Texas Test To Precede Rush To Indy
Fri, 29/04/16 – 9:28 | No Comment
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FORT WORTH, Texas – While open-wheel racing’s Month of May beckons every IndyCar Series driver and team, a single Saturday night in June will be the cumulative focus during a test Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway.
More than two-thirds of the Indycar Series field is scheduled to participate in a day-long session around TMS’ high-banked, 1.5-mile […]

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Truex Jr. Getting Comfortable In Rearranged Furniture
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Martin Truex Jr. has survived bad times on and off the track. The result has been an improved Martin Truex Jr.  (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

Martin Truex Jr. has survived bad times on and off the track. The result has been an improved Martin Truex Jr. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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SHAWNEE, Kan. – It was pre-Kansas Speedway-event media day at a local bowling alley Wednesday and Martin Truex Jr. was addressing the topics de jour in NASCAR with much more ease than he was picking up strikes and spares.

sprint-logo-08He cruised his way through questions about lug nuts, paybacks, aero packages and Toyotas, and he did it with witty takes and easy smiles.

Enjoying life comes easy for Truex these days. Yes, because he’s following up a final-four run in the Sprint Cup’s 2015 Chase with an unexpectedly consistent start to the 2016 season.

But also because he’s seen the other side of the face on the one-eyed jack of life. The side splattered by tragedy, uncertainty and despair. The side which, if survivable, can allow a person to come out the other end of it, smiling and boyish.

After schmoozing in front of cameras, scribbling pens and microphones, and after laughing his way through at least one ugly gutter ball, Truex sat down at a small table for one final interview before heading out to the airport to catch a ride back to actual racing.

It wasn’t long before he was asked about 2014. And gone was the air of frivolity.

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Fri, 04/29/16 – 9:15 | No Comment
Truex Jr. Getting Comfortable In Rearranged Furniture
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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SHAWNEE, Kan. – It was pre-Kansas Speedway-event media day at a local bowling alley Wednesday and Martin Truex Jr. was addressing the topics de jour in NASCAR with much more ease than he was picking up strikes and spares.
He cruised his way through questions about lug nuts, paybacks, aero packages […]

Fri, 04/29/16 – 9:15 | No Comment
Pritchett/Vandergriff Band Back Together For Houston
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Leah Pritchett’s patchwork NHRA Top Fuel schedule will continue this weekend during the 29th annual NHRA SpringNationals near Houston, where the recent national event winner will reunite with her Bob Vandergriff Racing team via sponsorship from Texas-based Quaker State.
Pritchett, who won her first Top Fuel event in Race No. 2 of the Mello […]

Thu, 04/28/16 – 16:14 | No Comment
IndyCar’s Pagenaud Rolls Into The Month Of May
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Sans apology, Simon Pagenaud channeled his inner Jean Girard during the closing laps of Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. And perhaps the best news for runner-up Graham Rahal is that he exited Barber Motorsports Park without a kiss from the Frenchman.
All references to Talladega Nights _ The Ballad […]

Tue, 04/26/16 – 8:18 | No Comment
Richmond Finish Won’t Pollute Gibbs’ Chemistry
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Race teams, as do most other teams, meet and debrief in the days following the sporting events in which they were involved. This week’s meeting at Joe Gibbs Racing could be a beauty.
On the final lap of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway, JGR driver Carl Edwards caught and pushed the race-leading […]

Mon, 04/25/16 – 9:25 | No Comment
Brittany Force Adds To Historic Roll At Four-Wides
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – After taking 75 races to collect her first NHRA Top Fuel victory, Brittany Force wasted little time in snatching her second and etching her name in the history books Sunday at zMAX Dragway in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods.
Force’s second career Top Fuel victory […]

Mon, 04/25/16 – 7:04 | No Comment
Pagenaud Wins Wild One At Barber
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Simon Pagenaud survived a late-race shunt with Graham Rahal, passed the damaged car of Rahal with five laps later and went on to win Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park.
The victory was the second straight for the Team Penske driver and allowed him to pad his points lead.
“That’s not a corner you […]

Sun, 04/24/16 – 16:40 | No Comment
Edwards Bumps Way To Second Straight Win
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By Jim Pedley | Senior Writer
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Carl Edwards bumped teammate Kyle Busch out of the lead on the final lap and went on to win Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
The victory was the second straight for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. He led 151 laps Sunday, a week after winning Bristol.
“Kyle’s an […]

Sun, 04/24/16 – 15:27 | No Comment
DeJoria Wins Pole, Breaks Record at zMAX
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – One day after NHRA Funny Car driver Matt Hagan broke the track record at zMAX Dragway, Alexis DeJoria stole it from him to claim the No. 1 starting position for this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods.
Other top qualifiers Saturday were Steve Torrence in Top […]

Sat, 04/23/16 – 19:00 | No Comment
Pagenaud On Barber Pole
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Points leader Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
Pagenaud, the winner at Long Beach last weekend, had a fast lap at 01:06.7262 (124.089 mph) at the 2.3-mile road circuit.
“It was awesome,” the Frenchman said. “The car was just incredible, the PPG Car, […]

Sat, 04/23/16 – 17:38 | No Comment
Earnhardt Jr. Returns To XFINITY Victory Lane
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first NASCAR XFINITY Series race since 2010 and the first in his own JR Motorsports equipment on Sunday.
Earnhardt beat Ty Dillon by .266 seconds at Richmond International Raceway, but Dillon collected the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus available to the two highest finishes among XFINITY Series regulars from each of the two […]

Sat, 04/23/16 – 17:23 | No Comment