Countdown Off To Surprising Start
Sun, 17/09/17 – 19:04 | No Comment
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CONCORD, N.C. – Numerous upsets Sunday in the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway created a dramatic change in the Mello Yello Drag Racing point standings after just the first of six rounds in the Countdown to the Championship.
Heading into the Countdown, the standings leaders were: Steve Torrence, Top Fuel; Ron Capps, Funny Car; […]

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Penske Drivers Win Race, Championship At Sonoma
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Josef Newgarden celebrates his 2017 IndyCar Series championship with members of his Penske team. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
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Penske Perfection put an almost-predictable wrap on Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. While Simon Pagenaud won the Verizon IndyCar Series 2017 season-finale, teammate Josef Newgarden finished second to secure the championship for domestic open-wheel racing’s most successful organization.

Pagenaud, the 2016 series champion, out-hustled Newgarden to the finish line by 1.0986-seconds to win the 85-lapper in Northern California’s wine country. It was the Frenchman’s 11th career victory and second straight on the 2.385-mile/12-turn permanent road-course. Pagenaud won the event from pole position one year ago to claim his first championship in his second season of competition for team-owner Roger Penske.

A four-time winner this season, Newgarden one-upped Pagenaud Sunday by clinching his first title as a Penske “rookie” and the $1-million champion’s prize. The 26-year-old native of Hendersonville, Tenn., distanced Pagenaud by 13 points in the final standings to become the first American driver to win the championship since Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport in 2012. Read the full story »

Mon, 09/18/17 – 7:27 | No Comment
Countdown Off To Surprising Start
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CONCORD, N.C. – Numerous upsets Sunday in the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway created a dramatic change in the Mello Yello Drag Racing point standings after just the first of six rounds in the Countdown to the Championship.
Heading into the Countdown, the standings leaders were: Steve Torrence, Top Fuel; Ron Capps, Funny Car; […]

Sun, 09/17/17 – 19:04 | No Comment
Truex Kicks Off Playoffs With Easy Win In Joliet
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Martin Truex Jr. opened the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs survived early race adversity to win Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway.
The victory was his fifth of the season for the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota and second straight at the 1.5-mile Joliet track and, it gives him a berth in the […]

Sun, 09/17/17 – 18:34 | No Comment
Sunday May Be Castroneves’ Last Shot At Title
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The list of his Team Penske running mates to have won various Indy car drivers championships is a trivia question that cannot stump Helio Castroneves.
“(Gil) De Ferran, (Sam) Hornish Jr., (Will) Power, (Simon) Pagenaud,” said Castroneves, clicking-off the title-winning names from the solitude of a Team Penske motorhome during a […]

Sun, 09/17/17 – 13:02 | No Comment
Allgaier Wins Chicagoland
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Grabbing the lead with a bold move to the inside after a restart on Lap 186 of 200, Justin Allgaier, an Illinois native, captured the victory in Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season finale at Chicagoland Speedway.
Brendan Gaughan rallied from three laps down to finish 13th on the lead lap and nail down the […]

Sun, 09/17/17 – 8:13 | No Comment
Newgarden To Start Championship-Deciding Sonoma On Pole
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Point-leader Josef Newgarden withstood constant pressure from his nearest Verizon IndyCar Series championship competitors Saturday to set a track record and secure the Verizon P1 Award during qualifying for the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Newgarden, of Team Penske, earned his first pole of the season and second of his six-year career with a wide-open […]

Sun, 09/17/17 – 8:05 | No Comment
Courtney Force To Start ‘Second Season’ From Pole
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Courtney Force powered into the Funny Car pole position Saturday as qualifying concluded for the start of NHRA’s “Second Season” at the 10th annual Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also secured poles in their respective categories at the first of six playoff […]

Sun, 09/17/17 – 7:59 | No Comment
Biker Hines Elbowing His Way To Better Runs
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Wind tunnels have been used for decades to perfect the aerodynamics of race cars, but NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competitor Andrew Hines noted that in his class his body provides the aero package.
“We’re going down the track and we’re trying to do everything we can to stay […]

Sat, 09/16/17 – 18:18 | No Comment
Kyle Busch Opens Playoffs On Pole
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Kyle Busch drove to the pole for Sunday’s plahyoff-opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday.
The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing Camry laid down a lap at 28.792-seconds at 187.963 mph to earn the pole.
Teammate Denny Hamlin (186.168 mph) was second in the final round, 0.277 seconds off Busch’s pace.
The pole was […]

Sat, 09/16/17 – 8:01 | No Comment
Sauter Claims Chicago Truck Win
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Johnny Sauter passed regular-season champion Christopher Bell for the lead on Lap 123 of 150 and drove away to win Friday Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway by 2.005 seconds over Chase Briscoe, who passed Bell for second on Lap 136.
Fighting for the final position in the playoffs, Ryan Truex won the first 35-lap stage […]

Sat, 09/16/17 – 7:53 | No Comment
IndyCar Notes: Newgarden Setting Pace At Somoma
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Championship leader Josef Newgarden paced a pair of practices _ and a Team Penske sweep of the top four positions _ as on-track preparation began Friday for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Holding a tenuous, three-point lead over Scott Dixon entering the weekend at Sonoma Raceway, […]

Sat, 09/16/17 – 7:43 | No Comment