NASCAR in Ft. Worth Matt Kenseth put his Toyota on pole for the AAA NASCAR Sprint Cup 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night with a speed of 199.299 MPH, just barely beating the time of 199.291 set by Jeff Gordon in a Chevy. Jimmie Johnson was 3rd in the 2nd Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-5
by Dave Grayson For more than a few years now, four time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon has been laying the ground work for that fifth championship ring. It's a campaign that the Hendrick Motorsports driver has referred to as the "Drive For Five." Jeff Gordon fans have every reason to be excited. Going into next weekend's race at the Texas Motor Speedway, Gordon's championship hopes appears to be very promising. The "Drive For Five" is very much alive.
by Brian Carroccio This past week, it was revealed both the Caterham and Marussia Formula One teams would not race in this coming weekend's United States Grand Prix. It should be said that an in-depth analysis of the situations would reveal circumstances unique to each party. However, as unfortunate stories of complicated ownership structures, nine-figure debt tallies, constant buyout rumors and lap times five seconds off the pace both share much in common.
by Dave Grayson Considered a serious favorite to win the 2014 NASCAR Chase For The Championship, we all witnessed the disappointing chain of events that led to NASCAR's popular driver's surprising elimination following round two of the championship run. It began with a blown tire and a hard crash into the wall at Kansas. This was followed by a broken shifter at Charlotte that led to yet another poor finish. At the Talladega race, Earnhardt was one of a small group of drivers who had to go all in for the win to remain in the championship hunt.
Sprint Cup Series Dale Earnhardt, Jr. checked another item off of his bucket list with a victory in the Goodyâ€™s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. It took him 30 starts at the half-mile Virginia track to win the coveted Martinsville grandfather clock trophy. 1st Dale Earnhardt Jr 2nd Jeff Gordon 3rd Ryan Newman
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Scores Emotional Martinsville Win
by Pete McCole One week after being eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. played the role of Chase spoiler on Sunday, charging back from fifth place with five laps to go to hold off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for his first-career Martinsville Speedway victory in a bittersweet win for the entire Hendrick organization.
1-2 finish for Hendrick, 1-2-3-4 for Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr. used a bump-and-go move against Tony Stewart with three laps to go and drove off to win the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Playing the role of Chase buster, Junior held off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for his first grandfather clock at the 0.526-mile track. Gordon finished second as the HMS drivers were 1-2 just days after the 10-year anniversary of the Hendrick plane crash that took 10 lives.
Logano to start 2nd Non-Chase for the Sprint Cup driver Jamie McMurray will start from the front of the pack for the second time this season, topping Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Martinsville Speedway on Friday evening. McMurray, who earned the pole earlier this year at Sonoma Raceway, paced the second session of qualifying with a best speed of 99.905 mph. Team Penske's Joey Logano will start alongside McMurray on front row, pulling in with a speed of 99.605.
by Dave Grayson It's not an industry secret that NASCAR's television partners are not exactly thrilled with the television rating numbers generated from this season's broadcasts of the Sprint Cup Series. Despite the added excitement of a revamped Sprint Cup Chase For The Championship, the viewer numbers have repeatedly declined from the same event the year before. One would have thought that Talladega would have been a major exception. After all, it's the Talladega Super Speedway the home of the big one, the speedway where anything can happen on a second's notice and often does.
by Dave Grayson For driver Timothy Peters, and his Red Horse Racing team, the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' season has been rather frustrating. It was a trend that often saw race weekends filled with a high level of potential turn into race weekends that were consumed by bad luck. That situation took a turn for the better during a weekend in Alabama where Peters finally returned to victory land after winning the Fred's 250, powered by Coca Cola, at the Talladega Super Speedway.
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski lived to race another day as he took the checkered flag in a thrilling three-lap overtime finish in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Speedway to advance to the next round of the championship battle in the final event of the three-race Contender Round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Keselowski held off a furious charge from Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth.
NASCAR at Talladega Brian Vickers roared to the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday afternoon, working the aerodynamic draft to great effect during a qualifying session full of surprises at Talladega Superspeedway. Vickers, driving the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 Toyota to a fast lap of 196.129 mph, will start first in Sunday's GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), the sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs and the finale of the three-race Contender Round. After Sunday's race, four drivers will be eliminated from the field of title-eligible drivers, leaving just eight remaining in the championship hunt.
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