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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas 4B I Saturday, July 9, 2011 | herald-zeitung.comMOTORSPORTS ih-z BECOME ANhREPORTER Wt want your molonpotls stories ami ptiotos. E-mail them to sports® Be sure to include a daytime phone number Under the Bridge Earnhardt, Johnson: no hard feelings after Daytona SPARTA, Ky.(AP) Hale Farnhardt )r. heard about how his fans flcxxkxi limmie lohnson's Twitter [)age after the five-time NASCAR champion seemed to abandon his Hendrick Motorsports t('ammate late in last wcH'k's rac e at Daylona and u)uldn't help but rib the so( ial-m('dia loving Johnson, I callt'd him up and said, 'Now you know why I don't hav(‘Twitter/" Earnhardt said Friday at Ken-tu( ky SfM'edway, where the ( up series will make its (k'but this weekend. farnhardt couldn't help but laugh, c'vc'n if the fans i)t th(' series' most |)opular drivc'r weren't (|uite so forgiving ot lohnson's late move to [)it for gas instead ot try ing to nudge Farnhardt to his first victorv in more than three vc'ars. The duo spent most of the 400 mile race working .IS a two-t ar tand('m, with lohnson sc'rving as tiie [)usher much in the same* v\.u Farnhardt pushed lohnson to vie torv at Talladega this spring. Vc‘t as the laps dwindknl ,ind the group ot leaders startc'd to pull auav, lohnson {r('\\ ( hit'f ( had Knaus ord('r(*d his drivc'r to pit in hope's that a little ('xtra fuel \\oul(i provide the ditler en( e it th(‘ there w(‘re multiple grei'n-whiteH hctkerc'd timshes. It |ust do what \\v (.in to get our b(*st finish .Hid kind ot ever\ man lor SPRINT CUP Quaker State 400 Sparla, Ky ^ „a«t/rn.3h TRACK DtTAJLS Distance 1 5 mttes Race distance 400 5 nulee, 2«7 laps Shape Oval Banking 15“ tn turns Frontatretch 650 ft Back stretch 650 ft SCHEDULE: Thursday testing Fnday practice (SpeiKl, 11 30 a m -3 p m ), qualifying (Speed, 5-7 p m ), Saturday race, 7 30 p m (TNT 6 30-11 pm) NEXT race. Lenox Industnal Tools 301, July 17 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon N H SOURCE NASCAR AP Jimmie Johnson thi'mselves because we w(*re so dcH') in the field," lohnson sai(. The de( ision lett Farnhardt to lend for himselt and he c'ndc'd up l‘»th alter getting ( aught up in .) wriK k on th(> final l.ip. Frustrating^ Yt's. lohnson's fault^ Hardly. The move didn't exactly help him either, lohnson came in JOth. "I ligurt'd limmie would still have a g(X)d op|X)rtuni- t\ to get u[) to me and help us and pretty much we were in fine shafx* until pcH)[)le forgot how to draft" SPARTA, Ky.(AP) Kyle Busch to start on pole for Kentucky Cup Kvl(‘ Bust h will Ix' on the* pole for the inaugural NAS( AR Sf)rint ( uf) race at Kentuc ky Speu'dwav, grabbing th(‘ toj) spot afti'r ram washt'd out (lualifying and the starting order was based on practice times. luan Pablo Montoya will start second in Saturday night's 4()0-mile race and Kurt Busch will be third. Nearly half of the 48 cars attempting to make the 4,3-car field got in a f|ualify-ing run bc‘ft)re a thuncier-storm resulted in (jualify-ing to be based on the Fx'st la[)s during f riday's practice session. Th(' storm kept Kentucky native* Michael Waltri[) from making the field. Fie was fourth fastest e>f the 22 cars that went through c|ualifying, but those numbers were wif)ed out and he will miss the race because his top [)ractic(‘ sfX'C'd wasn't among the 4 i faste'st. IN THE PITS NASCAR QUAKER STATE 400 Sitt: Sparta, Ky Schtdula: Thursday, tatting: Friday, practica ISpaad, 11::%) a m-3 p m I, qualifying (Spaed, 5-7 p.m Saturday, raca, 7 30 p m. (TNT, 6:30-11 p m I Track Kentucky Speedway (oval, I S miles) Raca dlMinca; 400 5 miles, 267 laps Last year Inaugural race Last waak; David Ragan won at Daytona International Speedway, a little over four months after a late-race