Stewart’s NASCAR Return Features Highs, Lows
Sun, 31/08/14 – 23:27 | No Comment
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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HAMPTON, Ga. – On the high banks of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night Tony Stewart showed flashes of the form that led him to three Sprint Cup championships. It was his first competition since the tragic sprint car race three weeks earlier where Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed.
But Stewart, who needed a victory to [...]

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DeJoria Overcomes Force To Win U.S. Nationals
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Alexis DeJoria blew past John Force to win the U.S. Nationals on Monday. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

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Alexis DeJoria raced past 16-time Funny Car world champ John Force Monday to win the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis.

DeJoria crossed the finish line in 4.038 seconds at 310.34 mph in the Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry to defeat the current Funny Car points leader, who won the Traxxas Nitro Shootout Sunday.

It was the third win of DeJoria’s season and her first at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. With the victory, DeJoria became the fourth female winner of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals and the first female driver to win three Funny Car races in a single season.

Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were first time winners at the tradition-rich NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, the last race of the regular season.

DeJoria, who also outran Cruz Pedregon, Blake Alexander and Courtney Force en route to the victory, earned a record 10th season victory for female racers in the NHRA Mello Yello Series.

“It’s huge [to win the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals],” said DeJoria.  “I was just happy to make it to another semifinal; that was four in a row. To make it past the semifinals, that was huge, but to win this race just builds our confidence even more and in me especially.”

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Tue, 09/2/14 – 6:04 | No Comment
Stewart’s NASCAR Return Features Highs, Lows
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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HAMPTON, Ga. – On the high banks of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night Tony Stewart showed flashes of the form that led him to three Sprint Cup championships. It was his first competition since the tragic sprint car race three weeks earlier where Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed.
But Stewart, who needed a victory to [...]

Sun, 08/31/14 – 23:27 | No Comment
Kahne Wins Atlanta, Earns Berth In Chase
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Kasey Kahne, with an assist from Kyle Busch and Paul Menard, won Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway and locked himself into the upcoming Chase playoff.
The victory was Kahne’s first of the season and came with just two races to go before the start of the Chase.
“Yeah, man, it took a [...]

Sun, 08/31/14 – 23:00 | No Comment
Force Top Gun At Shootout; Finals Set At Big Go
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John Force won the Traxxas Nitro Shootout victory Sunday, concluding a day of racing at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Force, a 16-time Funny Car world champ, pocketed $100,000 and bragging rights when he beat teammate Robert Hight with a 4.061-second run at 317.19 mph in the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang. He [...]

Sun, 08/31/14 – 19:34 | No Comment
Will Power Finally Gets His IndyCar Championship
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Team Penske’s Will Power capped an often-frustrating 15-year trek that transported him from Toowoomba, Australia, to Southern California Saturday night with a “mega” ninth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 that secured his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Power, who entered the season’s 18th race at the 2-mile/D-shaped Auto Club Speedway in [...]

Sun, 08/31/14 – 7:00 | No Comment
Schumacher Top Fuel Top Gun In Shootout
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Tony Schumacher raced to the $100,000 payday in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout race-within-the-race on Saturday at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana.
Schumacher, a seven-time NHRA champion defeated Richie Crampton in the specialty bonus event final round with a 3.748-second run at 328.54 mph at the controls of his [...]

Sat, 08/30/14 – 21:36 | No Comment
Team Orders Are Filed In Penske’s Waste Basket
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Barring on-track contact between the two – and that’s entirely possible –  Saturday night’s season-ending MAVTV 500 figures to be a free-for-all between Team Penske’s Will Power and Helio Castroneves.
“We’re not big on ‘team orders,’ ” Roger Penske said Friday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. “Obviously we’ll see what’s [...]

Sat, 08/30/14 – 8:15 | No Comment
Schumacher Off To Fast Start At U.S. Nationals
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Tony Schumacher earned the Top Fuel provisional pole Friday at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis.
Del Worsham (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the final regular season race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Following [...]

Sat, 08/30/14 – 6:47 | No Comment
Harvick On Pole in Atlanta
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Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday night’s Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a lap at 190.398 mph.
The pole was Harvick’s sixth of the season his  first pole at the 1.54-mile AMS quad-oval.
Brad Keselowski was second fastest in qualifying with a lap at 190.058 mph.
Rookie Kyle Larson (189.883 [...]

Sat, 08/30/14 – 6:42 | No Comment
Hendrick Engines At Center Of Powerful Debate
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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HAMPTON, Ga. – Add Brian Vickers’ name to the growing list of NASCAR drivers willing to go on the record and admit that, when it comes to horsepower, engines built by Hendrick Motorsports are the class of the field.
When Ryan Newman got into a heated argument with Jimmie Johnson two weeks ago at Michigan, Newman [...]

Fri, 08/29/14 – 18:58 | No Comment
Stewart: Driver Death ‘Will Affect My Life Forever’
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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 [...]

Fri, 08/29/14 – 12:27 | No Comment