by Mark J. Cipolloni Motorsports has a major dilemma it soon must address, or it will be faced with almost certain extinction. Increasingly manufacturers are using motorsports for R&D for its road cars. We hear all the time that manufacturers want the series they participate in to be relevant to the road cars they will sell either now, or in the future. I will be the first to admit that the manufacturers are the lifeblood of motorsports. They bring huge sums of money into the sport to try and develop better engines, better cars and better engineers.
Titles in IndyCar, NASCAR, NHRA, IMSA and PWC Chevrolet completed another successful year in motorsports in 2015, earning six manufacturer and five driver championships in NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, United SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge series. In addition, Chevrolet drivers won several noteworthy races in 2015, including the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar Dual in Detroit, NHRA U.S. Nationals, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, and the manufacturer’s first overall victory in 50 years at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
by Pete McCole With the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season behind us, we take a look back at some of the drivers, stories and memorable moments at took place during the year, including Joey Logano's dominance, Kyle Busch's comeback and Martin's Truex's improbable championship run. We also bid farewell to some old friends.
by Brian Carroccio If you look around, the signs are everywhere. Not that this is anything new, mind you. If you follow racing you are aware of the trends over the better part of the last decade, which have seen the sport decline in relevance and interest. Whether it's empty seats at races, declining television viewership, diminished sponsor support, or further dilution of the sport, racing is struggling. That trend continued in 2015, and there are signs the bottom has yet to be found. Worse, those in leadership positions either fail to see this or have chosen to focus their energies on non-essential matters.
Jeff Gordon Bids Emotional Goodbye at Awards Banquet
by Pete McCole Jeff Gordon bid a tearful goodbye during his final speech at NASCAR's annual Awards Banquet in Las Vegas on Friday, bringing to an end a remarkable 23-year Sprint Cup career that helped usher in a new era for the sport. Gordon, who announced his impending retirement last January, finished third among the four championship finalists in the season-finale race at Homestead, marking the 11th time he's finished in the top five in points during his career.
Nine months ago, Kyle Busch was sitting in a hospital bed wondering if his season was over before it began. Sunday night, he was back sitting in Victory Lane as the 2015 Sprint Cup Champion. Busch capped a remarkable comeback to what had nearly been a lost season, winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup to win his first career Sprint Cup Championship.
by Pete McCole When Jeff Gordon straps himself into his famous no. 24 Chevrolet for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series season-finale, he'll do so for the last time. Gordon’s imminent retirement at the end of the season doesn't just bring an end to his illustrious career, it also brings an end to era that some call one of the defining era’s in NASCAR's history.
by Pete McCole Every NASCAR champion has a story about their amazing run to the title, but the four drivers taking center stage this weekend as the final four in the Chase for the Sprint Cup each had a unique journey that brought them all here. Sunday's race will be unique in that the driver who wins the championship doesn't necessarily have to win the race, he just has to beat three other drivers and each one of them would love to add hoisting the championship trophy as the final chapter of their journey.
Chris Buescher won his first-career NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship in Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, beating out defending series champion Chase Elliott for the title in just his second full season in the series. Kyle Larson took the checkered flag in the season-finale race for his first Xfinity Series win of the season. Larson led the final five laps after passing race leader Austin Dillon for the top spot.
Matt Crafton did everything he needed to do to try and win his third straight NASCAR Camping World Series title - he stayed out of trouble, he led the most laps, and he won the race, but it still wasn't enough. Crafton led 93 of the 134 laps in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 to lock up his sixth win of the season, but at the end of the night it was 19-year-old rookie Erik Jones who was crowned as the youngest champion in series history.
by Pete McCole Denny Hamlin played the role of spoiler by taking the pole in Friday night's qualifying for Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, denying any of the four finalists in the Chase for the Sprint Cup a chance at the coveted front row in the season-finale race. Hamlin was among the last cars to take the track for a single lap around the 1.5-mile oval in the third and final session, and raced to the top of the speed charts with a lap of 176.655 mph to knock Joey Logano from the top spot and claim his third pole of the season.
NASCAR Chairman Brian France defended his "quintessential NASCAR" comments in reference to Joey Logano bumping Matt Kenseth in the closing laps at Kansas Speedway during his year-end state-of-the-sport news conference Friday morning. The second year of the elimination-style Chase for the Sprint Cup has been clouded by Kenseth's retaliation against Logano in the Nov. 1 race at Martinsville Speedway when Kenseth was 10 laps down and Logano was the leader.
by Pete McCole The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will crown their 2015 champion on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, pitting the top four drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in a winner-take-all race for the title. When Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr. and defending series champion Kevin Harvick take the green flag on Sunday, all of them will be there because they earned the right. They all qualified to be there based on the rules NASCAR laid out. But you can't help but wonder "What Could Have Been?"
Gordon, Harvick, Busch and Truex Jr in final-4 Persistent rain forced Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway to end early after 219 of 312 laps. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was credited with the win at the end of a long day. Kevin Harvick was second, with Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five. Harvick, Busch and Martin Truex Jr. will join Jeff Gordon in the Championship Round at Homestead-Miami Speedway next Sunday.
Like taking candy from a baby If Saturday's DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans had been a court case, 39 NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers would have pleaded "no contest." The exception was polesitter Kyle Busch, who led 190 of 200 laps in registering a dominating victory at Phoenix International Raceway, his eighth in 19 starts at the track
NASCAR Jimmie Johnson played spoiler last Sunday at Texas, stealing a win from Brad Keselowski in the closing laps. On Friday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway - though "spoiler" is not a role he relishes – the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was at it again, winning the pole for Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC) with a track-record lap at 143.158 mph (25.147 seconds). Johnson, who was bounced from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in the first Challenger Round, edged Chase driver Kurt Busch (142.880 mph) for the top spot on the grid.
Jimmie Johnson foiled Brad Keselowski's dominant day Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, rallying to win the AAA Texas 500. Johnson led just six laps but denied the eight remaining contenders in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs an automatic berth among the championship-eligible quartet. His fifth win of the season was his sixth at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track and the 75th of his premier-series career.
Clinches Third Straight Owners Title For Penske Brad Keselowski's love affair with the Lone Star State continued in full force on Saturday with a hard-fought NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski grabbed the lead from Coors Light Polesitter Austin Dillon on Lap 189 of 200 after a restart with 16 laps left in the race. The No. 22 Team Penske Ford finished 1.137 seconds ahead of the No. 88 JR Motorsports entry driven by Kevin Harvick, who passed Dillon for the runner-up spot with four laps left.
Third Win Of The Season For Series Points Leader On turf that typically belongs to two-time defending NASCAR Camping World Series champion Matt Crafton, Erik Jones dominated on Friday night. Jones led 117 of 147 laps on the way to victory in the Winstar World Casino & Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway, his first win at the venue, his third of the season and the seventh of his career.
by Pete McCole As a driver who likely must win one of the next two races to keep his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title prospects alive, Brad Keselowski took a giant step in the right direction during Friday's knockout qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2012 series champion covered the 1.5-mile distance in 27.929 seconds (196.929 mph) in the money round to win the pole for Sunday's AAA Texas 500, the second of three races in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
by Brian Carroccio By now you’ve surely seen the incident between Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. The driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota Camry was eliminated from contention in Sunday’s Good’s 500 after a lap 444 wreck involving himself, Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch. Kenseth would however return to the track nine laps down shortly thereafter seeking revenge.