gaffe cost him a victory in the Daytona 500, Roush Fenway team mate Matt Kenseth was second Fait facts: The track it the first addition to the Cup schedule since Chicago and Kansas in 2001 Kevin Harvick tops the season standings — five points ahead of Carl Edwards Harvick also leads the senes with three victories Edwards is the only driver to win both Nationwide (20051 and Trucks (2003) races at the track Michael Waltrip, from Owensboro, Ky, IS entered m the No 15 Toyota Naxt raca: Lenox Industrial Tools Ml, July 17, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N H Online; http //www nascar com NATIONWIDE FEED THE CHILDREN 300 Site: Sparta, Ky Schedule: Thursday, practice, Friday practice, qualifying (Speed, 3 30-5 p m,), race, 7 M p m (ESPN, 7 1 30 pm.) Track: Kentucky Speedway (oval, 1 5 miles) Raca diftanca: W miles, 200 laps Last year Joey Logano became the first Nationwide driver to wm three consecutive races from the pole at one track, holding off Carl Edwards Logano led 106 of 200 laps Last waek; Logano won at Daytona International Speedway off a last-lap pusb from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch Jason Leffler was second Busch was fourth Fast facts: Busch has five victories this year and 48 overall, one short of Mark Martin's Nationwide record Martin is making his fourth start of the year He won at Las Vegas m March Edwards has four victories this year . Reed Sorenson leads the season standings, nine points ahead of Elliott Sadler Kasey Kahne is driving JR Motorsports' No. 7 Chevrolet Next raca: New England /OO, July 16, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N H Onlma: http://www nascar com CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS UNOH225 Site: Sparta, Ky Schedule: Wednesday practice, Thursday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 6-7 p m ), race, 8pm (Speed, 7 :k)-10:30 p m ). NASCAR com Elliott Sadler Track Kentucky Speedway (oval, 15 miles) Raca dittanct: 225 miles, 150 laps Last yaar Todd Bodine won the last of his four 2010 victories en route to his second series championship, holding off Johnny Sauter in the September race Last raca; Ron Hornaday Jr won at Texas on June 10, racing to his record 48th Trucks victory First place finisher Sauter was black flagged because he moved to the Inside in front of Hornaday before crossing the start finish line on the final restart Sauter was dropped to 22nd Fatt facts: Sauter leads the season standings, 20 points ahead of Cole Whitt Sauter won at Martinsville in April Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch has four victories this year Hornaday won at Kentucky in 2006 and 2009 The series will return to the track in October for the Kentucky 225 Next raca; Coca-Cola 200, July 16, Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa Onlina: http.//www nascar com INDYCAR HONDA INDY TORONTO Sita: Toronto Schadula: Fnday practice: Saturday practice, qualifying (Versus, 5 30-7 p.m.), Sunday, race, 2 50 p.m (Versus, 2-5 p m) Tract Streets of Toronto (street course, 1 755 miles) Race distance; 149 175 miles, 85 laps Last year Australia's Will Power raced to the fourth of tns five 2010 victories for Team Penske, passing Justin Wilson off a restart with 14 laps left and holding off Dario Franchitti Latt race: Marco Andretti won foe the second time in his IndyCar career, holding off Tony Kanaan on June 25 at Iowa Speedway Points leadei Franchitti was fifth Fast facts: Franchitti, the 2009 winner, has a 20-point lead over Power in the season standings America's Bast Warranty lO-Year/m.OOO-Mile Pcmtitrm Wimmy Assurance TEXAS I (S^HYUnDRI UNCENSORED ■ ■■ ■ ■Ji"' ‘ <S> HYunoni SOUTH POINT512.354.7080 BETTER PRICE, BETTER PAYMENT, BETTER SERVICE A^O ALWAYS MORE FOR YOUR TRADE! 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