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NASCAR Daily News Headlines * September 11, 2009
Martin On Richmond PoleMark Martin put himself in position to make the Chase for the Championship by qualifying his Hendricks Motorsports Chevrolet on the pole for Saturday night's Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Still not assured of making the Chase, Martin took a big step in that direction by turning a lap of 21.292 second around the 3/4-mile track, translating to a speed of 126.808 mph. It was the 47th pole for Martin in 748 career races. Martin Truex Jr. will start on the outside pole with Denny Hamlin in the third spot and Jimmie Johnson occupies fourth place. Starting fifth will be Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards to round out the top ten.
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Richmond Goodyear Tire NotesTeams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Richmond this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series ran at Richmond in May . . . these teams also ran this exact tire set-up at Phoenix earlier this season . . . additionally, this left-side tire code (D-4238) has run by Cup and Nationwide teams at New Hampshire, and by Nationwide teams at Milwaukee and O'Reilly Raceway Park . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.
Josh Turner In Loudon ConcertJosh Turner, recently named by People magazine as one of country music's hottest stars, will be performing a pre-race concert and the National Anthem prior to the start of the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 20 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
This Grammy nominated artist has made his mark on the country music charts with back-to-back multi-week No. 1 radio singles, as well as, back-to-back platinum albums, "Long Black Train" and "Your Man," which is now certified Double Platinum.
Josh's most recent recording, "Everything Is Fine," was certified Gold in just four weeks. His duet with Trisha Yearwood, "Another Try," was recently nominated for the Academy of Country Music's "Vocal Event of the Year."
Turner's hit singles include "Would You Go With Me," "Your Man," "Firecracker," "Me and God," and "Long Black Train."
Josh, one of the youngest members of the legendary Grand Ole Opry, was recently inducted into Nashville's Walk of Fame.
He has launched The Josh Turner Fund which is fueled by his passion to support music and the arts. The Fund awarded its first scholarship this year.
Turner's new album, "Haywire," will hit stores in November, and his new single, "Why Don't We Just Dance," is on the radio now.
Edwards Wins Nationwide RaceCarl Edwards won the race off pit road on Lap 227. Then he won the race. After his crew got his No. 60 Ford off pit road in the top spot under caution, Edwards ran away from Kevin Harvick over the final 20-lap green-flag run and won the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Friday night at Richmond International Raceway.
Because of an ignition problem in qualifying, Edwards started from the rear of the field under a penalty for adjustments outside of impound. For the third time this season, Edwards won a race after starting from the back. The win was Edwards' fourth in the Nationwide Series this season and the 24th of his career, tying him with Tommy Houston for sixth all-time.
Because he broke two bones in his right foot playing Frisbee before last week's Atlanta race, he couldn't do his characteristic victory backflip, but he savored the win nonetheless. Second in the Nationwide standings, Edwards trimmed the lead of third-place finisher Kyle Busch to 201 points.
"My guys were the one tonight that made this one happen," Edwards said. "That was a great pit stop. "We're trying to catch Kyle, and we needed a run like this to do it. (Crew chief) Dan Stillman and all these guys did it for me tonight.
"We were probably going to run second, but that pit stop was what got me to victory lane."
Brad Keselowski ran fourth, followed by David Reutimann. Martin Truex Jr., Trevor Bayne, Justin Allgaier, Steve Wallace and Scott Speed completed the top 10.
Polesitter Denny Hamlin led a race-high 101 laps, but a succession of problems dropped him to 17th at the finish.
Two slow pit stops -- due to lug-nut problems with the front tires -- hampered Hamlin's efforts. The No. 20 Toyota lost four positions in the pits on Lap 127, under caution for debris in Turn 1, and restarted sixth on Lap 133 of 250.
Hamlin charged to the front, however, and took the lead from Busch on Lap 143, after a drag race around the .75-mile circuit. He held the top spot until Harvick passed him on the inside through Turns 1 and 2 on Lap 201.
Hamlin regained the lead momentarily, but his car slid sideways as it approached the start/finish line on Lap 204. Contact with Harvick's Chevy righted Hamlin's Camry, but it knocked the fender into the left-front tire and forced Hamlin to the pits. He lost a lap during repairs but regained it by race's end.
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