by Scott Morris Female racing drivers certainly seem to have no problem getting exposure, which covers the financial challenges of becoming a professional racer. But what is keeping them from winning? Some would say it is physical. Others would say it is mental, or cite other factors. We delve into this, and give our perspective on why we do not think we will see a female champion driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup, IndyCar or F1 in our lifetime...but that doesn't mean we would not like to.
In the previous week we pondered some rather puzzling format changes to one of NASCAR's premiere annual events, the "Rowdy One" got a new contract and it also turns out that NASCAR's new member has created a way to make us all smell pretty. With those thoughts in mind, let's begin with...
by Dave Grayson To no real surprise the post season racing news continues to center around Danica Patrick's NASCAR debut. But there were some other news items regarding post season accolades for the sport's reigning champion as well as a rather lucky break for a driver arrested for drunk driving. THUMBS-UP to the Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana-California, who appears to be the newest winner in the Danica Patrick sweepstakes.
by Dave Grayson THUMBS-UP to the ARCA Racing Series, presented by RE/MAX and Menards, who will be receiving an extraordinary large amount of media attention for pre season test sessions. ARCA will be conducting the test sessions at the Daytona International Raceway December 18th through the 20th. In a rare set of circumstances a full fledged media blitz is expected to attend these test sessions because Danica Patrick, in her #7 Go Daddy Dot Com/J R Motorsports Chevrolet, is going to be in attendance.
The trickle down effect from Kyle Busch Motorsports
by Dave Grayson It's been often said that for every action there is an opposite reaction. That piece of philosophy has become evident since last Friday's live television press conference when Kyle Busch Motorsports, KBM, announced their plans to become full time participants in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series beginning next February. The result is two, possibly three, Toyota truck teams with Kyle Busch doing double duty as both team owner and driver.
Highlights of the Motorsports Business Forum - Day 2
Highlighted by Lesa France Kennedy The second and final day of the inaugural Motor Sport Business Forum North America (MSBF-NA) featured a Wednesday Keynote luncheon address by Lesa France Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer of International Speedway Corporation (ISC), that proved to be one of the highlights of a packed schedule at the Orlando Hilton for the first ever MSBF-NA. France Kennedy joined Conference Chairman Zak Brown, Just Marketing International (JMI) Founder and CEO, on stage for an hour-long â€œcoffee talkâ€ exchange that was informal in setting but highly impactful in its delivery.
Highlights of the Motorsports Business Forum at PRI
by Scott Morris The motorsports industry leaders all converged this morning to speak about the state of the industry at the inaugural Motorsports Business Forum presented by IM2 Events and hosted by Just Marketing International, with some interesting statements made about various arms of motorsports. Terry Angstadt from the IRL. Terry appeared at this conference in the wake of their recent announcement of Izod as the new IndyCar title sponsor. However, he mentioned their partnership with Apex Brazil as having more than meets the eye.
by Dave Grayson With all due respects to the fine citizens of New York, moving this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards banquet to Las Vegas was a smart call. With that move came improvements in the weather, amenities and, according to 2009 champion Jimmie Johnson, a more relaxed atmosphere. THUMBS-UP to Champion's week and all of the fun events during the stay in Las Vegas. Those events included the victory lap in the downtown area, the roast of our four time champion and the gala awards show itself.
Las Vegas welcomes NASCAR with open arms NASCARâ€™s decision to move its annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championâ€™s Week activities from New York City to Las Vegas was met with little, if any, resistance. Las Vegas, of course, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, and although everyone loves New York, it did seem to be time for a change of scenery. It has been more than that; it has brought a change of attitude.
NASCAR The first Championâ€™s Week in Las Vegas culminated with the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony Friday evening at the Wynn Las Vegas. The week was a packed one for four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Loweâ€™s Chevrolet), who started off the tour in his home state of California before coming to Las Vegas for the festivities that began with Wednesdayâ€™s landmark photo shoot.
by Cathy Elliott Las Vegas doesn't beckon visitors like an oasis in the desert; Las Vegas literally IS an oasis in the desert. And this one is no mirage. According to the Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Web Site, about 40 million tourists visit Las Vegas annually. On Monday, November 30, a large number of them will arrive, shall we say, much more speedily than usual, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week blows into town for the first time in history.
by Dave Grayson For those of you who are lamenting that the NASCAR racing season is officially over cheer up. When it comes to our favorite form of auto racing there's always something going on with a story line worthy of tracking. WHAT'S-UP with that live television announcement from Danica Patrick that had a lot us watching "Good Morning America" on Monday morning? The over hyped big announcement confirmed what we already knew, regarding her Indy Racing League plans, but said nothing regarding her proposed venture into NASCAR racing which has been the topic of all the hype to begin with.
by Dave Grayson I've never really cared for dynasties in professional sports. I certainly didn't like it when the New York Yankees won all of those World Series year after year. At the middle of NASCAR's 2009 Chase For The Championship I was beginning to have that same feeling regarding the prospect of Jimmie Johnson winning the title for the fourth consecutive year. But it was the race at the Texas Motor Speedway that made me change my mind.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Read post-race comments from the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I am just blown away by the things we've been able to accomplish over the last eight years in the sport. Obviously the last four years have been just unbelievable. To love the sport like I do and respect it like I do, and the history, the pioneers of this sport from Bill France, Sr., to the Petty family, you go through many eras up to Mr. Hendrick and what he's done over the last 25, to look at all of that and to have done something that's never been done in the sport before is so, so amazing and something I am so proud of." Jimmie Johnson
Johnsonâ€™s Four-Peat Ranks Him With Sportsâ€™ Greatest
First to win four straight titles By any measure of the term, the â€œJimmie Johnson Dynastyâ€ began in 2002, four years before he hoisted his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophy. Four near-championships in his first four seasons, including two runner-up finishes, gave way to an unprecedented four straight NASCAR Sprint Cup titles from 2006-2009. Johnsonâ€™s ongoing string of success is not only impressive as it relates to its place in NASCAR history; it stands up against the greatest sporting achievements of all time.
Jimmie Johnson makes NASCAR history with 4 straight
As Denny Hamlin wins Homestead race Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag but Jimmie Johnson made history with a fifth place finish that earned him a NASCAR record fourth straight Sprint Cup Series championship in Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jeff Burton finished 2nd with Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Johnson rounding out the top-5. Press Conference
NASCAR Nationwide Series Kyle Busch knew all he had to do was start the Ford 300 and he would win his first NASCAR championship. Well, not only did he start, but he came to race as he led the most laps and held off Carl Edwards in the final turn to win his ninth Nationwide race on the season. Jeff Burton finished third Saturday, followed by Joey Logano and Hamlin. David Reutimann, Ryan Newman, Steve Wallace, Scott Speed and Matt Kenseth completed the top 10.
NASCAR Truck finale at Homestead Kevin Harvick roared past Timothy Peters moments after a Lap 135 restart and pulled away to win Friday night's Ford 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in a green-white-checkered-flag finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Harvick, who came to the pits for tires under the final caution on Lap 129 of 136, was a double winner Friday night, given that the truck he fields for Ron Hornaday Jr. locked up the series owners' championship with an eighth-place finish.
NASCAR Sprint Cup finale Don't think Jimmie Johnson came to Homestead to coast to the title. With a blistering qualifying lap, the points leader put his No. 48 on the pole, bumping his only pursuer, Mark Martin, from the P1 position, forcing the field to again play follow the leader. Johnson earned his 23rd career pole by turning a lap of 173.919 mph in his Lowe's Chevrolet. Rookie Scott Speed will start 2nd. Marcos Ambrose qualified third for his best qualifying effort on an oval in 2009
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Nationwide Series will close their 2009 season Saturday with the running of the Ford 300 at the Homestead Miami Speedway. Who's going to be the new series champion is a no-brainer. However, one of the more interesting issues pending resolution is who's going to finish fifth in the final championship standings based on a very important reason. It's also going to be interesting to see if we get treated to another episode of the NASCAR soap opera "As The Wheel Turns" starring two drivers who simply can't get along with each other.
Camping World Truck Series Brings the Heat to Miami
by Dave Grayson
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will conclude its 2009 season this Friday at the Homestead Miami Speedway for the running of the Ford 200. Last week in Phoenix, Ron Hornaday Jr. tied up his record-setting fourth championship for Kevin Harvick Inc-KHI. But there are plenty of other battles and storylines that make this season finale a must-see.
by Dave Grayson It's now down to the final weekend that will conclude the lengthy 2009 NASCAR season. It's champion's weekend. A time for all racing fans to turn their attention to the Florida based Homestead Miami Speedway to officially acknowledge grand conclusions most, of which, we've probably already known for several days now.
by Dave Grayson At the beginning of last Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race, at the Phoenix International Raceway, driver Chris Cook received a black flag and was ordered by race officials to take his #47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Toyota to the garage area. That action was based on the fact that the team did not have a proper pit area. In this case this particular pit stall was completely devoid of the personnel and equipment needed by the driver and the car. In the final results of the race Chris Cook was credited with running one lap, finished 43d and earned $26,183 in winnings. The
by Dave Grayson During the NASCAR weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway we watched one of the best racing teams in the country take a giant stride towards a historic fourth consecutive Sprint Cup championship. We watched a Nationwide Series rivalry flare up again and we watched an old school driver truck on to a fourth title.
Comes back from crash last weekend Jimmie Johnson won Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway and pretty much sewed up yet another Sprint Cup title. It was Johnson's 7th win of 2009. Jeff Burton was 2nd while his closet title challenger, Hendrick teammate Mark Martin, came home 4th. Johnson now has a 108 point lead and only has to finish 25th or better to be assured of the crown next Sunday at Homestead.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Carl Edwards won Saturday's Able Body Labor 200 to postpone Kyle Busch's formal NASCAR Nationwide Series championship clinching party for one week. But Busch still had cause for celebration. With a 190-point lead entering next Saturday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Busch needs merely to start the Ford 300 to claim his first title in one of NASCAR's top three national touring series.
Hornaday Clinches Fourth Title Kevin Harvick held off Kyle Busch to take the checkered flag in Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, but the big winner was Ron Hornaday Jr., who secured his record fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship with a fourth-place finish at the one-mile track, driving the No. 33 Chevrolet owned by Harvick. Harvick won the race despite bringing out the first caution, on Lap 6, with a spin off Turn 4.
NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying Martin Truex Jr. came from nowhere in practice to win the pole in Friday's qualifying session for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Truex knocked Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson from the provisional pole for Sunday's race with a lap at 135.120 mph. Kurt Busch, who went out 33rd, claimed the second spot at 134.579 mph, with Johnson (134.454 mph) holding the third starting position.
by Dave Grayson When the elite of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series arrives at the Phoenix International Raceway every one's going to looking for a showdown in the valley of the sun. Will there be a showdown between points leader Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Martin?
Columbian will be first foreigner to make real run for NASCAR title 34-year old Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, believes continuity will be important for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing as he considers next season to be key to the squad's future. The Colombian currently runs sixth in the Sprint Cup series Chase standings, having his best season since his switch from Formula 1. After switched from Dodge to Chevrolet last winter (his Ganassi team merged with Dale Earnhardt Inc) Montoya did not win a race all season but ran in the top-10 just about every race and made The Chase.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's Texas weekend was a little tough on potential historic racing moments. Jimmie Johnson's campaign for a history making fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup title took a surprise hit. We also found out that he's actually not Superman. Kyle Busch was also trying to create some NASCAR history by winning three different races at the same track on the same weekend. That effort also took a hit due to a lack of "motion lotion". That would be Sunoco racing fuel.
NASCAR Sprint Cup race Kurt Busch was able to stretch his fuel supply to the finish line and score his second win of the year taking the checkered flag Sunday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. In doing so he spoiled his brother Kyle Busch's attempt to win all three races at TMS this weekend. Kyle Busch was leading but ran out of fuel trying to hold off his brother who had pitted 2 laps later. Up until then Kyle had dominated the race.
Wins both Truck and Nationwide races Two down. One to go. Kyle Busch moved one race closer to an unprecedented weekend triple Saturday -- and, oh, by the way -- a giant step closer to his first title in a major NASCAR touring series. Busch dominated the 300-mile O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 179 of 200 laps and pulling away after a restart on Lap 187 to beat substitute driver Casey Mears to the finish line by 3.154 seconds to win his eighth Nationwide Series race of the season and the 29th of his career.
