Venturini Motorsports Wins Again!

(ELKO NEW MARKET, Minn.) – Brennan Poole passed Frank Kimmel for the lead in the Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care on Lap 134 of 200 and did not relent, winning his second race in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Poole (No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet) led 148 laps in all after first taking the lead from Matt Lofton (No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet) on Lap 12 and leading until the caution flag was out on Lap 92, then ultimately running first for the final 67 laps.

Matt Lofton finished second over Chris Buescher (No. 17 BeavEx/Reliance Tool Ford), and they were followed by Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota) and Tom Hessert (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet).

“The car was really good,” said Poole, whose last win came in his series debut last spring at Salem Speedway in Indiana. “I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports enough. It’s pretty awesome to win the inaugural race at Elko. I had a lot of fun here tonight. The track’s a blast. Of course, it’s always fun when you’ve got such a good race car. I was slipping and sliding and trying to get everything out of it coming into the corner, dodging traffic. It was crazy.

“We’ve never been to a place like this. I’m proud of my guys and all the work they did.”

The race was the first for ARCA at Elko Speedway, just south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. ARCA’s top division had never before appeared in Minnesota.

Poole had shown his dominance early in the race, pulling away to leads of over three seconds on second place and more than 10 seconds on third. When Poole drove away, he truly got away from the field. Often, he would cross the start/finish line when someone as high as third place was just exiting Turn 2 on the 0.375-mile oval.

His final margin of victory was 1.205 second, perhaps a conservative margin.

“The car was really good out front and it worked really well in traffic,” said the 21-year-old from The Woodlands, Texas. “We were just a little bit tight, so we had to save the right front once we got into the lead. I kind of used up what I had to get into the lead so once I got there, I just tried to let it ride and protect that right front. That first run, I was good up front, but I used up my right front tire and started to get tight late in the run.

“I thought our pit strategy was great. (Crew chief) Billy (Venturini) made a great call on that. We came down and got four tires a little later than some of the other guys and our car was good enough to march to the front of the field.”

Alex Bowman (No. 22 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dodge) won the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell for the third time in six races this season, but could only hold the lead for eight laps before being passed by Lofton. Poole opened up a quarter-second lead at Lap 12 and extended it to more than three seconds by Lap 42. His lead over Lofton had fallen off to less than two seconds when a car spun on Lap 67 to bring out the race’s first caution. While Kimmel, Buescher, Bowman, Lofton, and other contenders elected to pit, Poole stayed out and got away clean at the Lap 76 restart.

Kimmel, driving on fresh tires, rose to third by Lap 86 and second over Hessert on Lap 89, but Poole still led by more than a second. Another spin on Lap 91 brought out the race’s second caution flag, causing Poole to pit.

Kimmel took the lead under the yellow flag on Lap 93, driving ahead of Lofton, Buescher, Poole, and Ryan Reed. He led out of the Lap 97 restart, and stayed there through two more caution periods, which concluded with green flags on Laps 117 and 123.

The Lap 123 restart would prove to be the race’s last, and Kimmel led a two-by-two pack as cars moved back to speed. On his outside was Buescher, and the two were trailed by Lofton on the inside and Poole on the outside, in fourth. Kimmel originally got away and the group became a single line six laps later, but Poole moved inside Lofton for third on Lap 130. Three laps later, he passed Buescher on the backstretch, and one lap later he took the lead from Kimmel in the same place. Buescher moved past Kimmel for second, but Kimmel eventually regained the spot.

Side-by-side traffic throughout the race’s late stages allowed Poole to get away. Hessert climbed to fourth in the final laps and had a look at third place. Larry Barford Jr., driving several laps down, drove into Hessert and Buescher as they all drove to the checkered flag, setting off some personal fireworks between Hessert and Barford as Poole coasted to a final victory margin of 1.205 seconds. He now leads Hessert by 10 points in the unofficial series standings.

Joey Miller, making his first ARCA start since last August, finished sixth at his home track; Miller is from Lakeville, Minn., and was looking for his sixth ARCA win after leading the first practice. Chad Hackenbracht, who won a national legends championship at Elko in 2008, finished seventh. Erik Jones, Mason Mingus, and Jared Marks filled out the top 10.

From the green flag to the checkered flag, the race last just 44 seconds over an hour, a 74.09 mph pace. Four caution flags slowed the field for 26 laps.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will visit Pocono Raceway for the first of two events this season next Saturday, June 9. SPEED will air the race at 2:30 p.m. on a same-day delay, one of 10 broadcasts for the series on the network this season. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track events Friday and Saturday.

