May 13, 2016 |
SPRINT CUP SERIES rookies aren't supposed to be racing as Chase Elliott is, unless they are very talented. In Elliott's first 11 races, he has three top-five finishes, four more top 10s and was the fastest qualifier for the season-opening Daytona 500. At age 20, he also is the youngest polesitter for a Daytona 500. Sitting 11th in points, Elliott has done a superb job replacing the retired Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet. "If I told you I wasn't nervous at the beginning of the year I'd be lying," Elliott said Wednesday in a telephone interview.
February 19, 2016 |
WHAT DO Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have in common? With the retirement of Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart's latest injury, the forty-ish five are the senior statesmen as the NASCAR Sprint Cup series glides into a year of transition. Gordon, 44, is now a Fox Sports racing analyst. Stewart, also 44, is recuperating from a fractured vertebra suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident Jan. 31 in California. "Seniors" Biffle (46)
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?"
October 4, 2015 |
DOVER, Del. - Jeff Gordon's 92 wins are the third most all-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. He's won four championships, although none since 2001. Gordon has expanded NASCAR's brand outside of racing by appearing on such television shows as "Saturday Night Live. " Tomorrow, Gordon, 44, is scheduled to drive in his final race at Dover International Speedway. He has five wins at the the track, including last fall. Yesterday, in drenched Dover, the speedway presented Gordon with 90 trophies of Miles the Monster for all his current team members to mark his career at the track.
October 2, 2015 |
NASCAR WILL BE losing another star driver after next season. Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, 44, confirmed yesterday he'll retire after the 2016 season. As expected, Clint Bowyer will take Stewart's place in the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2017. Jeff Gordon, a four-time Cup series titlist, is completing his final season this year. Gordon, also 44, will make his final racing appearance Sunday at Dover International Speedway, weather permitting, in light of the approach of Hurrican Joaquin.
August 2, 2015 |
WHEN A RACER has achieved the prominence Jeff Gordon has in NASCAR, he wants his career to end on a high note. With 92 career Sprint Cup Series victories (third all-time), Gordon fervently wants to be part of this year's Chase in his final racing season. Gordon is relatively safe at 11th in points, but needs a victory in the next six races before the Chase begins to guarantee his inclusion in the 10-race elimination tournament. The good news for Gordon is, Pocono and the five other pre-Chase race tracks have been productive places for him. He has won the most Cup races at Pocono (six)
July 2, 2015 |
Philadelphia-based paint manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems and NASCAR star Jeff Gordon said Tuesday the racer will use the iconic rainbow paint scheme for the final time on Aug. 22 in Bristol, Tenn. A four-time champion in stock car racing's best circuit, Gordon plans to retire after this season. He gained most of his fame driving a car with a multi-colored rainbow on the hood. The rainbow wrapped around the word "DuPont," which was his team's main corporate sponsor. The Carlyle Group bought Wilmington-based DuPont's performance paint division in 2013 and renamed the company Axalta.
June 26, 2015 |
SOMETIMES a week off from Sprint Cup racing gives us too much time to think. At least thinking keeps me from involvement in Mrs. F's "honey-do" list. "Not now, dear, I'm focusing on, um, NASCAR. " Then I duck as a restrictor plate soars across the room. Anyway, with 11 races remaining before the 16-driver Chase field is formed, let's check who's in the Chase and who's hoping to get in. Ten drivers have at least one victory this season and are in the Chase (see list of winners in This Week's Race box)
June 8, 2015 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon claims to have a poor memory, but ask him for his recollections of what was probably the worst crash of his NASCAR career, here during the 2006 Pocono 500, and the details flood out of him, as if he keeps a recording of the sequence stored somewhere in his mind. Turn 1 of Pocono Raceway banks at 14 degrees, and when Gordon entered it, he pushed down on the brake pedal and sent it straight to the floor. A right-front rotor had failed. "When you're doing close to 200 m.p.h.
June 7, 2015 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon was among several top Sprint Cup series drivers attending the new drivers' council meeting last weekend at Dover International Speedway. The council is meeting with NASCAR to discuss safety and rules issues that would improve racing. "It's one of the coolest things I've seen happen in this sport, an open line of communication between drivers and NASCAR," Gordon said yesterday, before to qualifying for tomorrow's 400-mile race at Pocono. "I only wish it had happened before my final year.