June 7, 2009

Stewart wins fuel mileage race

Tony Stewart doesn't like to win fuel mileage races—and to our memory, he's done it only once before—but the owner/driver got his first victory in that role.

Our View: For a couple of months, we've been saying a win was around the corner. Now that it's come, we can stop predicting it.

N'Wide: Nashville Results

Finally, Kyle Busch won a race he dominated and scattered applause broke out in the grandstands. That was in stark contrast to the boos that usually accompany his victories, and then he tried to do a Rock Star impersonation in victory lane by smashing one of the most unique trophies in NASCAR—and may well have alienated those same fans. Busch doesn't mind, he loves being the villain.

Last year, when Brad Keselowski won his Sam Bass designed Gibson guitar, he fell asleep on the plan clutching it and he would probably have cherished this one as well, but he settled into second.

Only two Claim Jumpers were in the field, but they made the most of their long commute since Carl Edwards finished third.

Mike Bliss (fourth), Jason Leffler (fifth), and Stephen Leicht (sixth) were the only other drivers to finish on the lead lap.

Results, with average finish
FinishStartDriverLapsLaps LedStatusAvg Fin
11Kyle Busch225173Running15.38
210Brad Keselowski22510Running14.67
36Carl Edwards2251Running4.00
48Mike Bliss2256Running12.36
512Jason Leffler22526Running14.50
69Stephen Leicht225
716Steve Wallace224
83Michael McDowell2241Running11.50
927Erik Darnell2241Running9.00
104Brad Coleman224
115Scott Lagasse Jr223
1235Shelby Howard223
1324Justin Allgaier223
1421Bobby Hamilton Jr223
1522Burney Lamar222
1628Kenny Wallace2217Running15.38
1743Morgan Shepherd221
1842Danny O'Quinn Jr219
1940Tony Raines219
2037Brandon Whitt218
2129Robert Richardson218
2230Eric McClure218
2318Kevin Conway213
247Brendan Gaughan211
2538Marc Davis182
2611Jason Keller170
2731Michael Annett143
282Trevor Bayne128
2913Sean Caisse127
3025Brian Keselowski127
3115Cale Gale123
3219Ricky Stenhouse Jr123
3333Scott Wimmer79
3439Kevin Lepage64
3526Kertus Davis30
3617Willie Allen16
3732Kelly Bires9
3823Johnny Chapman8
3941Mike Harmon4
4034Casey Atwood4
4136Brad Baker4
4214John Wes Townley2
4320Mark Green1
Justin Hobgood0
Did Not Qualify41.00
Daryl Harr0
Did Not Qualify

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F1: Turkish GP Results

O.k., this is getting ridiculous—unless you happen to be a Jenson Button fan. He's won six of the seven Formula 1 races this year and the championship is nearly a foregone conclusion. And this is coming from a driver who couldn't buy a top-five last year with a best of sixth in Spain and only a handful of top-10s. That just goes to show you how much difference strong equipment makes.

The biggest story was the failure to finish by Rubens Barrichello. He has been the wingman of Button all year and has also swept the top five with three runner-up finishes to this credit. He spun after making contact with Heikki Kovalainen and damaged his nose with contact from Adrian Sutil.

Red Bull teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel finished second and third, which puts tem in a position to pounce in the unlikely event that Button stumbles.

Results, with average finish

FinishStartDriverLapsStatusAvg Fin
12Jenson Button58Running6.80
24Mark Webber58Running12.20
31Sebastian Vettel58Running13.00
45Jarno Trulli58Running9.00
59Nico Rosberg58Running9.50
67Felipe Massa58Running5.60
710Robert Kubica58Running7.75
813Timo Glock58Running10.50
96Kimi Raikkonen58Running7.20
108Fernando Alonso58Running4.60
1111Nick Heidfeld58Running10.40
1212Kazuki Nakajima58Running15.50
1316Lewis Hamilton58Running6.67
1414Heikki Kovalainen57Running10.67
1518Sebastian Buemi57Running15.00
1617Nelson Piquet Jr57Running15.50
1715Adrian Sutil57Running18.00
1820Sebastian Bourdais57Running18.00
193Rubens Barrichello47Retired13.60
2019Giancarlo Fisichella4Retired11.80

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IRL: Texas Results

The off-season trouble is completely behind him. Helio Castroneves won for a third time at Texas Motor Speedway and his 16th overall. He led Ryan Briscoe to the line, but the race was won in the pits when he beat his teammate and rest of the field out on lap 175.

Last year's winner Scott Dixon finished third. In 2008, he started first before winning; this week, he started third, which means he is good at finishing what he starts.

