Pritchett Makes It Two Straight
Mon, 27/02/17 – 9:15 | No Comment
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Leah Pritchett repeated as Top Fuel winner at the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals on Sunday, stirring what could prove to be prophetic comparisons to Gary Scelzi in the process.
Pritchett, of Don Schumacher Racing, defeated Brittany Force in the final at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., for the second consecutive year. Winner […]

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Ford Takes First Steps Toward Cup Rebirth
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The Ford Fusion of Kurt Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing drove all the way to Victory Lane at Daytona on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Tom Copeland)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Ford Motor Co. executives readily admit their desire this season is to seize the manufacturer’s championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, a title they have not possessed since 2002.

Chevrolet dominated the competition for 13 years before Toyota dethroned the General Motors brand last year. Now Ford hungers to be the king of the manufacturers in stock car racing’s premier series and its plan appears headed in the right direction. Joey Logano fired the first shot during Daytona’s Speedweeks, securing a victory in the Advance Auto Parts Clash. Kurt Busch wrapped up Speedweeks with not only his first Daytona 500 victory, but also the inaugural one for Stewart-Haas Racing, an organization that Ford spent millions of dollars to woo from Chevrolet.

“We are in the best position we’ve been in, in probably a decade with the number of cars that we have, with the quality of drivers that we have and with the engineering staff that’s supporting the teams,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance’s global director. Read the full story »

Mon, 02/27/17 – 16:22 | No Comment
Pritchett Makes It Two Straight
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Leah Pritchett repeated as Top Fuel winner at the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals on Sunday, stirring what could prove to be prophetic comparisons to Gary Scelzi in the process.
Pritchett, of Don Schumacher Racing, defeated Brittany Force in the final at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., for the second consecutive year. Winner […]

Mon, 02/27/17 – 9:15 | No Comment
Kurt Busch Wins The Daytona 500 Wreck-a-thon
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kurt Busch had won a NASCAR Cup championship, 28 Cup races, had driven in the Indianapolis 500 but had never won the Daytona 500. Until Sunday.
Busch took the lead from Kyle Larson on the final lap with a big move, held it and took the checkered flag in his No. […]

Sun, 02/26/17 – 18:42 | No Comment
Bowyer’s Long Nightmare Has Come To An End
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As Clint Bowyer walked an inspection lap around his expired Xfinity Series car as it sat in the infield at Texas Motor Speedway in the spring of 2004,  he wore a look on his face that said “beware of the dog”.
No matter that it was his first real NASCAR race. […]

Sun, 02/26/17 – 10:31 | No Comment
Johnson Jr. Rolls To Pole In Arizona
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Tommy Johnson Jr. set the Funny Car track elapsed-time record at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Saturday en route to qualifying on-pole for the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Johnson powered his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to a career-best 1,000-foot pass in 3.837-seconds at 329.10 mph during the final qualifying session in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix, […]

Sun, 02/26/17 – 9:03 | No Comment
Reed Wins Ugly Xfinity Opener At DIS
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Ryan Reed won his second Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway as he survived a marathon crash-o-rama to win on Saturday afternoon/Saturday night.
Reed, who won the race in 2015, got the victory by holding off Kasey Kahne in overtime in a race which set a near-record for cautions (10) at DIS and lasted over […]

Sat, 02/25/17 – 20:07 | One Comment
Pritchett Continues To Fly In Top Fuel
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Leah Pritchett continued her scorching start to the 2017 NHRA season Friday, setting the Top Fuel elapsed-time national record on her second pass during qualifying for the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also were provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective […]

Sat, 02/25/17 – 9:06 | No Comment
Rookie Grala Wins Daytona Truck Series Race
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Rookie Kaz Grala guided his truck through, then past a last-lap incident involving 13 trucks to win Friday night’s season-opening Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Grala, 18, started on the pole in the No. 33 Chevrolet, emerged from the backstretch incident that ruined a dominating effort by Grala’s teammate, defending race champion – […]

Sat, 02/25/17 – 8:58 | No Comment
Elliott, Hamlin Win Duels
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After winning the pole for the Daytona 500 last Sunday, Chase Elliott didn’t need to win his heat race in Thursday’s night’s first Can-Am Duel. But he wanted to and did.
In the second Duel, Denny Hamlin passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. – who had already won the outside pole for this Sunday’s 500 – on the next-to-last […]

Fri, 02/24/17 – 8:23 | No Comment
Hope Will Ride With Junior As He Gets Back In Car
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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It’s nearly impossible to not like Dale Earnhardt Jr. For those who have not been around him, know this: He is pretty much as billed. He’s as honest, as thoughtful, as profound and as genuine as millionaire star athletes come.
And, I sincerely wish he would never drive a race car […]

Thu, 02/23/17 – 17:42 | No Comment
Jimmie’s Drive Through History Continues
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Jimmie Johnson will be crowned NASCAR’s “Eighth Wonder” with his next championship, the one that will separate the Hendrick Motorsports superstar from Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
The long and grinding Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series road moves into full race mode Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway, where drivers and teams will […]

Thu, 02/23/17 – 8:14 | No Comment