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Dodge starts late in Daytona 200


All 44 cars competing in the ARCA Daytona 200 have had practice runs; while these began at 1 pm EST and were scheduled to go four hours, they were called off early due to rain. At 3 pm, the first results were posted; Michel Disdier, running a Cunningham Motorsports Charger, was the 13th fastest and ran 8 laps. #77, Tom Hessert, was 17th fastest, running 12 laps. Other Dodge racers were further behind.

With relatively little time to prepare, Dodge cars ended up behind competitors in Daytona 200 qualifying. The short first session had some teams scrambling; Roger Carter (running the #40 and #97 cars) said, “Well, as predicted, both Dodge cars are not good by themselves. We are confident they will be decent in the race. We only ran a couple of laps. We are just working on our race set up.”

For the Dodge teams:

  • # 77 Tom Hessert qualified 10th
  • # 22 Michel Disdier qualified 14th
  • # 42 James Bo Lemastus qualified 22nd
  • # 30 Terry Jones qualified 25th
  • # 11 Brett Hudson qualified 27th
  • # 54 Matt Kurzejewski qualified 29th
  • # 13 George Cushman qualified 40th
  • # 40 Galen Hassler qualified 42nd
  • # 97 Roger Carter qualified 43rd

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Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?


In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

Proxy service advises merger approval


San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday. Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger. According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?


NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma


Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

Categories: Motorsports.

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