Hendrick Engines At Center Of Powerful Debate
Fri, 29/08/14 – 18:58 | No Comment
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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HAMPTON, Ga. – Add Brian Vickers’ name to the growing list of NASCAR drivers willing to go on the record and admit that, when it comes to horsepower, engines built by Hendrick Motorsports are the class of the field.
When Ryan Newman got into a heated argument with Jimmie Johnson two weeks ago at Michigan, Newman [...]

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Team Orders Are Filed In Penske’s Waste Basket
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Team owner Roger Penske says it is every driver for himself in pursuit of the IndyCar championship tonight. (Photos courtesy of the Verizon IndyCar Series)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Barring on-track contact between the two – and that’s entirely possible –  Saturday night’s season-ending MAVTV 500 figures to be a free-for-all between Team Penske’s Will Power and Helio Castroneves.

“We’re not big on ‘team orders,’ ” Roger Penske said Friday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. “Obviously we’ll see what’s out there (during the race), but at the present time (it’s) each guy for himself.”

Championship runnerup Castroneves gave his team a huge boost Friday by qualifying on-pole for the Verizon IndyCar Series event around the 2-mile/D-shaped ACS oval. The last of 22 qualifiers, Castroneves recorded a two-lap average of 218.540 mph in the No. 3 AAA Southern California Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet as track temperature reached a blistering 134 degrees.

Castroneves bagged one bonus point for the 41st pole of his career and now trails Power by 50 points entering the 250-lap finale. As the final leg of the Triple Crown series, Saturday night’s race will pay double points, and Castroneves – a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner – will need every one in order to claim his first series championship. Power will clinch his first series title with a finish of sixth or better regardless of where Castroneves finishes.

“It ain’t over; it’s just beginning,” said Castroneves, who earned his third pole of the season and third since 2003 at ACS. Fittingly, the pole broke a tie with four-time Indy 500 champion Rick Mears, now a consultant for Team Read the full story »

Sat, 08/30/14 – 8:15 | No Comment
Schumacher Off To Fast Start At U.S. Nationals
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Tony Schumacher earned the Top Fuel provisional pole Friday at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis.
Del Worsham (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the final regular season race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Following [...]

Sat, 08/30/14 – 6:47 | No Comment
Harvick On Pole in Atlanta
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Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday night’s Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a lap at 190.398 mph.
The pole was Harvick’s sixth of the season his  first pole at the 1.54-mile AMS quad-oval.
Brad Keselowski was second fastest in qualifying with a lap at 190.058 mph.
Rookie Kyle Larson (189.883 [...]

Sat, 08/30/14 – 6:42 | No Comment
Hendrick Engines At Center Of Powerful Debate
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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HAMPTON, Ga. – Add Brian Vickers’ name to the growing list of NASCAR drivers willing to go on the record and admit that, when it comes to horsepower, engines built by Hendrick Motorsports are the class of the field.
When Ryan Newman got into a heated argument with Jimmie Johnson two weeks ago at Michigan, Newman [...]

Fri, 08/29/14 – 18:58 | No Comment
Stewart: Driver Death ‘Will Affect My Life Forever’
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A visibly shaken Tony Stewart addressed the media on Friday for the first time since he was involved in a sprint car race incident which claimed the life of 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt track in New York state.
Stewart read a prepared statement during a press conference in the media center at [...]

Fri, 08/29/14 – 12:27 | No Comment
Stewart Returns To Cup Ride At Atlanta
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart will be back in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a spokesman for Stewart said Thursday.
Stewart’s ride at Atlanta will mark his first start since Aug. 3 at Pocono Raceway.
Stewart sat out the past three races at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Michigan International Speedway [...]

Thu, 08/28/14 – 15:42 | One Comment
Schumacher Going For Big History At The “Big Go”
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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All motor sports series seem to have that one event on their calendar that for competitors holds as much – or more – importance than a season championship. That’s certainly true in the NHRA where the U.S. Nationals stands as an event which produces as much emotion in competitors as [...]

Thu, 08/28/14 – 12:25 | No Comment
Team Merger Has Newgarden Jacked Up About 2015
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The open-wheel merger between Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing will feature Josef Newgarden for at least the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Newgarden, 23, will continue to drive the No. 67 Dallara fielded by SFHR next season with the rebadged CFH Racing organization, a deal which includes [...]

Wed, 08/27/14 – 19:09 | No Comment
NASCAR Pulls Wraps Off Of 2015 Schedule
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There were no bombshells when NASCAR unveiled its 2015 schedule on Tuesday – much to the dismay of those who wanted a road race in the Chase –but there was a cherry bomb or two.
On the move again, is the Cup date at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Moved to Labor Day [...]

Tue, 08/26/14 – 16:33 | No Comment
Swindell Announces Retirement
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Veteran sprint car driver Sammy Swindell announced his retirement, effective immediately, on Monday.
Swindell is a three-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion who won 294 races. The Memphis, Tenn., area native was one of the original Outlaws who helped grow the series from its 1978 origins at Devil’s Bowl Speedway into the premier [...]

Mon, 08/25/14 – 17:36 | No Comment
Dixon Wins Sonoma; Power Stumbles
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Scott Dixon held off Ryan Hunter-Reay over the final three laps of Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at the Sonoma Raceway road course to get his second victory of the season.
Dixon, driving the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet power Dallar, took the lead with four laps to go when he blew past leader Mike Conway [...]

Sun, 08/24/14 – 17:58 | No Comment