July 10, 2015 |
LET'S GIVE NASCAR an "attaboy!" for attempting to improve its racing. Sprint Cup teams were at Kentucky Speedway yesterday for the first of two practice days to test a new aero package designed to give the drivers more control of their cars and hopefully create more passing on the racetrack. Unfortunately, rain postponed practice until today. Drivers and crew chiefs want to see how the cars react with a full field on the track, where they'll race Saturday night. Before arriving in Kentucky, Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 19 Toyota, said: "I applaud NASCAR for making this change, for trying something.
October 17, 2014 |
IS THE POSTRACE craziness at Charlotte over yet? "Bad" Brad Keselowski slams his car into Matt Kenseth's after Saturday night's race . . . Keselowski tries to spin Denny Hamlin's car . . . Tony Stewart backs his car into Keselowski's . . . the mild-mannered Kenseth jumps Keselowski where the team haulers are parked. There were so many incidents, maybe I missed one. Afterward, Hamlin said Keselowski "is acting like a dumb ass instead of a champion. " The outbursts attracted attention from many media outlets that normally ignore NASCAR.
March 28, 2014 |
FIVE RACES into the new NASCAR Sprint Cup season and, to use a popular term, here's what is trending: For openers, there are five different race winners: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. That's good for the series. Last year, five different drivers also won the first five races: Jimmie Johnson, Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch. In the 10-year history of the Chase, there have not been six different winners beginning a season.
September 13, 2013
WITH the turmoil of the Richmond race presumably in our rearview mirrors, it's time to focus on the 10th Chase that begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. This Chase features major turnover: Five drivers weren't in last year's Chase: Kyle and Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman. They replace champion Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. Keselowski's missing the Chase will make many question whether he's a 1-year wonder as a champion.
June 20, 2013 |
GREG BIFFLE picked the perfect time to win his first Sprint Cup race of the year. Biffle's first-place finish Sunday at Michigan was Ford's 1,000th victory in NASCAR's top three series. "It's really exciting to see all that racing heritage, and to be able to be a part of that with the 1,000th win," said Biffle, a former Nationwide and trucks series champion. "I think I contributed over 50 of those, which is a small number compared to 1,000, but I'm still sure excited to be the number 1,000.
June 13, 2013
Quicken Loans 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Mich. When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 2-mile oval Distance: 200 laps/400 miles Forecast: isolated thunderstorms, high 70s Last year's winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Last year's pole: Marcos Ambrose Track qualifying record: Ambrose, 203.241 mph (June 2012) Track facts: Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 95 laps, including the last 30, in winning last year's race.
May 31, 2013
At Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del. Schedule: Friday, practice (TV: Speed, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), qualifying (TV: Speed, 3-4:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (TV: Speed, 10-11 a.m., 1-2 p.m.), Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (TV: Fox29, 12:30-4:30 p.m.). Track: Oval, 1 mile. Race distance: 400 miles, 400 laps. Last year: Jimmie Johnson raced to his seventh Dover victory, matching Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for the track record. Johnson led on 289 of the 400 laps.
May 16, 2013
THIS WEEK'S RACE NASCAR Sprint Showdown and All-Star Race Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, N.C. When: Saturday, 7 p.m. TV/Radio: Speed/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1.5-mile oval Race distance: For the All-Star race: four 20-lap segments, followed by a mandatory four-tire pit stop and a 10-lap segment. Race forecast: scattered thunderstorms, high 70s Last year's winner: Jimmie Johnson Track facts: The All-Star race winner will collect more than $1 million . . . Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Sr. are three-time All-Star winners . . . Mark Martin has the most All-Star race starts (24)
May 6, 2013 |
TALLADEGA, Ala. - David Ragan used a sweeping last-lap pass in overtime to pull a huge upset victory Sunday in the Aaron's 499. He got a push from teammate David Gilliland to slide past Carl Edwards to the front and he and Gilliland held on for a 1-2 finish for Front Row Motorsports. It came at the end of a race that took seven hours after rain stopped it for 31/2 hours midway through the event. With darkness quickly closing in, contact between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and J.J. Yeley triggered a frightening crash that sent Kurt Busch's car airborne and on top of Ryan Newman's car. NASCAR sent the race into overtime for one attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, and the two Front Row drivers teamed up to steal the win. IndyCar SAO PAULO - Canadian James Hinchcliffe made a last-ditch move on Takuma Sato, going past the Japanese driver on the inside of the last bend to win IndyCar's Sao Paulo 300. Despite losing the race, Sato leaves Brazil with the lead in the drivers' standings.