NASCAR Suspends Matt Kenseth For Martinsville Crash
by Pete McCole NASCAR took an unprecedented step on Tuesday with the announcement of a two-race suspension for Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth for deliberately crashing into fellow driver Joey Logano during Sunday's Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway. NASCAR's decision will mean Kenseth will sit out this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway and next weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway, bringing his streak of 571 consecutive starts to an end.
by Pete McCole Jeff Gordon will get the chance to race for his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup title as one of the final four Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders following his dramatic win in Sunday's Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Gordon led the final 22 laps and outdueled Jamie McMurray on a final restart with three laps to go to score his first victory of the season and his ninth at Martinsville, earning him an automatic bid into the final championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 22.
by Pete McCole Two-time defending Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton survived a wild wreck-filled afternoon to win Saturday's Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway to keep his hopes for a third-straight title alive with just three races remaining to finish out the season. Crafton lead the final 63 laps and beat out his teammate Cameron Hayley on a final restart and beat out with eight laps to go and then held off rookie John Hunter Nemechek to sew up his fifth win of the season and move to within 10 points of leader Erik Jones in the championship battle.
Gunning for 4th straight win Joey Logano will start Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville after winning the Coors Light Pole Award with the fastest speed in qualifying Friday afternoon. The Team Penske driver, who swept the Contender Round with three straight wins, posted the fastest lap in the third and final round, turning the 0.526-mile track at a clip of 98.548 mph. He'll be looking for his fourth straight trip to Victory Lane.
by Pete McCole The finish to Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway left more than a few people scratching their heads and left nearly a dozen smoking wrecks littered across the start/finish line in yet another controversial ending that left NASCAR officials with a lot of explaining to do.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano collected his third straight win to sweep all three races of the "Contender Round" of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in a wild controversial finish in Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Logano was declared the winner following an attempt at a green-white-checkered finish that ended in a crash just after NASCAR put out the green flag, bringing out a caution that ended the race with Logano ending up being scored just ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
by Pete McCole In what will likely be his last-ever start in a restrictor-plate race, Jeff Gordon will lead the field to the green flag for the 81st time in his career as he scored his second straight Talladega Speedway pole in Saturday's qualifying sessions for Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500, the final race in the "Contender Round" in the Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup. Gordon's no. 24 3M Chevrolet led both rounds of qualifying in Saturday's session, earning the top spot with a lap of 49.234 seconds (194.500 mph) for his fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the season.
Second In A Row At Talladega Timothy Peters finished Saturday's Fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway exactly where he started - at the front of the pack - despite an extraordinary ebb and flow between the opening green flag and the checkers. Peters was out front when NASCAR called the sixth caution of the race on the first lap of the only attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish to score his first victory of the season.
Ahead of this weekend's Talladega race Martin Truex Jr. Truex has one win and 19 top‑10 finishes in 2015. He currently sits eighth in points and is on the bubble heading into Sunday's Elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway, the final event in the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He was a guest on this week's NASCAR media conference. NASCAR has talked about the possibility of reducing number of green‑white‑checkereds to one this weekend at Talladega and Truex says he is in favor of it.
Logano's late bump denies Kenseth Joey Logano surged to victory Sunday at Kansas Speedway, brushing past leader Matt Kenseth with five laps remaining in an intense round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Kenseth led a race-high 153 of 269 laps in the Hollywood Casino 400, but Logano scratched the wall before nudging Kenseth into a spin in Turn 1 during their heated contest for the lead.
Hollywood Casino 400 Wheeling his Team Penske ride at 195.503 mph, Brad Keselowski topped the leaderboard during the final round of qualifying at Kansas Speedway, for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400, earning his 10th career Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award. The No. 2 driver also led opening practice earlier this afternoon at the Midwestern track and paced the field during the opening round of qualifying.
by Brian Carroccio If you've read AutoRacing1 for any length of time, you know we've dedicated called attention to the phenomenon of 'pay' drivers or 'ride buying' - particularly in the junior open-wheel ranks. This is the phenomenon of drivers securing race seats based on their ability to bring the desperately needed funding to the team, often in lieu of drivers with more talent. Now, it should be noted that the subject is not necessarily a black and white one. For example, there are World Champions, all-time great drivers whose rise to the sport's top-levels launched via significant financial support.
NASCAR Rolls Out New 2016 Sprint Cup Rules Package
by Pete McCole NASCAR announced today their new base rules package for the 2016 Sprint Cup season, rolling out a new "low-downforce" aerodynamic package that was tested earlier this season to favorable reviews from drivers who have been pressing NASCAR to take steps to improve the product on the racetrack. The new package that was unveiled Wednesday is designed to provide less downforce to make the cars harder to handle and more challenging for drivers – and hopefully promoting more passing and better performance on the track.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano ran away from the field to notch his fourth victory of the season and punch his ticket to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a victory in Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Logano led 227 of the 334 laps distance - the most he's led all year - and beat out Kevin Harvick by more than half a second for his 12th-career victory and his first ever at Charlotte. Martin Truex, Jr. finished third, followed by Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch.
Austin Dillon Sweeps Charlotte With Xfinity Victory
by Pete McCole Austin Dillon lit up the field to win Saturday night's Drive for the Cure 300 for his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the year, sweeping both of the seasons Xfinity races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dillon took the lead following a restart with 54 laps to go, diving under Erik Jones after going three-wide with Kyle Busch and led the final 44 green-flag laps to beat Jones by 2.8 seconds to collect his sixth-career Xfinity Series victory.
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth led a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of the front row to win his second straight pole and fourth of the season in Thursday’s qualifying session for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – the opening race in the 12-driver Contender round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kenseth laid down a single lap of 27.759 second (194.532 mph) in the final round that was enough to beat out his teammate Kyle Busch for the top spot.
Johnson Eliminated Kevin Harvick gained a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Contender Round by winning the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. Harvick led 355 of the 400 laps. Kyle Busch placed second, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jamie McMurray and Aric Almirola, respectively. The Chase field has now been trimmed from 16 to 12. The four drivers eliminated include six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, McMurray, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard.
Kenseth to start from pole A hard, steady rain at Dover International Speedway made Matt Kenseth's life easier - and Kevin Harvick's challenge even more difficult than it otherwise might have been. With a massive East Coast storm forcing cancellation of all of Friday's track activity at the Monster Mile, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, Kenseth will start on the pole for Sunday’s AAA 400, the elimination race for the Challenger Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
by Pete McCole Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart announced Wednesday that he will be retiring as a Sprint Cup driver at the end of the 2016 racing season, bringing an end to a 20-year career for one of the sport’s most successful and controversial drivers. Saying it was "the right time" and wanting a chance to do something different, Stewart plans to make a final run for the title in 2016, and then give up the driver's seat of the No. 14 Chevrolet to the recently unemployed Clint Bowyer.
Beats teammate Hamlin by 9-sec. Matt Kenseth zoomed to victory in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, driving past an out-of-gas Kevin Harvick with three laps remaining to win the second event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Kenseth led 27 of the 300 laps, powering the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota to a 8.942-second margin of victory over teammate Denny Hamlin at the checkered flag.
How is Toyota all of a sudden winning everything? Posting the fastest lap of Friday's time trials late in the final round of knockout qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards knocked Kevin Harvick off the pole for Sunday's Sylvania 300, the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Edwards covered the 1.058-mile distance in 27.604 seconds (137.980 mph) to earn his third Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his second at New Hampshire -- completing a season sweep of the top starting spot at the Magic Mile -- and the 16th of his career.
Wins first Chase race In a late race restart, Denny Hamlin soared to the top of the leaderboard and headed to Victory Lane in Sunday's myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Carl Edwards, earned himself the runner-up position as he, too, was strong in the race's final restart.
by Brian Carroccio NASCAR could have used an exciting race Saturday evening at Richmond as a lead-in to The Chase for the Sprint Cup. They sure as heck didn’t get it. For one, other than a non-2015 winner taking the checkered flag in Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400, there was really no drama entering the evening. Also, while you can’t criticize Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota for cleaning everyone’s clock, their dominance did make the evening something of a formality.
