INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series kicked off a three-week swing at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas over the weekend, while the NASCAR drivers tried to tame the Monster Mile, while the IndyCar Series visited The Milwaukee Mile and the Traxxas TORC Series raced Rounds 3 and 4 in Lake Perris, Calif.
Ringers' supporter Allen Johnson hadn't visited an NHRA Winner's Circle in almost two years (a total of 42 races). On Sunday, AJ defeated certifiably hot Mike Edwards to score his first Topeka win in Pro Stock. Other Ringers' supporting winners on the weekend were Steve Harker in Top Alcohol Funny Car and Ryan Herem in Super Comp.
NHRA heads straight up to Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., for the UA Nationals, June 4-7.
The Ringers' supporting teams and drivers in NASCAR were in Delaware over the weekend at Dover International Speedway, aka: The Monster Mile.
Penske Racing rookie sensation Justin Allgaier scored yet another top-10 finish in his short Nationwide Series career. At the end of the 200-lap Heluva! Good 200, Allgaier finished 10th. This was his sixth top-10 finish of the year. Ringers' supporter Brendan Gaughan finished two spots behind Allgaier in 12th.
Two of Allgaier's Penske Racing Sprint Cup teammates had strong finishes in the Autism Speaks 400 on Sunday. Kurt Busch and his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge led the Penske trio to the finish line in fifth-place, with Sam Hornish Jr., scoring a top-15 finish in the 13th place. A late race accident for David Stremme relegated his No. 12 Penske Dodge to a 31st-place finish.
While Allgaier and the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge team head to Nashville Superspeedway for Federated Auto Parts 300 on Saturday, the Cup trio will visit the Pocono Mountains and Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 500.
The Ringers' supporting teams of Andretti Green Racing took to the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., for the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt 225 on Sunday afternoon. Three of the four teams collected top-10 finishes, with the No. 26 Team Venom Energy finishing seventh and the No. 27 Formula Dream entry finishing right behind eighth. Mechanical issues plagued the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven car, resulting in a 19th place finish.
The Andretti Green Racing teams head to the Texas Motor Speedway to race under the lights for the Bombardier Learjet 550 on Saturday.
Prior to the IndyCar race, the Firestone Indy Lights Series and AGR teams raced in the Husar's House of Fine Diamonds 100 presented by Charter. Both Andretti Green entries finished in the top three, with the No. 26 ARPRO car in second and the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Inc. entry in third. The podium finishes kept the two teams atop of the point standings in first and second heading into Iowa Speedway on June 20.
The Traxxas TORC off-road series visited Perris Auto Speedway in Lake Perris, Calif., on Friday and Saturday for rounds three and four of the new series. Ringers' supporter Johnny Greaves kicked off his weekend the right way by taking home the win in the Pro 4x4 class on Friday in his Monster Energy/Potawatomi Toyota. Fellow Ringers' supporting racer Scott Douglas finished second. On Saturday, Greaves scored a podium finish in second place, with Douglas finishing behind him again in third.
In Pro 2 action, Greaves' teammate Jeremy McGrath took the early led on Friday before slipping back to an eighth-place finish. Fellow supporters Todd Leduc and Scott Taylor finished third and seventh, respectively. On Saturday, McGrath collected a podium finish in second, with Taylor picking up a top-five in fifth and Leduc coming home seventh.
The Traxxas TORC Series travels to Crandon, Wis., for rounds five and six at Crandon Raceway, June 20-21.
Tomorrow I am off to Eldora Speedway for the Prelude to the Dream. If you're in the Rossburg, Oh., area on Thursday, don't forget to come to the Ms. Eldora Speedway pageant at the Eldora Ballroom on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. All these festivities lead up to the 15th annual Dirt Late Model Dream on Saturday.
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