Jimmie: Knaus Will Decide When To Step Down
Fri, 24/10/14 – 15:37 | No Comment
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chad Knaus, the only crew chief Jimmie Johnson has known while winning six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, isn’t on the chopping block.
But Johnson, who was eliminated from this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Talladega, Ala., made it clear that he knows the day is coming when there [...]

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Memory Of Plane Crash That Gutted HMS Won’t Fade
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Rick Hendrick's NASCAR team was decimated by an airplane crash near Martinsville 10 years ago. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Ten years ago race day at Martinsville Speedway dawned with a heavy fog enveloping the half-mile track and the surrounding countryside.

The fog was so thick on Oct. 24, 2004 that team owner Roger Penske’s plane was among those who diverted to Danville, Va. However, the Hendrick Motorsports Beechcraft Super King Air 200 elected to stay with its original flight plan and land at Blue Ridge Airport in Martinsville. It proved to be a fatal decision for the plane’s eight passengers and two pilots.

Perishing that day in a violent crash on Bull Mountain were: Rick and Linda Hendrick’s only son, Ricky; the team owner’s brother and Hendrick Motorsports president John Hendrick; his twin daughters, Kimberly and Jennifer; the organization’s general manager Jeff Turner; chief engine builder Randy Dorton; DuPont executive Joe Jackson; Tony Stewart’s helicopter pilot Scott Lathram; and Hendrick pilots Richard Tracy and Elizabeth Morrison.

Before the Subway 500 ended, word of the crash began filtering through the media. Rick Hendrick was informed of the tragedy about midway through the event. However, the competitors knew nothing of the crash until after the checkered flag. NASCAR summoned all of the Hendrick drivers, including race winner Jimmie Johnson, to the sanctioning’s body’s hauler to give them the devastating news. All victory lane ceremonies Read the full story »

Sat, 10/25/14 – 17:41 | No Comment
Memory Of Plane Crash That Gutted HMS Won’t Fade
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Ten years ago race day at Martinsville Speedway dawned with a heavy fog enveloping the half-mile track and the surrounding countryside.
The fog was so thick on Oct. 24, 2004 that team owner Roger Penske’s plane was among those who diverted to Danville, Va. However, the Hendrick Motorsports [...]

Sat, 10/25/14 – 17:41 | No Comment
McMurray Edges Chase Drivers To Win Martinsville Pole
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Jamie McMurray posted a lap in 18.954 seconds (99.905 mph) to win the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
The pole was the second at Martinsville and the 11th of McMurray’s career.
Second fastest in qualifying were Chase drivers Joey Logano (99.605 mph) and Matt Kenseth (99.318 mph).
Tony Stewart (99.297 mph) qualified fourth, [...]

Fri, 10/24/14 – 19:29 | No Comment
Big Stewart-Haas Shakeup Is Quest For Consistency
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Swapping Danica Patrick’s and Kurt Busch’s crew chiefs and road crews had been discussed for quite some time, Stewart-Haas Racing Competition Director Greg Zipadelli said Friday at Martinsville Speedway.
The personnel exchange that was announced earlier this week becomes effective for the Oct. 31-Nov. 2 AAA Texas 500 [...]

Fri, 10/24/14 – 19:15 | No Comment
Jimmie: Knaus Will Decide When To Step Down
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chad Knaus, the only crew chief Jimmie Johnson has known while winning six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, isn’t on the chopping block.
But Johnson, who was eliminated from this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Talladega, Ala., made it clear that he knows the day is coming when there [...]

Fri, 10/24/14 – 15:37 | No Comment
Prock And Force Split In Middle Of Countdown
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NHRA Funny Car icon John Force accepted the resignation of crew chief Jimmy Prock on Wednesday, accelerating an exit process Prock was targeting for the end of the Countdown to the Championship next month.
On Thursday, Don Schumacher Racing announced it had hired Prock for a position yet to be determined, [...]

Wed, 10/22/14 – 17:05 | No Comment
Keselowski Vow: I Will Not Be ‘Run Out Of The Sport’
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Brad Keselowski will continue his pursuit of a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with team-owner Roger Penske’s blessing to be his own Bad Self.
Keselowski qualified for the eight-driver Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a dramatic victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Needing a [...]

Tue, 10/21/14 – 8:04 | No Comment
Racing Pioneer Beadle Passes Away
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Raymond Beadle, an icon of Texas motor racing, passed away Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion was 70.
At the peak of his success, Beadle campaigned cars in NASCAR, NHRA, IHRA and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and was owner of Chaparral Trailer Company.
Widely-credited [...]

Mon, 10/20/14 – 15:03 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Why No Fights At Talladega?
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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TALLADEGA, Ala. – I went to Talladega to see a fight and a race broke out.
Following the car bashing by Brad Keselowski and the headlocking by Matt Kenseth in Charlotte, it was reasonable to think more tempers would flare in the elimination race of the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup [...]

Mon, 10/20/14 – 8:19 | One Comment
Keselowski Wins Talladega; Field Set For ‘Eliminator Round’
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Brad Keselowski basically had one chance to continue his bid to win a second Sprint Cup championship when Sunday’s cutdown race at Talladega began. The 2012 champ had to win. And win he did and on goes the Team Penske driver’s comeback season.
The victory was sixth of the season and, obviously, his biggest.
“So special,” he [...]

Sun, 10/19/14 – 16:49 | No Comment
‘Texas Terry’ To Drive Off Into Sunset At Talladega
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NASCAR champion Terry Labonte will bookend a stellar Sprint Cup Series career that began at Darlington Raceway in 1978 with his 890th and (really) final start in today’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Through NASCAR’s evolution from regional curiosity to national obsession, “Texas Terry” has remained unflappable and largely underappreciated during [...]

Sun, 10/19/14 – 7:27 | No Comment