by Dave Grayson Certainly one the focal points surrounding the second tier of NASCAR's national touring series involves the marketing department's ability to locate a new title sponsor. Nationwide Insurance announced in recent months that they will not be renewing their contract which concludes at the end of the 2014 season.
Tony Stewart and his Midget race cars hit the road
by Dave Grayson Every fan of NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart is well aware that he entered into the world of team ownership long before he became a partner in Stewart-Haas Racing, the home of his #14 Sprint Cup Chevrolet. That venture was, of course, Tony Stewart Racing, an ultra successful sprint car racing operation that has garnered their fair share of checkered flags at dirt tracks all across the country. Many of those feature wins were created with Stewart himself sitting behind the wheel.
by Dave Grayson From important reminders regarding New Year's Eve safety, new spoiler rules for the Daytona 500 and, sadly, the impending departure of a long time series sponsor, the wheeling and dealing continues during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off season.
by Dave Grayson A North Carolina based mansion, once owned by former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield, was scheduled to be burnt to the ground last December 14th as part of a training exercise conducted by the local fire department. However, harsh winter weather forced a postponement of the burn exercise. In 2006, Mayfield and his wife purchased a 12,000 square foot mansion, in North Carolina's Catawba County. The seven bedroom, seven bath, home was valued at $1.8 million.
by Dave Grayson Following a lengthy day of testing, held December 11th at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR officials compiled the data, obtained from the 16 cars and 30 drivers who participated in the test, and then translated the data into some modifications for their new 2014 competition package. NASCAR delivered the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rules package to race teams on December 17th, following collaborative development by the industry.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's engineers continues to evaluate the massive amount of data derived from their recent test session, on December 11th, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The early results indicates that every aspect of this full day of testing has resulted in some major positive factors that goes well beyond engineering issues. The major bullet points from this test included:
by Pete McCole In the first step for gearing up for the new season, NASCAR conducted a one-day testing session on at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday to shake down proposed changes to the rules package for the Gen-6 Sprint Cup Series cars for 2014. The single-day testing session â€“ postponed from Monday due to weather - is a continuation of a test NASCAR conducted here in October to help improve competition and allow more passing on 1.5-mile racetracks such as Charlotte.
by Pete McCole Nearly 13 years after the tragic death of the Dale Earnhardt, the car number he helped make famous will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and to the race where the seven-time champion lost his life. Richard Childress Racing announced today that the team will bring back the famed no. 3 to the Sprint Cup Series next season with driver Austin Dillon.
Johnson celebrates his 2013 accomplishment, pushing the future aside for now Seven can wait. For Jimmie Johnson, this Champions Week was all about the joy of six. Forget about the pressure of chasing history, which will begin when Johnson and his team return to the track in February. Over four days in Las Vegas, that all felt as far away as the California state line. Johnson's sixth championship may seem in many minds like a bridge to a potential seventh crown, which would knot Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for most of all time. But there were no indications of that this past week, when Johnson and his team celebrated their sixth championship with all the gusto of their first.
by Dave Grayson "This is crazy, what an honor, it's very humbling." Those were the sentiments stated by a stunned, and emotionally charged, Tony Stewart after being named as the recipient of the prestigious National Motorsports Press Association's, (NMPA), Myers Brothers Award. The NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Award Luncheon was held on December 5th at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The annual event was part of the NASCAR Champion's Week.
by Dave Grayson ExxonMobil has strengthened its ongoing commitment to NASCAR by renewing its multi-year sponsorship with three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing. Mobil 1 will adorn the hood of Stewart's #14 Chevy for 11 races in 2014, while taking a high-profile associate role in the remaining races......Phil Parsons Racing announces that Josh Wise will join the team for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season......Richard Childress Racing has scheduled an announcement for their 2014 plans on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 11......
by Dave Grayson Every NASCAR fan in the world is certainly aware that driver, team owner and three time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has been undergoing physical therapy due to a broken leg sustained this past August following a sprint car accident. In turn, Stewart is well aware, and appreciative, of the outpouring of love and well wishes he has received from the fans while undergoing his treatments.
by Dave Grayson It's only natural that, in the final weeks of 2013, NASCAR racing teams are going to be extremely busy preparing for the new racing season that is literally just around the corner. After all, those vital test sessions, during Speed Weeks at Daytona, will be seeing a green flag in January. Included in that final preparation process is the hiring of new personnel, those talented people that will hopefully present team owners with that extra edge in 2014.
by Dave Grayson A fire broke out in the Oak Ridge-North Carolina home of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick early Wednesday morning. Kevin and DeLana Harvick, along with their baby son Keelan, escaped the scene unharmed after being awakened by the home's alarm system. According to reports, the fire started in the basement of the home. The Harvick's home only sustained minor damage thanks to a very quick response by area fire fighters.
by Dave Grayson At the beginning of 2007, NASCAR was seeking a new title sponsor for their second tier national racing series. Known for many years as the Busch Series, the famed beer company at that time announced that it would not be renewing its contract. The process of signing a new series sponsor was turned over to NASCAR Chief Sales Officer John O'Connell who had already established a track record as being very savvy when it comes to marketing packages.
by Pete McCole Jimmie Johnson added another milestone to his stellar career moved one step closer to history on Sunday night, claiming his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title in the season finale Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Showing the same confident swagger the team has displayed for the entire season and the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, Johnson and his crew shook off a late-race mishap and rallied to finish ninth to clinch his sixth championship in eight years, leaving him just one shy of tying the mark of seven titles held by Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
Hamlin wins NASCAR finale, Johnson wins title again
by Pete McCole The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season came to a close Sunday night as Denny Hamlin hoisted the winners trophy and Jimmie Johnson was crowned a the Sprint Cup Champion for the sixth time in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamlin passed Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 25 laps to go and pulled away to beat out championship contender Matt Kenseth by nearly a full second to score his 23rd-career Sprint Cup victory.
Keselowski wins race, NASCAR gives title to Dillon
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski â€˜s reign as a Sprint Cup Champion may be coming to an end, but the defending champ is determined to go out on a high note. Keselowski won his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series race of 2013 in Saturday nightâ€™s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and helped secure the owners points title for Penske Racing, while Austin Dillon won the driverâ€™s title over Sam Hornish, Jr. by just three points in a controversial finish that left many scratching their heads.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch scored his 35th-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and clinched the 2013 owners championship in a wild three-overtime finish in Friday nightâ€™s Ford EcoBoost 200 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch held off Brendan Gaughan over the course of two green-white-checker restarts and then had to fend off rookie Ryan Blaney in the closing laps to collect his fifth truck series win of the season, edging out Blaney by a truck length at the finish line.
NASCAR In a quest for his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, Matt Kenseth -- who trails Jimmie Johnson by 28 points entering Sunday's finale -- will start from the pole in the Ford EcoBoost 400. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver sped to the front of the pack with a speed of 177.667 mph, notching his third Coors Light Pole Award of the season. Johnson, meanwhile, qualified seventh with a speed of 176.598 mph.
Racing Past 40: Slower Reaction Times, and Other Lies
by Stephen Cox By age 40, most racing drivers are considered past their prime. Age 50 is considered â€œold,â€ and anyone racing into their late 50's or 60's is borderline insane. This claim is founded in the premise that physical and mental reaction times slow down as a person ages. This increase in reaction time means that the driver is less competitive, potentially unfit to drive in professional auto races, and will be unable to react at high speeds as quickly as younger drivers.
Johnson 3rd Kenseth 23rd Kevin Harvick passed an out-of-gas Carl Edwards on the next-to-last lap to win Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway as Jimmie Johnson padded his advantage in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings to strengthen his quest for a sixth championship heading to next weekend's season finale. Johnson finished third to take a 28-point lead over 23rd-place finisher Matt Kenseth into next Sundayâ€™s final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Wins pole in Phoenix, Kenseth outside Top-10 Points leader Jimmie Johnson has won pole position for the Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in his No. 48 Chevy over the Toyota of Denny Hamlin and the Ford of Joey Logano. Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top-5. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth, who is 7 points behind Johnson with two races remaining was 14th.
It comes down to Johnson vs. Kenseth for the title
by Dave Grayson There are only two races remaining to determine which driver gets to take that beautiful 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy home. There are only two drivers in the running for that championship. Following his dominating performance last Sunday, at the Texas Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson carved out a slim seven point advantage over season rival Matt Kenseth. However, Sunday's Advocare 500 (k) at the Phoenix International Raceway could very likely become the pivotal event that will create the final showdown at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
by Dave Grayson You just can't help but admire NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Sam Hornish Jr. Currently a prime candidate to win the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship for Roger Penske Racing, he is, at the same time, he's also looking for a ride for the 2014 season. One would think that a distraction of that magnitude would greatly interfere with this driver's ability to remain focused on winning the grand prize with only two races remaining before the end of the season.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take the green flag this Friday night, at the Phoenix International Raceway, for the annual running of the Lucas Oil 150. This race generally creates a lot of excitement because of the challenging aspects of this famed one mile oval. The race is 150 laps/150 miles around a basically flat track. Turns one and two are only banked at 11 degrees while turns three and four only has nine degrees of banking. Adding to the potential Phoenix drama is the fact that there are 35 pre entries for this race and that's likely to present a challenge regarding passing. This is especially true for race leaders attempting to negotiate their way around slower traffic.
