Friday, May 31, 2013

Kyle Busch pulls “Days of Thunder” move to win the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover

Credit: Beth Bence Reinke for Skirts and Scuffs

Kyle Busch has had a lot of bad luck at Dover in the past, but today he took home a Miles the Monster trophy. This marks his 32nd win in 108 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and his second truck victory in two weeks.

Busch said the track was slick and his truck was loose, especially in dirty air.

“I started fifth so I was behind some of those trucks early. I was just kind of fiddle frickin’ around where to go and the biggest thing that was challenging for me was how loose it was following those guys. These guys made some nice adjustments for me to keep us on top of the race track and up front.”

After a late restart, Matt Crafton had the lead off pit road, but Busch passed him a few laps later and held the lead through the final two cautions. Busch joked about the pass.

“I did an old ‘Days of Thunder’ move getting into turn three. I looked low and he blocked low and then I just went high and drove around the outside. It was fun racing Matt (Crafton.)”

Crafton finished second with Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Brendan Gaughan rounding out the top five.

Caution report:

#1 Contact between the No. 8 of Max Gresham and the No. 17 of Timothy Peters.
#2 No. 57 Norm Benning spun on backstretch. No contact with wall or competitors.
#3 No. 07 of CJ Faison got loose just off Turn 4, hit the rear end into outside wall, slid down frontstretch and impacted the inside wall.
#4 Debris in Turn 3.
#5 Debris on frontstretch.
#6 Tim George Jr. cut a tire on the backstretch.

Race notes:

~ Darrell Wallace Jr. won the pole, led 119 laps and brought home a 10th place finish.

~ After a wreck with Peters on Lap 2, Gresham took his truck to the garage. Peters went on to finish 6th.

~ Ty Dillon’s day ended early when his engine blew.

~ Chase Elliott was penalized for speeding on pit road, not once, but twice. But with 10 to go, Elliott was back in the top 10 and finished 4th.


For complete finishing order, click here.

For NCWTS points standings, click here.
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Beth Bence Reinke is a columnist, support editor & media rep for Skirts and Scuffs. Her column, “Faith on the Frontstretch,” explores the role of faith in motorsports. Beth is also the author of Race Fans’ Devotions to Go, a devotional book geared toward female NASCAR fans. Follow her on Twitter at @bbreinke or reach her at bbreinke@skirtsandScuffs.com

NSCS Pole Report: Denny Hamlin scores second straight pole

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Qualifying for the FedEx 400 was held this afternoon at The Monster Mile. Poetic justice was served for FedEx driver Denny Hamlin who will start first. This marks Hamlin's second straight pole since returning to competition following an injury earlier this season. Hamlin is on a mission, a mission to make The Chase. He had a speed of 157.978 mph and was the fasted of four Toyotas in the top five.


Here is our starting lineup for Sunday’s FedEx 400:
  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Mark Martin
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Brad Keselowski
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Jamie McMurray
  11. Kasey Kahne
  12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  13. Kurt Busch
  14. Juan Pablo Montoya
  15. Clint Bowyer
  16. Paul Menard
  17. Casey Mears
  18. Carl Edwards
  19. Greg Biffle
  20. Jeff Gordon
  21. Landon Cassill
  22. Tony Stewart
  23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  24. Jimmie Johnson
  25. Austin Dillon
  26. Bobby Labonte
  27. David Reutimann
  28. David Gilliland
  29. Jeff Burton
  30. Marcos Ambrose
  31. Michael McDowell
  32. Mike Bliss
  33. Aric Almirola
  34. David Stremme
  35. David Ragan
  36. Joe Nemechek
  37. Dave Blaney
  38. Travis Kvapil
  39. Danica Patrick
  40. J.J. Yeley
  41. Josh Wise
  42. Timmy Hill
  43. Scott Riggs


Darrell Wallace Jr. becomes youngest pole sitter in NCWTS

Credit: Todd Warshaw / Getty Images   
After winning the pole at Dover today, Darrell Wallace Jr. compared "The Monster Mile" to a girlfriend.

“There’s something about this track – me and this track get along great. In qualifying, I don’t know, it’s like we’re in a relationship or something because we get along great. Four poles in a row, so you’ll hear me say that a lot. I love coming here – I wish we came here twice.”

Wallace secured the pole with a speed of 156.617 miles per hour. He will turn 20 on his next birthday on October 8th, setting a record as the youngest polesitter. He described a nervous moment when Chase Elliott ran a really fast lap and earned the outside pole.

“Chase had me scared there for a second,” said Wallace. “His second lap was pretty quick, but ours was a little better. That kept us on top and that lap means a lot.”

After starting on the pole in last year’s Nationwide race at Dover, Wallace fought a loose racecar and ended up finishing 12th. He said he learned his lesson about track position last year.

“Track position is key everywhere, pretty much, so if we can get up front and kind of settle in and just run a smooth race, we’ll be alright for the rest of the race. I’m excited, good weekend so far. This is how we need to turn around our season now.”

For full qualifying results, click here.

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Beth Bence Reinke is a columnist, support editor & media rep for Skirts and Scuffs. Her column, “Faith on the Frontstretch,” explores the role of faith in motorsports. Beth is also the author of Race Fans’ Devotions to Go, a devotional book geared toward female NASCAR fans. Follow her on Twitter at @bbreinke or reach her at bbreinke@skirtsandScuffs.com

TV Schedule: May 31-June 2

Miles the Monster looms over Dover International Speedway.
Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR
NASCAR heads to Dover International Speedway for some short-track racing. The 1-mile concrete track will host all three series.

Whose Sprint Cup car will the famed mascot statue Miles the Monster hoist after Sunday?

The following is a handy to track events and TV coverage at Dover. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Friday, May 31:
10 a.m. NCWTS Qualifying, SPEED
11 a.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
12:30 p.m. NNS Final Practice, SPEED
3 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, SPEED
4:30 p.m. NCWTS SetUp, SPEED
5 p.m. NCWTS: Lucas Oil 200, SPEED. Green flag: 5:10 p.m.
8 p.m. NSCS Qualifying (re-air), SPEED
9:30 p.m. NCWTS SetUp (re-air), SPEED
10 p.m. NCWTS: Lucas Oil 200 (re-air), SPEED

Saturday, June 1:
12:30 a.m. NSCS Qualifying (re-air), SPEED
10 a.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
11 a.m. NNS Qualifying, ESPN2
12 p.m. Trackside, SPEED
1 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
2 p.m. NNS Countdown, ESPN
2:30 p.m. NNS: 5-Hour ENERGY 200, ESPN. Green flag: 2:46 p.m.
8:30 p.m. NSCS Practice (re-air), SPEED
9:30 p.m. Trackside, SPEED
10:30 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED

Sunday, June 2:
2 a.m. NNS: 5-Hour ENERGY 200 (re-air), ESPN2
10 a.m. SPEED Center NASCAR Edition, SPEED
10:30 a.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
12:30 p.m. NSCS Pre-Race Show, FOX
1 p.m. NSCS: FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks, FOX. Green flag: 1:15 p.m.
4:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED
8:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), SPEED

That Shattering Impact: Five Questions before Dover

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Here at Skirts and Scuffs, our leader has brought together an amazing league of women who continue to impress. Fluidity, sarcasm and candor are our fortes, and we are proud of such attributes. We are strong.

However, as medieval as it seems, the strength hasn’t always been celebrated. Or easy to cultivate.

As I mentioned on my personal blog earlier this month (you can read it here), being a female writer covering a male-dominated sport isn’t the scent of roses. Rather, it is an entire bed of the flower; beautiful and enticing, yet thorny and fickle. As much as you desire to succeed, there will always be someone stabbing a comment into your side.

You may work your fingers to the bone, typing all night and running on caffeine-laced drinks that are capable of burning through steel and your stomach. Despite all that, someone will bring your gender into play, the comments reflected from a glass ceiling.

Why this is, I have no idea, and to be perfectly honest, it’s unnerving. I don’t write because I am a female and want that sort of publicity; I write to live. I write to alleviate my mind. I write to help my soul breathe.

The sport is now being catapulted into the limelight because of Danica Patrick and the equalizer she plays in the field. Although that is inspiring to young girls everywhere, you have to wonder why the obsession with someone’s sex looms large. The answer isn’t set, nor is it easy to discover. That’s just how it is.

