 14 Troy Batchelor 2, 15 Chris Holder 2, 16 Chris Harris 0, 17 Justin Sedgmen DNR, 18 Max Fricke DNR.

    FINAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Tai Woffinden 163, 2 Greg Hancock 147, 3 Nicki Pedersen 131, 4 Niels-Kristian Iversen 120, 5 Jason Doyle 114, 6 Matej Zagar 107, 7 Maciej Janowski 106, 8 Chris Holder 95, 9 Peter Kildemand 92, 10 Andreas Jonsson 88, 11 Michael Jepsen Jensen 84, 12 Troy Batchelor 59, 13 Chris Harris 55, 14 Tomas H Jonasson 55, 15 Krzysztof Kasprzak 45.

  • Harper Leads After Opening Night

    Callum Harper leads the Speedway Sedans Australia, Repco/Penrite Australian Super Sedan Title, after the opening night at the Rockhampton Showgrounds in Queensland.

    Harper leads Dave Gartner, Steve Latham, Darren Kane and Brad Wicks leading into night two.  Ten drivers would win the twelve qualifying heats contested, with just Dave Gartner and Steve Latham winning two heats on a very even night of competition.

    The opening heat would see Brodie Boss hit the fence on the opening lap, putting the youngest driver in the field on the grass, to watch a complete restart.  Callum Harper and Lachlan Onley would start on the front row, but no-one could predict what would follow, with Callum Harper systematically demolishing the opposition, with a comprehensive victory.  Matt Williams would come from position seven to finish second, with Onley finishing third.  Williams would be penalised a position after the race for a passing move earlier in the race, relegating him to third, and elevating Onley back to second.

    Heat two would see Gordon Shaw lead through the first eight laps, under enormous pressure from Dave Gartner, who moved to second after six laps. Shaw would spin though in turn two resulting in a four lap restart.  This would be the first in a whole spate of stoppages including three stoppages on the final lap, including for Robbie Hawkings in turn four, and a three car pile-up in turn two, which involved Damien Arnold, Leigh Williams and Justin Smithwick.  Dave Gartner survived all the final lap stoppages to defeat Hawkings, Steve Jordan, Leigh Williams, Justin Smithwick, Damien Arnold and Kyall Fisher, with the six drivers crossing the line all within 1.664 seconds of one another, in a blanket finish.

    Wayne Randall would lead all the way in heat three, but never would be under pressure throughout from Peter Nicola, with Randall winning by a car length.  Des Korn and Darren Saunders swapped positions several times for the minor placings, with Korn getting the better of Saunders and the fast finishing Steve Latham.

    Brad Wicks had an impressive victory in heat four, starting from position four, but quickly assumed the lead and held it to the chequered flag.  Darren Kane who started from position eight very quickly moved to third, and was elevated to second after Josh McLaren was sent to the rear of the field for spinning.  Wicks held off Kane in the final four laps, while Matt Pascoe and Mick Nicola who joined the battle for the lead, finished third and fourth respectively.

    Dave Gartner won a thrilling heat five, with 0.748 separating Gartner, Matt Williams and Wayne Brims.   Gartner, who started from position four, made a great outside pass to take the lead, but a three car incident on lap eleven, involving Justin Smithwick, Brodie Boss and Dempsie Pails, bunched the field for a two lap run to the flag, resulting in the close finish.

    Jason Campbell had a convincing victory in heat six, after starting on the front row. Callum Harper also was impressive, coming from position six to grab second while Grant Shaw took third place.

    Heat seven would see an eight car pile-up in turn two, with only Steve Latham and Ian Brims not involved. After the subsequent mess was cleared, Ashley Peall would sit the remaining laps on the infield, with Latham and Brims finishing ahead of Mick Nicola after the resumption.

    In the closest margin of the night, Steve Jordan held off Darren Kane by 0.120 after twelve laps in a great race.   Despite the result being close, the race was also kept close by several stoppages, including for Brendan Doyle and Des Korn.  Victorian Brad Wicks would finish third.

    Heat nine had plenty of drama, with Mark O'Brien rolling over after another multi-car incident, with eight cars directly or indirectly involved.  Grant Shaw would be impressive in taking the win, which also included a stoppage on lap nine when Dempsie Pails required assistance off the track. Darren Saunders would hold off the challenge from Wayne Randall in the concluding stages in another close finish.

    Steve Latham pulled off a great last lap move to win heat ten, and to take his second victory of the night, passing Leigh Williams.  The pair were engaged in a great battle through the twelve lap event, with Darren Kane and Brad Wicks swapping positions also in the concluding stages, with Kane finishing third.  The race was also tinged with controversy when Matt Williams was deemed to have spun in turn two.  He showed his displeasure to officials when he went infield and withdrew from the race.

    Ian Brims will be kicking himself for a very long time, after having a commanding lead in heat eleven.  Brims would spin on the final lap and would eventually recover to finish seventh, losing 28 points in the process, and a position within the top ten. The battle between Callum Harper and Sean Black which had been raging for numerous laps, all of a sudden became a battle for the lead. Black would win narrowly over Harper with Craig Torr third.

    Mick Nicola appeared to have the final heat all sewn up, having a comfortable lead with a few laps remaining, but Lachaln Onley stormed home, making for a thrilling finish with Nicola holding victory by a mere 0.159. Des Korn would narrowly down Dave Gartner, Justin Smithwick, Robbie Hawkings and Brodie Boss in a close finish.

    In what will be an intriguing final night, points leader Callum Harper will start from position seven, with Australian Champion Matt Pascoe (17th) and Brad Wicks (5th) starting on the front row.  Second placed Dave Gartner will start from position five in heat sixteen, which will see Peter Nicola (13th), Steve Jordan (7th) and Jason Campbell (9th) all start in the front half of the field.  Steve Latham who is currently third on points, statistically has the easiest heat with just Craig Torr within the top twenty starting ahead of him.  Darren Kane, who didn't win a race on the opening night, also has a tough assignment, also appearing in heat sixteen, along with Gartner, Nicola, Jordan, Campbell and Mick Nicola in what promises to be a great race to round out the qualifying heats.

