May 13, 2016 |
THE "DOVER Dominator" is back. Jimmie Johnson, winner of a record 10 Dover Cup races, will attempt to add to his collection Sunday at Dover International Speedway. Johnson has won three of the last five Dover races. In his spring 2015 win at the Delaware 1-mile oval, Johnson led only the last 23 laps. "There is just something about Dover that fits my driving style," the six-time Cup champion said. "There is some weird pressure that comes with that - we aren't too happy when we aren't running up to our expectations.
October 6, 2015 |
DOVER, Del. - Kevin Harvick had to win yesterday's NASAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway to advance in the Chase. So all Harvick did was lead a career-high 355 laps of the AAA 400. Starting 15th, his place in the Chase points standings after qualifying was rained out Friday, Harvick seized the lead from polesitter Matt Kenseth on lap 24, then paced most of the remaining laps, including the last 43. In dominating, the defending...
June 12, 2015 |
WHEN YOUR RACING rivals are happy for you, a racer knows he's respected. After Martin Truex Jr. won at Pocono Sunday, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. expressed how happy they were for Truex and his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, who appears healthy after dealing with ovarian cancer. Later, fans wrote emails and called radio stations with similar sentiments. "I'm still answering emails and text messages with congratulations, so that's been awesome," Truex said yesterday on a conference call.
April 17, 2015 |
KYLE BUSCH feels fortunate, very fortunate. In his first media availability yesterday following his crash at Daytona Feb. 21, Busch said the results of the crash "could've been a lot worse. " Busch is recuperating from a compound fracture of his lower right leg and a broken left foot. He sat in an elevated chair on a stage at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters in Huntersville, N.C. His right leg bent normally. He no longer uses a walker and he is doing squats during his daily gym workouts.
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.
September 30, 2014 |
DOVER, Del. - Give a NASCAR "Attaboys!" to the Daring Dozen, the 12 Chasers who move on to the Contender Round. Following Jeff Gordon's victory yesterday in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, the 12 are Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Their points are all reset at 3,000 prior to the next three races. Give a pat on the back and "good try, y'all" to the four who are eliminated from title contention: Kurt Busch, A.J. Allmendinger, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola.
September 29, 2014 |
DOVER, Del. - A grand jury clearing Tony Stewart of any criminal intent in the death of sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. last month is a relief to Stewart and his NASCAR racing colleagues. Ward died when he was hit by Stewart's car during a caution period in a race last month at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. "I know 100 percent in my heart and in my mind that I did not do anything wrong. This was 100 percent an accident," Stewart told the Associated Press on Thursday in his first interview since the grand jury's decision was announced Wednesday.
September 12, 2014 |
SINCE THE CHASE was launched in 2004, only four drivers have won championships: Jimmie Johnson, six; Tony Stewart, two; Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski, one each. I'm sensing there will be a new champion this year: how's that for a tease? No peeking toward the end for my choice. If this year's first 26 pre-Chase races mean anything, the Chase winner will be one of the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers or one of Penske Racing's duo. Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne carry the Hendrick banner; Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano power Penske.
August 22, 2014 |
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Unlike several Sprint Cup drivers who are desperate for a win to guarantee themselves a place in the Chase, Jeff Gordon is simply racing for a high seeding in the Chase. Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have three wins each this season. "We feel like our Chase has somewhat begun," Gordon said yesterday before an appearance at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand for a Q & A with fans to promote the Sept. 28 Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
June 20, 2014 |
REMEMBER just a few weeks ago when observers were wondering if Jimmie Johnson would win a race before the Chase? By winning three of the last four Cup races, Johnson has those observers hiding under their laptops. Johnson's Hendrick team will be seeking their sixth consecutive victory Sunday at Sonoma, Calif., which would tie the record for the modern era (since 1972). Johnson (three), Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have won the past five races. In 2007, Johnson (four) and Gordon (two)