The women at Skirts and Scuffs and Patrick have more than the shadow of the gender card in common. We are all setting to prove people wrong.

Patrick wants to show everyone - fans, drivers and media alike - that her femininity doesn’t define how she races.

I’m confident in saying that we at Skirts and Scuffs are here to disprove stereotypes. Not every female loves NASCAR because of hot men in firesuits. The passion has depth, a depth so deep that caverns of it have yet to be explored. We are a solid, intelligent fan base.

It is an honor to be featured on this website, and the little time I’ve been here has taught me something very important.

The prejudice may never cease, but, if you’re a monstrous wordsmith, you will soon make an impact. That shattering impact. And that is what gives you strength.

Speaking of monsters, Miles is hungry. Miles is impatient. Miles is a demon that throbs underneath an arena, sheltered by concrete. Today, as we begin the unpredictable weekend at Dover, I tackle questions revolving around Jimmie Johnson, the R-word everyone in racing HATES to hear, and safety.

How large will Jimmie Johnson’s margin of victory be? Yes, this is meant to be a bit snarky; Johnson is definitely the favorite to win on Sunday. Although a few - Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne all come to mind - will put up a decent fight, it’s hard to believe that anyone can dethrone the legacy Five-Time has built at Dover. The real question is how the finish will play out. With this new car, it’s hard to predict how close second place will be to the No. 48’s bumper. We have to wait and see, but it’s certain that unless something happens, Johnson will be out front.

As Kyle Busch dips toes in smaller ponds, does it mean trouble for everyone else? Uproar has risen after a recent set of wins in the Truck and Nationwide series, and it’s Busch who’s holding the trophies. The Cup driver is notorious for winning in the lower series, and the fans’ upset is now being noticed. Many can argue for and against the practice, but it seems like many are angered. Nevertheless, Busch is entered in all three races this weekend, and you can bet that he’ll be in contention Friday and Saturday.

Will our parade be rained on, Mother Nature? NASCAR has terrible weather luck, and it may continue this weekend. Large lines of storms will be entering Ohio and Pennsylvania on Saturday, and they keep flaring up in the central part of the country. Friday’s Truck race may be OK, but Saturday and Sunday could be at risk. NASCAR needs to work on charming Ms. Nature before the Friend Zone floods our next venue.

Does resurrecting the SAFER Barrier debate finally spark change? Wrecks are a part of racing. That’s a given, and it’s an aspect that is - disturbingly - glorified through commercials and highlight reels. The reality of it all became apparent when Jeff Gordon had a hard hit Saturday night. Where he hit wasn’t lined with a SAFER Barrier, and he tweeted about how ridiculous that fact is after he was cleared. Most agree that safety should always be the No. 1 priority, but tracks fail to install these walls because of the cost. So, who will cave first: tracks or NASCAR’s pricing strategies?

Are race and gender really that important behind the wheel? Touching on what I said earlier, gender has also been a talking point because of the recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductions. Wendell Scott, a notable African-American driver, was close to getting in, yet no cigar was given. As the debate got louder, some compared it to Patrick getting inducted because she was the first woman to earn a Cup pole. The bottom line is this: gender, nor race, have a place in racing. It doesn’t matter. Out on the track, everyone is equal. The cars are the same weight, on same tires, same surface. It’s how the driver’s ability breaks that conformity and stands out that matters. I am a stickler for stats. Stats are irrefutable, certain, set in stone. That’s what matters. If Patrick goes out there and racks up wins, poles, top finishes, that are comparable to those who are already enshrined, put her in. She’s earned it. Talent is the monster that rests in every driver’s hands, toes, head, heart. Race or gender doesn’t overrule that, and it never will.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Taking on the Monster Mile




Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Bristol Raceway •  Martinsville Speedway 
Phoenix International Raceway •  Richmond International Raceway
Distance: 1 mile

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Matt Kenseth - 5
Both with 4 - Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards
All with 3 - Greg Biffle, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick

By Track
Jimmie Johnson - 7 
Both with 6 - Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards
Kyle Busch - 5
All with 4 - Kevin Harvick, Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano

Recent Pole Winner:  
2012 Mark Martin

The Likely Suspects: Dover International Speedway is my home track, and provides one of the best short-track racing and fan experiences on the NASCAR circuit. Mastering this concrete"Monster Mile" is not easy, but it sure is exciting to watch. A handful of elite drivers excel here, including Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin and Kyle Busch. Ryan Newman has traditionally run well here as well although this year has been less than stellar for the Rocket Man. 

My 2 Cents: When picking this week, think Hendrick Motorsports. This racing organization boasts 14 Sprint Cup wins at Dover. So my no-brainer pick this week is Jimmie Johnson, followed closely by Matt Kenseth, and Mark Martin. Mark may not close well, but he may just give me some qualifying points.

My next three drivers are Monster Mile classics. They are: Greg Biffle, Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards. I topped off my team with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Look for me at the track this weekend and enjoy the race!

Post your comments here or email me at ssfantasyracing@skirtsandscuffs.com.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fast Facts: David Gilliland

credit: LJ Cloud/Skirts & Scuffs
David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series, had a career-best second-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2013, pushing his teammate David Ragan to a surprising win. Learn more about this second-generation driver in this week’s Fast Facts.


  • Gilliland was born April 1, 1976 in Riverside, California, the son of 1997 Winston West (now K&N Pro Series West) champion Butch Gilliland. Gilliland got his professional start in racing as his father’s crew chief on his West Coast-based team in 1996, eventually moving into the driver’s seat in 1998. In 1999, he won the championship at Perris Auto Speedway, a dirt track in California.
  • In 2000, Gilliland moved to NASCAR’s western series, and in 2004 was named NASCAR West (now K&N West) Series Rookie of the Year. He made his top-tier NASCAR debut in 2005, competing in both Busch (now Nationwide) Series races at Phoenix International Raceway and the Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He earned his only Busch Series win at Kentucky Speedway in June 2006.
  • In 2006, Gilliland also made his Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway for CJM Racing, then replaced Elliott Sadler in the No. 38 M&Ms Ford later that season. In his Cup Series career, Gilliland has driven for Yates Racing, TRG Motorsports, Wood Brothers Racing, Robby Gordon Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Phoenix Racing.
  • Gilliland signed with Front Row Motorsports in 2010. In 2011, he finished third in the Daytona 500, FRM’s best finish and Gilliland’s career-best finish at the time. He improved on that finish at Talladega this year, and helped FRM get its first 1-2 finish in the series.
  • Gilliland and his wife Michelle gave two children, Todd and Taylor.
  • Learn more about Gilliland at his website, www.davidgilliland.com.  

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Schatz claims Lawrenceburg Memorial Day Bash


Photo Courtesy of Sam Martin/World of Outlaws
Memorial Day is a day when we give thanks and pay tribute to our heroes fallen and otherwise. Usually those heroes are military personnel who have given the full measure of service, but tonight at Lawrenceburg Speedway we saw many heroes. A Hero is defined as 1) remarkably brave person: somebody who commits an act of remarkable bravery or who has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character 2) somebody admired: somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements. There were a lot of heroes on the track tonight in Indiana. From those that passed the helmet for the family of a fallen friend to those that braved the choppy rough track and brought home remarkable finishes. Donny Schatz was just one of those.


Photo Courtesy of Sam Martin/World of Outlaws
The racing family took the track tonight with heavy hearts. Just two days ago one of our promising young stars lost his life in an on track accident at Bloomington Speedway. Josh Burton was 22 years old. Several drivers paid tribute to Josh by running Hoosiers with orange sidewall lettering as he always did. Many from every kind of racing were in the house to pass the helmet to assist his family. Josh’s memory will live with us forever, but he will never be gone from us. Josh was an organ donor and he gave life to many with his selfless and thoughtful gift of life. 

The 37 car field would qualify 36 cars with Dale Blaney scratching on the night after having engine troubles in hot laps and again on the approach lap to qualify. Blaney would post no time. The fast qualifier for the night would be Daryn Pittman with a lap of 12.173 seconds. Sammy Swindell, Cole Duncan, Kraig Kinser and Craig Dollansky would round out the five fastest qualifiers.

The heat races were a profile in courage and talent as the rough and choppy track had many bouncing the cars and fighting to keep them from digging in the frame rails as they went around the track. There was some moisture on the bottom which threw up some wet clay to the middle allowing for traction there, but the fast way around the track was through the obstacle course on the cushion. 

