Larson In Middle Of Chase To Win First Cup Race
Fri, 19/09/14 – 13:38 | One Comment
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Larson doesn’t want anybody to think of him as arrogant or boastful. Let’s just call him confident.
And the 21-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie is getting the kind of results on the track that prove he can get the job done, even if he is a bit impatient for more.
In his first [...]

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Gordon Has Climbed To Top Of Hendrick Fave List
By Mike Harris | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson know how to win championships. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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LOUDON, N.H. – It’s been 13 years since Jeff Gordon won the last of his four NASCAR Sprint Cup titles.

So how surprising is it that the 43-year-old driver is one of the favorites in this year’s Chase for the championship?

“Jeff is still one of the best drivers out there,’’ said Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson. “It’s no surprise to anybody who knows how hard he works and how good that (No.) 24 team is that he’s a contender.’’

Maybe the biggest surprise this year is that Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet hasn’t entered the Chase as the car to beat, especially considering he is the reigning series champion and winner of six of the last eight Cup titles.

“Last year we had a really poor summer and got off to a great start in the Chase and heated-up and went from headlines saying, ‘What’s wrong with the No. 48?’

“Here we go again; I knew it. I wish I could explain why teams are good and bad and why it’s so hard to be consistent all year long. But, last year, even though we had a tough end of the regular season, we were in position to win a lot of races. And we did win a bunch during the course of the year. We’ve had one hot spot in the middle of this year and we’ve kind of been lukewarm on the other sides. I’m hoping we get to that hot spot Read the full story »

Sat, 09/20/14 – 14:17 | No Comment
Pruett/Rojas Win Tudor Series Race At COTA
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Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas drove their No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford/Riley to their third victory of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship season on Saturday when the won the Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
Pruett took the lead with 33 minutes remaining, and then held off both Joao [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 18:24 | No Comment
Gordon Has Climbed To Top Of Hendrick Fave List
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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LOUDON, N.H. – It’s been 13 years since Jeff Gordon won the last of his four NASCAR Sprint Cup titles.
So how surprising is it that the 43-year-old driver is one of the favorites in this year’s Chase for the championship?
“Jeff is still one of the best drivers out there,’’ [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 14:17 | No Comment
No Letdown For Keselowski In New Hampshire
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Brad Keselowski, who won the Chase-opening Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway last weekend, set a track record in winning the pole for this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.
The pole was Keselowski’s fifth of the season, the eight of his career and his third in 11 starts at the 1.058-mile flat [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 7:00 | No Comment
Courtney Force Trashes Texas Records
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Courtney Force had the blinders on at the Texas Motorplex Friday evening, and cranked out a blinding pass to back it up.
Force claimed the provisional Funny Car pole during second-round qualifying for the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals with a 1,000-foot pass in 4.039-seconds at 314.90 mph. Both numbers set Motorplex [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 6:37 | No Comment
Larson In Middle Of Chase To Win First Cup Race
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Larson doesn’t want anybody to think of him as arrogant or boastful. Let’s just call him confident.
And the 21-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie is getting the kind of results on the track that prove he can get the job done, even if he is a bit impatient for more.
In his first [...]

Fri, 09/19/14 – 13:38 | One Comment
Texas Motorplex To Host Countdown Doubleheader
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Re-routed into the Lone Star State, NHRA’s problem-plagued Countdown to the Championship will resume at the Texas Motorplex Friday with a weekend schedule that leaves no room for error.
The 2014 opener of NHRA’s six-race playoff for its professional categories ended with a thud Sunday at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., near Charlotte. [...]

Fri, 09/19/14 – 7:12 | No Comment
Keselowski’s Chicagoland Pass Was An Instant Classic
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Some week-old Chaseburgers:
Once upon a time, great moments in auto racing earned names. Spin and Win. Pass in the Grass.
On Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, there was a humdinger of a pass that deserves big love. Perhaps even a name.
It came with 16 laps to go in what had been a pretty dull race. Kevin [...]

Thu, 09/18/14 – 8:01 | No Comment
American Car Culture Lives On In Upstate N.Y.
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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HOLLAND PATENT, N.Y. – For many curious visitors, Mark Theobald’s hobby shop is the last business they expect to find in this sleepy, Central New York village.
“It’s a very common response,” said Theobald, owner and curator of Adirondack Motorbooks & Collectibles. “There’s only a couple of stores like this in [...]

Wed, 09/17/14 – 8:03 | No Comment
DA Sends Stewart Case To Grand Jury
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The decision on whether driver Tony Stewart should be charged with a crime in the wake of a fatal short track wreck which occurred during a sprint car race in upstate New York will be left to a grand jury it was announced Tuesday.
Michael Tantillo, the district attorney in Ontario County, N.Y., made the announcement [...]

Tue, 09/16/14 – 15:47 | No Comment
Aleshin Leaves Hospital
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Verizon IndyCar Series driver Mikhail Aleshin was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Tuesday to continue his recovery from injuries sustained in an accident during practice for the season- ending event at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Aug. 29.
“I’m feeling better each day,” said Aleshin, of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. “I’m very happy to be [...]

Tue, 09/16/14 – 15:10 | No Comment