NASCAR Truck Series If Kyle Busch enters a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, odds are better than 50-50 he'll win -- at least where the 2009 season is concerned. Busch led the final 50 laps of Friday night's WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway and won his fifth straight race in as many starts in the series. The victory was Busch's seventh in 13 starts this season.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Jeff Gordon earned his first pole of the season with a lap speed of 191.117 mph during qualifying for Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He'll be starting on the front row for the fifth time in his last six starts at the track. Seven Chase drivers will start in the top 10, including Kasey Kahne, who earned the second starting spot. Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch round out the top five.
by Dave Grayson So, it now appears that the winner of the Danica Patrick sweepstakes is JR Motorsports, the NASCAR Nationwide Series team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr that has an extremely strong association with Rick Hendrick Motorsports. A formal announcement was planned for sometime after the completion of the current NASCAR season but, somehow, the cat was let out of the bag this past Wednesday. The announcement concludes several months of speculation regarding the next step in Patrick's racing career.
NASCAR Truck Series Matt Crafton won his second pole of the season and third of his career in qualifying for Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. His qualifying lap of 179.354 mph was good enough for his first pole at TMS.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's Sprint Cup teams journeys to Fort Worth Texas this weekend for race number eight in the Chase For The Championship. Just like the last few Chase events, the Dickie's 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway will again examine the question can anyone slow down the Jimmie Johnson's championship train? Don't be looking for any Chase miracles by the time this race is over.
by Dave Grayson Last Sunday's Amp Energy 500 at Talladega ran the full gamut. It began with the fans wondering when these NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers were actually going to start racing restrictor plate style. That was due to a NASCAR mandate on bump drafting in the turns. It ended with the customary Talladega action that was completely out of control during the final five laps of the race. That was due to bump drafting on the straightaways
NASCAR Sprint Cup Jamie McMurray added his name to the victory list Sunday in a surprising finish to a typical race at Talladega Superspeedway. McMurray, odd-man out in Jack Roush's compliance move to fielding a maximum of four teams in 2010, crept home the winner in a green-white-checker finish that only made it three-quarters-of-a-lap before a wild crash brought out a caution flag making McMurray the winner.
Johnson on Dega pole as rain washes out qualifying
Hendrick teammates 1-2 With the qualifying session for Sunday's AMP Energy 500 canceled because of rain, Mark Martin will start on the outside of the front row beside Sprint Cup points leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson. NASCAR's qualifying rainout rules stipulate that the top 35 positions are set according to owners' points.
by Cathy Elliott Most fans would probably agree that while it is great to debate the finer points of NASCAR, sometimes these discussions bring to mind the old saying: â€œItâ€™s only fun until someone loses an eye.â€ But in the world of NASCAR partisanship, itâ€™s only fun until someone loses their temper. Case in point is a conversation I recently overheard between a couple of fans who were discussing the relative merits of Jeff Gordon versus Tony Stewart in this yearâ€™s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. It started out friendly, slid rapidly down the scale to barely civil and then nosedived to stage three which, for lack of a better term, weâ€™ll just refer to as yelling. And a little bit of spitting.
by Dave Grayson It's very possible that we will indeed see a big one, aka multi car crash, this Sunday at the Talladega Speedway. The tight racing conditions there often reminds me of rush hour traffic on the Los Angeles freeway system. The cars are bumper to bumper, door to door and the slightest mistake, or momentary loss of focus, can become a bad situation in a mere matter of seconds.
by Dave Grayson Last Sunday we watched a home town hero return to a Sprint Cup victory lane, at the Martinsville Speedway, and take a beautiful grandfather clock home. We watched a very aggressive future star win the Nationwide Series race at Memphis and take home the last ever Elvis trophy. Then we saw the raw emotion of a first time NASCAR winner in the truck series race also at Martinsville. THUMBS-UP to Denny Hamlin for winning Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway. The grandstands were loaded with his fans watching the home town hero win the race.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Denny Hamlin may have won the Virginia campaign with a victory Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, but Jimmie Johnson moved ever closer to a record fourth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with a runner-up finish at the 0.526-mile short track. In a green-white-checkered-flag finish that ended under caution with John Andretti wrecked at the finish line, Hamlin pulled away from Johnson over the final two laps of the Tums Fast Relief 500. As the cars roared off Turn 4 on Lap 501â€”one lap beyond the scheduled distanceâ€”NASCAR simultaneously displayed the yellow and checkered flags when Andretti was unable to drive away.
Bumps and bangs his way to Nationwide victory An aggressive Brad Keselowski won his fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season, banging his way to victory in the Kroger On Track For The Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon. Keselowski was involved in at least three incidents in the race, the last when he bumped Carl Edwards with a handful of laps remaining.
by Dave Grayson Kyle Busch is one very fascinating race driver. He has plenty of fans who proudly wear his souvenir shirts and hats while endorsing his primary sponsor: the candy that "melts in your mouth and not in your hand." He seems to have an equal amount of naysayers who boo to the point of becoming hoarse at the mere mention of his name. No matter which group you belong to, we all seem to watch him both on and off the track.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Ryan Newman won the pole for Sunday's race with a lap at 96.795 mph, followed by Jeff Gordon at 96.519. Mark Martin, who trails Johnson and Gordon at the midpoint of the 10-race playoff, will start fourth, giving Hendrick Motorsports two cars in the first two rows. The pole is Newman's second of the season and 45th of his career. "It's the place to be, no doubt, and it's the place to finish," Newman said.
by Dave Grayson Obviously there are some serious concerns regarding Dale Earnhardt Jr and his #88 Hendrick Motorsports team. I'm not going to spend time here reviewing the team's 2009 statistics. We've heard them time and again and they will be repeated throughout the upcoming weekend. But when a seemingly easy going driver, who rarely shares his inner feelings during interviews, lashes out with comments such as "I'm about at the end of my rope-I feel like I don't have control" then it's time for the team, and its owner, to seriously take a look at the situation and find a solution.
by Dave Grayson If your occupation happens to be executive producer or director of a live television project that's being held in the great outdoors then you already know that rain is your natural enemy. When Mother Nature catches a live television team off guard with a change in the weather it's panic time because these people are going to have to come up with a means of filling air time. That's pretty much what happened to the ESPN2 Network, at the Lowes Motor Speedway last Thursday.
NASCAR Complete with television reporters wrapped up like Eskimos, Mother Nature was a major story line during the NASCAR weekend at the Lowes Motor Speedway. We also watched a high powered championship machine get max points again and we watched some Chase contenders receive some "Lowe" blows. WHAT'S-UP with the "Lowe" blows suffered by some of Johnson's Chase contemporaries? First there was Mark Martin who struggled to a 17th place finish. Martin sustained a hole in the nose of his Chevrolet following contact with Juan Pablo Montoya in the course of a restart.
Jimmie Johnson demoralizes rest of Chase field again
Wins 3rd Sprint Cup Chase race in 5 Jimmie Johnson has done it again. He won the NASCAR Banking 500 Saturday night, extending his lead over teammate Mark Martin to 90 points in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Johnson drove away from the field after dicing with teammate Jeff Gordon in the closing laps of the 334-lap race. Trailing Johnson at the finish line were Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Gordon, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Casey Mears, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex and Kurt Busch.
Ends 11-race winless streak Eleven races without a win is an eternity for Kyle Busch, but the prolific Joe Gibbs Racing driver returned to victory lane decisively Friday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Six days removed from exiting car with what was later diagnosed as pneumonia, Busch led 137 of 200 laps to win the Dollar General 300 at the 1.5-mile track. With the victory, Busch expanded his lead in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings to 195 points over fifth-place finisher Carl Edwards with four races left in the season.
Leads Roush Ford 1-2 Roush Racing Ford ace Carl Edwards will start from the pole in tonight's NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway after he recorded a lap of 183.799 mph in qualifying. The pole was the 17th of his career and sixth of the 2009 season. Edwards' Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth qualified second. Rookie Justin Allgaier was third with David Gilliland and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase For The Championship switches gears to night time racing this Saturday at the Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte-North Carolina. The NASCAR Banking 500, presented by Bank Of America, is race number five on the Chase schedule. By the time the race is over we should have an increasingly clear picture as to who are the true players in the Chase.
Jimmie Johnson's Chevy is rocketship in Charlotte After a persistent afternoon drizzle subsided, Jimmie Johnson put his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet on the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Flying around 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway in 28.070 seconds (192.376 mph), Johnson posted the fastest qualifying lap ever run in NASCAR's new COT race car. He broke the mark of 190.907 mph set by Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Texas in April 2008.
nassprint The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame today that includes: Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Junior Johnson and Richard Petty. The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, consisting of members of the Nominating Committee along with 29 others representing NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, major race track ownership groups, retired drivers, owners and crew chiefs along with motorsports media representatives, met in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C. to vote on the induction class of 2010.
by Dave Grayson When last Sunday's NASCAR weekend, at the Auto Club Speedway, concluded there was one thing that driver Denny Hamlin was looking forward to the most: getting to the airport to catch a flight leaving California. In approximately 24 hours Hamlin had been involved in two crashes that seriously damaged his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. Making matters worse were the facts that he was a race winning candidate in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup events.
Nationwide Series A new era of Mustang racing rolled out here today, piloted by an All-American driver and with a returning sponsor familiar to loyal NASCAR fans. Three major events were rolled into one today as Ford teamed up with Roush Fenway Racing and Con-way Freight to unveil the No. 16 Con-way Freight Mustang with driver Colin Braun at Roush Fenway Racing headquarters in Concord, N.C.
by Dave Grayson That age old revenge theory certainly applied to Joey Logano last Saturday afternoon. The 19 year old NASCAR phenom stood in victory lane at the Auto Club Speedway, with his famous toothy grin, after winning the Copart 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. It marked Logano's second, consecutive, series win.
by Dave Grayson Please don't try to tell me that the Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana-California is incapable of presenting its fans good racing. We've all read those stories, as well as watched the television reports, in the past. Anyone who was watching Sunday's Pepsi 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, or Saturday's Copart 300 Nationwide Series event, now knows better. Both races had thrilling green white checker finishes that had the fans jumping out of their seats.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Jimmie Johnson scored his fourth career win at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday holding off teammate Jeff Gordon to score the victory in the Pepsi 500. Juan Montoya kept his consistent streak alive with another top-5 finish to keep him solidly in the running for the Sprint Cup. Mark Martin and Tony Stewart rounded out the top-5. Johnson grabbed the points lead from Mark Martin and left runner-up Jeff Gordon conceding that his Hendrick Motorsports teammate is in a class by himself.
While NASCAR yanks his father's credential Resurrecting his hopes after sustaining early damage to his No. 20 Toyota, polesitter Joey Logano won Saturday's Copart 300, an event he described as "the most fun race I've ever had in my life." For others, particularly NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Kyle Busch and his relief driver, Denny Hamlin, the race at two-mile Auto Club Speedway was anything but a barrel of laughs.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Denny Hamlin streaked around 2-mile Auto Club Speedway in 39.158 seconds (183.870 mph) to win the pole for Sunday's Pepsi 500 in decisive fashion. The third driver to make a qualifying attempt, Hamlin posted his lap and waited as the top three drivers in Friday's practice session (speeds) -- Juan Montoya, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin -- took their best shots and fell short.
by Dave Grayson You see them on a daily basis on television. They're on the morning new programs, they're on the daytime talk shows and you can always find them sitting on the couches of the late night talk shows. They are actors sent there to plug a new film or a television project. They are musicians with a new CD album that's hitting the store shelves soon. They're non fiction writers who have somehow unlocked the secrets of self esteem and weight loss or they're celebrities with a new tell all book that is guaranteed to leave you speechless but inspired.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Nationwide Series teams are visiting the country's "left coast" this weekend at the beautiful Auto Club Speedway in Fontana-California. Race number 30, of 35, for the series is the Copart 300 and is set for the green flag on Saturday afternoon. All eyes will be on driver Kyle Busch. Then, again, when it comes to the 2009 Nationwide Series season, we've all been watching Kyle Busch all throughout the year.
by Dave Grayson For the first time in its history the Auto Club Speedway will be playing a pivotal role in NASCAR's Chase For The Championship. The massive two mile oval, in Fontana-California, will host the elite of the Sprint Cup Series for Sunday's running of the Pepsi 500.
by Dave Grayson It's just a little too obvious and easy to quote famous lines from that classic Judy Garland film like "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore," when referring to last weekend's NASCAR action at the Kansas Speedway although some of the Chase teams were "following the yellow brick road.". It also occurs to me that, if stretched far enough, the line "fly my little monkeys fly" might also work. But we're not going to do that here.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart took two tires on his final pit stop and held off hard-charging Jeff Gordon, a four-time champion himself, at the finish to win the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway Sunday afternoon. Trailing Stewart and Gordon across the finish line were Greg Biffle, Juan Pablo Montoya, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, David Reutimann, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards.