Drag Illustrated and XS Power

If you are into Drag Racing, then you have to check out Drag Illustrated (DI). DI is dedicated to the positive growth of the sport of drag racing, and hopes to achieve that goal by providing the definitive racer-centric magazine written for serious drag racers and enthusiasts by serious drag racers and enthusiasts. For DI, it’s all about maintaining a sharp focus on the rock stars of the sport, and on the strategies, equipment, and experiences that get them to the finish line first.

So, make sure to pick up the May issue that is available now, and don’t forget to check out the new XS Power ad.

The New XP1000 16V Battery

The XP1000 has gotten great reviews since its introduction to the market. The XP1000 is rated at 2400 Max AMPS, 675 CA, 85 RC, and 50 AH. The perfect option for the racer or competitor that doesn’t need the reinforced casing of the D1600, and at $249.99 you can not find a better performing 16V battery.

Kurt Busch Qualifies in NHRA Pro Stock Debut

NASCAR Cup Champion Kurt Busch qualified for his NHRA Pro Stock debut this past weekend in Gainesville. Kurt ran a 6.532 seconds (211.46 mph) run to qualify into the field. Saturday he faced the 5th quick qualifier and lost by only .0311 of a second. You can find more info on Kurt’s Pro Stock Debut here.

Congratulations to Hairston Motorsports for setting the new WCHRA National Speed record!

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Hairston Motorsports & Racing Brings Home Win & Sets another Record

Famoso, CA – The Hairston Motorsports & Racing team attended the West Coast Hot Rod Association (WCHRA) California Nationals, at the famous Famoso Raceway, this past weekend. Clint “The Milkman” Hairston of Bakersfield qualified 3rd with a 6.79 @ 230.94 mph struggling with traction problems on all three qualifiers. Randy Walker set the bar pretty high with a stout 6.281 pass for the #1 spot.

Dealing with extreme heat all weekend was a struggle but Jake Hairston, Crew Chief, and Doug Stewart, Co-Crew Chief/Clutch Specialist were able to make the right changes allowing Clint to take his Jerry Bickel built 2007 GTO to the final round against Randy Walker’s 1974 Chevrolet El Camino, the reigning 2009 WCHRA Pro Street Champion. Clint took out Jay Diedrich’s beautiful Pro Mod 57 Chevy in the Semi-Finals with a blistering 6.201 @ 240.32 mph setting up the final with Walker. Unfortunately, Walker was unable to restart his car after stalling in the water box giving Clint a single for the win. Jim Hairston, Team Owner, commented that “Clint asked Jake if he should just take the bulb and idle down the track, but Jake rifled back NO WAY, we want the record GO FOR IT.” Clint did not disappoint the crowd running a 6.183 @ 240.77 mph setting the new WCHRA National Speed record.

Hairston also holds the Pacific Street Car Association Pro Street National E.T. and MPH record that was set at Fontana on May 23, 2010 (6.084 @ 238.30 mph).

Hairston Motorsports & Racing would like to give special thanks to Lucas Oil for being our title sponsor this year and also thank our many other loyal sponsors; Pertronix, Duttweiler Performance, Precision Turbo, XS Power, Powermaster, Racepak, Hoosier Tire, K&N, Crower Clutches, Lenco, Comp Cams, Hogan Manifolds, Jesel, Strange, Motive Gear, Inland Empire Driveline, SCE Gaskets, Starside Design, Specialty Fasteners, Russell, Brodix and ARP for their continuing support. Special thanks go out again to Doug Stewart, Co-Crew Chief and Tom Esbri, Car Chief, for their amazing support for this team.

The Hairston team’s next event will take place at the Pacific Street Car Association West Coast Shootout in Las Vegas NV on September 18, 2010.

XS Power S1600 Clocked at Over 400MPH!!!

Congratulations to the Speed Demon crew on winning the coveted Hot Rod Magazine Trophy for the second consecutive year at the Bonneville Nationals. The Speed Demon is powered by 2 XS Power S1600s, making XS Power THE FASTEST 16V racing batteries in the world!

George Poteet, Ron Main, and the rest of the Speed Demon crew set out for the salt flats this year with the goal of bringing the Hot Rod Magazine Trophy back home with them. With 4 runs over 400mph ,in their 4 cylinder Hemi engine powered streamliner, they accomplished their goal.

Make sure to check back to www.4xspower.com for more updates as Speed Demon heads back to the salt for Speed Week Aug 14-20th to attempt to re-set their own world record at more than 400MPH!

You can find more info on the Speed Demon and crew here.