Thanks To Weather,Texas Inherits Countdown Opener
Sun, 14/09/14 – 18:30 | No Comment
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Rain Sunday afternoon at zMAX Dragway forced postponement of the elimination round in the Countdown to the Championship’s opening event – the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals – until next weekend at Dallas.
It is the first time the Carolina Nationals haven’t been completed as scheduled since the event began in 2008. However, [...]

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Keselowski Uses Late Pass To Win Chicagoland
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor RacinToday.com

Brad Keselowski opened the Chase with a victory on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Garry Eller)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Brad Keselowski cruised between Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick as they fought side-by-side for the lead with 16 laps to go, survived a restart with six laps to go and then sprinted away to win the Chase-opening Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

The victory was the fifth of the season for Keselowski, who started the race and the playoffs as the points leader.

The victory assures that the Team Penske driver will advance to the second round of the Chase.

The victory came two years after he won the 2012 Chase-opener at Chicagoland and then went on to win the championship.

“Man, crazy day,” Keselowski said in Victory Lane. “I’m not sure that I know everything that happened.”

What happened was one incredible pass when Larson and Harvick appeared to be battling for the victory.

“I saw Kyle and Kevin racing each other really hard and they were aggressively side drafting,” Keselowski said. “I was just waiting for an opportunity to strike and it came and the car stuck.”

Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports finished second while rookie Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing – a non-Chaser – was third. Two finish in those spots, Gordon and Larson fought each other like brothers.

Joey Logano of Team Penske and Harvick rounded out the top five.

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Sun, 09/14/14 – 16:20 | No Comment
Wreck And Rain Force Postponement Of Countdown Opener
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – V. Gaines escaped injury Sunday when his Dodge Dart flipped four times near the finish line at zMAX Dragway in the first round of Pro Stock eliminations during the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals.
The accident forced a halt in the first event of the Countdown to the [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 16:49 | 3 Comments
Keselowski Uses Late Pass To Win Chicagoland
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Brad Keselowski cruised between Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick as they fought side-by-side for the lead with 16 laps to go, survived a restart with six laps to go and then sprinted away to win the Chase-opening Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was the [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 16:20 | No Comment
Pit Call Gives Harvick NNS Win
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By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
JOLIET, Ill. — Kevin Harvick got the track position he needed with a two-tire call under caution late in Saturday’s Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300.
Then he and crew chief Ernie Cope got the victory they deserved for choosing the right strategy at the right time.
Harvick beat Kyle Larson to the finish [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 9:19 | No Comment
Kyle Busch Wins Postponed Truck Race In Joliet
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By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
JOLIET, Ill.—Kyle Busch overcame more than his share of adversity Saturday night in winning the rain-postponed Lucas Oil 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Busch came from the rear of the field twice and overcame a caution that put him on the wrong end of a cycle of [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 9:15 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Does Junior Have Stamina to Win?
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Six-time champion Jimmie Johnson is often touted as the favorite to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship under this year’s new format. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the driver being discussed and written about the most.
On the cusp of his 40th birthday, NASCAR’s perennially most popular driver [...]

Sat, 09/13/14 – 19:05 | 2 Comments
Female Drivers Have Big Days At ZMAX
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Fresh off a victory in the U.S. Nationals, Alexis DeJoria emerged as the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car for the second time in her career Saturday during preparations for the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
DeJoria, who was fourth quickest in Friday’s opening round, sat out the second one, [...]

Sat, 09/13/14 – 17:53 | No Comment
Sampey Returning To NHRA Bike Competition
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – After a seven-year absence, three-time NHRA champion Angelle Sampey will return to Pro Stock Motorcycle competition this year in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with Star Racing, it was announced Saturday at zMAX Dragway.
Sampey returns with team owners George and Jackie Bryce of Americus, Ga., [...]

Sat, 09/13/14 – 14:53 | No Comment
Ambrose, Petty To Part Company
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Richard Petty Motorsports announced Saturday that Marcos Ambrose will not return as driver of the No. 9 Ford Fusion after the 2014 season.
Ambrose spoke with media members after the morning practice session Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway to address the announcement and discuss his future plans. A full transcript of that meeting with the press follows:
MARCOS [...]

Sat, 09/13/14 – 14:36 | No Comment
Rain Puts Kyle Busch On Pole For Chase Opener
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Rain at Chicagoland Speedway forced cancellation of Friday’s qualifying sessions for Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 400, the first race in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and put Kyle Busch on the pole for the race.
The rain also forced postponement of Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland.
With the field ordered according to [...]

Fri, 09/12/14 – 19:31 | No Comment
Countdown Off And Running
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Matt Hagan opened NHRA’s playoffs by racing to the qualifying lead  in Funny Car Friday at the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord.
J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the first of six playoff races in the NHRA [...]

Fri, 09/12/14 – 19:26 | No Comment