Hendrick cars finish 1-2 Jimmie Johnson completely dominated the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday pulling away from Dale Earnhardt Jr. after the final pitstop to win easily. Joey Logano was third. Johnson led 255 of 334 laps and if he goes on to win the Sprint Cup title he will look back on this race as the point where he took control of the situation.
by Dave Grayson It's been generally well known that NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr was on his way to Furniture Row Racing's, (FFR), #78 Chevrolet next year. It was just a matter of dotting some i's and crossing some t's in the agreement package before the official announcement was made. The highly anticipated press conference came on Friday, November 1st, at the Texas Motor Speedway. Furniture Row Racing general manager Joe Garone announced that the Denver, Colo.-based organization has entered into a multi year agreement with Martin Truex Jr. to drive the team's #78 Chevy, beginning with the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season.
His 2nd pole of 2013 Carl Edwards recovered from a slight bobble to rule the roost in Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday afternoon, winning the pole position for Sundayâ€™s AAA Texas 500 with a fast lap of 196.114 mph at Texas Motor Speedway. The pole was Edwardsâ€™ second of the season, 13th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career and first at the 1.5-mile track, where he has won a series-best three times. Heâ€™ll start first in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the eighth of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason, scheduled for a 3 p.m. ET green flag (ESPN).
by Pete McCole Jeff Gordon proved to everyone that he rightly deserves his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and that heâ€™s not out of the Championship fight just yet, as the four-time Sprint Cup champion put on a dominating performance to score his first victory of the season in Sundayâ€™s Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Gordon passed Matt Kenseth with 21 laps to go and easily pulled away to collect his 88th-career victory and his eighth at Martinsville.
by Pete McCole Darrell â€œBubbaâ€ Wallace, Jr. scored a history-making win on Saturday with his first-career victory in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville, becoming only the second African-American driver to reach victory lane in a NASCAR touring series and the first since Wendell Scott scored a victory in 1964. Wallace led 96 of 200 laps including the final 50 laps to beat out Brendan Gaughan by nearly a full straightaway for his first win in 19 truck series starts.
Taking Care of Business: NASCAR Sprint Cup Edition
by Dave Grayson Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Elliott Sadler will drive the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota in the 2013 season's final four NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Sadler replaces Brian Vickers who informed MWR on Oct. 14 that he would be unavailable for the remainder of the season due to anti-coagulation medications he will be taking to treat a small blood clot in his right leg. Meanwhile GoDaddy recently announced that they would not be returning to the IndyCar series next season as the primary sponsor for driver James Hinchcliffe and his Andretti Autosport team. They even went so far as to say that his company remaining in Indy Car racing no longer made fiscal sense.
Hamlin earns his third career pole at Martinsville
NASCAR Sprint Cup Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole for the Goodyâ€™s Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin posted a speed of 99.595 mph, which is a track record. It's the 18th time this year a Generation-6 car has posted a new track qualifying record. Jimmie Johnson had set the previous mark in the spring with a speed of 98.400 mph.
by Dave Grayson King Richard Petty found himself having to deal with the totally unexpected, not to mention tough public relations issues, all within the confines of the same week. It was enough to more than test the patience of the King of stock car racing. The latest surprise, to be dealt with by Richard Petty Motorsports, (RPM), came on Wednesday, October 23d, when it was revealed that NASCAR has placed the team's development driver, Corey LaJoie on indefinite probation, while ordering him to undergo sensitivity training for a comment made on "Twitter" back on October 15th.
Finishes under yellow with Dale Jr. in tow Chip Ganassi's driver Scott Dixon wrapped up the IndyCar championship last night at Fontana and today Jamie McMurray won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega for Ganassi. The race finished under caution with Dale Earnhardt Jr. denied the chance to slingshot past on the last lap. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was third. Paul Menard and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-5. Jimmie Johnson finished 13th but took over the Chase point lead.
by Dave Grayson From the formal announcement of a major Sprint Cup team's reorganization plan to officials tests for the Generation Six race car, the Columbus Day holiday was surprisingly busy for many NASCAR teams. Still reeling from NASCAR penalties, following the September 7th race in Richmond-Virginia, combined with the loss of the full time NAPA Auto Parts sponsorship, Michael Waltrip Racing, (MWR), announced a major reorganization plan that will see them trim down to two full time teams but will still keep them competitive in the future years to come. The new plan also calls for the presence of a third team that will only run a very limited schedule.
by Pete McCole Defending Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski finally had some good luck roll his way Saturday night after breaking through with his first victory of the year in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, ending a 37-race winless drought in what has been an otherwise disappointing season. Keselowski came out on top of a fierce battle with Kasey Kahne over the closing laps, grabbing the lead for the final time with nine laps to go and leading the rest of the way for his 10th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory and his first since last September at Dover.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch continued his domination in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as the all-time series wins leader scored his 11th victory of the season on Friday night, rallying past Sam Hornish, Jr. in the closing laps to win the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch fought back after losing the top spot to Hornish with 20 laps to go, re-gaining the top spot with a high-side pass in traffic with eight laps left and then held on ahead of points leader Austin Dillon to secure his 62nd-career win in the Nationwide Series.
by Pete McCole Jeff Gordon scored his 74th-career pole position in Thursday nightâ€™s qualifying session for Saturday nightâ€™s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series reaches the halfway mark in the fifth race in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Taking advantage of a late draw in the evening qualifying session, Gordon took to the track as the final qualifier and clocked in at 27.791 (194.308 mph).
by Dave Grayson Police in Mooresville, NC say a NASCAR driver has been arrested and charged with assault after getting into a dispute with his wife. According to the Mooresville Police Department, officers were called to the home of Travis Wade Kvapil, 37, on Tuesday evening, October 8th, after getting a 911 call. Officers say Kvapil, who is currently the driver of the #93 Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series, and his wife had been involved in a domestic dispute.
by Dave Grayson In November of last year, the word leaked out to the racing media that NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick was leaving his long tenure with Richard Childress Racing, (RCR), a business arrangement that dates back to the 2001' season. The same rumor said Harvick was in the process of negotiating a contract to drive for Stewart Haas Racing that would begin with the 2014 racing season.
by Dave Grayson Matt Kenseth, driving the #18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, won Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Kansas Speedway. It was Kenseth's second series win of the season and 28th career win which moved him to sixth on the series' all time win list. Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Kyle Busch and Justin Allgaier completed the top five.
Busch falls back Kevin Harvick won the Hollywood Casino 400 from the pole on Sunday at Kansas Speedway in a race that featured a record number of cautions and tightened up the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Harvick's 22nd victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series brought him to within 25 points of Matt Kenseth in the Chase standings. Jimmie Johnson, who finished sixth, shaved his deficit to Kenseth from eight points to three.
by Dave Grayson The ARCA Racing Series, presented by Menards, presented a 2013 season finale that was first class during the Kansas Speedway racing weekend. Friday night's Kansas Lottery 98.9 was loaded with feel good stories and racing drama. By the time the day was over, a 51 year old icon set new series standards, a 79 year old icon officially retired and an 18 year old future star impressed a lot of observers.
NASCAR Sprint Cup When you think of potential pole winners for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, Kevin Harvick is nowhere near the top of the list. But Harvick scratched a seven-year itch during Fridayâ€™s time trials at Kansas Speedway. Covering the 1.5-mile distance in 28.796 seconds (187.526 mph), Harvick won the pole for Sundayâ€™s Hollywood Casino 400, the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In claiming his first Coors Light pole award after a dry spell of 254 races dating to September 2006 at New Hampshire, Harvick edged Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (187.480 mph) by 0.007 seconds.
Closes points gap Jimmie Johnson won his record eighth Sprint Cup Series victory at Dover International Speedway, holding off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win Sundayâ€™s AAA 400. Joey Logano finished third, Jeff Gordon fourth and Kyle Busch was fifth. Matt Kenseth continues to lead the series standings, with Johnson now eight points behind. Matt Kenseth came up just short in his bid to become the first driver to win the first three races of the Chase, but still maintained his points lead with a seventh-place finish. He leads Johnson by eight points.
4th straight Nationwide race win at The Monster Mile When Joey Logano sets a record, he does it in style. Logano didn't just win Saturday's 5-hour Energy 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway. He crushed the rest of the field in taking the checkered flag in a record four straight events at the Monster Mile in what was later deemed an illegal car (front too low) in post-race inspection. No wonder the car was so fast!
2nd of year Dale Earnhardt Jr. watched and waited, but after several close calls late in Friday's qualifying session at Dover International Speedway, the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet had the pole for Sunday's AAA 400, the third race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. And if second-place qualifier, series leader and Earnhardt's "worry-wart" friend Matt Kenseth was disappointed at falling just short of Earnhardt's track-record speed, so were those looking for a weakness in Kenseth's performance.
JGR finishes 1-2 for 2nd straight week Was this real or instant replay? For the second straight week, in the second race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to the finish line -- and for Kenseth, who has struggled at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, that added a dreamlike quality to the victory. The top seed in the Chase, Kenseth won Sunday's Sylvania 300 by 0.533 seconds over Busch as JGR asserted its superiority for the second consecutive week.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Before Fridayâ€™s qualifying session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman quipped that he would give 100 percent on both lapsâ€”a reference to the edict NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France announced last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. As it turned out, Newman wasnâ€™t kidding. On his first circuit, he broke the track record Kasey Kahne had set earlier in the session. On the second lap, Newman broke the record he had set 28 seconds earlier.
by Dave Grayson It was an extremely brutal week for NASCAR officials and their Sprint Cup teams. It was a week that, following the Richmond race, saw officials having to address the fall out from inappropriate activity that altered the outcome of that race as well as the seeding of the line up for the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Adding to the frustration was severe rain that greatly altered the schedule at the Chicagoland Speedway, the site of the first of the ten Chase events.
At Chicagoland Matt Kenseth held off Kyle Busch for the victory in a rain-filled Geico 400 for his sixth victory of the season. With the win, Kenseth will maintain the points lead in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The race started during the daytime but due to weather delays, finished under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway. Busch, who finished second, was denied in his bid for a Chicagoland sweep after winning Friday night's Truck Series race and Saturday's Nationwide Series race.
Running '100 percent' at all times key; changes coming to spotter's stand One week after controversy surrounded the ending of NASCARâ€™s Sprint Cup Series regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway, officials announced a series of steps aimed at deterring the "artificial" manipulation of the finishing positions of a race by a team or teams.
Wins Truck and Nationwide, gunning for sweep Chalk up another win from the Coors Light Pole for Kyle Busch. And give the driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota two legs up on a weekend sweep at Chicagoland Speedway. In Saturday's Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola, Busch won his 10th NASCAR Nationwide Series race in 20 starts this season, leading 195 of 200 laps in claiming the record 61st victory of his career.
by Pete McCole Just days after NASCAR handed down record-setting penalties that altered the starters in the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the sanction body stunned the motorsport community with another unprecedented move, adding four-time Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon as a 13th contender in the Chase field. The move is a result of NASCARâ€™s investigation into alleged manipulation of the finishing order of last Saturday nightâ€™s Sprint Cup race at Richmond Intâ€™l Raceway, which marked the final race before the 10-race playoff-format Chase for the Sprint Cup was to begin with this weekends race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Joey Logano slipped into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but he showed the speed that got him into the NASCAR postseason as he won the pole Friday for the Chase-opening Geico 400 on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Logano, mired in controversy as he took advantage of apparent help from Michael Waltrip Racing (to in turn help Martin Truex Jr.) and from David Gilliland to make the Chase, put all that talkâ€”and the announced Loganoâ€™s team would be on probation the remainder of the seasonâ€”behind him as he turned a track-record lap of 189.414 miles per hour on the 1.5-mile oval.
by Brian Carroccio Sure, IndyCar doesn't let themselves get played as the throw-in of a NASCAR ticket deal any longer. Aside from a few events, IndyCar has wisely distanced itself from NASCAR-aligned race track entities ISC and SMI. Sadly, however, the tradition of pandering to NASCAR seems to be as ingrained in Speedway as sipping the milk. But as we know, they aren't exactly quick learners at the corner of 16th and Georgetown. IMS and IndyCar continue to be a prop in NASCAR sideshows, that have no tangible benefit, and inflict further damage on a once proud sport.
by Stephen Cox Race series could prevent so many of their own problems if they would simply allow the pole sitter to do his job. Every driver's meeting across the country is plagued with endless speeches dictating what the drivers must do at the start of the race. Here are a few of the pre-race instructions I've been given just over my past twenty races or so...
by Pete McCole NASCAR lowered the boom on Michael Waltrip Racing Monday night, booting MWR driver Martin Truex, Jr. from the Chase for the Sprint Cup field and replacing him with Ryan Newman as a result of penalties handed down to the team for deliberately manipulating the outcome of Saturday nightâ€™s Sprint Cup race at Richmond Intâ€™l Raceway.
by Pete McCole The field for the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup is finally set, and as the checkered flag waved on Saturday nightâ€™s race at Richmond Intâ€™l Raceway, the 10 drivers who made up this yearâ€™s class of championship contenders celebrated while others were left to ponder a season that could have been.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Carl Edwards won Saturday nightâ€™s Federated Auto Parts 400, and the final five spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup were decided in a captivating regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway. Edwards led 46 laps, all at the end of the race, and passed leader Paul Menard on the final restart of the night. Meanwhile, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Joey Logano earned automatic entries into the Chase by finishing the regular season in the top 10 in points.
21st straight season With a track record qualifying lap of 20.674 seconds and average time of 130.599 mph, Jeff Gordon put his No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS in the pole position for Saturday nightâ€™s 56TH Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). This was Gordonâ€™s first pole of the season, giving him 21 straight seasons with at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) pole - which breaks the record he had shared with David Pearson of 20.
by Dave Grayson After spending far too many days confined to bed, a very upbeat Tony Stewart held a lengthy press conference at the Stewart-Haas Racing, (SHR), headquarters. This event marked Stewart's first public appearance since his serious sprint car racing accident back on August 5th. That incident resulted in a broken tibula and fibula in his right leg that required a double round of surgery.
by Pete McCole Three-time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart met with the media on Tuesday, marking his first public appearance since suffering a season-ending leg injury in the sprint car crash last month. An upbeat Stewart told the media he hopes to be fully recovered and ready to race in the 2014 Sprint Cup season-opening race in February, calling his injury and â€œsmall bump in the road.â€ He even joked thatâ€™s heâ€™s already been to the winnerâ€™s circle in the weeks since his accident â€“ winning a race riding a Rascal scooter at the Stewart-Haas Racing shop in Kannapolis, N.C.
by Pete McCole The race for the championship took a major turn Sunday night as Kyle Busch clinched a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup while defending series champion Brad Keselowski saw his chances of a repeat title slip away with just one more race left before the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. Busch beat out Joey Logano to claim his fourth race victory of the season in the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After fighting an ill-handling race car all night, Busch took the lead following a round of pit stops with 35 laps to go, and went onto lead the rest of the way.
by Dave Grayson Kevin "Happy" Harvick unloaded a two year Atlanta Motor Speedway jinx and won the August 31st Great Clips-Grit Chips 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. He did it in rather convincing fashion by leading 132 of the 195 laps and scored his first Nationwide Series win of the season and 40th career win. Despite his dominant performance, Harvick found himself having to fend off a hard charging Kyle Busch in what would turn out to be the most exciting moment of the race.
Harvick holds off Busch in Atlanta Nationwide race
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick scored his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the year on Saturday night, holding off a late run by Kyle Busch on the final lap to take the victory in the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harvick dominated the last stages of the race, leading all but two of the final 100 laps, beating out Joey Logano on a critical late pit stop to stay out in front and ultimately collect his 40th Nationwide Series victory.
Sprint Cup Poised to make his 30th start in NASCARâ€™s Sprint Cup Series, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finally has his name in the record book. Taking full advantage of a late draw, and running the bottom of the track where he had practiced, Stenhouse blitzed Fridayâ€™s time trials at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a pole-winning speed of 189.688 mph.
NASCAR Chip Ganassi, owner Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, met with media to announce that Kyle Larson will drive the no. 42 Target Chevrolet in 2014, replacing Juan Montoya. Larson currently sits eighth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings with 13 top 10s and six top 5s in 23 starts. He's started twice in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he won at Rockingham and finished second at Eldora.
by Pete McCole Stewart-Haas Racing have announced Kurt Busch as the newest addition to their driver lineup for the 2014 season, bringing Busch back into a premiere multi-car team and creating a powerhouse organization that will be a force to be reckoned with in the championship battle next season. Busch, who will finish out the year driving for Furniture Row Racing, signed a multi-year contract to join team co-owner Tony Stewart, current rookie-of-year contender Danica Patrick and Kevin Harvick, who announced just last month he was joining the team in 2014 in place of Ryan Newman.
by Stephen Cox Number Five - â€œWanna win? You need a trailer like that.â€ So said a racing friend in the summer of 1986 at Bloomington Speedway. We were walking past a huge semi tractor-trailer loaded with two spare chassis, half a dozen engines and a crew of ten mechanics. It belonged to some teenager named Jeff Gordon who was supposed to be the next big thing in racing. We all know how that turned out.
