Kvapil, Team Succumb To Grand Theft Auto
Fri, 27/02/15 – 18:25 | No Comment
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Team Xtreme Racing has withdrawn from Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway due to a major technical difficulty.
Somebody has stolen the No. 44 Chevrolet.
The team’s hauler was sent ahead of the inclement winter weather that hit the Charlotte, N.C., area on Wednesday night and parked at Atlanta [...]

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500 Telecast Produces Big Numbers For Fox
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

The 2015 Daytona 500 rang up big numbers in terms of television viewers. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Rusty Jarrett)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Joey Logano’s victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 was witnessed by 13.4-million viewers on FOX, a 44 percent increase over the 9.3-million diehards who waited-out last year’s day-long, rain-delayed telecast at Daytona International Speedway.

The network reported Thursday that a total of 23.5-million viewers watched all or part of Sunday’s 57th edition of the “Great American Race.” Additionally, 11 days of Speedweeks programming on FOX Sports 1 enjoyed a 14 percent increase in average viewership (293,000 vs. 257,000).

Logano scored his first Daytona 500 victory after a wreck brought out a caution for a major crash just after the Penske Racing driver had taken the white flag during a green/white/checkered restart. A whirlwind media tour that took him to New York City and his hometown of Middletown, Conn., ensued before Logano rolled into Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday for a day-long open test of NASCAR’s 2015 Cup rules package.

“To be honest with you it’s like, ‘We’re at Atlanta now.’ It’s still great. It’s cool,” said Read the full story »

Thu, 02/26/15 – 19:17 | No Comment
500 Telecast Produces Big Numbers For Fox
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Joey Logano’s victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 was witnessed by 13.4-million viewers on FOX, a 44 percent increase over the 9.3-million diehards who waited-out last year’s day-long, rain-delayed telecast at Daytona International Speedway.
The network reported Thursday that a total of 23.5-million viewers watched all or [...]

Thu, 02/26/15 – 19:17 | No Comment
Ragan To Sub For Kyle Busch; Champ Rips Safety Effort
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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David Ragan will replace Kyle Busch as driver of the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota Camry fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing beginning with Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Meanwhile, Daytona 500 runnerup Kevin Harvick used his “Bully Pulpit” position as reigning Cup champion to sound-off on the [...]

Wed, 02/25/15 – 8:13 | No Comment
Regan Smith To Drive 41 At Atlanta
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Regan Smith will make a second consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start as replacement driver for the suspended Kurt Busch in the Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 1, Stewart-Haas Racing announced Monday.
Smith will return to the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS during an open test session at AMS [...]

Mon, 02/23/15 – 20:05 | No Comment
Hagan Goes 2 For 2 in 2015
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Matt Hagan remains undefeated in the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Hagan collected his second Funny Car victory in two races Sunday when he knocked off Del Worsham in the elimination finals at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Rodger Brogdon (Pro Stock) [...]

Sun, 02/22/15 – 20:07 | No Comment
Logano Wins Daytona 500 With Yellow Flapping
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Joey Logano won Sunday’s Daytona 500 when a wreck brought out a caution just after “The Kid” had taken the white flag on a green/white/checkered restart at Daytona International Speedway.
“I can’t believe it,” he said. “The Daytona 500. Oh my God. Are you kidding me?”
The victory was the first for [...]

Sun, 02/22/15 – 16:56 | One Comment
Angry Drivers Take To Twitter After Busch Wreck
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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In the time that it took for Kyle Busch’s Toyota to blow through a couple of hundred yards of painted grass and soft, sandy earth and then slam into a solid concrete wall at 180 or so mph on Saturday, the Daytona Rising project at Daytona International Speedway was transformed [...]

Sun, 02/22/15 – 9:27 | No Comment
Kurt Busch Out Of Appeals – And The 500
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Embattled NASCAR driver Kurt Busch lost a pair of appeal procedures Saturday stemming from his indefinite Sprint Cup Series suspension, ending the former champion’s bid to compete in Sunday’s season-opening 57th annual Daytona 500.
NASCAR slapped Busch with the indefinite suspension Friday afternoon in the aftermath of a Delaware family court’s finding earlier that “by a [...]

Sun, 02/22/15 – 8:08 | 2 Comments
Hagan Jumps To Pole In Arizona
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Two-time/reigning world champion Matt Hagan will attempt to notch season-opening, back-to-back Funny Car victories from P1 Sunday after recording his first career sub-4-second run during final qualifications for the 31st annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.
Crew chief Dickie Venables turned up the wick on Hagan’s Rocky Boots/Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T during the fourth [...]

Sun, 02/22/15 – 7:59 | No Comment
Reed Wins At DIS; Crash Knocks Kyle Busch Out Of The 500
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Ryan Reed stormed to his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in Saturday’s Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
Chris Buescher, Reed’s Roush Fenway Racing teammate, finished second, .089 seconds behind.
Not celebrating after the race was Kyle Busch, who slammed an un-padded infield wall during a big wreck late in the race. An injury to [...]

Sat, 02/21/15 – 20:16 | No Comment
Regan Smith To Fill In For Suspended Kurt Busch
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Stewart-Haas Racing named Regan Smith interim driver of its No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for the 57th Daytona 500 Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
Smith will fill in for Kurt Busch, who was suspended indefinitelyby NASCAR on Friday after it was ruled that Busch smashed his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll’s head against his motor home wall [...]

Sat, 02/21/15 – 8:50 | One Comment