Auto Racing - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/cat/AutoRacing Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) NASCAR: Joey Logano edges Brad Keselowski for first win at Bristol http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58330123-77/logano-laps-kenseth-keselowski.html.csp Bristol, Tenn. • Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth’s gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three times, joining the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished second. “It’s awesome,” Logano said in Victory Lane. “I’ve never won more than one race... Bristol, Tenn. • Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth’s gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three times, joining the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished second. “It’s awesome,” Logano said in Victory Lane. “I’ve never won more than one race... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58330123@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:10:57 MDT Motocross: Utah’s Landen Powell ready for Lucas Oil Pro event http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58321904-77/class-powell-250-championship.html.csp Tooele • Landen Powell of South Jordan will be the hometown favorite Saturday in the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Miller Motorsports Park. Powell, 22, has been racing in motocross since the age of 4. He has raced professionally for the last five years. In the just-concluded Monster Energy Supercross Championship, Powell enjoyed a career-best season. He qualified for five main events and finished as high as 11th, in the prestigious East-West Shootout in Las Vegas. Miller Mot... Tooele • Landen Powell of South Jordan will be the hometown favorite Saturday in the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Miller Motorsports Park. Powell, 22, has been racing in motocross since the age of 4. He has raced professionally for the last five years. In the just-concluded Monster Energy Supercross Championship, Powell enjoyed a career-best season. He qualified for five main events and finished as high as 11th, in the prestigious East-West Shootout in Las Vegas. Miller Mot... 58321904@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:51:17 MDT Jeff Gordon savors craft beer like a NASCAR win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58319304-77/gordon-beer-dogfish-brewery.html.csp Milton, Del. • Jeff Gordon may as well have been any average sports fan, sliding up to the bar and ordering a beer. But for a guy who has mastered winemaking as well as he has winning races, Gordon needed a remedial course on the finer points of handling a cold one. “Do you smell the beer like you do with wine?” Gordon asked. He raised the glass to his nose, inhaled the fruity complexity and pungent hoppiness of a Dogfish Head 61, and started to drink. One sip turned into two sips. And with a fe... Milton, Del. • Jeff Gordon may as well have been any average sports fan, sliding up to the bar and ordering a beer. But for a guy who has mastered winemaking as well as he has winning races, Gordon needed a remedial course on the finer points of handling a cold one. “Do you smell the beer like you do with wine?” Gordon asked. He raised the glass to his nose, inhaled the fruity complexity and pungent hoppiness of a Dogfish Head 61, and started to drink. One sip turned into two sips. And with a fe... 58319304@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:16:01 MDT NASCAR: Restart helps Gordon to victory at Michigan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58308922-77/gordon-race-cup-michigan.html.csp Brooklyn, Mich. • Jeff Gordon’s third Sprint Cup win of the season came down to one crucial restart. Gordon got the better of Joey Logano and led Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway with 16 laps remaining. After that, he had little trouble maintaining a comfortable margin over Kevin Harvick, who ended up finishing second. “Joey, as we rolled up to some of the restarts — not that last one, but some of the other ones — as guys were starting to sort of anticipate it, he was slowing dow... Brooklyn, Mich. • Jeff Gordon’s third Sprint Cup win of the season came down to one crucial restart. Gordon got the better of Joey Logano and led Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway with 16 laps remaining. After that, he had little trouble maintaining a comfortable margin over Kevin Harvick, who ended up finishing second. “Joey, as we rolled up to some of the restarts — not that last one, but some of the other ones — as guys were starting to sort of anticipate it, he was slowing dow... 58308922@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:19:02 MDT NASCAR: Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58306431-77/chevrolet-200-gordon-ford.html.csp Brooklyn, Mich. • It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon’s last victory at Michigan — which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR’s top series. One of those droughts is finally over. Can the 43-year-old driver end the other as well? “Certainly things are going well — there’s no doubt about that,” Gordon said. “I’m as shocked as anybody else.” Gordon raced to his third Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at Michigan... Brooklyn, Mich. • It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon’s last victory at Michigan — which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR’s top series. One of those droughts is finally over. Can the 43-year-old driver end the other as well? “Certainly things are going well — there’s no doubt about that,” Gordon said. “I’m as shocked as anybody else.” Gordon raced to his third Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at Michigan... 58306431@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:40:21 MDT Johnson hoping to end skid before Chase http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58304120-77/johnson-chase-cup-drivers.html.csp Brooklyn, Mich. • The finishes seem implausible, especially because they’ve come in succession — 42nd place at Daytona, 42nd at New Hampshire, a brief improvement to 14th at the Brickyard, followed by a dip to 39th at Pocono and 28th at Watkins Glen. This is Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR’s six-time Sprint Cup champion? “It has been a very challenging year,” Johnson said. “We started off without the speed that we wanted. We got the speed back and then the luck left. So, we choose to look at it as we’re ... Brooklyn, Mich. • The finishes seem implausible, especially because they’ve come in succession — 42nd place at Daytona, 42nd at New Hampshire, a brief improvement to 14th at the Brickyard, followed by a dip to 39th at Pocono and 28th at Watkins Glen. This is Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR’s six-time Sprint Cup champion? “It has been a very challenging year,” Johnson said. “We started off without the speed that we wanted. We got the speed back and then the luck left. So, we choose to look at it as we’re ... 