Busch loses yet again Apparently, Joey Logano is none the worse for wear. Six days after tumbling down the banking in a spectacular Sprint Cup Series wreck at Dover, Joey Logano found his way to a far more friendly environment -- Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway. 19-year-old Logano surged past Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to the outside as their Toyotas raced toward the finish line. Logano pulled away to win the race by 0.574 seconds.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Mark Martin led a Hendrick Motorsports domination in qualifying at Kansas Speedway by taking the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400. Martin bumped his teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. off the top spot with a lap of 175.758 mph. It's his seventh pole of the season and 48th of his career. Brad Keselowski, who is making his second-to-last Cup Series start with Hendrick, qualified third.
by Dave Grayson The elite teams, along with the not so elite, from NASCAR's Nationwide Series will take center stage, at the beautiful Kansas Speedway's 1.5 mile quad oval, Saturday afternoon for the running of the Kansas Lottery 300. Keep a close watch on the Nationwide Series debut of rookie driver Parker Klingerman.
by Dave Grayson During the NASCAR weekend at the Dover International Raceway we saw exactly why Las Vegas bookies are saying Jimmie Johnson is going to win that fourth consecutive Sprint Cup Championship. We sang another rousing chorus of "Mark Martin is the man" and we witnessed exactly why NASCAR's Car Of Tomorrow is so important to the sport.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Continuing where he left off in the spring, Jimmie Johnson dominated Dover for the second time this season and moved within 10 points of championship leader Mark Martin, who finished second. Johnson was in control all day and easily cruised to victory in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Nationwide Series Clint Bowyer was on a mission Saturday -- to rejuvenate the NASCAR Nationwide Series program of Richard Childress Racing's No. 29 Chevrolet. Mission accomplished. After passing polesitter Kyle Busch for the lead on Lap 118 at Dover International Speedway, Bowyer led the final 83 laps of the Dover 200 and beat Mike Bliss to the finish line by 1.319 seconds to win his second series race of the season and the eighth of his career.
NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying After winning the race and the pole in the spring, Jimmie Johnson won his second career pole at the "Monster Mile" for Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover Int'l Speedway. Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and David Reutimann rounded out the top five. David Reutimann, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Paul Menard completed the first ten qualifiers.
by Dave Grayson Race number two of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase For The Championship moves on to the Dover International Raceway, aka "The Monster Mile", for Sunday's running of the AAA 400. Some of the teams in the 43 car field may actually need AAA insurance by the time this day is over. The "Monster Mile", and its one mile concrete oval, can reach out and grab a race car by the back bumper at any moment.
by Dave Grayson Race number one of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase For The Championship provided the fans with plenty of excitement and drama. It was pretty evident, during the New Hampshire race, that the cream from the 12 championship players is going to rise to the top very quickly. THUMBS-UP to Mark "The Kid" Martin and his crew chief, Allan Gustafson, for an extremely well done performance during the process of winning Sunday's Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Unbelievable. That's the only word to describe it. Ageless Mark Martin, 50, held off a tremendous charge by Juan Pablo Montoya and Denny Hamlin with three laps to go to win the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin finished second and Montoya third in a race full of action.
NASCAR Truck Series Kyle Busch didn't have the fastest truck Saturday, and he had barely enough fuel to make it to the finish line. Neither circumstance prevented him from winning his third consecutive start in the Camping World Truck Series and his fifth race of the season. Busch took the checkered flag in the Heluva Good! 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as points leader and runner-up Ron Hornaday and his team owner and third-place finisher, Kevin Harvick, battled for position behind him.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying Juan Pablo Montoya drew first blood in the race for the Sprint Cup by winning the pole after he set a new track record around the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in qualifying for Sunday's Sylvania 300. Montoya broke Ryan Newman's 2003 track record with a lap of 133.431 mph. Tony Stewart will start outside Montoya on the front row with Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards rounding out the top five. David Stremme, Martin Truex, Jr., Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon completed the first ten qualifiers.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series officially launches the 2009 Chase For The Championship this Sunday, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with the running of the Sylvania 300. This is the race where we're going to get a major inkling regarding which teams are already Chase ready and who will have some work to do in the weeks ahead.
by Dave Grayson The 12 driver line up for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase For The Championship is now officially set. NASCAR has now reset the standings for the top 12 and has given each driver 5,000 points plus 10 bonus points for each race won. Now it's time for the process of dissecting the data associated with each of the drivers from NASCAR's class of 2009.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Race #26, Saturday night at the Richmond International Raceway, lived up to all of the hype and anticipation that preceded the event. The final resolution of the 2009 Sprint Cup Chase For The Championship roster featured drama between three drivers racing for the 12th and final spot. We also got treated to seeing home town hero Denny Hamlin winning at a track that's practically in his back yard.
Hamlin Wins Chevy Rock & Roll 400; Chase Field Set
NASCAR Sprint Cup The Chase is on. Twenty-six races into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, there are now 12 drivers with a chance to win the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The suspense of who would make that field culminated Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. Local native Denny Hamlin from Chesapeake finally won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at his home track after coming "oh, so close" so many times before.
Nationwide Series Carl Edwards drove from last to first and took the checkered flag in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Edwards wrestled the lead away from Kevin Harvick for the top spot on a late race pit stop with 24 laps to go and never looked back on his way to Friday night's win. Harvick finished second with Kyle Busch third, Brad Keselowski fourth and David Reutimann fifth.
NASCAR With a lap at 126.808 mph (21.292 seconds), Mark Martin claimed his sixth pole of the season Friday at Richmond International Raceway. Currently 10th in the Cup standings, with a 69-point lead over 13th place Brian Vickers, Martin will lead the field to the green flag in Saturday's Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Martin edged Martin Truex Jr. (126.731 mph) for the top spot giving Chevy a 1-2 start in, you guessed it, a Chevy sponsored race.
Richmond race to run tonight Denny Hamlin won the pole for tonight's NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. second. Hamlin earned the 13th pole of his Nationwide series career in what will be his 113th Nationwide start. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, who won the spring race at RIR, will start second.
by Dave Grayson Sunday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway was simply amazing. It was loaded with several dramatic moments that, in turn, has set the stage for race #26 at Richmond where the 12 man line up for the Chase will be determined. There was almost as many lead changes coming off of pit road as there were on the track. We even got to see the humor in a fractured foot.
by Pete McCole In the first Labor Day race run in the Southeast since 2004, Kasey Kahne moved a step closer to cementing his place in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a late race pass over Kevin Harvick to win Sunday nightâ€™s Pep Boys Auto 500 under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In front of a packed grandstand for Atlantaâ€™s first ever Sprint Cup race under the lights, Kahne jetted past Harvick on a restart with 11 laps to go and checked out to a two-second lead to score his 11th career Sprint Cup victory and his second win of the 2009 season.
NASCAR Truck Series Mike Skinner won his second race of the season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, leading 180 of 200 laps in the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway. Skinner pulled away from Aric Almirola on a restart with four laps to go on the 0.875-mile track, winning by 1.37 seconds, but he did have a few anxious moments.
by Pete McCole Dale Earnhardt, Jr. tried to play the role of the spoiler, but no one was going to stand in Kevin Harvickâ€™s way as he overcame a bad pit stop and a determined charge from Kyle Busch to win Saturday nightâ€™s Degree V12 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harvick - driving his own Kevin Harvick, Inc. no. 33 Chevrolet - trucked down Earnhardt as he tried to stretch his fuel reserves to the end of the race.
by Pete McCole Martin Truex, Jr. won his second Sprint Cup pole of the season on Saturday, posting the fastest lap in the qualifying session for Sundayâ€™s Pep Boys Auto 500 Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Truex was one of the last of the top 35 drivers to take a lap on the 1.5-mile tri-oval, and put up a top lap of 184.189 mph in the no. 1 Guitar Hero Chevrolet to knock Kasey Kahne off the top spot and secure his third career Sprint Cup pole.
by Pete McCole Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series pole since 2004 when he took the top spot in qualifying for tonight's Degree V12 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Earnhardt, who is making his seventh Nationwide start of the season, posted a lap of 174.121 mph in his No. 5 Chevrolet for his 10th career pole.
by Dave Grayson Following a very intense, not to mention slightly wet, weekend in Montreal-Canada, NASCAR's Nationwide Series will rejoin their Sprint Cup counterparts this weekend in Atlanta-Georgia for Saturday's running of the Degree V 12 300. The Degree V 12 300 is 195 laps/300.3 miles around the Atlanta Motor Speedway's 1.54 quad oval.
by Dave Grayson For the second week in a row the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing at a venue for the first time. They ran on a blank slate, meaning there was no data from a previous race to rely on, at the Chicagoland Speedway last week. This week they're racing at the beautiful Iowa Speedway and the inaugural running of the Lucas Oil 200 this Saturday.
by Dave Grayson After a week off to rethink and recalibrate strategies and store some extra adrenalin in the driver's tanks, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action this Sunday night with the running of the Pep Boys Auto 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The fastest track on the Sprint Cup schedule is expected to produce one hot night in "hot 'Lanta" when the green flag falls.
by Dave Grayson After watching Sunday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Montreal-Canada it appears that Christmas came early for Carl Edwards. The surprise win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is sweet redemption for Edwards considering the fact that his debut in the Grand American Rolex Series, held the day before, was a complete disaster.
Nationwide race in wet Montreal Swear out a warrant. On second thought, break out the champagne. Carl Edwardsâ€™ grand larceny Sunday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ended with a back flip and a celebration, not a jail term. With a pass for the lead on the final corner of the final lap of the Nationwide Series NAPA Auto Parts 200, Edwards capitalized on the only mistake Marcos Ambrose made all day to win his first road-course race in one of NASCARâ€™s top three divisions.
NASCAR Track race Kyle Busch won his second straight race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, passing Todd Bodine with 19 laps remaining to take the inaugural EnjoyIllinois.com 225 on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. It was Busch's fourth win of the season in 10 starts in the Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota. Busch also made Chicagoland the fifth track in which he has won a race in each of NASCAR's three national series. He won the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races there last season.
by Dave Grayson Just because NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series has the weekend off does not mean that we aren't going to get treated to some high quality racing on Sunday. NASCAR's Nationwide Series gets another opportunity to shine on their own merit this weekend and their accomplishing that by making their third annual appearance at the famed road course known as the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, in beautiful Montreal-Canada, with Sunday's running of the Napa Auto Parts 200.
by Dave Grayson What an incredible week for the National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing. The story lines were simply amazing due to Bristol drama that we all expected from the Coliseum of Collision. We watched the return of a prodigal son,(to victory lane) and, more importantly, we watched the 2009 Sprint Cup Chase For The Championship hit new levels of drama.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch, fighting to make it into the top-12 to make the Chase, held off pole sitter Mark Martin through several late race restarts to win Saturday night's Sharpie 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the wild and crazy Bristol high banked 1/2-mile oval. With the win Toyota ace Busch moved up to 13th in the standings, just one place below the cut line.
Nationwide Series race David Ragan had never led a lap at Bristol, let alone win a race. He can check both off his list as he held off teammate Carl Edwards to win the Food City 250. Ragan outran his teammate Carl Edwards in a green-white-checkered finish and scored his second career series win following up his victory earlier this year at Talladega Superspeedway. Pole-winner Brad Keselowski finished third, Kevin Harvick fourth and Matt Kenseth was fifth.
by Pete McCole Mark Martin will have a front row seat when he makes his 1,000th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on Saturday night after topping Fridayâ€™s qualifying session for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Showing he has no intention on slowing down in his bid to race his way into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the wily 50-year-old veteran rattled off a top speed of 124.484 mph in the no. 5 Pop-Tarts Chevrolet to score his second straight Bristol pole and his fifth of the 2009 season.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's Nationwide Series will spend Friday evening taking on the always challenging Bristol Motor Speedway for the running of the Food City 500. That is, of course, unless that process is disrupted by another one of mother nature's mood swings. The Friday afternoon weather forecast for the greater Bristol-Tennessee area calls for thunder storms so don't be too surprised if we end up watching this race on Saturday.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch played the spoiler in Ron Hornadayâ€™s run for the record books on Wednesday night, scoring his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season in the Oâ€™Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Looking to become only the second driver in the history of NASCARâ€™s three major racing series to win six races in a row, Hornaday came up two positions short, finishing third behind Busch and Matt Crafton.
by Dave Grayson It's been called the ultimate short track experience. It's been called an angry bullring. It's a concrete loaded monster. It will reach out and grab a race car when the driver least expects it and create multi vehicle carnage. It can turn seemingly nice human beings into walking talking anger management issues within a mere matter of seconds. It is the Bristol Motor Speedway and its next on NASCAR's Sprint Cup schedule this Saturday night with the running of the Sharpie 500.
by Dave Grayson Arrangements have been made for a giant bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken to be picked up. The giant bags of Lays Potato Chips have been purchased and the Budweiser is already getting cold in the refrigerator. I'm going to be hosting my own private tail gate party. The party location will be at the tail end of my living room couch. That's where you'll find me watching Wednesday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from the Bristol Motor Speedway.
by Dave Grayson While watching the final moments of Sunday's Carfax 400, at the Michigan International Raceway, we learned that the second place car can save several valuable laps of Sunoco race fuel. In comparison the race leader doesn't enjoy that luxury if he seriously wants to win the race. We also witnessed a 2009 dream come true for NASCAR and its fans: The Chase is seriously getting dramatic.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Brian Vickers won another Michigan International Speedway fuel strategy race on Sunday scoring his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win since 2006 with a victory in the CARFAX 400. Vickers was able to give Toyota its first-ever win at MIS. Jimmie Johnson was the leader as the laps wound down but ran out of fuel with three laps to go to hand the lead over the Vickers.
