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December 8, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
A person familiar with the plan says Danica Patrick has reached a deal to enter NASCAR with JR Motorsports. Patrick will announce a partial Nationwide Series schedule at a news conference today in Phoenix, the person familiar with her plans told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because she has not officially announced her intentions. Last week Patrick signed a 3-year contract extension with Andretti Autosport to stay in the IndyCar series, but its schedule gives her enough time to also try NASCAR.
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July 13, 1998 | By Pete Schnatz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
NASCAR officials may have finally seen the light. Halftimes don't belong in motorsports. Prior to yesterday's NAPA AutoCare 200 at Nazareth Speedway, NASCAR spokesmen unveiled a plan to forgo the Craftsman Truck Series' traditional "halftime break" in a one-race trial basis at Pikes Peak, Colo., on July 25. Mike Wallace hailed the move, saying "fans expect to see racing from when the green flag waves until the checkered flag falls. " Since the pickup-truck circuit's inception in 1995, the sport has utilized a mid-race five-minute break in which teams could refuel, change tires and make any necessary adjustments and repairs.
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May 6, 1998 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
"Mayberry RFD" meets Sunset Boulevard. That's how skeptics looked at "NASCAR's Night in Hollywood," which aired on ESPN Saturday night. Viewers know to expect little from these all-star galas, which are primarily to gawk at celebrities and see NASCAR people dressed up. While the show was smoothly produced and everyone seemed to have a good time, you had the feeling many presenters wouldn't know Richard Petty from Richard Benjamin....
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October 31, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
NASCAR officials are investigating whether Robby Gordon intentionally threw debris on the race track to cause a caution at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "As is the case after any race, we looked at a number of cars, including Robby Gordon's," spokesman Kerry Tharp said yesterday. "Although we didn't find anything suspicious with the car at the time, we are continuing to review and discuss this situation. " NASCAR called for a caution about 35 laps from the finish of Sunday's race because a piece of roll bar padding was on the track.
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March 18, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
NASCAR, hoping to even out the competition in its premier Winston Cup series, has made its second modification this month to the rear spoiler of the new Ford Tauruses. The latest change, coming after the sanctioning body took a sampling of cars for wind tunnel testing last week at Lockheed Aviation in Marietta, Ga., leaves the height of the Taurus rear spoiler intact at 4 3/4 inches, but cuts the width by 2 inches to 55. The new Tauruses, developed in the past year as a replacement for the discontinued Thunderbirds, have had an apparent edge in aerodynamics through the first four races of the season.
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November 9, 2007 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Sam Hornish Jr., the three-time Indy Car Series champion, will move to NASCAR in 2008, joining the mass exodus of open-wheel stars to America's most popular racing series. Hornish, 28, told the Associated Press yesterday that he will drive the No. 77 Dodge next season for Penske Racing, with Mobil 1 as the sponsor. Hornish will join Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti and Jacques Villeneuve as former Indianapolis 500 winners and IndyCar series champions racing in NASCAR's top series.
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September 17, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The No. 25 Chevrolet that Hendrick Motorsports took to New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H., as the primary Nextel Cup car for Brian Vickers was in NASCAR's possession yesterday after it failed inspection five times. "This was a brand new body that had never been raced," said Doug Duchardt, vice president of development for the Hendrick team. "We learned of a measurement issue during the inspection process and made attempts to correct it. But, after several tries, we decided to forfeit the car [to NASCAR]
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January 13, 2010 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
Former Renault Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr., who last year triggered a scandal by revealing he deliberately crashed his car to help a teammate, is moving to NASCAR in 2010. Piquet said yesterday on his Web site that his "first 18 months in F1 did not go as planned. I have decided to focus on something different and have chosen to take a route in America. " Piquet hasn't raced since being fired by Renault in August after 28 races in which his best finish was second at the 2008 German GP. He did not reveal which team he would race for but says more details will come soon.
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August 14, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
A ruling by a federal appeals court in Atlanta cleared the way for NASCAR to prevent AT&T Inc. from featuring its logo on Jeff Burton's No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. At issue is AT&T's desire to change the Cingular logo on Burton's car to the AT&T logo. AT&T bought Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp. last year, gaining full control of Cingular and has since rebranded the cell phone provider under the AT&T name. NASCAR has tried to prevent the Cingular logo from being changed to the AT&T logo on Burton's car, because AT&T rival Sprint Nextel Corp.
