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Stewart on track for championship run

first_imgOn Sunday, Stewart was dominant at Daytona, but a wreck with Kurt Busch cut his day short and he ended with a 39th-place finish. Stewart has never won at Fontana, one of four tracks at which a victory has eluded him, but he brings a reliable Chevrolet. Chassis No.120 won three of the last eight races in 2006, including successive wins at Atlanta and Texas. FONTANA – If history is any indication, this could well be Tony Stewart’s year to win his second Nextel Cup Series championship. In 2002, his title season, Stewart left Daytona with a last-place finish, yet managed to claim the crown after the 40th race. He became the youngest-ever Cup pole winner at 19 years, 9 months and 24 days, and the youngest Cup race winner at 20 years, 4 months and 2days. Both records were previously held by Donald Thomas and stood for more than 50 years. “I like the flatness of California,” Busch said. “I grew up on a relatively flat track at the Las Vegas Bullring, and I’ve done well at New Hampshire and Phoenix, so I guess it just suits my style of driving.” He’s back: Ron Hornaday Jr., a former Palmdale resident, drives a Chevy Silverado for Kevin Harvick in the Craftsman Truck Series and will race Friday night. He has competed 13 times at the Fontana track – seven in the Busch Series, four in the Trucks and once each in the Winston West and Cup. It’s a return to the area where he established his reputation. “Going to California is always good for me because of the fans; the race track is close to my hometown,” Hornaday said. Victory at Junction Camp: Applications are being accepted for summer camp at Victory Junction Camp, created in 2004 by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their late son Adam. More than 4,500 campers ages 7-15 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses enjoyed what the Randleman, N.C., camp has offered. In addition to traditional activities – horseback riding, boating, fishing, arts and crafts – there are also other events such as a water park, theater, bowling alley, miniature golf and NASCAR related program areas. “This is a really busy time of year for Victory Junction,” said Mark Hendrickson, director of medical communications and development for victory Junction. “Our goal is to spread the word to insure we fill each of our 10 disease specific summer sessions to capacity. louis.brewster@sbsun.com (909) 386-3935 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “What you do at California is solely based on what you and your team can do with your race car, not what drafting line you’re in or how the car behind you is going to affect your next move,” Stewart said. “I enjoy going to California because I really feel that’s where our season starts. Don’t count Stewart among those who want to see the track reconfigured. “They need to let the race track be,” Stewart said. “You can change all the banking you want. It’s still a 2-mile track. The good thing is that the racing has become two- and three-wide and you can run on different spots on the race track. But that’s all you can hope for. “It is what it is there. If they wanted to do something, they should’ve been a little smarter and built a half-mile or three-quarter mile oval.” Drivin’ through: There are a couple of reasons Kyle Busch likes to compete at California Speedway. Never mind that Busch holds the track Cup qualifying record (188.435 mph, 2005) or that he scored his first victory at Fontana (Sony HD 500, 2005). last_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The selection of Cam Newton early in the draft Thursday could effect the Cardinals greatly, even if he ends up in a Panthers uniform. With the combination of labor uncertainty and the Panthers holding their plans for the first overall pick so closely, this is one of the murkiest drafts to project in the history of the NFL. All this speculation leaves the Cardinals in a precarious position with almost no idea how the top-four will shake out before they are on the clock. “I think everybody kind of figures they are going to take him number one but they haven’t said anything one way or another.”But if they go with a different player, the decision could affect the Cardinals who will be forced to debate if Newton is the answer should he last to number five. On the eve of the draft, Graves is probably wishing Moon is a little bit more sure than 90 percent. 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Cardinals general manager Rod Graves joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf show Wednesday and said he would want to know the Panther’s plans more than any other team ahead of the Cardinals in the draft. “I think what Carolina does will dictate what happens really throughout that first round,” Graves said.“Whether they decide to ultimately go with a quarterback or whether they go with some other position, I think it’s going to have a huge bearing on what takes place. I’d like to know if I could what they are going to do but the possibility of that is probably unlikely.”The Panthers had the league’s worst passing offense in 2010 but Newton could step in as the dynamic answer they covet after scoring 50 total touchdowns en route to a National Championship and Heisman trophy at Auburn last year. Newton’s mentor and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon put the odds of his protege ending up in Carolina at 90 percent on the Doug and Wolf show Wednesday. “Usually at this point, a team has pretty much played their hand if there was a guy that they were going to take at that position and maybe even started negotiations with the guy this late if they really felt they were going to take that guy number one. Carolina has really played their hand close to the vest,” Moon said.last_img read more