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    OFFICIAL POINTS
    1     T22     Callum Harper (T1)     92
    2     S8     Dave Gartner         89
    3     T8     Steve Latham         85
    4     Q36     Darren Kane         79
    5     V17     Brad Wicks         76
    6     V3     Michael Nicola         76
    7     Q10     Steve Jordan         76
    8     N17     Lachlan Onley         73
    9     Q97     Jason Campbell         70
    10     Q33     Wayne Randall         69
    11     Q7     Grant Shaw         65
    12     Q26     Sean Black         61
    13     V2     Peter Nicola (V1)     58
    14     Q3     Matthew Williams     56
    15     Q61     Des Korn         51
    16     Q29     Darren Saunders     51
    17     A1     Matt Pascoe         49
    18     Q4     Leigh Williams         49
    19     Q23     Craig Torr         49
    20     MK5     Robbie Hawkings     46
    21     N111     Wayne Brims         43
    22     Q76     Ian Brims         42
    23     Q5     Gary Pagel         40
    24     Q63     Justin Smithwick     39
    25     Q15     Gavin Northfield     33
    26     M5     Craig Shaw         33
    27     Q41     Kyall Fisher         24
    28     Q39     Bob McCosker         23
    29     Q77     Dempsie Pails         21
    30     Q8     Brodie Boss         20
    31     Q12     Damien Arnold         20
    32     Q96     Joshua McLaren         19
    33     TV31     Wesley Hose         18
    34     Q11     Ashley Peall         18
    35     V5     Michael Wicks         16
    36     Q99     Mark O'Brien         15
    37     GL3     Graeme Elliott         15
    38     Q31     Brendan Doyle         15
    39     M8     Gordon Shaw         5
    40     Q25     Darren Hawkings     4

  • Highline Magazine

    Born from a desire to have an outlet for 30 years’ worth of local, interstate and International speedway photographs, collaborators Brett Swanson and Andy Ticehurst created the free digital speedway magazine “Highline Magazine”.

    “I’ve been photographing race cars and speedway for over 30 years and one day I said to Andy, ‘mate I’ve got 10’s of thousands of photos that have mostly never been published’. Why don’t we do something along the lines of a free pictorial online magazine,” Explained Swanson, who edits the magazine and has an extensive history of both print magazine and online editorship and contribution.

    Ticehurst, amongst other things, has a graphic arts background and a long history in the sport at various levels also. “Due to a lack of support from the Australian Late Model segment, we’d stopped producing our Speed Illustrated Late Model magazine so the time was right to do something else,” continued Ticehurst. “With my background in the information technology industry and the knowledge and experience of how hard and expensive it is to produce a print magazine, I knew that this was the only format to use.”

    The pair had previously collaborated on print magazine Racer Australia and digital/online magazines Speed Illustrated and Speed Illustrated Late Model Style to name a few as well as hosting the internet radio program RaceRadio.com.au which ran for over four years And so Highline Magazine was born.

    Issue 1 was a preview of the 2014 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic and other stories/profiles and was followed up in issue 2 by a pictorial review of the event. With no set time frame for publication, magazines are published on an irregular basis depending on the time of the season and the events that are on and whether the duo can find the time to co-ordinate the articles, reports and photos. Make no mistake though, this is a professionally written and laid out magazine

    Issue 6, the latest issue, covers the V8 Dirt Modified Australian Championship, The Australian Speedcar Title, the 2015 Classic, short Circuit racing, news and views and Tony Stewarts extraordinary efforts to save the All Star Circuit of Champions and along with it the 410 Sprintcar scene in Ohio, USA.

    All issues of Highline Magazine can be found on www.issuu.com/piratemedia or on our facebook page. Why not have a look, after all it’s totally free.

    Story ideas, media releases, driver profiles or any other contributions are welcome and can be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • HOG’S BREATH CAFÉ PARTNER WITH TOBY BELLBOWEN MOTORSPORT FOR ANOTHER SEASON

    As the lead up to the new season intensifies, Toby Bellbowen Motorsport is proud to announce that Hog’s Breath Café have come on board once again for the 2015/2016 racing season. This will mark the fifth year that the very popular restaurant chain has thrown their support behind the 21 year-old livewire.

    Hog’s Breath Café, which is celebrating 26 years in the Australian Market this year, has over 80 franchises, both nationally and internationally, and Greg “Disco” Miller, the National Marketing Manager for Hog’s Breath Café couldn’t be happier with the partnership.

    “We at Hog’s Breath are so excited to continue our partnership with Toby and his family,” Greg enthused. “One of our slogans is ‘have fun and enjoy yourself’ and we know that Toby and his team do that.

    “We know that when Toby enters the track, he is giving his whole HOGGIE effort. It doesn’t get any better because at Hog’s Breath, it’s a party every night! As is Sprintcar racing.

    “From all the Hoggies around Australia we wish Toby and Team all the best for this season and we know he is very close to a Prime WIN (Rib) Steak.”

    Toby is as equally excited with the renewed partnership.

    "Ever since I began my Sprintcar racing career, you quickly realise how difficult it can be to produce a relationship like the one I have with Hog's Breath Cafe.

    "It's a tough deal when it comes to this game, and I'm glad Hog's Breath Cafe can see the benefits of our partnership, and have decided to take it into a fifth straight season.

    "I'll always be appreciative for what the Hog's Breath Cafe team have done for me, but for now it's about concentrating on what is ahead. I can't wait to have them on the top step with me."

    So wherever you are this summer, there is a Hog’s Breath Café in every state and territory. Make sure you check them out. You won’t be disappointed!

  • Honda superspeedway kit features multi-options

    Reduced drag and increased engine performance equals speed on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, and Honda Performance Development COO and vice president Steve Eriksen believes its Verizon IndyCar Series entries in the 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will have all three with its superspeedway aerodynamic bodywork platform and 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine.

    Honda’s superspeedway aerodynamic bodywork package on the No. 29 TE Connectivity Andretti Autosport entry to be driven by Simona de Silvestro unveiled today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway features a range of options available to teams to utilize for qualifications and the 200-lap race. The platform was designed, developed and supplied by California-based Honda Performance Development, and the aero kit will make its public on-track debut May 3 during a Promoter Test at IMS. Chevrolet's superspeedway aero package also will be on track May 3.

    Practice opens May 11, with qualifications May 16-17 and the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24. Ryan Hunter-Reay, driving the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport, won the 2014 Indianapolis 500.

    "I expect an increase in speed (in practice and qualifications), but I won't say how much," Eriksen said.

    The superspeedway package includes a variety of individual aerodynamic components fitted to the Honda-powered Dallara chassis but is markedly different from the road/street and short oval kit that has been utilized in the first four races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season. The front wing of the superspeedway kit contains fewer components to reduce drag and a rear wing element that Eriksen said is wide "like a glider." The rear wing main plane has "swan neck" supports that are carried over from Honda's sports car program, where HPD engineers learned that they helped with air flow over the rear wing. The rear wing main plane is unique to the Indianapolis 500, though an entry has the option to run the main plane to be used on the other three big ovals.
    "One of the great things about IndyCar is that this aero kit has to operate over such a diverse range of circuits, it's unlike any other racing series, and it's a real challenge to make a kit that is going to work on every track well. But we welcomed it and have enjoyed doing it," Eriksen said. "The process really started with us looking at what has made us successful. The Indy 500 wins that we've had we look at and say, 'What did we do well and what could we do better in the future.' We wanted to build on that experience to build the best kit possible, and I think we've done that."

