August 1, 2009

IRL: Briscoe wins thriller over Carpenter

Ryan Briscoe won the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway in a photo finish over Ed Carpenter.

Our View Briscoe won by 0.0162 of a second to notch his second win of the season in the No. 6 Penske car.

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Trucks: Hornaday wins 5th consecutive

Ron Hornaday Jr. won his fifth consecutive race in the Camping World Truck Series with a dominating performance in the Toyota Tundra 200.

Our View This was the first time ever that this has been done in the Truck series and the first time its happened in any of NASCAR's top divisions during the Modern Era. The last time a driver won five in a row was Richard Petty in 1971. Bobby Allison also won five in a row that season.

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N'Wide: Keselowski wins furious battle with Ky Busch

Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch put on a furious battle in the closing laps of the Iowa Nationwide race and in the end, it was the Nationwide Regular over the Claim Jumper. This was Keselowski's fourth victory at this level.

Our View Busch won the Camping World East/West race there earlier this year, but the Nationwide competition was a little stouter.

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IRL: Beatriz fastest in Kentucky Lights practice

Ana Beatriz was the fastest driver in Indy Lights practice at Kentucky Speedway according to a tweet from @IndyCarPR. Her top speed was 193.165 mph.

Our View If NASCAR wants to poach a female driver from Indy, Beatriz would be a better bet than Danica Patrick. This lady is fast and probably wouldn't mind spending a season or two in Nationwide competition as she develops; just some food for thought.

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Pocono pit stall selection has posted the pit stall selections and as expected Tony Stewart chose the final pit before the end of pit road.

Our View Even though his crash will cause him to drop to the back of the pack, he gets to keep his pit selection. Jeff Gordon—who inherits the inside of the front row—has the second best pit stall with one of only three openings in front of him.

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F1: Concorde agreement signed

It appears the Formula 1 crisis is finally over. Max Mosley and the Formula 1 Team Association have signed an agreement that will extend into 2012, according to

Our View A breakaway league would have been devastating for Formula 1 style racing—the same as it was for the Indy Racing League and CART—so this is good news for fantasy players.

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Bowyer wins Pocono Happy Hour

Clint Bowyer posted only the seventh fastest single lap in Pocono's Happy Hour, but he was the quickest overall with a speed of 163.007 during 16 laps.

Our View Especially on a long track like Pocono, races are run in the long run. Bowyer could be a surprise top-10 driver this week.

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Johnson fastest in both Saturday Pocono practices

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest lap in both Pocono practices. He went 167.292 in the morning session and was 165.795 in Happy Hour under slicker conditions.

Our View Better still, he was the quickest in the combined sessions in terms of average speeds. His mean time was 163.281 during 44 laps.

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Stewart has Darlington backup

The backup car Tony Stewart will start this week is the same one that finished eighth at Auto Club Speedway and third at Darlington Raceway, according to @NASCAR_Says.

Our View In June, this team pretty much proved they only have fast cars, so fantasy owners should be overly concerned about his starting position.

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Stewart crashes in Pocono practice 2

In his first laps of practice in the morning session at Pocono, Tony Stewart got loose off turn three and slammed the wall. He will have to roll out a backup car.

Our View Amazingly, he also wrecked in the first race at Pocono this year. That race was also set by points when qualification was canceled and after going to the back of the pack, he won the race.

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