Marco Andretti finished fourth, but was still not pleased. Late in the race, he became unhappy with teammate Danica Patrick for having the effrontery to race with him—guess he's forgotten what sport this is.

Pole sitter Dario Franchitti faded to fifth at the end.

Perhaps the hottest driver on the circuit, however, is Patrick. Her four-race top-five streak came to an end Saturday night, but not by much. She finished sixth, which was her third consecutive top-10 on this track.

Results, with average finish

FinishStartDriverLapsStatusAvg Fin
14Helio Castroneves228Running5.82
22Ryan Briscoe228Running5.67
33Scott Dixon228Running6.33
48Marco Andretti228Running14.00
51Dario Franchitti228Running7.83
65Danica Patrick228Running8.80
77Dan Wheldon228Running8.90
816Tony Kanaan228Running4.89
910Ed Carpenter228Running16.00
106Mario Moraes227Running14.00
119Robert Doornbos227Running11.00
1215Raphael Matos226Running12.00
1318Tomas Scheckter226Running15.10
1413Alex Tagliani225Running14.00
1517Justin Wilson225Running21.00
1623Ryan Hunter-Reay225Running18.00
1714Sarah Fisher222Running14.56
1824Jaques Lazier210Running15.00
1919Mike Conway185Running19.00
2022Anthony Foyt IV170Accident17.75
2111Hideki Mutoh153Mechanical13.50
2212Graham Rahal1Accident16.50
2320Milka Duno1Accident17.00
2421E J Viso1Accident19.00

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Holmes dominates at Roseburg


ROSEBURG, Ore. – Eric Holmes had done it the hard way. Saturday evening, he did it the easy way.

A year after overcoming a flat tire and fighting his way through the field at Douglas County Speedway to get the victory, the defending NASCAR Camping World Series West champion stayed out front all night and led all 150 laps en route to winning the Toyota/Bi-Mart 150 presented by NAPA.

It was the fourth straight victory at the .325-mile oval for Holmes’ car owner Bill McAnally.

Holmes’ third win of the season increased his series points lead to 36 points over Jason Bowles, who finished second. David Mayhew was third, followed by Mike David and Moses Smith.

Earlier in the day, Holmes won his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season. Saturday was Holmes’ ninth career win and 11th career pole.

The race was slowed six times for 29 laps.

The NASCAR Camping World Series West will race next at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., on June 20 as part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at the road course.

Unofficial Results

At Douglas County Speedway
Roseburg, OR

Lap length: 0.375 miles(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Eric Holmes, Escalon, Calif., Toyota, 150 laps, 59.911 mph, $10,186.
2. (6) Jason Bowles, Ontario, Calif., Ford, 150, $4,236.
3. (2) David Mayhew, Atascadero, Calif., Chevrolet, 150, $3,536.
4. (5) Mike David, Modesto, Calif., Toyota, 150, $3,336.
5. (4) Moses Smith, Tempe, Ariz., Toyota, 150, $3,286.
6. (10) Brett Thompson, Jerome, Idaho, Chevrolet, 150, $3,036.
7. (7) Blake Koch, West Palm Beach, Fla., Chevrolet, 150, $3,111.
8. (9) Greg Pursley, Newhall, Calif., Chevrolet, 150, $2,736.
9. (12) Jim Warn, Aurora, Ore, Chevrolet, 150, $2,636.
10. (15) Jamie Dick, Albuquerque, N.M., Ford, 150, $4,091.
11. (11) Phil Dugan, Meridian, Idaho, Chevrolet, 148, $2,286.
12. (13) Paul Pedroncelli, Jr., Sonoma, Calif., Chevrolet, 147, $1,640.
13. (8) Paulie Harraka, Fairlawn, N.J., Toyota, 142, $2,066.
14. (14) Johnathan Hale, Rio Linda, Calif., Chevrolet, 124, suspension, $1,986.
15. (3) Travis Bennett, Ellensburg, Wash., Chevrolet, 44, accident, $1,425.
16. (16) Jack Sellers, Sacramento, Calif., Chevrolet, 3, rear end, $1,936.
17. (17) Greg Rayl, Roseville, Calif., Ford, 1, motor, $1,375.

Race StatisticsTime of Race: 0 hours 56 minutes 20 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.644 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: E.Holmes (88.583 mph, 15.24 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 for 29 laps.
Lead Changes: 0 among 1 drivers.Lap Leaders: E. Holmes 1-150.
Standings: 1. E. Holmes, 1025; 2. J. Bowles, 989; 3. D. Mayhew, 961; 4. M. David, 942; 5. G. Pursley, 914; 6. P. Harraka, 878; 7. B. Thompson, 876; 8. M. Smith, 866; 9. B. Koch, 839; 10. J. Warn, 772.

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