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Holden Commodore claims first Nascar victory

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    The new Holden Commodore V8 Supercar was fastest in the category’s pre-season test sessions.

Chevrolet's version of the Holden Commodore has won its debut Nascar race in the lead-up to the Daytona 500.

Chevrolet drivers Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart were on track to score a one-two-finish after dominating the last 20 laps of a 75-lap, 300km race – until Stewart slipped to fourth place on the final lap.

Instead, Harvick held off two hard-charging Ford drivers Greg Biffle and Joey Logano to take out the preliminary, non-championship warm-up race to the 2013 series.

Harvick’s narrow win will come as a relief to the 16 Chevrolet teams who hadn’t raced the Commodore Nascar until tonight – and bodes well for the season opener and biggest Nascar round of the year, next weekend’s Daytona 500.

Harvick won the Daytona 500 in 2007 but finished eighth in last year’s championship. Stewart is a three-times Nascar champion but has never won the Daytona 500.

Chevrolet is the most successful car maker in Nascar, with 702 race victories to its credit, more than any other manufacturer. It will line up against teams from Ford and Toyota for this year’s series after Dodge withdrew from the sport.

Meanwhile, the new Holden Commodore V8 Supercar was fastest in the category’s pre-season test sessions at Sydney’s Eastern Creek yesterday.

Jason Bright, driving for Brad Jones Racing, upset the big budget teams by outpacing former champions Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes and the Holden Racing Team pairing of Garth Tander and James Courtney.

Rick Kelly was the fastest Nissan Altima driver, with the fifth best time, David Reynolds was the fastest Ford driver in eighth and the highest placed Mercedes driver Maro Engel was 14th quickest.

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  • Dosen't look like any Holden we can buy here in Aus. It's a Chev isn't it? Where are the Commodore badges on it?

    Mike of Brisbane Posted on 22 February 2013 9:56pm
  • Apart from a very generalised appearance these are as close to a Commodore as the rest of the fields cars are to their own brands road vehicles. If anything an F1 car is closer to our own Falcodores etc because at least the technology used is similar to the new stuff coming online in our own daily drives unlike the NASCAR vehicles that still rely on designs from the 50s and 60s for their motors etc.

    Dave Pickford of Dandenong. Posted on 22 February 2013 11:39am
  • This is really the same Chev they have been racing for years with a new grill/front on it so why all the garbage about Holden Commodore winning the bloody race .

    Darkie McMillan of Southwest Coast of WA Posted on 18 February 2013 2:37pm
  • What does this car have in common with the commodore??? ANSWER : NOTHING !!!!!!

    nik Posted on 18 February 2013 1:40pm
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