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<TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=550 align=center><TBODY><TR><TD colSpan=4></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=4></TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top colSpan=4><TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=550><TBODY><TR><TD width=191></TD><TD vAlign=top width=359></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top width=391></TD><TD bgColor=#e5e5e5 width=13></TD><TD bgColor=#e5e5e5 vAlign=top width=146></TD><TD bgColor=#999999 width=1></TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top width=391><TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=381><TBODY><TR><TD>For Weekend of September 2-6



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>THE BIG STORY</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Jeff Gordon's 85th career Sprint Cup series victory in Tuesday's rain-delayed AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway put him third on Cup's all-time winners list, behind only Richard Petty and David Pearson. Gordon and Hendrick Chevrolet teammate Jimmie Johnson battled over the last 10 laps, both with loose cars, and while Johnson got alongside Gordon he couldn't make the pass. Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards completed the top five. With one race to go before the Chase, Johnson leads Kyle Busch (23d) by 21 points and Denny Hamlin is holding onto the last Chase place. Antron Brown, Mike Neff, Greg Anderson and Hector Arana Jr. were the pro class winners Monday in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, near Indianapolis, NHRA's most prestigious race.

Also: Dale Earnhardt Jr. signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2017 Sprint Cup season . . . Kentucky Speedway announced it has purchased additional land for parking and highway improvements to improve traffic flow . . . The FIA confirmed Nov. 18, 2012 for the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas . . .Chris Carrier replaced David Hyder as crew chief on the Kevin Harvick Inc. No. 33 Nationwide Chevrolet . . . IndyCar officials dropped Giorgio Pantano from sixth to 17th for blocking on the last lap at Infineon Raceway . . . Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive in the Rolex series' GT class next season for Rick Ware's team . . . The IndyCar return to California's Auto Club Speedway next year will be a night race on Sept. 15 . . . In the World of Oultaws, Craig Dollansky won Friday night at Skagit Speedway in Washington, and Sam Hafertepe Jr. picked up his first career Outlaws win there Saturday. Kraig Kinser won for the first time this season Monday at Oregon's Cottage Grove Speedway.

</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>NASCAR Sprint Cup Series</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Kasey Kahne took the pole Saturday at Atlanta with a 186.197 mph lap. Tuesday, Clint Bowyer led the first lap, then Kahne passed him. The first yellow waved on lap 13 when Bobby Labonte spun. Bowyer got to the front again on lap 17, then Kyle Busch passed him 10 laps later. A competition caution came out on lap 32, then, Busch continued up front. Jeff Gordon went ahead on lap 47 and stayed there through a round of green-flag pit stops. On lap 93, Labonte wrecked, and Gordon came out of the pits in the lead. Andy Lally got into the wall on lap 128. Matt Kenseth was first for the lap 134 restart. Gordon and Kenseth then swapped the top spot through green pit visits. On lap 176, the yellow came out when David Gilliland stalled at pit entrance, and the field ran under yellow because of light rain. The green came out on lap 185 and Carl Edwards battled with Kenseth for the lead. Rain again forced a yellow on lap 201. J.J. Yeley didn't pit with the rest of the pack and was scored No. 1 when the red flag was displayed on lap 210. Both Yeley and Landon Cassill pitted before the green flag, so Carl Edwards, and then Kenseth, led. Jimmie Johnson went ahead on lap 233. On lap 241, Bowyer forced a yellow, and Martin Truex Jr. led on the restart after taking just two new tires during his pit stop. Johnson immediately passed him. Regan Smith brought out a yellow on lap 250. Gordon, despite a tire vibration, regained the lead on lap 276 and stayed there after green-flag pit stops. Johnson closed in the closing laps, and both drivers almost spun. Gordon won by .598 second and averaged 124.623 mph with nine yellows for 64 of the 325 laps. Kahne wound up 34th.
</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>NASCAR Nationwide Series</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Carl Edwards started on the pole, fell to the back after a pit penalty, then won Saturday night's Great Clips 300 at Atlanta. Edwards dragged a piece of pit equipment out of the box on an early stop, causing the penalty. He passed Kevin Harvick after a restart with 19 laps to go and won by .697 seconds in his Ford Mustang. Kyle Busch was second and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. third. Turner teammates Reed Sorenson and Justin Allgaier crashed when Allgaier hit Sorenson's bumper. Edwards averaged 132.811 mph with six yellows for 27 of the 195 laps. Stenhouse leads Elliott Sadler (10th) by 13 points.