Matt Kenseth Leads 352 of 400 Laps in Richmond Win
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth picked up his fourth win of the season in a dominating performance in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, leading 352 of the 400 laps distance. Kenseth proved to be unstoppable over the final 103 circuits, taking the checkered flag by nearly a full second over his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Joey Logano, Aric Almirola and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made up the rest of the top five.
Elliott Snaps Winless Streak With Richmond Victory
by Pete McCole Chase Elliott broke through to record his first win of the season as the defending Xfinity Series champion too the checkered flag in Friday night's Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Elliott led the final 83 laps and held off a strong charge by perennial Xfinity favorite Kyle Busch to snap a 39-race winless streak with his fourth career series win. Brian Scott finished third ahead of Joey Logano and Erik Jones.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano topped the leaderboard during qualifying at Richmond International Raceway to earn his fifth Coors Light pole award of the season, and his second at Virginia track. Logano's No. 22 Ford soared around the track with a fastest lap of 126.470 mph. Joining Logano on the front row will be Matt Kenseth, after earning the runner-up position. The No. 20 JGR Toyota of Kenseth had a quickest lap of 126.357 mph in the final round of qualifying.
by Stephen Cox "After the latest tragedy in Indycar... it's time to shut down this ridiculously dangerous form of racing," says Associated Press writer Paul Newberry in the wake of the tragic death of Indycar driver Justin Wilson. In making his demand, Newberry is typical of the paternalistic, safety-at-gunpoint class of pundits who seem to have taken over the Land of the Formerly Free. Newberry's rant, which appeared on ABC News on August 28th, goes on to say, "It's time to end a sport that has destroyed too many lives."
Carl Edwards rallies for dramatic win in Darlington
by Pete McCole Carl Edwards scored his first-career Darlington raceway victory with a win in Sunday night's Bojangles Southern 500 in the return of the traditional Labor Day classic. Edwards fought his way back to the lead after falling two laps down early in the race and took over the top spot for the final time following a round of pit stops with eight laps to go, holding off Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski to the finish for second victory of the season. Keselowski finished second, followed by Hamlin, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick.
by Pete McCole Denny Hamlin picked up his third Xfinity Series win of the season with a victory in Saturday’s VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. Hamlin rallied from a near-disastrous pit stop and worked his way back through the field to take the lead from his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez with two laps to go and beat out his other JGR teammate Kyle Busch by over two seconds to collect his 14th career Xfinity Series win.
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski scored his first Sprint Cup pole of the season on Saturday during qualifying for Sunday’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Keselowski topped the third and final round of qualifying with a lap of 27.492 seconds (178.874 mph) to beat out Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick for his ninth-career Sprint Cup pole. Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon made up the rest of the top five qualifiers.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano won the IRWIN Tools Night race for the second straight year with a victory over Kevin Harvick in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Bristol Motor Speedway. Logano led 143 of the final 147 laps after getting past his Penske teammate Brad Keselowski on a restart with 64 laps to go and then held off a strong charge by Harvick over the last 50 laps to secure his third victory of the season. Polesitter Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch celebrated his eighth-career Xfinity Series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway after stealing the victory in the final lap to win Friday nights Food City 300. Busch took the lead away from Chris Buescher on the opening lap of the three-lap green-white-checkered dash after Buescher stumbled on the restart, allowing Busch to power past on the inside and race away to his third Xfinity Series victory of the season.
Denny Hamlin Leads JGR Sweep in Bristol Qualifying
by Pete McCole Denny Hamlin turned a lap of 14.602 seconds (131.407 mph) in the third and final session to knock his teammate Kyle Busch of the top spot and lock up his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season. Hamlin’s record-setting lap easily eclipsed the previous mark of 131.362 mph set by Kevin Harvick at this same race just one year ago. Kyle Busch held on for the second spot, earning his best start since taking the pole at Pocono three weeks ago. Carl Edwards grabbed the third qualifying spot, giving JGR a sweep of the top three for the second week in a row. David Ragan and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.
by Brian Carroccio It's been something of a slow period in racing lately. Yes, NASCAR has continued its weekly approach towards The Chase. However, for those inclined towards racing of the single-seater variety, Formula One and IndyCar have been off the past couple of weeks. Still, that doesn't mean there hasn't been news to chew on, and we'll get to some of the news from IndyCar and F1 soon.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota's Matt Kenseth had too much power all day long and beat the Chevys of Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. to win the Pure Michigan 400 by over 1 second at the Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills of Michigan. Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-5.
NASCAR Truck Series It doesn’t matter quite as much if you get caught speeding in your truck if your truck is the fastest one in the race. That was the situation for Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Camping World Series Careers for Veterans 200 presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation at Michigan International Speedway. There were 31 green flag passes for the lead in the race, which tied a track record in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The last race to have 31 was in 2011.
Leads Toyota 1-2-3 Matt Kenseth landed the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday afternoon qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, leading a 1-2-3 sweep of Joe Gibbs Racing drivers at Michigan International Speedway. Kenseth piloted JGR's No. 20 Toyota to a pole-winning lap of 197.488 mph around the 2-mile track. The pole position was Kenseth's third of the season, first at Michigan and 16th of his Sprint Cup career.
America's Greatest Speedway & Why It Was Never Built
by Stephen Cox In the summer of 1912, it seemed that anything was possible. Land was cheap and plentiful. Gold was money. The motor car was the wonder of the world. Two investors from Alabama were convinced that an affluent suburb could be built just five miles south of downtown in what is now the village of Homewood. The new development would attract home buyers and businesses by tapping into the public's enthusiasm for the latest rage - the motor car.
Harvick runs out of fuel on the final lap Joey Logano edged past Kevin Harvick in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford after the 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion ran out of fuel on the final lap of the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on Sunday. Logano, 25, won his first Sprint Cup Series road course race in seven career starts at the New York track after qualifying 16th for the event.
NASCAR Sprint Cup A.J. Allmendinger picked up his second pole at a road course this season on Saturday at Watkins Glen International. The driver of the No. 47 car, who had a bad day of practice on Friday, topped the leaderboard after the first round and continued his success into the final 10-minute session of qualifying. Allmendinger won the 2014 edition of the race to secure a spot in the Chase.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Matt Kenseth was handed the Pennsylvania 400 win at Pocono after Joey Logano and Kyle Busch ran out of fuel. Kenseth kept the Toyota win streak alive by beating Brad Keselowski by 9-seconds at Pocono Raceway Sunday in a fuel mileage race that saw several drivers run out of fuel, including red-hot Kyle Busch. Jeff Gordon came home third with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle rounding out the top-5.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award on Friday at Pocono Raceway and will lead the field to green for Sunday's Windows 10 400. Lining up next to Kyle Busch on the front row will be Kevin Harvick, who qualified second. Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Tony Stewart round out the top five.
by Pete McCole Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that Rob Kaufmann has agreed to buy a minority stake in the teams NASCAR operation, in a move seen by many as a power shift between two of the biggest manufacturers in NASCAR. Kauffman, the majority owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, will sell his interest in that team in order to join Ganassi’s operation, possibly bringing over the no. 15 team of Clint Bowyer with him from MWR. MWR announced the deal in statement released this afternoon, but didn’t elaborate on rumors concerning Bowyer or the no. 15 team.
