CONCORD, N.C. — Although there are still five races remaining, NASCAR will be busy working on next season with three electronic fuel injection tests in the next two weeks.
The first is Monday at Charlotte.
NASCAR will move to fuel injection next year, giving up on the archaic carburetors that have been around since the racing organization started in 1948. It’s created a lot of work for engine shops, so the sanctioning body wants to get in as many trial runs as possible.
The second test will be Thursday at the Talladega Superspeedway, followed by a third session Oct. 31 at Martinsville Speedway. Every Sprint Cup Series team was invited to the test. Twelve cars – four from Hendrick Motorsports, two from Stewart-Haas Racing and one each from Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, NEMCO Motorsports Richard Childress Racing – will be at Charlotte.
TRUCKS RACE: In Las Vegas, pole sitter Ron Hornaday Jr. waded through a crash-filled Trucks Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday for his second consecutive victory and 51st overall.
High speeds on the 1.5-mile oval and warm temperatures led to 10 cautions in the 146-lap race, including an early four-car wreck that brought out the red flag.
Hornaday steered clear of the wreckage, backing up his win at Kentucky wo weeks ago to match Kyle Busch (Nationwide) for second-most victories in a single NASCAR series with 51.
Richard Petty holds the all-time mark with 200 Sprint Cup wins.
Hornaday, a four-time series champion, climbed back in the points race after leaders Austin Dillon and James Buescher were involved in early crashes.
INDYCAR SERIES: In Las Vegas, the rivalry between Dario Franchitti and Will Power continues today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The two will act friendly in front of the camera, but when it comes to taking a vacation together or even throwing a few beers back, it’s probably not going happen. Both are just too competitive, too focused on trying to beat each other on the track – and that doesn’t stop when they climb out of the cockpit.
“I’m sure if we weren’t competing against each other that we would be friends – good friends,” said Power, who called Franchitti a princess earlier in the season. “You just can’t be friends with someone that you so fiercely compete with. It’s impossible. It is for me, anyway. I respect him on the track and we’re friendly off the track in a way, and that’s just how it’s always going to be. It’s just the way it is when you’re competing against someone.”
Heading into the Las Vegas 300, Franchitti is the one with the lead this time, up 18 points over Power.
FORMULA ONE: In Yeongam, South Korea, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton took the pole position for the Korean Grand Prix today, ending Red Bull’s season-long streak.
Hamilton had a lap time of 1 minute, 35.820 seconds – 0.222 seconds faster than Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, the German star who wrapped up his second straight F1 drivers championship last weekend in the Japanese Grand Prix. McLaren’s Jenson Button was third, followed by Red Bull’s Mark Webber.