June 19, 2015 |
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.
June 9, 2015 |
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.
June 8, 2015 |
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.
June 7, 2015 |
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.
June 6, 2015 |
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.
June 6, 2015 |
Having grown up in Bethesda, Md., before enrolling at Penn State, Lee Cary was used to being one of the only NASCAR fans around. But when Jeff Gordon visited State College on April 14 to unveil the Penn State-themed car he'll drive at Pocono Raceway this weekend, others trickled out of the woodwork. "It was actually kind of funny; I didn't think there was much of a fan base in State College," said Cary, 21, who recently graduated from Penn State. "And there were a lot of people there.
May 8, 2015 |
KEVIN HARVICK attracted more attention than is usual for a reigning Sprint Cup champion prior to last Sunday's Talladega race. Harvick suggested the Cup series schedule should be shaken up. Asked how he thought NASCAR can grow its fan base, Harvick replied that his understanding is last season's final three races (Texas, Phoenix and Homestead) were sold out. Then he said, "If you want to talk about growing the sport, I believe that some venues need one race. The schedule needs to be mixed up. People like things that change.
April 24, 2015 |
NASCAR FANS looking for the next wave of stars already know about Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott. Logano, 24, Larson, 22, and Dillon, 24, are established in the Sprint Cup series. Elliott, 19, is third in Xfinity series in points and will race in the Cup series next season after Jeff Gordon retires. He also will drive the No. 25 Chevrolet in Saturday night's Cup race at Richmond. Another young racer, Brett Moffitt, 22, is taking advantage of his opportunity of replacing Brian Vickers, who is dealing with a recurrence of his blood-clotting issues.
March 13, 2015 |
KURT BUSCH is off NASCAR's suspended list and he'll return to racing Sunday at Phoenix. NASCAR lifted Busch's suspension yesterday after the Delaware attorney general decided last week not to charge the 2004 Sprint Cup champion, who was accused of domestic violence by Patricia Driscoll, his former girlfriend. Busch countered Driscoll's charges by calling her "a trained assassin. " He also completed some of the steps in NASCAR's mandated recovery program. "It's been a humbling experience, but it's made me more focused and determined," Busch said yesterday on a conference call.
February 27, 2015 |
CAREER-THREATENING troubles and a terrifying crash: The brothers Busch almost overshadowed the latest Daytona 500 race. Fortunately for NASCAR, Joey Logano won a riveting race Sunday. The front row and several rows behind it roaring along three-wide at 200 mph is hold-your-breath racing. Kurt Busch, 36, was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on Friday after a Delaware Family Court commissioner released his ruling that Busch committed an act of domestic violence against former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll.