Monday, July 29, 2013

Weekend Review: July 26-28

With this past weekend's NASCAR and Formula One race receiving enough attention, it's time to take a look at what happened in other series around the world.

The second round of the NHRA western swing took place from Sonoma Raceway and no driver will complete have the chance to sweep the western swing at Pacific Raceway in Seattle, Washington next weekend.

Shawn Langdon won his fourth race of the season at Sonoma defeating Morgan Lucas in the top fuel final and with the win, Langdon takes a one hundred and two point lead over Spencer Massey. Tony Schumacher was eliminated in round one by Massey on Sunday and is third in points. Doug Kalitta is fourth in points ahead of Antron Brown who lost to Langdon in the semifinals. Khalid alBalooshi, Clay Millican, Morgan Lucas, Bob Vandergriff, Jr. and Steve Torrence round out the top ten. David Grubnic is eleventh, one hundred and twenty-five points behind Torrence for the final spot in the Countdown.

Ron Capps took victory in funny car, his second win of the year, first since Phoenix in February. Capps defeated Del Worsham, Jeff Arend, Courtney Force and John Force on way to victory. Capps is twenty-seven points behind Matt Hagan in the point standings. Hagan lost to eventual semifinalist Alexis DeJoria in the first round. Cruz Pedregon is third ahead of John Force and Johnny Gray. Jack Beckman and Courtney Force are tied for sixth with Tim Wilkerson, Del Worsham and Robert Hight rounding out the top ten. Hight is three points ahead of Bob Tasca III for tenth. Hight defeated Tasca III in round one at Sonoma before being eliminated by DeJoria. DeJoria is twelfth in points, one hunded and forty-two points behind Hight.

Vincent Nobile won Pro Stock for the first time since race one at Ponoma. Nobile defeated Jeg Coughlin in the final round. Mike Edwards leads the points by sixty-six points over Allen Johnson. Johnson lost to Coughlin in the semifinals. Edwards lost to Nobile in the quarterfinals. Coughlin is third in points ahead of Shane Gray and Nobile. Jason Line, Greg Anderson, Erica Enders-Stevens, V. Gaines and Rodger Brogdon round out the top ten. Brogdon is two hundred and six points ahead of eleventh place Rickie Jones.

Hector Arana, Jr. took the win in Pro Stock Motorcycle at Sonoma over Matt Smith and extended his points lead over Smith to one hundred and forty-nine points. Michael Ray, Hector Arana, Sr., John Hall, Scotty Pollacheck, Eddie Krawiec, Adam Arana, Shawn Gann and Steve Johnson round out the top ten in points. Johnson in twenty-nine points ahead of LE Tonglet  for tenth. Pro Stock Motorcycle's next race is the U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis Raceway Park Labor Day weekend.

Tracy Hines won the USAC National Pavement Midget race at IRP on Saturday night. Kyle Larson, Tanner Swanson, Darren Hagan and Kyle O'Gara rounded out the top five. Hines has a six point lead over Hagan in the National Pavement Midget points standings. Next race for the National Pavement series will be August 9th at Illiana Speedway in Schererville, Indiana.

Tanner Swanson would win the Silver Crown race later Saturday night leading eighty-six laps. Kody Swanson finished second ahead of David Byrne, Chris Windom and Tracy Hines. Kody Swanson took an eleven point lead over Bobby East and thirteen point lead over Jerry Coons, Jr. Silver Crown races at the Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kansas on August 2nd.

V8 SuperCars
Three different winners this weekend at Queensland Raceway. Jamie Whincup took race one from pole position ahead of New Zealander Scott McLaughlin and Mark Winterbottom. McLaughlin and Whincup flipped positions in race two with McLaughlin picking up his second win of the year who won earlier this year at his home race in his native New Zealand at Pukekohe Park Raceway. James Courtney finished third in race two. Race three did not go the way race one or two did for Whincup or McLaughlin. Whincup finished twenty-fifth with McLaughlin finished twentieth. Chaz Mostert won his first career V8 SuperCars race. Mostert did not compete in the first three rounds, missing the first nine races of the season. Will Davison and Winterbottom rounded out the podium.

Whincup maintains the points lead over Craig Lowndes by one hundred and twenty-nine points. Will Davison is third with Winterbottom and Fabian Coulthard rounding out the top five. V8 SuperCars next event is Winton Motor Raceway August 24th and 25th.

Andrew Ranger won the ARCA race at New Jersey Motorsports Park for the third consecutive year. The French-Canadian held off New Jersey native Tom Hessert, Chase Elliott, Will Kimball and Frank Kimball for the win. Frank Kimball has a one hundred and eighty point lead over Mason Mingus. ARCA races next at Pocono Raceway on August 2nd.