Nationwide Series It was a two-car race from the start between Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch until Rochester Hills, Mich., native Brad Keselowski decided to make it three with one lap remaining in the NASCAR Nationwide CARFAX 250 at Michigan International Speedway. Keselowski, 25, led for only three laps, but the one that mattered was the last lap as he grabbed his third victory of the season in a wild, heated finish that led to some post-race verbal turbulence.
NASCAR Sprint Cup CARFAX 400 Toyota driver Brian Vickers scored his third straight pole at Michigan International Speedway earning the top spot in Friday's qualifying session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400. Vicker's lap of 187.242 mph topped the session as the Team Red Bull Racing driver earned his sixth pole of the season. June's Michigan winner Mark Martin will start outside the front row. Juan Pablo Montoya, Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex, Jr. completed the first five qualifiers.
by Dave Grayson The elite of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be in the Irish hills of Michigan this Sunday for the running of the Carfax 400 at the Michigan International Raceway. This race is about major bragging rights. America's big three auto makers are located just down the freeway from the race track and their representatives will be in full force this weekend to cheer on their brand of automobile. Traditionally Ford has dominated racing at Michigan in the past.
NASCAR So, it appears that mother nature had yet another mood swing and the result was another Monday NASCAR Sprint Cup event. Mother Nature was in a very foul mood Sunday morning and bombed the Watkins Glen International Raceway with heavy rain and lightning bolts. This was particularly stressful for fans who were sitting in aluminum based seats who understandably made quick work of vacating those seats.
Rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Tony Stewart won the rain-delayed Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on a steamy Monday, holding off Australian Marcos Ambrose over the final 25 laps for his Cup-record fifth victory at the famed road course. Ambrose was second, a career best, and Carl Edwards third. Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch, Max Papis, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 10.
Nationwide Series at The Glen When Marcos Ambrose and Kyle Busch came to the chicane or "bus stop" on Lap 64 of Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, Busch stopped -- out of necessity -- and Ambrose didn't. Ambrose's bold move into the chicane proved to be the winning pass, as the driver of the No. 47 Toyota held the lead the for the final 19 laps, winning the event for the second straight year.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Jimmie Johnson took the pole for the Hellua Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen by turning the fastest lap in qualifying to earn the top spot for Sunday's race at Watkins Glen International. Johnson turned a lap of 123.633 mph to top the 46-car field. Kurt Busch will start outside Johnson on the front row with a lap of 123.619 mph. Denny Hamlin, Marcos Ambrose and David Stremme rounded out the top five. Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, defending race winner Kyle Busch, Boris Said and Juan Pablo Montoya and completed the top-10.
by Dave Grayson While we're all anxiously awaiting to see which of the NASCAR Sprint Cup team will rise to the top and comprise the 12 man line up for the 2009 Sprint Cup Chase For The Championship, it's also time to keep tabs on this year's silly season in order to track potential changes for next year. The following is a general consensus of what could be in store for some of the Sprint Cup drivers in 2010. The operative words here are "what could happen." Remember that silly season projections are often based on garage rumors. Also bear in mind that a projected silly season profile can change within the blink of an eye.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's Sprint Cup teams are busy preparing for left and right turns this Sunday when the series takes on the challenge of the second road course event on their schedule at New York's Watkins Glen International Raceway. The Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips at the Glen is 90 laps, 220.5 miles, around one of the most challenging road courses in the country.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's three national touring series found themselves in three different locations over the previous weekend. We watched an emotionally charged Sprint Cup winner on a Monday afternoon in Long Pond-Pennsylvania. We were treated to a spectacular Nationwide Series debut in Newton-Iowa and a piece of Camping World Truck Series history was extended even further in Nashville-Tennessee.
Rain Delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race Denny Hamlin has ended a 50-race winless skid by holding off Juan Montoya over the final thrilling laps to win at Pocono Raceway. Hamlin won on Monday for the third time in eight career starts. He's had three other top 10s on the triangle track. Clint Bowyer was third. Sam Hornish Jr. was fourth for his best finish in a Cup car, and Kasey Kahne was fifth.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with eight laps remaining to win Saturday's inaugural Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway, the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by Northland Oil and TMC Trucking. Busch had pitted for two tires under the race's 10th caution, while Keselowski chose to keep his No. 88 Chevrolet on the track. The race went green on Lap 219 of 250, and Busch needed six laps to pass Keselowski.
Hornaday Jr. Sets Series Record With Fifth Straight Win
NASCAR Truck Series Ron Hornaday Jr. moved higher into the NASCAR record book alongside some famous company Saturday in the Toyota Tundra 200, becoming the third driver to win five straight races in a national series and the first in 38 years. Hornaday joined Richard Petty and Bobby Allison, who both did it in 1971 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, in a tie for second on the all-time consecutive win list. Petty holds the all-time record with 10 straight in 1967 in the Cup series.
by Dave Grayson We've all been watching the unfolding, soap opera like, story of NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield. Everyone from NASCAR officials, their teams, the media and the fans have been hanging on to every word as the latest updates were released on a near daily basis. From his initial suspension, last May, by NASCAR for violating their substance abuse policy, all the way up to the announcement that said the Mayfield vs. NASCAR civil suit now has a September 2010 court date, this situation has become overloaded with the extremely dramatic to the extremely absurd. Sadly, it has become "THE" NASCAR story of 2009.
Pocono Raceway Takes the Green Flag in Solar Energy
NASCAR Pocono Raceway is getting ready to â€œGo Greenâ€ by installing a three megawatt solar farm, which will power all the trackâ€™s energy needs and support the local energy grid. A groundbreaking ceremony, conducted today (July 31), was held before a media corps covering the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 race weekend activities at Pocono Raceway. At a cost of 17 million dollars Pocono Raceway will become the largest renewable energy stadium project in the world.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's Nationwide Series gets another opportunity to shine on their own merits this Saturday with another stand alone event where it will be the sole focus of attention. The series will be making its official debut at the beautiful Iowa Speedway this Saturday when the green flag falls on the U.S. Cellular 250.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series once again will be featured in a stand alone event this Saturday evening at the always challenging Nashville Super Speedway. America's favorite tail gate party will be treating its fans to the Toyota Tundra 200. That's 200 exciting laps around the Nashville Super Speedway's 1.333 mile oval.
by Dave Grayson For the second time since June 7th the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will again be taking on the challenge of the mammoth Pocono Raceway for this Sunday's running of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. This unique track places a lot physical stress on engines and transmissions and it can be equally demanding on the drivers as well. It's also a severe challenge for crew chiefs.
by Dave Grayson The elite teams of NASCAR's three national touring series spent the weekend in the state of Indiana. By Sunday night we witnessed a 33 year old driver, and three time Sprint Cup champion, win his third race at Indy. We also watched the young driver hold off the last lap advances of a 50 year old icon. We shook our heads at the sight of a sure fire race winner get nailed by a speeding ticket. We also watched another 50 year old icon set up a new record in the truck series and we watched a fan favorite back flip his way to victory lane again.
2010 Mustang Nationwide Car Mustang is already the most successful single nameplate in Ford Racingâ€™s professional racing history, but it hasnâ€™t competed in NASCARâ€”until now. Brian Wolfe, director of Ford North America Motorsports, made the announcement today that Mustang will debut as part of NASCARâ€™s new car limited rollout in the 2010 Nationwide Series.
Montoya claims NASCAR screwed him Jimmie Johnson became the first driver to score back-to-back Allstate 400 at the Brickyard victories on Sunday when he held off Mark Martin for his third career win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart made it a Chevy 1-2-3 sweep. Johnson didn't take the lead until lap 137, but stayed ahead of the field the rest of the way to notch his second win of the Sprint Cup Series season.
In Nationwide Series race Carl Edwards passed Kyle Busch with 22 laps to go Saturday night at Oâ€™Reilly Raceway Park and went on to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200. Edwards had the dominant car after starting from the rear of the field because he missed qualifying to participate in a practice session for Sundayâ€™s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Mark Martin waited out a long rain delay on Saturday to win the pole for Sunday's 16th edition of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rains forced officials to postpone the session by nearly four hours for rain, but once the track dried out qualifying was held on a sunny afternoon. Martin turned a lap of 182.054 mph to grab the pole for Sunday's race. Juan Pablo Montoya, a former Indianapolis 500 winner, will start outside the front row.
Martin on pole for NASCAR at the Brickyard MARK MARTIN (No. 5 CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet): "I like the time. I told them off of (Turn) 4 it wasn't going to be good. I was sliding a lot. It takes so long to get around here, that by the time I got to 4, I had gotten scared. I probably didn't go as fast through that turn as I might've. I was just trying to get back to the line. It was not what I expected out of our race car for handling. It was definitely fast. It's going to be good. I would be shocked if that was the pole based on how much I left out there. You never know." (How difficult was it waiting this morning?): "It was pretty difficult for me. We posted the quickest time in practice yesterday, so expectations were high. I hate to disappoint. I can handle the disappointment, because I've had a lot. I love my team so much; I'd hate to disappoint them. I've been wanting to get out there and do the thing and see how we do. It was a good time. Certainly, I will take it."
NASCAR Truck Series Ron Hornaday Jr. set a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series record by winning his fourth consecutive race, holding off longtime nemesis Mike Skinner in Friday nightâ€™s AAA Insurance 200 at Oâ€™Reilly Raceway Park. Skinner pitted later than Hornaday for tires and charged through the top 10 to challenge for the lead. Skinner passed Colin Braun for second with nine laps to go and chased down Hornaday four laps later.
Sprint Cup Series at The Brickyard In the world of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing there are two events on the annual schedule that always stand out the most. The first one is obviously the Daytona 500. Every driver in NASCAR wants to own the label that says Daytona 500 champion. The second prestigious event is coming up this Sunday: the Allstate 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Fan activities continue to be added to the schedule for Chevy Day at the Brickyard on Friday, July 24, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the opening day of the 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. A Fan Pit Walk is scheduled from 8-11 a.m. on pit lane between Victory Circle and Gasoline Alley.
by Dave Grayson With all due respect to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, one of the hottest racing tickets this weekend might turn out to be Saturday night's Nationwide Series race just down the highway at the O'Reilly Raceway Park. The Nationwide Series teams will be treating their fans to some good old fashioned short track racing at its best Saturday night. The Kroger 200 is 200 laps, 137..2 miles, around ORP's bullring shaped 0.686 mile oval.
by Dave Grayson Do not try to tell me that NASCAR had a so called "week off." Granted the Sprint Cup Series was idle last Sunday but that doesn't mean we didn't have some terrific racing last weekend. NASCAR's Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series burned some impressive rubber in St. Louis and Kentucky last Saturday and it was very entertaining.
