Earnhardt Jr.’s Martinsville Win Was Easy To Enjoy
Thu, 30/10/14 – 8:12 | One Comment
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A couple years back, colleague Rick Minter was talking about stock-car racing then vs. stock-car racing now. The topic morphed to drivers. Minter happily described how he and his father used to run into them down at the Waffle House near their home in Georgia.
That’s right kids, NASCAR drivers used to eat at Waffle [...]

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USGP Notes: Three-Car F1 Teams Being Pondered
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Three Ferraris on the same track at the same time? Could happen. (File photo courtesy of the Circuit of the Americas)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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AUSTIN, Texas – A common fixture in NASCAR and INDYCAR-sanctioned racing, the idea of three-car Formula One teams is gaining limited traction as the governing FIA looks to fill vacant grid spots created by a pair of teams sidelined via budget woes.

The financially strapped Marussia and Caterham F1 teams are sitting out this weekend’s third annual United States Grand Prix, reducing the starting grid at Circuit of The Americas from 22 to 18 cars. FIA Stewards of the Meeting issued a pair of bulletins Friday morning stating that while the teams’ failure to compete here clearly is in breach of the Sporting Regulations, no penalties will be imposed because of their respective financial problems. The matter, however, has been referred to the attention of FIA President Jean Todt.

The 18-car grid will be the smallest in F1 since the 2005 Monaco Grand Prix, when the BAR team was parked for two races because of a technical infringement.

FIA Stewards opted Thursday to adopt a revised qualifying format because of the no-shows.
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Sat, 11/1/14 – 6:45 | No Comment
Earnhardt Jr.’s Martinsville Win Was Easy To Enjoy
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

A couple years back, colleague Rick Minter was talking about stock-car racing then vs. stock-car racing now. The topic morphed to drivers. Minter happily described how he and his father used to run into them down at the Waffle House near their home in Georgia.
That’s right kids, NASCAR drivers used to eat at Waffle [...]

Thu, 10/30/14 – 8:12 | One Comment
Reduced Grid To Start U.S. Grand Prix At COTA
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The financially strapped Marussia and Caterham Formula One teams will sit-out this weekend’s third annual United States Grand Prix, reducing the starting grid at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, from 22 to 18 cars.
Already reeling from the life-threatening head injuries suffered by Frenchman Jules Bianchi during the Japanese [...]

Thu, 10/30/14 – 6:57 | No Comment
Junior’s Win, Kenseth’s Spin Shake Up The Chase
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory Sunday in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the third-generation driver secured the grandfather clock trophy he had wanted since he was a boy. He also provided a twist to the Chase’s Eliminator Round.
With only two races remaining to [...]

Mon, 10/27/14 – 7:58 | No Comment
Earnhardt Jr. Holds Off Gordon To Win Martinsville
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. won’t win his first Sprint Cup championship this season but he will head into the off season with at least four race victories.
Earnhardt, who was bumped from the Chase last week when he failed to advance to the Eliminator Round of the series playoffs, held off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon [...]

Sun, 10/26/14 – 16:57 | No Comment
Cup Stars Out Of Alignment As Eliminator Kicks Off
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, former NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle; a stellar list of drivers that are always viewed as title contenders – but that’s no longer the case this season.
Johnson, Kyle Busch and Kahne were surprisingly [...]

Sun, 10/26/14 – 7:52 | No Comment
Wallace Wins Martinsville Truck Race; Honors Wendell Scott
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By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
MARTINSVILLE, Va.— Driving a No. 34 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota painted and numbered as a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Wendell Scott—and with Scott’s family in attendance at Martinsville Speedway—polesitter Darrell Wallace Jr. held off Timothy Peters to winSaturday’s Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
Last year at Martinsville, [...]

Sat, 10/25/14 – 18:12 | No Comment
Memory Of Plane Crash That Gutted HMS Won’t Fade
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Ten years ago race day at Martinsville Speedway dawned with a heavy fog enveloping the half-mile track and the surrounding countryside.
The fog was so thick on Oct. 24, 2004 that team owner Roger Penske’s plane was among those who diverted to Danville, Va. However, the Hendrick Motorsports Beechcraft Super King Air 200 [...]

Sat, 10/25/14 – 17:41 | No Comment
McMurray Edges Chase Drivers To Win Martinsville Pole
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Jamie McMurray posted a lap in 18.954 seconds (99.905 mph) to win the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
The pole was the second at Martinsville and the 11th of McMurray’s career.
Second fastest in qualifying were Chase drivers Joey Logano (99.605 mph) and Matt Kenseth (99.318 mph).
Tony Stewart (99.297 mph) qualified fourth, [...]

Fri, 10/24/14 – 19:29 | No Comment
Big Stewart-Haas Shakeup Is Quest For Consistency
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Swapping Danica Patrick’s and Kurt Busch’s crew chiefs and road crews had been discussed for quite some time, Stewart-Haas Racing Competition Director Greg Zipadelli said Friday at Martinsville Speedway.
The personnel exchange that was announced earlier this week becomes effective for the Oct. 31-Nov. 2 AAA Texas 500 [...]

Fri, 10/24/14 – 19:15 | No Comment
Jimmie: Knaus Will Decide When To Step Down
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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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 [...]

Fri, 10/24/14 – 15:37 | No Comment