Kyle Busch holds off Logano to win at The Brickyard
Denies Roger Penske another Indy win Kyle Busch held off Joey Logano through three late race restarts to win his 4th NASCAR Sprint Cup race in the last 5 at the Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. Kevin Harvick was third with Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-5. Busch came back from a serious injury in the Daytona 500 to make a late run at getting in The Chase by winning on every kind of race track. Busch and Toyota had never won at Indy.
NASCAR at the Brickyard If Toyota and Ford are to break the Chevrolet stranglehold on Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the two manufacturers took a positive step in that direction during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series time trials on Saturday. Underscoring the recent resurgence of Joe Gibbs Racing, Carl Edwards toured the 2.5-mile track in 49.056 seconds (183.464 mph) to put his No. 19 Toyota on the pole for Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at The Brickyard (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, IMS, SiriusXM), edging Joey Logano's Team Penske Ford (183.139 mph) by 0.087 seconds
For Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard In NASCAR's first practice session with the new high-drag rules package at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Denny Hamlin turned a 49.934-second lap to top opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for Sunday's Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. That time was the fastest through all three practice sessions Friday. Four-time winner Jimmie Johnson ended the session in second, clocking a speed of 181.796 mph
NASCAR Kyle Busch won for the third time in four races on Sunday, claiming the 5-hour ENERGY 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a race that ended under caution to give the track 12 winners in its last 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
New sponsor, on pole As Carl Edwards put it, "things just feel right." That was Edwards' take on the state of affairs at Joe Gibbs Racing, after he put his No. 19 Toyota on the pole for Sunday's 5-hour ENERGY 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
Glen Wood Turns 90 With Plenty of Spring in His Step
NASCAR Legend On Saturday, while Ryan Blaney and the SKF-branded Ford Fusion will be busy on track at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, folks around Stuart, Va., will gather to celebrate the 90th birthday of the team's founder, Glen Wood. Wood, a 2012 inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, is like a lot of people who grew up in the hard times of the Depression, but through hard work, accomplished great things in their adult lives.
by Stephen Cox I don't know Buddy Baker. I met him only once. We were introduced about ten years ago at Lingner Group Television Productions in downtown Indianapolis where I was filming an episode of Autoweek on Speedvision. Baker, a huge man who towered six inches over me, was there working on a NASCAR program. He graciously shook my hand and took the time to speak to me. He wasn't in a hurry. They say the measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do nothing for him. The last thing a NASCAR legend like Baker needed was help from a guy like me.
NASCAR Kyle Busch continued his hard charge toward the top 30 in points in search of a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berth, winning a thrilling Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. Busch, who won at Sonoma Raceway two weeks ago after missing the season's first 11 races with injuries sustained at Daytona International Speedway in the XFINITY Series opener, led a race-high 163 laps en route victory.
by Pete McCole Just days after a horrific crash that injured several fans at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR officials have said they are looking at several ideas to help prevent such an occurrence in the future, while at the same time addressing the concerns of driver and teams about the unsafe speeds that directly resulted in the crash. The no. 3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon was catapulted into the catchfence in the tri-oval just past the finish line as a pack of nearly 25 cars came to the checkered flag.
As scary wreck after flag rips down catchfence Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored a commanding victory in the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway by leading 96 of 161 laps in his No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet SS enroute to his 25th Cup career victory. It was his second win of the season, and vaulted him to second place in the point standings.
Kalitta, Beckman, Anderson, Stoffer Win at Norwalk
by Pete McCole 2012 NHRA Funny Car World Champion "Fast" Jack Beckman took down all three drivers in the powerhouse John Force Racing stable to collect his third Wally of the season and push him closer to the top of the points standings in Sunday's 51st annual Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also made their way into the Winner's Circle in Sunday's final eliminations.
Norwalk: Kalitta, Hagan, Enders-Stevens, Arana, Jr. tops
by Pete McCole NHRA Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan scored his third pole of the season with a record-breaking run in Saturday’s final qualifying sessions for Sunday’s 51st annual Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Doug Kalitta was the top qualifier in Top Fuel with a record-setting effort of his own, while Erica Enders-Stevens picked up her second straight no. 1 qualifier in the Pro Stock division. Hector Arana, Jr. topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle ladder for his second pole of the season.
by Pete McCole Amid a growing controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, NASCAR has announced today they are asking fans to stop displaying the Confederate flag at any of their sanctioned events. Joining NASCAR in their announcement were all 29 tracks that host an event on one of NASCAR’s three major touring series schedules as well as Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., which hosts an NHRA event later this month. NASCAR’s parent company, International Speedway Corporation, owns 13 of the facilities, including Route 66 Raceway and Daytona International Speedway, the site of this weekend’s Coke Zero 400.
by Brian Carroccio I had the pleasure of spending this past week at the picturesque Sonoma Raceway covering the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Taking advantage of the opportunity to take fresh rubber after a late caution, Kyle Busch stormed past leader Jimmie Johnson after the final restart then held off the charge from brother Kurt to score his 30th career Sprint Cup win. It was Busch’s first win since sustaining a broken leg at Daytona in February.
by Brian Carroccio Kyle Busch edged his brother Kurt by 0.532 seconds to win today's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. It was the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of 2015 for the driver of the #18 M&M's Crispy Toyota and fourth career win on a road course and first since sustaining a gruesome leg injury at Daytona in February. Clint Bowyer was third, his best finish of 2015. Defending series champion Kevin Harvick was fourth with Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano fifth.
NASCAR Sprint Cup AJ Allmendinger earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet on Saturday at Sonoma Raceway. Allmendinger, who posted a best speed of 96.310 mph, will lead the field for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350. Kurt Busch will also start on the front row tomorrow afternoon after finishing second (96.095 mph). Matt Kenseth's No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota rounded out the top three with a fastest lap of 96.001 mph.
On New partnership with Windows 10 and engagement DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10 CHEVROLET SS met with media and discussed the new partnership with Microsoft and Windows 10, his engagement to Amy Reimann during their trip to Germany, his relationship with Jeff Gordon, the new rules package for the upcoming race in Kentucky, road course racing, and more.
by Pete McCole After weeks of speculation, NASCAR today announced new aerodynamic changes to their rules package for the Sprint Cup Series for the July 11 race at Kentucky Speedway in an attempt to improve the quality of racing in the series. NASCAR's Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell announced the changes during a teleconference on Tuesday. Among the changes will be a lower spoiler and a smaller front splitter, which will have less overhang than the current aero package.
Rain shortened Quicken Loans 400 Starting 24th in a backup car, Kurt Busch fought his way to the front of the field through intermittent rain showers and won Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway when a deluge halted the race after 138 of a scheduled 200 laps.
by Brian Carroccio With a lap of 201.992 mph, Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet edged out reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick by 0.067 seconds to score his 18th career NSCS pole. Harvick was followed by Michigan native Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Ryan Blaney.
Motorsports Marketing must change to remain relevant
by Brian C. Mackey In recent years, the commercial "edge" for Motorsports Marketing, that has long been a trademark of the sport's effectiveness, has seemed to dull and become what others might phrase as "dated." The clues are abundant. Motor racing attendance is down. Television ratings are in general decline. Change, perhaps even radical change, has become a pivotal element in the reconfigured look at the strengths and benefits of motorsport marketing.
NASCAR Martin Truex Jr. won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 on Sunday at Pocono Raceway. It was Truex's first win since 2013 at Sonoma and came at one of his home tracks. Kevin Harvick finished second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch to round out the top five. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was aiming for his third straight win at Pocono, finished 11th. Sunday was the fourth consecutive race in which Truex led the most laps. The No. 78 Chevrolet also led nearly nine times more laps in Sunday's race than his previous 18 races at Pocono.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kurt Busch won his 19th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award on Friday at Pocono Raceway. The No. 47 Chevrolet turned a lap of 177.599 mph around the 2.5-mile course in 50.676 seconds. Carl Edwards finished second with a speed of 177.550 mph, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Gordon and Pocono first practice leader Kevin Harvick to round out the top five.
by Tim Wohlford Three weeks ago, INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker and Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles ordered a rules changes hours before qualifying for the 99th Indianapolis 500. Banning the qualification aero kits, the mandate required teams to qualify in race trim with limited horsepower. While debate broke out as to whether Miles and Walker made the right decision, let the record show: given recent history of flying Indy Cars, it was the only decision.
Leads Chevy 1-2-3-4 Jimmie Johnson only led 23 laps Sunday but it was the 23 most important laps as the master of the Monster Mile did it again, winning the FedEx 400 Sprint Car race in Dover, Delaware over Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson. Johnson took the lead from Harvick with 23 laps to go and then had to survive a green-white-checkered finish to clinch the win.
Hamlin wins pole in Toyota Only in NASCAR. FedEx driver Denny Hamlin rolled to the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400. Hamlin drove the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota to a fast lap of 160.121 mph on the 1-mile concrete oval. He'll start first in Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM).
by Pete McCole Carl Edwards rolled the dice and came up a winner as he stretched out his fuel just enough to cover the 600-mile distance to snap a 31-race winless streak and collect his first victory of the season in Sunday night’s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards ran the final 60 laps on a single tank of fuel and beat out his former teammate Greg Biffle to score his first-career Charlotte victory and his first driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. It was also the 300th NASCAR victory for Toyota. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. came home third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex, Jr.
World War II Hero and NASCAR Legend On Monday, Memorial Day, as people across America pause to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, a truly outstanding member of the Greatest Generation celebrates a milestone birthday. Walter "Bud" Moore, World War II hero and NASCAR legend, turns 90 years old on Monday. Moore, a life-long resident of Spartanburg, S.C., is like many a member of America’s Greatest Generation.
by Pete McCole Austin Dillon raced to his second NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the season on Saturday with a victory in the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dillon rallied back after falling out of the lead on the final restart, getting past Denny Hamlin with a three-wide pass with 15 laps to go and leaving the field in his dust – taking the checkered flag by nearly 2.7 seconds over Hamlin.
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth collected his second pole of the season in Thursday night's qualifying session for Sunday’s 56th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kenseth wheeled his no. 20 Toyota to a top lap of 27.799 second (194.252 mph) in the third and final round, bumping his teammate Carl Edwards who briefly held the top spot.
Panthers Linebacker Goes For Ride Along With Junior
by Pete McCole Dale Earnhardt, Jr. takes a lot of ribbing from his friends whenever his beloved Washington Redskins get a beatdown at the hands of the hometown Carolina Panthers. On Tuesday afternoon, Earnhardt, Jr. got a chance to do a little ribbing himself, when Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis strapped into a two-seater no. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet for a full-tile ride along on the high banks of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
by Pete McCole Denny Hamlin took advantage of a fast final pit stop to race to a million dollar payday and his first career victory in the Sprint All Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Hamlin restarted at the head of the field for the final segment and led all 10 laps, holding off a strong challenge from Kevin Harvick to earn Joe Gibbs Racing their first all-star victory and put Toyota in Victory Lane for the first time in the event.
by Pete McCole Kasey Kahne collected his fifth-career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win on a thrilling finish over rookie Erik Jones in Friday night’s NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kahne and Jones battled side by side over the final laps of a green-white-checkered overtime finish before coming to the line in a near photo finish that was the second-closest finish in series history.
Biffle Dominates Sprint Showdown; Races into All-Star
by Pete McCole Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer raced their way into the field for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All Star race after picking up victories in Friday’s night’s Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Biffle won the opening 20-lap segment in a runaway to advance into the field, while Bowyer fought his way to the front with a thrilling three-wide pass to win the second segment to race his way into the All Star Race for the second straight year.
by Pete McCole After nearly three months on the sidelines, Kyle Busch says he was happy to finally "get a taste" of being back at the race track and getting back in the saddle in his first race since the start of the 2015 Sprint Cup season. As if to show that he hasn't missed a beat after missing the first 11 races, Busch's no 18 Toyota Camry was the fastest in the opening practice session for Saturday night's 30th running of the NASCAR Sprint All Star race.
Returning for Charlotte's All-Star race THE MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to today's teleconference. We are joined by Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M Red Nose Day Toyota. Kyle will return to on-track activity Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kyle, welcome back. First off, how are you feeling and how excited are you to be back in the car for this weekend's All-Star Race?
Chevy in 1-2-3-4 sweep Jimmie Johnson won a rain-delayed SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway that started on Saturday night but ended early Sunday morning. Staying out on older tires for a restart with six laps to go, Johnson held off a challenge from reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick. The six-time series champion led just 10 laps in the race.
Penske Ford driver Joey Logano won the Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award on Friday for Saturday's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway. This is the Team Penske driver's fourth pole award of 2015 and his first at the 1.5-mile track. The 2014 Daytona 500 winner won the fall race at Kansas last season. Lining up second to Logano on the front row on Saturday will be Kasey Kahne.
by Brian Carroccio Look, I really don't care who drives the pace car at an automobile race. Granted, I get the whole to-do about having a celebrity like Donald Trump or Morgan Freeman being part of your event. But at the end of the day I doubt anyone ever bought a ticket to see Trump, Freeman, or the Easter Bunny - granted, that would be something - drive the pace car. That said, I find the selection of Jeff Gordon to drive the pace car for this year's Indianapolis 500 puzzling on numerous levels. Not that I have any problem with Gordon, who is of course retiring from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at the end of this season, and boasts a resume worthy of our celebration. Still, wouldn't the Brickyard weekend be more appropriate for said adulation?
by Pete McCole Dale Earnhardt, Jr. raced to his first Talladega victory since 2004 and punched his ticket into the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in a commanding performance in Sunday's Geico 500. Earnhardt, Jr. led the final 27 laps and held off his teammate Jimmie Johnson for his first win of the season and 24th of his career. Paul Menard was third, followed by rookie Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex, Jr.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano won his third Xfinity Series race of the season in a thrilling last-lap four-way battle to the finish in Saturday's Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. Logano took advantage of a final push by Elliott Sadler to stay ahead of the pack coming into the final turn and then held off a last-turn charge by Chris Buescher with a huge block on the high side to take home 24th-career series victory.
Hendrick engines power 4 of top 5 Jeff Gordon surged to the 80th Coors Light Pole Award of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career in Saturday afternoon qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway. Gordon, in his final full season driving the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet, notched a fast lap of 194.793 mph on the 2.66-mile track. The Coors Light Pole Award was also Gordon's third of the season and fourth at Talladega.
by Dave Grayson Okay, we had to wait quite a while, from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, to take in the anticipated action at the quarter mile, paper clip shaped, short track at Richmond. However, overall, it turned out to be worth the wait. Here's a few random observations regarding Sunday's Toyota Owner's 400 at the Richmond International Raceway.
by Pete McCole Kurt Busch put on a dominating performance to win Sunday’s rain-delayed Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, snapping a 35-race winless streak and earning himself a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Busch led 291 laps of the 400-lap distance, beating out his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick to collect his 26th-career Sprint Cup victory and his first since March 2014 at Martinsville.
