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.
August 1, 2014 |
As 17-year-old Soham Bharne drove through Texas last week, the new driver was cautious. He remembered to check his mirrors. He was careful to obey the speed limit. He let impatient 18-wheelers speed by him. And he made sure to track how much battery power he had after charging the small solar car. "It was terrifying," Bharne said. Bharne, of Norristown, and 11 of his classmates on Devon Preparatory School's solar car team were the only Pennsylvania students to compete in last week's annual Solar Car Challenge.
November 8, 2013 |
LATE IN SUNDAY'S Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, I concluded "this is not entertaining. " It also wasn't racing, if you define racing as two or more race cars competing for the lead. Jimmie Johnson dominated the Texas race, leading 225 of 334 laps, including the last 34. His sixth victory of the year, combined with Matt Kenseth's fourth-place finished, gives Johnson a seven-point lead with two races remaining in the Chase. Johnson is closing in on his sixth Cup series title.
April 15, 2013 |
A MEDICAL EXAMINER says a man who died in the infield during NASCAR's NRA 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway shot himself in the head. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office on Sunday said the death of Kirk Franklin , 42, of Saginaw, was a suicide. Fort Worth police have said a man who was camping in the infield died of a "self-inflicted injury" after getting into an argument with other campers. The incident happened late in the Sprint Cup race. Police spokeswoman Cpl. Tracey Knight has said alcohol may have been a factor.
April 15, 2013 |
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kyle Busch was just trying to maintain the pace behind Martin Truex Jr. while waiting for his chance. His team pounced when the yellow flag came out with 21 laps to go in the National Rifle Association 500 on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch finally regained the lead on pit road during that caution, then held on for the final 16 laps after the last restart in the Sprint Cup race, completing a NASCAR weekend sweep. "As soon as that caution came, my boys stepped up the plate and hit a grand slam," said Busch, who got his 26th career cup win in his 300th start.
April 12, 2013 |
A U.S. SENATOR from Connecticut has sent a letter to Rupert Murdoch asking that his Fox network not broadcast Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race sponsored by the National Rifle Association. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy wrote to the News Corp. chief that the race is taking place during Senate consideration of legislation to reduce gun violence in the wake of the elementary school shootings last December in Newtown, Conn. Murphy said the race will give national attention "to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate.
April 7, 2011
Samsung Mobile 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. TV/radio: Fox/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1.5-mile oval Race distance: 334 laps/501 miles Last year's winner: Denny Hamlin Last year's pole winner: Tony Stewart, 191.327 mph Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers, 196.235 mph (Nov. 2006) Track facts: Denny Hamlin swept the Sprint Cup races at Texas last year. Jimmie Johnson was runner-up in the spring race . . . Carl Edwards' three victories at Texas lead all drivers.
June 9, 2008 |
Kyle Busch's racing triple weekend ended with a bump and a spin. On Lap 48 of yesterday's Pocono 500, Busch's Toyota veered to the right on the front straightaway and made contact with Jamie McMurray's Ford. Accompanied by the cheers of fans who consider Busch the biggest villain in the Cup series, he drove his damaged car to the garage area and later resumed racing. "I saw the [No.] 26 [McMurray] get high and thought he faded back further than what he did," Busch said. "I didn't know he was out there still.