58304120@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:33:26 MDT Stewart sitting out Michigan after dirt-car racing death http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58298933-77/stewart-ward-car-cup.html.csp Charlotte, N.C. • Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, skipping a second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race since striking and killing a driver in a dirt-track race at a small New York track. Stewart announced the decision in a statement Thursday. His plans for the rest of the season have not been determined. Jeff Burton will drive Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet in Michigan. Stewart also sat out Sunday at Watkins Glen, a day after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. dur... Charlotte, N.C. • Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, skipping a second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race since striking and killing a driver in a dirt-track race at a small New York track. Stewart announced the decision in a statement Thursday. His plans for the rest of the season have not been determined. Jeff Burton will drive Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet in Michigan. Stewart also sat out Sunday at Watkins Glen, a day after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. dur... 58298933@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:46:53 MDT Praise at funeral for ‘small-town boy’ hit by Stewart’s car http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58296739-77/ward-stewart-racing-car.html.csp Turin, N.Y. • Kevin Ward Jr. was remembered as a “small-town boy” who loved his sport during Thursday’s funeral for the 20-year-old dirt-track racer whose car was hit by one driven by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. More than 700 mourners jammed the South Lewis Senior High School auditorium for the 90-minute service, a mix of tears and cheerful recollections of someone who began racing at a young age. “Even if he had rough day, he always had a smile,” a tearful Dylan Swiernick said of his best fri... Turin, N.Y. • Kevin Ward Jr. was remembered as a “small-town boy” who loved his sport during Thursday’s funeral for the 20-year-old dirt-track racer whose car was hit by one driven by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. More than 700 mourners jammed the South Lewis Senior High School auditorium for the 90-minute service, a mix of tears and cheerful recollections of someone who began racing at a young age. “Even if he had rough day, he always had a smile,” a tearful Dylan Swiernick said of his best fri... 58296739@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:29:02 MDT Stewart fatal crash probe focuses on lighting, track http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58284052-77/stewart-ward-car-track.html.csp Canandaigua, N.Y. • The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.’s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track. In a sport steeped with bravado, what happened next was another familiar, but treacherous, move: Wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, the 20-year-old Ward unbuckled himself, climbed out of the winged car into the night and defiantly walked onto the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. He gestured, ma... Canandaigua, N.Y. • The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.’s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track. In a sport steeped with bravado, what happened next was another familiar, but treacherous, move: Wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, the 20-year-old Ward unbuckled himself, climbed out of the winged car into the night and defiantly walked onto the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. He gestured, ma... 58284052@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:51:48 MDT NASCAR: Allmendinger wins again at Watkins Glen http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58282228-77/allmendinger-ambrose-car-race.html.csp Watkins Glen, N.Y. • AJ Allmendinger beat Marcos Ambrose on a two-lap dash to the finish to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on a somber Sunday. The victory made his one-car team for JTG Daugherty Racing eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title. Allmendinger held off Ambrose through the first two turns and opened a lead after both cars bumped and won going away. Three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart pulled out of the race 12 hours after he struck and killed a sp... Watkins Glen, N.Y. • AJ Allmendinger beat Marcos Ambrose on a two-lap dash to the finish to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on a somber Sunday. The victory made his one-car team for JTG Daugherty Racing eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title. Allmendinger held off Ambrose through the first two turns and opened a lead after both cars bumped and won going away. Three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart pulled out of the race 12 hours after he struck and killed a sp... 58282228@www.sltrib.com Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:01:01 MDT NASCAR: Tony Stewart ready to heat up at Watkins Glen http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58279700-77/stewart-glen-race-watkins.html.csp Watkins Glen, N.Y. • Tony Stewart didn’t compete at Watkins Glen International last year, breaking his leg in a sprint car accident in Iowa just days before the Sprint Cup race at a track he’d dominated for a decade. Stewart broke two bones in his right leg and was sidelined for the remainder of the season as his streak of consecutive starts in Cup ended at 521. “I still deal with pain every day, but that’s something that’s not even going to probably go away by the end of the year,” Stewart said... Watkins Glen, N.Y. • Tony Stewart didn’t compete at Watkins Glen International last year, breaking his leg in a sprint car accident in Iowa just days before the Sprint Cup race at a track he’d dominated for a