NASCAR Announces Sweeping Rule Changes For 2015 Cup Season
Tue, 23/09/14 – 15:35 | No Comment
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NASCAR announced a series of rule changes on Tuesday that will go into effect beginning with the 2015 racing season.
The rule changes apply to cars and engines and their aim, NASCAR officials said, is to improve competition, safety and the cost of doing business.
They include reduction of spoiler heights on the rear deck lids [...]

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Hines Won But Lost In Pro Bike Finals In Texas
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Andrew Hines headed down the track slowly and alone in the Pro Stock Motorcycle finals at the Texas Motorplex. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

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ENNIS, Texas – Andrew Hines exited Texas Motorplex Sunday fully aware his latest Pro Stock Motorcycle victory likely is being viewed as a classic no-win situation in the court of two-wheel opinion.

Hines won the final of the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals via a solo run when opponent Steve Johnson failed to get to the starting line in time following a major engine thrash. To fans lining the fences and in the grandstands on both sides of The Plex, it might have looked like Hines and the factory-backed Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team were beating up on owner/rider Johnson and his privateer 2003 Suzuki TL.

“It’s like the old saying, there’s no bad wins lights,” said Hines, a three-time PSM world champion. “But there’s no good way around this one. We’re going to look like the bad guys no matter what. I mean, us Harley guys…there’s a lot of pros, a lot of cons.”

Hines notched his first win on Billy Meyer’s famed all-concrete quarter-mile, class-leading fifth of the season and 37th of his career with a pass of 7.571-seconds at 186.54 mph aboard a 2014 V-Rod that blew its transmission during a gear change.

“Yeah, if Steve would have been there, more than likely you’d be talking to him (as event champion),” Hines said in the Motorplex’s press box, approximately 20 minutes after Johnson had delivered his version of the Read the full story »

Tue, 09/23/14 – 15:09 | No Comment
Hines Won But Lost In Pro Bike Finals In Texas
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Andrew Hines exited Texas Motorplex Sunday fully aware his latest Pro Stock Motorcycle victory likely is being viewed as a classic no-win situation in the court of two-wheel opinion.
Hines won the final of the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals via a solo run when opponent Steve [...]

Tue, 09/23/14 – 15:09 | No Comment
Sarge In Command After Weekend Sweep In Texas
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Tony Schumacher and his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster team are rounding into championship form as he raced to his second victory in as many days, this time winning the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Sunday at Texas Motorplex in Ennis.
Courtney Force (Funny Car) Dave Connolly (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were [...]

Sun, 09/21/14 – 18:41 | No Comment
Logano Makes Team Penske Two For Two In Chase
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Joey Logano won Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and in doing so, joined Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski – who won at Chicagoland Speedway a week ago – in advancing to the second round of the 10-race Chase playoffs.
The victory, which came in Race No. 2 of the Chase, was [...]

Sun, 09/21/14 – 16:35 | No Comment
Sampey-Drago Leaves Fear Behind In NHRA Return
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ENNIS, Texas – Angelle Sampey-Drago says any fear she had about climbing back aboard the seat of a Pro Stock Motorcycle was resolved when she made her first test run in seven years.
“It was a different fear.  It’s because I’m a mom now,” said Sampey-Drago, a three-time NHRA world champion and drag racing’s winningest [...]

Sun, 09/21/14 – 14:48 | No Comment
Gaughan’s Late Pass Nets NNS Win In Kentucky
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Brendan Gaughan secured his second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season Saturday night when he won at Kentucky Speedway.
Gaughan passed Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon for the lead on the final restart of the night to get the win.
“I love my restarts,” said Gaughan. “It was an awesome restart. Shane (Wilson, crew chief) kept [...]

Sun, 09/21/14 – 7:17 | No Comment
Routine Mistake Costs John Force A Countdown Victory
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ENNIS, Texas – Funny Car icon John Force was foaming at the mouth Saturday after an uncharacteristic red-light cost him a victory against Matt Hagan during the delayed Race 1 final of the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship at the Texas Motorplex.
Force outran Hagan over the 1,000-foot distance of the Motorplex’s all-concrete surface with a [...]

Sun, 09/21/14 – 7:06 | One Comment
Courtney Force Hangs On To Claim Funny Car Pole In Texas
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Courtney Force earned her fourth pole position of the season Saturday, when she qualified P1 at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Shane Gray (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. It is the second playoff race in the [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 20:50 | No Comment
Pruett/Rojas Win Tudor Series Race At COTA
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Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas drove their No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford/Riley to their third victory of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship season on Saturday when the won the Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
Pruett took the lead with 33 minutes remaining, and then held off both Joao [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 18:24 | No Comment
Gordon Has Climbed To Top Of Hendrick Fave List
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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LOUDON, N.H. – It’s been 13 years since Jeff Gordon won the last of his four NASCAR Sprint Cup titles.
So how surprising is it that the 43-year-old driver is one of the favorites in this year’s Chase for the championship?
“Jeff is still one of the best drivers out there,’’ [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 14:17 | No Comment
No Letdown For Keselowski In New Hampshire
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Brad Keselowski, who won the Chase-opening Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway last weekend, set a track record in winning the pole for this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.
The pole was Keselowski’s fifth of the season, the eight of his career and his third in 11 starts at the 1.058-mile flat [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 7:00 | No Comment