Nationwide Race Capitalizing on Kevin Harvickâ€™s attempt to stretch his gas mileage beyond the capacity of his fuel cell, Kyle Busch won his sixth NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season Saturday night and his first at Gateway International Raceway. The victory was Buschâ€™s 27th in the series, tying him with Jeff Burton for fourth place on the career win list.
by Dave Grayson No doubt about it, break time is over for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. For the first time in two weeks NASCAR's definitive definition of a tailgate party returns to the race track this Saturday night at the Kentucky Speedway for the running of the Built Ford Tough 225, presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's Nationwide Series gets a rare opportunity to rise to the forefront of the racing schedule this weekend. With the Sprint Cup Series taking the weekend off, the Nationwide teams will be the focal point this Saturday during the running of the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, presented by Ventrico, held at Gateway International Raceway in St Louis.
by Dave Grayson Watching the NASCAR weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway was often tedious but it did turn up a few exciting moments here and there. That was especially true regarding who parked his car in victory lane. There was also a surprised Colorado couple who became America's newest millionaires. THUMBS-UP to Mark Martin for that dominating performance during the LifeLock.Com 400. The "old man" took the youngsters to school last Saturday night by leading 195 of 267 laps en route to his fourth win of the season and his 39th career win.
NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Mark Martin dominated by leading a track-record 195 laps, then he held off Jeff Gordon to win at Chicagoland on Saturday -- an early birthday gift for owner Rick Hendrick. Mark Martin dominated his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the season and picked up a $1 million bonus in the process when he took the checkered flag in Saturday night's LifeLock.com 400. Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.
Nationwide Series Joey Logano outran his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to win Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Logano scored his third win of the 2009 season and became the eighth different winner in nine Nationwide events held at Chicagoland Speedway. It was the fourth time this season Logano and Busch finished 1-2.
NASCAR Sprint Cup With rumors the team may switch to Chevy next year, and needing to give Toyota some good PR, Brian Vickers led a Team Red Bull Racing sweep of the front row when he took the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway with a lap of 184.162 mph (according to the NASCAR T&S display) with his teammate Scott Speed outside the front row. Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.
NASCAR July 26 will be the 16th running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has nine starts in the 400 beginning in 2000, best start as third in 2002 and his best finish was sixth in 2006. He's led the race on four occasions. "I think about when somebody asks me what it would feel like to win here, I think about the open-wheel history of this track, and I think about the drivers that were here, drivers like Andretti and Foyt and the guys even before them. I think about the history of this track and how it's survived the war and closed down and opened back up and everything that it's been through."
NASCAR Joining us today from Penske Racing in North Carolina is Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge. Kurt comes into Saturday night's LifeLock.com 400 fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. He has one win thus far this season and five career top-10 finishes at Chicagoland. Do you, your team and Roger Penske look ahead to next year? What if there no longer is a Dodge in racing?
NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona Tony Stewart dominated all night but almost lost to Kyle Busch when the No. 18 was out front on the final lap. But when Busch tried to block Stewart's last move, it was Busch who ended up in the wall and Stewart in Victory Lane. Busch passed Stewart for the lead with two laps to go and coming down to the checkered Busch blocked Stewart low and then when Stewart went high to pass him Busch tried to move up to block him again and Stewart turned him around. Busch slammed hard into the outside wall and a massive accident ensued.
Nationwide Series With cars spinning wildly behind him in Turn 4, Clint Bowyer claimed his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the season and the seventh of his career in Friday night's Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Kyle Busch was second when the yellow flew and extended his lead in the series standings to 172 points over third-place finisher Carl Edwards. Joey Logano, Busch's teammate, came home fourth, with Kasey Kahne in fifth.
Talks about key issues facing NASCAR We are now joined in the infield media center by NASCAR chairman and chief executive officer, Brian France. Brian will start off with a mid-year update and brief discussion on current events and then we'll turn it over to questions from the media. One, I've been spending more time with you in this particular year with all of the things going on with the manufacturers and that whole issue, and certainly the recent developments with Jeremy Mayfield and the NASCAR substance abuse policy.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' mid summer classic will be held Saturday night on the high banks of Daytona. (A brief pause for local track owners and promoters who are groaning over the concept of the Sprint Cup being on live television on a Saturday night.) The Coke Zero 400 is bound to offer every level of excitement to suit every race fan's taste. First off, there's the element of restrictor plate racing which is usually a three wide, sometimes even four wide, sprint to the checkers.
Tony Stewart on pole NASCAR canceled Friday's time trials at Daytona International Speedway after a thunderstorm drenched the track, and as a result, the Sprint Cup points leader, Tony Stewart, will start from the top spot because of rain for the third time this season. With the top 35 cars in the 43-car field for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 set according to owners' points, Stewart will start next to Jeff Gordon, the driver closest to him in the standings. Three-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson rolls off third, with fourth-place Kurt Busch to his outside.
by Dave Grayson Just like your local Wal-Mart displaying Christmas merchandise three weeks prior to Halloween, it seems that NASCAR's annual silly season also starts earlier. Silly season is NASCAR's annual gossip fest that entertains both the racing media and the fans on a variety of topics such as driver, manufacturer and sponsor changes. At this point in time a major focus seems to be on Earnhardt Ganassi Racing-EGR.
by Dave Grayson During last weekend's NASCAR action we witnessed a young super talent win his first ever Sprint Cup event. We watched his teammate return to victory lane in the Nationwide Series after beating the super talent who eventually won the Cup race the following day. We also witnessed a truck racing legend take Elvis home for the third time. THUMBS-UP for Joey Logano who used fuel mileage to score his first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway last Sunday.
NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire rain shortened Veteran crew chief Greg Zipadelli made the call and it gave his rookie driver his first career victory as Joey Logano stayed out, conserved fuel and was out front as the rains came at New Hampshire, ending the race 28 laps early. Jeff Gordon was 2nd ahead of Kurt Busch, David Reutimann and Tony Stewart.
Nationwide Race at New Hampshire Apparently tired of his recent pattern of leading the most laps and finishing somewhere other than first, Kyle Busch took a different tack in Saturday's Camping World RV Sales 200. Busch saved his surge to the front for the final green-flag run in the Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After passing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano for the lead on Lap 165 of 200, Busch stayed in front the rest of the way.
by Dave Grayson This Saturday the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the very format that made them famous back in 1995: short track racing. NASCAR's definition of a tailgate party will make its annual return to the Memphis Motorsports Park for the running of the Memphis Travel.Com 250 an event that is guaranteed to be loaded with paint scraping, bumper banging, action.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's Sprint Cup teams will be taking on the extremely challenging "Magic Mile", aka the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, for Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301. This particular speedway is virtually flat as a pancake and that's what makes it so challenging especially coming through, and coming off of, the corners. It's also likely that the newly initiated double file restart policy could be most interesting during Sunday's race when the pack roars into turn one.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kasey Kahne drove his No. 8 Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge away from Tony Stewart's No. 14 Chevy when the green flew with two laps to go to win Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Infineon raceway in Sonoma, California. Marcos Ambrose came home third for Toyota followed by Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin. Press Conference
NASCAR Nationwide Series Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards made the trip from Infineon Raceway worthwhile on Saturday night, winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series NorthernTool.com 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. After his Cup counterpart, Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch, led for numerous laps, Edwards chased him down and made the pass for the lead on Lap 205. Despite two caution periods in the final 50 laps, Edwards easily pulled away to his first Nationwide victory of the season. Busch finished second, despite leading the most laps (80) for the eighth consecutive race.
NASCAR Truck Race Happy birthday, Ron Hornaday Jr., these things happen a lot in NASCAR. The Kevin Harvick Inc. driver dominated Saturday's rescheduled Copart 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, winning on his 51st birthday. "It's a cool day," Hornaday said. "What'd they (say), 'How old are you?' I don't know. I'm in my 50s, now, I guess." Bankrupt Chevy also needs some good PR so it was a convenient win for them as well.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Brian Vickers scored his fourth pole of the season during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Vickers turned a lap of 93.678s in his Toyota to beat Kyle Busch, also in a Toyota. A third Toyota driven by Marcos Ambrose made it a Toyota 1-2-3 sweep. Tony Stewart was 4th in his Chevy, but more than 1/2-second back. Kasey Kahne rounded out the top-5 in his Dodge.
by Dave Grayson The teams that comprise the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be found in the wine country of northern California this weekend at the Infineon Raceway. Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 will see the teams taking on one of the most challenging road courses in the country. The track is demanding on the cars especially on the brakes. It's also a physical challenge for the drivers that often attacks their levels of patience especially during the waning laps of the race.
NASCAR Sprint Cup race Leave it to fuel mileage, and the lack of it, to create one of the best NASCAR races we've seen all year. We also got treated to a first time winner in the Camping World Truck series, teammates battling for the win in the Nationwide Series and, oh yes, our favorite "Rowdy" driver took another shot at the Junior Nation. With that thought in mind let's begin with Mark Martin.
NASCAR Sprint Cup race There's an old saying in NASCAR racing that goes like this, "To finish first...... first you have to finish." Mark Martin has heard that saying many times before and never has it meant any more. While Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle were running out of gas with just one lap remaining, Martin cruised by to pick up his third win of the season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
NASCAR Nationwide Series In a race where numerous drivers were nabbed for speeding on pit road, Joe Gibbs Racing's Joey Logano sped on the racetrack, winning the Meijer 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race for the second year in a row at Kentucky Speedway. Logano passed teammate Kyle Busch with 10 laps to go to become the first driver to win two series races at Kentucky. Earlier in the day, Logano also became the first driver to win the pole for a second time at the 1.5-mile track.
Colin Braun Holds Off Kyle Busch For First Victory
NASCAR Truck Race at Michigan On a gray Saturday with a threat of rain that never materialized, Colin Braun took his first step into the sun. On Lap 77 of the Michigan 200, Braun took advantage of a rare mistake by Kyle Busch. With Busch's momentum slowed through Turn 2 by the lapped truck of Norm Benning, Braun passed the No. 51 Toyota for the lead and sailed home in clean air the rest of the way. Braun crossed the finish line 1.790 seconds ahead of Busch, knowing he had beaten perhaps the top talent in NASCAR racing.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualfying Right in the backyard of struggling carmakers Chevy, Ford and Dodge, Toyota rubbed salt in the wounds by locking up the top-2 starting positions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Brian Vickers put his Team Red Bull Toyota on the pole Friday in qualifying. Vickers grabbed his eighth career series pole with a lap of 189.110 mph. It was his second pole in eleven races at the two-mile superspeedway. Kyle Busch will start outside the front row in his M&M's Toyota Camry.
by Dave Grayson Once again NASCAR's Nationwide Series teams gets the opportunity to shine in another scheduled "stand alone" event. That means they are the featured racing class instead of being the support act for the Sprint Cup Series. It also means there will once again be a lack of Sprint Cup drivers and teams in attendance because they will be busy at their race in Michigan.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series journeys to Brooklyn, Michigan the home of the Michigan International Speedway where they will present the Life Lock 400, race 15 of their 2009 schedule this Sunday. In the past fuel mileage has been a factor in this event. The same is true of the weather. There's also major bragging rights involved with any race at Michigan. The speedway is just a short drive from Detroit: the home of America's big three automakers.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR weekend saw a first time owner-driver serve notice that he may be the next Sprint Cup champion, a new restart rule that worked really well and, oh yes, Kyle misbehaved again. With that thought in mind let's start with a THUMBS-UP to Tony Stewart who on Saturday crashed his car during practice, had to roll out a backup car and started the race at the tail end of the field, and still won.
by Dave Grayson In the sixties a British rock band, known as The Who, emerged on the music scene. During the process of creating what turned out to be an iconic career, the band fortified their presence by smashing their instruments at the conclusion of their shows. This was especially true of lead guitarist Pete Townshend who could swing a Gibson guitar over his head with the force of John Henry's mythical steel driving hammer.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Tony Stewart was forced to start at the rear of the field in a back-up car after he crashed his primary car Saturday, but on Sunday he drove to the front and scored his first career win as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner-driver in Sunday's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway. Carl Edwards came across the line second followed by David Reutimann and Jeff Gordon.
NASCAR's best driver wins again Kyle Busch raced to his fourth Nationwide Series victory of the year and ninth overall NASCAR win of the season Saturday night, easily holding off Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards in the Federated Auto Parts 300. The 24-year-old Busch celebrated the victory -- his 51st overall in NASCAR's top three series. Keselowski was second -- 0.891 seconds back. Edwards finished third on the 1.333-mile concrete oval.
Knaus Questions Provide Winning Answers for Johnson
by Cathy Elliott I have lots of conversations with women -- due to the fact that I am one -- about all the so-called "normal" things women care about. You know, stuff like purses (great), shoes (great) and the Cubs' chances of making it to the World Series this year (not so great). Then we move on to discussions of various members of the opposite sex, and their relative merits or lack thereof. Why is it, we wonder, that the only person on earth who has managed to find someone with the elusive combination of Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now is ... Jimmie Johnson?
