by Pete McCole NASCAR's worst-kept secret has finally been revealed and one of the sport's most coveted free-agents is now off the market. Joe Gibbs Racing announced today they have signed Carl Edwards to a multi-year deal to drive for a new fourth car to their Sprint Cup team for the 2015 season. Edwards will drive the no. 19 Toyota Camry with sponsorship from telecommunications company ARRIS Group, Inc. for 17 races.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Jeff Gordon passed Joey Logano on a restart with 17 laps to go and held off the field to win the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Gordon has 91 career wins on the premier circuit, which ranks first among active drivers and third all-time. It was the third time he's won at Michigan, and the first time in over 13 years.
Sets new track record Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, set a track qualifying record en route to winning the pole for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday. Gordon turned in a fast lap of 206.558 mph around the two-mile oval. It is the seventh-fastest qualifying speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
by Brian Carroccio I've written nothing yet about the accident Saturday evening which claimed the life of 20 year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. As you surely know, Ward was fatally injured Saturday evening at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after the right rear tire of a sprint car driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart struck him. Amateur video showed Ward had gotten into the wall a lap earlier while racing with Stewart, got out of his car after the accident and seemed to be walking in the direction of Stewart's car frustrated by what had happened. Suddenly, Stewart's right rear tire struck Ward, apparently sending him under the tire, then violently through the air, where he landed on the track.
3 Lessons From the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward Tragedy
by Stephen Cox Most of the racing world now knows that sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed after being hit by Tony Stewart's car during a race this past weekend at New York's Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Volumes will be written about this incident for months to come, but a few lessons are already evident.
by Adriano Manocchia On one of the darkest days for American auto racing in the last decade, AJ Allmendinger's win Sunday at Watkins Glen International gave the NASCAR community something to smile about. Allmendinger became the biggest underdog to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup in its history by virtue of his first career victory, capping a wild but entertaining afternoon at the twisting 2.45-mile track. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action.
by Pete McCole AJ Allmendinger earned the first Sprint Cup Series win of his career by out-dueling Marcos Ambrose over the final two laps to claim Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International. Allmendinger, 32, was winless in the first 212 Sprint Cup Series races of his career; he led 30 of the 90 laps over the 2.45-mile road course. Kurt Busch placed third, rookie Kyle Larson was fourth and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.
Tony Stewart Involved In Fatal Sprint Car Accident
by Pete McCole A 20-year-old Sprint Car driver from New York was killed Saturday night after being struck by another car being driven by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart during a sprint car race at Canadaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. Kevin Ward, Jr., a driver in the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints series, was killed after he was struck while walking towards Stewartâ€™s car following a crash involving the two drivers. Ward was caught under the right-rear tire of Stewartâ€™s car and thrown nearly 25 feet, where he lay motionless on the track.
by Adriano Manocchia Flashing the form that he used to once rule Watkins Glen International, Jeff Gordon wrestled away the pole from Marcos Ambrose in qualifying for Sunday's Cheez-It 355. A speed of 129.466 mph gave Gordon his first pole of the season and his first at the famed road course in 11 years. Amboise later went on to win the Nationwide race later that afternoon. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Four-time Watkins Glen International winner Jeff Gordon picked up his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, topping Sprint Cup Series qualifying at the road course in Watkins Glen, New York on Saturday. The Hendrick Motorsports driver led the way in the second round with a best speed of 129.466 mph, holding off last year's pole-winner Marcos Ambrose. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver set a track record of 129.491 mph in the opening round, but topped out at 129.138 after the cut. He'll start alongside Gordon in Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (1 p.m. ET, ESPN).
by Adriano Manocchia Experienced road racer AJ Allmendinger led Friday's final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session at Watkins Glen. Allmendinger topped the charts with a fast lap of 128.688 mph around the 11-turn road course. The No. 47 driver came in at fourth-fastest in Friday's opening practice. Marcos Ambrose, who was fastest in the Nationwide Series final practice earlier, came in as second-fastest. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action.
Holds off Kevin Harvick Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the final 14 laps and held off Kevin Harvick after a late restart to win the GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. Earnhardt Jr. swept the two Sprint Cup races at Pocono this season. He became the third three-time winner in the Sprint Cup Series this season, joining Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. Earnhardt Jr. leads all Cup drivers with 10 top-five finishes in 2014.
At Pocono JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS met with media and discussed his week, winning at the Brickyard, how Ray Evernham interacts with the teams at Hendrick Motorsports, the upcoming road race at The Glen, the Knoxville Nationals, and more. "It was a big win. We all know that. When you win at Indianapolis, especially having the kind of year that we're having where we are up front in the points, it's a huge momentum boost and confidence booster. It's been an amazing week. I'm feeling really good."