decade. Stewart broke two bones in his right leg and was sidelined for the remainder of the season as his streak of consecutive starts in Cup ended at 521. “I still deal with pain every day, but that’s something that’s not even going to probably go away by the end of the year,” Stewart said... 58279700@www.sltrib.com Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:28:03 MDT As investigation begins, Stewart pulls out of race http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58281274-77/stewart-ward-car-track.html.csp Canandaigua, N.Y. • The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.’s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track. In a sport steeped with bravado, what happened next was another familiar, but treacherous, move: Wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, the 20-year-old Ward unbuckled himself, climbed out of the winged car into the night and defiantly walked onto the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. He gestured, ma... Canandaigua, N.Y. • The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.’s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track. In a sport steeped with bravado, what happened next was another familiar, but treacherous, move: Wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, the 20-year-old Ward unbuckled himself, climbed out of the winged car into the night and defiantly walked onto the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. He gestured, ma... 58281274@www.sltrib.com Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:55:50 MDT Speed Week: Teams hoping to hit 500-miles-per-hour mark http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58250996-77/salt-speed-flats-500.html.csp The Southern California Timing Association will be celebrating a Century of Speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats when the 66th annual Speed Week opens Saturday on the Bonneville Salt Flats 15 minutes east of Wendover. The seven-day event has already seen a record 544 pre-entries, including as many as 10 cars with the capability of breaking the elusive 500-miles-per-hour mark, something that has never been done by a piston-driven wheeled vehicle. “We’ve got between a half dozen to 10 teams saying ... The Southern California Timing Association will be celebrating a Century of Speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats when the 66th annual Speed Week opens Saturday on the Bonneville Salt Flats 15 minutes east of Wendover. The seven-day event has already seen a record 544 pre-entries, including as many as 10 cars with the capability of breaking the elusive 500-miles-per-hour mark, something that has never been done by a piston-driven wheeled vehicle. “We’ve got between a half dozen to 10 teams saying ... 58250996@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:52:47 MDT NASCAR: Stewart marks 1-year anniversary of injury in Iowa http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58268110-77/race-win-cup-indycar.html.csp Charlotte, N.C. • Tony Stewart was exactly where he wanted to be when he marked the anniversary of the devastating injury that cost him the second half of last year’s NASCAR season. He was trackside in Iowa at the Knoxville Nationals. The three-time Cup champion has not once wavered in his commitment to sprint car racing despite the crash in Iowa last August that led to a broken right leg. He marked the anniversary Tuesday night with a post on his Twitter account, noting his life changed one yea... Charlotte, N.C. • Tony Stewart was exactly where he wanted to be when he marked the anniversary of the devastating injury that cost him the second half of last year’s NASCAR season. He was trackside in Iowa at the Knoxville Nationals. The three-time Cup champion has not once wavered in his commitment to sprint car racing despite the crash in Iowa last August that led to a broken right leg. He marked the anniversary Tuesday night with a post on his Twitter account, noting his life changed one yea... 58268110@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:47:02 MDT NASCAR: Jeff Gordon shows he’s contender in title chase http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58254598-77/gordon-kahne-pain-race.html.csp Long Pond, Pa. • Jeff Gordon turned a nostalgic weekend at the Brickyard into a powerful reminder that he can still win NASCAR’s biggest races. Oh, and a fifth championship. But for all the proof that Gordon is still a driver to contend with in a championship push, he realizes he’s not in the same physical condition when he won his first Brickyard in 1994. Gordon turns 43 on Monday with an achy back that he feels when settling behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet. “It’s not great, that’s for... Long Pond, Pa. • Jeff Gordon turned a nostalgic weekend at the Brickyard into a powerful reminder that he can still win NASCAR’s biggest races. Oh, and a fifth championship. But for all the proof that Gordon is still a driver to contend with in a championship push, he realizes he’s not in the same physical condition when he won his first Brickyard in 1994. Gordon turns 43 on Monday with an achy back that he feels when settling behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet. “It’s not great, that’s for... 58254598@www.sltrib.com Sat, 02 Aug 2014 19:16:01 MDT NASCAR: Larson wins 1st career pole at Pocono Raceway http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58251927-77/larson-pole-pocono-win.html.csp Long Pond, Pa. • Kyle Larson had one more celebration left during his birthday week, setting a track record of 183.438 mph to win his first career Sprint Cup pole Friday at Pocono Raceway. He broke the mark of 181.415 that Denny Hamlin set in June. Larson, one of the top rookies in NASCAR, turned 22 on Thursday and wants to keep the party going with his first win Sunday. Larson could use a victory to secure a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, though he would make the 16-car fiel... Long Pond, Pa. • Kyle Larson had one more celebration left during his birthday week, setting a track record of 183.438 mph to win his first career Sprint Cup pole Friday at Pocono Raceway. He broke the mark of 181.415 that Denny Hamlin set in June. Larson, one of the top rookies in NASCAR, turned 22 on Thursday and wants to keep the party going with his first win Sunday. Larson could use a victory to secure a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, though he would make the 16-car fiel... 58251927@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:15:02 MDT