    There will be differences between the Honda and Chevrolet superspeedway kits, within both manufacturers’ qualifying and race specs to achieve maximum performance, and within their respective teams that likely will run different elements – even asymmetrical on the cars – during practice.
    “We’re excited to unveil our superspeedway aero kit, the newest element in this era of enhanced manufacturer competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” HPD president Art St. Cyr said.  “Coupled to our proven Honda Indy V-6 engines, these aero kits are the products of thousands of hours of research, development and testing, as we seek to give our drivers and teams the tools they need to win the race that Honda holds as its most important goal each season: the Indianapolis 500.”

    Both manufacturers, under INDYCAR regulations, designed components in “legality boxes” that complement the standard components of the rolling chassis. Areas open for development in these legality boxes include sidepods, engine cover, rear wheel guards, front and rear wing main planes and end plates, superspeedway front wing main plane, and the Indianapolis 500 rear wing main plane. Standard components for all cars include the underwing, road course front wing and rear wing main planes, nose, mirror housing and roll hoop fairing.
    The road/street and short oval and superspeedway aero kits were developed by utilizing the latest in Computer-Aided Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics technology, then validated using Driver-In-Loop simulators. The process allowed the aerodynamic direction to be determined before full-size components were created.

    Full-scale wind tunnel testing was used to confirm performance characteristics and develop aero maps to be used during manufacturer on-track testing from early October 2014 through mid-January 2015.

  • Hubbard's Demise Lifts Richards at Delaware

    Josh Richards took advantage of Austin Hubbard's misfortune to claim his fifth World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of the season in Thursday's Fulton Bank 50, earning a $10,725 payday at Delaware International Speedway.

    Richards, the three-time WoO LMS champion from Shinnston, W.Va., pressured Hubbard of Seaford, Del., through the second half of the 50-lap race before taking command when Hubbard's overheating engine expired on lap 45. Richards led the final six laps and crossed the finish line with an advantage of 7.756 seconds in scoring his second-career victory at Delaware's half-mile oval.

    "This year's been up and down, so we'll definitely take it," said Richards, whose victory came in the opening round of a WoO LMS Mid-Atlantic three-race weekend. "I feel bad for Austin. He did a great job out there. I saw him smoking a few laps before, so I was trying to get in a spot in case he broke something. I figured it was a matter of time, but I feel like we had the best car tonight."

    The fourth-starting Richards drove his Valvoline-sponsored Rocket Chassis house car to the 54th WoO LMS victory of his career. He was followed at the finish by polesitter Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., who led early in the race in his Longhorn Chassis before being overtaken by both Hubbard and Richards.

    Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., advanced from the eighth starting spot in his Sweeteners Plus Rocket to finish third while second-starting Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., took fourth in his Longhorn. WoO LMS points leader Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., rallied from the 14th starting spot to round out the top five in his Capital Race Cars house car.

    Richards ran third through the race's early laps, while Frank and Hubbard mixed it up at the front. The two leaders swapped the top spot on laps two and three before Hubbard finally pulled ahead of Frank on lap eight. Richards followed suit on a lap-13 restart.

    Hubbard enjoyed a comfortable lead until the race's halfway point when traffic became a factor and Richards began to apply pressure. The race's final caution waved on lap-30, giving the two leaders clear track for a final 20-lap green green-flag run. Hubbard initially edged away from Richards, but Richards closed the gap by lap 37 and made multiple bids for the lead before Hubbard's MasterSbilt by Huey machine slowed on lap 45.

    "We'll take it," said Richards, whose five WoO LMS victories this season ranks second only to Clanton's nine wins. "The guys have worked really, really hard. I feel like we should have more wins than we do."

    Hubbard, a former WoO LMS regular who now follows a more regional schedule, was looking to turn around his plagued 2015 season with what would've been the fourth WoO LMS victory of his career. But the 2010 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year was denied a turnaround triumph when his ailing engine let go just over five laps from the finish.

    "We were pretty much a ticking time bomb," said Hubbard, whose most recent WoO LMS victory came at Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Md., during last year's Mid Atlantic weekend. "As long as it was going, I was going. It finally gave up and that was the end of it.

    "It takes a full picture to win races like this, and apparently this year we don't have the full picture together."

    Looking to end his nearly six-year WoO LMS winless streak, Frank led early before slowing his pace in an attempt to save his own overheating engine. While he settled into the third spot around the halfway point, the close racing between Richards and Hubbard ahead of him made Frank believe things might fall his way.

    "I won a race here once when Josh crashed, and it was Austin he was lapping," Frank recalled of a 2007 WoO LMS event he won at Delaware. "It was like déjà vu. I was thinking you never know what's gonna happen.

    "We were running hot tonight. We were wide open and the thing was like 240 (degrees) right off the bat. I was trying to baby it and trying to make it because we're point racing with Josh. It ended up getting really hot, but it held the water so I don't think it hurt anything."

    Kenny Pettyjohn of Millsboro, Del., advanced from the 12th starting spot to finish sixth, just ahead of hometown driver Ricky Elliott, who started and finished seventh. Rick Eckert of York, Pa., finished eighth in a new Longhorn Chassis he debuted at Thursday's race. Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., was ninth with Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., rounding out the top 10.

    The race's first caution appeared on the opening lap when a tangle back in the pack left Mark Pettyjohn of Milton, Del., spun on the back straightaway. The second yellow flag waved on lap three when Staci Warrington, also of Milton, slowed. Nick Davis of Millsboro, Del., slowed for a lap-13 caution, and Donald Lingo Jr. of Millsboro, slowed on lap 29. The final caution appeared a lap later after Amanda Whaley, another Millsboro driver, spun in turn four.

    WoO LMS rookie competitor Jordan Yaggy of Rochester, Minn., was absent from Thursday's event due to problems with his team's hauler. He received 60 WoO LMS hardship points and plans to join the series for the remainder of the weekend.

    The WoO LMS continues its Mid-Atlantic tripleheader on Friday with a visit to Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Md. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. with general admission gates opening at 4. Visit www.potomacspeedway.com for more information. The weekend wraps up at Winchester Speedway on Saturday. Gates open at 3 p.m. with hot laps at 6:15. More information is available at www.winchestervaspeedway.com.

    For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries.

    Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Fulton Bank 50 at Delaware International Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

    1. (4) Josh Richards/50 $10,725
    2. (1) Chub Frank/50 $5,550
    3. (8) Tim McCreadie/50 $3,650
    4. (2) Boom Briggs/50 $3,050
    5. (14) Shane Clanton/50 $2,550
    6. (12) Kenny Pettyjohn/50 $2,250
    7. (7) Ricky Elliott/50 $1,400
    8. (5) Rick Eckert/50 $1,950
    9. (9) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $1,750
    10. (16) Eric Wells/50 $1,700
    11. (22) Pancho Lawler/49 $1,050
    12. (17) Amanda Whaley/49 $1,000
    13. (18) Chase Junghans/49 $1,500
    14. (3) Austin Hubbard/44 $900
    15. (15) Brandon Overton/29 $1,100
    16. (13) Morgan Bagley/29 $1,350
    17. (11) Donald Lingo Jr./28 $770
    18. (6) Jason Covert/28 $750
    19. (20) Dylan Evans/28 $730
    20. (19) Ross Robinson/23 $750
    21. (21) Nick Davis/12 $700
    22. (23) Chad Hollenbeck/4 $700
    23. (10) Staci Warrington/3 $700
    24. (24) Mark Pettyjohn/1 $700

    Time of Race: 29 Mins., 49 Secs.
    Margin of Victory: 7.756 Secs.
    Yellow Flags: Five (laps 1, 3, 13, 29, 30)
    Lap Leaders: Frank (1, 3-7), Hubbard (2, 8-44), Richards (45-50)
    Provisional Starters: Hollenbeck (WoO), M.Pettyjohn (fast time)

    Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

    1. 1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va., 18.614
    2. 7v-Rick Eckert, York, Pa., 18.727
    3. 99B-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, Pa., 18.739
    4. 1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa., 18.793
    5. 11H-Austin Hubbard, Seaford, Del., 18.901
    6. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn, Millsboro, Del., 18.903
    7. 20-Staci Warrington, Milton, Del., 18.945
    8. 39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., 18.995
    9. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, Ill., 19.079
    10. 88-Ricky Elliott, Seaford, Del., 19.080
    11. 25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, Ga., 19.099
    12. 72-Jason Covert, York Haven, Pa., 19.114
    13. 14m-Morgan Bagley, Longview, Texas, 19.130
    14. 55L-Donald Lingo Jr., Millsboro, Del., 19.170
    15. 76-Brandon Overton, Evans, Ga., 19.208
    16. 18-Eric Wells, Hazard, Ky., 19.244
    17. 4-Amanda Whaley, Millsboro, Del., 19.244
    18. 80-Dylan Evans, Millsboro, Del., 19.289
    19. 7-Ross Robinson, Georgetown, Del., 19.413
    20. 92-Nick Davis, Millsboro, Del., 19.436
    21. 18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., 19.467
    22. 4DS-Chad Hollenbeck, Montrose, Pa., 19.561
    23. 93-Pancho Lawler, Glenville, Pa., 19.705
    24. 8-Mark Pettyjohn, Milton, Del., 19.724
    25. 51-Andrew Mullins, Laurel, Del., 19.731
    26. 4s-Daniel Snyder, Green Lane, Pa., 19.825
    27. 11-Joe Warren, Georgetown, Del., 19.969
    28. 000-Shaun Jones, Shermansdale, Pa., 19.993
    29. 99v-Kyle Hardy, Stephens City, Va., 20.075
    30. KB-Kerry King, Delmar, Del., no time

    Heat No. 1 (10 laps - Top 6 Transfer): Richards, Frank, Elliott, Warrington, Bagley, Wells, Robinson, Mullins, Hollenbeck, Jones.

    Heat No. 2 (10 laps - Top 6 Transfer): Eckert, Hubbard, McCreadie, Lingo, Clanton, Whaley, Snyder, Lawler, Hardy. DNS: Davis.

    Heat No. 3 (10 laps - Top 6 Transfer): Briggs, Covert, Heckenast, K.Pettyjohn, Overton, Junghans, Evans, M.Pettyjohn. DNS: Warren, King.

    Last-Chance Showdown (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Robinson, Evans, Davis, Lawler, Hardy, Mullins, Hollenbeck, Snyder, Jones, King. DNS: M.Pettyjohn, Warren.

  • I fell into a pile of cow poo and came out smelling of Roses...

    Clint Bowyer began the season with a three-year contract to drive for Michael Waltrip. He got an even better deal - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - before he even completed the first season of his new contract.

    Bowyer is the successor for three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, who will retire at the end of 2016. Bowyer will get into the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2017.

    He became available when MWR decided to cease operations at the end of this season and released Bowyer from his contract.

    ''I don't think I got fired; it just went away, and somehow (I) landed in a way better situation,'' Bowyer said at Stewart-Haas Racing, where he was introduced Wednesday alongside Stewart. ''Do you ever hear that term, 'When you fall in a pile of cow manure and come out smelling like roses?' That's exactly what this is for me.''

    The day wasn't a complete success for Bowyer: His championship chances effectively ended when an appeals panel found NASCAR was correct in penalizing the No. 15 team for an illegally modified part two weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway.

    The penalty cost Bowyer 25 points in the standings and dropped him to last in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. Four drivers from the 16-driver field will be eliminated this weekend in Dover, Delaware. Barring a victory, Bowyer will not advance to the second round.

    He made no mention Wednesday of the penalty or his time at MWR. He was focused only on the opportunity ahead of him, and indicated he will announce soon where he will spend 2016 as he waits out Stewart's final year. Bowyer is likely headed to HScott Motorsports in a deal that will give him a seat and the team support from SHR.

    ''You have an opportunity to sit in one of the best rides ever in the history of the sport,'' Bowyer said. ''This is a champion's seat that I'm filling. This is an unbelievable opportunity. To think of that door opening, and holy cow, the timing couldn't have been any better for myself. Somebody was looking after me.

    ''When I heard that that seat was open, I was on board. They didn't have to call me.''

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  • Iannone delights Italian fans as Marquez provides the drama

    Andrea Iannone claimed Ducati’s first pole at Mugello since 2007, while Marc Marquez experienced his worst ever MotoGP™ Qualifying.

    It was a day of contrasts at the Gran Premio D’Italia as Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone sent the Italian fans at the Autodromo del Mugello into rapture as he claimed his first career MotoGP™ pole position in near perfect conditions.

    Countering that was the dramatic action involving the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez, as he failed to make it through to Q2 for the first time in his career and will start Sunday’s race from the head of the fifth row in thirteenth.

    Iannone, riding with a fractured humerus sustained during a testing crash at the Tuscany Circuit, took advantage of the softer option tyre available to Ducati to set a 1’46.489, which was almost seven-tenths quicker than Dani Pedrosa’s pole record from 2013: “I am very pleased with how things went today! For sure in my condition this result was in no way expected, but in the end me and my team did a great job and we managed to improve. The only problem I have at the moment is my shoulder condition, because it needs more time to get back to 100%: tomorrow will be a tough race but I will not give in”

    Marquez struggled throughout the day, getting caught out in FP3 and finishing down in eleventh on the combined timesheets. It was only the second time the Spaniard has failed to automatically qualify for Q2, the first being at Mugello in 2013.