The first heat would be won by Outlaws point leader Daryn Pittman with teammate Cody Darrah coming in second. Also transferring to the A Main were Jason Sides, Steve Kinser and Craig Dollansky. Steve Kinser put on an incredible display of talent and experience when he started last in the heat and was in fourth spot in three laps. The surprise of the evening may well have been visitor Tony Stewart who ended up seventh and in the Last Chance Showdown. Stewart’s car was obviously struggling with the rough surface and a loose condition. Also relegated to the Last Chance Showdown was Outlaw legend Jac Haudenschild who is known for his preference for the top side of the track. Tonight that preference hurt “The Wild Child” as there was no consistent traction on the cushion.

The second heat was dominated by the current champion Donny Schatz. Schatz who has been on a strong hot streak for the last few weeks, walked the dog on the field winning by three seconds over Kerry Madsen, Sammy Swindell, Paul McMahan and ASCOC standout Greg Wilson. Sheldon Haudenschild would just lose the final transfer spot on the backstretch of the final lap relegating him to the Last Chance Showdown along with USAC Midget Champion Robert Ballou who made a rare winged sprint appearance this evening.

The third heat race was a battle of the invaders with legendary Winged pilot Shane Stewart coming home ahead of Brady Bacon, Danny Holtgraver, Cole Duncan and Outlaw Super Sub David Gravel. 

The final heat was won by a dominating Chad Kemenah who came home 3.4 seconds ahead of Sam Hafertepe Jr, Joey Saldana, Kraig Kinser and Tim Kaeding. Both of Outlaw legend Bobby Allan’s cars driven by his son Jacob and his grandson Logan Schuchart were sent to the Last Chance Showdown just missing the transfer spots in sixth and seventh.

The Dash inversion draw was an eight pill putting Donny Schatz on the pole for the six lap race to determine the top five rows of the A Main. Schatz would dominate the race over an ever persistent challenge from Cody Darrah. Brady Bacon would break a front wheel and retire from the event on Lap 3. 

The Last Chance Showdown had predictable results for the most part with USAC Triple Crown Winner, Tony Stewart dominating the race. The big surprise came from Brandon Wimmer who came home second after holding off the ever wily Jac Haudenschild and Danny Smith. 

The A Main was a barn burner of a race. Donny Schatz took the lead at the drop of the green but lost it half way down the back stretch to Chad Kemenah. Schatz would regain it for a few laps until Kemenah took the spot in traffic and set sail. Schatz worked the middle of the track and the rough cushion like a master jockey working a finicky thoroughbred in a strange practice ring. Schatz would regain the lead on Lap 28 and pull away from Kemenah for a nearly four second lead. Kemenah would battle with Shane Stewart for the entire remainder of the race with Stewart taking the runner up spot on the next to the last lap. Sammy Swindell would have an odd occurrence when the rough track broke the nose wing bracket causing him to lose the wing with four laps to go. Swindell would finish in fifth sans nose wing. David Gravel would run a very steady and very consistent race moving up to eighth from 19th to take the Hard Charger award. 

The show of the night was once again Steve Kinser. Ever the master magician, Kinser would start last on the field and work his way up to 10th before in an attempt to miss a spinning Cody Darrah Kinser would spin the Bad Boy Buggies No. 11. Kinser would refire the car start at the very back again and work his way up to 17th in just 23 laps. If there was ever any question as to whether Steve Kinser was still the King of the Outlaws this race should erase all the doubts. The incredible car control and instincts of the greatest dirt car driver to ever climb behind the wheel were evident from the drop of the green flag. To come from the back to the front once is one thing but to then come back from the back to 17th in that short of a period of time on a rough and challenging track is a phenomenal performance. 

Winner Donny Schatz logged his third victory in three days. Two Late Model wins and tonight’s World of Outlaws win, “Any time you can win it’s a great feeling,” said Schatz. “It was pretty tough getting around Chad but I knew I was going to have to find a way. I was just driving it like a dump truck and it worked.”

Shane Stewart said, “I had a really good car. I don’t get to race with them (The Outlaws) much so making a good show is great.”

Chad Kemenah explained his last few lap retreat, “I sealed up the tires. We made a lot of changes. I could hear them coming but with the tires sealed up you are just a sitting duck. But we will get us one.”

John Wayne once said that a hero is someone who will do what needs to be done when no one else will. Tonight Donny Schatz did just that. When driving his STP/Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 winged sprint car, like a sprint car didn't work, he began driving it like the 2300 pound late model he had won with the last two nights and it worked. It gave him the edge that he needed to make the daring bottom side pass to take the lead. Then it was matter of doing what Donny Schatz does best, win. 

Sammy Swindell took a car with no down force over the front tires and man handled it the final four laps with no nose wing, a feat that is not suggested for the faint of heart with a 900 horsepower engine between your knees. 

Steve Kinser muscled his way through a crowd, sacrificed his run to ensure the safety of his car and the car of a young man who lost control and then muscled his way as far back up as he could. Something that maybe a handful of drivers in today’s sport could have done. 

All three men would tell you that without the service of the men and women that keep us safe from our enemies abroad and within they could not do what they do. Without that sacrifice over the years they would not be pursuing their dreams and winning races. In the end, it is an incredible coincidence to find that these three men are looked at as heroes by the men and women who have made it possible for them to race. 

Heroes are exceptional people. Heroes can also be common people. We as a nation are blessed to have both within our midst.

Qualifying Results: 1) Daryn Pittman 2) Sammy Swindell 3) Cole Duncan 4) Kraig Kinser 5) Craig Dollansky 6) Kerry Madsen 7) Brady Bacon 8) Tim Kaeding 9) Tony Stewart 10) Paul McMahan 11) Danny Holtgraver 12) Chad Kemenah 13) Cody Darrah 14) Donny Schatz 15) Shane Stewart 16) Sam Hafertepe Jr. 17) Brandon Wimmer 18) Greg Wilson 19) David Gravel 20) Joey Saldana 21) Jac Haudenschild 22) Kody Kinser 23) Trey Gustin 24) Logan Schuchart 25) Jason Sides 26) Sheldon Haudenschild 27) Jimmy Light 28) Parker Price-Miller 29) Bill Rose 30) Danny Smith 31) Wes McIntyre 32) Jacob Allen 33) Steve Kinser 34) Robert Ballou 35) Miranda Throckmorton 36) Nathan Skaggs

Scratch for the night Dale Blaney with engine trouble.

Heat Race 1 Results: 1) Daryn Pittman 2) Cody Darrah 3) Jason Sides 4) Steve Kinser 5) Craig Dollansky 6) Brandon Wimmer 7) Tony Stewart 8) Jac Haudenschild 9) Bill Rose

Heat Race 2 Results: 1) Donny Schatz 2) Kerry Madsen 3) Sammy Swindell 4) Paul McMahan 5) Greg Wilson 6) Sheldon Haudenschild 7) Kody Kinser 8) Danny Smith. 9) Robert Ballou

Heat Race 3 Results: 1) Shane Stewart 2) Brady Bacon 3) Danny Holtgraver 4) Cole Duncan 5) David Gravel 6) Wes McIntyre 7) Trey Gustin 8) Jimmy Light 9) Miranda Throckmorton

Heat Race 4 Results: 1) Chad Kemenah 2) Sam Hafertepe 3) Joey Saldana 4) Kraig Kinser 5) Tim Kaeding 6) Logan Schuchart 7) Jacob Allen. 8) Parker Price-Miller

Dash Results: Inversion was an 8. 1) Donny Schatz 2) Cody Darrah 3) Chad Kemenah 4) Kerry Madsen 5) Shane Stewart 6) Daryn Pittman 7) Sammy Swindell 8) Cole Duncan 9) Sam Hafertepe 10) Brady Bacon

Last Chance Showdown Results: 1) Tony Stewart 2) Brandon Wimmer 3) Jac Haudenschild 4) Danny Smith 5) Kody Kinser 6) Sheldon Haudenschild 7) Parker Price-Miller 8) Logan Schuchart 9) Trey Gustin 10) Jacob Allen 11) Bill Rose 12) Nathan Skaggs 13) Jimmy Light 14) Robert Ballou 15) Wes McIntyre 16) Miranda Throckmorton

