Keselowski Vow: I Will Not Be ‘Run Out Of The Sport’
Tue, 21/10/14 – 8:04 | No Comment
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Brad Keselowski will continue his pursuit of a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with team-owner Roger Penske’s blessing to be his own Bad Self.
Keselowski qualified for the eight-driver Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a dramatic victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Needing a [...]

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Prock And Force Split In Middle Of Countdown
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

John Force will go for Funny Car championship No. 17 without crew chief Jimmy Prock. (File photo courtesy of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NHRA Funny Car icon John Force accepted the resignation of crew chief Jimmy Prock on Wednesday, accelerating an exit process Prock was targeting for the end of the Countdown to the Championship next month.

The 16-time/reigning Funny Car world champion, Force currently is No. 2 in the Mello Yello title standings, 36 points behind 2011 world champion Matt Hagan of Don Schumacher Racing with two playoff races remaining.

“Yesterday Jimmy Prock told me he was resigning at end of the season and John Force Racing chose to accept his resignation as of today,” Force, the team’s CEO, said during a national teleconference. “I started hearing rumors after the St. Louis race (on Sept. 28). I understand people have to do what they need to for their families.

“I got a call from a team owner this week as a courtesy so I would know that some of my employees were addressing him and looking for jobs now. I told the team owner that I understand this business and they needed to do what they needed to do and I hung up. I was surprised, though, that this was going on during the Countdown – but business is business.”

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Wed, 10/22/14 – 17:05 | No Comment
Keselowski Vow: I Will Not Be ‘Run Out Of The Sport’
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Brad Keselowski will continue his pursuit of a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with team-owner Roger Penske’s blessing to be his own Bad Self.
Keselowski qualified for the eight-driver Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a dramatic victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Needing a [...]

Tue, 10/21/14 – 8:04 | No Comment
Racing Pioneer Beadle Passes Away
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Raymond Beadle, an icon of Texas motor racing, passed away Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion was 70.
At the peak of his success, Beadle campaigned cars in NASCAR, NHRA, IHRA and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and was owner of Chaparral Trailer Company.
Widely-credited [...]

Mon, 10/20/14 – 15:03 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Why No Fights At Talladega?
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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TALLADEGA, Ala. – I went to Talladega to see a fight and a race broke out.
Following the car bashing by Brad Keselowski and the headlocking by Matt Kenseth in Charlotte, it was reasonable to think more tempers would flare in the elimination race of the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup [...]

Mon, 10/20/14 – 8:19 | No Comment
Keselowski Wins Talladega; Field Set For ‘Eliminator Round’
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Brad Keselowski basically had one chance to continue his bid to win a second Sprint Cup championship when Sunday’s cutdown race at Talladega began. The 2012 champ had to win. And win he did and on goes the Team Penske driver’s comeback season.
The victory was sixth of the season and, obviously, his biggest.
“So special,” he [...]

Sun, 10/19/14 – 16:49 | No Comment
‘Texas Terry’ To Drive Off Into Sunset At Talladega
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NASCAR champion Terry Labonte will bookend a stellar Sprint Cup Series career that began at Darlington Raceway in 1978 with his 890th and (really) final start in today’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Through NASCAR’s evolution from regional curiosity to national obsession, “Texas Terry” has remained unflappable and largely underappreciated during [...]

Sun, 10/19/14 – 7:27 | No Comment
Vickers, Confusion Reign In Talladega Qualifying
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A non-Chaser won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, but a Chaser in need qualified second fastest.
The non-Chaser who won the pole for the final Contender Round race was Brain Vickers of Michael Waltrip Racing. He put down a lap at [...]

Sat, 10/18/14 – 18:58 | No Comment
Qs and As: Kenseth, Keselowski Give Their Sides Of Brawl Story
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Last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended with on-track and off-track brawls breaking out. Brad Keselowski of Team Penske was involved in much of it.
He clipped some cars on the track and in pits and then, as he walked to his motorhome, was jumped by Matt Kenseth.
On Friday at Talladega, Kenseth and [...]

Fri, 10/17/14 – 14:18 | No Comment
Harvick’s Hall Hopes Could Hinge On 2014 Chase
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Every person in the world who knows the feeling of Nomex on skin wants to win a major automobile racing championship. Then there are those few who need to win one. And there, perhaps, sits Kevin Harvick today.
For reasons of history and legitimacy and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Harvick, [...]

Fri, 10/17/14 – 7:34 | No Comment
Formula One Drivers Have Texas, Title, Bianchi On Their Minds
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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As Formula One’s globetrotting tour prepares for its lone visit to the United States, Lewis Hamilton’s march to a second World Driving Championship continues to be tempered by Jules Bianchi’s fight for life.
Hamilton’s victory in Sunday’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix extended his lead over Mercedes AMG teammate Nico Rosberg to 17 points en route [...]

Wed, 10/15/14 – 8:16 | One Comment
Bye-Bye Time For Sprint Cup’s Biggest Stars?
Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
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By Mark Armijo | Senior Writer
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AVONDALE, Az. – As warm as the temperatures were Tuesday during a 90-plus degree test session at Phoenix International Raceway, it likely paled miserably to the heat Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are under.
For them, with their NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship lives on the line entering Sunday’s [...]

Wed, 10/15/14 – 6:28 | No Comment