Buescher Takes Big Step Toward Chase Berth
Mon, 22/08/16 – 11:46 | No Comment
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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 […]

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Gateway Race: IndyCar Series Returning To St. Louis
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Big time open wheel racing is returning to the St. Louis area in 2017. (File photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

Big time open wheel racing is returning to the St. Louis area in 2017. (File photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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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.

bugindycarStressing continuity, the calendar released Thursday in St. Louis includes a return of all venues on the 2016 schedule and features a total of six events on ovals, six on permanent road courses and five on temporary street circuits.

“I think it’s fair to say that all of the existing races have contracts for more than 2017, so I expect they’ll be back not just for ’17 but in the future, as well,” Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said during a media teleconference.  “The release of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule continues to build upon the success INDYCAR has experienced the last three years and establishes continuity and consistency in our event calendar.

“As a series we are working diligently to create long-term relationships with our promoters to establish date equity and to provide them with the opportunity to initiate ticket renewals and event promotions earlier, which is pivotal to continuing the increase in attendance at our events.” Read the full story »

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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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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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
Russia’s Aleshin Makes IndyCar History
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Mikhail Aleshin made open-wheel history Saturday at Pocono Raceway as the first Russian to win a pole position during qualifying for the ABC Supply 500.
The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver averaged 220.445 mph over two laps in the No. 7 SMP Racing Honda to collect his first pole in his 31st career Verizon IndyCar Series start. […]

Sun, 08/21/16 – 8:08 | No Comment
Hagan Claims Pole in Brainerd
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Two-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan rocketed to pole position Saturday with a record performance at the 35th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway.
Hagan blistered the track in his Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T with a 1,000-foot pass in 3.822-seconds at 333.82 mph to set the elapsed time world record, […]

Sun, 08/21/16 – 7:58 | No Comment