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kyle Larson captured his first NASCAR Sprint Cup career pole position with a track record lap of 183.438-mph/49.063 seconds in his No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS for Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono raceway. The Rookie-of-the-Year contender bested the previous record of 181.415 mph/49.610 seconds around the 2.5-mile track set by Denny Hamlin in June 2014.
by Brian Carroccio By now, you probably have some familiarity with the recently-formed Race Teams Alliance. Comprised of nine top NASCAR teams (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske), RTA was formed to create a "collaboration" for the purposes of exploring "areas of common interest."
by Dave Grayson In recent years there has been a general theory in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing that said any time, during the course of a post race inspection, that NASCAR tech officials deemed it necessary to confiscate parts from a race car for further evaluation it meant big trouble for the race team. Big trouble for Joe Gibbs Racing, (JGR), came late on the afternoon of July 29th when NASCAR announced penalties against JGR's #11 team, driven by Denny Hamlin.
by Dave Grayson When it comes to earning the right to park a stock car in victory lane, at the conclusion of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, you can bet that winning at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway is high on the list of race drivers and their team owners. If they don't win the race, then team owners are at least looking for a strong finish because the Brickyard 400 is a very lucrative event that passes out the big bucks at the pay window.
Only in NASCAR Jeff Gordon found one heck of a way to celebrate "Jeff Gordon Day" by winning the Crown Royal presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard. On Friday, the Indianapolis mayor declared Sunday "Jeff Gordon Day" and Gordon celebrated in style with his record fifth career victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is also the Pittsboro, Indiana native's hometown track. The victory was Gordon's first at the 2.5-mile track since 2004.
Front Row starters for Brickyard 400 Kevin Harvick, winner of the 2003 Brickyard 400 from the pole, set a new track record and won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series (NSCS) race in his No. 4 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet SS. His pole-winning run consisted of a lap of 47.753 seconds, and an average speed of 188.470 mph, and his record-setting run in the first round of qualifying was even faster at 47.647 seconds, 188.889 mph. The previous record of 187.531 mph was held by Ryan Newman.
Jeff Gordon to start 2nd Kevin Harvick picked up his fourth pole of the season after topping Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday. The 2003 Brickyard winner led the field in the final all three qualifying sessions, leading the 12-car field in the final run with a 188.470 mph for the honor of leading the field to green in Sunday's 21st annual Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard (1 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Talks about Dirt Track and NASCAR Racing "I never was a driver brought up running one type of car and one type of surface. I always ran dirt and pavement. I like that. I like the challenge. I like the dirt tracks because they change all the time. Pavement tracks, when I got in the Cup series, the pavement racing I had done before that, tracks really didn't change a lot. In the Cup series, the groove moves around and it gets wider and you might run the bottom for a little while and the top, and that's a lot like dirt racing too. I like that challenge of trying to figure out as a driver what to do to make yourself better." Tony Stewart
NASCAR Sprint Cup Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a dramatic green-white-checkered finish. This is Keselowski's third win this season and a Sprint Cup career-first at the New England track. Keselowski also won Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200, which marks the first time a driver has swept the weekend at Loudon.
NASCAR Sprint Cup in Loudon Kyle Busch didn't just break the track record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he obliterated it by 1.633 mph in Coors Light Pole qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301. "(The lap) didn't feel that good, but it felt good," said Busch, who finished second in both Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire last year. "It was real stable, real comfortable. The car turned well (in Turns 3 and 4)."
by Bob Lefsetz You mean I need a bigger engine and a swoopy style to get laid? I just go on Tinder! Welcome to the baby boomer nightmare, wherein everything theyâ€™ve held near and dear becomes irrelevant. Like automobiles. Cars are a utility. So long Ferrari. So long Aston Martin. So long the SUV. Do you think kids want to own a big box with terrible mileage just like their parents drive? Just because cars have lasted a century, that does not mean they're here to stay, that does not mean they're not ripe for disruption. Cars are the newspapers of today. Something oldsters can't live without and youngsters can.
by Pete McCole Nearly 30 years to the day that "The King" Richard Petty drove to his 200th and final Sprint Cup victory, Aric Almirola returned the iconic number 43 car to Victory Lane, scoring his first-career Sprint Cup victory in Sundayâ€™s rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Almirola survived two rain delays and two wild multi-car wrecks and put himself in the perfect place at the right time, with his no. 43 Air Force-sponsored Ford.
NASCAR Sprint Cup David Gilliland won the Coors Light Pole Award in a frenetic, rain-abbreviated Friday afternoon qualifying session full of gamesmanship for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway. After all the aerodynamic ploys and team efforts, Gilliland was at the top of the leaderboard with a fast lap of 199.322 mph in the Front Row Motorsports No. 38 Ford. It was his third Sprint Cup pole of his career, his first since he started first in the 2007 Daytona 500 and the first for the underdog team owned by Bob Jenkins.
Ahead of Coke-Zero 400 race DALE EARNHARDT JR. NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS met with members of the media and discussed the first half of his season, the recent plate race at Talladega, his quest to sweep the two races at Daytona this year.