Kenseth gives Dollar General victory in their backyard
Holds off Kahne at Bristol In another NASCAR feel-good story, many employees from Dollar General, headquartered in nearby Goodlettsville, TN got to see Matt Kenseth protect the high line in his Dollar General Toyota to hold off Kasey Kahne in another exciting Bristol, TN Sprint Cup finish. In a race that saw 11 cautions and points leader Jimmie Johnson have another bad race, Kenseth gave Dollar General good reason to remain as a big sponsor in NASCAR.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Funny how these things happen in NASCAR. FedEx, headquartered in Memphis, Tenn, got to see their FedEx car win the pole in nearby Bristol, Tenn. Defending race winner Denny Hamlin surged to the Coors Light Pole Award in Fridayâ€™s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying with a lap of 128.969 mph at Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday nightâ€™s Irwin Tools Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) on the 0.533-mile concrete track.
by David Caraviello When Juan Pablo Montoya left Formula One for NASCAR in late 2006, the move created shock waves on both sides of the Atlantic -- in Europe, where it seemed unthinkable that an F1 driver would leave for stock cars, and in North America, where it raised global awareness of what was already the most competitive major form of auto racing in the world. It was an unprecedented event, a driver trading Monaco and Spa for Martinsville and Sonoma. Montoya arrived in the Sprint Cup Series with all the buzz of an international rock star.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Michigan International Raceway and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course had a very major point in common: they both made NASCAR team owner Roger Penske, AKA "The Captain", break out in a great big smile. Penske drivers and cars won both of these races. There's was also more good news for the internationally known racing mogul regarding the potential status of his drivers and teams regarding a possible championship run in both series. It must all be good-the Captain's smiling.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Add another name to the Chase conversation. Joey Logano started Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from the pole, and after a convoluted mix of strategy and racing incidents, it was Logano who claimed the victory and established himself as a contender for a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The victory was Logano's first of the season, his first at Michigan, his first for Penske Racing and the third of his career. Kevin Harvick ran second, followed by Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Joey Logano put down a track-record lap of 203.949 miles per hour Friday as the 16th qualifier. He had to wait out 28 other drivers trying to claim the pole position for Sundayâ€™s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. When the dust settled there was no â€œCatch 22â€ as Logano, in the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford had the pole, the record, and the best seat in the house for the start of Sundayâ€™s race. Loganoâ€™s lap was the ninth-fastest pole-winning lap in NASCAR Sprint Cup history.
by Dave Grayson It was another amazing NASCAR Sprint Cup race on a road course. The Cheez-It 355 at the Glen, held at New York's Watkins Glen International Raceway, was loaded with late race drama that saw Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski going after each other for the win during the race's final laps. There were plenty of other suspenseful moments that saw prominent drivers and teams sufferer setbacks both in the race and the championship points standings.
by Brian Carroccio Round the clock programming devoted exclusively to man's fascination with motoring endeavors was a revolutionary concept 17 years ago. I would argue it still is. However, at midnight on January 1, 1996, the stars aligned to bring the first round the clock motorsports channel in world history to 3.2 million American homes. A brainchild of the entrepreneurial spirit and conceived in an climate drastically different than the one in which it will disappear, Speedvision offered a bountiful buffet of never before seen programming devoted to the motoring enthusiast.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kyle Busch, not known as a road racer, proved his critics wrong on Sunday by winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen in his Joe Gibbs Toyota over the Ford of Brad Keselowski and the Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top-5. The race was marred by a number of wrecks including Jeff 'I cannot win anymore' Gordon, Marcos Ambrose and Travis Kvapil and Ron Fellows, the latter causing a red flag.
by Dave Grayson NASCAR's Nationwide Series took on the challenge of the New York based Watkins Glen International Raceway, a 2.45 mile road course with 11 turns. The August 10th Zippo 200 was filled with hard racing, along with some sheet metal contact, from the leaders all the way to the rear of the 40 car field.
Penske team 1-2 again Four-for-four is a great day on the baseball diamond. Itâ€™s an even better day on the race track. Just ask Brad Keselowski, who won his fourth straight NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Watkins Glen International. Keselowskiâ€™s 1.418-second victory over Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. in the Zippo 200 was his fourth in his last four NNS starts this season (though not in consecutive events) and the 24th of his career.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Marcos Ambrose won the Coors Light Pole Award in Saturdayâ€™s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying with a track-record lap of 128.241 mph at Watkins Glen International. The pole position was Ambroseâ€™s first of the season, first at the 2.45-mile road course and third of his career. Heâ€™ll start first in the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford in Sundayâ€™s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen (1 p.m. ET, ESPN), the 22nd event of the 26-race regular season.
by Dave Grayson The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series made their annual return trip to the Pocono Raceway for the August 4th running of the Go Bowling (dot) Com 400. For some drivers and teams it was a wonderful, and highly productive, weekend. The kind of euphoric feeling one gets from spending the weekend in the beautiful Pocono mountains. Then there were other drivers and teams who truly believed they were racing at the Poke-Oh-No Raceway located just off the highway to hell.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kasey Kahne passed Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon with two laps to go en route to winning the GoBowling.com 400 on Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Kahne picked up his second win of the season and the 16th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. It was Kahne's second career Cup victory at the Tricky Triangle and came at the expense of his teammate.
NASCAR Sprint Cup The clouds rolled in right on cue and Jimmie Johnson rolled out to the grid--late to Fridayâ€™s qualifying session at Pocono Raceway. Inspection issues delayed Johnsonâ€™s arrival at the head of the qualifying queue and just may have been a contributing factor in the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet SS winning the pole for Sundayâ€™s GoBowling.com 400 with a track-record run at 180.654 mph (49.019 seconds), .004 seconds faster than the lap recorded by Kyle Busch.
by Brian Carroccio To be fair, Brian France did not actually walk through Gasoline Alley with both middle fingers raised to the sky. Nor did the CEO and Chairman of NASCAR go on record in saying he might one day consider allowing everyone at the corner of 16th and Georgetown the privilege of kissing his royal behind. But let's not beat around the bush here: he may as well have. Of course, everyone knows that from a commercial and marketing standpoint the top-level NASCAR Sprint Cup Series left Indy car racing in the dust long ago.
NASCAR It was a dream come true today for Ryan Newman when he powered his No. 39 Quicken Loans/The Smurfs Chevrolet SS across the storied finish line at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and captured his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Brickyard 400. For Newman, who grew up in Indiana, this marked his 17th NASCAR Sprint Cup career victory and first of the 2013 season. He became the third driver to win from the pole position at IMS, joining Kevin Harvick (â€™03) and Jimmie Johnson (â€™08).
Leads Chevy 1-2-3-4 sweep in NASCAR Sprint Cup Indiana native Ryan Newman emerged from the last shuffle of pit stops to win the Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Newmanâ€™s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series of the season was the 17th of his career and first at the historic 2.5-mile track. The Coors Light Pole Award winner was 2.658 seconds ahead of runner-up Jimmie Johnson, whose victory chances were hurt by a lengthy final pit stop at the finish.
Newman also needs a ride for 2014 wins Brickyard 400 pole Ryan Newman is out of a ride next year and needs some good PR. The Indy Speedway ticket sales are slow so they needed a local driver on pole for Sunday's Brickyard 400 at the Indy Motor Speedway to boost the walkup crowd. The NASCAR gods delivered on both accounts Saturday as Ryan Newman won the pole position over Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin. Tony Stewart, Newman's teammate rounded out the top-5. Their other teammate, Danica Patrick, was way down in 33rd.
by Brian C. Mackey Once again, reluctantly, I seem to be on opposite sides of a debate that is of some importance to the sport as a whole and INDYCAR in particular. That is to say, the recent announcement that NASCAR has signed a deal with NBC Sports to broadcast races on the network. To me, this announcement is, for the most part, wait for itâ€¦.good news. Many in the pundit world are already subscribing to the idea that this development means a tighter noose around Indy Carsâ€™ neck and further fuel for the continuing decline of Indy Car popularity and audience clout.
by Dave Grayson With the NASCAR Sprint Cup taking last Sunday off, it was expected that the NASCAR Nationwide Series' stand alone event at the Chicagoland Speedway was going to be loaded with the names of Cup visitors on the entry list. It turned out that there was only one full time Cup visitor in the starting field of the STP 300. Joey Logano was the...re at the request of "The Captain." That would, of course, be the driver's team owner, Roger Penske.
by Dave Grayson It was a highly charged emotional scene, in the New Hampshire Motor Speedway when driver Brian Vickers parked his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota in victory lane after winning the Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Vickers took the lead late in the event, on lap 287, and scored his first win of the season and third career Cup win. He also snapped a 75 race winless streak in the process.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Part-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers has made the most of his stint in Michael Waltrip Racingâ€™s No. 55 Toyota. In a green-white-checkered-flag finish, Vickers sped away from Kyle Busch in overtime and took the checkered flag 0.582 seconds ahead of Busch to win Sundayâ€™s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The third victory of Vickersâ€™ career was his first since August 2009. Jeff Burton ran third, followed by pole-sitter Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola.
