Sprint Cup Series: Sunday, June 23, 2013: Toyota/Save Mart 350, Sonoma Raceway, 2:00pm, (PRN)
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EDWARDS JOINS ‘UNLIMITED’ FIELD Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing is the eighth driver this season to have their name placed on the eligibility list for next year’s Sprint Unlimited at Daytona non-points special event that features pole winners from the previous season and traditionally kicks off Speedweeks at “The World Center of Racing.” Edwards secured the Number-1 starting spot for this past weekend’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a lap of 202.452 miles per hour. He finished eighth in Sunday’s race. Edwards joins Danica Patrick, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch as 2013 Cup Series pole winners now eligible for the 2014 “Unlimited.”
FORD WINS ‘MANUFACTURER’S TROPHY’ Greg Biffle, one of Edwards’ teammates at Roush Fenway Racing, drove to victory in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway and in the process, made Ford Motor Company the inaugural recipient of the “Manufacturer’s Trophy.” M-I-S introduced the award this past weekend. It will recognize the winning manufacturer after each of its two annual Sprint Cup Series races. NASCAR returns to the Irish Hills oval in two months for the August 18th Pure Michigan 400 … which was won last year by Biffle.
GOODYEAR TESTS IN ATLANTA Goodyear Tire testing continues this week with a single-day session scheduled today for Atlanta Motor Speedway. Drivers expected to participate include Marcos Ambrose of Richard Petty Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne of Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing rookie Ricky Stenhouse Junior. Hamlin, Kahne and Stenhouse are all former winners at A-M-S, either in the Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series. Ambrose will be seeking his first victory on the mile-and-a-half Hampton, Georgia, oval when the Cup Series returns for the Advo-Care 500 on Sunday, September 1st … Those four drivers are among forty-two who will be heading west later this week for the first road racing weekend of the season in Sonoma, California.
TRACK FACTS ► Kyle Larson of Turner Scott Motorsports had the highest finish by a rookie in either of NASCAR’s top two series that competed this past weekend, placing second (to Regan Smith) in Saturday’s Alliance Truck Parts 250 Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway. ► Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing set a Nationwide Series record with his fourth straight pole on Saturday. He posted a quick lap of 191.882 miles per hour, also breaking the M-I-S qualifying record he had set a year earlier – by three tenths of a second. Dillon led a race-high sixty-one laps on Saturday but was slowed by a flat tire and finished twentieth, two laps down to race winner Smith … There are forty-three drivers on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s Johnsonville Sausage 200 at Road America, the first of three Nationwide Series road races this season. Nelson Piquet Junior is the defending winner.
ON THIS DATE June 18th, 2005: Carl Edwards set a Kentucky Speedway qualifying record for the Nationwide Series with a lap of 181.287 miles per hour. He also won the race later in the day. Edwards’ mark still stands as the Nationwide Series returns to “The Bluegrass State” next week for the June 28th Feed the Children 300.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
1290 WHKY 2013 broadcast schedule: (schedule subject to change) June 29: Quaker State 400, Kentucky Speedway, 6:30pm July 6: Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, 6:30pm July 14: Lenox Industrial Tools 301, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12 noon July 28: Crown Royal 400, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 12 noon August 4: GoBowling.com 400, Pocono Raceway, 12 noon August 11: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, Watkins Glen International, 12 noon August 18: Pure Michigan 400, Michigan International Speedway, 12 noon August 24: Irwin Tools Night Race, Bristol Motor Speedway, 6:30pm September 1: AdvoCare 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway, 6:30pm September 7: Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond 6:30pm September 15: GEICO 400, Chicagoland Speedway, 1pm September 22: Sylvania 300, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1pm September 29: AAA 400, Dover International Speedway, 1pm October 6: Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas Speedway, 1pm October 12: Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6:30pm October 20: Camping World RV Sales 500, Talladega Superspeedway, 1pm October 27: Goody's 500, Martinsville Speedway, 12:30pm November 3: AAA Texas 500, Texas Motor Speedway, 2pm November 10: AdvoCare 500, Phoenix International Raceway, 2pm November 17: Ford 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2pm
NASCAR Nationwide Series
1290 WHKY 2013 broadcast schedule: (schedule subject to change) June 28: Feed the Children 300, Kentucky Speedway, 7pm July 5: Subway Firecracker 250, Daytona International Speedway, 7pm July 13: F.W. Webb 200, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 3pm July 21: STP 300, Chicagoland Speedway, 2:30pm July 27: Indiana 250, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, TBD August 3: U.S. Cellular 250, Iowa Speedway, 7:30pm August 10: Zippo 200 at the Glen, Watkins Glen International, 1:45pm August 17: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 2pm August 31: NRA American Warrior 300, Atlanta Motor Speedway, 6:30pm September 14: Dollar General 300, Chicagoland Speedway, 3pm September 21: Kentucky 300, Kentucky Speedway, 3:30pm September 28: OneMain Financial 200, Dover International Speedway, 3pm October 5: Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, 3pm November 2: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Texas Motor Speedway, 7pm November 9: Great Clips 200, Phoenix International Raceway, 3:30pm November 16: Ford EcoBoost 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 4pm
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
1290 WHKY 2013 broadcast schedule: (schedule subject to change) June 27: UNOH 225, Kentucky Speedway, 7:30pm July 13 : American Ethanol 200, Iowa Speedway, 8pm July 24: Mudsummer Classic, Eldora Speedway, 7:30pm August 3: Pennsylvania Mountains 125, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm August 17: Michigan 200, Michigan International Speedway, 12 noon August 21: UNOH 200, Bristol Motor Speedway, 7:30pm September 1: Canadian Tire 175, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, TBD September 8: Iowa 200, Iowa Speedway, 1:30pm September 28: Smith’s 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 8pm October 19: Fred's 250, Talladega Superspeedway, 3:30pm October 26: Kroger 200, Martinsville Speedway, 1pm
Indy Car Series
1290 WHKY 2013 broadcast schedule: (schedule subject to change) July 7: Pocono IndyCar 400, Pocono, 12 noon August 25: GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sonoma Raceway, 4pm September 1: Grand Prix of Baltimore, Streets of Baltimore, 2pm October 19: American Real TV 500 IndyCar World Championships, Auto Club Speedway, 8pm
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