Leads 197 of 267 laps Brad Keselowski started on the pole and dominated the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night for his second win of the season. Keselowski, who also won here in 2012, led a race-high 199 of the 267 laps. Team Penske controlled the race. Keselowski's teammate Joey Logano led 37 laps and Kyle Busch, who finished second, led the other 31.
Keselowski leads Penske 1-2 in Kentucky qualifying
NASCAR Sprint Cup With a new track record Friday at Kentucky Speedway, Brad Keselowski became the fourth different Coors Light Pole Award winner at the 1.5-mile speedway for tomorrow nightâ€™s Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts. With a lap of 28.603 seconds at 188.791 miles per hour, Keselowski in his No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion knocked Team Penske teammate Joey Logano from the top-spot with under three minutes remaining in the final five-minute session.
NASCAR Sprint Cup at Sonoma Carl Edwards won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, marking the first road course victory of his career. Edwards, who led 26 laps, became the fifth multi-race winner of 2014; he also won at Bristol in March. Edwards now has 23 Sprint Cup Series wins in his career. Edwards held off Jeff Gordon by 0.592 seconds. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard rounded out the top five.
Allmendinger 2nd Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. This is McMurray's first pole this season and his third at the road course. The No. 1 Chip Ganassi driver posted a fast lap time of 74.354 seconds (96.350 mph). This is the 11th track record of the season and McMurray is the 11th different Coors Light Pole winner of the season. AJ Allmendinger qualified second for Sunday's race.
NASCAR at Sonoma Jeff Gordon met with members of the media at Sonoma Raceway and discussed road course racing, how he works with his spotter, aggressive driving at Sonoma, and more. AJ Allmendinger discussed racing Sonoma, progress team is making and other topics. Jamie McMurray discussed the new qualifying format, opportunities for making the Chase, how he likes road course racing.
After Quicken Loans 400 win The interview with team owner Rick Hendrick, crew chief Chad Knaus and driver Jimmie Johnson - winners of Sunday's 46th annual Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, winning for the first time, the No. 48 team in the Lowe's Kobalt Tools Chevrolet here at Michigan, but it's the third win of the season. Certainly right now that looms big as the season continues to unfold. This is your fifth straight win in the Sprint Cup Series, the third time that has happened in the Hendrick organization's history. It was a good race. It featured a little bit of everything, and certainly the role that the entire team played today was big. It's now five straight wins in the Hendrick camp and then three wins for Jimmie Johnson.
3rd win in 4 weeks At long last, Jimmie Johnson knows what it feels like to visit Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion took the lead for good on Lap 191 after a cycle of pit stops and cruised to the checkered flag at Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 to end a 24-race drought here. "We've figured out every way to lose this race and today we were able to get it done," he said after getting out of his No. 48 Chevy.
204.557 MPH Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Qualifying Pole Award on Friday at Michigan International Speedway, leading all three rounds of group qualifying. This is Harvick's first career pole at the 2-mile track. On Sunday, he'll go for his second win here. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver set a track record in the final round with a speed of 204.557 mph, the fastest qualifying speed in the sport since 1987. Lining up second will be Jeff Gordon, who posted a speed of 203.776 mph.
NASCAR Sprint Cup He only led 11 laps, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. took his first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Pocono Raceway by passing Brad Keselowski's Penske Ford with five laps to go in his Hendrick Chevy to win the Pocono 400. Kurt Busch was third followed by Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson and Jimmie Johnson. It was the 2nd win of the year for Earnhardt Jr.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway (1 p.m. ET, TNT). Hamlin posted a lap of 181.415 mph in the final round of qualifying to edge Kurt Busch for the pole position. For Hamlin, this is his second Coors Light Pole Award this season, the 19th of his career and the third of his career at Pocono. Hamlin also has four wins at the 2.5-mile track. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick will start in Row 2, with Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch set to start in Row 3.
Wins Dover for record 9th time Jimmie Johnson had yet another a strong performance at Dover International Speedway, and he held off Brad Keselowski on a late restart to win for a record ninth time at the track in Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. It was a strong performance that came one week after Johnson earned his first win of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The six-time series champion led 272 laps to win for the second straight week.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Brad Keselowski won his second Coors Light Pole Award of the 2014 season Friday at Dover International Speedway. Perhaps even more impressive, the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion earned his eighth front-row start of the year. Keselowski set a track record of 164.444 mph in the final round of multicar qualifying and will lead the field to green Sunday in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. It's the eighth time this year a track record has been set during Coors Light Pole Qualifying.
by Pete McCole Jimmie Johnson finally broke through with his first victory of the season, winning Sunday nightâ€™s Coca Cola 600 to collect his fourth win in NASCARâ€™s longest race. Johnson edged his way past Matt Kenseth with eight laps to go and handily cruised to the finish by 1.2 seconds over Kevin Harvick. Kenseth held on for third, followed by Carl Edwards and Sprint All Star race winner Jamie McMurray.
