‘Fast Jack’ Gets Off To Faster Start In 2016
Sun, 14/02/16 – 8:10 | No Comment
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Jack Beckman began the 2015 NHRA schedule as a spectator after failing to qualify his Funny Car for the season-opening Circle K Winternationals. Flipping the calendar ahead one year, “Fast Jack” will chase victory Sunday in the 56th edition of the prestigious event from P1 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.
Beckman rallied to post […]

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Teen-Ager Elliott Wins Pole For Daytona 500
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Chase Elliott won the pole for the 2016 Daytona 500 on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Tom Copeland)

Chase Elliott won the pole for the 2016 Daytona 500 on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Tom Copeland)

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Chase Elliott will make his Sprint Cup race debut as driver of the iconic No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet from the pole position  next weekend’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Elliott, a rookie taking over the seat of retired four-time Cup champions Jeff Gordon, won the pole
sprint-logo-08with a lap of 196.314 mph.

The son of former Cup champion Bill Elliott, became the youngest driver to win the pole for NASCAR’s biggest event.

Also earning securing a spot in next Sunday’s 500, was Matt Kenneth of Joe Gibbs Racing, who will start alongside young Elliott on the front row. Kenneth’s fast lap was at 196.036 mph.

(This story will be updated shortly)

Sun, 02/14/16 – 14:49 | No Comment
Hamlin Wins Unlimited Survival Test At Daytona
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Denny Hamlin lifted the lid on the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season by winning Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.
It was the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s second victory in the event in three years and his third overall victory in the Unlimited, an annual exhibition race that features a field of driver who meet […]

Sun, 02/14/16 – 8:31 | No Comment
‘Fast Jack’ Gets Off To Faster Start In 2016
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Jack Beckman began the 2015 NHRA schedule as a spectator after failing to qualify his Funny Car for the season-opening Circle K Winternationals. Flipping the calendar ahead one year, “Fast Jack” will chase victory Sunday in the 56th edition of the prestigious event from P1 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.
Beckman rallied to post […]

Sun, 02/14/16 – 8:10 | No Comment
2016 NHRA Season Begins With Lots Of Newness
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NHRA’s revised Pro Stock rules package gave Greg Anderson a new perspective on his “Factory Hot Rod” the first time he rolled into the staging lanes during preseason testing for the 2016 season.
“I said to myself, ‘Did they move the ‘Christmas Tree’ back 20 feet at the track? Is somebody […]

Sat, 02/13/16 – 9:15 | No Comment
Vickers Subs For Injured Stewart
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Stewart-Haas Racing has named Brian Vickers interim driver of its No. 14 Chevrolet SS for all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events during 2016 Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
Vickers replaces three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart, whose final season will begin on the sidelines after suffering a fracture in his back in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
Vickers has […]

Sat, 02/13/16 – 9:04 | No Comment
Mike Dunn Makes Executive Decision
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Former NHRA competitor-turned-TV analyst Mike Dunn has launched his third career in drag racing as an executive. Meet Mike Dunn, president of the International Hot Rod Association.
IRG Sports + Entertainment, a portfolio company of TPG _ parent company to the IHRA _ announced Tuesday that Dunn has been installed as IHRA president in advance […]

Thu, 02/11/16 – 19:19 | No Comment
NASCAR Revamps Green-White-Checker Format
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NASCAR officials announced Thursday a change to the overtime system that it uses for it Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck series.
At the heart of the new green-white-checkered flag finish is the institution of an “overtime line”.
NASCAR explained the new system as follows:
After taking the green on the overtime restart, if the leader then […]

Thu, 02/11/16 – 15:42 | No Comment
Tony Pedregon Switches Seats
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Tony Pedregon says his move from NHRA Funny Car owner/driver to FOX Sports color analyst has been all about timing, and a guy named Jeff.
“My biggest problem is I decided to get out of the seat and Jeff Gordon did the same thing,” Pedregon joked during a recent interview. “So, many of you didn’t hear […]

Thu, 02/11/16 – 15:26 | No Comment
New Boss At NHRA Talks About 2016 And Beyond
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Year 1.5 of the Peter Clifford era of the Mello Yello NHRA drag racing series begins this weekend with the 56th running of the Circle K Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. If Year 1 proves as significant as Year .5,  North American drag racing fans will be in […]

Wed, 02/10/16 – 9:31 | One Comment
Charter System A Big Boost For Big-Team Owners
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Five days before NASCAR kicks off its 2016 season with the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, the sanctioning body’s first-ever charter system is in place.
It means that 36 of this year’s 38 full-time teams are guaranteed a starting position in the Sprint Cup Series 36-point races, which will have a grid […]

Tue, 02/9/16 – 21:08 | No Comment
NHRA’s Spring Training Comes To A Rapid Conclusion
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Tommy Johnson Jr. and Brittany Force posted the quickest runs in their respective categories Saturday during the final day of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.
NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams utilized the four-day pre-season test session to prepare for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals, next weekend at […]

Sun, 02/7/16 – 10:10 | No Comment