A Main Results: 1) Donny Schatz 2) Shane Stewart 3) Chad Kemenah 4) Daryn Pittman 5) Sammy Swindell 6) Kerry Madsen 7) Kraig Kinser 8) David Gravel 9) Tim Kaeding 10) Tony Stewart 11) Craig Dollansky 12) Greg Wilson 13) Jason Sides 14) Jac Haudenschild 15) Danny Holtgraver 16) Cole Duncan 17) Steve Kinser 18) Brady Bacon 19) Danny Smith 20) Joey Saldana 21) Brandon Wimmer 22) Paul McMahan 23) Cody Darrah 24) Sam Hafertepe Jr

KSE Hard Charger Award: David Gravel 19th to 8th

Writer’s note: I would like to take this opportunity to offer the thoughts and prayers and sympathies of everyone at Skirts and Scuffs to the Burton family on their loss. It is hurt that we as a community share with you and yet never really can. Know always that we will remember and that you are in our thoughts and prayers. – Ro Cowan.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Why I Love NASCAR: Our Very Own Superheroes By: Chief 187™

Sprint Cup haulers sporting flags for Memorial Day
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Happy Memorial Day! After the spectacular outing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in the Coca Cola 600 from Charlotte I have a lot on my mind. Of course, first and foremost, thank you to all of the veterans who have served; both those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and those who serve today. This day is about remembering those who have fought to keep our way of life, protect democracy, and provide our safety at the risk of their own.

Seeing the patriotic paint schemes on several of the cars made me swell with, well, patriotism and pride. It is one of the major reasons I love our sport, the entirety of it supports and lifts our armed forces and our country to the light.

But I digress. Over the course of the last couple of weeks I've been getting caught up on all of the Marvel comic-book movie titles that have come out in recent years. I adore the superhero genre of movies. And these Marvel Comics films live up to my expectations and more!

In addition, I saw an advertisement for the new Superman movie debuting this summer called "Man of Steel." I was so moved by just the trailer that I cried! Clearly this type of movie is right up my alley.

So then I thought of the grueling Coca Cola 600 that surely takes superheroes to complete. And then I put two together and got this piece. I hope you enjoy my match ups of superheroes to NASCAR Sprint Cup stars. With all due respect to Marvel and DC Comics, the following are my thoughts on which driver equates to which comic book superhero... or villain.

Clark Kent (Superman) – I have to go with Jimmie Johnson here. They not only resemble one another, but who has accumulated more wins than Johnson? He is like the Man of Steel.

Tony Stark (Iron Man) – Tony Stewart is an eccentric racer like Stark is an eccentric billionaire crime fighter. They have enormous success and surround themselves with awesome people. They are cool, kooky, and are quick to temper, yet both love fiercely.

Colonel Jim Rhodes (Iron Patriot) – Well-respected, well-trained, and highly decorated, Iron Patriot from the Iron Man franchise of movies is a perfect fit for Jeff Gordon. He is well loved, colorful, and still gets the job done, even though he counts on the likes of Superman (Johnson) more nowadays.

Lex Luthor – Not by looks but by reputation of old, Kurt Busch fits this role. He is a bad guy who always resurfaces and gets rather far before one of the good guys takes it all away from him. Maybe one day he’ll come to the good side.

Thor – Carl Edwards with the infamous abs and hilarious personality takes this character! He may have to grow his locks a bit longer and bulk up a bit, but otherwise he works as the hammer-wielding Nordic-god-inspired hero from Asgard.

Loki – With no disrespect to Kyle Busch, he’s the one. I know he’s not a bad guy but he’s the one the crowd loves to hate right now. He wins a lot but always seems to screw it up when he’s close to certain victory (i.e. Sprint Cup Champion). And, yeah, they kinda resemble one another.

Captain America – Look no further than Dale Earnhardt Jr. to fill these shoes. He represents a huge swath of proud American fans who revere him, his family, and his allegiance to their nation.

Spiderman – Matt Kenseth takes this role. He is quiet, unassuming and a bit awkward out of the car (out of uniform) but once he straps on the racecar (puts on his mask) his superior qualities shine through.

Bruce Wayne (Batman) – Brad Keselowski gets to be the Caped Crusader. He is unabashed in his opinions and will say whatever it takes to get NASCAR to take notice. Like Batman, Keselowski has to pay the price of his superhero role and takes heavy criticism for his vigilante ways, but he does it for the good of his sport/community.

Aquaman – Hands down this goes to Kasey Kahne. Prettier than many women and possibly fully aware of that fact, he's extraordinary behind the wheel and able to find help from those around him - Kahne is ideal to equate to this marine superhero. Well, sort of… if you ever saw Aquaman in the animated series “Batman Brave and the Bold” you might agree more!

John Stewart (Green Lantern) – Clint Bowyer gets the nod. Why? Well, not only did my 6-year-old son choose him, but Bowyer always seems to be around at the end like Green Lantern. He gets into a bit of trouble but always stays true to his heart and winds up on the side of good.

Bruce Banner (The Hulk) – Greg Biffle is seemingly mild-mannered, but don’t get him angry… you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. Biffle isn't known for “smashing” so much, but the night and day sides of his personality are there.

Natasha Romanova (Black Widow) – Danica Patrick takes this role easily! She can kick butt in some areas but she needs a good crew surrounding her.

Barry Allen (The Flash) – Kevin Harvick, when need be, is as fast as The Flash as evidenced by his nickname “The Closer.” He’s trying to defect from RCR to join SHR, so he's trying to live up to the "Flash" reputation on the track.

Green Arrow – Denny Hamlin in his race car reminds me of this character known for being a good shot. Accurate and awesome, but still not in the big leagues like his counterpart crime fighters, Hamlin is on the rise as a hero.

I could go on and on, but time and space bring my comparisons to an end.

Do you agree with my list? Vehemently disagree? Want to rearrange the list YOUR way! Please feel free to do so. Leave your comments below and please share via social media so others can add their choices, too.

Once again, a very Happy Memorial Day to all. Thank you once again to the brave men and women who served their country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless them, their families, and God Bless America.


Special Note:

I hope the above article left a smile on your face. Now I share with you bittersweet news. This is my last column at Skirts and Scuffs. The decision was not an easy one but it truly is best for me. Katy and the ladies here at S&S are unparalleled in knowledge, talent, and sincerity in their love of NASCAR and other motorsports. I am more than proud to say I honed my craft working here. Now I bid adieu to the gals and take Why I Love NASCAR to my own site, Drafting the Circuits. I do this with Katy and the team’s blessings. Parting is never easy but Katy is so generous to give me my wings and let me and my site fly with Why I Love NASCAR by: Chief 187™ to lead it. I will continue to read and promote the works of my colleagues here but the time has come for me to depart. Thank you for reading my column, supporting my work, leaving your comments, and encouraging ever more articles. I hope, in addition to your loyalty to Skirts and Scuffs, you will visit my site and continue to read, share, and enjoy Why I Love NASCAR by: Chief 187™. Once again, thank you to Katy, the incredible staff at Skirts and Scuffs, my enormously talented editor Lisa Janine Cloud, and all of you for making this tenure a most wonderful one. Peace.


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Saturday, May 25, 2013

NNS Pole Report: Austin Dillon captures the pole at Charlotte

Credit: Debbie Ross: For Skirts and Scuffs

After a few spin-outs during qualifying for the History 300, Austin Dillon captured the pole for today’s Nationwide race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 183.949 mph.

Jeff Green withdrew from the race, allowing Steve Wallace into the field.

The History 300 will air live on ABC at 2:45 p.m. ET. Green flag is slated for 3:02 p.m. Pre-race coverage starts at 2:30 p.m.

Here’s our lineup for the History 300:
  1. Austin Dillon
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Brian Vickers
  4. Brian Scott
  5. Parker Kilgerman
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Sam Hornish Jr.
  8. Alex Bowman
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Regan Smith
  11. Kasey Kahne
  12. Chris Buescher
  13. Nelson Piquet Jr.
  14. Justin Allgaier
  15. Mike Bliss
  16. Kevin Harvick
  17. Kevin Swindell
  18. Kyle Larson
  19. Dakoda Armstrong
  20. Elliott Sadler
  21. Trevor Bayne
  22. Jeremy Clements
  23. Jamie Dick
  24. Landon Cassill
  25. Travis Pastrana
  26. John Wes Townley
  27. Kenny Wallace
  28. Johanna Long
  29. Dexter Stacey
  30. Kyle Fowler
  31. Joe Nemechek
  32. Eric McClure
  33. Michael Annett
  34. Mike Wallace
  35. Juan Carlos Blum
  36. Hal Martin
  37. Jason White
  38. Reed Sorenson
  39. Robert Richardson
  40. Steve Wallace
DNQ: J.J. Yeley, Bryan Silas, Matt Dibenedetto and Tanner Berryhill.

