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March 23, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Denny Hamlin on Friday won the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Hamlin, already a winner this season at Phoenix earlier this month, turned a lap of 186.403 mph in his No. 11 Toyota on the two-mile Fontana track to capture the first starting spot for Joe Gibbs Racing. "We have speed this weekend," Hamlin said. "Everything kind of worked out in our favor. " Gibbs teammate Kyle Busch qualified second for Sunday's race at 185.534 mph in his No. 18 Toyota.
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January 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Former action sports star Travis Pastrana will drive full-time in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series this year in a car prepared by Roush Fenway Racing, the team said Thursday. Pastrana, 29, will drive the No. 60 Ford Mustang in all 33 Nationwide races and "we are committed to doing everything we can to see his career develop in NASCAR," team co-owner Jack Roush said in a statement. A celebrated motorcycle and rally car racer, notably in the X Games, Pastrana turned his sights on stock-car racing and made nine Nationwide starts last year.
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May 3, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Travis Pastrana, the former X Games star turned NASCAR driver, added to his collection of firsts Friday by winning the pole position for the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. He circled the 2.66-mile tri-oval with a fast lap of 176.500 mph in qualifying for the Aaron's 312 on Saturday. “It sounds like a dream come true," said Pastrana, who drives for Roush Fenway Racing. "Bringing the guys to the line at the green flag at Talladega is awesome, so I'm definitely excited.
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August 31, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards picked up where they left off a week ago, except this time Busch couldn't be caught and won his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series race in dominating fashion Saturday night. Driving in NASCAR's second-level series ahead of tonight's top-tier Sprint Cup race, Busch kept his Toyota ahead of Edwards' Ford to win the Camping World RV Service 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Brian Vickers was third and Jeff Burton fourth. The victory extended Busch's remarkable season.
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August 12, 2007 | Associated Press
Like death and taxes, it seems Matt Kenseth's earning a spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship field is one of life's certainties. A year ago, the Roush Fenway Racing driver made a late-season charge to qualify for the Chase. That made him four for four in qualifying for the 10-race stock car playoff that began the year after Kenseth won the 2003 series title under the old points system.
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June 26, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, a former champion who's also leading this year's title standings in the Sprint Cup Series, is leaving Roush Fenway Racing after this season, the team announced Tuesday. No reason was cited but Roush Fenway said Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 24, who captured the championship in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series last year, would replace Kenseth and join Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle in the team's Cup series stable. Kenseth, 40, is in his 13th full season with Roush Fenway and the Wisconsin native won the 2003 Cup title.
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March 16, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Carl Edwards won a rain-plagued NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, fittingly with the final two laps under caution as showers began to fall again. The Food City 500 was delayed nearly two hours before the start and for another three hours after 124 laps. The race restarted on Lap 167 with Kurt Busch taking the lead from Matt Kenseth for the lead. The race had already run 43 laps under caution. Edwards lead a sweep of Fords, with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. taking second and Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports finishing third.
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November 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth said Friday, "I'm as optimistic as I've ever been" this season about his chances in Sunday's NASCAR race and catching Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup title. "I feel like my race team and my race cars are capable on any given week," said Kenseth, who's seven points behind Johnson with two races left. The first race is Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, followed by the season finale the next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
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March 21, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Matt Kenseth won the pole position for Sunday's Sprint Cup race as NASCAR's new knockout-style qualifying format was used at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the first time. Kenseth, a three-time winner at Fontana when he drove for Roush Fenway Racing, now drives for Joe Gibbs Racing. He turned a lap of 187.315 mph Friday on the two-mile Fontana oval in his No. 20 Toyota. Brad Keselowski, who won two weeks ago in Las Vegas, qualified second in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford at 187.105 mph. Five-time Fontana winner Jimmie Johnson qualified third.
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March 1, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Greg Biffle rebounded from running out of gas to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, one riddled with crashes and driver mistakes on pit road. Carl Edwards and Brian Vickers -- who, like Biffle, are mainly NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers who also compete on the second-tier Nationwide circuit -- finished second and third, respectively, in the Sam's Town 300.
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