Teams, Drivers Turn Back The Pages At Darlington
Fri, 4/09/15 – 18:51 | No Comment
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DARLINGTON, S.C. – With the Southern 500 returning to its traditional Labor Day weekend date at Darlington Raceway and the track promoting a “throwback” theme, of the 28 teams using throwback paint schemes on their cars, perhaps Richard Petty Motorsports has taken the biggest step back in time.
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U.S. Nationals Slog To A Halt On Opening Day In Indy
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Alexis DeJoria is looking for a repeat victory at the NHRA's U.S. Nationals this weekend. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

Alexis DeJoria is looking for a repeat victory at the NHRA’s U.S. Nationals this weekend. (File photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Persistent rain showers forced NHRA officials to cancel Friday’s professional qualifying session at the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Brownsburg, Ind., near Indianapolis.

bugnhranotesRain started as qualifying for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series began and continued into the night. Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Redell Harris was the only biker to make it down Lucas Oil Raceway before track conditions deteriorated, leaving him as the qualifying leader with a 7.224-second quarter-mile pass at 181.23 mph aboard a Buell.

Racing is scheduled to begin Saturday with Sportsman qualifying and time trials. NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying sessions are scheduled for 2:45 and 6:15 p.m. (EDT). In addition, the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel also will take place with rounds at 4, 5:15 and 7:40 p.m. On Sunday, the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Cars will be contested.

The winning teams in each eight-car field will earn $100,000 bonuses. First-round Shootout pairings:

Traxxas Top Fuel Shootout: No. 1 Tony Schumacher vs. No. 8 Clay Millican; No. 2. Antron Brown vs. No. 7 J.R. Todd; No. 3. Richie Crampton vs. No. 6 Steve Torrence and No. 4. Doug Kalitta vs. No. 5 Shawn Langdon. Read the full story »

Sat, 09/5/15 – 7:41 | No Comment
Teams, Drivers Turn Back The Pages At Darlington
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DARLINGTON, S.C. – With the Southern 500 returning to its traditional Labor Day weekend date at Darlington Raceway and the track promoting a “throwback” theme, of the 28 teams using throwback paint schemes on their cars, perhaps Richard Petty Motorsports has taken the biggest step back in time.
Aric Almirola […]

Fri, 09/4/15 – 18:51 | No Comment
IndyCar TV Numbers Jump
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Bolstered by the most-watched Verizon IndyCar Series race ever broadcast on NBC Sports Network, INDYCAR telecasts on ABC and NBCSN posted an overall viewership increase of 16 percent in 2015 that included a 34 percent jump in NBCSN viewership.
Sunday’s season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway _ won by Scott Dixon to […]

Thu, 09/3/15 – 18:50 | No Comment
Dixon Rakes It In At IndyCar Awards Banquet
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Scott Dixon added a $1-million bonus check to his post-season SWAG haul during the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in downtown San Francisco.
Dixon, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, won the 2015 crown in a tiebreaker with Juan Pablo Montoya of Team Penske after a […]

Thu, 09/3/15 – 13:27 | No Comment
Texters Ride For Love Of Sport And Family
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CONCORD, N.C. – Cory and Shayna Texter know well the tough life of an AMA Pro Flat Track racer; after all, their father, Randy, was an AMA U.S. Twin Sports Champion. But when he died in 2010 the siblings didn’t know if they could continue in the sport.
Their biggest supporter had succumbed to cancer at […]

Wed, 09/2/15 – 7:10 | No Comment
Championship Puts Dixon On Indy Cars’ Top Shelf
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Enigmatic team-owner Chip Ganassi once famously observed that he would hire a Martian to drive one of his race cars if he thought said alien could “push the button.”
Martians licensed to drive an open-wheel race car were in short supply four events into the 2002 Championship Auto Racing Teams season, when native New Zealander Scott […]

Mon, 08/31/15 – 8:21 | No Comment
Dixon Wins Sonoma And 2015 IndyCar Series Title
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Scott Dixon entered Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series season-finale needing to drive like crazy and also have lots of things fall his way if he wanted to win the 2015 championship.
Done-and-done.
Dixon, who started the race third in points _ 47 behind leader Juan Montoya Montoya and ninth on the 25-car grid _ won Sunday’s GoPro Grand […]

Sun, 08/30/15 – 18:31 | No Comment
Schumacher Hires alBalooshi After Booting Massey
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Team-owner Don Schumacher has hired Khalid alBalooshi to begin driving the Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing beginning Friday during drag racing’s marquee event, the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis.
alBalooshi, a resident of Los Angeles and citizen of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, replaces Spencer Massey for […]

Sun, 08/30/15 – 12:48 | No Comment
Penske’s Power On Pole For IndyCar Season Finale
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Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power reset his year-old track record during Saturday’s Firestone Fast Six to earn the Verizon P1 Award and pace four of six championship contenders starting on the first three rows for the title-deciding GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Power, driver of the No. 1 Verizon […]

Sun, 08/30/15 – 7:40 | No Comment
Menard Wins On Home Turf
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Paul Menard, a native of Eau Claire, Wis., won Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Menard edged out a relentless Ryan Blaney by 0.573 seconds at the 14-turn road course.
“I’ve been really fortunate to win at some of the coolest tracks, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Road America is right there,” Menard said. “These […]

Sat, 08/29/15 – 20:05 | No Comment
Stewart Responds To Ward Family’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit
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NASCAR champion Tony Stewart contends he did not see Kevin Ward Jr. walking toward his Sprint Car until seconds before the 20-year-old was struck and fatally injured during an on-track accident in Upstate New York last summer.
Stewart’s response to the wrongful death lawsuit brought earlier this month by Ward’s parents was filed Friday by attorney […]

Sat, 08/29/15 – 8:02 | No Comment