Piloting his No. 22 Team Penske Ford After piloting his No. 22 Team Penske Ford at 127.071 mph around Richmond International Raceway, Joey Logano won his third Sprint Cup Coors Light Pole Award of the season. Logano is the defending winner of last year's spring race at the Virginia track, while teammate Brad Keselowski (who qualified seventh tonight) completed the Team Penske sweep last season with his fall win at the track. Denny Hamlin continued to show speed, as his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota whirled around the short track at 126.796 mph, which qualified him second.
by Stephen Cox I have good news and bad news. The good news is that a short track series is advertising free admission at their upcoming season opener. The bad news is, of course, that a short track series is advertising free admission at their upcoming season opener. By all means, please go to the Super Cup Stock Car Series race at CNB Bank Raceway on May 2nd in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
by Pete McCole Polesitter Matt Kenseth weathered the storm to win Sunday’s night’s wild Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, snapping a 51-race winless drought for his first victory of the season. Kenseth took over the lead with 22 laps to go and held off a resurging Jimmie Johnson on a final green-white-checkered shootout to take the checkered flag more than nine hours after the race started.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano ran away with the win in Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading wire to wire for his second series victory of the season. Logano started on the outside pole and powered past pole sitter Erik Jones on the opening lap and held the lead for the entire 300 lap distance, beating out rookie Daniel Suarez by just over a second to become the first driver to lead every lap in an Xfinity Series race since Kyle Busch led all 250 laps at Richmond last September.
NASCAR Sprint cup Matt Kenseth took the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer. Kenseth used a speed of 128.632 mph in the last of the three rounds of group qualifying to secure his first pole of the 2015 season, second pole at Bristol Motor Speedway and the 14th of his career.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch remembers every moment about the crash back in February that has kept him on the sidelines since the start of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and now after two months turning laps in a wheelchair, he says itching to get back to racing. For the first time since the crash, Busch met with the media during a press conference at the Joe Gibbs Racing shop in Huntersville, NC.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was the strongest it had been all night when it counted the most - at the end of Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. It was a battle between defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick and six-time champion Johnson for much of the season's first night race.
Kevin Harvick to start 2nd Kurt Busch took home the Coors Light Pole Award at Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX). Busch's speed of 193.847 mph in the final round of qualifying led him to the pole position for the first night race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The pole was the second of the season for Busch and the 18th of his career. Joining Busch on the front row, will be his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick.
by Brian Carroccio The world's first all-electric racing series debuting on the historic streets of Long Beach, highlighted an otherwise empty slate of major circuit racing during this past Easter weekend. Today, we'll look at the Long Beach ePrix, and a host of other subjects making news in the world of motorsports starting with the world of Formula One.
Talks about his mysterious illness Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to today's NASCAR teleconference. We are joined by Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kyle, to start off, how are you feeling, and can you talk a little bit about what's going on the past few days? KYLE LARSON: Yeah, I feel great right now, and I felt perfectly fine shortly after I fainted the other day. But yeah, I just had to get a lot of tests run on me to make sure nothing serious was wrong with me, and all the tests came back negative. Yeah, the whole time I felt fine, and hated it that I couldn't race this weekend in the Target Chevy, but Regan did a really good job, and just got to thank all the doctors and nurses for how thorough they were with me.
Hamlin wins in emotional week for JGR Denny Hamlin drove the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 glued to the bottom line in the final laps, holding off a late charge by Brad Keselowski in Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. It's the Virginia native's fifth win at his home track and came after an emotional week for the JGR team as it was announced team president J.D. Gibbs is being treated for a condition affecting his brain function.
His first at the paperclip track For last year's spring race at Martinsville Speedway, Joey Logano set a track record during qualifying but didn't win the pole. On Friday at the paper-clip-shaped track, Logano reversed the outcome. Though he failed to match his record of 100.201 mph, he saved his best lap for the final round of knockout qualifying in claiming the top starting spot for Sunday's STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).
by Pete McCole NASCAR Sprint Cup star Joey Logano got a try out a slightly different ride than what he's used to on a typical NASCAR weekend when he got a chance to swap rides with NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon for a run down the quarter-mile at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C. on Wednesday.
by Brian Carroccio Team Penske's Brad Keselowski charged to the lead on the final lap after the second green-white checker to win today's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. It was Keselowski's 17th career Sprint Cup victory and first of the season. Series points leader Kevin Harvick was second, his fifth first or second place finish in 2015, and eighth consecutive.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kurt Busch placed his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS on the pole position for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, round five of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. A fast lap of 38.889 seconds (185.124 mph) earned Busch his first pole of 2015 and 17th of his career. This is his fourth pole in 22 races at the 2.0-mile facility for Busch, a track record. Busch’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS) set the second fastest lap of the qualifying session, giving Team Chevy a sweep of the front row for the second time in 2015.
by Dave Grayson It's easily assumed that Kevin Harvick, and his Stewart-Haas team, are extremely happy and secure with their status regarding NASCAR's 2015 Chase For The Sprint Cup Championship and their quest for a repeat title. That fact was clearly evident following the team's completely dominant performance during the Camping World Dot Com 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway. Here's the stats that made "Happy" Harvick very happy.
CampingWorld.com 500 Kevin Harvick dominated the CampingWorld.com 500 in his No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS by leading 224 of the 312-laps en route to his fourth straight victory at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). The win extends the reigning champion’s top two finishing streak to seven, making him the first driver to achieve that feat since Richard Petty in 1975.
Wins CampingWorld.com 500 Kevin Harvick's win streak stayed red-hot Sunday, when he scored a dominating victory in the CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick has won four of the last seven races he's run dating back to last year, and he's finished second in the other three. The 2014 champ led 225 of 312 laps to win over Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Kevin Harvick remained the hottest driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit Friday evening in Phoenix by winning the Coors Light Pole at Phoenix in his Chevy ahead of Joey Logano's Penske Ford and Jamie McMurray's Ganassi Chevy. Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman rounded out the top-5.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick was the fastest among the 13 teams who participated in a two-day testing session at Charlotte Motor Speedway that wrapped up on Wednesday and gave teams the chance to shake down the new 2015 Sprint Cup rules package ahead the Sprint All Star race and Coca-Cola 600 that will be held here in May. Harvick, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion, turned in a lap of 190.718 mph in the no. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet while Aric Almirola was second fastest with a lap 190.228 mph driving the no. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports.
by Pete McCole NASCAR announced on Wednesday that they have lifted the suspension of driver Kurt Busch and granted him a waiver that will make him eligible to make the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, allowing Busch to return as driver of the no. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet immediately. Busch, who has missed the first three races of the season after begin suspended on Feb. 20, will return to the racetrack for this weekend's Sprint Cup event at Phoenix International Raceway.
by Stephen Cox Brian Vickers is back. Again. After being forced out of NASCAR racing for the third time with a major medical issue, Vickers has returned to Michael Waltrip Racing after a successful heart surgery. I remember Brian well from his days in the Hooters ProCup Stock Car Series, where I was SPEED's pit reporter for nine years. We all knew he would make it to Cup. Not only was he talented, but even more importantly, he was well funded. I hope his latest comeback is successful. He was personable, spoke well on camera and left behind many friends in the ProCup series.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Tired of finishing second in every race to start 2015, reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick picked up his first win of the season in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver led 142 of 267 laps to take home his first victory in 15 career attempts at the 1.5-mile speedway on the first leg of the three-race #NASCARGoesWest trip.
by Dave Grayson Sometimes watching NASCAR racing is a case of we, the fans, having to be patient. Just because one driver and car is dominating an event doesn't necessarily guarantee the final outcome. Let's face it, the sport of NASCAR is often filled with last minute surprises. It often fortifies that famous comment from baseball legend Yogi Berra who said: "it ain't over till it's over." Such was the case of Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Driver Austin Dillon just literally ran away with this event after leading 183, of the scheduled 200, laps during the Boyd Gaming 300.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Jeff Gordon propelled his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet around Las Vegas Motor Speedway at a record-setting 194.679 mph to earn his 79th career Coors Light Pole award during Friday's qualifying session for the Kobalt 400. This marks Gordon's first pole award at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Atlanta pole-sitter Joey Logano will line up his No. 22 Team Penske Ford next to Gordon on Sunday, recording a high speed of 194.315 mph during the final session. A trio of Chevrolets rounded out the top five: Hendrick Motorsports' Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr., followed by Chip Ganassi Racing's Kyle Larson.
