by Dave Grayson In recent years there has been a general theory in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing that said any time, during the course of a post race inspection, that NASCAR tech officials deemed it necessary to confiscate parts from a race car for further evaluation it meant big trouble for the race team. Big trouble for Joe Gibbs Racing, (JGR), came late on the afternoon of July 29th when NASCAR announced penalties against JGR's #11 team, driven by Denny Hamlin.
by Dave Grayson When it comes to earning the right to park a stock car in victory lane, at the conclusion of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, you can bet that winning at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway is high on the list of race drivers and their team owners. If they don't win the race, then team owners are at least looking for a strong finish because the Brickyard 400 is a very lucrative event that passes out the big bucks at the pay window.
Only in NASCAR Jeff Gordon found one heck of a way to celebrate "Jeff Gordon Day" by winning the Crown Royal presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard. On Friday, the Indianapolis mayor declared Sunday "Jeff Gordon Day" and Gordon celebrated in style with his record fifth career victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is also the Pittsboro, Indiana native's hometown track. The victory was Gordon's first at the 2.5-mile track since 2004.
Front Row starters for Brickyard 400 Kevin Harvick, winner of the 2003 Brickyard 400 from the pole, set a new track record and won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series (NSCS) race in his No. 4 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet SS. His pole-winning run consisted of a lap of 47.753 seconds, and an average speed of 188.470 mph, and his record-setting run in the first round of qualifying was even faster at 47.647 seconds, 188.889 mph. The previous record of 187.531 mph was held by Ryan Newman.
Jeff Gordon to start 2nd Kevin Harvick picked up his fourth pole of the season after topping Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday. The 2003 Brickyard winner led the field in the final all three qualifying sessions, leading the 12-car field in the final run with a 188.470 mph for the honor of leading the field to green in Sunday's 21st annual Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard (1 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Talks about Dirt Track and NASCAR Racing "I never was a driver brought up running one type of car and one type of surface. I always ran dirt and pavement. I like that. I like the challenge. I like the dirt tracks because they change all the time. Pavement tracks, when I got in the Cup series, the pavement racing I had done before that, tracks really didn't change a lot. In the Cup series, the groove moves around and it gets wider and you might run the bottom for a little while and the top, and that's a lot like dirt racing too. I like that challenge of trying to figure out as a driver what to do to make yourself better." Tony Stewart
NASCAR Sprint Cup Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a dramatic green-white-checkered finish. This is Keselowski's third win this season and a Sprint Cup career-first at the New England track. Keselowski also won Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200, which marks the first time a driver has swept the weekend at Loudon.
NASCAR Sprint Cup in Loudon Kyle Busch didn't just break the track record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he obliterated it by 1.633 mph in Coors Light Pole qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301. "(The lap) didn't feel that good, but it felt good," said Busch, who finished second in both Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire last year. "It was real stable, real comfortable. The car turned well (in Turns 3 and 4)."
by Bob Lefsetz You mean I need a bigger engine and a swoopy style to get laid? I just go on Tinder! Welcome to the baby boomer nightmare, wherein everything theyâ€™ve held near and dear becomes irrelevant. Like automobiles. Cars are a utility. So long Ferrari. So long Aston Martin. So long the SUV. Do you think kids want to own a big box with terrible mileage just like their parents drive? Just because cars have lasted a century, that does not mean they're here to stay, that does not mean they're not ripe for disruption. Cars are the newspapers of today. Something oldsters can't live without and youngsters can.
by Pete McCole Nearly 30 years to the day that "The King" Richard Petty drove to his 200th and final Sprint Cup victory, Aric Almirola returned the iconic number 43 car to Victory Lane, scoring his first-career Sprint Cup victory in Sundayâ€™s rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Almirola survived two rain delays and two wild multi-car wrecks and put himself in the perfect place at the right time, with his no. 43 Air Force-sponsored Ford.
NASCAR Sprint Cup David Gilliland won the Coors Light Pole Award in a frenetic, rain-abbreviated Friday afternoon qualifying session full of gamesmanship for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway. After all the aerodynamic ploys and team efforts, Gilliland was at the top of the leaderboard with a fast lap of 199.322 mph in the Front Row Motorsports No. 38 Ford. It was his third Sprint Cup pole of his career, his first since he started first in the 2007 Daytona 500 and the first for the underdog team owned by Bob Jenkins.
Ahead of Coke-Zero 400 race DALE EARNHARDT JR. NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS met with members of the media and discussed the first half of his season, the recent plate race at Talladega, his quest to sweep the two races at Daytona this year.
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