Vickers, Confusion Reign In Talladega Qualifying
Sat, 18/10/14 – 18:58 | No Comment
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A non-Chaser won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, but a Chaser in need qualified second fastest.
The non-Chaser who won the pole for the final Contender Round race was Brain Vickers of Michael Waltrip Racing. He put down a lap at [...]

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Keselowski Wins Talladega; Field Set For ‘Eliminator’
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor RacinToday.com

Brad Keselowski needed to win and did at Talladega on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By 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 said in Victory Lane.

Special for sure for its significance. Perhap special as well as it came a week after he became widely vilified for aggressive actions late – and after – the Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“I can’t believe it,” Keselowski, who was penalized by NASCAR after the Charlotte incidents, said. “Talladega is such a wild card and to be able to win here you have to catch breaks and make your own breaks, a little of both. I can’t believe we won at Talladega. This race is the scariest of the three in the bracket. To be able to win here is really a privilege, it really is.”

Also needing to win Sunday to advance to the “Eliminator Round” were established Cup stars Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Despite leading 115 laps beteween them, they didn’t and they were eliminated.

The eight drivers advancing are Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick, winners of the first two second-round races, Read the full story »

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
Vickers, Confusion Reign In Talladega Qualifying
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A non-Chaser won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, but a Chaser in need qualified second fastest.
The non-Chaser who won the pole for the final Contender Round race was Brain Vickers of Michael Waltrip Racing. He put down a lap at [...]

Sat, 10/18/14 – 18:58 | No Comment
Qs and As: Kenseth, Keselowski Give Their Sides Of Brawl Story
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Last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended with on-track and off-track brawls breaking out. Brad Keselowski of Team Penske was involved in much of it.
He clipped some cars on the track and in pits and then, as he walked to his motorhome, was jumped by Matt Kenseth.
On Friday at Talladega, Kenseth and [...]

Fri, 10/17/14 – 14:18 | No Comment
Harvick’s Hall Hopes Could Hinge On 2014 Chase
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Every person in the world who knows the feeling of Nomex on skin wants to win a major automobile racing championship. Then there are those few who need to win one. And there, perhaps, sits Kevin Harvick today.
For reasons of history and legitimacy and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Harvick, [...]

Fri, 10/17/14 – 7:34 | No Comment
Formula One Drivers Have Texas, Title, Bianchi On Their Minds
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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As Formula One’s globetrotting tour prepares for its lone visit to the United States, Lewis Hamilton’s march to a second World Driving Championship continues to be tempered by Jules Bianchi’s fight for life.
Hamilton’s victory in Sunday’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix extended his lead over Mercedes AMG teammate Nico Rosberg to 17 points en route [...]

Wed, 10/15/14 – 8:16 | One Comment
Bye-Bye Time For Sprint Cup’s Biggest Stars?
Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
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By Mark Armijo | Senior Writer
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AVONDALE, Az. – As warm as the temperatures were Tuesday during a 90-plus degree test session at Phoenix International Raceway, it likely paled miserably to the heat Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are under.
For them, with their NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship lives on the line entering Sunday’s [...]

Wed, 10/15/14 – 6:28 | No Comment
NASCAR Penalizes Keselowski, Stewart
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NASCAR has assessed behavioral penalties to drivers Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart for their involvement in post-race incidents on Oct. 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Keselowski has been fined $50,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events through Nov. 12 for violating:
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Tue, 10/14/14 – 17:34 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Them Boys Get To Fightin’
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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When you race against one of Roger Penske’s teams, you know you’re always in for a fight, almost invariably on the track. But during the Charlotte round of the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, it was Penske’s lead driver who instigated a post-race ruckus.
As a team [...]

Mon, 10/13/14 – 7:06 | One Comment
Harvick Wins Charlotte; Top Stars’ Championship Hopes In Trouble
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kevin Harvick, who has led a lot of laps and a lot of races in 2014 but has had trouble closing the deal of late, won the Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
It was the third victory of the season for Harvick, but the first [...]

Sun, 10/12/14 – 6:03 | One Comment
Post-Charlotte Brawl Has Drivers Wary Of ‘Dega
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Ever since the season began Talladega has been the Chase race dreaded the most by the competitors and after the post-race fights at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500 winner Kevin Harvick would prefer to simply watch next week’s event.
“It’ll be one hell of a race [...]

Sun, 10/12/14 – 5:43 | One Comment