Race Weekend Recap – 10-5-15

  • October 5, 2015

Hendrick Motorsports

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Earnhardt, Kahne earn top-10s at Dover

October 4, Dover, DE

A thrilling final race of the Challenger Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup saw one Hendrick Motorsports teammate lose his spot in the postseason, but another save his run for a championship in the final laps. Dale Earnhardt Jr. used the final restart of the race to gain four crucial positions and jump into the top 12 in the Chase standings, allowing him to advance along with Jeff Gordon to the Contender Round of the postseason. Jimmie Johnson wasn’t as fortunate, as an issue with a rear axle seal sent him to the garage early in the race en route to a finish of 41st. Johnson was eliminated from the Chase with the result. Earnhardt finished third and Kasey Kahne joined him in the top 10 with a sixth-place finish. Gordon took home 12th place. Kevin Harvick won the race utilizing a Hendrick Motorsports engine and chassis, giving Chevrolet its milestone 750th win in the process.

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Don Schumacher Racing

 

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SCHUMACHER, BROWN ADVANCE TO NHRA KEYSTONE NATIONALS FINAL NEAR READING

OCT 1-4, Reading, PA

The best news coming out of this weekend’s 31st annual NHRA Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pennsylvania is a hefty 100-point gap in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoff standings between the U.S. Army Top Fuel driver duo of Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and Antron Brown and the rest of the field. The not-so-good news for the eight-time and defending Top Fuel world champion Schumacher is the 94-point advantage Brown opened up Sunday with his third consecutive event title and seventh of the season.

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John Force Racing

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SEMI-FINAL FINISH CAPS SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND FOR BRITTANY FORCE

OCT 1-4, Reading, PA

The Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster and Brittany Force raced to another semi-final finish and moved up to the No. 3 position in the Mello Yello point standings this weekend. This was Force’s fifth semi-final finish to go along with two runner-up finishes and the third year pro is aggressively trying to chase down the points leaders with three Countdown races left in 2015. This weekend at the 31st running of the NHRA Keystone Nationals Force was the No. 1 qualifier with a career best elapsed time of 3.725 seconds and in the opening round against No. 14 qualifier Dave Connolly Force stepped up even more with a blistering and session best 3.707 second run at 328.46 mph.

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Kalitta Motorsports

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Worsham retains points lead on a rough day for Kalitta Motorsports

OCT 1-4, Reading, PA

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, held on to point lead as tricky conditions led to unfortunate finishes for the Kalitta Motorsports cars. For the first time in nearly four years, a Team Kalitta entry failed to make the second round. Teams battled weather all weekend. Both Friday qualifying sessions were cancelled, in addition, to the Saturday night session due to consistent rain showers. In the one ses-sion that pro teams were able to get in, a total of three nitro machines were able to make it down the Maple Grove Raceway surface setting up interesting matchups and a jumbled field.

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