Jimmie: Knaus Will Decide When To Step Down
Fri, 24/10/14 – 15:37 | No Comment
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 day is coming when there [...]

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Big Stewart-Haas Shakeup Is Quest For Consistency
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Danica Patrick and and crew chief Tony Gibson will be parting company. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Brian Lawdermilk)

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 at Texas Motor Speedway.  Veteran crew chief Tony Gibson will leave Patrick and become Busch’s crew chief, while Daniel Knost will leave Busch and become Patrick’s interim crew chief.

The road crews assembled by each crew chief will make the change as well, but the pit crews will remain with their respective drivers. Gibson has been Patrick’s crew chief since she became fulltime in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013. Knost is in his first season as a crew chief.

“We are just basically looking to try to get both teams to be a little more consistent,” Zipadelli said. “They have had speed throughout the year, but haven’t necessarily put the whole season together, all the races at the level that we expect from them. We need to have all four cars running more consistently week-in and week-out.”

Patrick, who won the pole for the Daytona 500 in her rookie season, has collected no top starting positions under NASCAR’s new qualifying procedure. However, she noted that overall qualifying had gone better for her Read the full story »

Fri, 10/24/14 – 19:15 | No Comment
Big Stewart-Haas Shakeup Is Quest For Consistency
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
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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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 day is coming when there [...]

Fri, 10/24/14 – 15:37 | No Comment
Prock And Force Split In Middle Of Countdown
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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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.
On Thursday, Don Schumacher Racing announced it had hired Prock for a position yet to be determined, [...]

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 | One 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