Schumacher Going For Big History At The “Big Go”
Thu, 28/08/14 – 12:25 | No Comment
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All motor sports series seem to have that one event on their calendar that for competitors holds as much – or more – importance than a season championship. That’s certainly true in the NHRA where the U.S. Nationals stands as an event which produces as much emotion in competitors as does occupying seats at the [...]

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Stewart: Driver Death ‘Will Affect My Life Forever’
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor RacinToday.com

Tony Stewart on Friday talked about the fatal incident in New York. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A visibly shaken Tony Stewart addressed the media on Friday for the first time since he was involved in a sprint car race incident which claimed the life of 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt track in New York state.

Stewart read a prepared statement during a press conference in the media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway, site of this week’s Sprint Cup race – a race that marks the return of the three-time Cup champion to a race car.

“This has been one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with,” Stewart said, with voice shaking, “both professionally and personally. This is definitely something that will affect my life forever. This is a sadness and a pain that I hope no one ever has to experience in their life.

“With that being said, I know that the pain and the mourning that Kevin Ward’s family and friends are experiencing is something that I can’t possibly imagine. I want Kevin’s father, Kevin Sr., and his mother, Pam and his sisters…to know that every day I’m thinking about them and praying for them.

“The racing community is a large family, as you guys know, and everybody’s sadden with this tragedy. I want to thank all my friends and family for all their support at this emotional time, and the support from the NASCAR community, our partners, all of employees has been overwhelming.”

Stewart announced Thursday that he would return to the driver’s seat this weekend.

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Fri, 08/29/14 – 12:27 | No Comment
Stewart Returns To Cup Ride At Atlanta
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart will be back in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a spokesman for Stewart said Thursday.
Stewart’s ride at Atlanta will mark his first start since Aug. 3 at Pocono Raceway.
Stewart sat out the past three races at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Michigan International Speedway [...]

Thu, 08/28/14 – 15:42 | One Comment
Schumacher Going For Big History At The “Big Go”
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

All motor sports series seem to have that one event on their calendar that for competitors holds as much – or more – importance than a season championship. That’s certainly true in the NHRA where the U.S. Nationals stands as an event which produces as much emotion in competitors as does occupying seats at the [...]

Thu, 08/28/14 – 12:25 | No Comment
Team Merger Has Newgarden Jacked Up About 2015
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The open-wheel merger between Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing will feature Josef Newgarden for at least the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Newgarden, 23, will continue to drive the No. 67 Dallara fielded by SFHR next season with the rebadged CFH Racing organization, a deal which includes [...]

Wed, 08/27/14 – 19:09 | No Comment
NASCAR Pulls Wraps Off Of 2015 Schedule
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There were no bombshells when NASCAR unveiled its 2015 schedule on Tuesday – much to the dismay of those who wanted a road race in the Chase –but there was a cherry bomb or two.
On the move again, is the Cup date at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Moved to Labor Day [...]

Tue, 08/26/14 – 16:33 | No Comment
Swindell Announces Retirement
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Veteran sprint car driver Sammy Swindell announced his retirement, effective immediately, on Monday.
Swindell is a three-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion who won 294 races. The Memphis, Tenn., area native was one of the original Outlaws who helped grow the series from its 1978 origins at Devil’s Bowl Speedway into the premier [...]

Mon, 08/25/14 – 17:36 | No Comment
Dixon Wins Sonoma; Power Stumbles
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Scott Dixon held off Ryan Hunter-Reay over the final three laps of Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at the Sonoma Raceway road course to get his second victory of the season.
Dixon, driving the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet power Dallar, took the lead with four laps to go when he blew past leader Mike Conway [...]

Sun, 08/24/14 – 17:58 | No Comment
Penske Weekend Sends Message To Hendrick
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Team Penske drivers swept Bristol Motor Speedway’s three-race weekend, providing Ford with its first such accomplishment since 2006 and apparently setting the stage for a Hendrick-Penske showdown in the Sprint Cup championship battle.
Joey Logano won the IRWIN Tools Night race Saturday for his third victory this season, [...]

Sun, 08/24/14 – 9:50 | No Comment
Power On Pole In Sonoma
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IndyCar Series championship points leader Will Power claimed his second consecutive pole and fourth of the season, with a lap of 1 minute, 17.4126 seconds in Firestone Fast Six qualifications for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, reset the track record he established in 2012 with a [...]

Sat, 08/23/14 – 22:09 | No Comment
Logano Gets His Third Victory of Season
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Joey Logano’s breakout season continued Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway as he won his third race of the 2014 season.
Logano, who notched his sixth victory in 207 Sprint Cup starts, took the lead away from Matt Kenseth with 46 laps to go and sprinted to the finish.
“Got our third win of the year,” Logano [...]

Sat, 08/23/14 – 21:57 | No Comment
Bristol Night Race Kicks Off The ‘Panic Mode’ Season
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Only three races and four available Chase positions remain before the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship run begins and heading into Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway most competitors believed the 500-lap event on the tough, half-mile track would be a frustrating, challenging race.
“You’ve got to really be on offense [...]

Sat, 08/23/14 – 16:54 | No Comment