"Caption this" winner: lorrilynn

"Watch what happens to his car when I press this button. He gets so mad!"

Congratulations to lorrilynn who contributed the winning caption for this photo of Juan Pablo Montoya and Paul Menard.

Please send your full name and mailing address to bbreinke@skirtsandscuffs.com to receive your prize, a copy of the devotional book Race Fans' Devotions to Go.

Thanks to everyone who played "Caption this!" Check back next Tuesday for a new photo and your next chance to submit a caption.

Friday, May 24, 2013

'Duck Dynasty' star Willie Robertson to offer invocation before Coca-Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2013) – Star of the A&E show “Duck Dynasty” and Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson will give the invocation for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Robertson, the only family member with a business degree, is credited with taking his father’s duck-call business from a living room operation to a multi-million dollar business. His entire family is highlighted in the reality show “Duck Dynasty,” an inside look at these self-proclaimed “Rich Rednecks” from the Louisiana bayou.

The family’s duckcommander.com website touts the show as one about “God, Family, Ducks (in that order),” and in fact, each episode ends with the family together around the dinner table.

Other Coca-Cola 600 dignitaries are Sgt. Aaron Causey (Grand Marshal), U.S. Senator Tim Scott (Honorary Starter) and Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (Honorary Race Director).

Causey is a veteran of both the US Air Force and Army. He served several tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and more. He was attempting to disarm a suspected IED in Afghanistan in 2011 when it detonated, causing the loss of both of his legs and two fingers, in addition to many other physical and emotional scars.

Scott is a Republican senator from South Carolina, while Ramsey serves as Lt. Gov. of Tennessee.

Tickets for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 are on sale and can be obtained online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Get two reserved frontstretch seats, with the best views of the world’s largest HDTV and all the action on pit road, starting at just $99.

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Not All That Glitters is Gold: Five Questions for Charlotte

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We live in a world where materialism is a heightened level of greed. There are many bins and shelves full of things/actions defined as avaricious, yet the need for new technology is more consuming. And we are all offenders.

Today, the entire world is at our fingertips. We can know anything with a few keystrokes and Google Chrome. Instant gratification is the fault in our stars that will bring us to our demise.

I’m guilty. My hands are up in surrender ... right after I finish answering this text.

Of course, teenagers are deemed the worst criminals, yet the truth shows that everyone has Googled something while on a dinner date, waited eagerly for a response to a message, laughed infinitely at videos of people getting hurt. It’s hard to believe such trivial things can add up to a large complex.

The fact of the matter is, we are impatient. We want things at the snap of our fingers. The wait seems pointless, so we cut it out of the equation. Twitter feeds tell us all we need to know. YouTube can repeat a TV show’s episode flawlessly (minus the buffering). Facebook shows reminders of birthdays and graduation parties, so there goes your memory.

And suddenly, no one sees the sense in calling someone anymore. Just like that, we are cold, distant, and only feet from each other.

The impetuous nature spills over into everyday life. Teachers have asked me to look up definitions on my phone during class. Military couples stay in touch through the wonders of Skype. They have restaurant apps where you can order your pizza from your couch.

There’s a thin, ever-changing line between convenience and ridiculousness.

One example I see of greed’s need is the announcement that Charlotte track owner Bruton Smith wants to move the October Chase race from Charlotte to Las Vegas. Not all that glitters is gold. To him, empty Charlotte seats turn onto the gold coins that cascade from the mouths of Sin City’s slot machines.

Because the All-Star Race received less than boastful comments, Smith is attempting to stir the pot. Any sort of publicity is good publicity in the corporate world.

Also, because of last weekend, everyone is suggesting changes to the exhibition race’s format. They don’t want to wait and see if next year’s race improves.

They want that instant gratification of knowing that will all be “fixed.”

From the new iPhone to rearranging the NASCAR schedule to flipping the All-Star Race yet again, we crave new technology and immediate answers. Much could be gained if we sat the phones down for a while and opened an encyclopedia instead.

They joke that we should respect our parents because they made it through high school without the Internet.

Maybe that’s not a joke at all. Maybe, in the end, it’s sort of sad.

In this week’s Five Questions, I tackle Smith’s publicity stunt, the Hall of Fame inductees, where the historic race known as the Coca-Cola 600 stands, and more.

Will Bruton Smith go through with the Las Vegas deal? I could say so many things about the proposal to take a race away from Charlotte (if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen them all). Restraining from going on a rant, a few words will suffice: you leave Charlotte behind, you leave NASCAR’s roots behind. Like a plant without its roots, NASCAR would slowly cease to exist. If he knows any better, this will never happen.

Can there ever be acceptance over the new NASCAR Hall of Fame class? Discussion and debate is a part of every sport and rightfully so; head honchos can’t do everything right, and there should be a check every now and then. That check was in session on Wednesday when the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was announced after hours of deliberation and voting. Tim Flock, Maurice Petty, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett and Fireball Roberts are to be enshrined next January. However, there was some outcry over who got in versus who was omitted, the point of Benny Parsons being rejected heavily stressed. Though fan input is strongly encouraged, it’s a double-edged sword, and this is a perfect example. The fans were allowed to vote for their inductees, and the results would count for one filled-out ballot. So the fans played a role in the selection, albeit a small one. Maybe the problem was lack of fan awareness? There’s a sense that we are pulling away from what/who made the sport what it is today. We should celebrate those characters every weekend, not just when the inductions are imminent. Educate the young. Remind the elderly. Feed the sport.

What is the Coca-Cola 600’s place in the sport? They compare it to a marathon, and that is understandable; the longest race on the circuit can make drivers' bodies and minds feel weary and drained. It’s the rev limiter of the season. If your mind tops out here for a split second, you could be heading nose-first into the SAFER Barrier in a blanket of sparks. It represents the mental element that adds an extra level of competition, and that is crucial in setting NASCAR apart from other sports. It’s what makes it special.

Does the All-Star Race’s results spell trouble for this weekend? As I touched on earlier, the reviews of the All-Star Race weren’t stellar. Because of this, people are worried the 600 will lack excitement and drama. You can’t judge a track by its race, which means that everyone needs to throw the All-Star Race out of their minds. The 600 is known for having an exciting beginning, a drawn-out middle, and a thrilling finish. So that is what should be expected.

With the importance of strategy increasing with each race, do crew chiefs get enough recognition? Without the drivers, we obviously wouldn’t have a race to watch. However, is it possible we give the drivers too much credit. There is so much going on behind the scenes that we don’t see. The crew chief spend time retaining information from practice sessions, calculating tire and fuel cycles, holding everything together. With the crew chiefs, the sport would fall apart. Should they receive more than a mention in Victory Lane? The answer is definitely yes.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

NSCS Pole Report: Denny Hamlin breaks track record earning pole for Coca-Cola 600

Photo Credit: Charlotte Bray/Skirts and Scuffs

Six drivers broke the track record today during qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600. In the end Denny Hamlin stood as the victor with a speed of 195.624 mph.

Here is your starting lineup for the 600, which will be run Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Mark Martin
  5. Clint Bowyer
  6. Kasey Kahne
  7. Greg Biffle
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Jamie McMurray
  10. Ryan Newman
  11. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  12. Jimmie Johnson
  13. Carl Edwards
  14. Jeff Gordon
  15. Kevin Harvick
  16. Juan Pablo Montoya
  17. Martin Truex Jr.
  18. Aric Almirola
  19. Marcos Ambrose
  20. Brad Keselowski
  21. Casey Mears
  22. Paul Menard
  23. J.J. Yeley
  24. Danica Patrick
  25. Tony Stewart
  26. David Gilliland
  27. Jeff Burton
  28. Travis Kvapil
  29. Trevor Bayne
  30. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  31. Joey Logano
  32. Michael McDowell
  33. Dave Blaney
  34. Bobby Labonte
  35. David Ragan
  36. Regan Smith
  37. David Reutimann
  38. David Stremme
  39. Timmy Hill
  40. Joe Nemechek
  41. Landon Cassill
  42. Josh Wise
  43. Scott Speed
DNQ: Mike Bliss

Special thanks to all the brave men and women who have and are serving our country. Thank you for your service. 

