Team Merger Has Newgarden Jacked Up About 2015
Wed, 27/08/14 – 19:09 | No Comment
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 a second-year contract option. The [...]

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NASCAR Pulls Wraps Off Of 2015 Schedule
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor RacinToday.com

The Southern 500 will be returning to what many think is its rightful place on the schedule. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

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 Weekend a couple years back in hopes of increasing interest in an event which at one time closed out the season, Atlanta in 2015 will host its race on March 1 where it will be the second race of the year.

Moving into the Labor Day Weekend slot is the second Darlington Raceway event. It was on that date that Southern 500 become one of Cup’s crown jewel events, but falling attendance forced a move. This year, the Darlington Race, with Southern 500 name long dropped, was held in April.

As announced earlier, Bristol Motor Speedway’s spring race weekend will move later into the season beginning next year. For the past nine seasons, Bristol’s spring date has been run in March amid varied weather conditions.

Among minor moves are:

– The July race at Daytona will be run on Sunday night instead of Saturday night on Fourth of July Weekend.

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Tue, 08/26/14 – 16:33 | 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
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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
Flat Spot On: A Captive of Success, Fame, Fortune
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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I’ve never felt sorrier for a race car driver during his career than I feel for Tony Stewart. Usually, it’s an injury keeping a driver out of his race car or ending his career that prompts this sort of response, especially if he got hurt due to no fault of his own.
In Stewart’s case, I [...]

Sat, 08/23/14 – 14:10 | 19 Comments
Famed Owner Ed Whitaker Passes Away
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ed Whitaker, one of the most successful Busch Series [now Nationwide] team owners for two decades, died Friday morning. He was 76.
“Ed Whitaker proved you can have big success with a small operation,” said Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Caldwell. “The term ‘throwback’ gets used a [...]

Sat, 08/23/14 – 7:43 | No Comment
Winning Restart Ignites Controversy At Bristol
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ryan Blaney capitalized on the final restart in Friday’s rain delayed Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but the maneuver that gave him his first Nationwide Series victory this season wasn’t without controversy.
Kyle Busch, who was leading at the time, criticized the way Blaney handled the [...]

Sat, 08/23/14 – 7:28 | No Comment