Pahrump Valley Speedway • Saturday July 29 • Racing @ 7:00 pm
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BYRON LEADS MENARD TO WIN XFINITY SERIES RACE AT INDY
William Byron drives into Turn 1 during the NASCAR Xfinity auto race. Credit: AP Photo/Darren Cummings
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — William Byron's first trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway ended with an unforgettable finish.
After taking the lead with 15 laps left, the teenage rookie used some savvy moves and a little luck Saturday to hold off the hard-charging Paul Menard for his third NASCAR Xfinity Series win in less than a month. The margin of 0.108 seconds was the narrowest in race history, and he did it by successfully blocking the 2011 Brickyard 400 winner for the final two laps while dealing with a troublesome tire for the final 20.
"I can't believe that tire held," Byron shouted after the postrace celebration. "But it is awesome, man."
At 19 years, 7 months, 23 days, Byron became the youngest winner of a major race on Indy's historic 2.5-mile oval. Brazil's Matheus Leist set the previous mark in May when he won the Indy Lights race at 19 years, 8 months, 19 days.
And in three short weeks, Byron has visited victory lane at two tracks — Daytona and Indy — that often torment more experienced drivers.
Getting there Saturday sure wasn't easy.
Byron and the series' other drivers used restrictor plates, new air ducts and a different splitter in hopes of making the race more competitive than in past years. In part, it worked.
Eight drivers traded the lead 16 times, both race records. And before Menard pressed the issue, Byron had to hold off Joey Logano, who finished third more than three seconds back.
"I made a pretty aggressive dive into (turn) one on the last lap to see if I could get him loose but he hung on," Menard said. "Maybe I could have gotten his bumper but it would have killed my momentum too. I definitely tried to get him loose and couldn't."
But there was plenty of single-file racing, too.
Series officials will now debate whether a similar package would make for a more entertaining Cup race next September.
One driver who would vote against it is Kyle Busch, whose four-race winning streak at Indy ended. He wound up 12th, tying Michael Schumacher's track record for most consecutive wins in a race car. Marc Marquez won five straight in on two wheels in the MotoGP.
Byron, unlike Busch, had no complaints.
"I knew in practice the car was driving really well. I thought this was our race to lose," he said. "It's the first time I've come here and it's such a special moment walking into the place."
And he leaves with a win.
SETTING THE STAGE
Byron also narrowly held on to win the first of three stages, beating Busch by 0.113 seconds.
Pole-winner Elliott Sadler won the second stage under caution, just ahead of Brennan Poole.
Busch looked like he would hold on to win the final stage until he drove onto pit road with 18 laps to go, turning the lead over Sadler. Busch never led another lap.
"I'm still not sure why we did what we did," Busch said.
A post-race inspection also showed Erik Jones' car was missing a lugnut.
Justin Allgaier's solid run was undone in the pits.
On one stop, two crew members scrambled to get out of the way of the No. 7 car — with one leaping over the right fender as Allgaier drove into the pit box. Fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt.
But a green flag pit stop with four laps left in the second stage took Allgaier out of contention for good. He pulled out of his pit box before the crew signaled to go, running over a hose and dragging it into the next pit box where it ripped. The damage to the right front tire eventually caused damage to the fender and forced Allgaier to stop on the track before the tire came loose.
Busch and Byron have combined for the last five wins in the series. The duel will resume next Saturday at Iowa.
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Mullis takes over Bullring's NASCAR Super Late Models points lead
Most points leaders added to their margins at The Bullring's Night of Fire
There's a new leader atop the NASCAR Super Late Models division following Monday's Night of Fire at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Veteran Stan Mullis, in search of his first track championship at the 3/8-mile paved oval, finished third in the 76-lap "Spirit of '76" feature to move from first to third in the divisional points standings and leads Peyton Saxton 182-178 heading into the summer break. Defending NASCAR Super Late Models track champion Justin Johnson is third with 176 points, while six-time track champ Scott Gafforini is fourth at 147.
Most divisional leaders added to their margins on the Night of Fire, with Aaron McMorran widening his leads in the NASCAR Grand American Modifieds and NASCAR Bombers classes after winning races in both divisions. McMorran, a 25-time Bullring winner, finished second to Sam Jacks in the NASCAR Bombers race, but was awarded the victory after Jacks and his brother, Kyle, failed post-race tech inspection.
McMorran leads Sam Jacks 195-157 in the NASCAR Bombers division and holds a 119-114 advantage over Doug Hamm in the NASCAR Grand American Modifieds class. He is looking to become the first driver in Bullring history to win multiple track titles in the same season.
Other points leaders who added to their margins included Court Connell (NASCAR Super Stocks), Tyler Fabozzi (USLCI Legends), Ron Reed (USLCI Thunder Cars) and Camden Larsen (USLCI Bandolero Outlaws). Braden Connor (USLCI Bandolero Bandits) lost a bit of ground to Amilleo Thomson, but still leads Thomson 147-135 heading into the next event.
Bullring drivers are on a seven-week break during the summer swelter and return to action on Saturday, Aug. 26, for Back to School Night presented by Whelen Engineering. All area students, teachers and staff will be admitted free with valid school IDs, and Back to School Night is the first of four remaining points races at the LVMS short track.
Track championships will be determined on Championship Night on Saturday, Oct. 7.
For more information and complete point standings, please visit LVMS online HERE.
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Pahrump Valley Speedway
The next race is July 29, 2017
Gates @ 6:00pm, racing @ 7:00pm
Modifieds, Super Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Coupes, Bombers, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Mini Dwarfs & Micro sprints.
For more information and the 2017 schedule, please visit Pahrump Valley Speedway online HERE.
Photo Credit: Rob Street Racing Photography
Pahrump Valley Speedway
Gary Wyatt in the #33 car with his trophy after winning the bomber main
Dan Fitzgerald in the #37 modified picking up his trophy (Pahrump Valley Speedway) Photo Credit: Kaye Wyatt
O'Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem #8
The 2017 O'Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a safe alternative to illegal street racing. The speedway staff encourages enthusiasts to race each other on the safer confines of its NHRA-sanctioned, quarter-mile drag strip. This event is open to all licensed and registered street-legal vehicles.
Friday July 7, 2017 - 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Fees and Admission:
Car and driver (tech card): $20.
Showcase/Grudge Class car and driver (tech card): $30.
Ride-along passenger: $15.
Show vehicle/pit area parking pass: $15.
For more information and rules, please visit LVMS online HERE.
Mojave Valley Racing
- SUMMER BREAK -
More information will be posted soon
Havasu 95 Speedway
Saturday March 19, 2016
"Bring On Spring!"
Lucas Oil Modifieds
Bandoleros - Twin 20's
Sam Nichols Factory Stocks
Gates open at 12:00pm, racing at 2:00pm
Touch A Truck To Benefit Family To Family Connection
** TOUCH-A-TRUCK WILL BE APRIL 2, 2016 at the NW parking lot of the Orleans Arena
Touch a truck, where special needs children come out and spend time with the different vehicles that are available. We have race cars that will be on display, so come out and join us for an exciting day for the entire family.
More information will be posted as we get closer to the event.
For more information and tickets, please visit touch a truck HERE.
Ever wonder what touch a truck is really about?
For more information on family to family connection, please HERE.
**This information is subject to change. We will update details as it becomes available.
• All events, dates, times and classes are subject to change without prior notice.