    A crash in FP4 only compounded matters and as Marquez attempted to make it through from Q1 he set a time good enough for second on the timesheets with 2 minutes to go in the session. Thinking that the job was done, it was then that disaster struck for him and his team. Yonny Hernandez on the Octo Pramac Racing Ducati displaced him in the final seconds, securing the Columbians progress through to Q2 at Marquez’ expense. This means that Marquez will have to start Sunday’s race from the front of the fourth row in 13th, his worst ever MotoGP™ Qualifying performance: “We can't be happy about today, because this was the worst qualifying result that we have had in MotoGP. Starting in the morning, we didn't use the new tyre and that took us into Q1 – in which we had a problem that prevented us from progressing to Q2. Nevertheless, I think we have a good pace for tomorrow, although it is clear that starting from so far back we will suffer a lot.”

    Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo will be a force to be reckoned with come Sunday’s race, as he demonstrated an incredibly consistent race pace throughout Free Practice. The double MotoGP™ World Champion was only 0.095s behind Dovizioso in Q2 and will start from second on the grid, a feat made all the more impressive as Lorenzo does not have the softer option tyre available to him: “We must be proud of our performance, because we improved the bike, which has been our goal for today. We had to improve our pace by half a second and maybe we didn‘t do that but we did shave off three-tenths. Today has been a great day. We couldn‘t get the pole position, but second place is great.”

    Andrea Dovizioso followed up Iannone’s amazing pole lap by securing third on the grid, making it two Ducati GP15’s on the front row, and the team will be pushing hard for their first win since Stoner’s victory in Australia in 2010: “It was a great qualifying session for our team, because there are two Ducati GP15 bikes on the front row. I had a good feeling with the bike when I did my lap, and this is very important in view of the race because it means that we have the speed to be able to fight for the leading positions.”

    CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow won the battle of the Satellite riders, as he once again impressed during Q2 to finish fourth as the fastest Honda on the grid: “Overall I was happy, because I tried a hard front tyre and I was happy with that, so much so I even qualified with it. I just missed out on the front row again, but I made a small mistake which was my own fault.”

    Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro was another rider who had to grit his teeth as he was suffering from the injury to his right thumb sustained during his Free Practice crash at Le Mans. The Spaniard was impressive after making through as the second fastest rider from Q1, and will start the race from the middle of the second row in fifth, although he has concerns about the affect his injury might have on his pace over race distance.

    To top off an almost perfect day for Ducati, their test rider Michele Pirro managed to set a time good enough for sixth in Q2 and will complete the second row for Sunday’s race, an effort which was the best qualifying performance from a wild card rider since Ben Spies claimed fifth in 2008 at Indianapolis.

    Dani Pedrosa on the second Factory Repsol Honda RC213V showed he is recovering from his arm pump surgery by setting the seventh fastest time. The Spaniard will start from the head of the third row, ahead of nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.

    Rossi, once again, could not perform as he wanted during qualifying, although he wont be too disappointed to start the race from eighth on the grid as his last three victories have been achieved after he qualified in that position: “I improved a lot and my lap time was not so bad, but it wasn‘t enough. All the top riders were able to improve their pace a lot, so apart from my starting position on the third row, which is not fantastic, I‘m quite happy about today.”

    Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales will start the race from ninth on the grid, with Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammates Pol Espargaro & Bradley Smith in tenth and eleventh respectively.

    Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera was the leading Open class rider in fifteenth, with the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Factory spec Honda of Scott Redding down in 17th.

  • Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Postponed by Rain

    Persistent afternoon rain canceled the remainder of scheduled track activity on the first day of qualifications for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, so the process begins anew May 17.

    A revised schedule for Old National Armed Forces Pole Day calls for the 34 entries to make one four-lap qualifying attempt each on the 2.5-mile oval (10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET), followed by the "Fast Nine Shootout" (1:45-2:30 p.m.) in which the top nine cars return to determine the Verizon P1 Award for pole position and the first three rows for the May 24 race. Finally, positions 31-33 will be determined in a 45-minute session (3-3:45 p.m.).

    Ryan Hunter-Reay (229.845 mph) and Carlos Huertas (228.235) were the only drivers to post four-lap qualifying runs before the rain today, but those will not count since not everyone was able to make an attempt. Two groups of cars will be accorded practice time from 8-8:20 a.m. and 8:20-8:40 a.m. (ET) May 17, prior to qualifying.

    In today's morning practice, Helio Castroneves recorded a lap of 233.474 mph that, while unofficial, is the fastest lap at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the 1996 race when Eddie Cheever Jr., had the fastest race lap at 236.103 mph. That same year, Arie Luyendyk set the one- and four-lap qualifying records (237.498 mph and 236.986 mph, respectively).

    "That 233 mph number was pretty cool, but it was with a little bit of help (with a tow from cars in front of him)," said Castroneves, driving the No. 3 Shell V-Power Nitro+ Team Penske Chevrolet. "The guys have really done an amazing job over the last couple of days since the (May 13 crash). To lose a day and still be on top of the practice speeds is a testament to how hard they worked. The weather, there is nothing we can do about the weather. We'll just come back and see what's in store."

    Castroneves seeks to join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as four-time Indy 500 winners, and he's in contention for pole history, too. Castroneves, with No. 1 qualifying efforts in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2010, is tied with Foyt and Rex Mays. A fifth would put him second among all-time Indy 500 pole winners, one behind Team Penske consultant Mears. Castroneves also could give team owner Roger Penske a record-extending 18th pole position at the Indy 500.

    Added Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, the Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader: "It's a little bit of a disappointment that we didn't get to qualify today because the Team Penske cars were very strong in the practice sessions. I've been happy with the car even though we continue to struggle a bit with the balance. We are confident that we know what direction we need to go with the weather. It's going to be a fast, exciting qualifying session, I know that."

    In 2014, Ed Carpenter earned the Verizon P1 Award in the Fast Nine Shootout with a four-lap average speed of 231.076 mph - the second consecutive year that Carpenter started from the pole. He'll seek to become the first to earn the pole in three consecutive years May 17. Twenty drivers have won the race from the pole - most recently Castroneves in 2009.

    "Last year we were pretty solid, so I think we can get in (to the Fast Nine Shootout), but we've got to play our cards right and find a little bit (of speed)," said Carpenter, driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet. "The thing we've got to figure out is how to make the fourth lap still be good."

    INDIANAPOLIS 500 POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES

    WILL POWER (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "It's raining, and I think INDYCAR has got a pretty good plan to run tomorrow and get everyone through the line and have a Fast Nine. If anything, it'll be even more exciting, having it all really compressed. Looking forward to it. It's really difficult to see where everyone stacks up, but I felt very comfortable and I wasn't so much yesterday. Yeah, we'll see what happens."

    JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "It's a little bit of a disappointment that we didn't get to qualify today because the Team Penske cars were very strong in the practice sessions. Hopefully tomorrow the forecast will break up a bit and we can see if the Verizon Chevy has the speed to win the pole position. I've been happy with the car even though we continue to struggle a bit with the balance. We are confident that we know what direction we need to go with the weather. It's going to be a fast, exciting qualifying session, I know that."

    HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Shell V-Power Nitro+ Team Penske Chevrolet): "That 233 mph number was pretty cool, but it was with a little bit of help (from a tow). The Shell V-Power Nitro+ guys have really done an amazing job over the last couple of days since the flip. To lose a day and still be on top of the practice speeds today is a testament to how hard they worked. The weather, there is nothing we can do about the weather. We'll just come back tomorrow and see what's in store."

    JR HILDEBRAND (No. 6 Preferred Freezer CFH Racing Chevrolet): "It was nice to post a big number in the morning even though it doesn't really mean very much. It was with a tow, but it was fun to see it pop up on the dash. I still don't really know where we stack up in terms of our four-lap speed, but we're pretty good. Tomorrow, hopefully we'll get into the top nine. If we don't, I think we'll be close. That should give us a pretty reasonable starting position for the race. It's going to be a scramble, but I feel better about it today than I did a few days ago."

    GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Honda): "It's a shame we couldn't get qualifying in today, but it's the same for everybody. Our Steak 'n Shake car was pretty quick this morning and we'll be qualifying early in the day tomorrow at around 10:30 or so and I feel pretty good about our chances. We'll have to see how it plays out. Definitely the guys that will run two hours into the session will be facing a little bit warmer of a track, so hopefully that plays to our advantage. I would have liked to have got in today, but they would have only gotten a handful in today so we would have had to go again anyway and I would rather have to only hold my breath for four laps instead of eight."

    ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet): "Days like today are hard. It stinks for all of the fans. I feel like the series is just in a funk as far as weather. It seems like it rains every important day or it's forecasted to be a bad weather day. I really hope this all moves out and it's a beautiful day tomorrow, where we can put on an awesome show for the fans. One thing about today being delayed is tomorrow's schedule and activities are going to be intense. There's going to be a lot of pressure. Everyone gets one shot to put it in the Fast Nine and that's it. You have to balance going fast and being aggressive to get into the Fast Nine, but knowing you only have that one opportunity. You can't be too aggressive and overshoot it and have a bad run because there's no second attempt. It will be a great day, it will be exciting. Hopefully a lot of people come watch us!"

    JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 21 Century 21 CFH Racing Chevrolet): "We'll get here tomorrow and try to do the whole program again. We didn't get it in today. The team looks good. We tried a couple of different things this morning in practice and JR (Hildebrand) looked really solid. We're really getting up to speed with our program. If we get all of our details right tomorrow, we should be in the hunt."

    TOWNSEND BELL (No. 24 The Robert Graham Special Chevrolet): "We ran two qualifying stints this morning to get our balance squared away and the car felt good. To be honest, I'm not too disappointed we got rained out. Our car really works well when we have hotter conditions and Sunday is expected to be warmer than today. I just feel badly for the fans who came to see the qualifying. Hopefully everyone can make it out to see a run for the Fast Nine and the pole. I believe we are in the position for a spot in the Fast Nine. We were ninth today with the 'no tow' speeds. So we are on the edge. I'd love to have our little one-car Dreyer & Reinbold - Kingdom team slide into the Fast Nine and battle the big teams. So I'm anxious to get going for Sunday with the Robert Graham Special." 

    RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): (On dealing with rain delays): "You get used to them over time. In your earlier years, you have to think about things more. The pressure piles on a little bit, but it's part of it. You just have to wait for it, be patient and keep your thoughts cool and calm and collected and get on with the job. It's not a big deal. You want to just get on with it, though. Unfortunately, that's just the way it goes sometimes."

    GABBY CHAVES (No. 98 Bowers & Wilkins / Curb Honda): "It's disappointing for us. With a late draw in the qualifying line, we had an excellent opportunity to do a true qualifying simulation in this morning's practice and watch what speeds everyone else posted on their qualifying runs. This would have given us a great opportunity to make the Bowers & Wilkins Honda even faster and secure us a spot in the Fast Nine Shootout. But we know we have a fast car and are ready to come back and do it again tomorrow."  

  • IndyCar hits Chevrolet with engine penalties

    Chevrolet has been hit hard in defence of its manufacturer’s title following points penalties after the opening IndyCar round in Florida.

    The engine manufacturer swept to the first six places at the St Petersburg race, earning 128 points for its efforts.

    However officials clamped down under Rule 10.6.4.4, stripping the manufacturer of 220 points which means it goes into this weekend’s second round at Nola Motorsports Park in New Orleans on a negative count.

    A total of 11 of the 12 Chevrolet engines underwent non-minor engine repairs following the opening round of the series.

    Honda, which saw its highest place with Ryan Hunter-Reay carrying Andretti Autosport to seventh at St Petersburg, now leads Chevrolet by 162 points.

  • INDYCAR: Manufacturers Championship Points Update

    INDYCAR announced the following manufacturers' championship points adjustments following the Indianapolis 500 Open Test Day on May 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

    • Honda received a bonus of 30 engine manufacturer points for attaining the life cycle minimum for three of its engines. According to Rule 10.6.4.2 of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook, any engine that reaches a lifespan of 2,500 miles will receive 10 bonus for its manufacturer. Honda engines for the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan entry, No. 26 Andretti Autosport entry and No. 98 BHA with Curb Agajanian entry all reached at least 2,500 miles.

    • Chevrolet received a points deduction of 20 points. According to Rule 10.6.4.3, 20 points will be deducted for an engine that fails to reach its life cycle. The engine in the No. 83 entry did not reach 2,500 miles before it was changed out.

    • Chevrolet also had four of its entrants' engines - the Nos. 1 and 22 from Team Penske and Nos. 9 and 10 of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams - reach their 2,500-mile lifespans, but they will not receive manufacturer bonus points according to Rule 10.6.4.4, which states that an engine is no longer eligible for mileage lifespan points once it has undergone a non-minor repair approved by INDYCAR.

    Following the adjustments, Honda has a total of 380 manufacturer points and Chevrolet 216.

  • Ingall will substitute for injured Chaz Mostert at the Gold Coast

    RUSSELL Ingall has extended his V8 Supercars super-sub role to a third race — but not with the Holden Racing Team.

    Instead, ‘The Enforcer’ will cross the floor to the Prodrive Racing Australia squad to race in place of the injured Chaz Mostert at the Gold Coast 600, in what will be his 250th career race start in the sport.

    Ingall was drafted out of a brief retirement to get behind the wheel of the No. 22 HRT car at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 in place of the injured James Courtney, who is now expected to return to racing at the Gold Coast event.

    Ironically, it is that recent experience behind the wheel of one of the sport’s New Generation machines, along with his wealth of V8 race miles over his decorated career, that made Ingall the team’s chief choice to replace Mostert.

    And he’s aiming high.