NASCAR Truck Series Todd Bodine won his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing 1.321 seconds in front of runner-up Matt Crafton in the WinStar World Casino 400. Bodine became the first driver in the history of the series to have five victories at one track. Colin Braun finished a season-best third. Johnny Benson's Red Horse Racing Toyota was fourth and Crawford finished fifth.
Chevrolets to start 1-2-3 Johnny Sauter scored his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole on Thursday night in qualifying for the Winstar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. His lap of 179.485 MPH was good enough to win pole by 0.092s. Ron Hornaday will start 2nd in another Chevy Truck and Matt Crafton made it a Chevy 1-2-3 in third.
by Dave Grayson 43 of NASCAR's elite Sprint Cup teams will be busy this week preparing for a road trip to Long Pond, Pennsylvania where they will have to take on the always challenging Pocono Raceway. This uniquely triangular shaped track has three turns along with one short and one extremely long straightaway.
by Dave Grayson Sunday's Sprint Cup race at the Dover International Speedway was a spectacle that NASCAR really needed. The race was outstanding from start to finish and was loaded with drama especially during the final laps. It was also an opportunity to raise awareness for autism. That effort was strongly supported by Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips and Cheese who presented the Autism 400.You could even go so far to say that it was a Heluva of a good weekend.
NASCAR Nextel Cup Jimmie Johnson drove like a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Sunday afternoon, storming past two-time champion Tony Stewart with three laps remaining to win the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips and Cheese at Dover International Speedway. Johnson literally dominated the event from start to finish with a perfect driver rating (150.0) but had to come from ninth to first in less than 30 laps after the 10th caution of the day slowed the field.
As Goodyear Tires pop left and right Brian Scott won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in his 39th start Saturday at Dover International Speedway. Though blown right-front tires plagued almost the entire field in the AAA Insurance 200 -- and deprived Kyle Busch of a chance to win -- Scott, Dennis Setzer, Stacy Compton and Jason White stayed out after Busch and Colin Braun each blew right fronts and hit the outside wall in the same corner on Lap 184 of 200.
Keselowski wins after Busch's Goodyear tire deflates
Busch dominated Natiowide race but his Goodyear tires let him down Brad Keselowski finally caught a break. Keselowski's good fortune came at the expense of continued bad luck for Kyle Busch, who failed to win Saturday's Heluva Good! 200 despite leading a race-high 108 of 200 laps at Dover International Speedway. Keselowski took the lead for the first time on the next-to-last lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race after Logano ran into the back of Busch, his teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, moments after a restart on Lap 199.
NASCAR Sprint Cup David Reutimann stayed hot after his win Monday in the Coca-Cola 600 by winning the pole for Sunday's Autism Speaks 400 at Dover Int'l Speedway. Reutimann put his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota on the pole for Sunday's 13th race of the Sprint Cup Series season with a lap of 156.795 mph. Kasey Kahne, Juan Montoya, Reed Sorenson and Greg Biffle rounded out the top-5.
by Dave Grayson There's a line from a great old song by the Carpenters that goes "rainy days and Mondays always bring me down." Tell that to David Reutimann and he'll laugh at you. It was his car that was sitting in the front of the line when NASCAR pulled the plug on the Mother Nature 600, following two days of rain, at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Mayfield is either incredibly innocent or incredibly crazy
by Dave Grayson At the very beginning of this year NASCAR initiated a new substance abuse policy. Part of that policy featured random drug testing during a race weekend. The bottom line here was clearly evident: NASCAR has a zero tolerance policy towards drivers being behind the wheel of their race cars while under the influence of drugs. The new policy was heralded by the drivers, team owners, the racing media and the fans.
by Pete McCole David Reutimann outlasted Mother Nature to score his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in Mondayâ€™s rain-plagued 50th Coca Cola 600 at Loweâ€™s Motor Speedway. Reutimann and his crew chief Rodney Childers elected to stay on the track as the field came to pit road during a caution flag on lap 221 for rain, taking the chance that the weather would play in their favor.
Mike Bliss was leading when it counted Mike Bliss was leading when rain cut short Saturday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The race started with a two hour delay for rain showers and ended with thirty laps short of its scheduled distance because of rain. Brendan Gaughan was second. Kyle Busch, who dominated most of the race before experiencing handling problems, finished third.
by Dave Grayson Over the past few days we have witnessed a record setting NASCAR penalty regarding rule violations against the Car of Tomorrow and apparently the NASCAR version of the Cabbage Patch doll is on the way. With that thought in mind let's begin with, can NASCAR look any more stupid than the fine they imposed on Carl Long's team for having an engine just 0.17 cubic inches too big? The penalty is supposed to fit the crime yet what NASCAR has done to this backmarker team, as well as Jeremy Mayfield makes them look like bumbling fools.
by Pete McCole â€œRocket Manâ€ Ryan Newman blasted off to his 44th career NASCAR Sprint Cup pole on Thursday, topping the field in qualifying for Sunday nightâ€™s 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Loweâ€™s Motor Speedway. Newman posted a top lap of 188.475 mph in the no. 39 Army Chevrolet to knock Jeff Gordon off the top spot and notch the first pole for Stewart-Haas Racing. Kyle Busch will start second, followed by Gordon, Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson.
by Pete McCole Chevy driver Tony Stewart passed Ford's Matt Kenseth in the closing laps of the night's final segment to score his first career win as an owner-driver and first in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Stewart picked up more than $1 million for the victory. Kenseth held on for second with Kurt Busch (Toyota), Denny Hamlin (Toyota) and Carl Edwards (Ford) rounding out the top five.
Rutherford remembers a "hitchhiker" named Tim Richmond Twenty-nine years later, Johnny Rutherford still smiles when talking about one of the happiest moments of his 1980 Indianapolis 500 win. In celebrating his third Indy 500 victory, he shared his ride to victory lane with a â€œhitchhikerâ€ named Tim Richmond. The 1980 Indy 500 was a meeting of what motorsports writer Dave Argabright refers to as the â€œGreatest Generationâ€ of open wheel drivers. Rutherford was making his 221st Champ Car start and his 17th in the Indy 500. Richmond was making his eighth.
Talks about drug policy, other issues confronting NASCAR Many of our drivers, crew members and others, have prescription medications that they're taking. What you need to know about our particular test, is it's very, very thorough. It will pick up almost any substance that should not be in your body basically. If you should test positive for over-the-counter medications or, again, a prescribed medication that you're on with your doctor, it doesn't get you a suspension.
by Pete McCole Ron Hornaday rallied from a lap down to pick up his first victory of the season in Friday nightâ€™s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Loweâ€™s Motor Speedway. Hornaday passed Matt Crafton with 22 laps to go and held off Kyle Busch for his 40th career win and his second at Loweâ€™s Motor Speedway. Matt Crafton finished third, followed by Ryan Newman and Terry Cook.
by Pete McCole Jimmie Johnson claimed the top spot for Saturday nightâ€™s 25th running of the NASCAR Sprint All Star race, notching his first career pole in eight starts in the winner-take-all event. Fridayâ€™s unique qualifying session had each driver run three laps and a four-tire pit stop. Johnson and his Loweâ€™s Home Improvement crew posted a top lap of 121.416 seconds, including a 14.1 second pit stop to knock Dale Earnhardt Jr. out of the top spot.
NASCAR Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft NASCAR Ford Fusion, recorded the fastest lap ever in a stock car when he drove a Ford Thunderbird 212.089 miles per hour in a qualifying effort at Talladega Superspeedway in 1987. On Wednesday, driving a Hajek Motorsports E-85 powered Ford Mustang FR500C, Elliott will try to surpass that mark and establish a new closed course speed record for an E-85-powered car. Both Elliott and Brent Hajek discussed this weekâ€™s attempt.
As he meets his NASCAR Hero, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. At about four months old, baby Mikey showed the most interest in NASCAR races on television, following every turn with his eyes and gurgling with delight as the cars raced around the track. At the age of one, the precocious little boy was given his very first toy car, a miniature of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.â€™s vehicle at the time. Since then, Mikeyâ€™s love of NASCAR racing has only grown; in his four years, nothing has diminished this passion, not even his condition.
by Dave Grayson It was definitely an up and down roller coaster ride for the NASCAR news this week. We watched a wily veteran take the young guns to racing school and then experienced the shock of learning that a Sprint Cup driver had been suspended for violating the sport's substance abuse policy. Let's start on a positive note this week with Mark Martin for a job well done en route to winning the Southern 500 at Darlington.
by Pete McCole Who says the old man doesnâ€™t still have gas in the tank? Mark Martin scored his first Darlington win since 1993 with a victory in Saturday nightâ€™s Southern 500, holding off teammate Jimmie Johnson to notch his 37th career NASCAR Sprint Cup win in a grueling, wreck-filled race at Darlington Raceway. Tony Stewart came home third, followed by Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon.
by Pete McCole NASCAR officials announced today that NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield has been suspended indefinitely for violating the sanctioning bodyâ€™s substance abuse policy. Mayfield, the driver of the no. 41 Toyota, was one of three people suspended by NASCAR on Saturday, along with Tony Martin, a member of the no. 34 Sprint Cup team; and Ben Williams, a member of the no. 16 team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch, the master of the restart, was strong on long green-flag runs Friday night, but a flat right-rear tire ended his chance to visit Victory Lane at Darlington Raceway. Enter Matt Kenseth, who celebrated his 25th Nationwide Series win under yellow. Kenseth inherited the lead when Busch was forced to pit under yellow with a cut right-rear tire and won the race under the record-tying 10th caution period of the night.
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth earned his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole of his career Friday evening when he earned the top spot for Saturday night's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Kenseth set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 179.514 mph to eclipse the mark set last year by teammate Greg Biffle. Seven-time Darlington winner Jeff Gordon will start outside the front row.
NASCAR The elite of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series returns to action this Saturday night at the Darlington Raceway for the running of the Southern 500 presented by Go Daddy.Com. The track, known as the "lady in black" as well as the "track too tough to tame", will redefine the world challenge for both drivers and crew chiefs.
Backs up Nationwide win with Cup Series win Kyle Busch celebrated his 24th birthday in the best possible fashion, winning Saturday night's Crown Royal 400 Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway and completing a weekend sweep of NASCAR events there. In a race that featured a record-tying 15 cautions, Busch, who had won Friday night's Nationwide Series race at the 0.75-mile short track, passed Jeff Gordon for the lead on Lap 352, and then beat Tony Stewart to win.
NASCAR Nationwide Series at Richmond It may be too early to call the run for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship a two-man race, but Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards continued to assert their dominance Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. In a five-lap run to the finish after the 10th caution of the race, Busch held off Edwards by 0.584 seconds in the Lipton Tea 250 and extended his lead in the championships standings to 82 points over second-place Edwards.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brian Vickers turned the fastest lap in Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session to earn the pole for Saturday night's Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Vickers posted a lap of 171.131 mph in his Team Red Bull Toyota to claim the top spot. Jeff Gordon put his DuPont Chevrolet outside the front row with a lap of 126.844 mph Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex, Jr. and Jeff Burton rounded out the top five.
by Dave Grayson The elite of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series will be racing under the lights again, this Saturday night, at the Richmond International Raceway the short track that thinks it's a superspeedway. The name of this particular race prompts a major question, Who in the world is Gary Friedman?
by Pete McCole Longtime Charlotte Observer NASCAR Columnist David Poole passed away Tuesday afternoon after suffering a heart attack at his North Carolina home. He was 50 years old. Poole had covered motorsports for the Charlotte Observer for the last 13 years and also hosted a daily radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio. Poole also authored several books on the history of auto racing and was a four-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association's George Cunningham Award as writer of the year.
Rain Delayed NASCAR Truck Series race Mike Skinner drove Randy Moss Motorsports to its first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory Monday in the rain-delayed and shortened Oâ€™Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway. Skinnerâ€™s win was his first of the season and 26th of his series career. He joined the team, formed when NFL star Moss became partners with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports owner David Dollar last July, in January to form a two-truck effort with rookie Tayler Malsam.
by Dave Grayson Make no mistake about it, there's going to be a ton of post race chatter regarding NASCAR's weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway. The weekend featured the Cinderella stories of first time winners, horrific accidents that left fans speechless and everything in between those two major points. With that thought in mind let's begin with:
by Pete McCole Carl Edwards was heading for Victory Lane when a nudge from rookie Brad Keselowski sent him careening into the frontstretch retaining fence to end a wild and wooly Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup race here Sunday. Edwards ended up finishing 24th. The last-lap wreck also took veteran Ryan Newman out of the race as well.
