Courtney Force Trashes Texas Records
Sat, 20/09/14 – 6:37 | No Comment
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 [...]

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Larson In Middle Of Chase To Win First Cup Race
By Mike Harris | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Kyle Larson didn't win a Chase berth or a Cup race this year, but he has won over a lot of admirers. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

By 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 full season in Cup, Larson made a strong run at earning a spot in the Chase for the Championship, although he came up a bit short. Heading into Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the youngster is 17th in the season points and has posted 12 top 10s in 27 starts.

He’s far from satisfied.

“If I could have done things right, we could have two wins this season,’’ Larson said Friday before the first practice session on the Magic Mile. “I think it’s coming. I hope it’s before the end of the year.

“But, if not, we won’t be too disappointed because we have been running well all season long. I didn’t win any Nationwide races last year and then I feel like I’ve been really competitive this year in Nationwide (with two wins). I’m sure starting next year we will be really good in the Cup series.’’

Larson’s success is not much of a surprise. Despite his youth, he came to Cup this year almost as heralded as current starts like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, who like Larson race sprint cars with great success in their Read the full story »

Fri, 09/19/14 – 13:38 | One Comment
Courtney Force Trashes Texas Records
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

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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By Mike Harris |  Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
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 [...]

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.
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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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
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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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
Thanks To Weather,Texas Inherits Countdown Opener
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Rain Sunday afternoon at zMAX Dragway forced postponement of the elimination round in the Countdown to the Championship’s opening event – the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals – until next weekend at Dallas.
It is the first time the Carolina Nationals haven’t been completed as scheduled since the event began in 2008. However, [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 18:30 | No Comment
Wreck And Rain Force Postponement Of Countdown Opener
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – V. Gaines escaped injury Sunday when his Dodge Dart flipped four times near the finish line at zMAX Dragway in the first round of Pro Stock eliminations during the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals.
The accident forced a halt in the first event of the Countdown to the [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 16:49 | 4 Comments
Keselowski Uses Late Pass To Win Chicagoland
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Brad Keselowski cruised between Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick as they fought side-by-side for the lead with 16 laps to go, survived a restart with six laps to go and then sprinted away to win the Chase-opening Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was the [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 16:20 | No Comment