May 19, 2016 |
Brennan Poole posed for photos and signed autographs Tuesday morning amid the din of elementary school classes inside the Franklin Institute. The number of auto racing fans in Philadelphia surprised the 25-year-old NASCAR rookie of the year contender. "I think sometimes we forget how many people watch these races," Poole said. "A 10-year-old came up to me and said. 'You should've won Talladega.' That was just really cool. " Poole joined fellow drivers Ty Dillon, Brandon Jones, Ryan Reed and Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. for several events throughout the city to promote the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Pocono Raceway, which is 95 miles from Philadelphia.
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)
November 13, 2015 |
THE CHASE is providing drama on wheels at speeds up to 200 mph. Heading into Sunday's race at Phoenix, only Jeff Gordon is assured of a spot in the final four on Nov. 22 at Homestead, Fla. Gordon won the first race in the Eliminator Round. Jimmie Johnson won Sunday's second Eliminator race at Texas, but he is not eligible for the final four. Provided they have good finishes at Phoenix, Kyle Busch (second in points) and Kevin Harvick (third) are likely final four racers with Gordon.
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 25, 2015 |
KEVIN HARVICK-Jimmie Johnson, Round 1. Only one race into the Chase and already we have Harvick shoving Johnson following Sunday's event at Chicagoland Speedway. Imagine what the scene will be after Chase race No. 2 at New Hampshire, when the bottom four in points are one race away from elimination as championship contenders. Harvick, the defending Sprint Cup series champion, plummeted to last place among the 16 Chasers before Clint Bowyer's just-announced penalty dropped him into that spot.
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.
July 31, 2015 |
TWENTY RACES into Kevin Harvick's first season as a defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and things are going as smoothly as a happy child gliding down a water slide. Harvick has two wins, eight runner-up finishes and four other top-fives in the No. 4 Chevrolet. He leads the Sprint Cup standings; No. 2 Joey Logano is 69 points behind. Harvick was thisclose to winning his second Cup race at Indianapolis Sunday, but struggled on the next-to-last restart and finished third. "I don't ever get down after a day like Indy," Harvick told the Daily News earlier this week.
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.
July 9, 2015 |
FOR A FEW moments early Monday at Daytona International Speedway, Austin Dillon didn't know where he was. Understandable, since he was airborne in a 3,500-pound race car. "I remember getting launched up," Dillon said yesterday on a conference call. "And then the first violent part of the wreck was when we turned upside down. It just happened so quick, and I knew at that point it was going to be big. "[I] tensed up and kind of just really gripped the wheel hard. When we hit the catch fence first, I didn't realize where I was on the track, if I was getting hit by a car or what it was because it happened so fast.