Johnson Wins Bristol To Go Back To Back
Mon, 24/04/17 – 15:25 | No Comment
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson won his second straight race Monday when he took the checkered flag in Monday’s rain-postponed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Johnson, who won two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, notched his 82nd career Cup victory. But the win was just his […]

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Earnhardt Jr. To Retire After 2017 Season
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Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has announced that 2017 will be his final season as a Cup driver. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

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Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday that morning that NASCAR’s most popular driver will retire after the current racing season.

The following is a statement released by HMS:

After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017. Today, he shared the news with members of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team.

The fan favorite and two-time Daytona 500 champion will discuss his decision in a press conference this afternoon. He will be joined by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, for whom Earnhardt has driven since 2008. The two first met about the driver’s decision on March 29.

Earnhardt, who will turn 43 in October, made his first career Cup Series start on May 30, 1999, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since then, the Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has captured 26 points-paying Cup race wins and been voted by fans as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver a record 14 consecutive years. He has qualified for the NASCAR playoffs eight times. Read the full story »

Tue, 04/25/17 – 8:19 | No Comment
Johnson Wins Bristol To Go Back To Back
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson won his second straight race Monday when he took the checkered flag in Monday’s rain-postponed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Johnson, who won two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, notched his 82nd career Cup victory. But the win was just his […]

Mon, 04/24/17 – 15:25 | No Comment
Champ Capps Gets On The Board With Baytown Win
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Reigning Funny Car world champion Ron Capps made the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals highlight reel and took home another Wally Trophy after winning his first national event of the 2017 season Sunday in Baytown, Texas.
Racing opposite Robert Hight in the final at Royal Purple Raceway, Capps was unaware that Hight had been disqualified for crossing […]

Mon, 04/24/17 – 8:28 | No Comment
Barber IndyCar  Race Becomes A Newgarden Party
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Team Penske’s newest driver gave the team its first IndyCar Series victory of the season on Sunday when Josef Newgarden won the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham.
Newgarden took the lead late in the race when leader and teammate Will Power suffered a tire problem.
Once in […]

Sun, 04/23/17 – 18:06 | No Comment
Alonso: ‘I Need To Win’ The 500
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Formula One superstar Fernando Alonso says the best piece of advice he’s been given about running the 101st edition of the Indianapolis 500 has not been “turn left, 800 times” on May 28.
“Enjoy!” Alonso said during his “Welcome to Alabama” news conference at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday. “That’s something that this race is so […]

Sun, 04/23/17 – 17:28 | No Comment
Rain Moves Bristol Cup Race To Monday
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – A steady rain Sunday forced postponement of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway until Monday.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will be televised on FOX beginning at 12:30 p.m. PRN will begin its radio broadcast, also […]

Sun, 04/23/17 – 13:14 | No Comment
Courtney Force On Pole At Baytown; Zeroes In On First Funny Car Win of ’17
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Defending event champion Courtney Force secured pole position in Funny Car Saturday as qualifications concluded for the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals in Baytown, Texas.
Courtney’s next mission? Win a first-round matchup at Royal Purple Raceway.
Force stood on a 1,000-foot elapsed time of 3.851-seconds _ tying the third-quickest pass of her career _ at 330.23 mph set Friday evening to […]

Sun, 04/23/17 – 8:19 | No Comment
Power Leads Penske Qualifying Assault At Barber
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Team Penske’s Will Power definitely is in his wheelhouse at Barber Motorsports Park.
Power toured the 2.3-mile/17-turn permanent road-course in 1-minute, 6.9614-seconds and 123.653 mph during the Firestone Fast Six, Saturday’s climactic round of knockout qualifying. That lap earned the 36-year-old Australian the Verizon P1 Award and his fourth pole position at the track in Birmingham, […]

Sun, 04/23/17 – 8:11 | No Comment
‘Dirty’ Drivers Should Have An Edge At Bristol
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – At least two NASCAR drivers believe competitors with dirt track experience may possess the upper hand in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway because of VHT, a traction compound, being applied to the track’s surface in the turns.
“This is a perfect style of track to […]

Sat, 04/22/17 – 19:40 | No Comment
Andretti Shines At Barber
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Marco Andretti re-introduced himself to the top of the Verizon IndyCar Series speed chart Friday, recording the fastest practice lap for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First.
Andretti, driver of the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda, toured Barber Motorsports Park’s 2.3-mile/17-turn permanent road-course in 1-minute, 7.7134-seconds at 122.280 mph to top the combined speed […]

Sat, 04/22/17 – 7:44 | No Comment
Millican Round 1 Leader In Baytown
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Clay Millican powered his Parts Plus/Great Clips Top Fuel dragster into the provisional qualifying lead with a track-record elapsed time Friday at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas.
 Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) also were provisional leaders in their respective categories at the fifth of […]

Sat, 04/22/17 – 7:37 | No Comment