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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Free Agent Newgarden Uncertain About Future
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Josef Newgarden is the IndyCar Series' most-prized free agent and rumors are circulating in the Texas Motor Speedway paddocks this weekend. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

Josef Newgarden is the IndyCar Series’ most-prized free agent and rumors are circulating in the Texas Motor Speedway paddocks this weekend. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Relegated to the role of reluctant spectator, Josef Newgarden will meet-and-greet fans attending Saturday night’s Firestone 600 (The Resumption) at Texas Motor Speedway before watching his already slim Verizon IndyCar Series championship hopes fade into the late-summer darkness.

bugindynotesIt’s a scenario that has amped-up speculation about Newgarden’s future at Ed Carpenter Racing once the 2016 season ends and he becomes the series’ most coveted free agent.

“Our season ends a little bit shorter than the NASCAR side, kind of late September,” Newgarden said during a recent interview. “So I’ve kind of taken the approach I’m going to wait until the end of the season. We have a shot to win our championship on the INDYCAR side, a little of an outside shot now, but we still have an opportunity so we’re focusing on that.”

Newgarden, who finished fourth last Monday in the rain-delayed ABC Supply 500 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, currently sits third in the point standings _ 100 behind leader Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske and 80 behind runnerup Will Power, also of Team Penske. Newgarden is among 15 drivers mathematically eligible for the 2016 championship. Saturday night’s race in Fort Worth, the Sept. 4 event on the Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International road-course and season-finale at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway on Sept. 18 remain. Read the full story »

Sat, 08/27/16 – 8:05 | No Comment
Tagliani Sprints To Xfinity Series Pole At Road America
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Alex Tagliani won his fourth career NASCAR Xfinity Series pole Friday when he led qualifying for the Road America 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Tagliani, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 pole in 2011, has now earned six poles in 10 career starts in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.
Friday’s result marked […]

Sat, 08/27/16 – 8:16 | No Comment
Free Agent Newgarden Uncertain About Future
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Relegated to the role of reluctant spectator, Josef Newgarden will meet-and-greet fans attending Saturday night’s Firestone 600 (The Resumption) at Texas Motor Speedway before watching his already slim Verizon IndyCar Series championship hopes fade into the late-summer darkness.
It’s a scenario that has amped-up speculation about Newgarden’s future at Ed Carpenter […]

Sat, 08/27/16 – 8:05 | No Comment
Logano P1 At Michigan
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Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.
It was the Team Penske’s third pole of the season and the 17th of his career. He laid down a best lap of 201.698 mph around the 2-mile track in the three-round qualifying session.
“I was surprised after the first […]

Fri, 08/26/16 – 17:39 | 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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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