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)
September 26, 2014 |
ROBIN PEMBERTON has been NASCAR's vice president of competition and racing development for 10 years. It's a stressful job that includes handling complaints and disciplining drivers and race teams. Prior to moving into his VP position, Pemberton was a Cup series crew chief for Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and Kyle Petty. So Pemberton always will be empathetic toward crew chiefs for the stress they endure, particularly during the Chase. Prior to races crew chiefs probably make hundreds of decisions regarding their teams.
June 8, 2014 |
LONG POND, Pa. - This is the threat Jimmie Johnson poses to his Sprint Cup rivals: "[He's] good enough to win the championship, year in and year out," Carl Edwards said yesterday, before qualifying for tomorrow's Pocono 400. "They're basically the only team that's able to do that. Performance-wise, it's the model of how all of us would like to perform. When Johnson, a six-time Cup champion, went winless in the season's first 11 races, whispers began: If he doesn't win soon he might not even make the Chase.
July 12, 2013
Camping World RV Sales 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1.058-mile oval Distance: 301 laps/318.458 miles Forecast: partly cloudy, low 80s Last year's winner: Kasey Kahne Last year's pole: Kyle Busch, 133.417 mph Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman, 135.232 mph (July 2011) Track facts: NASCAR declined to penalize any of the 31 drivers whose cars failed inspection last week at Daytona.
June 10, 2013 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Jimmie Johnson absolutely dominated Sunday at Pocono Raceway for his third victory of the season. The Sprint Cup points leader, Johnson pulled away on both of the last two restarts over the final 10 laps of the Party in the Poconos 400 to pull into Victory Lane at Pocono for the first time since 2004. Johnson also won the Daytona 500 as well as the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville this season. He led for 128 of 160 laps for his 63d career Cup victory, and was never seriously challenged.
June 7, 2013 |
LONG POND, Pa. - It's go time for Denny Hamlin. With 13 races remaining before NASCAR's Chase for the Championship begins, Hamlin is 26th in points. After recuperating from a compression fracture in a lower vertebrae sustained in a race crash March 24 at California, Hamlin has had two top-five finishes. At Dover last Sunday, after qualifying fastest and leading 41 laps, he crashed late in the race when the right front tire on his No. 11 Toyota shredded; he finished 34th. Hamlin's only hope is to win races and gain a wild-card berth in the Chase.
June 2, 2013 |
DOVER, Del. - Denny Hamlin has tried to learn to love Dover. He just can't. Not yet, at least. Maybe Hamlin has to learn to win at Dover before he can truly embrace the mile concrete oval. Hamlin has been tormented for years by the track and voiced his disdain for Dover as finishes in the 30s or worse piled up. Hamlin also knows he can't focus on the past disappointments. He has to conquer his Dover demons and try to win there if he wants to keep alive his long-shot bid to make the Chase.
June 1, 2013 |
DOVER, Del. - The track was so hot at Friday's qualifying session for the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway that some crews placed bags of ice on the rims of their cars to cool them down. Nearby, Danica Patrick tried to cool down questions about her wreck involving her boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse, on Sunday at Charlotte. Patrick admitted Friday that she was upset with Stenhouse at the time, but she said Wednesday that the couple was fine and had moved on. Still, she endured many of the same questions at Dover, some of them bordering on personal.
April 25, 2013
THIS WEEK'S RACE Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway Richmond, Va. When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. TV/Radio: FOX29/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: Three-quarter-mile, D-shaped oval Distance: 400 laps/300 miles Forecast: partly cloudy, high 60s Last year's winner: Kyle Busch Last year's pole: Mark Martin, 128.327 mph Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers, 129.983 mph (May 2004) Track facts: Kyle Busch led 32 laps, including the last 13, to win last year's race.
April 18, 2013
THIS WEEK'S RACE STP 400 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kan. When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1.5-mile oval Distance: 267 laps/400 miles Forecast: cloudy, low 60s Last year's winner: Denny Hamlin Last year's pole: A.J. Allmendinger, 175.993 mph Track qualifying record: Kasey Kahne, 191.360 mph (October 2012) Track facts: Denny Hamlin led the final 31 laps to win last year's race. He paced only one other lap. Martin Truex Jr. was runner-up.