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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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February 19, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Correspondent
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)
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November 13, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
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.
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October 9, 2015 | Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
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?"
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September 25, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
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.
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September 18, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
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.
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July 31, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
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.
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July 10, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
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.
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July 9, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
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.
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July 7, 2015 | BY DREW MCQUADE, Daily News Staff Writer mcquadd@phillynews.com
SOME THINGS are as predictable as NASCAR drivers making left turns. NASCAR fans proudly waved narrow-mindedness in the form of Confederate flags at Daytona International Speedway in the first big racing weekend in the South since NASCAR asked followers to cool the Confederate symbols in the wake of the horrendous South Carolina church massacre. How dare it suggest giving up freedoms on Independence weekend! For some, America has always been the land of the free and home of the misguided.
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July 2, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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