Keselowski wins pole in Loudon, Johnson disallowed
NASCAR Sprint Cup Defending series champion Brad Keselowski rolled to the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday afternoon qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski, who also paced the opening practice on the 1.058-mile track, turned a lap at 135.922 mph in the No. 2 Penske Racing Ford, making him the fastest of nine drivers to break the track record of 135.232 mph established by Ryan Newman two years ago. His first Sprint Cup pole of the season was the third of his career, his first since winning the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2011.
Third Brickyard Victory Is Goal For Stewart At Indy
NASCAR Sprint Cup Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and Indiana native Tony Stewart will come to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in late July with one purpose in mind -- joining the exclusive company of three-time winners at the Racing Capital of the World. "That would be huge," Stewart said Thursday during a promotional visit to IMS. "You look at the history of this track and you look at whose won races here and how many times they've won, and I was honored to win one of them, and the second was even that much better.
by Dave Grayson When it comes to five time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson there doesn't seem to be any middle ground. Either you want to become the next president of his fan club or you cringe at the very mention of his name. However, even this driver's harshest critics cannot deny the incredible states the 37 year old Johnson has compiled during his career thus far. For a Sprint Cup driver to win just one championship during the course of a career is more than ample grounds for professional pride.
Wins both Sprint Cup races It's hard to have a hands-down, class-of-the field car in a restrictor-plate race, but don't tell Jimmie Johnson, who dominated at Daytona Saturday night in uncharacteristically decisive fashion -- and reached another milestone at the World Center of Racing. In a wild race that featured two massive wrecks on the last lap alone, Johnson beat Tony Stewart to the finish line in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway to record the first season sweep of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the 2.5-mile tri-oval since Bobby Allison accomplished the feat in 1982
by Dave Grayson We all know that Kentucky, the Bluegrass State, is the home of the Kentucky Derby, one of the most famous horse races in the world. However Kentucky is also a favorite venue for that other form of horsepower: auto racing. It's been that way for literally decades now and was greatly enhanced in 2011 when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first dropped a green flag at the Kentucky's Speedway's 1.5 mile oval.
NASCAR Sprint Cup About the only thing that could cast a cloud over Matt Kenseth's fourth victory of the season was the hard hit Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin suffered in Sunday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, a race postponed from Saturday because of rain. But Hamlin recovered quickly, and Kenseth had cause to celebrate after the driver of the No. 20 Toyota took advantage of a spin by the race's dominant car -- Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet -- after a restart on Lap 247 of 267.
NASCAR Sprint Cup A few days after the Bleacher report rated Dale Earnhardt Jr. the most overrated driver in NASCAR, and presto he wins the pole. With a fast car and a fortuitous mass of cumulus to help cool Kentucky Speedway during Friday's time trials, Earnhardt put together a track-record, pole-winning run for Saturday night's Quaker State 400, the 17th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of the season. It was the eighth track qualifying record set this year. Earnhardt sped around the 1.5-mile track at 183.636 mph to edge Carl Edwards.
by Dave Grayson So, I turned on the television this weekend knowing full well that NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series was racing on a gigantic road course. I'm a little more partial to oval tracks, someone who thought all of that left turn-right turn racing was something for those funny looking sports cars. However, by the time the checkers fell on the NASCAR road racing weekend at the Sonoma Raceway, I must admit I was pretty impressed with the dramatic finish and the feel good story that came with the winner.
NASCAR Sprint Cup For Martin Truex Jr., a welcome oasis called Sonoma Raceway at long last ended one of the longest droughts in NASCAR racing. With a convincing victory in Sundayâ€™s Toyota Save Mart 350, Truex ended a winless streak of 218 races dating to June 4, 2007 at Dover, where he finished 7.355 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Newman. On Sunday at Sonoma, Truex beat second-place Jeff Gordon by an even bigger margin -- 8.133 seconds -- as Juan Pablo Montoya dropped from the second position after running out of fuel on the next-to-last lap.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Those who were surprised that Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light pole for Sundayâ€™s Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway should not be, new sponsor Cessna needed some PR. With a lap at 94.986 mph (75.422 seconds) in Saturdayâ€™s time trials, McMurray edged pre-qualifying favorite Marcos Ambrose (94.924 mph) for the top spot in the first group-based qualifying format ever used in NASCARâ€™s Sprint Cup Series.
by Dave Grayson Last January, the word leaked out that Dale Earnhardt Jr's 2013 team sponsorship profile was not as solid as one might think. In fact NASCAR's most popular driver, and his #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, had "this space for rent" availability for a whopping 13 races. Yes, that number is just a tick over one third of a NASCAR racing... season. Considering the popularity of Earnhardt and Hendrick Motorsports, that much sponsor availability was hard to imagine.
by Dave Grayson Recently NASCAR Willie, my favorite redneck racing buddy, called me saying that he wanted to express some thoughts regarding the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Michigan. He told me he needed my help with the basic essentials such as nouns, verbs and commas. He also said: "I have no idea what a dangling participle is but there's no way in hell I'm touching one." Recently NASCAR Willie, my favorite redneck racing buddy, called me saying that he wanted to express some thoughts regarding the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Michigan. He told me he needed my help with the basic essentials such as nouns, verbs and commas. He also said: "I have no idea what a dangling participle is but there's no way in hell I'm touching one."
Sprint Cup It was a special day for Greg Biffle and Ford at Michigan International Speedway. Biffle won his fourth race at MIS and delivered the 1,000th all-time win for Ford in NASCAR in the Quicken Loans 400 today. It was the second straight win for Biffle at MIS, who won the August 2012 race. It was Fordâ€™s 33rd Cup win at MIS. Kevin Harvick finished second and Martin Truex Jr. was third, followed by Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart.
NASCAR at Michigan No driver was able to break Marcos Ambroseâ€™s track qualifying record of 203.241 mph, but Carl Edwards came close in qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday. Edwards averaged a best speed of 202.452 mph as he ran his second lap in 35.564 seconds to earn his first career Coors Light pole at one of his best tracks. The Roush Fenway Racing driver managed to stave off a challenge from Kurt Busch, who hit the track fourth from last. Busch qualified at 201.879 mph (35.665).
by Pete McCole Former USAC Midget and Silver Crown Champion and current NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died Wednesday night from injuries suffered in a Sprint Car race at Bridgeport Speedway in Bridgeport, N.J. He was 37 years old. Leffler was competing in a heat race in the 410-Sprint Car division when his car crashed violently down the frontstretch. He was extricated from the car and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after 9pm.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Jimmie Johnson totally dominated the Pocono 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday on the 2.5-mile trioval. The final green flag flew with 4 laps to go and Johnson pulled out an immediate gap to Greg Biffle in Turn 1 and steadily pulled away to victory in the 160-lap race. Biffle came home second for Ford just ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Stewart came home 4th and Ryan Newman rounded out the top-5.
NASCAR Sprint Cup A penalty to Jimmie Johnson was all Tony Stewart needed to break out of a four-month slump. After Johnson was assessed a drive-through penalty for jumping the final restart -- a sanction Johnson protested vehemently -- Stewart passed Juan Pablo Montoya on Lap 398 of 400 to win Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.
