Elder Torrence Rules At Brainerd
Mon, 20/08/18 – 8:12 | No Comment
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Billy Torrence defied the odds, avenged his son and wrote an improbable ending to Sunday’s 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals by scoring his first career Top Fuel victory at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota.
The 60-year-old Texan and founder of Capco Contractors, Inc., applied an exclamation point to his pole-winning weekend with a final-round victory […]

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Surgery Scheduled For Wickens’ Spine Injury
By | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Track workers work to repair the catch fense at Pocono as a medical evacuation helicopter transports injured driver Robert Wickens to a hospital.

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
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Verizon IndyCar Series driver Robert Wickens, injured in a violent multiple-car crash at Pocono Raceway Sunday, was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday evening in a Pennsylvania hospital for a spinal injury.

Wickens continues to be treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., following injuries sustained during the ABC Supply 500 on the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle” layout in Long Pond, Pa. An MRI was instrumental in revealing the most appropriate surgical course for Wickens, a series rookie with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Further updates will be provided by sanctioning body INDYCAR when available.

Wickens is being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine. The 29-year-old Canadian also sustained a pulmonary contusion.

The race was delayed nearly two hours by a red-flag stoppage for track catch-fencing repairs following a five-car incident triggered by Wickens on Lap 7 of the scheduled 200. The field had reached Turn 2 on a restart on Lap 6 when Wickens’ No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda made light contact with the left rear tire of Ryan Hunter-Reay’s No. 28 DHL Honda. As they slid toward the SAFER Barrier on the outside wall, Wickens’ car launched over the front of Hunter-Reay’s and into the catch-fencing, where it pin-wheeled violently before landing on the track driver-side up before sliding to a stop along the inside wall. Read the full story »

Tue, 08/21/18 – 7:24 | No Comment
Elder Torrence Rules At Brainerd
| Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

Billy Torrence defied the odds, avenged his son and wrote an improbable ending to Sunday’s 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals by scoring his first career Top Fuel victory at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota.
The 60-year-old Texan and founder of Capco Contractors, Inc., applied an exclamation point to his pole-winning weekend with a final-round victory […]

Mon, 08/20/18 – 8:12 | No Comment
IndyCar Series Celebration Muted At Pocono
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Alexander Rossi’s latest Verizon IndyCar Series Victory Circle celebration was muted late Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway, where concern about the condition of fellow-driver Robert Wickens overshadowed a tightening championship chase.
As he had done at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in his previous start, Rossi dominated the ABC Supply 500 on […]

Mon, 08/20/18 – 7:14 | No Comment
Wickens Wreck Mars IndyCar Race At Pocono
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Robert Wickens reportedly was “awake and alert” in an Allentown, Pa., hospital Sunday after triggering a violent, multi-car crash in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
The 200-lap/500-mile race was red-flagged to a halt on Lap 9 following a crash initially involving Wickens of Schmidt Peterson […]

Sun, 08/19/18 – 19:34 | No Comment
CMS Roval Could Host Other Series
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Speedway Motorsports Inc. President and CEO Marcus Smith said Saturday that with the creation of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL it was possible that IMSA and/or the Verizon IndyCar Series could return to the iconic facility.
IMSA visited the facility in the early 1980s, utilizing the speedway’s old road course. Indy Cars raced on […]

Sun, 08/19/18 – 16:39 | No Comment
Kurt Busch Kicks Back At Bristol Track
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kurt Busch readily admits that ever since Bristol Motor Speedway was resurfaced and its banking changed in 2007 that it has “kicked my butt”, but in Saturday’s Night Race the NASCAR champion kicked back.
Busch conquered the tough short track by leading the final 24 laps in one […]

Sun, 08/19/18 – 8:01 | No Comment
Torrences Are Tops In Brainerd
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Billy Torrence made the most of a weekend off from the family-owned pipeline business Saturday, leading Team Capco to a Top Fuel qualifying sweep for the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota.
On the last of his four qualifying runs, the 60-year-old Torrence drove through the 1,000-foot course in 3.784-seconds […]

Sun, 08/19/18 – 7:50 | No Comment
Power Earns Landmark Pole
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As much success as he’s realized during an outstanding open-wheel racing career, Australian Will Power still had difficulty Saturday accepting his latest accomplishment, when his name was placed alongside that of Texan A.J. Foyt Jr. on Indy car’s all-time pole positions list.
That’s where Power sits after claiming the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying Saturday for […]

Sun, 08/19/18 – 7:43 | No Comment
The Other Busch Gets Victory In Bristol
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kurt Busch entered Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway as the best driver in the series to not have won a race in 2018. He left Bristol sans the “not have won” tag.
Busch took the lead on a restart with 23 laps to go, held off pole-sitter Kyle Larson […]

Sat, 08/18/18 – 22:27 | No Comment
Larson Earns Xfinity Win In Bristol
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Kyle Larson won the Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, collecting his first victory at the .533-mile high-banked concrete short track.
The victory came in overtime.
“It feels really, really cool to win here finally at Bristol,” said Larson, who won for the fourth time in six starts this season and the […]

Sat, 08/18/18 – 8:29 | No Comment
Q and A: Dixon Can’t Get Enough
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Chip Ganassi Racing’s longest-tenured driver will continue to add to that legacy, apparently well past his 40th birthday.
Scott Dixon, a four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and current point-leader, has signed a “multi-year” contract extension that will see the 38-year-old Kiwi compete with CGR for a record 18th season in 2019 in […]

Sat, 08/18/18 – 8:21 | No Comment