The late models of the UARA-STARS series spent their weekend at Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina. ?The Rock?, a track that hosted NASCAR Sprint Cup races from 1965 until 2004, has been undergoing somewhat of a resurgence since being taken over by Andy Hillenburg. The track now hosts several regional race series each year and is used extensively as a test track by most of the NASCAR teams.
During Friday morning?s first round of practice for the UARA cars it was former Rookie of the Year Kyle Grissom that set the mark for his fellow competitors to shoot at with a time of 25.518. Then, in the second round of practice, 14 year old 2010 rookie contender Clint King had the quick time with a 25.617 that was just a tick of the watch shy of Grissom?s morning time. But it was Paddy Rodenbeck who got the Pole Position during the afternoon qualifying session with a time of 25.525. Taking the other front row starting position was Brandon McReynolds.
McReynolds, son of championship crew chief and TV commentator Larry McReynolds, then went on to dominate the 75 lap event ?It was fun? quipped McReynolds after the race. ?We got to move around a lot. We were sliding around - it was just how it played out.? After McReynolds, the rest of the top five were Rodenbeck, Lee Tissot, Alex Yontz, and Coleman Pressley.
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The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series saw two veteran racers reach career milestones at Atlanta Dragway on Sunday. Pro Stock racer Jeg Coughlin scored the 50th win of his career making him just the ninth driver to collect 50 Wallys in a professional class. While on the nitro side, Larry Dixon won his 52nd event which ties him in Top Fuel wins with the great Joe Amato.
Ever humble, Dixon remarked; "I feel the same way [about tying Amato] as I do against the other people I grew up looking up to: Unworthy. Those were the guys growing up and to be able to reach a number that he got ... well, I'm a few championships behind him still. The guys I looked up to didn?t get 23 chances a year to win."
In funny cars, John Force Racing is becoming the dominate ?force? that everybody else is chasing. The team came out of the Atlanta event 1-2-3 in funny car points. With Force number one followed by daughter Ashley Force-Hood, and son-in-law Robert Hight in third.
Race winner Hight faced Ashley in the final; "No matter what, we couldn't lose, it was going to be a Force win," said Hight, "but to leave here 1-2-3 in points is pretty big right now, especially this early in the season..?
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The most lavish, and historic race on the Formula 1 season is the Grand Prix of Monaco. Mark Webber banished any doubts about him being a true championship contender on Sunday as he dominated Monaco, leaving his Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel, and everyone else, in the shade. The usual powerhouse teams of Ferrari and McLaren were left licking their wounds as team Red Bull left Monte Carlo leading the 2010 constructors? standings for the first time, with Webber and Vettel tied atop the drivers points.
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Oh yea, I almost forgot; there were three NASCAR races on ?The Monster Mile? in Dover Delaware over the weekend. Kyle Busch won two, and would?ve won all three but for the lack of a little fuel. But I bet you already knew that!
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