NASCAR Sprint cup A broken back hasn't slowed Denny Hamlin down, as his competitors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series learned once again during Friday's qualifying session for Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. Sidelined for five weeks after suffering a compression fracture of his first lumbar vertebra in a last-lap crash at Fontana, Calif., in late March, Hamlin won his second straight pole of the season, his second straight at Dover and the 15th of his career.
by Rhonda McCole It was Kevin Harvick who endured the longest race of the NASCAR season by taking the 2013 Coca-Cola 600's checkered flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. Harvick led for just 28 laps throughout the race. Second-place finisher Kasey Kahne led for a race-high 156 laps, but was overcome by Harvick's late surge. This win puts Harvick in seventh place in the Sprint Cup Standings with 362 points for the 2013 season. He was pretty excited about it too.
by Pete McCole Full Moon Fever was in full effect on Sunday night as Kevin Harvick survived a wild night of racing, beating out Kasey Kahne in the final laps to score his 21st-career Sprint Cup victory in Sunday nightâ€™s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Harvick passed Kasey Kahne on a restart with 11 laps to go and pulled away to easily collect his second victory of the season and his second win in NASCARâ€™s longest race.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch raced his way into the history books on Saturday, becoming the all-time winningest NASCAR Nationwide Series driver at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a dominating performance in the History 300. Busch led 186 of 200 laps and held off Kasey Kahne over the final 13 laps on his way to his seventh Charlotte Nationwide victory, breaking a tie he shared with Mark Martin for most all-time at the 1.5-mile facility.
by Pete McCole Denny Hamlin is out to prove heâ€™s not giving up on making the Chase for the Sprint Cup, looking to score some victories to qualify for a wild card spot in the 12-driver Chase field. Hamlin took a big step toward his goal by winning the pole for Sundayâ€™s Coca Cola 600 during Thursday nightâ€™s qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
by Pete McCole Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson became the first four-time winner of the Sprint All Star race, leading the final eight laps to score a million-dollar payday Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch finished third, followed by Kahne and Kurt Busch. Johnson passed his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne with eight laps to go and then easily beat out Joey Logano by nearly half-a-straightaway to secure his fourth victory in the winner-take-all event.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch rallied from a late-race penalty to charge back to the front of the field and score his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the season with a victory in Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch passed race leader Miguel Paludo following a restart with nine laps to go and then held off a late charge from Brendan Gaughan before finally sealing the victory â€“ his first in his last seven truck series starts.
by Pete McCole Carl Edwards gave Dick Trickle one last ride around Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night, and for the first time since 1990, a car with Trickleâ€™s name on it will sit on the pole as Edwards raced to the top spot in qualifying for Saturday nightâ€™s NASCAR Sprint All Star race. Edwards, the 2011 winner of the all star event, completed two laps and a four-tire pit stop in a time of 111.297 seconds to earn his first career all star pole.
by Pete McCole What a week itâ€™s been for Matt Kenseth. After starting the week staring down the barrel of one of the harshest penalties ever handed out by NASCAR, Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team found out the best way to get back on track toward a championship â€“ by racing to victory in Saturday nightâ€™s Southern 500 Sprint Cup series race at Darlington Raceway.
NASCAR Tming and Scoring As happens so often in NASCAR when a team is in need of a sponsor, Kurt Busch set a new track record at Darlington Raceway during todayâ€™s qualifying session for the Bojanglesâ€™ Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with a blistering speed of 181.918 m.p.h. in 27.03 seconds in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing/Serta Chevrolet SS. This marked his second pole at Darlington, and credited him as the 26th driver to score multiple poles on the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. He also won the top starting spot in 2001.
IndyCar Check off one more motorsports' bucket list for Kurt Busch. The 2004 NASCAR champion and driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Cup Series drove an Andretti Autosport Indy car Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) where he completed 83 laps on the famed 2.5-mile oval and reached a top speed of 218.210 mph.
NASCAR Sprint Cup In the type of stunning victory that has typified racing at Talladega Superspeedway since its inception, David Ragan led an extraordinary 1-2 finish for Front Row Motorsports, which had never won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race before Sunday. David Gilliland pushed Ragan, his teammate, to the lead on the final circuit in a green-white checkered-flag finish that took Sunday's Aaron's 499 four laps past its scheduled distance of 188 laps. Gilliland came home second, followed by pole sitter Carl Edwards, Michael Waltrip and series leader Jimmie Johnson.
Nationwide Series in Talladega The irony of Regan Smith's victory in Saturday's Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway wasn't lost on the driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. With a push from teammate Kasey Kahne, Smith roared out of the pack during the final 400 yards of a green-white-checkered-flag finish and won a race decided when NASCAR called the seventh and final caution an instant before the four cars battling for the win crossed the finish line.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kevin Harvick sped away on fresh tires to win Saturday nightâ€™s Toyota Owners 400 in a green-white-checkered finish at Richmond International Raceway, leaving a group of drivers with widely divergent emotions in his wake. Harvick beat Clint Bowyer to the finish line by 0.343 seconds to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season, his third at Richmond and the 20th of his career. Joey Logano ran third, Juan Pablo Montoya came home fourth.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Polesitter Brad Keselowski held off Kevin Harvick in a 12-lap run to the finish to win Friday nightâ€™s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Keselowski passed Kyle Busch to the lead with nine laps left, with Harvick following into second place a lap later. Keselowski crossed the finish line .718 seconds ahead of Harvick with Busch rolling home in third. The victory was Keselowskiâ€™s first of the season in the Nationwide Series and the 21st of his career. Brian Vickers finished fourth, followed by Regan Smith.
NASCAr Sprint Cup What a comeback. What a story. Less than a week after winning the STP 400 from the pole at Kansas Speedway -- only to draw a NASCAR penalty of epic proportions for an underweight connecting rod in his engine -- Matt Kenseth is back on top at Richmond International Raceway in his Toyota in a race sponsored by Toyota. And a Toyota will start in the other front row spot. What a comeback. What a story.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Matt Kenseth likened his victory in the STP 400 to a game of musical chairs -- you had to be leading when the music stopped. If you looked at statistics alone, you'd say that Kenseth dominated Sunday at Kansas Speedway in the eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season. After all, Kenseth won the event from the pole and led 163 of the 267 laps. The victory was Kenseth's second at Kansas, his second of the season and the 26th of his career. The driver of the No. 20 Toyota has won both races at Kansas since the track was repaved last year.
by Dave Grayson Over the course of several decades, Americans have found ways to turn their favorite social habits into competitive party games. From old fashioned beer chugging contests at college fraternity houses to highly organized happy hour contests at neighborhood sports bars, competitive libation has always been somewhat of a national past time. A perfect example of this trend is the creation of a game called Beer Pong. This extremely popular contest combines the elements of ping pong with all of the elements that made Milwaukee famous.
NASCAR Sprint cup Matt Kenseth did no favors for old friends Friday at Kansas Speedway. With a track-record lap at 191.864 mph (28.145 seconds), Kenseth knocked former Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards off the provisional pole at the 1.5-mile intermediate track and held the top starting spot for Sunday's STP 400. Edwards watched in disbelief as Kenseth, the next-to-last driver to make a qualifying attempt, bettered Edwards' time by 0.017 seconds to win his first Coors Light pole award in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and the ninth of his career.
by Dave Grayson I've been a fan of NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series since its inception back in 1995. So, needless to say, I was perched in front of my television to watch the series' race at the legendary Rockingham Speedway. I thoroughly enjoyed watching young Kyle Larson score his first NASCAR national series win during the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. I was glad to see a good sized crowd of fans which supported my long time theory that said this series deserves more stand alone events on their schedule.
Sometime's NASCAR's sense of justice is complicated
by Dave Grayson Following a weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway that was loaded with story lines, NASCAR Chairman Brian France turned up the following Monday morning at the Fox Business Network, (FOXB), for a live television interview with network journalist Dagen McDowell. Also known as an avid fan of NASCAR racing, McDowell presented a well prepared interview and didn't pull any punches with her questions. Referencing reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski's surprise media tirade against NASCAR officials, following Saturday night's NRA 500 at Texas, France was asked if NASCAR had plans to levy a fine against the driver.
Open Wheel ace Kyle Larson serves notice on NASCAR
by Pete McCole Open-wheel ace Kyle Larson has put all other NASCAR drivers on notice: heâ€™s coming, and he isnâ€™t slowing down for anyone. On Sunday, Larson held off a furious charge from Sprint Cup veteran Joey Logano in a three-lap green-white-checker finish to score his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in just his fifth series start, winning the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Rockingham Speedway. Brendan Gaughan was third, followed by Johnny Sauter and Chase Elliott.
by Stephen Cox Auto racing has once more been turned into a political circus by a politician who apparently has so little actual work to do that he must fill his time by advocating media censorship. As you've no doubt heard by now, a U. S. congressman tried to convince the Fox network to censor last weekend's NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway because the facility is conducting business with an organization that openly supports federal law.
NASCAR Sprint Cup The record book will say that Kyle Busch won the NRA 500 on Saturday night. Yes, Busch capped a perfect weekend when he took the checkered flag 0.508 seconds ahead of runner-up Martin Truex Jr. But Buschâ€™s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Texas, his second of the season and the 26th of his career started with a pole-winning run on Friday and then followed that up by winning the Nationwide race that same night.
Busch's dominates for third straight Nationwide win
Texas Motor Speedway Kyle Busch continued to celebrate his return to Joe Gibbs Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series program on Saturday night, winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. The victory was Busch's record sixth at Texas and his record 55th in the Nationwide Series. Brad Keselowski ran second, 2.272 seconds behind the winner. Austin Dillon was third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick.