by Brian Carroccio Was it just me, or did anyone else find it ironic that the loudest complaints about the rules came from those unable to follow them? I speak, of course, about the rather bizarre qualifying session this past Friday for the Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, in which 13 of 47 would-be qualifiers were unable to get through inspection in time to make a first round qualifying attempt. Thus, those 13 drivers were eliminated from qualifying. Amongst those who failed to make it through inspection were star drivers Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart. And why were these drivers and others unable to get through inspection?
by Pete McCole Jimmie Johnson picked up his first win of the season and virtually locked himself into the Chase for the Sprint Cup field with a commanding performance in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson held off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on a final restart with 14 laps to go and then bested Kevin Harvick by nearly two seconds to collect his 71st-career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. Earnhardt, Jr. was third, followed
by Pete McCole Matt Crafton proved to be unbeatable in Saturday night's Hyundai 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading 84 of the final 85 laps to win his sixth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. Crafton, the defending two-time series champion, beat out Ty Dillon by over nine seconds, while polesitter Ben Kennedy rallied late to finish third. Rookie Daniel Suarez and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick scored his 45th-career Xfinity Series victory with a dominating performance in Saturday’s Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harvick led 101 of the 163 laps and won the battle off pit road during the final round of pit stops to take the lead with 25 laps to go. Harvick then held off Joey Logano over the final laps to collect his third straight Atlanta Xfinity Series victory. Ty Dillon finished third, followed by Chris Buescher and Chase Elliott.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano's week just keeps getting better as the defending Daytona 500 winner took the pole for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway after topping Friday night's chaotic qualifying session that saw only 34 cars take to the track to post a qualifying time. Logano's lap of 22.447 seconds (194.683 mph) in the no. 22 Ford was enough to knock Kevin Harvick off the top spot for his ninth-career Coors Light Pole Award.
by Pete McCole Team Penske's Joey Logano captured his first career Daytona 500 victory on Sunday, holding off a surging Kevin Harvick in a final three-lap, green-white-checkered finish to bring home a second Daytona 500 trophy for team owner Roger Penske. Logano was well out in front of the pack when a crash on the backstretch brought out the final yellow flag on the white flag lap, freezing the field to give Logano the victory.
by Pete McCole Ryan Reed survived a wild, wreck-filled race and topped a final five-lap dash to the finish to win his first career NASCAR victory in Saturday’s season-opening Alert Today Florida 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Reed passed Brad Keselowski in the final turn of the last lap and held off his teammate Chris Buescher to take the checkered flag, earning Roush Fenway Racing their first ever Daytona victory.
Brian Carroccio & Pete McCole AR1 Head-to-Head is back. Today, NASCAR Correspondent Pete McCole and columnist Brian Carroccio go at it ahead of Sunday's 57th installment of the Great American Race. What teams and drivers have the advantage heading into Sunday's race? Who might pull off a surprise victory? What do they think of last weekend's goofy qualifying procedure? When will see the 'Big One'? Brian and Pete have the answers to these questions and more.
by Brian Carroccio The 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season kicked off this evening at Daytona International Speedway with Tyler Reddick taking victory the NextEra Energy Resources 250 tonight at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first career win for the driver of the #19 Draw Tite Brad Keselowski Racing Ford. Kyle Busch Motorsports' Erik Jones made a daring last lap outside pass coming to the tri-oval to finish second 0.174 seconds behind Reddick.
by Pete McCole NASCAR announced Friday afternoon that they have “indefinitely” suspended Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch amid allegations of a domestic altercation with his former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll at Dover International Raceway last September. The decision comes just hours after a Delaware court released its findings concerning an order of protection that was granted on Monday by Kent County family court commissioner David Jones.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Jimmie Johnson used the power of the Hendrick Motorsports Chevy engines, just as Dale Earnhardt Jr. did in Duel 1 by easily holding off all challengers to win the 2nd Budweiser Duel race at Daytona Thursday night ahead of Kyle Busch who had nothing for him with his Toyota. Greg Biffle finished 3rd ahead of Carl Edwards, now driving a Joe Gibbs Toyota. Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-5.
by Brian Carroccio Dale Earnhardt, Jr. came from the 25th and last starting position to win Duel 1 of the Budweiser Duel at Daytona. The win was Earnhardt's 15th fourth career Budweiser Duel win and 15th overall at Daytona International Speedway. The 2014 Daytona 500 winner will start Sunday's 57th running of the Great American Race third. Jeff Gordon, Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate and pole sitter Jeff Gordon came home second with Penske Racing's Joey Logano third. Tony Stewart was fourth, and Clint Bowyer fifth.
Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson For the third consecutive year, the Chevrolet SS will lead the field to the green flag for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. This year, Jeff Gordon put the bowtie in the top spot for the Great American Race with a lap of 44.711 seconds/201.293 mph. Gordon’s qualifying lap is the first time since 1987 that the pole sitter turned a lap over 200 mph. It is the 78th career pole and second Daytona 500 pole for the driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS.
by Brian Carroccio Jeff Gordon has won pole position for the 2015 Daytona 500. With a lap of 201.293 miles per hour, Gordon's #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet edged out teammate Jimmie Johnson by 0.035 seconds. Three Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camrys rounded out the top-5 with Denny Hamlin 3rd, Matt Kenseth 4th and Kyle Busch fifth. Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards made it a Gibbs/Hendrick sweep of the top-7 qualifying sixth and seventh respectively.
by Pete McCole Just three months after finishing his first winless season in four years, Matt Kenseth got his 2015 Sprint Cup season started off on the right foot with a win in the 37th annual Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night. With help from his new Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards, Kenseth grabbed the lead with 56 laps to go and survived a final four-lap shootout to hold off Martin Truex, Jr.
No longer a Ford driver After years of being a Ford driver in NASCAR, Carl Edwards now drives for the Joe Gibbs Toyota team. He met with the media at Daytona Thursday. How important is change to a driver? "I believe that change in itself is good because it puts a lot of pressure on you. I feel that right now and I'm actually nervous and I think that's good. That's a motivator and for me it's an opportunity right now. I'm way outside of my comfort zone and that's good. Hopefully it yields good results."
Ahead of Daytona 500 Dale Earnhardt Jr. met with media on Media Day at DIS. Q. What's your favorite Jeff Gordon memory? DALE EARNHARDT JR.: What's my favorite one? There's a lot. You know, we've raced each other a lot, and I remember how great it felt to me and him had a race, I think it was '99 at Michigan in the Nationwide Series when we used to run the Pepsi car a couple races that year. I was so excited that he was going to run some Nationwide races in now the XFINITY series.
Ahead of Daytona 500 Tony Stewart, met with members of the media at Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. Q. How many legitimate shots do you think you have to win the Daytona 500? TONY STEWART: I think two of them for sure, the year that Newman won and the year that I crashed and took Kurt out with me in that deal. Kurt and I were the two best cars in that race all day, and that's definitely one where I got a speeding penalty and had to go to the back and then had to free the car up to get through traffic, and then when I got to the front I was too loose. That was probably our best shot.
