Jacksonville Results HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 19, 2011) – With the horrific events of the past week in Japan continuing to create new challenges seemingly every day without rest, the Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Team arrived in Jacksonville, Fla. with these special patches sewn on the back panels of Justin Brayton’s and Davi Millsaps’ SHIFT pants. The letters read “Kibo,” which means to have hope. Joe Gibbs Racing continues to keep everyone suffering in Japan in their prayers, including racing partners Toyota, Yamaha, and RK/Excel, all of which have parent companies headquartered in Japan. One of the newer stops on the tour, EverBank Field has only been on the circuit three years. The Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Team was on hand for Friday’s Press Day event, with Justin Brayton and Davi Millsaps speaking with several local news reporters about the race beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Friday. An example of one of the subsequent features can be viewed via the following link: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/196820/3/Update-VIDEO–Supercross-Revs-Up-at-EverBank-Field. After avoiding the dreaded last chance qualifier (LCQ) all season long, Justin Brayton had the misfortune to crash during the first lap of his heat race forcing him to attempt to qualify from the LCQ with a badly bruised knee.
BROWN SECOND IN TOP FUEL; PEDREGON FIFTH IN FUNNY CAR AT GAINESVILLE GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 12, 2011) – Antron Brown qualified second for the second consecutive race in Top Fuel, while Cruz Pedregon placed fifth in Funny Car qualifying to lead the way for Toyota at the NHRA Gatornationals at the Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. Brown ran his quick time in Friday’s afternoon session, while Pedregon was second-quick in both Saturday sessions as temperatures continued to rise through the weekend. Larry Dixon placed fourth overall, yet, was the most consistent Toyota qualifier. Dixon led the first and third sessions of the weekend and was second in Saturday’s final session. Dixon earned a series-high eight bonus points in qualifying for his efforts. Coming off a finals appearance at Pomona, Shawn Langdon qualified sixth, followed by Del Worsham in 10th and Morgan Lucas in 12th to round out the Toyota-sponsored Top Fuel contingent. ESPN2’s full qualifying show can be seen tonight from 12 midnight to 1:30 a.m. Coverage of Sunday’s eliminations will run from 6-9:00 p.m. on ESPN2 (all times Eastern).
KAHNE CLAIMS CHECKERS AT DARLINGTON — Earns Third Career Truck Win in Four Starts DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 12, 2011) — Kasey Kahne earned his first victory driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win of his career Saturday night at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway. Kahne started second in the KBM No. 18 Toyota Tundra and led 95 (of 147) laps at the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval to earn his third career NCWTS win in only four career starts. “I came here this weekend wanting to win — that was the plan,” said Kahne, following the race. “This is a tough series. These guys do an awesome job and that restart there with Todd (Bodine) — our truck was really good once I could get rolling. He tried to get me all the way up to the wall and I think he got himself loose by trying to squish me into the wall. We had a good run down the back and some good laps after that. It was a solid run.