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Racing News: Roush Yates Performance Products Helps Racers “Go Green”

Roush Yates Performance Products Helps Racers “Go Green”
Roush Yates Performance Products
has joined NASCAR's efforts to become more environmentally aware by
opening a performance products store that portrays a spirit of recycling
and environmental sustainability. Roush Yates collects hundreds of used
parts each week from many top-tier race teams. The parts are cleaned,
inspected, sorted and shelved in the company's new 40,000-sq.-ft. parts
store in Mooresville, North Carolina, for resale to the public and
grassroots racers.

NHRA: Drivers Find Streak of Success Before Countdown Cutoff

NEWS NUGGETS

DRIVERS FIND STREAK OF SUCCESS BEFORE COUNTDOWN CUTOFF:
For Funny
Car driver Johnny Gray, Sunday’s eliminations round at the Lucas Oil
NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway was all or nothing.
Sitting 95 points behind 10th-place driver Bob Tasca entering the event,
Gray knew that if he wanted any chance of moving into that 10th-place
spot and competing in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the
Championship—NHRA’s six-race playoff to determine the world champions—he
would have to win at Brainerd. Gray did just that, holding off fellow
Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps in the final round to collect
his first race win.

NHRA: Top Spots at Stake in Brainerd

NEWS NUGGETS

SOME HOPE FOR COUNTDOWN BERTH WHILE OTHERS LOOK TO SECURE TOP SPOTS IN POINT STANDINGS:

Funny Car driver Johnny Gray knows it’s do-or-die time. With just two
races left until the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship
begins, Gray knows that his 11th-place spot in the point standings is
not enough to get him into the Top 10 and into Countdown contention. And
he’s not alone. As the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads to
Brainerd, Minnesota, this weekend for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, many
drivers are looking for last-minute success to secure their spots in
the Countdown.

Racing News: Keystone Automotive NMRA Ford Nationals Heads to Kentucky

David Cardey Scores Win at Victorville Raceway Park
Riverside, California, racing star "Dynamite" David Cardey scored his
second win in three appearances at Victorville Raceway Park, Saturday,
August 6. The 35-year-old racer won his eight-lap heat race by more than
a full straightaway. For the 30-lap main event, Cardey was on the
outside of the front row and most insiders predicted he would walk away
with an easy victory. However, Cardey and the inside pole sitter got
together as they came off turn four heading for the start. Cardey caught
the right rear of the pole sitter and did a wheelie. Somehow he managed
to keep the car under control and only slipped to the fourth spot.

Racing News: Falken Tire Weathers Storm at Mid-Ohio

Falken Tire Weathers Perfect Storm
Declaring “perseverance pays off,” Team Falken Tire survived the storm that hit Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
30 minutes before the finish and took top honors in GT class for the
first time in the performance tire manufacturer’s three-year ALMS
career.

 Derrick Walker, Falken’s ALMS team manager, made the
comment after previously expressing confidence in Falken’s capability at
Mid-Ohio—a track he knows very well from years of competing as a
manager and owner of IndyCar teams. 



NHRA: Race Wins in Sonoma Come Just in Time for Countdown Clinchers

NEWS NUGGETS 

RACE WINS IN SONOMA COME JUST IN TIME FOR COUNTDOWN CLINCHERS:

Winning. It’s the force and desire behind every driver and team in the
NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, but sometimes a race win can
have more value than one can realize. This was the case Sunday for
Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson and LE Tonglet, who stood in the
winner’s circle at the FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.
For Brown and Anderson, their winning performance helped clinch their
spots in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoffs,
and for Capps and Tonglet, the win moved them further up the points
standings in their respective categories and even closer to clinching
their own berths in the Countdown with only three races remaining in the
regular season.

Racing News: Brian Deegan Takes Gold in RallyCross at X Games 17

Brian Deegan Takes Gold in RallyCross at X Games 17

Metal Mulisha founder Brian “The General” Deegan took Gold in the X Games 17 RallyCross
competition on Sunday, bringing his total X Games medal count to 13 and
continuing his streak of competing in every X Games since the
competition’s inception. Deegan won his qualifying heat in Sunday’s
RallyCross competition in his Metal Mulisha Rockstar Energy Drink Ford
Fiesta, setting him up for the finals. Despite mechanical problems
during the practice run, Deegan’s qualifying time put him into great
position to later take the top spot on the podium.

NHRA: First Season Wins for Big Names Could Be Start of 'Swing' Sweep

NEWS NUGGETS

FIRST SEASON WINS FOR BIG NAMES COULD BE START OF ‘SWING’ SWEEP:
The
surprise in the winner’s circle Sunday as the Mopar Mile-High NHRA
Nationals came to a close might not have been who was there, but how
long it had taken them to get there. Top Fuel and Pro Stock event
winners Spencer Massey and Mike Edwards were making their third winner’s
circle appearance in 2011. But it was the presence of 15-time and
defending Funny Car Full Throttle world champion John Force, joined by
Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Karen Stoffer that may have had the biggest
headlines of the day. For Force, it was his first win of the season
after all but dominating the series in 2010 en route to his 15th world
title, while for Stoffer, it was her first win in four years, dating
back to Atlanta 2007, and assumed the points lead heading into the
second race of the grueling Western Swing. But while both drivers are
relishing their first victories of the season, the all-too-familiar
question lingers for all four Denver winners: Can they keep on that
performance high and do what few have done—sweep the Western Swing?
While Stoffer is unable to accomplish this task, since the Pro Stock
Motorcycle category does not compete in Seattle, the opportunity is
definitely there for the other three winners.

Racing News: Team Falken's Dai Yoshihara Dominates Formula Drift

Team Falken's Dai Yoshihara Takes First at Formula Drift's Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway
Team Falken’s Daijiro “Dai” Yoshihara took first at Evergreen Speedway’s Formula Drift “Throwdown”
and took the lead in the 2011 Championship. It was the first win for
Falken at Evergreen and the second win for Dai this season.
 
Driving
the Discount Tire/Falken Tire Nissan S13 (240SX), Dai qualified fourth,
while teammates Tyler McQuarrie and Justin Pawlak were first and second, respectively, after Friday’s qualifying session. Defending Formula Drift champion and teammate Vaughn Gittin Jr., qualified 12th, Darren McNamara in 19th and Falken privateer Ross Petty 25th.
 
Four of the five Team Falken drivers made it through the Top 32 round. Justin Pawlak,
who has been leading the Formula D standings virtually all season long,
failed to move forward due to a mechanical failure; however, he remains
second in the 2011 Championship, just 15 points behind Dai.

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