Saturday, May 21, 2016

Lazier Looks for Fame Once Again

20 years ago Buddy Lazier won the Indianapolis 500 driving for Ron Hemelgarn. 20 years later Buddy will look to do what he has done 8 times before in his career and that is to go to victory lane in the Verizon Indycar Series. In a race that take some drivers many attempts to win, Buddy did it in his first try. In 1996, Buddy led 43 laps en-route to his first and only Indianapolis 500 and his second career victory. In 2016 Buddy Lazier will drive the #4 Entry for Lazier Partners Racing. Buddy will look to the past and will certainly be one of the favorites as being a defending winner of the Indy 500 joining Juan Pablo Montoya, Hélio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, and Ryan Hunter-Reay. If Buddy can win next Sunday's Indianapolis 500 he will join a group that consists of Tommy Milton, Bill Vukovich, Rodger Ward, Gordon Johncock, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser, Jr., Arie Luyendyk, Dan Wheldon, and Juan Pablo Montoya. We wish Lazier the best in his pursuit for his second Indianapolis 500 victory! (Koelle,2016)

Hinchcliffe Gains Guaranteed Top-9 Start in Indianapolis 500

A year after nearly losing his life, Hinchcliffe returned with a mission by posting the fastest four-lap average of the day at 230.946mph in the Arrow Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Hinchcliffe will be among the nine drivers who will compete for the pole for the prestigious 100th Indianapolis 500. Marco Andretti just misses the Top 9 getting bumped off by his teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay. Ryan Hunter-Reay qualified second with an average speed of 230.805mph. Will Power also joined Hinchcliffe and Hunter-Reay Helio Castroneves. Also racing for the pole and an extra $100,000 for winning the pole. Townsend Bell, Josef Newgarden, Carlos Munoz and Simon Pagenaud will also be eligible for the money and pole position. This is the first coverage of the Verizon Indycar Series here on The NEW Motorsports News Source.

Qualification Results

1 James Hinchcliffe   230.946
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay   230.805
3 Will Power   230.736
4 Helio Castroneves   230.500
5 Townsend Bell   230.452
6 Josef Newgarden   230.229
7 Mikhail Aleshin   230.209
8 Carlos Munoz   230.173
9 Simon Pagenaud   230.102
10 Alexander Rossi   230.048
11 Marco Andretti   230.037
12 Juan Pablo Montoya   229.745
13 Scott Dixon   229.497
14 Ed Carpenter   229.429
15 JR Hildebrand   229.075
16 Takuma Sato   228.096
17 Conor Daly   227.862
18 Sage Karam   227.821
19 Tony Kanaan   227.679
20 Sebastien Bourdais   227.442
21 Graham Rahal   227.437
22 Bryan Clauson   227.110
23 Spencer Pigot   227.100
24 Oriol Servia   226.893
25 Charlie Kimball   226.549
26 Matt Brabham   226.390
27 Stefan Wilson   225.560
28 Jack Hawksworth   225.388
29 Alex Tagliani   224.507
30 Buddy Lazier   224.341
31 Gabby Chaves   DNP
32 Pippa Mann   DNP
33 Max Chilton   DNP

Rainman aka. Kevin Harvick Will Start All-Star From Pole

The Rain Man continues to deliver ice cold pole positions to his team after gaining his third pole of the 2016 Season after Qualifying was washed out this evening. NASCAR made the call sometime around 7:00 to call qualifying and set up the Million Dollar field by Owner Points. Every pole Harvick has retained this season has been because of Mother Nature (Richmond and Dover). Kyle Busch will start 2nd with Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the Top 5.

Starting Lineup For Sprint All-Star Race

1 4 Kevin Harvick
2 75 Kyle Busch
3 41 Kurt Busch
4 19 Carl Edwards
5 48 Jimmie Johnson
6 2 Brad Keselowski
7 24 Chase Elliott
8 22 Joey Logano
9 78 Martin Truex Jr.
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
11 20 Matt Kenseth
12 11 Denny Hamlin
13 1 Jamie McMurray
14 31 Ryan Newman
15 6 Trevor Bayne
16 5 Kasey Kahne
17 14 Tony Stewart
18 42 Kyle Larson
19 10 Danica Patrick
20 16 Greg Biffle

Crafton Goes 2 for 3 in May by Winning at Charlotte

In a rather uneventful Saturday Afternoon Truck Race, Matt Crafton took his 2nd straight victory beating former teammate Johnny Sauter and Kyle Busch. A very eventful race in the shape of passing where we saw many passes take place. Only one caution caused by an incident at the beginning of the race, which saw Andy Seuss spin and make hard impact with the inside wall ending his day. Tyler Reddick, Matt Tift, Spencer Gallagher, Timothy Peters, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, and William Byron rounded out the Top 10. Matt Crafton takes the points lead by 12 points over Timothy Peters.

Results

1 88 Matt Crafton
2 18 Kyle Busch
3 21 Johnny Sauter
4 29 Tyler Reddick
5 11 Matt Tifft
6 23 Spencer Gallagher
7 17 Timothy Peters
8 4 Christopher Bell
9 19 Daniel Hemric
10 9 William Byron
11 71 Brandon Jones
12 8 John Hunter Nemechek
13 00 Cole Custer
14 33 Ben Kennedy
15 13 Cameron Hayley
16 05 John Wes Townley
17 41 Ben Rhodes
18 92 Parker Kligerman
19 02 Tyler Young
20 98 Rico Abreu
21 22 Austin Wayne Self
22 81 Ryan Truex
23 51 Daniel Suarez
24 66 Jordan Anderson
25 44 Tommy Joe Martins
26 86 Brandon Brown
27 63 Bobby Pierce
28 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
29 07 Garrett Smithley
30 50 Travis Kvapil
31 49 Timmy Hill
32 1 Andy Seuss

Next Race

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes two weeks off and then head to the Lonestar State for the Rattlesnake 400, The longest truck race of the Season. Also it will be our first time pulling the double with another sport as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will run with the Verizon Indycar Series at Texas and beginning next weekend we will begin to cover the Verizon Indycar Series! 

