Kahne Wins Atlanta, Earns Berth In Chase
Sun, 31/08/14 – 23:00 | No Comment
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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.
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Stewart’s NASCAR Return Features Highs, Lows
By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Tony Stewart got back into a race car this weekend in Atlanta. Things when well and badly. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

By 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 make this year’s post-season Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, hit the wall shortly after the halfway mark after a blown right front tire.

Before starting 12th, Stewart received an enthusiastic ovation during driver introductions. He catapulted to fourth place shortly after the start by using the high groove. But a slow pit stop lost those positions.

Stewart’s Bass Pro Shops Chevy then was pushed up to the wall and suffered right side damage when Kyle Busch’s Toyota slid high after an attempted pass. Repairs were made, but a blown tire – possibly resulting from a damaged suspension – eventually forced Stewart’s retirement.

Stewart has one race remaining at Richmond to post a victory that would enable him to make the post-season Chase. NASCAR officials have given Stewart a waiver on the rule requiring a driver to start all 26 races prior to Read the full story »

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
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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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’
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 [...]

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