Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Some quick notes…

Kevin Harvick, winner of last weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motorspeedway in Tennessee, will be driving his own truck in the Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville on Saturday night. He will be in the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc.
His Nationwide Series win at Bristol was the fifth of his career, the most of any NASCAR driver at the track.
“There’s been a tremendous amount of pressure that I’ve put on myself, probably more pressure than any of the guys wants to see at the shop over the last year, but it’s been well worth the reward,” said Harvick, a driver from Bakersfield and driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. “And I guess it’s kind of fitting that it came on what’s been my most successful track in the Nationwide Series (Bristol), and I'm just glad it all finally happened.”

NHRA Funny Car driver Jack Beckman is off to a slow start. Not a horrible start, but in comparison to his Don Schumacher Racing teammates, he is struggling.
He is 11th in the Funny Car standings and has only two quarterfinal appearances so far this season. His teammate, Ron Capps, has won two Funny Car events so far this year. His other teammate, Matt Hagan, made the semifinals at Gainesville, Fla., a couple weeks ago.
The NHRA is at Houston Raceway Park in Texas this weekend. Beckman is looking for better results.
“We’ve run OK this year, but we haven’t necessarily benefited from any racing luck,” said Beckman, a driver from North Hills. “It’s very early in the season and we have plenty of time to get back on our game, but you don't want to let too many races pass you by. And I’ve said before that there isn’t any reason that by the time we leave Vegas (the race immediately following Houston) we shouldn’t have a trophy in our hands. Hopefully, it will happen in Houston.”

Three high school students from San Bernardino received grants from Auto Club Speedway and the NASCAR Foundation.
Joseph Escobar, a senior at Chaffey High School, was presented a $1,000 check for a presentation on the 2008 U.S. presidential candidates and mock election with over 600 students participating. With the grant money, he plans to create a program that would encourage students to visit the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance.
AB Miller High School seniors Denise Magana and Melanie Martinez were also presented a $1,000 check which they will use to create a book filled with personal stories written by students at the high school. A copy of the book will be placed into the collections at the Lewis Library and Technology Center in Fontana.

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