Labbe Wins Pole at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

Alex Labbe won his third career pole today for Sunday's Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Alex ran a lap of 1:23.182 at a speed of 106 mph. Andrew Ranger, Pier-Luc Oullette, Gary Klutt, L.P. Dumoulin, Jason Hathaway, D.J. Kennington, Kaz Grala, J.F. Dumoulin, and Matthew Scannell rounded out the Top 10 in Qualifying today. Defending race winner and pole winner Gary Klutt will start from the 4th position.

Starting Lineup

1 32 Alex Labbe 
2 27 Andrew Ranger
3 18 Pier-Luc Oullette
4 59 Gary Klutt
5 47 L.P. Dumoulin
6 3 Jason Hathaway
7 17 D.J. Kennington
8 22 Kaz Grala
9 04 J.F. Dumoulin
10 56 Matthew Scannell
11 76 Cayden Lapcevich
12 02 Kerry Micks
13 42 Ryan Klutt
14 1 Robin Buck
15 71 Patrick Dussault
16 06 Carlos De Quesada
17 8 Kevin Poitras
18 95 Anthony Simone
19 46 Brett Taylor
20 40 David Michaud
21 37 Simon Dion-Viens
22 25 Joey McColm
23 84 Larry Jackson
24 75 Bryan Cathcart
25 87 Mel Shaw 
26 67 Dave Thorndyke
27 74 Kevin Lacroix

William Byron Starts on Pole for Today's NC Education Lottery 200

For the first time this season a day race on a Mile and a Half will happen, as last nights race was pushed today. Many drivers are noting how the handling will be different from where they practiced on Thursday night. It will also be the first day truck race ever at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to be ran in the day-time. With rain falling on the track for qualifying, qualifying was cancelled and the field will be set by Thursday practice speeds which lands William Byron on his 2nd straight pole. Austin Theriault; Caleb Holman; Jesse Little; and Austin Hill all Did Not Qualify for Today's Race.

Starting Lineup

1 9 William Byron
2 23 Spencer Gallagher
3 33 Ben Kennedy
4 21 Johnny Sauter
5 18 Kyle Busch
6 29 Tyler Reddick
7 51 Daniel Suarez
8 19 Daniel Hemric
9 11 Matt Tifft
10 98 Rico Abreu
11 05 John Wes Townley
12 41 Ben Rhodes
13 92 Parker Kligerman
14 71 Brandon Jones
15 4 Christopher Bell
16 00 Cole Custer
17 88 Matt Crafton
18 13 Cameron Hayley
19 86 Brandon Brown
20 17 Timothy Peters
21 8 John Hunter Nemechek
22 81 Ryan Truex
23 02 Tyler Young
24 22 Austin Wayne Self
25 66 Jordan Anderson
26 63 Bobby Pierce
27 50 Travis Kvapil
28 44 Tommy Joe Martins
29 07 Garrett Smithley
30 49 Timmy Hill
31 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
32 1 Andy Seuss

All-Star Field Set As Sprint Showdown Complete

After a flood of rain yesterday in Concord, NC NASCAR finally got the Sprint Showdown in this morning. 3 segments of intense racing including a photo finish, two photo finishes to be exact.
Trevor Bayne beat Chase Elliott to the line in segment one to transfer into his first All-Star Race.
Greg Biffle won segment two to push his way into his 14th straight All-Star Race.
In the final segment it would be decided who would go and who would go home and in the end Kyle Larson used force to go side by side with Chase Elliott to transfer into his first All-Star Race. It was also Larson's first Sprint Cup Series Checkered flag.
Qualifying will be held at 7:00 on Fox Sports 1, Baseball could run over so be sure to check our Facebook if their is no qualifying on. Tonight's Qualifying of course will be the no speed limit on pit road.
Once again Danica Patrick will be in the All-Star Race with much heat coming from Fans. Also Chase Elliott will make his first career All-Star Race with the Fan Vote. Notable drivers missing the All Star Race include Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola, and a few others,

List Of Drivers for All Star Race

1. Joey Logano 2015 winner
2. Jimmie Johnson 2015 winner
3. Kevin Harvick 2015 winner
4. Brad Keselowski 2015 winner
5. Denny Hamlin 2015 winner
6. Matt Kenseth 2015 winner
7. Kurt Busch 2015 winner
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2015 winner
9. Carl Edwards 2015 winner
10. Martin Truex Jr. 2015 winner
11. Kyle Busch 2015 winner
12. Tony Stewart Premier series champion
13. Jamie McMurray Past All-Star winner
14. Ryan Newman Past All-Star winner
15. Kasey Kahne Past All-Star winner
16. Trevor Bayne Sprint Showdown Segment 1 winner
17. Greg Biffle Sprint Showdown Segment 2 winner
18. Kyle Larson Sprint Showdown Segment 3 winner
19. Chase Elliott Sprint Fan Vote winner
20. Danica Patrick Sprint Fan Vote runner-up