NHRA’s Spring Training Comes To A Rapid Conclusion
Sun, 7/02/16 – 10:10 | No Comment
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Tommy Johnson Jr. and Brittany Force posted the quickest runs in their respective categories Saturday during the final day of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.
NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams utilized the four-day pre-season test session to prepare for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals, next weekend at […]

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Charter System A Big Boost For Big-Team Owners
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NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France and NASCAR's owners have given a lucrative gift to team owners. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France and NASCAR have given a lucrative gift to team owners. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Five days before NASCAR kicks off its 2016 season with the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, the sanctioning body’s first-ever charter system is in place.

It means that 36 of this year’s 38 full-time teams are guaranteed a starting position in the Sprint Cup buganalysisSeries 36-point races, which will have a grid of 40, not 43 cars. According to NASCAR executives and owners, the nine-year charters mean financial stability for the owners, not only from a guaranteed amount of revenue but from the equity that can accrue.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, who has been involved with the sport since its inception, described the historical event as “the second most important thing that’s ever happened in NASCAR, because now the drivers and owners … can really work across the aisle.”

“It’s sort of like the Democrats and Republicans, they’ve been doing their thing, we’ve been doing our thing, meeting in the middle a little bit,” Petty said. “We’re getting rid of that.  We’re all going to be in the middle of the deal now. Now we’re going to be in the same room talking about the same problems and solving the problems together. From that standpoint, it’s going to be one of the greatest things that’s ever happened to NASCAR and Cup racing.”

The charter team owners will have an increased participation in the NASCAR governance as part of the Team Owner Council. They also will have the ability to make money via NASCAR’s digital operations. Read the full story »

Tue, 02/9/16 – 21:08 | No Comment
NHRA’s Spring Training Comes To A Rapid Conclusion
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Tommy Johnson Jr. and Brittany Force posted the quickest runs in their respective categories Saturday during the final day of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.
NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams utilized the four-day pre-season test session to prepare for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals, next weekend at […]

Sun, 02/7/16 – 10:10 | No Comment
At Least One Cup Team Wearing Bronco Orange
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Following today’s 50th playing of the NFL’s Super Bowl, fans will be divided into two camps – the joyous versus the grieving. NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr., however, likely will find himself in a third camp – those relieved that the game is over.
An insider at Truex’s Furniture Row Racing […]

Sun, 02/7/16 – 9:43 | No Comment
‘Fastest Jack’ Lays Down Huge Pass In Arizona Test Session
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“Fast Jack” Beckman posted a time quicker than the current Funny Car national record he owns and Top Fuel ace Tony Schumacher almost bettered the national record in his category Friday during Day 3 of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix.
NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car […]

Sat, 02/6/16 – 18:05 | No Comment
NHRA Fires Up For Spring Training
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Steve Torrence and Jack Beckman were quickest in their respective categories Thursday during Day 2 of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix.
NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams are utilizing the four-day preseason test to prepare for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals next weekend (Feb. […]

Fri, 02/5/16 – 16:13 | No Comment
Isaac Outraced Hard Times En Route To The Hall
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Stock car racing’s early years weren’t financially lucrative when compared to today, but for NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Isaac, the sport provided a means to escape poverty and become a champion.
“He loved to win, but he hated to lose, and he used this passion to drive […]

Fri, 02/5/16 – 8:13 | No Comment
Stewart To Begin Final Cup Season On Sidelines
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Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will miss the 2016 Daytona 500 later this month _ the start of his final season as driver _  after suffering a fracture in his back in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday.
Stewart-Haas Racing reported Thursday that Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet SS, sustained a burst […]

Thu, 02/4/16 – 16:29 | No Comment
Honda To Again Join Chevy As IndyCar Engine Suppliers
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INDYCAR and Honda have announced a multi-year extension to the agreement that will continue the manufacturer’s presence as an engine supplier to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Honda will be in competition with Chevrolet for the fifth consecutive season in 2016, with both manufacturers producing 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines. Additionally, beginning in 2015, both Honda and Chevrolet […]

Wed, 02/3/16 – 17:31 | No Comment
Sports Car Drivers Honor Stropus
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Judy Stropus, former professional timer/scorer, race-car driver and award-winning publicist, is the 2015 recipient of the Bob Akin Award presented by the Road Racing Drivers Club.
Stropus was honored during ceremonies prior to last weekend’s running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, season-opener of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Considered the top award in […]

Tue, 02/2/16 – 8:05 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: New Daytona Rises to Opening Day/Night
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a landmark year for endurance racing in Daytona, starting with the new look of what’s touted as the world’s first motorsports stadium, including nearly 20-foot high letters that spell out the Daytona International Speedway at the main entrance.
Beyond the almost Byzantine new grandstand digs […]

Sun, 01/31/16 – 19:23 | No Comment
Derani’s Honda Ligier Pulls Away Late To Win 24
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Add Honda and Ligier to the list of engines and cars that have claimed overall victories in the historic Rolex 24 sports car race at Daytona International Speedway.
And add the name of Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani to the list of overall winning drivers to the list, as well.
Derani drove several key stints in the 2016 […]

Sun, 01/31/16 – 14:51 | No Comment