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Second Win for Kevin Harvick Comes at Darlington Raceway

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 12th, 2014
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. Photo by Getty Images

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. Photo by Getty Images

Kevin Harvick took home his second trophy of the season as he won the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway Saturday night.

He had the pole in the 367-lap race and held a top ten position throughout the contest. Joey Logano had the lead early on in the race but it didn’t take Harvick long to find clean air. He would get shuffled from the lead on different tire strategies by teams but he held his own at the track they call “Too Tough to Tame”.

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Rookie Chase Elliott Tames Darlington Raceway

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 11th, 2014
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on April 11, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. Photo by Getty Images

Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on April 11, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. Photo by Getty Images

The Lady in Black was no adversary for Chase Elliott who dominated the race track nicknamed “Too Tough to Tame”. It was his first crack at getting a handle on the intricacies of the turns and her personality and it didn’t take too long for Elliott to speak wheel his way to a win. He did it in his first try and he gathered his second win in a row in his rookie season.

Elliott wasted no time in moving toward the front of the pack as he was challenging for the third position by lap 26 in Friday night’s race at Darlington Raceway. He took the lead for the first time on lap 34. He would lose the lead after a caution on lap 88. A poor pit stop caused him to lose five spots. Kyle Busch came up with the lead and that’s where he stayed until the last round of pit stops with seven laps to go.

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Jordan Bridegroom NJSP

By: Nathan
Published: April 11th, 2014

4/10/14: Jordan went 3-4 at the plate for the Blue Jays and drove in 5 runs in their 15-5 win over West Central. The Jays are now 2-0 on the year.

Local Scores 4/10/14

By: Nathan
Published: April 11th, 2014

Baseball

NJSP-15  West Central-5

S.B. Riley-9  John Glenn-3

Triton-11  Oregon-Davis-0

Softball

Caston-5  Knox-1

LaCrosse-10  West Central-8

Rochester-16  NJSP-0

Boys Track

NJSP-79  Knox-73  Kouts-47  North White-45

Girls Track

North White-75  NJSP-59  Kouts-52  Knox-51

Matt Crafton Ready for Kansas Speedway

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 9th, 2014
Matt Crafton

Matt Crafton

The defending champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took time out of his busy schedule to talk to Behind the Wheel Producer Anita Goodan.

Crafton had his daughter with him during this interview as he talked about the upcoming truck series race at Kansas Speedway, his career and his championship:

Matt Crafton Behind the Wheel

 

 

Joey Logano Wins Rain-Delayed Race at Texas Motor Speedway

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 7th, 2014
Joey Logano

Joey Logano

He’s the seventh different winner and seventh different driver in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

It took a long time to find out who would win the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after Mother Nature once again played her hand in delaying a NASCAR event, but it was Joey Logano who was victorious in a green-white-checkered finish in Monday’s race.

Joey Logano ran in the top ten for the entire race and took the lead on lap 227. He would not give up that lead until a late-race caution flew as Kurt Busch was slow on the track. Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers’ teams decided to take two tires for track position. Gordon had a good restart and had the lead on the first lap. The four tires Logano took proved to be a stronger choice as the powered past Gordon just after the white flag flew. Logano was able to secure the win.

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Chase Elliott Wins Big in Texas

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 4th, 2014
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

They say everything is bigger in Texas. After Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, rookie Chase Elliott proved that even race wins are even bigger in Texas.

The win was so big, drivers from several teams made it a point to stop and give Elliott a high five for his effort for holding off Sprint Cup drivers Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Kyle Busch for the win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson even made an appearance in Victory Lane to offer his congratulations to the 18-year-old winner.

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Three NCWTS Teams Penalized after Martinsville Race

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 1st, 2014

The No. 31, No. 54 and No. 98 teams have received penalties after suspension parts were confiscated by NASCAR officials in a post-race inspection after Sunday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

The three teams violated a P3 level penalty for violating Section 20B-12.5 (D) (offset front hubs found in post-race inspection) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.

The crew chief for the No. 31, Michael Shelton, the crew chief for the No. 54, Jerry Baxter, and the crew chief for the No. 98, Gene Wachtel, have been fined $10,000 each and each were placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

Crafton Clocks in at Martinsville Speedway

By: Anita Goodan
Published: March 30th, 2014
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Doors / Menards Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Doors / Menards Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

Matt Crafton survived two green-white-checkered attempts and captured his fourth career win Sunday night in the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Martinsville Speedway.

The race had been postponed after rain washed out the chance to race Saturday night. In fact, qualifying was called off due to rain and the field was set by how drivers finished in practice. That gave Darrell Wallace, Jr. (Bubba) the pole. He led the first 11 laps and then the caution came out. Timothy Peters took the lead away from Wallace, but he took it back on lap 30. A caution came out five laps later which would be used as the competition caution.

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Kurt Busch Finds Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway

By: Anita Goodan
Published: March 30th, 2014
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

In a surprise move late last season, Gene Haas, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, brought Kurt Busch into the fold with Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick and newcomer Kevin Harvick. It was questioned by most, but Busch proved that he’s found his home at Stewart-Haas Racing with the win in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Martinsville Speedway is often dominated by Hendrick Motorsports drivers with current drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon with eight wins apiece at the track. Johnson led the most laps in Sunday’s race but couldn’t seal the deal in the last 30 laps of the race. Johnson clearly had a dominant car with everyone chasing him down throughout most of the afternoon. He led 296 laps on the day.

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Hamlin is Cleared to Race in Martinsville

By: Anita Goodan
Published: March 26th, 2014
Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin will race this Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin missed the race on Sunday, March 23 as he was having trouble with his vision and the medical staff would not clear him to race.

According to a press release from Joe Gibbs Racing, Hamlin visited the infield care center at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday night with an eye irritation. The issue worsened the morning of the race and medical officials could not clear him to race.

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NASCAR Community Mourns the Death of Lynda Petty

By: Anita Goodan
Published: March 25th, 2014

Lynda Petty, 72, one of the first women of NASCAR, passed away at her home in Level Cross, North Carolina on Tuesday.

She was the wife of NASCAR legend, Richard Petty.

“Mrs. Lynda”, as some affectionately called her, battled cancer over the past several years.

She was revered the the NASCAR community as one of the strongest people in the sport. She set the benchmark for being a leader in her local community while raising a family in the fast-growing sport of stock car racing, according to the Petty family.

A private memorial service for family and friends will be held at Reverie Place in Randleman, North Carolina. Memorial donations may be made to: Petty Family Foundation, 311 Branson Mill Road, Randleman, NC 27317.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivers Head to Martinsville Speedway

By: Anita Goodan
Published: March 25th, 2014

It’s been a long time since the Daytona races, but the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the track this Saturday for the Kroger 250 at Martinville Speedway.

It’s known as the paperclip which refers to its appearance. Martinsville Speedway is a one-mile track with 12 degrees of banking in the corners. That combined with a pavement combination of asphalt and concrete and two pit roads makes it one of the more fun tracks on the circuit.

While you’re there, don’t forget to stop and pick up the famed Martinsville hot dog.

More importantly, what are the drivers saying about the track?

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Nationwide Team Penalized after Auto Club Speedway Race

By: Anita Goodan
Published: March 25th, 2014
Ryan Sieg

Ryan Sieg

A post-race inspection after Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California found that the No. 39 team committed a rules violation.

NASCAR officials found that Ryan Sieg’s car exceeded the maximum rear body height requirement during post-race inspection (Section 20A-12.8.1C). The team was also found to have violated Section 12-1: actions detrimental to stock car racing.

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