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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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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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June 19, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
TWO FOX SPORTS reporters have connections with the Philadelphia area. Andrew Doud is a Holy Ghost Prep graduate who interned with the Eagles Television Network. Alan Cavanna worked his first race at Dover International Speedway. "I was a temporary PA [production assistant]," Cavanna said. "My job was to keep the food bowl filled [for the Fox announcers]. " Some people start in the mailroom and work their up. Cavanna kept the food flowing for Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds.
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June 9, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND - Almost everyone agrees that a Sprint Cup series drivers council is a good idea to help improve safety and rules. Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, endorsed the council idea on Fox Sports 1's prerace show yesterday. Referring to the council meeting last weekend at Dover International Speedway, France said, "That's a good thing for us to hear in a more formal setting some of the things that are on their mind. It was a good meeting. It was a good discussion. " A problem, in France's view, is that the drivers are all over the tracks with their recommendations.
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June 8, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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June 7, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
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.
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June 6, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
No American professional sport is more obviously wrapped in nonathletic businesses than auto racing. That's why NASCAR - and especially this weekend - is important for Philadelphia-based Axalta Coating Systems. Axalta makes paint in thousands of colors and formulas for cars, trucks, buses, and industrial fixtures. It sells business-to-business, working through distributors, big body-shop groups, and automakers in 130 countries, generating first-quarter revenue of close to $1 billion.
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