Kyle wins pole over Kurt in NASCAR Sprint Cup Kyle and Kurt Busch will start on the front row for Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Younger brother Kyle took the pole from Kurt seven cars after Kurt's run, as the setting sun led to cooler temperatures on the TMS asphalt. Aric Almirola will start third while Marcos Ambrose and Martin Truex rounded out the top-5. NASCAR's biggest star, Danica Patrick will start next-to-last.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Jimmie Johnson pulled away on a late-race restart to continue his Martinsville Speedway mastery Sunday afternoon, prevailing in the STP Gas Booster 500 for his second victory of the season. The victory was Johnson's eighth at the 0.526-mile track and 62nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He led 346 of 500 laps and regained the lead in the series standings from teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was 24th, two laps down.
NASCAR Sprint Cup So what else is new? Jimmie Johnson, who won last fall's race at Martinsville Speedway from the top starting spot, continued his mastery of the paper-clip-shaped track during Friday afternoon's time trials. In the first competitive appearance of NASCAR's Gen-6 race car at Martinsville, Johnson blistered the vaunted short track in 19.244 seconds (98.400 mph) in winning the pole for Sunday's STP Gas Booster 500, as the top six drivers in the field topped the former track record of 98.084 mph established by Tony Stewart in October 2005.
Racing Royalty - Maybe, the problem isnâ€™t them, but us
by Brian Carroccio Maybe, the problem isnâ€™t them, but us. Who is the â€œthem,â€ I speak of, you may ask? Second and third generation racing drivers; currently men such as Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. See, with such individuals we seem to be constantly waiting for them to "break out.â€ We forecast when they are finally going to justify their supreme genetic composition, and â€œlive upâ€ to the family name. If said break out doesnâ€™t occur, we willing label them "underachievers," or suggest they are products of nepotism. And understandably, weâ€™re not inclined to sympathize with those we believe to be products of privilege and nepotism.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano knocked each other off the race track on the final lap of Sundayâ€™s Auto Club 400 -- allowing Kyle Busch to steal the win -- but it was Tony Stewart who was fighting mad after the race. Yes, it was Buschâ€™s 25th victory in NASCARâ€™s Sprint Cup Series. Yes, Busch broke a 31-race drought. Yes, Busch gave Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota their first victory at Auto Club Speedway.
Three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers in top five Denny Hamlin edged Greg Biffle and Brad Keselowski for the top starting spot in Sundayâ€™s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, but of the three top qualifiers, Hamlin will be the only driver starting at or near the front of the field. Overcoming an early draw, Hamlin toured the 2-mile track in 38.410 seconds (187.451 mph) to win the 13th Coors Light pole award of his career and his third at Fontana.
by Dave Grayson The elite of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has arrived at the "left coast" again. This latest version of NASCAR's western swing has the teams in Fontana-California, the home of the Auto Club Speedway. The Sprint Cup teams will be taking on the challenge of this speedway's mammoth two mile oval for Sunday's running of the Auto Club 400.
by Dave Grayson From the racing is rubbing on the track to the near misses on a very narrow pit road, the Bristol Motor Speedway lived up to its reputation and the Food City 500 delivered an extremely entertaining Sunday afternoon in Tennessee's Thunder Valley. The unique Bristol, "have at it boys". mentality began the moment the green flag fell on the 43 cars and continued well past the end of the race with a good old fashioned skirmish that resembled a World Wrestling Entertainment pay per view. Now that was entertainment.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kyle Busch swept Saturday in true Rowdy fashion but it wasn't enough to beat Kasey Kahne on Sunday. He led both Cup practices and won the Jeff Foxworthyâ€™s Grit Chips 300. For Sundayâ€™s Food City 500, Busch sat on the pole after setting a new track record during Fridayâ€™s Coors Light Pole qualifying. Kasey Kahne, who led most of the race last week at Las Vegas, started outside of Busch. Rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and David Ragan had to start at the rear for an engine change.
Clearly Larson is next open wheel star to shine in NASCAR Kyle Busch caught a glimpse of the future, and it was in his rearview mirror coming to the final turn of Saturdayâ€™s Jeff Foxworthyâ€™s Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Larson, making his fourth Nationwide start, trailed Busch by five car lengths with 10 laps to go but went high around lap traffic and traded paint with Busch as the two crossed the finish line 0.023 seconds apart, making it the second-closest finish ever at Bristol.
Nine drivers break 15-second barrier; pole is first at Bristol for Busch Across the board, drivers marveled at the speed of NASCARâ€™s Generation-6 cars during qualifying for Sundayâ€™s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. None more so than Kyle Busch, the fastest of nine drivers to break the 15-second mark on their qualifying lap. Prior to Friday, only three drivers (Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon) had turned a Sprint Cup qualifying lap in less than 15 seconds.
by Dave Grayson Viva Las Vegas and happy birthday Matt Kenseth. During the NASCAR weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway we watched Sprint Cup veteran Matt Kenseth collect some very nice birthday presents, we watched Kasey Kahne's display of power, we watched evidence that said you can indeed make a competitive pass in the new Generation Six car and, somehow, Danica Patrick got hit in the head with a rock.
by Stephen Cox I wanted to let the dust settle on this story and see public reaction before writing on it. And after doing so, I've come to a startling conclusion: America isnâ€™t following the script anymore. Instead, Clements became an overnight sensation thanks to the blundering, heavy-handed way in which his statement was mishandled. The story goes like this: Clements spoke words that NASCAR didn't like. The carefully prepared script now tells us to dismiss Clements as a leper until he completes some Sovietesque indoctrination class with a shrink designed to re-program his thoughts for public acceptance.
Third win at Las Vegas comes on Kenseth's 41st birthday Matt Kensethâ€™s car was superb for the third time in three races this season. This time, the No. 20 team saw it pay off in the final standings. Kenseth piloted his Dollar General Toyota to a win Sunday in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- on his 41st birthday, no less -- holding off a hard-charging Kasey Kahne in a final 30-lap duel. Rounding out the top five were Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.
Sam Hornish Jr. runs away with Vegas Nationwide race
Brings victory for Wurth Sam Hornish Jr. drove an absolutely dominant car to victory Saturday afternoon, streaking away from Kyle Busch during a seven-lap dash to the finish in the Samâ€™s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The win was Hornishâ€™s second in NASCARâ€™s Nationwide Series and his first since Nov. 12, 2011 at Phoenix. It was the first Las Vegas victory for Penske Racing in any NASCAR series and the first Nationwide triumph for crew chief Greg Erwin, a winning Sprint Cup crew chief who signed on with Penske during the offseason.
by Dave Grayson The elite teams of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be once again heading west for their third points race on the 2013 schedule. This time the scene of the action will be the 1.5 mile oval at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the running of the Kobalt Tools 400. There's a sense of something special when NASCAR races at Las Vegas. Everyone, from the drivers to the fans, has been saying for years that there should be a second Sprint Cup date at this track. The city really rolls out the red carpet for the fans during the NASCAR weekend.
by Dave Grayson Kyle Busch overcame some early race adversity to put on a stunning display of dominance in the NASCAR Nationwide Series' Dollar General 200, presented by AmeriGas, at the Phoenix International Raceway. Then we watched Sam Hornish Jr overcame a seemingly terrible day to leave Phoenix with a share of the series' points lead. We also observed another reason why taking a short cut at the Phoenix International Raceway is not necessarily a great idea.
Edwards beats Johnson and Hamlin Everything happens in NASCAR for a reason they say and today the Subway sponsored car of Carl Edwards won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway. Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson banged fenders with Denny Hamlin's Toyota coming off the 4th turn to take 2nd by a mere 6 inches around the outside.
Busch dominates at Phoenix for 52nd Nationwide win
Nationwide at Phoenix Nothing was going to keep Kyle Busch out of Victory Lane on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway. Not a pit road speeding penalty. Not a spate of cautions that kept bunching the field. Not Brad Keselowski, who in the past has found magic out front on old tires. The prohibitive favorite in the Dollar General 200â€”after he won the pole in a laydown earlier in the dayâ€”Busch overcame a speeding penalty that dropped him to 22nd position for a restart on Lap 44.
54-Year Old Martin awards sponsor Aarons with a pole Mark Martin may not be the oldest driver to win a pole in NASCARâ€™s Sprint Cup Series -- yet -- but with his top qualifying effort Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, the seemingly ageless driver owns positions two through seven on the list. Martin, 54, was the only driver in time trials for Sundayâ€™s Subway Fresh Fit 500 to top 138 mph. Martinâ€™s lap at 138.074 mph, a record for the spring event at PIR, was good enough to edge Kasey Kahne (137.862 mph) for the top starting spot.
by Dave Grayson The ending to the 55th annual running of the Daytona 500 turned out to be pretty exciting. It just took 180 laps to get to that point. We watched a five time champion become a two time Daytona 500 champion and then watched him wreck his car during the post race victory burn out. Oh yeah, Danica was there and her presence loomed larger than usual during Speedweeks.
