Helio Castroneves and Jeb Burton Win at Texas
Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves became the first four-time IZOD IndyCar Series winner at Texas Motor Speedway with a dominating performance in Saturday night's Firestone 550. Castroneves led the final 132 laps of the 228- lap event, beating reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, and this year’s Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan. The victory was the first of the season for Castroneves as well as Team Penske and, more importantly, gave him sole possession of the IZOD IndyCar Series championship lead. In Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400, 20-year old Jeb Burton beat a fast-closing Ty Dillon to collect his first career victory in one of NASCAR’s top three Series. Jeb, son of 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton, has been strong all season long. He came into Texas with three pole starting spots, and four Top-10 finishes in the first six races of the
season. Jeb was able to close in on the Camping World Truck Series point lead. He’s now just 23 points behind current leader, Matt Crafton.
Up Next: Michigan
Race: Quicken Loans 400 - Race 15 of 36
Race Length: 400 miles - 200 laps
Track: Michigan International Speedway - 2 mile
2012 Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Radio: MRN Radio - Sun., June 16 - 11:00 am CDT
TV: TNT - Sunday, June 16 - 11:00 am CDT
Notes: With his victory last year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke a 4-year winless streak.
Jimmie Johnson Dominates at Pocono
NASCAR Wire Service: It’s not a good idea to rile up Jimmie Johnson.
A week after a penalty for jumping the final restart at Dover knocked
Johnson out of a near-certain victory, Johnson absolutely scorched the
field in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Poconos
400, beating Greg Biffle to the finish line by 1.208 seconds. The win was
Johnson’s third of the season, his third at the Tricky Triangle and the 63rd of his career. Johnson increased his series lead over second-place Carl Edwards (18th Sunday) to a staggering 51 points after 14 races. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran third, followed by Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman. Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano completed the top 10.
In the last five Michigan races, Greg Biffle has one win, one pole, and three Top-5 finishes. He’s also led more than 25% of the laps during that span.
In spite of two wins and two poles, Michigan ranks as one of Kurt Busch’s
worst tracks. He’s finished only half of the last eight races there, and
has a lifetime average of 21st.
1 JIMMIE JOHNSON
2 Carl Edwards -51
3 Clint Bowyer -69
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -82
5 Kevin Harvick -87
6 Matt Kenseth -103
7 Kyle Busch -109
8 Kasey Kahne -121
9 Brad Keselowski -123
10 Greg Biffle -126
WC Tony Stewart 1 Win
WC Jeff Gordon Points