Larson takes NASCAR veterans to school at Charlotte
by Pete McCole Kyle Larson pulled off a veteran move on a veteran driver to score a dominating victory for his second-career NASCAR Nationwide Series races with a victory in Saturdayâ€™s History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Larson took the lead with a bold three-wide pass on the outside of turn four over Brad Keselowski on lap 118, and led a career-high 82 of the remaining 83 laps, holding off Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski.
by Pete McCole Jimmie Johnsonâ€™s efforts to turn his season around took a step in the right direction on Thursday as the defending six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion powered to the top of the speed charts to score his first pole of season for Sundayâ€™s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Johnson moved to the front of the grid with a lap of 27.705 seconds (194.911 mph) in the third and final session to bump Brad Keselowski from the top spot and collect his 33rd-career and his second pole in NASCARâ€™s longest race.
by Pete McCole Jamie McMurray made a million-dollar move to win Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his first win in the winner-take-all event. McMurray beat out Carl Edwards in a door-to-door battle in the opening laps of the final 10-lap segment and then held off Kevin Harvick to win his first career All Star race in his eighth start in the event. Matt Kenseth finished third, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Edwards.
by Pete McCole In case no one figured has figured it out yet - Kyle Busch is pretty hard to beat in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Busch put on yet another dominating performance in Friday's nights North Carolina Education Lottery 200 to win his fourth-straight Charlotte truck series victory. Matt Crafton finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Jon Wes Townley and Timothy Peters.
by Pete McCole Clint Bowyer won the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night to advance into the field for Saturday's 30th-annual NASCAR Sprint All Star race and a shot at a $1 million dollar payday. Bowyer bested A.J. Allmendinger, who will also advance into the all-star field. Casey Mears, Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five.
Sprint Cup The same week he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first win, Jeff Gordon nabbed his first win of the season at Kansas Speedway. The victory was the 89th of his Cup career. Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne finished in second and third, with Harvick taking the bonus for leading the most laps at 119. Danica Patrick, Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth -- all winless this season -- came up short of Victory Lane, but finished in the top ten.
Smashes track record with 194.568 mph lap Kevin Harvick capitalized on all the speed to be found during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award qualifying at Kansas Speedway on Friday. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver smashed the former track qualifying record of 191.864 mph set by defending race winner Matt Kenseth in the second round with a speed of 194.568, and then blazed the 1.5-mile oval at a 194.252 clip in the final round to pick up his second pole of the season. Last fall, Harvick won the race at Kansas from the pole. It's his eighth career pole in the Sprint Cup Series.
Race finishes under caution Denny Hamlin won for the first time this season, holding off Greg Biffle to claim Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway under caution. Since placing second in the season-opening Daytona 500, Hamlin had just one other top-12 finish (sixth at Bristol) in the first nine Sprint Cup Series races of the year. Biffle finished second, while Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top five.
Pole big help to minnow team Brian Scott landed his first Coors Light Pole Award in a frantic first group qualifying session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway. Scott, driving the No. 33 Chevrolet on a part-time basis for Circle Sport Racing, turned a fast lap of 198.290 mph to score the first pole position of his Sprint Cup career in his fifth start. He'll start first in Sunday's Aaron's 499 (1 p.m. ET, FOX), the second race of the season where cars use restrictor plates to limit horsepower.
Jeff Gordon finishes 2nd While Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth bumped and banged their way to the checkered flag Saturday night, Joey Logano snuck past all three to win the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond. Kenseth, Keselowski and Gordon all three swapped positions and traded paint during a furious battle for the lead over the final five laps, allowing Logano to charge from fourth to first for his second win of the season. Gordon finished second, followed by Kyle Busch, Keselowski and Kenseth.
New â€œKnockoutâ€ Qualifying and Chase Format Create New Challenges With all the excitement around NASCARâ€™s competition changes for Talladega Superspeedwayâ€™s Aaronâ€™s Dream Weekend, May 2-4, added pressure and a sense of urgency will now be felt like never before by the Crew Chief and team engineers who set up the cars and make the hard decisions at NASCARâ€™s biggest and most challenging venue
by Dave Grayson Like many of you, I spent a Friday and Saturday evening in front of a television set watching NASCAR Live On Fox from Darlington International Raceway in South Carolina. After all, any race track with the names "the track too tough to tame" and "the lady in black" was bound to turn up some excitement. It was apparent that the racing gremlins that sent a lot of bad luck in the direction of Kevin Harvick in recent weeks didn't get the memo that he was racing at Darlington. Harvick led 238 laps of the Bojangles Southern 500 to win a race that for decades has been known as "the grand daddy of them all."
Bojangles Southern 500 The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has been one of feast or famine for Kevin Harvick and on Saturday night at Darlington Raceway, Harvick enjoyed the delectable taste of victory. Passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the next-to-last lap of the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish, Harvick won Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 and all but locked himself into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the first two-time winner in the series this year.
Fresh tires make the difference Joey Logano won the Duck Commander 500 under a green-white-checkered, expanding the number of drivers to win a race this season to seven. Logano restarted in third, with Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers winning the race off pit road by only taking two tires. Logano's fresh tires would give him the edge, regaining the lead position and taking the checkered flag ahead of Gordon. Kyle Busch won the battle for third, with Vickers a position behind him.
