Alonso To Start F1 Season On The Bench
Wed, 4/03/15 – 19:26 | No Comment
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fernando Alonso’s highly anticipated return to McLaren F1 has begun with a thud.
On the advice of his doctors, the two-time World Driving Champion will sit-out the 2015 season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 15 after suffering a concussion in a crash while testing at Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 22.
Alonso’s McLaren/Honda will be handled at Albert [...]

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Absence Made Vickers’ Racing Heart Grow Stronger
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Brian Vickers is back behind the wheel this weekend. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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With the memories and the scars of open heart surgery barely in his rearview mirror, Brian Vickers returned to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Vickers, 31, was en route to a photo shoot for primary Cup sponsor Aaron’s in mid-December when he began experiencing pain. He considered going home to take a nap, but due to previous severe health issues, Vickers decided to head to the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte, N.C. Vickers called ahead to Carolinas Medical Center and proceeded to the emergency room as the pain continued to worsen. After several tests, doctors diagnosed a problem with the artificial patch that was placed over a hole in his heart in 2010. They immediately began preparing Vickers for surgery.

Vickers previously described the surgery as “a pretty traumatic event” filled with uncertainty. Vickers said Friday he truly is excited to be returning to the cockpit of the No. 55 Aaron’s 60th Anniversary Dream Machine Toyota Camry and working with his Michael Waltrip Racing team.

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Fri, 03/6/15 – 18:23 | No Comment
2016 Rolex 24 To Christen New DIS
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The 54th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the first event scheduled for the new motorsports stadium at Daytona International Speedway, is scheduled Jan. 30-31, 2016, track officials announced Thursday.
The twice-around-the-clock sports car classic staged on the track’s 3.56-mile road-course and “roval” will serve as kick-off event to the 2016 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar [...]

Thu, 03/5/15 – 21:24 | No Comment
Delaware Will Not Pursue Charges Against Busch
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Suspended NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has been cleared of criminal charges of alleged domestic abuse involving a former girlfriend, the result of an investigation by the Delaware Department of Justice.
NASCAR slapped Busch with an indefinite suspension on Feb. 20 in the aftermath of a Delaware family court’s finding that “by [...]

Thu, 03/5/15 – 18:37 | No Comment
Alonso To Start F1 Season On The Bench
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fernando Alonso’s highly anticipated return to McLaren F1 has begun with a thud.
On the advice of his doctors, the two-time World Driving Champion will sit-out the 2015 season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 15 after suffering a concussion in a crash while testing at Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 22.
Alonso’s McLaren/Honda will be handled at Albert [...]

Wed, 03/4/15 – 19:26 | No Comment
New Rules Produce Familiar Result At Atlanta
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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It was 10 years ago that Brian France summoned a small group of reporters to the NASCAR hauler in the infield of Kansas Speedway to talk about the future of Sprint Cup Series machinery. The centerpiece of the CEO/Chairman of the Board’s talk in that cramped, quiet office that day [...]

Wed, 03/4/15 – 9:20 | No Comment
Roman Conquerors Ride Again On Television
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The cars that provided the heartbeat of the NASCAR Modified division’s most storied rivalry – and put Rome, N.Y., forever on the racing map – are about to take their places in American automotive culture.
A No. 61 Pinto-bodied Modified formerly owned and driven by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans and a replica No. 38 [...]

Tue, 03/3/15 – 9:05 | 2 Comments
Johnson’s Late Charge Gives Him Atlanta Victory
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Jimmie Johnson survived an explosion of late-race cautions and restarts to win Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The victory was the 71st of the six-time champion’s career and came in start No. 473.
Johnson, who didn’t pick up a victory in 2014 until the fourth month of [...]

Sun, 03/1/15 – 18:12 | No Comment
Crafton Blows Truck Field Away In Georgia
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Matt Crafton finally visited Victory Circle at his “favorite racetrack” Saturday, blitzing the field in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The two-time/reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Crafton’s Toyota Tundra overtook Daniel Suarez on Lap 59 of the scheduled 130 around AMS’ 1.54-mile quadoval. At the [...]

Sun, 03/1/15 – 8:37 | No Comment
Harvick Tops Logano In Atlanta
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A week ago in the Daytona 500, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano finished second and first respectively. Saturday, in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Harvick and Logano finished first and second respectively.
Harvick took the lead for the final time with 26 laps to go and held off Logano to win the [...]

Sat, 02/28/15 – 18:39 | No Comment
Logano Wins Pole; Others Rant At Inspections
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Qualifying almost always results in one driver being happy and all others being disappointed. Following Friday’s Sprint Cup time trials at Atlanta Motor Speedway, one driver emerged happy and a bunch of others were beyond furious.
The happy dude was Joey Logano, the winner of last weekend’s Daytona 500, who won [...]

Fri, 02/27/15 – 19:44 | No Comment
Kvapil, Team Succumb To Grand Theft Auto
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Police have found the Sprint Cup car that was stolen from a hotel parking lot in Georgia.
The car was found in Loganville, Ga., north of Atlanta on Saturday.
Team Xtreme Racing had withdrawn from Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway because somebody had [...]

Fri, 02/27/15 – 18:25 | No Comment