Johnson Jr. Rolls To Pole In Arizona
Sun, 26/02/17 – 9:03 | No Comment
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Tommy Johnson Jr. set the Funny Car track elapsed-time record at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Saturday en route to qualifying on-pole for the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Johnson powered his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to a career-best 1,000-foot pass in 3.837-seconds at 329.10 mph during the final qualifying session in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix, […]

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Kurt Busch Wins The Daytona 500 Wreckathon
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Kurt Busch won his first Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kurt Busch had won a NASCAR Cup championship, 28 Cup races, had driven in the Indianapolis 500 but hand never won the Daytona 500. Until Sunday.

Busch took the lead on the final lap, held it and took the checkered flag in his No. 42 beaten-and-banged Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet.

“The more that I’ve run this race, the more that I’ve said throw caution to the wind, let her rip and just see how it works out and that’s what we did,” he said.

The victory came in the first race since SHR switched from Chevrolets to Fords.

The final lap was the only lap Busch led in winning the 59th 500 – the first under a three-stage format. That final lap was one of the few that was not marred by a big crash as the race saw the hopes of many of the biggest names in the sport involved in wrecks.

Ryan Blaney finished second in the famed No. 21 Wood Brothers car while AJ Allmendinger was third.

Suffering the biggest heartbreak was Chase Elliott, as he appeared set to take the win in the No. 24 Hendrick Chevy but ran out of gas with two laps to go. Read the full story »

Sun, 02/26/17 – 18:42 | No Comment
Bowyer’s Long Nightmare Has Come To End
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As Clint Bowyer walked an inspection lap around his expired Xfinity Series car as it sat in the infield at Texas Motor Speedway in the spring of 2004,  he wore a look on his face that said “beware of the dog”.
No matter that it was his first real NASCAR race. […]

Sun, 02/26/17 – 10:31 | No Comment
Johnson Jr. Rolls To Pole In Arizona
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Tommy Johnson Jr. set the Funny Car track elapsed-time record at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Saturday en route to qualifying on-pole for the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Johnson powered his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to a career-best 1,000-foot pass in 3.837-seconds at 329.10 mph during the final qualifying session in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix, […]

Sun, 02/26/17 – 9:03 | No Comment
Reed Wins Ugly Xfinity Opener At DIS
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Ryan Reed won his second Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway as he survived a marathon crash-o-rama to win on Saturday afternoon/Saturday night.
Reed, who won the race in 2015, got the victory by holding off Kasey Kahne in overtime in a race which set a near-record for cautions (10) at DIS and lasted over […]

Sat, 02/25/17 – 20:07 | No Comment
Pritchett Continues To Fly In Top Fuel
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Leah Pritchett continued her scorching start to the 2017 NHRA season Friday, setting the Top Fuel elapsed-time national record on her second pass during qualifying for the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also were provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective […]

Sat, 02/25/17 – 9:06 | No Comment
Rookie Grala Wins Daytona Truck Series Race
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Rookie Kaz Grala guided his truck through, then past a last-lap incident involving 13 trucks to win Friday night’s season-opening Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Grala, 18, started on the pole in the No. 33 Chevrolet, emerged from the backstretch incident that ruined a dominating effort by Grala’s teammate, defending race champion – […]

Sat, 02/25/17 – 8:58 | No Comment
Elliott, Hamlin Win Duels
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After winning the pole for the Daytona 500 last Sunday, Chase Elliott didn’t need to win his heat race in Thursday’s night’s first Can-Am Duel. But he wanted to and did.
In the second Duel, Denny Hamlin passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. – who had already won the outside pole for this Sunday’s 500 – on the next-to-last […]

Fri, 02/24/17 – 8:23 | No Comment
Hope Will Ride With Junior As He Gets Back In Car
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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It’s nearly impossible to not like Dale Earnhardt Jr. For those who have not been around him, know this: He is pretty much as billed. He’s as honest, as thoughtful, as profound and as genuine as millionaire star athletes come.
And, I sincerely wish he would never drive a race car […]

Thu, 02/23/17 – 17:42 | No Comment
Jimmie’s Drive Through History Continues
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Jimmie Johnson will be crowned NASCAR’s “Eighth Wonder” with his next championship, the one that will separate the Hendrick Motorsports superstar from Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
The long and grinding Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series road moves into full race mode Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway, where drivers and teams will […]

Thu, 02/23/17 – 8:14 | No Comment
Elliott Wins 500 Pole; Junior Also On Front Row
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Once again, qualifying day for the Daytona 500 turned into a showcase for NASCAR’s most bankable stars as young Chase Elliott and veteran Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start on the pole and P2 respectively in next weekend’s 59th running of stock car racing’s most important event.
Both drivers are members of Hendrick Motorsports. Elliott won the pole […]

Sun, 02/19/17 – 17:34 | No Comment
Logano Makes Use Of Clash Crash; Rolls To Win
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Joey Logano took advantage of a bout of fender-bending at the front of the field on the final lap to win Sunday’s weather-delayed NASCAR Clash exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway.
Logano blew past front-runners Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski – who made contact while fighting for the lead – on that final lap and cruised […]

Sun, 02/19/17 – 13:56 | No Comment