Bests Brad Keselowski for the pole late Saving his best effort for the last possible second, Tony Stewart won the pole for Sunday's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. During the third round of knockout qualifying Saturday afternoon at the 1.5-mile track, Stewart began his money lap in the final half-minute of the session and completed it after the five-minute clock ticked down to zero, ending the session. Stewart (195.454 mph) edged Brad Keselowski, who has made a habit of front-row starts under the qualifying format NASCAR introduced this year
Beats Kyle Busch When Chase Elliott took the checkered flag in Friday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, cementing his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory, spotter Earl Barban had a message for him. "I want to see the best burnout ever," Barban told the 18-year-old son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott. Chase Elliott obliged, laying a thick could of smoke from the exit of the tri-oval back to the flag stand.
Ends 83 race winless streak On Sunday at historic Martinsville Speedway, the driver known as "The Outlaw" committed highway robbery. Bullying his way past six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson with 11 laps left in Sundayâ€™s STP 500 at the 0.526-mile short track, Kurt Busch held on to edge Johnson by 0.263 seconds, denying Johnson a ninth Martinsville victory. A Martinsville winner in 2002, Busch added a second victory at Sprint Cupâ€™s oldest current venue to his resume. Buschâ€™s 25th career victory was his first triumph in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet and the first victory as a Sprint Cup crew chief for Daniel Knost.
Hamlin will start 2nd Last week's race winner and last week's absentee combined to sweep the front row for Joe Gibbs Racing in Friday's knockout qualifying session at Martinsville Speedway. Kyle Busch ran the fastest lap in the round that counted, edging teammate Denny Hamlin for the top starting spot in Sundayâ€™s STP 500 at the venerable 0.526-mile short track. The Coors Light Pole Award was Buschâ€™s first of the season, his first at Martinsville and the 14th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. The only driver to run under 19 seconds in the decisive second round (18.998 seconds), Busch posted the top speed of 99.674 mph on his second lap in the session.
by Dave Grayson I must admit I was rather surprised to learn that The Great Gonzo, of Muppets fame, was named to be the Grand Marshall for the Auto Club 400. I found myself asking: "seriously? A Muppet puppet is going to give the command to start engines?
NASCAR tire issues: Where the rubber meets the road
by Dave Grayson Okay, everyone from Goodyear engineers, NASCAR officials, crew chiefs, car chiefs, drivers, the media and the fans have had some time to digest the issue of tire wear that was presented during last Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Auto Club Speedway. The situation was not good. In the aftermath of the race it was reported that the rash of flat tires impacted nearly 50 per cent of the starting field and was a factor in five of the seven caution flags in the race.
by Dave Grayson When it comes to watching NASCAR racing at the Auto Club Speedway, sometimes you have to be patient and wait until the waning laps of the event in order to witness the drama unfold. The middle portion of these events can be somewhat tedious sometimes. However, in recent years, the two mile oval, located in Fontana-California, has developed a rock steady reputation for presenting finishes that makes the fans jump to their feet as well as making fans, watching at home, jump off of their couches while yelling at their televisions.
This time Kyle Busch comes out on top over Larson In Saturday's Nationwide race at Auto Club Raceway Kyle Larson outdueled Kyle Busch for the win, but on Sunday in the Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 it was Busch who beat rookie Larson to the flag. Of course it was Jimmie Johnson who led the most laps and was pulling away for the win before his Goodyear tire blew with only 7 laps to go. Goodyear tires were blowing up all day long so it came as no shock that Johnson ended up 24th.
Nationwide race at Fontana Heralded NASCAR neophyte Kyle Larson finally had his day in the sun. When a cloud cover lifted with roughly 50 laps left in Saturdayâ€™s TreatMyClot.com 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway, Larsonâ€™s No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet came to life. Larson, who had posted five second-place finishes in 37 previous NNS starts, grabbed the lead after a restart on Lap 135 of 150 and survived an intense battle against Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch to win for the first time in the Nationwide Series.
Beats Keselowski Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award at Auto Club Speedway in this season's first qualifying session at a 2-mile track. Kenseth posted a high speed of 187.315 mph. This is Kenseth's first pole win at Fontana. Brad Keselowski was second fastest and will line up next to Kenseth on Sunday. Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer round out the top five starting lineup.
In Rain ruined Food City 500 Carl Edwards had to wade through roughly five hours of rain delays and furious on-track action, but it was well worth it as he took the checkered in the Food City 500 for his first win of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday night, likely punching a ticket to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint in the process. Edwards was followed by teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola, Tony Stewart and Marcos Ambrose to complete the top-five.
