NASCAR Notes: Kahne Signs New Deal With Hendrick
Thu, 20/11/14 – 10:07 | No Comment
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kasey Kahne, fresh off making his third straight appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs, has signed a new contract with Hendrick Motorsports.
The deal is for three years, beginning with 2015.
“It’s extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey,” Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said. “I think the world [...]

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‘Fast N’ Loud’ Guys Getting Very Fast And Very Loud
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Gas Monkey Garage co-owner Richard Rawlings contemplates his first trip down the Texas Motorplex's all-concrete surface in the Driven 2 Win Drag Racing School Super Comp dragster in Ennis. (RacinToday photos by Martha Fairris)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – The guys from “Fast N’ Loud” have hooked-up with a motorsport that is loud n’ fast, another expansion of the Texas brand that is all about “Blood, Sweat and Beers.”

Gas Monkey Garage partners Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman have partnered their Dallas-based business with Hennen Motorsports of Denton to field an NHRA Top Fuel dragster.

“What’s fast n’ loud, other than Top Fuel?” said Rawlings, whose deal with team-owner Roger Hennen was the subject of the last two Monday night episodes of “Fast N’ Loud” on the Discovery Channel. “It’s that plus there’s something about the sport…it’s quick and it’s what I like. I like the speed, the danger, everything.  Anything can happen out there when you’re going 300 miles per hour.”

A native of Fort Worth, Rawlings was his over-the-top self during the Gas Monkey Garage dragster’s debut at the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals two months ago.

“We’re actually a little different than a normal sponsor. We actually went into partnership with Hennen Motorsports and we’ve got a drag race team,” said Rawlings, whose initial investment of $100,000 has been rapidly escalating. “It’s not about just putting our sticker on the side of a car. I mean, anybody can do that. We’re here to play the game. It started as a normal, ‘Hey, will you sponsor us?’ and turned into more of a partnership and let’s do the whole thing and go after it.”

As documented Monday night on “FNL,” Top Fuel rookie driver Kebin Kinsley failed to qualify the Gas Read the full story »

Tue, 11/18/14 – 16:17 | 4 Comments
‘Fast N’ Loud’ Guys Getting Very Fast And Very Loud
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas – The guys from “Fast N’ Loud” have hooked-up with a motorsport that is loud n’ fast, another expansion of the Texas brand that is all about “Blood, Sweat and Beers.”
Gas Monkey Garage partners Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman have partnered their Dallas-based business with Hennen Motorsports of [...]

Tue, 11/18/14 – 16:17 | 4 Comments
Enders-Stevens Completes The Dream In Pomona
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Ten years after launching her professional drag racing career against a stacked quarter-mile lineup featuring Greg Anderson, Warren Johnson and Jeg Coughlin Jr., Erica Enders-Stevens joined the club Sunday as the NHRA’s first woman Pro Stock world champion.
Enders-Stevens recorded her sixth victory of the 2014 season when two-time world [...]

Mon, 11/17/14 – 7:51 | No Comment
Harvick Wins Homestead, 2014 Cup Championship
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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When Kevin Harvick took the seat of the deceased Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 2001, a lot of people figured that Harvick would most certainly become a Sprint Cup champion. It’s taken 13 years but on Sunday, Harvick proved those people correct.
Harvick won Sunday’s season-ending race and with it, the 2014 Sprint Cup championship.
The victory was [...]

Sun, 11/16/14 – 18:52 | No Comment
Championship Takes: Bread, Bullies And Cinderella
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Some pre-race thoughts on Sunday’s  season-ending, championship-deciding Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
You have to remember that Wonderbread – that gooey, relatively tasteless and nutritionally neutral (at best) thing that kids seem to like but doctors say to avoid – is sliced. You have to remember that when somebody compares [...]

Sun, 11/16/14 – 10:13 | One Comment
Schumacher Clinches Top Fuel Championship No. 8
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Tony Schumacher woke up Saturday as a seven-time NHRA Top Fuel champion. He went to bed Saturday night as an eight-time champ.
Schumacher clinched the 2014 championship when closest challenger
Spencer Massey failed to improve on his sixth-place qualifying position at the close of time trials for the 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway.
Schumacher [...]

Sat, 11/15/14 – 23:00 | No Comment
Kenseth Wins Final NNS Race
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Matt Kenseth won the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday.
Chase Elliott, who had clinched the driver’s championship last Saturday in Phoenix driving for JR Motorsports, finished 17th after scraping the outside wall late in the race.
Brad Keselowski finished eighth to give Roger Penske the owners’ championship.
Elliott also received [...]

Sat, 11/15/14 – 22:10 | No Comment
Kalitta On Top In Top Fuel After First Day Of Qualifying In Pomona
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Doug Kalitta earned the provisional pole in Top Fuel Friday at the 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
If he can hold his lead through Satuday’s final two rounds of qualifying, Kalitta will win his seventh pole of the season.
“That was a nice run for us tonight,” Kalitta said. [...]

Sat, 11/15/14 – 7:39 | No Comment
Crafton Repeats As Top Trucker
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Darrell  Wallace Jr. won Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and, by finishing ninth, Matt Crafton repeated as series champion.
Crafton and his ThorSport Racing No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra captured the title by 21 points over second-place Ryan Blaney – becoming the first driver in Camping World [...]

Sat, 11/15/14 – 7:32 | No Comment
Gordon On Pole At Homestead
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By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Jeff Gordon edged Kurt Busch for the top starting spot in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3 p.m. ET on ESPN), as three of the four contenders in the Championship Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualified in the top nine during Friday’s time trials.
In [...]

Fri, 11/14/14 – 21:23 | No Comment
Hamlin: Fail Of 2010 Is Going Propel Team In 2014
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Four years ago, as the Sprint Cup Series arrived at Homestead-Miami Speedway for it’s annual season-ending, championship-deciding weekend, it seemed all but certain that square peg Denny Hamlin was about to jam himself into a round hole.
The kid who just never really seemed to fit the part of star NASCAR [...]

Fri, 11/14/14 – 15:43 | No Comment