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M.K. Kanke moved into second place in career victories on the NASCAR NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), organization that sanctions American stock-car races, est. 1948. It held its first race in Daytona Beach, Fla. Elite Division, Southwest Series with his win last Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway Irwindale Speedway is a motorsports facility located in Irwindale, California. It features banked, paved 1/2 and 1/3 mile oval tracks. It is mainly used for USAC sprint car and regional NASCAR races. .
It was his 20th career win. One more and Kanke will tie Rick Carelli, who won 21 races in 88 career starts, for the most wins in Southwest Series history.
It was also Kanke's third win in five races at Irwindale Speedway. He won two races in 2001 and missed several races at Irwindale Speedway over the last few years because of injuries and running a limited schedule.
Irwindale Speedway will host one more race, the Toyota All-Star Showdown The Toyota All-Star Showdown is a nonpoints, all-star race that brings together the top drivers in NASCAR's lower-level series.
It was inaugurated in 2003, and all three events so far have been held at Irwindale Speedway in suburban Los Angeles. in November. The Showdown is not a Southwest Series points race. Instead, it pits the top drivers from the four Elite Divisions across the country.
This will be the third time Irwindale Speedway has hosted the All-Star Showdown. If Kanke can maintain his spot in the top 10 in the Southwest Series standings, it will be the first time he is eligible for the Showdown.
But Kanke said winning at Irwindale Speedway so often is going to make repeating all the more difficult.
``It's going to be three or four times as tough next time,'' said Kanke, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Monte Carlo The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American mid-size car. Originally introduced by Chevrolet for the 1970 model year (as competition with the Ford Thunderbird), it has gone through six generations as of 2007. from Frazier Park.
That's because instead of racing against 22 cars from the Southwest Series, he will be competing against the top 39 drivers racing at the Elite Division level.
The way the schedule plays out puts Southwest Series drivers at a disadvantage as well.
The last race on the Southwest Series is at Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix International Raceway, or just PIR, is a one mile tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona. It opened in 1964, as the new home of major open-wheel racing in the Phoenix area, replacing the track at the Arizona State Fairgrounds as an automobile racing venue. , the same weekend as the All-Star Showdown. The drivers in the other three Elite Divisions will have a few extra days of practice at Irwindale Speedway while the Southwest Series drivers are racing at Phoenix.
Kanke is already planning ahead for that scenario.
``I want to take my old car to Phoenix, the one I hate,'' Kanke said jokingly. ``The one that don't make the races, so I can save this car for here.''
--NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Ron Hornaday Jr. was one turn away from winning the 28th race of his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career when he was caught up in Jimmy Spencer's spin out, hit the wall and knocked himself out of contention at Memphis Motorsports Park Memphis Motorsports Park is a race track located in just across the Loosahatchie River from Memphis, Tennessee, approximately ten miles south of Millington, Tennessee. It is owned by Dover Motorsports, which also controls Dover International Speedway, Gateway International Speedway .
Hornaday got lost in the smoke created by Spencer's spin, hit the turn 4 wall and opened the door for Brandon Whitt to pass and win the July 23 race.
Hornaday ended up 21st, but apparently has no ill feelings toward Spencer and how the Memphis race ended.
``Jimmy and I are buddies and we have talked it out since last week,'' said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale. ``That is how both of us race and sometimes those things happen. I felt so bad afterward and I know that Jimmy knew that I was really sorry for causing him any trouble.''
Hornaday rebounded with a third-place finish at Indianapolis Raceway Park last Friday night and heads into tonight's race at Nashville Speedway fourth in Truck Series points, 273 behind leader Dennis Setzer.
``That team can do no wrong right now and I am always for a fellow Chevrolet team to be doing well,'' said Hornaday, driver of the No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc. ``The championship is theirs to lose. If they keep running like they have been, it is going to be near impossible for anyone to catch up to them.''
Hornaday will be making his first Truck Series start at Nashville, but he has seven NASCAR Busch Series starts at the 1.3-mile tri-oval. His best finish came in 2004, a fifth-place driving for Richard Childress Racing RCR Enterprises, LLC, doing business as Richard Childress Racing, is a NASCAR team fielding Chevrolets for Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, and Scott Wimmer in the NEXTEL Cup Series as well as the #2 BB&T Chevy for Clint Bowyer, the #21 AutoZone Chevy for Harvick .
--Indy Racing League: Bryan Herta will be making his third career Indy Racing League The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series.
The League consists of two series, the premiere IndyCar Series start at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. But neither of his previous two starts were preceded by a win.
Herta is coming off his first win of the year, last Sunday at Michigan International Speedway Michigan International Speedway is a two-mile (3.22 km), moderate-banked, D shaped superspeedway located off U.S. Highway 12 on more than 1,400 acres  near Brooklyn, in the scenic Irish Hills area of southeastern Michigan. . He became the fourth Andretti Green Racing Andretti Green Racing is an auto racing team that competes in the IRL IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series. Early years in CART
Founded in 1993 by Barry Green and Gerry Forsythe as Forsythe Green Racing driver to win a race this year. Dan Wheldon has four, including the Indianapolis 500. Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Herta each have one.
As for Kentucky Speedway, Herta's best finish was a third-place in 2003.
``Kentucky is bumpy and challenging, but I've had some good races there in the past,'' said Herta, a Valencia resident and Hart High of Newhall graduate. ``This is the challenging part of the season because races come one after the other.''
With the win in Michigan, Herta moved up four places in the IRL 1. (jargon, chat) IRL - In real life. Generally synonymous with f2f.
2. (language, robotics) IRL - Industrial Robot Language. standings. He is fifth in points, 126 behind Wheldon, the series leader.
Kanaan and Franchitti, the other two Andretti Green drivers, are in the top-five in points as well.
--United States Rally Championship: The United States Rally Championship schedule has been expanded to eight events in 2006, series officials announced Thursday.
The Subaru Rim of the World Rally, which starts in Lancaster and runs through the fire roads in the Angeles National Forest The Angeles National Forest (ANF) was established by executive order on December 20, 1892 as the San Gabriel Timberland Reserve. It covers over 2,600 km² (650,000 acres) and is located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County, just north of the metropolitan area of Los , will be the third race on the United States Rally Championship schedule.
Three races have been added to the rally schedule. They are the Olympus International Rally in Shelton, Wash., the International Rally Tennessee in Linden, Tenn. and the International Rally New York New York, state, United States
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``We're excited about the championship schedule,'' said Ray Hocker, one of the Championship organizers. ``Prescott (Arizona) has a long history as a national level event, and the legend of the Olympus Rally is known to everybody in the rally community. We especially welcome the return of this former WRC WRC World Rally Championship (auto racing)
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The United States Rally Championship starts March 17 with the Cherokee Trails International Rally in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Rim of the World Rally is scheduled for April 28.
--Irwindale Speedway: The NASCAR Super Late Models return after nearly a month layoff with a pair of 50-lap races tonight at Irwindale Speedway.
Canyon High and College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. graduate Todd Southwell leads Andrew Phipps of Simi Valley by 56 points in the Super Late Model standings.
Southwell is also seventh in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series Division IV standings.
Donny Reuvers, a driver from Elko Speedway and Raceway Park in Minnesota, leads the national weekly racing standings with 1,022 points. Southwell has 874.
The NASCAR Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and West Coast Pro Trucks are scheduled to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway.
Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 6.
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