Gateway Race: IndyCar Series Returning To St. Louis
Fri, 26/08/16 – 8:32 | No Comment
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A return to Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis for a night race after a 13-year absence, and a multiyear agreement with historic Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, highlight the “16-plus-one” Verizon IndyCar Series schedule for 2017.
Stressing continuity, the calendar released Thursday in St. Louis includes a return of all venues on the 2016 schedule and […]

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Bowman Back In The 88 Saddle At Michigan
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Alex Bowman slid into the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Sprint Cup car in Loudon, N.H last month. He's back in the car this weekend. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

Alex Bowman slid into the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Sprint Cup car in Loudon, N.H last month. He’s back in the car this weekend. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

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With Dale Earnhardt Jr. still not physically ready to drive the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and with Jeff Gordon not available to sit in, Alex Bowman will get another shot at driving one of the top rides in Sprint Cup this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

bugqaBowman filled in for Earnhardt, who has been grounded by concussion-like symptoms at New Hampshire in July. He was doing pretty well, too, as he spent large chunks of the race running in the top 10.

But a crash ended up resulting in a 26th-place finish.

The next weekend, Gordon came out of retirement to take the 88 car. He drove at Indianapolis, Pocono, Watkins Glen and Bristol. Gordon, who will return to the 88 seat next weekend, had his best finish a week ago at Bristol. He was 11th.

This weekend’s start will be Bowman’s 73 in Cup. He spent the 2014 season with BK Racing and and the 2015 season with Tommy Baldwin Racing.

On Friday at Michigan, Bowman met with the media for a press conference. The following is a transcript of that press conference: Read the full story »

Fri, 08/26/16 – 16:46 | No Comment
Bowman Back In The 88 Saddle At Michigan
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With Dale Earnhardt Jr. still not physically ready to drive the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and with Jeff Gordon not available to sit in, Alex Bowman will get another shot at driving one of the top rides in Sprint Cup this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
Bowman filled in for Earnhardt, who has been grounded […]

Fri, 08/26/16 – 16:46 | No Comment
Gateway Race: IndyCar Series Returning To St. Louis
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A return to Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis for a night race after a 13-year absence, and a multiyear agreement with historic Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, highlight the “16-plus-one” Verizon IndyCar Series schedule for 2017.
Stressing continuity, the calendar released Thursday in St. Louis includes a return of all venues on the 2016 schedule and […]

Fri, 08/26/16 – 8:32 | No Comment
Power Wins Pocono; Tightens Points Race In IndyCar Championship Race
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Will Power ramped up pressure on IndyCar Series point-leader and Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud on Monday when he won the rain-postponed event at Pocono Raceway.
Power cut Pagenaud’s once seemingly comfortable lead to 20 points with his victory at the 2.5-mile Pocono triangle.
“Yeah, that’s good,” Power said of the points situation. “We are chipping away […]

Mon, 08/22/16 – 14:56 | No Comment
Harvick Finally Closes One Out At Bristol Short Track
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Every year Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Rodney Childers circles the races at Bristol Motor Speedway on his calendar as the ones he especially wants to win due to his background in short-track racing.
Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race driver Kevin Harvick delivered the coveted […]

Mon, 08/22/16 – 14:17 | No Comment
Buescher Takes Big Step Toward Chase Berth
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Chris Buescher will be the first to admit that his 2016 season has fallen into the roller-coaster category.
After all, the season was 12 races old before he recorded a top-20 finish at Dover in May. And he didn’t acquire a top-15 until Indianapolis in July. That’s why when he emerged victorious […]

Mon, 08/22/16 – 11:46 | No Comment
Cup Buddies Honor ‘BC’ In Bristol
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Only two weeks have passed since Bryan Clauson succumbed to injuries suffered in a crash during the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas, but for his friends Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Larson the loss is still painfully fresh.
“He was a great person, awesome race car driver,” Larson said Friday at Bristol Motor […]

Mon, 08/22/16 – 11:41 | No Comment
Brittany Force Notches Fiery Win In Brainerd
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Brittany Force made the most of her return to the Top Fuel final of the 35th annual NHRA Nationals Sunday. One year after finishing as runner-up to No. 1 qualifier Richie Crampton, Force defeated two-time/reigning world champion Antron Brown during a wild, fireball-spewing lap at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway.
“It’s just awesome to be able to win […]

Mon, 08/22/16 – 7:52 | No Comment
IndyCar Notes: Newgarden Still Feeling Under Handed
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If Josef Newgarden greets you with an awkward left-handed shake, don’t take it personally. The rising Verizon IndyCar Series star still is feeling the pain of the broken right hand he suffered during a crash at Texas Motor Speedway last month.
“Everyone thought my (broken) clavicle was going to be a problem. I got plated […]

Mon, 08/22/16 – 7:16 | No Comment
Harvick Wins Weather-Plagued Bristol ‘Night Race’
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Kevin Harvick on Sunday won the Bristol “Night Race” that ended in the day because of rainy weather in eastern Tennessee on Saturday.
Aiding Stewart-Haas Racing Harvick’s victory were wrecks and mishaps suffered by several other drivers who had legitimate chance to win at the high-banked, half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway track.
“Yeah, just really from the drop […]

Sun, 08/21/16 – 20:11 | No Comment
Byron Gets Ultimate Treat From Hendrick
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Team owner Rick Hendrick and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson first met William Byron as a youngster when he came trick-or-treating at Johnson’s house and Hendrick’s granddaughter’s home on Halloween. In fact, Byron still has the pillow case Johnson signed that night.
A few years later Byron told Hendrick his dream was […]

Sun, 08/21/16 – 13:49 | No Comment