Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Brad Smith 15th in ARCA points, expects to finish season in James Hylton car

BRAD SMITH
Brad Smith, who teamed with car owner James Hylton near the midway point of the season, is 15th in points in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
"I will likely drive for James the rest of the season," Shelby Township resident Smith said Tuesday.
Five races remain on the ARCA schedule. The next race is Sunday at Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway, a half-mile paved oval.
Smith, driver of the No. 48 Ford, has started 10 of the 15 races run this season. He is 35 points behind former NASCAR driver Ken Schrader, who is 14th with 1,590 points.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Albion picked by coaches to win MIAA football championship

Albion was picked by league coaches to win the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football championship this season.
Poll results (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Albion (5) 7 pts. 2. Adrian 16 pts. 3. Hope (1) 18 pts. 4. Olivet (1) 19. 5. Trine 24. 6. Kalamazoo 29. 7. Alma 34. 

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Eric Lee gets top-5 finish in JEGS/CRA race won by Travis Braden at Flat Rock Speedway

David Ragan's late model
Points leader Travis Braden finished in first place, and Macomb Township resident Eric Lee took fifth in the 7-Up 125, an ARCA JEGS/CRA Super Series late model race at Flat Rock Speedway on Saturday night.
The 21-driver field included NASCAR veteran David Ragan, plus pole winner Ross Kenseth, who is the son of NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, and Todd Gilliland, son of NASCAR driver David Gilliland.
Ali Kern finished second, Steve Dorer third and Paul Shafer Jr. fourth in the 125-lap race.
Ragan finished 18th after completing 55 laps and retiring due to a problem with the rear end of his No. 77 Ford.
Gilliland and Dennis Strickland finished only four laps each due to an accident, and were scored 20th and 21st, respectively.
Pat Zorn of St. Clair finished 19th.
Kenseth's pole-winning qualifying time was 12.226 seconds on the quarter-mile oval.
The first-place finisher's take of the purse was $3,000, according to the CRA Web site. Fifth place was worth $800.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Johnny Sauter wins, teammate Matt Crafton second in NASCAR truck race at Michigan International Speedway

JOHNNY SAUTER/Dave Marr photo
Johnny Sauter and teammate Matt Crafton finished first and second, respectively, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.
The outcome left Sauter first and Crafton second in the driver standings. Both hurdled Ryan Blaney, who held the lead heading into the 100-lap event but fell to third place.
“This is a helluva day,” Sauter said. “Great pit stops all day long, that’s what got us in position. I’m going to relish it.
“We’re just past halfway (through the season). This is the momentum. This is the thing we needed to swing it.”
Sauter and Crafton drive for ThorSport Racing, which is based in Sandusky, Ohio. It was Sauter’s first race with new crew chief Jeff Hensley.
Sauter, a resident of Necedah, Wisc., drives the No. 98 Toyota, and Crafton, who’s from Tulare, Calif., drives the No. 88 Toyota.
The race featured three full-time Sprint Cup drivers.
Kyle Busch finished fifth in the No. 51 Toyota; Austin Dillon  17th in the No. 20 Chevrolet, and Joey Logano 18th in the No. 19 Ford.
Travis Kvapil, who has started 14 of the 22 Cup races run to date, finished 26th in the No. 05 Toyota.
The race featured a front row of trucks owned by Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski, who came into the race as the series leader in owner points.
Blaney had the pole in Keselowski’s No. 29 Ford, and Logano started second.
Sauter has 448 points.
Crafton trails Sauter by nine points.
“Track position was everything,” Crafton said. “We were definitely a top-three, top-five truck.”
Ron Hornaday Jr. finished third in the race in the No. 30 Chevrolet.
“What a blast,” he said. “I had a lot of fun.”
Blaney is 16 points behind Sauter.

Mike Curb took the owner points lead from Keselowski, who slipped to fourth.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

'Kids are the coolest thing' for NASCAR's Wood Brothers Racing

RYAN BLANEY
Wood Brothers Racing has had veteran NASCAR drivers like Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader and Bill Elliott behind the wheel of the No. 21 Ford in the last decade or so.
More recently, the team has gone with developing drivers.
Ryan Blaney, 20, has signed to run the Wood Brothers' partial Sprint Cup schedule in 2015.
He follows Trevor Bayne, who was 20 when he took over as driver of the 21 in 2011. Bayne, who won the Daytona 500 in 2011, is to run the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford next year.
"Youth seems to be what it is all about," team co-owner Eddie Wood said at Michigan International Speedway on Friday. "We had really good results and relationship with Trevor, and I can see the same thing with Ryan."
Blaney's father, Dave, is a part-time Sprint Cup driver.
"I have known Ryan's dad since he came into the sport and it is a really grounded family," Wood said. "It is a racing family, as we are.
"I have grandkids now, and kids are the coolest thing."
Blaney leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points heading into Saturday's race at MIS.

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Return to NASCAR racing 'up to Tony' Stewart, team executive says

Tony Stewart will decide when he is ready to return to NASCAR Sprint Cup race, Brett Frood, executive vice president of Stewart-Haas Racing, said at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.
Stewart did not race at Watkins Glen the day after the sprint car he was driving struck and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. last Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, a dirt track in New York.
He will not drive in the Pure Michigan 400 at MIS on Sunday.
"This decision (to sit out the MIS race) was Tony's," Frood said. "He's grieving. (He) made the decision he's not ready to get in the race car and will take it week by week.
"It will be up to Tony when he's ready to get back in the car."
Jeff Burton will drive Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet at MIS.

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Taylor Ferns to race winged sprint car at Attica Raceway in Ohio on Saturday

Taylor Ferns, whose recent 410-winged sprint car race schedule has been repeatedly interrupted by rain,  looks to put that behind her this weekend at Northwest Ohio at Attica Raceway Park.
Ferns will be in action with the Fremont Attica Sprint Title (F.A.S.T.) on Saturday in the Jimmy’s Towing/Indy Race Parts Maxim. The racing program will begin with hot laps, followed by time trials, heat races and a 30-lap feature.
“I've been at the race shop helping out every day, so that keeps me focused on it, even if we haven’t been on the track for a few weeks,” Ferns told Ferns Racing PR. “I’ve used a GoPro camera every race this year, so I’ve been going back and watching a lot of the races from earlier this year the last few weeks. Always thinking about racing and having it fresh in your mind is a good way to stay focused.”
Shelby Township resident Ferns, 18, has raced three times at Attica Raceway Park in 2014. She led laps in her debut at the 1/3-mile track on May 9 before a spin relegated her to a 14th-place finish. She finished third in her heat race that night. Ferns returned to Attica on the Fourth of July and came home 16th in the A-Feature. On July 18 at the high-banked bullring, she crossed the finish line 13th. She opened the night by recording the eighth-fastest lap in time trials of the 28 entries and then finished third in the second heat race.

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