    “There’d be no reason at all why we couldn’t get a pretty reasonable result; definitely a top five result,” Ingall said.

    Ingall has fond memories of both the Gold Coast streets and Ford machinery; he took the 2003 round win there in his maiden season with Stone Brothers Racing, while he took the most recent podium finish of his career at the 2013 event.

    FOX SPORTS has given Ingall its blessing to extend his return to the cockpit, slotting in as co-driver while Waters is elevated to the role of the car’s main driver.

    “Thankfully with the format of racing, when the races are actually on myself, Mark Skaife and Jessica hand over to the commentary team so it’s actually worked in quite good that they’ve allowed me to do this,” he added.

    “It brings more of an insight into what happens behind the scenes with some of these top race teams and obviously Prodrive at the moment is the top team and it’s the one everyone’s chasing so it’s going to be good to actually get in and find out the reasons why they’re doing all this winning.”

    Although Prodrive team principal Tim Edwards told FOX SPORTS that local and international drivers were available options, Ingall’s vast knowledge of the Surfers Paradise streets made him the best choice.

    “It’s great to have Russell on board. He has a lot of experience at the Gold Coast circuit which was what we were looking for,” Edwards said.

    “Our aim is to keep our lead in the team’s championship so that means avoiding a DNF next week. Russell has also worked with our car No. 6 race engineer Adam De Borre so they already know how the other operates which will make the process that much easier.

    “Practice on Friday will be really important for both of them but particularly for Russell who will need to acclimatise with the car.”

  • Jimmie Johnson wins at Atlanta

    With wrecks erupting behind him, Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag in overtime under caution in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway -- and then he remembered.
     
    Almost lost in the euphoria of Johnson's second straight victory at the 1.54-mile track was the realization that, with his 76th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, he had tied the late Dale Earnhardt for seventh on the all-time wins list.
     
    But as the No. 48 Chevrolet rolled around the track on its Victory Lap, heading in a clockwise direction a la Alan Kulwicki, the six-time champion thrust his arm out the driver's side window with a three-finger salute to the crowd, acknowledging the bond he now shares with The Intimidator.

    "It's such an honor," Johnson said. "With the chaos at the end and the crash and wondering about overtime and how it worked these days, I kind of lost sight of that.
     
    "I remembered it on my Victory Lap coming down, and I had to come by and throw a '3' out the window to pay my respects to the man. There's a huge void in my career that I never had a chance to race with him, but at least I was able to tie his record."
     
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran second to his teammate, followed by Kyle Busch, who started 39th after his qualifying time was disallowed because the rear toe of his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota exceeded NASCAR's tolerances.
     
    Polesitter Kurt Busch was fourth, and Carl Edwards came home fifth.
     
    Johnson's fifth victory at Atlanta probably wouldn't have occurred had crew chief Chad Knaus not made a strategic call that wrested control of the race from Kevin Harvick, whose dominant No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet led a race-high 131 of the 330 laps.
     
    As soon as Johnson hit the fuel window that would get him to the end of the race, Knaus brought the No. 48 Chevy to pit road for four tires and gas on Lap 276, nine laps before Harvick pitted from the lead. With the nine-lap advantage on fresh tires -- not to mention issues with the left front tire that cost Harvick more than three seconds on pit road -- Johnson was 13.631 seconds ahead of Harvick's No. 4 when the green-flag pit stop cycle was completed on Lap 287.
     
    "Definitely a gutsy call," Johnson said. "It was just a great team effort. The No. 4 (Kevin Harvick) car was awfully tough and it was going to take some strategy to get by him. When he told me to whip it as hard as I could there (after the lap 276 pit stop), I just felt like I was going to take too much life out of the tires. But, it worked. And I got rolling around the top and got to where I got this Lowe's Chevy in Victory Lane."
     
    But it wasn't easy. Harvick cut into Johnson's advantage, reducing it to 5.1 seconds before the speeds of the top two cars leveled out. When Ryan Newman blew a left rear tire and spun at the end of the frontstretch with two laps left in the regulation distance of 325 laps, the eight lead-lap cars came to pit road for tires.
     
    Johnson held the lead, with Harvick second and Kyle Busch third. But on the overtime restart, Harvick had trouble in the outside lane and Johnson surged ahead, pursued by Kyle Busch and Earnhardt.
     
    A wild wreck on the backstretch caused the caution that ended the race under yellow five laps beyond its scheduled distance.
     
    "We had issues about the last three runs," said Harvick, who suffered late-race brake problems and finished sixth. "I had to start driving the car different. It just required a little bit different handling. And then we had a slow pit stop there.
     
    "We got way behind, and the No. 48 was way out front, and I had to drive the car really hard and got the right rear (tire) burned up. We just didn't execute today, but everybody on our Jimmy John's/Busch Chevrolet hung in there all day, and we'll keep at it."
     
    Notes: Rookie Chase Elliott finished eighth in his first race experience with NASCAR's 2016 lower-downforce rules package.... The race stayed green for the first 210 laps, a track record from the start of a Sprint Cup event. The caution that ended the race was the third of the afternoon.... After his second straight third-place finish, Kyle Busch leads the series standings by three points over Daytona 500 runner-up Martin Truex Jr. Harvick is third, four points behind Busch.

  • Jo Cobb in Hot Water

    Jennifer Jo Cobb said she was “mad as hell” at Tyler Reddick and forgot a NASCAR rule that prohibits drivers from walking on the track, which she did during Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway.

    “The fact that I forget is such a shame because the reason (the rule) is in place likely stems from a tragedy that none of us should forget,’’ Cobb said after meeting with NASCAR officials.

    NASCAR instituted the rule last August after Tony Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint car race in New York. Ward walked down the track toward Stewart’s car after an incident and was struck.

    This the first time a driver in any of NASCAR’s three national series has violated the rule.

    “A huge error in judgment on my part,’’ Cobb said. “The fact that we had a very stern meeting will keep it top of my mind for sure.’’

    Elton Sawyer, director of the Camping World Truck Series, said of Cobb’s actions: “It’s a serious infraction. She understands what she did and there will be consequences.’’

    NASCAR likely will announce its action Tuesday.

  • Jo Cobb Slapped on the wrist BUT no real Penalty

    NASCAR issued penalties Wednesday to driver Jennifer Jo Cobb for her actions during Friday's Camping World Truck Series event at Dover International Speedway, where she walked onto the racing surface, counter to the direction of safety officials.

    Cobb, the owner/driver of the No. 10 Chevrolet, was fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.

    Cobb was sidelined after completing just 12 laps in the Lucas Oil 200 when her truck made heavy contact with the inside retaining wall on the mile-long track's frontstretch. The incident occurred shortly after eventual race winner Tyler Reddick closed quickly in an effort to put Cobb a lap down.

    After her truck came to rest, Cobb made several steps up from the apron of the track to express her unhappiness during the race's first caution period. When the field made another lap, Cobb again gestured toward Reddick's truck but was restrained by safety personnel.

