Team PEAK Update 5.9
The PEAK teams were in action this weekend with Daniel Suarez carrying the PEAK colors in the Xfinity Series race in Talladega, Alabama on Saturday. Check out the results from your favorite team below.
John Force ended up seven-thousandths of a second from creating an all-John Force Racing semifinals and a guaranteed trip to the finals of Sunday’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. The quickest qualifier in the opening session Saturday and the number five qualifier overall, Force fell just a few feet from defeating Ron Capps in the quarterfinals of the race, despite a slightly better reaction time. Force, as well as teammates Courtney Force and Robert Hight, all won their first-round matchups and were pressing for spots in the semifinals.
Courtney Force qualified number one for the fourth consecutive event and advanced to the second round after defeating Jeff Diehl in the opening round but losing to teammate Robert Hight in the second round.
Robert Hight set the elapsed-time track record twice in Sunday’s eliminations, but fell in the semifinals to Ron Capps for the second time in three races.
Brittany Force was eliminated in the first round by Tony Schumacher after she went up in smoke at the hit of the throttle in Top Fuel.
The NHRA teams resume May 19-21 at Heartland Park Topeka, Kansas.
NASCAR CUP SERIES
With a last-lap pass in Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, Ricky Stenhouse collected his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in his 158th start. Racing side-by-side with leader Kyle Busch on the final restart in overtime, Stenhouse got a strong push from Jimmie Johnson and cleared Busch off Turn 2 on the final lap. Jamie McMurray charged up the middle to take second place from Busch, while Stenhouse held the top spot through the final two corners to beat McMurray to the checkered flag by .095 seconds. Busch finished third, followed by Aric Almirola, and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five.
In Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, Aric Almirola took home the win at Talladega Superspeedway. PEAK’s Daniel Suarez lead lap 17 only to be involved in an incident three laps later when Brennan Poole got into the side of him, which set off a chain reaction taking out nine cars.
The crash resulted in a red flag that halted the race, but when the race resumed, Suarez was able to continue and battled back from a lap down to finish in ninth place.
The NASCAR teams move to Kansas City for a Saturday night race on May 13th.
NASCAR PEAK MEXICO SERIES
The next race on the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will be held May 14 at the Autodromo Miguel E. Abed, in Amozoc, Puebla.
NASCAR PEAK ANTIFREEZE SERIES POWERED BY iRACING
The next event on the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series seasons is at Richmond International Raceway on Tuesday, May 9th.
DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES
Jimmy Owens used his outside front row starting spot to get the jump on PEAK / CBR driver Darrell Lanigan and led all 50 laps to take the win in Tazewell, Tennessee Sunday night in front of the record-breaking crowd. PEAK’s Don O’Neal finished second, followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Shanon Buckingham, and Tim McCreadie, who rounded out the top five. Lanigan ran in second most of the night until a cut right rear tire on lap 36 forced him to loose positions, ultimately finishing ninth.
Scott Bloomquist picked up the win Saturday night in Union, Kentucky. Tim McCreadie got around Josh Richards on the final lap to finish in second while Clint Bowyer Racing teammates, Don O’Neal and Darrell Lanigan, finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The top five finishes moved Don O’Neal up to fourth in the series standings while Darrell Lanigan moved up to seventh. The Dirt racers have the weekend off before there next race in LaSalle, Illinois on Thursday, May 18th.