Brad Keselowski to start 2nd Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Qualifying Award in the first qualifying session since NASCAR tweaked the rules for the new group format. Hamlin soared to the top of the leaderboard in the final 10-minute session with a speed of 129.991 mph, a new track record, for his first pole award of the season. Hamlin also won the pole at Bristol for last year's fall race. The previous track record holder was Kyle Busch, who qualified at a speed of 129.535 mph set last March. Busch qualified seventh on Friday.
As Dale Jr. runs out of fuel After winning Saturday's Nationwide race, Brad Keselowski driving Roger Penske's Miller Lite Ford Fusion knew Dale Earnhardt Jr. was just about going to make it to the end of the Kobalt 400 on fuel so his crew told him to pressure Dale Jr. to force him to burn more fuel and it worked. Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevy sputtered coming off turn 2 on the final lap and Keselowski was through for the win.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt 400 Joey Logano won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying Award during Friday night's knock-out style qualifying session setting a new track record of 193.278 mph for Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The starting lineup will have a front row of Team Penske drivers as Brad Keselowski had the second-fastest speed of 193.099 mph. Last week at Phoenix, Team Penske started 1-2 as well with Keselowski on the pole and Logano placing second in group qualifying.
His first ever win for Stewart Haas Racing No 4 Kevin Harvick dominated the PROFIT on CNBC 500 Phoenix NASCAR Sprint Cup race and survived a number of restarts to beat Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano for his 24th career Sprint Cup win. The win came on his 13th anniversary with wife Delana, a nice gift. Jeff Gordon was 5th followed by his Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman.
At Phoenix You can change the cars. You can change the qualifying format. You can change the weather from cloudy to sunny to rainyâ€”multiple times. But, no matter what you do, you canâ€™t keep Kyle Busch out of Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway, at least not where the NASCAR Nationwide Series is concerned. In Saturdayâ€™s Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at the one-mile track in the Sonoran desert, Busch dominated â€” again â€” leading 155 laps en route to his unprecedented third straight Nationwide victory at PIR and his seventh overall.
Penske team sweeps front row At times it was dramatic. At times it was chaotic. But, with drivers trying to cool their engines and tires -- not to mention fighting for enough room to complete clean laps -- Brad Keselowski won the pole for Sundayâ€™s The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in debut of NASCARâ€™s new group knockout qualifying format in the Sprint Cup Series.
by Stephen Cox Auto racing in the United States is a mess. NASCAR has peaked. Their response to dwindling attendance has been new cars and fuel injection. In IndyCar, the barriers to entry eliminate all but the uber-wealthy from competition. Tony George was the only guy willing to take a risk and try to solve open wheel's problems. [Editor's Note: He had the wrong idea at the wrong time and destroyed the sport.] Now it's road racing's turn to try and recapture lost glory. And I wonder if they're the ones who will get it right
Hall of Famer Glen Wood had never missed a Daytona 500 On Thursday, Feb. 20 at Daytona International Speedway, Wood Brothers Racing was preparing the famed No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane NASCAR Sprint Cup car for the second of the two Budweiser Duels, but something, or more accurately someone, was missing. â€œWin, lose or draw, no matter what happens in this (Duel) race, Iâ€™m going to go get daddy and bring him down here,â€ said Eddie Wood, current co-owner of one of the most famous teams in NASCAR, to a couple of PR types walking with him through the speedwayâ€™s bustling garage area.
On weekly NASCAR teleconference On today's NASCAR teleconference we were joined by Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports and the winner of the 56th running of the Daytona 500. With the victory Dale became the 11th driver with multiple Daytona 500 victories. It's been about 36 hours since he took the checkered flag at Daytona. Since then he's made the rounds in New York City, at ESPN in Bristol, now he is en route to Texas.
Earnhardt, Letarde and Hendrick After an almost six-and-a-half hour rain delay, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sealed the deal with a popular win of the 2014 Daytona 500. After finishing second in three of the last four Daytona 500 races, the driver of the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS fielded by Hendrick Motorsports captured his second career victory in the Great American Race by leading six times for a total of 54 laps. His first Daytona 500 win came in 2004.
by Pete McCole A decade after his first Daytona 500 victory, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. claimed his second win in NASCARâ€™s most prestigious event, overcoming wrecks, debris and one of the longest rain delays in the history of the Great American race. Earnhardt, Jr. used a push from his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon to pull out to the front on the last restart and then held off Denny Hamlin to win his second-career Daytona 500 in Sunday nightâ€™s rain-delayed crash-filled season-opener for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
by Pete McCole After coming within just 100 yards of his first Daytona victory last year, Regan Smith wasnâ€™t about to let another opportunity slip through his fingers. Smith edged out Brad Keselowski by mere inches in a thrilling side-by-side, green-white-checker finish to take the victory in Saturdayâ€™s season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway and find redemption for a win that got away from him. It was Smithâ€™s fourth Nationwide Series victory in his 137th series start and his third driving the no. 7 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch made history at Daytona International Raceway on Friday night, becoming the first driver to score a victory at the track in four different major touring series with a win in the season opening event for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Busch beat out Timothy Peters with a perfectly timed last-lap pass to score his 36th-career series victory in the closest truck finish in Daytona history.
