‘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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Hamlin Wins Unlimited Survival Test At Daytona
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The 2016 NASCAR season officially began Saturday night with the running of the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.  (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The 2016 NASCAR season officially began Saturday night with the running of the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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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 sprint-logo-08third overall victory in the Unlimited, an annual exhibition race that features a field of driver who meet a changing list of qualifying criteria.

The victory came in overtime.

Joey Logano finished second, Paul Menard third and Kyle Larson fourth in a race that saw only four of the 25 cars avoid wrecks that collectively produced seven cautions for 25 laps.

Hamlin wrecked early in the event but his No. 11 Toyota was repaired and then victorious.

Hamlin chose the outside line for the final restart.

“It was just such a dilemma for me to figure out what lane to start in,” Hamlin said. “I Read the full story »

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
At Least One Cup Team Wearing Bronco Orange
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Following today’s 50th playing of the NFL’s Super Bowl, fans will be divided into two camps – the joyous versus the grieving. NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr., however, likely will find himself in a third camp – those relieved that the game is over.
An insider at Truex’s Furniture Row Racing […]

Sun, 02/7/16 – 9:43 | No Comment