    The rule regarding safety procedures after crashes is presented as a reminder during each pre-race drivers' meeting. The guidelines were formalized last August through a bulletin added to the NASCAR Rule Book shortly after a sprint car incident involving former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart and New York short track driver Kevin Ward Jr. Ward left his car to confront Stewart on foot during a caution period before he was fatally struck.

    The rule allows a driver to dismount before the arrival of safety crews in the event of extenuating circumstances, such as fire.

    Cobb's infraction came two days before a similar incident at Dover involving Sprint Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne, who emerged from his wrecked vehicle before the safety team's arrival and walked down the Turn 1 track surface after a three-car crash. Cobb and Bayne were each summoned to the NASCAR officials' hauler for consultation after the incidents.

    "Obviously, that's an infraction," Elton Sawyer, the Camping World Truck Series' managing director, said after Friday's 200-mile race. "We take safety very seriously and we discussed it with her, and we'll get back to the office in the R&D Center and see what the next steps are."

    Cobb placed last in the 32-truck field, recording her first failure to finish this season.

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  • Juan Pablo Montoya Wins 99th Indianapolis

    Juan Pablo Montoya often has said that his three Team Penske teammates pose the most formidable competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

    In the closing laps of the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, that proved to be the case.

    Montoya, who won the race 15 years earlier in his first start, held off reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and teammate Will Power by .1046 of a second -- the fourth-closest finish in race history -- in a thrilling battle over the final 15 laps that also included pole sitter and 2008 race winner Scott Dixon. Five of the 37 lead changes occurred in those 15 laps following a restart, with Montoya overtaking Dixon in Turn 1 for second place and Power in Turn 4 to lead Lap 197 by .0420 of a second.

    "It was awesome," said Montoya, 39, of Colombia, after placing the winner's wreath around his neck and letting the milk dribble down his chin. "This is what racing in Indy car is all about, racing down to the wire. These guys, Team Penske, did an amazing job. I had the feeling that I had a really good car, but that fight at the end was really, really hard. All the way down to the wire. This is pretty awesome.”

    The victory extended Roger Penske's record of Indy 500 victories to 16, and Montoya is the 11th different winner for Team Penske.

    "You give that guy the bit and put it in his mouth and he doesn’t give up," said Penske, the race strategist for three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. "It’s a great day for Team Penske. I knew we had two up there, but the worry was Dixon and the 83 (Charlie Kimball). At the end of the day, they played fair. Good passing and we won the race.”

    Montoya finished fifth last May in his return to the Indy 500 after a 13-year absence in which he won races in Formula One and NASCAR competition, and he is the first multiple winner in six races this season. He won the opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and extended his points lead over Power to 25 heading into the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans doubleheader May 30-31.

    Montoya, who started 15th in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, fell to 30th early in the race after being hit from behind while under caution, which necessitated a pit stop to change out the rear wing assembly. He then overshot his pit box on Lap 95, which cost precious seconds. Montoya worked his way up to third by Lap 102 and remained in the top five to challenge for the win.

    Power was two-tenths of a second behind Montoya entering the white flag lap, but couldn't make a dramatic last-turn pass.

    "I just had too much push when he got by," Power said. "I had to lift on that last lap.He was definitely better when he got behind me. That's why he got the run. Anywhere else I'd be happy with second. But here...

    "It was a great month overall -- first, first and second, second."

    Power won the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 from the pole and started second on the oval in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

    Kimball was .7950 of a second back in third -- a career best in five Indy 500 starts -- after starting 14th in the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Dixon, who led a field-high 84 laps, was 1.0292 seconds arrears in fourth place in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Graham Rahal, who started 17th in the No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, finished fifth.

    “I think we generally had a pretty good restart there," Dixon said. "I was just trying to pace it. When I really needed to go, I just couldn’t turn the car. We were fighting a little bit with the car overheating, so we were trying to go over different ignition maps. There was definitely a lot going on. As the laps were counting down I was trying to make something happen.

    "I’m real proud of the Team Target guys. They did a good job all month but unfortunately we came away with fourth.”

    Marco Andretti, Castroneves, JR Hildebrand, Josef Newgarden and front-row starter Simon Pagenaud completed the top 10 that includes five Americans on this Memorial Day weekend.

  • Jules Bianchi dies after Japanese F1 Grand Prix crash

    French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has died from his injuries sustained in his October 2014 crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. He was 25.

    Marussia driver Bianchi suffered the most serious race injury since Ayrton Senna's death in 1994, crashing into a recovery tractor in wet and treacherous conditions at the Suzuka Circuit.

    He had been in a coma for nine months, succumbing to his injuries on Saturday morning.

    "Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end," Bianchi's family said in a statement.

    "The pain we feel is immense and indescribable. We wish to thank the medical staff at Nice's [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire] who looked after him with love and dedication.

    "We also thank the staff of the General Medical Center in the Mie Prefecture (Japan) who looked after Jules immediately after the accident, as well as all the other doctors who have been involved with his care over the past months.

    "Furthermore, we thank Jules' colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over these past months, which gave us great strength and helped us deal with such difficult times.

    "Listening to and reading the many messages made us realise just how much Jules had touched the hearts and minds of so many people all over the world."

    Bianchi's team, now known as Manor F1, described the driver's death as devastating.

    "We are devastated to lose Jules after such a hard-fought battle," the team tweeted.

    "It was a privilege to have him race for our team."

    An International Automobile Federation (FIA) report said in December that Bianchi had not slowed sufficiently under warning flags before his crash.

    The report found that Bianchi's car hit the tractor at 126kph and said medical services were not at fault in their handling of the aftermath.

    Bianchi's father, Philippe, had told French radio earlier this month that he was "less optimistic" of a recovery. In May he said they had been preparing for the worst.

    "It's hard to get up in the morning while telling yourself that you're not sure whether your son is going to live and every day is like that," he said.

    Bianchi, who came from a motor racing family, was a regular travelling companion of McLaren driver Fernando Alonso and was popular with other drivers.

    The Nice-born Bianchi, a graduate of Ferrari's young driver academy, scored the now defunct Marussia's first ever points when he finished ninth in the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix and was tipped for a bright future.His accident in the Japanese Grand Prix occurred at the same point of the Suzuka Circuit's track, where Adrian Sutil had aquaplaned off into the tyre barrier moments earlier and was watching his car being removed.

    It is thought the conditions played a part in Bianchi's accident, with heavy rain and wind wreaking havoc throughout the race.

    The track had been under a local yellow flag instead of a full-course caution at the time of the accident, meaning cars only had to slow down in a specific area instead of forming a line behind the safety car.

    The tractor that Bianchi crashed in to was between the track and the outside wall at the time of the accident.

    The race was restarted behind a safety car twice before Bianchi's crash.