</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>NASCAR Camping World Truck Series</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Ron Hornaday Jr. stretched his fuel supply and won Friday night's Good Sam Club 200 at Atlanta. Hornaday went to the front with 17 laps to go when dominant leader Clint Bowyer plus Kyle Busch had to pit for gas. He won by 1.5 seconds over Bowyer despite getting front-end damage on his Chevrolet on a restart earlier in the event. Busch was third. Hornaday averaged 122.467 mph with five yellows for 24 of the 130 laps. Bowyer led 97 laps. James Buescher (10th) leads Johnny Sauter (29th) by 12 points.

</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">In the Top Fuel final at Indy, Antron Brown clocked 3.813 seconds, 321.73 mph to beat Del Worsham, 3.830, 320.43 mph. In Funny Car, Mike Neff's Ford Mustang went 4.068, 314.61 mph to defeat Bob Tasca III's 4.147, 278.00 mph in a Mustang. Jack Beckman qualified fifth in the Valvoline/Aaron's Dodge Charger and lost in the second round. In Pro Stock, Greg Anderson's GXP ran 6.552, 210.50 mph to best teammate Jason Line's 6.538, 210.83 on a holeshot. Ron Krisher qualified 12th in the Valvoline GXP and lost in the first round. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hector Arana Jr. earned his first career national event triumph. His Buell made a 6.867, 192.60 mph pass to beat Jerry Savoie's 7.005, 189.36 on a Suzuki. Worsham, Neff, Anderson and Eddie Krawiec are the class leaders going into the six-race Countdown to the championship.


</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>Izod IndyCar Series</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Will Power won Sunday's inaugural Baltimore street race from the pole and closed to within five points of the championship lead. Power led the first 20 and last 15 laps and finished 10.2 seconds up on Oriol Servia, who started 14th. Tony Kanaan was third, after starting 27th in a backup car, because his brakes failed in the warmup session and he crashed into -- and flew over -- Helio Castroneves. Series leader Dario Franchitti was fourth. A collision between Ryan Briscoe and Ryan Hunter-Reay stacked up about a dozen cars and caused a long yellow and Kanaan gained many spots by maneuvering through an opening on the jammed track. Power averaged 75.046 mph with two yellows for 16 of the 75 laps.



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>American Le Mans Series</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Steven Kane and Humaid al Masaood won their first series race in Saturday's inaugural two-hour, 71-lap event on the streets of Baltimore. Kane, in a Lola-Mazda, finished 6.9 seconds ahead of teammates Guy Smith and Chris Dyson. Smith led but had trouble restarting his engine after a mid-race, yellow-flag, pit stop. In GT, Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers won in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. In LMPC, Kyle Marcelli and Tomy Drissi won in an Oreca. In GTC, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Tim Pappas won in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.


</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>Valvoline Winners Last Week</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Antron Brown, NHRA Top Fuel class, Indianapolis. Carl Edwards, NASCAR Nationwide series, Atlanta.




</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>Racer of the Week</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Antron Brown. Adds Top Fuel class win to his two career victories in Pro Stock Motorcycle in NHRA's most prestigious event.



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>YES, He REALLY Said That</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Kevin Harvick, on why he's not attending NASCAR White House ceremony this week. "I don't think that is anyone's business. It is just one of those things where we have so many things going on that particular week leading up to the Chase. It is just a bad week for us to be committed to more than one thing to go up the day before we have to be in Richmond."



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>This Week</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">NASCAR tries one more time before the Chase, at Richmond, with Friday Nationwide and Saturday night Cup. Formula One roars in Monza, Italy.







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Last edited by Space; 09-07-2011 at 03:08 PM.
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:41 PM
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Great post space, being a Gordon fan it was awesome to see him get win #85, i wasnt able to watch the other races sadly
 
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