NASCAR Nationwide Series at Talladega In a wild scramble at the finish, David Ragan beat polesitter Ryan Newman to the stripe to win Saturdayâ€™s Aaronâ€™s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, but the victory came at the expense of teammate Matt Kenseth, who barrel-rolled and slid on the roof of his No. 16 Ford after contact from Raganâ€™s No. 6 sent him out of control on Lap 105.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Juan Montoya won the first pole of his NASCAR career on Saturday with a strong lap at Talladega Superspeedway. Montoya ran a lap at 188.171 mph, then had to wait almost two hours to see if his time would hold. He returned to his motor home for a snack and surfed the Internet as car after car failed to knock him from the top. Greg Biffle almost did, posting a speed of 188.141 to qualify second.
by Dave Grayson The elite of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to the Talladega Super Speedway: the home of the "big one." The big one is that fleeting moment in time when the sheet metal of two race cars lightly touch each other just enough for one of those cars to start a sideways slide. The end result often features ten or more cars getting collected in that single car slide. That, in turn, leads to a multimillion dollar state of race car carnage.
NASCAR After a couple of years of semi-retirement, part-time action, a reinvigorated Mark Martin is not feeling his 50 years. On Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway he became the third-oldest driver to win a Cup Series race, his first victory since 2005. The 50-year-old polesitter streaked away from Tony Stewart after a restart with six laps remaining to win Saturday night's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
NASCAR Nationwide race A spate of late caution periods played into Greg Biffle's hands Friday night, as the driver of the No. 16 Ford held off Jason Leffler to win the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, team owner Jack Roush's 100th victory in the series. Biffle beat Leffler to the stripe by 0.339 seconds in a green-white-checkered-flag finish to win his second Nationwide race of the season and the 20th of his career. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick completed the top five.
NASCAR Sprint Cup After failing to win a Cup Series pole for eight years, Mark Martin now has three in one season. The ninth driver Friday to make a qualifying attempt at 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway, Martin posted a time (26.903 seconds, 133.814 mph) that stood up against the drivers that followed him on a racing surface that cooled throughout the afternoon -- but not as much as Martin expected.
Nationwide Series race Joey Logano held off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to win Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Nashville 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Logano stayed ahead of last week's Texas Nationwide race winner in a five lap shootout to the checkered flag to score his second career Nationwide win. He put his No. 20 Toyota out front for 95 laps en route to the third career 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs racing.
No. 43 in IndyCar NASCAR legend Richard Petty will field an entry for the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, with John Andretti driving the Window World-sponsored car in the 2009 edition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday, May 24. Seven-time NASCAR champion Petty unveiled the No. 43 Window World Dallara/Honda/Firestone for Andretti. Transcript
NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Jeff Gordon finally broke his 47-race winless streak at Texas Motor Speedway by winning Sunday's Samsung 500 by 10-car lengths over Hendrick Chevy teammate Jimmie Johnson. Greg Biffle brought the Roush Racing Ford home third ahead of Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth.
Polesitter Busch Dominates Nationwide Race At Texas
Beats on NASCAR rivals in his Toyota It's high time Kyle Busch got a new nickname. "Shrub" is no longer worthy of the younger Busch brother -- so how about "The Dominator?" Busch led a track-record 178 of 200 laps in winning Saturday's O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway by 1.447 seconds over fast-closing Tony Stewart. In claiming his second Nationwide victory of the season and the 23rd of his career, Busch achieved several milestones.
NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying David Reutimann is having a phenomenal season and it continued on Friday as he held everyone off to win the pole for Sunday's Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Reutimann, who is 11th in the point standings, posted a fast lap of 190.517 mph in his No. 00 Toyota for his third top-10 start of 2009. It was also his second top-10 start in four starts at the 1.5-mile Texas track. Jeff Gordon will join Reutimann on the front row after being the only other driver to record a lap faster than 190 mph at 190.194 mph in qualifying.
Nationwide Series Qualifying Kyle Busch won his 16th career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole on Thursday evening in qualifying for the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch recorded a lap of 188.252 mph in the No. 18 NOS Toyota to take his second pole at TMS, a track he won both Nationwide races at in 2008. Matt Kenseth qualified second with a lap of 188.055 mph in the CitiFinancial Ford. Paul Menard was third with a speed of 187.931 mph.
by Dave Grayson The elite teams of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series will be returning to the so-called cookie cutter tracks following two consecutive weekends of short track racing. The series heads to race number seven on the schedule at the Texas Word Speedway where the race winner gets to stand in victory lane wearing a cowboy hat while firing a pair of six shooters into the air. Here's the breakdown for Sunday's Samsung 500:
Busch the latest in long line of NASCAR 'bad-boys'
by Cathy Elliott Dale Earnhardt, routinely riled up fans, thanks to his stock car adaptation of a questionable pitching philosophy -- if you can't strike 'em out, knock 'em out. The man fans loved to hate went on to win seven series championships, and evolved into the man fans just loved. His death in 2001 was undoubtedly one of the greatest tragedies in the history of NASCAR. Fans rallied hard behind Earnhardt in the 1990s when a slick-looking kid named Jeff Gordon developed an annoying habit of beating The Man in Black to the checkered flag on a fairly regular basis. And now we have Kyle Busch, the guy who says his only motivation is "the car in front of me."
NASCAR Truck Race Kevin Harvick passed Kyle Busch with just over nine laps to go and held on through an abbreviated final restart to win the rain-delayed and caution-filled trucks race Monday before a very sparse crowd at Martinsville Speedway. Busch had led for 139 laps in the Kroger 250 before Harvick got to the inside heading into the third turn and pulled ahead after dueling side-by-side to the flag stand.
Wins Sprint Cup race Jimmie Johnson made a daring pass in his Chevy on Denny Hamlin's Toyota and then pulled away in the final laps to win at Martinsville for the fifth time in the past six races at the 1/2-mile track. Tony Stewart brought his Chevy home in 3rd. Polesitter Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 5. Post-Race Winner's Transcript
by Dave Grayson The elite teams of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series moves on to race number six on their schedule at the Martinsville Speedway this Sunday. For the second week in a row Sprint Cup drivers will be facing the rigors of short track racing and all of the potential side effects that comes with it.
by Dave Grayson Let's begin this week with a generic WHAT'S UP with the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. This was without question one of the most polite versions of a Bristol race I've ever seen. I sat down expecting to watch NASCAR's semi annual demolition derby and instead received a race broadcast that appeared to be sanitized for my protection.
by Pete McCole One day after an errant tire cost him a shot at a victory in the Nationwide Series, Kyle Busch returned to Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday and did what he does best â€“ take the checkered flag and dominate the competition while doing it. Busch went on to lead 378 of 502 laps.
NASCAR At age 33, Kevin Harvick won his 33rd Nationwide Series race in the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet -- but the number that really mattered to Harvick at Bristol Motor Speedway was "one." A former series champion, Harvick won for the first time in a Nationwide car he owns when he took the checkered flag in Saturday's Scott's Turf Builder 300 at the .533-mile high-banked short track, beating Carl Edwards to the finish line by .798 seconds.
Sprint Cup Series Mark Martin's drove his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Martin comes into the fifth race of the season in the 35th spot of the owner point standings and is in danger of losing a guaranteed starting spot next week in Martinsville if he falls below the Top 35 cut-off. It was his second straight pole to follow-up his Atlanta top spot earned on March 6th. Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five.
by Dave Grayson This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams travels to the portion of Tennessee known as Thunder Valley. It's time once again for the semi annual demolition derby at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Twice a year NASCAR lines up 43 cars on this half mile, high banked, track and hopes for the best. In most cases the best scenario involves over time for the team's fabricators at the race shops who will be spending next week repairing wrecked cars.
by Dave Grayson "Double bubble toil and trouble" is an old witchcraft line borrowed to pinpoint the current status of NASCAR's top 35 in owner's points while also examining the fact that maybe it's time to realize this policy is no longer needed. As we all know any team within the top 35 listing is automatically guaranteed a starting berth in a NASCAR Sprint Cup 43 car field regardless of how the driver performed during the course of a two lap qualifying run.
by Cathy Elliott Tires have been in the news quite a bit the past week or so, starting with the now infamous incident that occurred during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In a nutshell, an errant tire from the No. 47 Toyota driven by Marcos Ambrose rolled out onto pit road during a pit stop.
by Dave Grayson Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, provided fans with an exciting green-white-checker finish. Then again dramatic finishes are practically a trademark at this speedway. We saw the unexpected domination of the race by the older Busch brother, we watched NASCAR's most popular driver endure more pit road problems, we were stunned to watch a crew member get perilously close to the high speed action while chasing a tire, and we were treated to more classic tirades from the speedway's owner.
Busch holds off Gordon in Green-White-Checker finish
by Pete McCole Another race â€“ another victory for Busch. Kurt Busch, that is. The older brother of NASCARâ€™s most dominant driver picked up his first Sprint Cup victory of the season Sunday, putting on a dominant performance of his own, passing Carl Edwards and then holding off Jeff Gordon in a green-white-checkered to win the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
by Pete McCole The daunting challenge facing Sprint Cup teams this weekend will be how to get a handle on this tough, slippery track that has confounded drivers and crew chiefs alike. Balancing the new Car of Tomorrow design with the tires brought along by Goodyear has had teams pulling their hair out trying to adapt their cars to the tracks ever-changing surface which is one of the fastest in the series.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch continues to stomp the competition in all three of NASCARâ€™s top three series, nursing an ailing and ill-handling truck to win Saturdayâ€™s American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his second victory of the season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Kevin Harvick, who led several laps, finished second. Bodine was third and Skinner was fourth. Cook held on for fifth.
by Pete McCole After topping the speed chart in Friday's practice, Mark Martin blistered Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 29.640-second lap (187.045 mph) to win the pole for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the 1.54-mile track. Kurt Busch will start on the outside of the front row after turning a lap at 186.365 mph. Jamie McMurray (186.309 mph) qualified third.
by Dave Grayson While cruising on a Southern California freeway, en route to covering the latest race on our schedule, we were listening to Dave Moody's show on Sirius Satellite Radio as we always do. Moody was commenting on NASCAR legend Cotton Owens and told a story about how he recently visited a Sprint Cup Series garage. Moody relayed that Owens introduced himself to many of today's young superstars in the series but the vast majority of them didn't seem to have any idea who he was.
by Dave Grayson Saturday's race will be a home coming for Billy Ballew because he owns a second home, a condo, located at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. But there's another special reason why Ballew considers this race track home. Kyle Busch, who drives Ballew's #51 Miccosukee/Nos Energy Drink Toyota Tundra has won three of the last four races at Atlanta.
by Dave Grayson The current weather forecast certainly indicates that it could indeed be hot racing in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend. Yes, the weather is significant. It was just a matter of days ago that the Atlanta area was covered in snow and about the only show the speedway was going to be able to present was the "Ice Capades." Current forecasts tells us that it's going to be partly cloudy with daytime highs in the mid to upper 70's. That means hot racing in hot 'Lanta.
by Dave Grayson There were many of NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams whose Las Vegas luck ran up and down like a roller coaster. In the Cup event anticipated blown engines among the Toyota teams didn't happen and were replaced by the stunning news of Roush Yates engines popping. A Hendrick car once again popped out of gear and blew up. NASCAR's pit road officials worked way too hard with massive pit road penalties. The details from the Nationwide Series often hit bizarre levels. Throughout the weekend veteran drivers made very rare and completely unexpected mistakes. All in all it was a rather lively weekend in Las Vegas as expected.
Comes from last to first to win Shelby 427 After winning the pole and then having to start in the rear due to an engine change, Kyle Busch passed the field in his M&Ms Toyota to win. Busch proved once again why he is NASCAR's best driver when he passed Jeff Burton for 2nd on lap 267 using a spectacular 4-wheel drift to dive under Burton and come out of Turn 4 sideways but ahead of him. Two laps later he drove under Clint Bowyer for the lead to win his 13th Sprint Cup race.
Biffle Outlasts All Obstacles To Win Sam's Town 300
Nationwide Series at Las Vegas It looked more like a demolition derby at Islip (N.Y.) Speedway than a marquee race in NASCAR's Nationwide Series. With cars slipping, sliding, spinning and crashing, Greg Biffle won the Sam's Town 300 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for one primary reason: His No. 16 Ford survived the trouble that quashed the winning hopes of most other top contenders -- and survived his own misfortune.
by Kathy Elliott For the drivers and fans of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, The Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 8 is considered the first true "Southern" race of the 2009 season. Stock car racing was born in the Southeastern United States; there's no disputing that. Some people still cling to the theory that NASCAR should never have left the South in the first place, as if that natural growth and expansion somehow betrayed the ancestry and roots of the sport.