Daytona Duels: Kenseth and Hamlin lead Toyota sweep
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin led a Joe Gibb Racing sweep of Thursdayâ€™s nightâ€™s twin Budweiser Duel qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway to set the 43-car field for the Sundayâ€™s 56th-running of the Daytona 500. Kenseth bested Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne in a thrilling three-wide shootout to win the opening race, while Hamlin topped the second race over Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch in a wild finish that saw a nine-car pileup coming out of the final turn.
by Dave Grayson Just prior to the opening ceremonies for NASCAR's annual Sprint Unlimited, the Fox Sports 1 Network presented television viewers with a gorgeous shot of a full moon boldly shining over the Daytona International Raceway. For centuries the great philosophers have found themselves staring at the majesty of a full moon while wondering if it indeed had some unknown power source capable of creating unexplainable moments. That may very well be true. There were some rather powerful, and even bizarre, moments underneath that Daytona moon during the Sprint Unlimited
The 'chosen one' wins pole for Daytona 500 in No. 3
Did anyone expect anything different? As everyone expected when it was announced Dale Earnhardt's number would be back in the Sprint Cup Series - The No. 3 is No. 1 again. The iconic number made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt is back in NASCAR's premier series and it's on the pole for the Daytona 500. Austin Dillon, driving for his grandfather Richard Childress -- who helped lead Earnhardt to six of his seven NASCAR Cup championships -- ripped off a fast lap of 196.019 mph Sunday.
by Pete McCole Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, turning in a dominating performance to capture his second win in NASCARâ€™s pre-season non-point event just one week before the 56th-running the season-opening Daytona 500. Hamlin won all three segments of the event, leading 27 of 75 laps in a race that saw half the field taken out in crashes.
ARCA Grant Enfinger, in the Team BCR Motor Honey-Casite-Advance Auto Parts Ford, beat the field to the checkered flag Saturday afternoon, winning the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real at Daytona Intâ€™l Speedway. It was his third victory in the last 21 ARCA Racing Series races. Enfinger, from Fairhope, Ala., took the lead from polesitter Dylan Kwasniewski on lap 52 and stayed there.
by Dave Grayson Make no doubt about it, the annual Speed Weeks has arrived at the Daytona International Raceway. The garage area is filled to capacity with cars and team members, the racing media are all over the place and so are the fans who turned this annual pilgrimage to Daytona Beach-Florida into a dream come true motorsports vacation. Another Daytona Speed Weeks tradition is set to present itself on Saturday, February 15th. It's the Automobile Racing Club of America, better known as ARCA-presented by Menards.
As Daytona Awaits Kurt Busch, No. 41 Haas Automation Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard Ss Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Budweiser Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Farmers Insurance Tony Stewart, No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Reed Sorenson, No. 7 Golden Corral Michael Annett, No. 7 Pilot Flying J Justin Allgaier, No. 51Brandt
As Daytona awaits Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry Brian Vickers, No. 55 Aaronâ€™s Dream Machine Toyota Clint Bowyer, No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&Mâ€™S Toyota Camry Michael Waltrip, No. 66 Blue-Def/AAA Toyota Camry James Buescher, No. 99 Rheem Toyota Camry Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Fedex Toyota Camry
by Dave Grayson Richard Petty comes from a generation that believes honesty is always the best policy. This generation is famous for saying what they mean and meaning what they say. If you ask the King of stock car racing any question in the world his response may not necessarily be what you expected to hear, but you can count on the fact that it will be double dipped in honesty. Such was the case back on February 10th when Richard Petty was making a personal appearance, north of out border, at the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto.
by Dave Grayson The unexpected, and rather sudden, departure of a full time primary sponsor has left NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jeb Burton, and Turner-Scott Motorsports-(TSM), with a serious financial quandary. The rumored situation was confirmed via a January 31st official team press release that said Arrowhead, a Virginia based manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, has defaulted on a scheduled sponsor payment. The fall out from this financial surprise has raised serious questions regarding whether TSM will be able to field their #4 Chevrolet Truck, to be driven by Burton, on full time basis in 2014.
by Pete McCole The 32nd annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway concluded on Thursday, bringing to a close the annual four-day event bringing together journalist from across the country as NASCAR gears up for the start of the 2014 racing season. Closing out the final day of the tour this year was a pair of Toyotaâ€™s flagship teams - Michael Waltrip Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing.
by Pete McCole The 32nd annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway rolled on Wednesday with the third of four days of media events at announcements as NASCARâ€™s top teams gear up for the start of the 2014 Sprint Cup season just three weeks away. Ford Racing took center stage on day three of the media tour, bringing their full contingent to the Charlotte Convention Center and leading off with their stalwart team, Roush Fenway Racing.
by Pete McCole NASCAR has announced sweeping changes to it championship points system, including a major change to its 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff system that the sanctioning body hopes will produce a thrilling season-ending finish to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The announced changes were among the many topics addressed by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France at his annual â€œState of the Sportâ€ address on Thursday at the Charlotte Convention Center at the conclusion of the annual Sprint Media Tour.
