BROWN SECOND IN TOP FUEL; PEDREGON FIFTH IN FUNNY CAR AT GAINESVILLE

BROWN SECOND IN TOP FUEL; PEDREGON FIFTH IN FUNNY CAR AT GAINESVILLE

March 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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).

TOYOTA NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) – Post-Race Notes & Quotes – Darlington Raceway

TOYOTA NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) – Post-Race Notes & Quotes – Darlington Raceway

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TOYOTA NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) – Post-Race Notes & Quotes – Darlington Raceway Toyota driver Kasey Kahne earned his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports in Saturday night’s 200-mile race at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway. The win also marked the Enumclaw, Wash.-native’s first win in a Tundra and third in the NCWTS in four starts. Kahne led 95 (of 147) laps en route to victory lane. Tundra drivers Todd Bodine (third), Timothy Peters (sixth) and David Starr (10th) earned top-10 finishes in tonight’s race at the 1.366 egg-shaped race track. Justin Lofton (13th), Travis Kvapil (17th), Max Papis (18th), Craig Goess (19th), Dusty Davis (21st), Brendan Gaughan (25th), Miguel Paludo (27th), Tayler Malsam (29th), Johanna Long (31st) and Justin Johnson (35th) were also in the field. Seven Toyota drivers are currently in the top-15 in the unofficial NCWTS points after three of 25 races — Peters (third), Bodine (seventh), Papis (ninth), Paludo (12th), Starr (13th), Goess (14th) and Lofton (15th). KASEY KAHNE, No. 18 Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Finishing Position: 1st Was winning the only goal for this weekend? “I came here this weekend wanting to win — that was the plan. This is a tough series.

VICKERS BACK IN THE GROOVE

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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

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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.

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