Sprint Cup Qualifying Kyle Busch captured his second consecutive pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday, but will have to start at the rear of the field after the No. 18 JGR M&M's Toyota team changed engines prior to Friday's qualifying session. Kyle's Brother, Kurt, qualified second in the Penske Miller Lite Dodge.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series teams are now in Las Vegas getting prepared for Sunday's Shelby 427. It's an extremely exciting weekend in Sin City because, let's face it, the names NASCAR and Las Vegas truly belong in the same sentence. The city will be loaded with players, who will be sitting at the gaming tables or loading up slot machines, looking for a streak of good luck that leads to good fortune.
NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Fontana Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth made it two victories in a row Sunday, holding off a late challenge from Jeff Gordon to win the Auto Club 500. Kenseth took the lead from Gordon in the pits with 38 laps to go in the 250-lap race and stayed ahead of the runner-up in the battle of former Cup champions, pulling away over the last 20 laps. Winners Interview
Busch and Toyota bury competition twice on Saturday
Nationwide Series Last weekend Kyle Busch looked set to win the Daytona 500 until NASCAR's biggest star, Dale Earnhardt Jr., ran out of talent (once again) and caused a crash that took out Busch's dominate Toyota Camry. However, Busch put all that behind him on Saturday as he became the first driver to win two races in NASCAR's top-three circuits on the same day after he took the checkered flag in the Nationwide Series Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway.
NASCAR It wasn't even close. With a No. 51 Toyota truck that absolutely dominated the competition Saturday at Auto Club Speedway, polesitter Kyle Busch streaked to a 9.023-second victory over Todd Bodine, last week's winner at Daytona, in the San Bernardino County 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
by Dave Grayson Less than a week ago NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Brian Vickers was the focus of a huge controversy following last Sunday's Daytona 500. A run-in with fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr, that triggered a ten car crash in the final moments of the rain-shortened race, put Vickers in a position of having to endure nearly a week's worth of finger pointing and negative comments.
Toyota wins another pole Brian Vickers rebounded from a dismal result at Daytona by capturing his sixth career pole in qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway. A week after being involved in a controversial accident with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Daytona 500, Vickers put his Team Red Bull Toyota in the top spot for the second race of the season.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Nationwide Series travels to the "left coast" this week for Saturday's Stater Brothers 300 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana-California. Among the Sprint Cup crop of "Insurance Whackers" Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch are certainly favorites to win this race.
by Dave Grayson After a very exciting season opener at Daytona last week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series moves on to the second race of their schedule this Saturday at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana-California. There are quite a few favorites on this list to visit the Auto Club Speedway's victory lane Saturday.
by Cathy Elliott Now that the Daytona 500's pre- and post-hullabaloo is in the rearview mirror, we can all finally start focusing our attention on what some people like to refer to as "the real start of the racing season." This is not to say that the Daytona 500 is not a "real" race; when you get right down to it, it is the event that put NASCAR on the map of national attention.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves onto race number 2, of 36, this Sunday at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The inside track at the Auto Club Speedway may very well belong to Roush Fenway Racing, and their quintet of drivers, who has six wins at the speedway including winning the last four Auto Club 500's in a row. Defending race champion Carl Edwards has one win, six top fives, eight top tens that calculates to an impressive average finish of 6.7.
by Dave Grayson In the world of NASCAR racing there are two official titles that every driver wants to have attached to their names and resumes: NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and Daytona 500 Champion. Matt Kenseth has now earned the right to attach both titles to his name. Following that moment of glory in a rain soaked victory lane, complete with the Harley Earl trophy raised high above his head, the new Daytona 500 champion next had to focus on the media tour that follows winning this race.
by Dave Grayson First off the entire NASCAR weekend at the Daytona International Raceway was a racing fan's dream come true because it was overloaded with excitement. Adding to the drama was the fact that the most formidable competitor in the Daytona 500 was Mother Nature.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Matt Kenseth led just one green flag lap Sunday but it was the right one. Kenseth took the lead of the Daytona 500 from Elliott Sadler just before the rain began to fall and mother nature did the rest to give Kenseth his first Daytona 500 win in his Dewalt Roush Fenway Ford. Kevin Harvick was 2nd in his Chevrolet and AJ Allmendinger, who struggled badly his rookie year, a sensational 3rd in his Richard Petty Motorsport Dodge. Post-Race Interviews
by Mark J. Cipolloni Tony Stewart held off former teammate Kyle Busch's last-lap bump to win the Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona. Carl Edwards came home second. Racing in his first series race for Rick Hendrick, Stewart was able to hold off Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch, respectively, in an exciting finish for his eighth career win. Stewart took the checkered flag in his No. 80 Chevrolet by 0.068 seconds over Edwards after a furious charge by Busch in Turn 3.
Todd Bodine Wins NextEra Energy Resources 250 Todd Bodine held off a last-lap bid by Kyle Busch to capture his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway in as many years Friday night. Trailing Bodine and Busch were Terry Cook, who also suffered an early-race penalty, J. R. Fitzpatrick, a 20-year-old rookie who performed like a veteran, and another veteran and former series champion, Ron Hornaday.
Nationwide Race Kevin Harvick topped the field in Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway earning the pole position for Saturday's season-opening Camping World 300. Harvick turned a lap of 180.799 mph in his Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet to pace the 49-car field. The pole was the 18th of his career and it came in his 215th start. Matt Kenseth, defending series champion Clint Bowyer, Jason Leffler and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.
by Dave Grayson The excitement is mounting as racing fans await the start of the 2009 great American race and, with equal importance, the start of the new NASCAR racing season. The big question remains: who can defy the Daytona odds, by surviving a full afternoon of intense three wide racing, to claim that giant check in victory lane?
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's Nationwide Series kicks off its 35 race season with the running of the Camping World 300 this Saturday, February 14th. There are, at this time, 50 entries vying for the 43 starting berths. Thirty of the teams are locked into the race based on their owner's points from 2008. One more spot is locked in for Greg Biffle under the past champion's provisional although it's not likely Biffle will need to use it.
NASCAR Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch won the Gatorade Duel races Thursday at Daytona. But the real story belongs to Scott Riggs, A.J. Allmendinger and Jeremy Mayfield, each racing their way into the Daytona 500. Regan Smith also is in, thanks in part to Tony Stewart. Race 1 Transcript | Race 2 Transcript
NASCAR Notebook: Truck Series kicks off big weekend
by Dave Grayson America's favorite truck racing series launches its 2009 season this Friday at the Daytona International Speedway. It's also the debut of a brand new series' sponsor: Camping World. There are 38 truck teams entered in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 that hope to run the full 100 laps around Daytona's two and a half mile tri oval.
by Dave Grayson There are a lot of reasons why the Daytona 500 is so special and unique. This race is considered to be NASCAR's equivalent of the NFL's Super Bowl and it's very unique for a sport to start a new season with such an important event. It's certainly one of the most prestigious races in the world and its featured purse also makes it one of the richest motorsports events in the world.
Statistically This Sunday, a mid-February tradition continues. The 2009 edition of the Daytona 500 will be the 51st running, the first originating way back in 1959. A Daytona 500 victory defines a racerâ€™s career. There have been seven different careers defined in the last seven Daytona 500s. That is just one of the many interesting numbers going into this weekendâ€™s race. Here are a few more:
by Dave Grayson Every NASCAR fan in the world has just hit high gear with the official start of Speed Weeks at Daytona. NASCAR delivered in a big way with the Budweiser Shootout last Saturday night. With that in mind let's start with: Thumbs Up to NASCAR for changing the Budweiser Shootout's format. I probably owe them some sort of apology. I'm one of the many old school race fans who said "why are they messing with tradition?"
Truex and Martin lock up front row for Daytona 500
Rest of field set in Thursday Qualifiers The newly-formed Earnhardt Ganassi Racing made quite an impression in the team's debut as Martin Truex, Jr. and Mark Martin locked up front row starting spots for next Sunday's 51st running of the Daytona 500 in Sunday's qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick survived a wild, crash-filled race to win Saturday nightâ€™s Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, notching his first career victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup pre-season event in one of the most thrilling races in the 30-year history of the Budweiser Shootout. After brushing the wall early in the race, Harvick drove his no. 29 Pennzoil Chevrolet from the back of the pack to pass Jamie McMurray on the final lap just moments before several of the front-runners were swept up into yet another multi-car wreck.
Director, Ford North America Motorsports Brian Wolfe, director, Ford North America Motorsports, took over the top job at Ford Racing midway through the 2008 season. As both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series get their 2009 seasons going this weekend, Wolfe took a few minutes to answer 10 questions.
by Dave Grayson Before there's any misunderstanding here let me assure you that I am a very big fan of Bruton Smith, Chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc.-SMI. For many years now I've watched his many corporate moves with awe struck wonder. I also appreciate his sense of humor and smiled at the frequent times when he would stir up a pot of special ingredients and serve it to NASCAR executives.
NASCAR Broadcast times for the 2009 NASCAR season have been announced, beginning with FOXâ€™s broadcast of the non-points Budweiser Shootout at Daytona at 8:10 p.m. (ET) on Feb. 7 at Daytona International Speedway. The full broadcast schedules, including TV start times, for all three national series â€“ the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
by Dave Grayson The continued economic uncertainty has left many NASCAR Sprint Cup team owners scrambling at the proverbial eleventh hour searching for sponsorship deals to shore up their 2009 plans. With the annual Speed Weeks in Daytona only a matter of weeks away, there are approximately 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup teams who are committed to running the entire 36 race schedule this year. However only 29 of these teams have secured the full funding they will need for the 2009 season. With that thought in mind let's take a detailed look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series class of 2009.
by Pete McCole The 27th annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway drew to a close on Thursday, marking the final day of the four day tour as teams prepare for the season opening Daytona 500. Ford Racing headlined the morning session with a panel that included officials from the three major Ford-backed teams â€“ Roush-Fenway Racing, Yates Racing and the Wood Brothers.
Sprint Cup Series Media Tour Teleconference Transcript
NASCAR Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome to the NASCAR Research and Development Center and our annual event of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour, which this year wraps up the tour. I want to give a special thanks to Scott Cooper and his staff, his whole team at Lowe's Motor Speedway, for doing such a great job in organizing things this week. It's a great job; thank you.
by Pete McCole The 27th annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway entered the homestretch on Wednesday with day three of the annual four-day event. Racing legend Mario Andretti was also on hand to present Johnson with the SPEED Driver of the Year Award for the third straight year.
by Pete McCole The 27th annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway continued on Tuesday with day two of the four-day tour. Leading off the second day was a breakfast press conference with Hall of Fame Racing, who introduced new driver Bobby Labonte and new primary sponsor Ask.com.
NASCAR, Grand-Am The Daytona 500 and the start of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is less than three weeks away but a number of drivers and owners will make an early visit to Daytona International Speedway for Saturdayâ€™s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Since 1962, NASCAR stars have been a part of the historic, twice-around-the-clock sports car race.
by Pete McCole Hundreds of journalists from around the world gathered Tuesday for the opening day of the 27th annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord, N.C. Kicking off the tour was a luncheon press conference with Penske Racing, the defending winners of the Daytona 500.
New Penske driver Our guest today is David Stremme, who is joining us from Penske Racing in Mooresville, North Carolina. David is the driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge and he will be making his debut for Penske Racing at this year's Daytona 500. David is also participating in this weekend's Sprint Sound & Speed event in Nashville, Tennessee. David, I want to open up with a quick question. You've participated in the Sprint Sound & Speed event for the last two years. What's special about the event that makes you keep going back?
Tony Stewart Serving as Fiesta Bowl Grand Marshal No passing. That was the only rule Tony Stewart had to abide by in Saturday's 38th Annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Thankfully, the two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion sat far enough away from the steering wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette that he couldn't break the one rule just days into the New Year. Instead, the driver better known as "Smoke" sat atop the trunk of the Corvette convertible waving to the crowd.
NASCAR Notebook for Jan. 6th - Silly Season Madness
by Dave Grayson There's no doubt about it that the 2008 NASCAR silly season has spilled into the new year and the operative word for the entire sequence is merger. Tracking these mergers over the past two months alone has been like trying to work a ten thousand piece jigsaw puzzle. Just like a merger the puzzle has many intricate components that has to be put together, it takes forever to reach completion and sometimes when you think the arduous process is nearly over you discover that one of those intricate components is missing.
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