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July 27, 2000 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
There's big business, small business, show business and monkey business. With NASCAR, all of the above apply, except small business. Monkey business involves the ways crews traditionally try to bend the rules. Anyone leaving a race weekend at a place like Pocono Raceway is struck again by the jackpot. With crawling exit traffic, fans have plenty of time to think about NASCAR. More than 100,000 attended last Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 Winston Cup race. The mind boggles at how much money is taken in by hotels, restaurants and in souvenir sales.
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August 29, 2014
TWO RACES remain to complete the 16-driver Chase field. Atlanta and Richmond usually provide intense racing, so we're taking a wild guess here that the winless drivers seeking Chase berths will be racing with gritted teeth and wide eyes the next two races. There are 12 race winners this year, leaving four Chase spots to be filled. If none of the winless drivers collect their first victory, the Chase vacancies will be determined by points after Richmond. Entering Sunday night's race at Atlanta, here are the winless leaders, with points positions in parentheses: (5)
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June 27, 2014
THE PERCEPTION some racing fans have of drivers' wives is they live in McMansions, buy expensive clothes, drive luxury cars and travel to races in private planes. Krissie Newman insists this perception isn't entirely true. "Some [wives] are glamorous, but most of us are ordinary people," she said during a recent interview. Krissie and her husband, Ryan Newman, have two young daughters. Ryan drives the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Krissie grew up in North Jersey.
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June 6, 2014
AS POCONO Raceway marks its 40th year hosting Cup series racing, track officials are focusing on the future as much as the present. Crowds at Pocono and other tracks have been off, largely because of the economy the past several years. However, there's also the issue of attracting younger fans. "It's always been part of what we're doing," Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono's president and CEO, said earlier this week. "We're interested in what our current fans like. Also, we're interested in what future fans want.
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May 30, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
WHEN A YOUNG racer pops out of nowhere to win the Daytona 500, his or her career should soar. In Trevor Bayne's case, however, his Sprint Cup racing career stalled after he became, at age 20, the youngest driver 3 years ago to win the Daytona 500. The fault wasn't Bayne's: Blame it on the economy. The Wood Brothers only could afford to field a Cup team for a partial schedule. Bayne, now 23, had to display remarkable patience for someone his age. Young racers are usually in a hurry, on the racetrack, at the fitness center or shopping at the mall.
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May 30, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
IT IS NOT breaking news that NASCAR is trying to appeal to younger racing fans. Fans who grew up watching Richard Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and other stars from their era are aging and attending fewer races than before. Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway, the venues for the next two Sprint Cup races, are among the tracks that are focusing on providing "entertainment experiences" for fans. Young fans aren't content to just watch races. They want big screens and audio enhancements.
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May 2, 2014
WINS, wins, wins . . . NASCAR's new emphasis on winning races is a good thing. Drivers who win during the season's first 26 Sprint Cup races will likely be in the expanded 16-driver Chase field, provided they are in the top 30 in points. Should Jeff Gordon, the current points leader, stay atop the standings but fail to collect a victory in the first 26 races, he'll still be a Chaser. He would bump the lowest-ranked driver with a win. The way Gordon is running though, expect him to be in victory lane soon.
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April 11, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
FOR THOSE of us eagerly awaiting an influx of young racing talent in NASCAR to stimulate interest, it appears our wish is coming true. Thank you, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott and others. Larson, 21, finished second in the California Sprint Cup race March 23 after winning the Nationwide Series race the day before. He finished fifth at Texas in Monday's rain-delayed Cup race. Dillon, 23, is 12th in points with an average finish of 15.2 in the season's first seven races.
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March 28, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman
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.
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March 25, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IN NOVEMBER, Donovan McNabb said on "Fox Sports Live" that six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was not an athlete. Yesterday, after meeting with Johnson before the Auto Club 400 race in Fontana, Calif. - and even taking a ride in a pace car with with Clint Boyer - McNabb stuck to his view. "I respect what they do," McNabb said. "I think it's a skill. They obviously put time and effort into their ability, but I stick by what I said. " Johnson was in his motor coach with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, when McNabb stopped by. "You wanna go for a run?"
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February 28, 2014
EVER SINCE he started racing in NASCAR's elite series, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been enormously popular. The Earnhardt name, combined with his talent and enthusiasm, had fans flocking to "Junior Nation. " Winning 15 Sprint Cup races in his first five seasons enhanced his popularity. Then the wins began occurring few and far between - only four from 2005 through 2013, and people started questioning him. "We weren't running good; we were struggling," Earnhardt recalled Tuesday in a teleconference as he paused in a whirlwind tour of media functions marking his victory in Sunday's Daytona 500. "I think people underestimated how much I care about performance.
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