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Coca-Cola 600




Track Classification: Intermediate
Similar Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway • Chicagoland Speedway • Darlington Raceway
Homestead-Miami Speedway • Kansas Speedway • Kentucky Speedway 
Las Vegas Motor Speedway •  New Hampshire Motor Speedway • Texas Motor Speedway
Distance: 1.5 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
All with 4 - David Reutimann, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth
All with 3 - Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

By Track
Kyle Busch - 7
Matt Kenseth - 6
All with 5 - Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin

Recent Pole Winners:  
2012 Aric Almirola
2011 Brad Keselowski

Likely Suspects: To complete a race as long as the Coca-Cola 600, you've got to have the whole package. And to complete the race upfront, you need to be champion material. When the race finally comes to an end on Sunday, look for one of these drivers to be leading the field: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski or Carl Edwards.

My 2 Cents: This week's no-brainer pick is a three-way tie among Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. My next pick goes to Carl Edwards, who not only races well at Charlotte, but also has the strength and stamina to complete this grueling race.

Aric Almirola is getting the nod this week. Not only is he having a great year, but also has proven that he can race with the best at Charlotte. I toyed with picking Kurt Busch instead of Aric, but in the end I think Aric shows more promise. He has momentum on his side and has a much better race average at Charlotte, 14 compared to Busch's 24. I will complete my team with Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Regan Smith.

Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or email me at ssfantasyracing@skirtsandscuffs.com.

TV Schedule: May 23-26



It's Memorial Day weekend and the biggest weekend in motorsports.

The Indianapolis 500, IndyCar's premier event and one of the most prestigious in all of motorsports, is on Sunday, followed by the longest race in all of NASCAR, the Coca-Cola 600. The Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series are in action at Charlotte, the heart of the sport.

The following is a handy guide to track events and TV coverage this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Thursday, May 23:
1 p.m. NNS Practice, SPEED
3:30 p.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
5 p.m. NNS Practice, SPEED
6:30 p.m. NASCAR Race Hub Special Edition
7 p.m. NSCS Qualifying, SPEED

Friday, May 24:
2 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2

Saturday, May 25:
10 a.m. NSCS Practice, SPEED
11 a.m. NNS Qualifying, ESPN2
1 p.m. NSCS Final Practice, SPEED
2:30 p.m. NNS Countdown, ABC
2:45 p.m. NNS: HISTORY 300, ABC. Green flag: 3:02 p.m.
11 p.m. Trackside, SPEED

Sunday, May 26:
12 a.m. NSCS Practice (re-air), SPEED
1 a.m. NSCS Final Practice (re-air), SPEED
1:30 a.m. NNS: HISTORY 300 (re-air), ESPN2
10 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
12 p.m. 97th running of the Indianapolis 500, ABC
3:30 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
5:30 p.m. NSCS Pre-Race Show, FOX
6 p.m. NSCS: Coca-Cola 600, FOX. Green flag: 6:16 p.m.
10:30 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED (re-airs at 12:30 a.m. Monday)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 22, 2013) – NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the 2014 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person group – the fifth in NASCAR Hall of Fame history – consists of Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Fireball Roberts. Next year’s Induction Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, broadcast on Fox Sports 1 from Charlotte, N.C.

The 54-member NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2014. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France made the announcement this evening in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”

Next year’s class was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, which included representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders and a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com – which counted for the 55th and final vote. The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

Voting for next year’s class was as follows: Tim Flock (76%), Maurice Petty (67%), Dale Jarrett (56%), Jack Ingram (53%) and Fireball Roberts (51%).

The next top vote getters were Jerry Cook, Joe Weatherly and Wendell Scott.

Results for the NASCAR.com Fan Vote, in alphabetical order, were Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Dale Jarrett, Benny Parsons and Fireball Roberts.

The five inductees came from a group of 25 nominees that included:

Red Byron, Richard Childress, Jerry Cook, H. Clay Earles, Tim Flock, Ray Fox, Anne Bledsoe France, Rick Hendrick, Jack Ingram, Bobby Isaac, Dale Jarrett, Fred Lorenzen, Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons, Maurice Petty, Larry Phillips, Les Richter, Fireball Roberts, T. Wayne Robertson, Wendell Scott, Ralph Seagraves, O. Bruton Smith, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly and Rex White.

Class of 2014 Inductees:

Tim Flock
A two-time NASCAR premier series champion, Flock was one of the sport’s first dominant drivers. In 187 starts, Flock had 39 victories, a total that still ranks 18th on the all-time wins list. Flock won his first series title in 1952 while driving Ted Chester’s Hudson Hornet, and his second in 1955 driving Carl Kiekhaefer’s Chrysler. He dominated that season, posting 18 wins, 32 top fives and 18 poles in 39 races. Flock’s 18 wins stood as a single-season victory record until Richard Petty surpassed it with 27 wins in 1967.

Jack Ingram
The NASCAR Nationwide Series has had a variety of incarnations through the years but when considered collectively, an argument can be made that Jack Ingram is the series’ all-time greatest driver. Before the formation of the series, Ingram won three consecutive championships, from 1972-74, in its precursor – the Late Model Sportsman Division. When the NASCAR Busch Series was formed, he won the inaugural title in 1982 and again in ’85. In his 10 years of competition in what was called the NASCAR Busch Series, Ingram had 31 wins, a record that stood until Mark Martin broke it in 1997. All but two of Ingram’s 31 wins came on short tracks.

Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett personified big-stage performances. A three-time Daytona 500 winner and two-time winner of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jarrett excelled under NASCAR’s brightest spotlights. His 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories – 21st all-time – also include the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jarrett won the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, and recorded six additional top-five championship finishes. With father Ned, the Jarretts are only the second father-son combination with NASCAR premier series championships after NASCAR Hall of Famers Lee and Richard Petty. Ned Jarrett was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May 2011. Ned and Dale Jarrett become the third father-son duo selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, following Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr., and Lee and Richard Petty.

Maurice Petty
The chief engine builder at Petty Enterprises, Maurice Petty becomes the fourth member of the dynasty to be chosen for membership in the NASCAR Hall of Fame – following his older brother Richard, father Lee and his cousin Dale Inman. The man simply called “Chief” supplied the horsepower that propelled Richard Petty to a majority of his record 200 NASCAR victories, plus his seven NASCAR premier series championships and seven Daytona 500 victories. Lee Petty, Buddy Baker, Jim Paschal and Pete Hamilton were also among those who won with his engines. Petty had a brief driving career – 26 premier series races with seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes between 1960 and 1964 – but was satisfied to work behind the scenes as one of the top engine builders ever seen in the sport.

Fireball Roberts
Glenn Roberts, who got his legendary nickname from his days as a hard-throwing pitcher in high school, is perhaps the greatest driver never to win a NASCAR title. He was arguably stock car racing’s first superstar, an immensely popular prototype for some of today’s competitors who are stars on and off the track. During his career he often came up big in the biggest events, winning the Daytona 500 in 1962 and the Southern 500 in 1958 and ’63. Overall, he won seven races at Daytona International Speedway, starting with the Firecracker 250 in the summer of 1959 – the year the speedway opened.

About NASCAR
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series, three international series and GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrĂ³n, both known for competition on road courses. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in Uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010, and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The venue is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. www.nascarhall.com

Pittman sets new track speed record and dominates at New Egypt Speedway

Photo Credit: Kasey Kahne Racing
New Egypt Speedway is the last surviving dirt track in New Jersey. It is also the only track to host both of the Outlaws touring series. The 7/16-mile D shaped clay oval is a tough nut to crack. In 1978, this was the first track that Steve Kinser won on; he also won the last Outlaws race held there in 2005. Last night the winner would come from a new generation of drivers when Daryn Pittman took the double checkered flags to claim his fourth win of the season.

The field was 33 cars strong and the track record was 12 years old held by Joey Saldana. On July 30, 2001, he turned a lap of 13.828. Last night the track record would fall to 17 out of the 33 cars who qualified. In the end, the fastest and new track record holder would be Daryn Pittman who turned a lap of 13.396 or 117.070 mph. The rest of the top 5 were Kraig Kinser, Paul McMahan, Tony Stewart and Donny Schatz.

