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.
TUNDRA ON TOP AT TRACK ‘TOO TOUGH TO TAME’ — Four Top-10s For Toyota at Darlington DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 12, 2011) – Kasey Kahne earned his first Tundra win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Darlington Raceway. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) had the weekend off allowing Kahne to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) at the historic South Carolina track. In addition to Kahne, three more Tundra drivers earned top-10 finishes in Saturday night’s race. NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (NCWTS) Kahne earned his first victory driving for KBM and third NCWTS win of his career Saturday night at 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.
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.
Indianapolis Results HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 13, 2011) – A huge crowd of 60,789 was in attendance for round 10 of the AMA Supercross Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The fans not in the stadium were able to watch the action live on SPEED. All season Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton have been fortunate to transfer into the main events from their heat races skipping the dreaded last chance qualifier, and last night was no exception as they both went directly to the main from the heats. When the gate fell for the main event Brayton and Millsaps began the race inside the top-10. Millsaps charged into fifth position with Brayton just behind during the early laps. Millsaps slid out on the loose track surface briefly going down. After re-mounting, still in the top-10 he came up short over a triple jump jamming his wrist and thumb. With more than half the race to go, Millsaps soldiered through the remaining laps to earn 11th. Meanwhile, by lap eight, Brayton had raced into fifth position.
VICKERS BACK IN THE GROOVE Three races down in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, with his first top-10 finish in the bag, it seems like business as usual for Red Bull Racing Toyota Camry driver Brian Vickers as he heads to the Bristol Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Jeff Byrd 500. But, after losing most of the 2010 season recuperating from blood clots that threatened his career, Vickers is savoring every moment of a return to doing what he loves best – racing a stock car. Getting back in his No. 83 Camry to start the 2011 Sprint Cup season at Daytona had always been his target since being diagnosed with the condition in May of last year, so getting the clearance to race again was huge. Yet, coming so close to losing the thing he’s most passionate about has certainly left its mark on him. “Going through this is definitely going to change my perspective,” he says. “I think what I went through changed me more personally. It changed who I am and I grew a lot as a person. I still have a lot of growing to do and I am sure there are plenty of people who would point that out, but I definitely took a big step up the ladder through this experience. “I have no doubt that going through this experience and how it’s changed me personally is going to show up on the race track.
OFF-ROAD FOCUS: CHAMP HUSEMAN BACK FOR MORE You’ve heard that old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, it seems 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 4 Unlimited champ Rick Huseman subscribes to that philosophy as he heads into this weekend’s season-opener at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. “We’re dealing with the same truck,” he says of his Toyota Tundra short course off road racer. “We’ve made some small modifications, but nothing real major to upset the truck or anything. The truck was working awesome last year. I feel really comfortable in the truck and, being on the same tracks, I feel I’m in a good position to do the same thing. “Some of the other guys are struggling to make their trucks faster. We’re going to continue what we were doing, while they try new stuff. Hopefully that will give us an advantage.” It’s a bit easier to do the same thing as last year, to keep the same program in place, when you won 10 of 15 races and the championship. Huseman finished off of the podium only twice, and found himself often working his way through the entire field after some early-race misfortune only to win anyway. He locked up the title well before the final race at Firebird International Raceway, but won that race, too, and he’s looking forward to going to that same track this weekend to open his title defense.