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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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September 16, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
RYAN NEWMAN is angry at Tony Stewart. Matt Kenseth is annoyed with Brad Keselowski, again. Kevin Harvick posted a video on Twitter of an enraged bull charging into a grandstand, saying the bull reflects his mood entering the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Tempers are dialed in: Gentlemen, start your Chase. After Stewart wrecked Newman's car with 37 laps remaining in Saturday night's Richmond race, Newman said his former boss has anger issues and is bipolar. The wreck knocked Newman, who previously drove for Stewart's team, from the 16-driver Chase group.
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June 7, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
The Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway was postponed Sunday until Monday at noon. After rain delayed the start for about an hour, the NASCAR Sprint Cup race was pushed back a day. There is no chance of rain at Pocono Raceway on Monday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., according to Weather.com. Brad Keselowski won pole position during Friday's qualifying rounds. In seven of the last nine times he has won the pole, he finished fourth or better, including two wins. Keselowski already has qualified for the Chase for the Cup by winning two of the first 13 races this year.
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June 5, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
LONG POND, Pa. - Joey Gase had only a matter of hours to decide. His mother, Mary Jo, died of a brain aneurysm in April 2011 and thousands of things were on his mind. Before, he was focused on racing, going to the prom, and graduating from high school. Gase hadn't spoken with his mother about becoming an organ donor. Because his parents were divorced, Gase was next of kin, meaning he'd have to sign the paperwork. After discussing the matter with family, his mother's organs were donated.
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June 3, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, CORRESPONDENT
NORMALLY, when a driver leads 392 of 400 laps, as Martin Truex Jr. did in winning the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday night at Charlotte, we would stamp a big B on the race, for Bor-ing. Instead, Truex receives a big "attaboy!" for dominating the race and outperforming the multicar teams. While Truex's team is affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing, it is a single-car operation based in Denver. Truex is part of another, much more personal team. His girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, is a Stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor.
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May 19, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 13, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Correspondent
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.
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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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