The four heat races would be run on a very fast and very narrow track that was, according to drivers, too wet. The cushion or the top of the track was only about half way up the track making the racing surface about a groove and a half. By the time the third heat was run, the cushion was becoming very choppy and rough as it moved up the track.

The first heat race was won by PA Posse standout Greg Hodnett who was chased to the line by Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman, Justin Henderson and J.J. Grasso. Hodnett took the lead on the green flag and was never challenged for the lead. The real racing went on for the second and fourth spots with Schatz and Pittman dueling hard all the way around the track. Grasso would pressure Henderson but could never get up beside him for the fourth spot. 

The second heat race was won by Joey Saldana in the Motter Motorsports No. 71M. The rest of the A Main transfers were Sammy Swindell, Cody Darrah, Jessica Zemken and Steve Kinser. On Lap 2, Kraig Kinser got into the back of Zemken while trying to make a pass and damaged the front suspension of the car. He would finish last in the race losing his Dash on time position.

The third heat race was won by new comer and central PA Posse member Ryan Smith who held off a hard charging Jason Sides, Chad Kemenah, Paul McMahan and David Gravel. Gravel and Kerry Madsen would battle back and forth while exchanging the final transfer spot four times before the checkers flew. This would give the spot to Gravel and relegate Madsen to the Last Chance Showdown.

The final heat race was won by Craig Dollansky who won the race with a straight away lead over third place. Coming home second was Tony Stewart who finished 1.9 seconds behind the leader after battling with Lance Dewease who was passed on the final lap by Logan Schuchart. The final transfer to the A Main was Mark Bitner, a modified stand out that was making his Outlaws debut last night.

The Dash draw was a six (6) putting Jason Sides on the pole for the race. Starting to his right was Sammy Swindell. Sammy took the lead on the green flag and walked the dog on the field taking the Dash win by 2.9 seconds. Sides came across the line second after a hard fought battle with Daryn Pittman who came home third. 

The Last Chance Showdown was indeed the last chance for two regular Outlaw competitors. Both Kraig Kinser, who started on the pole, and Kerry Madsen, who started 12th, were out of provisionals and they would have to race their way into the A Main. For Madsen that was a tall order on the wet narrow track. When the Showdown went green Kraig Kinser jumped out to the lead and ran away from the field.

The race would be for the final transfer spot between Brent Marks, Davey Sammons and Kerry Madsen. At one point Madsen passed both Sammons and Marks on the low side in Turns 3 and 4 but did a wheel stand with the car and then bicycled for a moment allowing both Marks and Sammons to get back by him. Madsen was never able to regain the spots to advance to the A Main. The Showdown would be won by Kraig Kinser by a half lap advantage. The rest of the transfers were Robby Stillwagon, Ryan Bohlke and Brent Marks.

The A Main was 30 laps in length and took place after the track was grated in an effort to widen it out. Sammy Swindell, who was making his New Egypt debut, would take the early lead but lose it in traffic to Daryn Pittman on the fourth lap. Pittman would pull away from Swindell who would damage the nose wing of the car when debris would come up off the track breaking a bracket. Jason Sides and Tony Stewart would battle for third all the way to the checkered flag with Donny Schatz joining the mix to take them three wide on the back straight away. Sides would prevail and come home third while Stewart had to settle for fourth and Schatz fifth. The hard charger of the race was J.J. Grasso who advanced six spots from 17th to 11th. 

Sides would have a fuel leak in the car during the closing laps of the A Main and would exit the car soaked in fuel. As a result, he was unable to be on the podium due to safety concerns with the fuel.

Daryn Pittman was very emotional in victory lane saying, “Certain tracks you just really enjoy. I love New Egypt. We thought we could be the car to beat and we proved that.”

Sammy Swindell, who finished second, examined the damage on the nose of his Big Game Tree Stands Eagle Chassis car and said, “We broke a nose wing bracket over there. There was a lot of stuff being thrown up there after they grated it. The track changed so much we didn’t quite free it up enough. But he couldn’t get away (from us), it was just really hard to get through traffic.”

The Outlaws will begin the trek from New Jersey to North Carolina where they will take on the Dirt Track at Charlotte. There are all kinds of personal appearances and special dates for the fans in Charlotte this week. From winged go kart races to driver appearances and autograph sessions. The Outlaws home office is in Charlotte so in a way they are going home. Last year, Joey Saldana took home the prize on national television. This year, there is no live coverage but the race at Charlotte is always a big deal.

New Egypt is quiet now. She has been left alone with her thoughts and memories. Her pages are full and the cheers of her stands echo along with the sound of the 900 horsepower Outlaw engines. The moon caresses her clay curves and smiles, it is time to sleep and dream of sprint cars with wings and young men who became and would become Kings.

Qualifying Results: 1) Daryn Pittman 13.396 117.070 MPH New Track Record 2) Kraig Kinser 3) Paul McMahan 4) Tony Stewart 5) Donny Schatz 6) Sammy Swindell 7) Jason Sides 8) Logan Schuchart 9) Greg Hodnett 10) Joey Saldana 11) Robby Stillwagon 12) Lance Dewease 13) Justin Henderson 14) Jessica Zemken 15) Ryan Smith 16) Craig Dollansky 17) JJ Grasso 18) Steve Kinser 19) Chad Kemenah 20) Ryan Bohlke 21) Brent Marks 22) Cody Darrah 23) David Gravel 24) Bill Rose 25) Davey Sammons 26) Billy Pauch 27) Kyle Reinhardt 28) Jason Leffler 29) Kevin Nagy 30) Justin Barger 31) Kerry Madsen 32) Mark Bitner 33) Jacob Allen

Heat Race 1 Results: 1) Greg Hodnett 2) Donny Schatz 3) Daryn Pittman 4) Justin Henderson 5) JJ Grasso 6) Davey Sammons 7) Brent Marks 8) Jacob Allen. 9) Kevin Nagy

Heat Race 2 Results: 1) Greg Hodnett 2) Donny Schatz 3) Daryn Pittman 4) Justin Henderson 5) JJ Grasso 6) Davey Sammons 7) Brent Marks 8) Jacob Allen. 9) Kevin Nagy

Heat Race 3 Results: 1) Ryan Smith 2) Jason Sides 3) Chad Kemenah 4) Paul McMahan 5) David Gravel 6) Kerry Madsen 7) Robby Stillwagon 8) Kyle Reinhardt.

Heat Race 4 Results: 1) Craig Dollansky 2) Tony Stewart 3) Logan Schuchart 4) Lance Dewease 5) Mark Bitner 6) Bill Rose 7) Jason Leffler 8) Ryan Bohlke.

Dash Results: Inversion was 6. 1) Sammy Swindell 2) Jason Sides 3) Daryn Pittman 4) Tony Stewart 5) Donny Schatz 6) Paul McMahan 7) Craig Dollansky 8) Joey Saldana 9) Greg Hodnett 10) Ryan Smith

Last Chance Showdown Results: 1) Kraig Kinser 2) Robby Stillwagon 3) Ryan Bohlke 4) Brent Marks transfer to the A. 5) Davey Sammons 6) Kerry Madsen 7) Bill Rose 8) Kyle Reinhardt 9) Jason Leffler 10) Justin Barger 11) Jacob Allen. 12) Kevin Nagy 13) Billy Pauch

A Main Results: 1) Daryn Pittman 2) Sammy Swindell 3) Jason Sides 4) Tony Stewart 5) Donny Schatz 6) Joey Saldana 7) Paul McMahan 8) Greg Hodnett 9) Craig Dollansky 10) Kraig Kinser 11) JJ Grasso 12) Lance Dewease 13) Steve Kinser 14) Ryan Smith 15) Cody Darrah 16) David Gravel 17) Logan Schuchart 18) Chad Kemenah 19) Justin Henderson 20) Ryan Bohlke 21) Jessica Zemken 22) Mark Bitner 23) Brent Marks 24) Robby Stillwagon.

Hard Charger of the Race: J.J. Grasso from 17th to 12th.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fast Facts: Scott Speed


Photo Credit: LJ Cloud/Skirts & Scuffs
Scott Speed, driver of the No. 95 Ford Fusion for Leavine Family Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, recently added another first to his already-impressive driver’s resume: he won a gold medal in his first career RallyCross race in the 2013 X Games in Foz do Iguacu in Brazil. Check out the rest of Speed’s career in this week’s Fast Facts.

  • Scott Andrew Speed was born January 24, 1983 in Manteca, California. He began his racing career in karting at age 10, and won three IKF regional titles along with  the SKUSA Super Pro title in 2000. His brother Alex still races karts, and has three Stars of Karting titles and three SKUSA Supernationals titles to his name.
  • In 2001, Speed moved up to the US Formula Russell series, winning the title in his first season. He moved on to the US Barber Formula Dodge Series and US Star Mazda Series in 2002, then on to British Formula Three in 2003. He was forced to return to the States for treatment of ulcerative colitis during the 2003 season, but returned to the track in 2004, winning two championships in the Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup and the German Formula Renault series.
  • Speed’s results in 2004 led to a ride in the GP2 Series in 2005, as well as a spot as a test driver for Red Bull Racing’s Formula One program as the year progressed. Speed was the first American driver to participate in an F1 event since Michael Andretti in 1993. He competed in F1 for Red Bull Racing’s Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006 and part of 2007; he was released from his contract on July 31, 2007 and replaced by Sebastian Vettel.
  • While his F1 ride was gone, Speed remained on good terms with Red Bull, and secured a US-based ride with the team later in 2007. He raced in selected ARCA Racing Series events in 2007 and the full season in 2008, when he contended for the championship. Speed also made his NASCAR debut in the Truck Series in 2007, and his Cup Series debut for Red Bull in October 2008.
  • Speed attempted to qualify for the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with Dragon Racing, but was unable to get the car up to speed; he was later replaced by Patrick Carpentier, who went on to crash the car in practice.
  • Speed and his wife Amanda welcomed daughter Juliet Leigh in October 2011. The family lives in North Carolina.
  • Find out more about Speed at his website, www.scottspeed.com.  

Kraig Kinser comes home on top at Orange County Fair Speedway

Photo Credit: Kraig Kinser Racing
Racing and Orange County (NY) go hand in hand. No speedway in the region or in the WORLD has as much history behind it as Orange County Fair Speedway! It is the oldest dirt track, which has been operating continuously, in the United States. This track has survived depression, wars, hurricanes, and calamities that would have sunk other enterprises. Last night, she played host to the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars. In the process she wrote another page of her history and an important page for second generation driver Kraig Kinser.

The Outlaws took to the hard clay track 23 cars strong with three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart in the field. He was driving his own Chevrolet Performance/Bass Pro Shop No. 14. The track record of 16.083 held by Joey Saldana was set in September 2008. The record would stand and quick time was set by Stewart with a lap of 17.027 or 132.143 mph. The remainder of the top five were Paul McMahan, Joey Saldana, Donny Schatz and Chad Kemenah. 

The short field called for three heat races with everyone transferring to the A Main and eliminating the need for a Last Chance Showdown. The first heat race was dominated by World of Outlaws point leader Daryn Pittman who crossed the line in front of Donny Schatz, Jessica Zemken, Tony Stewart and Steve Kinser. The race was a battle from fifth on back with Steve Kinser holding school on how to work the top of a slick, hard clay surface. Pittman, Schatz and Stewart would all transfer to the Dash. 

The second heat race would go to PA Posse member Ryan Smith with Cody Darrah coming hard at the line. Paul McMahan and Chad Kemenah would settle the battle for third at the line with McMahan coming in on top. Smith, Darrah, McMahan and Kemenah would all transfer to the Dash. 

The third heat was a battle between old school and new school heroes. Sammy Swindell would jump to the lead early and would cross the line 2.7 seconds in front of Joey Saldana, Justin Henderson and Kraig Kinser. Kraig Kinser, Sammy Swindell and Joey Saldana would transfer to the Dash. 

The Dash inversion was a six (6), which put Kraig Kinser on the pole. It was a hard fought six laps that was action packed from the drop of the green flag. Chad Kemenah would jump to an early lead over Kraig Kinser. Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart would battle all the way to the checkers for third place with Stewart coming home with the spot. 

With the top 5 rows of the A Main set, this event was next on the card. The 25 lap A Main was contended from second back. Kraig Kinser would jump to the lead and hold it for the entire 25 laps. The battle for second raged between Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart and Chad Kemenah. In the course of five laps, the third spot changed hands between Stewart and Schatz six times. After making a pass on the bottom of the track, which was the preferred line, Stewart moved to third and brought Paul McMahan with him relegating current champ Schatz to fifth.

Stewart would close on Kemenah attempting to make a high side pass on the final lap out of Turn 4; however, Kemenah would block to protect the spot, holding on to second. Stewart would come home third. Paul McMahan would cross the line in fourth with Schatz coming home a very close fifth. At the line, there was less than four car lengths between second and fifth. The KSE Hard Charger of the race was Steve Kinser who was the defending champion of the race. Kinser would advance four spots from 16th to 12th. Kraig Kinser would finish with a two second lead on the field.

“It’s been a rough start to the season. Hopefully we are getting rolling now,” said Kraig Kinser. “It feels really good to get a victory after the start we have had.”

Chad Kemenah said that he thought starting on the pole was a disadvantage last night. “We’d been better off starting second. We’ve been consistent lately so hopefully we can win one soon. The left rear tire was going away quick so I had to kind of coast a little bit at the end. I didn’t want to blow it out and end up with another disappointment like last year. “ 

Third place finisher Tony Stewart, who was celebrating his 42nd birthday racing with the Outlaws, said, “We would have had second if Chad hadn’t tried to run us in the wall there in four. But it’s part of it learning how these guys are going to race you. We will do the same thing to them tomorrow. But it feels good to finish third in our first time here. It’s a very momentum driven track. You have to stay very disciplined to do well here.” 

They say that history and time are fluid and that they run like a river. Last night, it ran like a fast moving stream of rapids with Kraig Kinser navigating it perfectly. The very quick and short night will leave a lasting memory on the young man from Bloomington, Indiana whose family history often over shadows his talent and ability. But last night it was the son not the father that showed the way and led the ship through the rough waters of the oldest dirt track in the country - Orange County Fair Speedway.

Qualifying: 1. 14-Tony Stewart, 17.027; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 17.071; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana, 17.265; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.276; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah, 17.301; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.324; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 17.325; 8. 4-Cody Darrah, 17.342; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell, 17.359; 10. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 17.366; 11. 69-Ryan Smith, 17.568; 12. O7-Justin Henderson, 17.593; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.609; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.628; 15. 7-Craig Dollansky, 17.634; 16. 11-Steve Kinser, 17.799; 17. 6-David Gravel, 17.806; 18 29-Kerry Madsen, 17.839; 19 13-Jason Leffler, 17.853; 20 5-Justin Barger, 17.943; 21 28F-Davie Franek, 18.328; 22 6R-Bill Rose, 18.409; 23 1A-Jacob Allen, 18.527

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [1]; 4. 14-Tony Stewart [4]; 5. 11-Steve Kinser [6]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 7. 13-Jason Leffler [7]; 8. 6R-Bill Rose [8].

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 69-Ryan Smith [1]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [2]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [3]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 6. 5-Justin Barger [7]; 7. 6-David Gravel [6]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8].

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [2]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 3. O7-Justin Henderson [1]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky [5]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [6]; 7. 28F-Davie Franek [7].

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 14-Tony Stewart [6]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [5]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [7]; 8. 4-Cody Darrah [8]; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell [9]; 10. 69-Ryan Smith [10].

A-Main - (25 Laps): 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2] [$10,000]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [1] [$5,500]; 3. 14-Tony Stewart [3] [$3,200]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [6] [$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [4] [$2,500]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [7] [$2,300]; 7. 4-Cody Darrah [8] [$2,200]; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana [5] [$2,100]; 9. 69-Ryan Smith [10] [$2,050]; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell [9] [$2,000]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [14] [$1,500]; 12. 11-Steve Kinser [16] [$1,200]; 13. O7-Justin Henderson [12] [$1,100]; 14. 29-Kerry Madsen [18] [$1,050]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [13] [$1,000]; 16. 5-Justin Barger [20] [$900]; 17. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [11] [$800]; 18. 7-Craig Dollansky [15] [$800]; 19. 6-David Gravel [17] [$800]; 20. 13-Jason Leffler [19] [$800]; 21. 6R-Bill Rose [22] [$800]; 22. 28F-Davie Franek [21] [$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [23] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Kraig Kinser 1-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 11-Steve Kinser [+4].

KSE Hard Charger - Steve Kinser, 16th to 12th