There were some positive aspects to horrible wreck
by Dave Grayson We all watched in horror as a multi car crash, on the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona, unfolded. We saw Kyle Larson's Chevrolet become airborne and hit the catch fence. We saw debris, including a tire with wheel and suspension parts attached to it, fly into the grandstands. A total of 28 hurt by the flying debris with two patients in critical condition requiring surgery. Believe it or not, despite the severity of the accident and the sustained injuries, there were some positive aspects to this very intense situation.
by Stephen Cox July 23rd, 2005 was just another pleasant, sunny Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee until several IndyCar drivers committed the Unpardonable Sin. They dared to openly protest the fact that Danica Patrick â€“ then an IndyCar driver â€“ was being promoted by the series far more than her male counterparts. Of course, this was no secret to anyone. Danica was, in fact, being promoted more than any other driver in IndyCar.
by Pete McCole What a difference a year made for Jimmie Johnson. After failing to complete two laps in last yearâ€™s Daytona 500, Johnson lit a fire on his bid for a sixth championship with his second-career victory in the â€œGreat American Raceâ€, beating out Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to capture the season-opening event for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Johnson held on through a final five-lap charge facing down Greg Biffle, Earnhardt, Jr. Mark Martin and pole sitter Danica Patrick
28 injured as debris flies into Daytona Grandstand
by Pete McCole Tragedy marred Saturdayâ€™s season-opening race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway after several spectators were seriously injured when debris from a last-lap crash was hurled into the grandstands on the frontstretch. According to officials from the speedway, at least 28 people were treated for injuries, including 14 taken to area hospitals - at least one with critical injuries.
by Pete McCole Johnny Sauter was bound and determined not to let history repeat itself in the season-opening race for the Camping World Truck Series. It was just one year ago in this race that Sauter found himself leading the race in a green-white-checkered shootout just a hundred feet from the white flag when he got turned into the wall by eventual winner John King.
by Dave Grayson The February 21st Budweiser Duels qualifying races gave us considerably more to talk about than just setting the final line up for the Daytona 500. The 150 mile twin events gave us a detailed look at the performance capabilities of NASCAR's new Generation-Six race cars under very stringent competitive levels. We also enjoyed the drama that comes with qualifying for one of the most prestigious races in the world that pays approximately $250,000 for finishing last.
Labor of love resurrects 1963 Daytona 500 winning car
Wood Brothers No. 21 driven by Tiny Lund Len and Eddie Wood will never forget the moment they saw the 1963 Ford Galaxie with No. 21 on the side in their rearview mirrors, exactly where they never thought it would be. As it rolled by, they could see it was obviously a replica, with chrome wheels and Hoosier tires where Firestones should have been. It was at this precise moment, as the Woods sat in the infield of the Brickyard waiting for the garages to open in July 2011, the spell was cast.
Tiny Lund and the Wood Brothersâ€™ '63 Daytona win
Fordâ€™s First in the 500 The Daytona 500 wasnâ€™t always the first race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. In NASCARâ€™s formative years, the schedule often started at places like Concord and Champion Speedway in North Carolina, and sometimes made a quick west coast stop at Riverside International Raceway for a road course race before landing in NASCARâ€™s backyard. That was the case in 1963 when the season actually kicked off in November of 1962 with three races.
by Dave Grayson The Sprint Unlimited: it was an invitational event for NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers who won Coors Light poles on qualifying day in 2012 plus past race champions. At the end of this 75 laps free for all was major bragging rights and a check for $200,000 for the winner. During the course of this evening we watched an alleged "Lame Duck" walk all over the competition. We witnessed the big wreck in the race that every driver in the race warned us about.
She is a star - first woman to win Daytona 500 pole With conspiracy theorists having a field day, Danica Patrick has won the pole position in her Go-Daddy Chevrolet for the Daytona 500 for a series that has been suffering declining TV ratings and declining attendance. It was just what the doctor ordered for NASCAR to milk the popularity of Danica Patrick in the hope they can reverse the decline. Jeff Gordon locked up the outside front row in his Hendrick Chevrolet with Trevor Bayne third for Ford.
by Pete McCole Call Kevin Harvick what you want, just donâ€™t call him a lame-duck driver. Driving in his final season for Richard Childress Racing, Harvick delivered RCR their eighth win in the season-opening non-points race reserved for the previous-year pole winners, holding off final-lap pass attempts by Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle, going high and low across the track score his third victory in the season-opening non-points event.
by Dave Grayson So, once again a NASCAR team has found a way to bolster their potential status by acquiring owner's points from another team. This latest round of commodity trading involves Stewart-Haas Racing and their driver Danica Patrick. This particular deal is interesting due to the fact that some a new NASCAR rule change, going into effect beginning with the Daytona 500, may actually impact the value of acquiring those owner's points. Here's the highlights from this deal.
by Pete McCole Two-time NASCAR Champions Herb Thomas and Buck Baker were among the class of five men in the Class of 2013 inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday night. Joining them in the Hall were legendary crew chief Leonard Wood, driver and championship-winning car owner Cotton Owens and 1989 NASCAR Champion and broadcaster Rusty Wallace.
Stewart-Haas Racing will be a team to watch in 2013
by Dave Grayson Stewart-Haas Racing will be an organization to watch this year for a lot of reasons. First, there's the boss, Tony Stewart who will be running after his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Second, there's driver Ryan Newman a free agent who will be looking for a great season to shore up sponsors so he can sign a new contract for next year. Third, there's Danica Patrick starting her first full time season in the Cup Series.
by Dave Grayson The reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champions have been very busy prepping their team for the 2013 title defense. There's only one major change from last year: the manufacturer. The decal located on the front nose of the car has been changed from Dodge to Ford. The team's move to Ford was based on a decision made by team owner Roger Penske last summer. In fact, it's widely believed that Penske's decision was the catalyst that led to Dodge's departure from NASCAR racing. The MOPAR group simply could not negotiate a deal with another team that had the high profile, flagship, level of the Penske operation.
by Rhonda McCole NASCARâ€™s top teams laid out the welcome mat last week for the 31st Annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour in Concord, N.C., a four-day press event hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since 1983, Charlotte Motor Speedway has played host for the annual media event, bringing together hundreds of journalist from around across the globe for the opportunity to speak to some of the sports premiere drivers and team as they prepare for the upcoming NASCAR racing season. AutoRacing1's Rhonda McCole was there to capture these photos.
Danica & Ricky: At least let them finish dinner first
by Dave Grayson So, it's now official that NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr are a fully acknowledged dating couple. Realizing their private lives were on the verge of becoming public, Danica Patrick officially revealed the couple's status during the course of an interview with the "Associated Press."
by Pete McCole The 31st Annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway came to a close on Thursday, wrapping up the annual four-day marathon of press conferences and presentations featuring some of NASCARâ€™s top drivers and team as they enter the final weeks leading up to the season-opening race at Daytona Speedway on February 24th.Leading off the final day was an event hosted by Ford Racing and some of their top drivers and teams.
Wednesday marked day three of the 31st Annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, continuing the four-day press event bringing together journalist from around the world to meet with some of the sportâ€™s top teams as they prepare for the upcoming 2013 season. Starting off the show was a morning press conference with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, of all places, in an aircraft hanger at Concord Regional Airport.
by Dave Grayson When he was a youngster, it seems that Brad Keselowski had a personal occupation list of two jobs that he thought would be very cool. The first fantasy job was driving a race car for a living. Obviously, he can check that one off of his list of things to do. He more than earned that right in 2012 when he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship for Roger Penske Racing. It seems that Keselowski's second fantasy job involved the broadcast industry: radio DJ to be exact.
by Pete McCole The 31st Annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway continued on Tuesday with day two of the four-day event. Leading off the second day of the tour was Furniture Row Racing, who made the long trip from their headquarters near Denver, Colo. to introduce their new driver for the 2013, Kurt Busch. 2012 was a whirlwind ride for Busch, who was let go over at Penske Racing following the 2011 season.
by Pete McCole NASCARâ€™s top teams prepared to lay out the welcome mat this week as the 31st Annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour commenced on Monday in Concord, N.C., kicking off a four-day press event hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since 1983, Charlotte Motor Speedway has played host for the annual media event, bringing together hundreds of journalist from around across the globe for the opportunity to speak to some of the sports premiere drivers and team as they prepare for the upcoming NASCAR racing season.
At NASCAR Preseason Thunder Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Chevrolet SS met with members of the media at Daytona International Speedway and discussed his thoughts on testing thus far, the off season and other topics. â€œI feel like right now weâ€™re as good as anybody out there. I donâ€™t see where anybody has any distinct advantage manufacturer-wise. There are some pluses and minuses to that. At one point I think NASCAR wanted to get away from some of that and say, â€˜We donâ€™t want to go through that process throughout a year where one has a distinct advantage and one is lobbying and trying to get a little more spoiler.â€™
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