Ahead of Daytona 500 Kurt Busch, met with member of the media at Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. Q. Of 43 people, how many of those actually have a chance to win the Daytona 500 race? BUSCH: The Daytona 500? 43. It's a roulette wheel, it really is. Daytona, Talladega, it's unique teaching people that don't know a lot about NASCAR and how different Daytona and Talladega really are, and yet so much preparation goes into these cars. I mean, they're beautiful cars with the most man-hours put into them, and some teams are electing not even to run the Unlimited because they know they're going to destroy a car.
Ahead of Daytona 500 Do you feel the weight of attempting to win a Sprint Cup championship each season? "Not necessarily at the beginning of the year, but when it comes down towards the end of the year or you fall out of contention of being able to win a championship you just then know or realize or feel that a whole year or a whole 365 days is essentially wasted. It's frustrating in that respect that I haven't been able to win a championship yet - I certainly want one."
Ahead of Daytona 500 Austin Dillon met with media at Daytona. CAN TESTING TURN A TEAM'S PERFORMANCE AROUND, OR IS IT OVERRATED? "I think there is something to learn at all tests. You can definitely make gains. But it's one of those things where trial and error and finding something that works during a race probably means a little bit more." DO YOU ENJOY TESTING OR DO YOU FIND IT BORING? "I enjoy testing. I think sometimes we've over-tested at certain places but it is good to get out there and try different things in what you sometimes can't get done in practice."
Ahead of Daytona 500 AJ Allmendinger met with members of the media at Media Day at Daytona International Speedway and discussed his win at Watkins Glen, starting the season and other topics. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WITH THE NO TESTING? "My off season is almost always the same thing. Fortunately, I get to do the Rolex (24 Hour) every year, so most of my January is always preparing for that. We did get to go text at Las Vegas. We did the Goodyear tire test. I’ve sat around a little bit, but at the same point, the last 10 years have been the same thing really. Get ready at the Rolex, and since ’07 you start SpeedWeeks. The only difference now is you don’t have the Daytona testing once you are here. I keep busy enough."
Ahead of Daytona 500 Jamie McMurray met with members of the media at Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. HOW DO YOU CONSERVE FUEL? "I think everyone kind of has their own way of going about it. Since fuel injection has come along and you have some data you can try to do a better job at that and actually see how you are doing. When we go to a test they typically will put the miles per gallon or the laps per gallon on the dash. If you are making a 50 lap run you can try different techniques. I think each track itâ€™s maybe a little bit different at. For me normally what I do is try it three or four different ways, take notes and then when you go back for the race and you need to try to save gas then you kind of have a plan."
Ahead of Daytona 500 Jimmie Johnson met with members of the media at Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. Q. As you know, Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress have six championships together. Of course Dale and Richard Petty have seven together. Now you guys have six. Have you sat down and thought, wow, I've got six championships? Have you had the chance to sit down and think about how big that is?
by Pete McCole The NASCAR Hall Of Fame inducted their newest class of legendary drivers as the Class of 2015 were honored during a ceremony on Friday night at the Charlotte Convention Center. Among the inductees were NASCAR champions Bill Elliott, Rex White and the late Joe Weatherly, and drivers Fred Lorenzen and the late Wendell Scott. A 16-time winner of NASCAR'S "Most Popular Driver Award", 1988 Sprint Cup Champion Bill Elliott was elected into the Hall of Fame in his first year as the finalist.
by Pete McCole The 33rd annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom drew to a close on Thursday, concluding four days of media and social events feature the top teams and driver of NASCAR as they prepare for the upcoming 2015 Sprint Cup season. Leading off the final day was Furniture Row Racing, who made the trip from their Denver, Colo. based headquarters to the Charlotte Convention Center, joined by their current driver, Martin Truex, Jr.
by Pete McCole Chase Elliott will move up the Sprint Cup Series in 2016 to replace Jeff Gordon as driver of the no. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports announced today. Elliott, the 2014 XFINITY Series champion and the son of 1988 Sprint Cup Champion Bill Elliott, will slide into the seat vacated by the four-time series champion, joined by Gordon's current crew chief, Alan Gustafson. Elliott will also drive in five Sprint Cup races this season in a fifth car prepared by Hendrick Motorsports, making his debut at the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29.
by Pete McCole The 33rd annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom rolled on with day three of the four-day event, which included visits from Roush-Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Wood Brothers Racing and Team Penske. The morning session was led off by Roush Fenway Racing, which enters into the 2015 season with its youngest lineup ever, with rookie driver and Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne joining third-year driver Rick Stenhouse, Jr. and veteran driver Greg Biffle.
by Pete McCole The Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom continued on Tuesday with day two of the annual four day gathering bringing the media together with the stars and race teams of NASCAR. On the slate for the second day were Michael Waltrip Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing & HScott Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing along with presentations from NBC Sports and Ford. Michael Waltrip Racing led things off in the morning session with team co-owners Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman, along with drivers Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer.
by Pete McCole Monday morning marked the opening day of the 33rd annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom at the Charlotte Convention Center - a yearly event bringing together motorsports journalists from across the country to meet the teams and star drivers of NASCAR as they prepare to for the start of the 2015 NASCAR season and the season-opening events at Daytona Speedweeks just a month away.
by Pete McCole NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France addressed the media on Monday as the lead off event to the 33rd annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour to lay out his annual "State of the Sport" address, and the biggest change France announced - was no change at all. In a departure from previous years addresses, where most of the major changes in the sport have been announced, France said everything is status quo for the 2015 season, including no changes to the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format or any radical schedule changes on any of the sports three major touring series.
by Pete McCole After 23 seasons, 92 wins and four championships, Jeff Gordon has decided to call it a career. And what a career is has been. Gordon, at 43 years of age and the current active leader in victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, announced Thursday that he will retire from full-time competition following the 2015 Sprint Cup season. Gordon informed his team during a meeting at the shops of Hendrick Motorsports, where Gordon has spent his entire 23-year Sprint Cup career.
On Gordon's retirement from fulltime driving We are joined by Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta/3M Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Gordon, a four time premier series champion has won 92 races and is third on the all time wins list. We're also joined by Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Mr. Hendrick has a record 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championships, including four with Jeff.
Wendell Scott: Legend, Trailblazer and Hall of Famer
Scott's Legacy a Story of Perseverance, Excellence During a 13-year premier series career, Wendell Scott likely never considered he was making NASCAR history. The Virginian's sole concern was getting to the next race on a miniscule budget. Scott wasn't the only driver to struggle financially. The odds of making a good living racing stock cars were long in the 1960s and early 1970s when purses were small, large sponsors unheard of and manufacturer support came and went with the turning of the calendar's pages.
Nominated for NASCAR HOF Fred Lorenzen's NASCAR career was brief, just 158 premier series starts over slightly more than a decade. The Elmhurst, Illinois, native never ran a complete season, his Holman-Moody Ford team choosing only to compete in the schedule's most prestigious events. But when Lorenzen did buckle into his white, No. 28 Ford, it could be argued the rest of the field was running for second place. He was the "Golden Boy."
by Brian Carroccio It's not entirely a wasteland. There was that 50-minute Formula E race from Buenos Aires, Argentina last Saturday. If you so happen to be in or around Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend or get MAVTV (I'm not entirely sure which is more likely), you can watch the world's most prominent indoor midget race, with the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. And of course, next weekend there will be what has become the unofficial start of the racing season in recent years, The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
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by Brian C. Mackey It happened last week. Alabama vs. Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. In my mind, this game will go down as one of the epics, one of the transformational games of the past several years. And I'm not talking about the Ohio State upset. Many may not have noticed, and those that did, may not have understood the significance of what transpired during the game. But if we're looking for creative ways to benefit from a commercial sponsorship, look no further.
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