June 7, 2016 |
The Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway was postponed Sunday until Monday at noon. After rain delayed the start for about an hour, the NASCAR Sprint Cup race was pushed back a day. There is no chance of rain at Pocono Raceway on Monday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., according to Weather.com. Brad Keselowski won pole position during Friday's qualifying rounds. In seven of the last nine times he has won the pole, he finished fourth or better, including two wins. Keselowski already has qualified for the Chase for the Cup by winning two of the first 13 races this year.
June 6, 2016 |
LONG POND, Pa. - The first time Brad Keselowski arrived at Pocono Raceway as a driver, in 2010, the track's condition was not much different from what it was when he visited in the early 1990s. But in the last five years, Keselowski said, the track has significantly improved. It was repaved, barriers were made safer, and the entrance wall to pit road was extended. "My opinion has changed dramatically," Keselowski said. ". . . It's seen a lot of upgrades that make me feel better about coming here specific to the Safer barriers and things of that nature.
May 13, 2016 |
THIS WEEK'S RACE AAA Drive for Autism 400 Dover International Speedway Dover, Del. When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1-mile oval Distance: 400 laps Forecast: partly cloudy, lower 60s Last year's winner: Jimmie Johnson Last year's pole: Matt Kenseth (determined by points standings because of inclement weather) Track qualifying record: Brad Keselowski, 164.444 mph (June 2014) Track facts: Dover also is hosting a Camping World Trucks Series race Friday at 5:30 p.m., and an Xfinity race Saturday at 2 p.m. . . . SAFER barriers have been installed on Dover's backstretch leading into Turn 3 . . . Kevin Harvick gained his first Dover Cup series win in 30 starts last fall.
October 9, 2015 |
ONE WEEK, it's restarts. Another week, it's an angry driver shoving a racing rival. This week, it's burnouts. There's always some drama in NASCAR, particularly at Chase time. Kevin Harvick's celebratory smokescreen burnout after he dominated at Dover International Speedway last Sunday has aroused suspicions that he purposely made contact with the interior wall and blew out his tires to make the postrace job of NASCAR inspectors more difficult. Predictably, Harvick's reaction to such criticism was "Who, me?"
September 18, 2015 |
ANOTHER SEPTEMBER, another Chase. The 10-race format is designed to maintain interest in NASCAR while the NFL and college football seasons and baseball playoffs are heating up. For openers, the first Chase race dives into the Chicago market Sunday, where it will compete for attention with the revived Cubs and the always popular Bears. Then the Chase caravan moves on to New Hampshire and Dover, Del. The final Chase race again will be in Homestead, Fla., on Nov. 22. As usual, there are strong contenders from the heavyweight-class teams: Joe Gibbs Racing has four teams in the Chase, Hendrick Motorsports qualified three, and Penske Racing has two. There are also first-time Chasers Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard.
May 1, 2015 |
THE RIGHT crew chief at the right time. That's the Tony Gibson-Kurt Busch pairing. Although he's only 50, Gibson is one of the few remaining old-school crew chiefs in NASCAR. He has been crew chief for Danica Patrick, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Michael Waltrip and Bill Elliott. Gibson's NASCAR career goes all the way back to 1992 when he was car chief and mechanic for the late Alan Kulwicki, the '92 Cup series champion. With three races remaining last season, Gibson moved from Patrick's team to Busch's.
March 27, 2015
KEVIN HARVICK'S nickname is "The Closer" for his ability to seize leads near the end of races and win. Brad Keselowski could be "Closer II" (or maybe "Kloser II") following his victory Sunday in California. The California race report will read Keselowski led only the final lap. Actually, he paced only a little more than half the final lap, but all anyone cares about is which driver takes the checkered flag. A win is a win. Until Keselowski surged to the front, it appeared the winner would be either Kurt Busch or Kevin Harvick.
November 14, 2014 |
AFTER ALL the racing, crashing and fighting, the Chase's final four are pumping their gas pedals, ready to roll. Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick are the only drivers eligible to win the championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. None has won a Sprint Cup series title. The champion doesn't have to win the Homestead race: He just has to be the highest finisher among the final four. As we pointed out 2 weeks ago, the champion could be Newman, who is winless this year and has led 17 only laps in the Chase (see accompanying box)
November 6, 2014
WATCHING the postrace "festivities" after Sunday's Texas race, I thought a hockey-style bench-clearing brawl had erupted. I kept expecting to see Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly. As soon as Jeff Gordon parked his race car next to Brad Keselowski's car, I expected some action. When Gordon confronted Keselowski with edgy crew members and others in the vicinity, I was convinced something would happen. It did. After Gordon confronted Keselowski, the brawl began. Serious punches were thrown with the two drivers suffering facial cuts.
October 31, 2014 |
NASCAR's 2014 champion could be a driver who hasn't won a race this year. He's a driver with just four top-five finishes all year. Fortunately for Ryan Newman, two of those top fives have been the last two Chase races, leaving him second in points. Talk about a lucky dog . . . (A lucky dog, or in NASCAR-speak, a "beneficiary," is the first car a lap down when the caution flag waves that receives one of its laps back.) Newman was the last driver into the Chase, seeded 16th, as in last.