Keselowski Vow: I Will Not Be ‘Run Out Of The Sport’
Tue, 21/10/14 – 8:04 | No Comment
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Brad Keselowski will continue his pursuit of a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with team-owner Roger Penske’s blessing to be his own Bad Self.
Keselowski qualified for the eight-driver Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a dramatic victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Needing a [...]

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Jimmie: Knaus Will Decide When To Step Down
By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Jimmie Johnson said crew chief Chad Knaus not in danger of being fired but... (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chad Knaus, the only crew chief Jimmie Johnson has known while winning six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, isn’t on the chopping block.

But Johnson, who was eliminated from this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Talladega, Ala., made it clear that he knows the day is coming when there will be a different pit boss calling the shots for his No. 48 Chevrolet.

“Yeah, that day is out there,” Johnson said Friday as he began preparations for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. “I think a crew chief’s lifespan is much shorter than a driver’s. They live in dog years and drivers can carry on much longer.

“I’ve been accused of being loyal to a fault in the past, that’s me. I have no plans or desires to make a change. When Chad decides he’s had enough of being the guy on the box, it will be his decision to step down. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve made it 13 years in this thing. I want to see it go as long as it can.”

Johnson admitted that the public and media’s perception is that there is a lot of tension between him and Knaus. But he added that looks and sounds can be deceiving.

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Fri, 10/24/14 – 15:37 | No Comment
Prock And Force Split In Middle Of Countdown
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NHRA Funny Car icon John Force accepted the resignation of crew chief Jimmy Prock on Wednesday, accelerating an exit process Prock was targeting for the end of the Countdown to the Championship next month.
On Thursday, Don Schumacher Racing announced it had hired Prock for a position yet to be determined, [...]

Wed, 10/22/14 – 17:05 | No Comment
Keselowski Vow: I Will Not Be ‘Run Out Of The Sport’
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Brad Keselowski will continue his pursuit of a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with team-owner Roger Penske’s blessing to be his own Bad Self.
Keselowski qualified for the eight-driver Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a dramatic victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Needing a [...]

Tue, 10/21/14 – 8:04 | No Comment
Racing Pioneer Beadle Passes Away
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Raymond Beadle, an icon of Texas motor racing, passed away Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion was 70.
At the peak of his success, Beadle campaigned cars in NASCAR, NHRA, IHRA and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and was owner of Chaparral Trailer Company.
Widely-credited [...]

Mon, 10/20/14 – 15:03 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Why No Fights At Talladega?
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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TALLADEGA, Ala. – I went to Talladega to see a fight and a race broke out.
Following the car bashing by Brad Keselowski and the headlocking by Matt Kenseth in Charlotte, it was reasonable to think more tempers would flare in the elimination race of the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup [...]

Mon, 10/20/14 – 8:19 | One Comment
Keselowski Wins Talladega; Field Set For ‘Eliminator Round’
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Brad Keselowski basically had one chance to continue his bid to win a second Sprint Cup championship when Sunday’s cutdown race at Talladega began. The 2012 champ had to win. And win he did and on goes the Team Penske driver’s comeback season.
The victory was sixth of the season and, obviously, his biggest.
“So special,” he [...]

Sun, 10/19/14 – 16:49 | No Comment
‘Texas Terry’ To Drive Off Into Sunset At Talladega
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NASCAR champion Terry Labonte will bookend a stellar Sprint Cup Series career that began at Darlington Raceway in 1978 with his 890th and (really) final start in today’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Through NASCAR’s evolution from regional curiosity to national obsession, “Texas Terry” has remained unflappable and largely underappreciated during [...]

Sun, 10/19/14 – 7:27 | No Comment
Vickers, Confusion Reign In Talladega Qualifying
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A non-Chaser won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, but a Chaser in need qualified second fastest.
The non-Chaser who won the pole for the final Contender Round race was Brain Vickers of Michael Waltrip Racing. He put down a lap at [...]

Sat, 10/18/14 – 18:58 | No Comment
Qs and As: Kenseth, Keselowski Give Their Sides Of Brawl Story
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Last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended with on-track and off-track brawls breaking out. Brad Keselowski of Team Penske was involved in much of it.
He clipped some cars on the track and in pits and then, as he walked to his motorhome, was jumped by Matt Kenseth.
On Friday at Talladega, Kenseth and [...]

Fri, 10/17/14 – 14:18 | No Comment
Harvick’s Hall Hopes Could Hinge On 2014 Chase
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Every person in the world who knows the feeling of Nomex on skin wants to win a major automobile racing championship. Then there are those few who need to win one. And there, perhaps, sits Kevin Harvick today.
For reasons of history and legitimacy and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Harvick, [...]

Fri, 10/17/14 – 7:34 | No Comment
Formula One Drivers Have Texas, Title, Bianchi On Their Minds
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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As Formula One’s globetrotting tour prepares for its lone visit to the United States, Lewis Hamilton’s march to a second World Driving Championship continues to be tempered by Jules Bianchi’s fight for life.
Hamilton’s victory in Sunday’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix extended his lead over Mercedes AMG teammate Nico Rosberg to 17 points en route [...]

Wed, 10/15/14 – 8:16 | One Comment