by Pete McCole NASCAR inducted their latest class into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday night, a class that brings together three past NASCAR champions, a legendary engine builder from a super-star racing family, and a super-speedway racing pioneer. NASCAR champions Dale Jarrett, Jack Ingram, and the late Tim Flock were among those added in the Class of 2014, along with Maurice Petty.
by Pete McCole The 32nd annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway continued on Tuesday with the second of four days of press events and presentations leading up to the season opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 23. Day two of the media tour saw Chevrolet in the spotlight, featuring four of the manufacturerâ€™s top teams, including the championship-winning team of Hendrick Motorsports.
by Pete McCole The 32nd annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway kicked off Monday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, bringing together motorsports journalist from around the world to the heart of NASCAR country as the countdown begins to the start of the 2014 season. One of the first events of the four-day tour was a visit from Stewart-Haas Racing, who mark another milestone in their teamâ€™s history as they expand to four cars for the 2014 season.
by Dave Grayson It seems rather odd to think of NASCAR racing teams making last minute deals during the month of January. After all, it's only the first month of a brand new year. However, when the 2014 NASCAR racing season is less than a month away, and the start of that season is the highly prestigious and lucrative Daytona 500, that does mean that January is indeed the month for last minute deals for wheels. Here's a few examples from just the last week or two
Drive your car on a Superspeedway for a great cause
by Dave Grayson Have you ever found yourself sitting in the grandstand, at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, wondering what it would be like to drive around one of those massive speedways? Even just the opportunity to drive your personal street car around one of these tracks would be a genuine thrill and a great story for the Monday morning water cooler when you returned to work. The opportunity to drive your personal vehicle on a 1.5 mile paved oval will be available at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to support a very worthy charity.
by Dave Grayson King Richard Petty's famous smile got a little wider and a little brighter following a January 15th press conference where an announcement was made regarding a major contract extension from a primary sponsor for Richard Petty Motorsports. Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Richard Petty Motorsports, along with NASCAR officials, announced a three-year extension and increased investment in Smithfield Foods' NASCAR program with Richard Petty Motorsports.
by Dave Grayson From the very moment Richard Childress Racing announced that driver Austin Dillon was moving up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and would be in the #3 Chevrolet the response was immediate among the NASCAR media and the fans of the sport. When the official press conference was held last fall, and the cover was removed from the #3, the pressure was on for young Austin Dillon.
Jimmie Johnson will break most records Six time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, met with members of the media at Daytona International Speedway and discussed his outlook for 2014, his quest for a seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and many other topics. "Definitely excited to be back. Wish I was on the racetrack, like I'm sure everybody else does, burning some gasoline and learning about our race cars. But Mother Nature has a different plan for us today, I guess."
by Brian Carroccio Forgive me if this is regurgitating the obvious. However, early January does not exactly mark the zenith of the racing calendar. Like baseball fans, who keep a running count of the days until pitchers and catchers report, race fans spend the early days and weeks of the New Year, yearning for better days ahead. Currently, such sentiment is undoubtedly more pronounced with much of America currently experiencing sub-freezing temperatures. Today, AutoRacing1.com will celebrate the impressive accomplishments of the greatest active American drivers.
by Dave Grayson The recent announcement that said NAPA Auto Parts was the new primary sponsor for rookie driver Chase Elliott and his new ride for JR Motorsports, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this year, is a win-win situation for all involved. First off, NAPA's marketing division will be doing business with a group of very prominent individuals. Chase Elliott is already recognized as an up and coming future star in NASCAR racing. He'll also be receiving advice from his father, and a true mentor, NASCAR champion Bill Elliott.
by Stephen Cox Doug Strasburg is an easy guy to talk with. His humble, soft-spoken manner belies a lifetime of motorsports experience and wisdom. The Mid-American Stock Car Series has thrived under his leadership despite being on the endangered species list not many years ago. When you disagree with Doug, believe me, you'd better do it on very solid grounds. The man knows auto racing.
by Dave Grayson Hey NASCAR racing fans: are you still feeling with drawls waiting for the 2014 racing season to start? Have you spent mega hours watching and reading the best of 2013 reviews even though you watched them live the first time? Have you burned holes in your DVD copies of Will Ferrell's "Talladega Nights" and Tom Cruise's "Days Of Thunder"? Hang in there race fans, help is on the way. NASCAR's pre season tests at Daytona is just around the corner and with that comes comprehensive live television coverage.
by Dave Grayson On Sunday, December 29th, the world of auto racing bid farewell to one of the true characters to ever grace the presence of the sport. The passing of Andy Granatelli, at age 90, brought back a lot of different memories for many racing fans. He was the astute businessman who brought a teetering STP Oil Treatment to fortune 500 status. When it came to company promotions, Andy Granatelli was on the level of the revered P T Barnum.
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