IndyCar Notes: Foyt Racing To Groove To Brazilian Beat In 2018
Wed, 22/11/17 – 11:09 | No Comment
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AJ Foyt Racing’s complete sweep of its two-car driver lineup has stretched from Waller, Texas, to Novo Hamburgo, Brazil.
The latter location is the hometown of Matheus Leist, named last week to wheel the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet in the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2018. Leist, 19, will team with fellow-Brazilian Tony Kanaan, who […]

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Two Exiting Stars Take Different Paths Out The Door
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended his last race in the Cup Series by rushing over to hail the victor of Sunday’s race and the season’s championship. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As the 2017 NASCAR season drew to a close in the deepening darkness of Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday evening, so too did the driving careers of the sport’s two biggest stars of the 21st Century.

And the exits of those two careers were marked by the same kinds of attitudes that had marked the drivers’ active years.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. closed out his final hours as a full-time driver with class, dignity and salutes to fans, fellow competitors and everything else NASCAR. Danica Patrick’s final words to the sport were self-serving and oozing with snark.

Junior arrived to NASCAR in the late 1990s driving in the massive black shadow that was created by the white-bright spotlight that for so long had beamed down upon his iconic father. It immediately became evident that Junior was not Senior.

While a top-tier wheelman, Junior was not an intimidator. Not inside the car and not outside of the car. During the first media interview I had with him – it was in 1998 at Read the full story »

Tue, 11/21/17 – 17:54 | No Comment
Two Exiting Stars Take Different Paths Out The Door
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As the 2017 NASCAR season drew to a close in the deepening darkness of Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday evening, so too did the driving careers of the sport’s two biggest stars of the 21st Century.
And the exits of those two careers were marked by the same kinds of attitudes that […]

Tue, 11/21/17 – 17:54 | No Comment
Roush Fenway Unveils Its Driver Development Lineup
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Roush Fenway Racing will field a driver development team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) in 2018, with Ty Majeski, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe scheduled to share the company’s signature No. 60 Ford Mustang.
The project is intended to continue the progression and development of the three “Ford family” drivers and will be run by […]

Tue, 11/21/17 – 17:26 | No Comment
Furniture Row Stayed With It And Then Won It
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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During those high-interest years of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, we all watched and snickered as NASCAR outsiders brashly barged their way into the sport and then, extremely quickly, barged their way out again sans their brashness.
Then there was one group of outsiders that did stay, and on […]

Mon, 11/20/17 – 10:43 | No Comment
Truex Wins Homestead; Earns First Championship
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Martin Truex Jr. held off Kyle Busch over the final laps to win Sunday’s season-ending race and the NASCAR Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.
The championship was Truex’s first and also the first for his Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing team.
“It’s just overwhelming,” he said. “To think about all […]

Sun, 11/19/17 – 18:43 | No Comment
Car Makers Say Racing Still Gives Them A Boost
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Big-time auto racing’s longstanding marketing mantra of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” may not resonate with consumers like it did during the Muscle Car Era of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
With SUVs and crossovers dominating sales worldwide _ and faced with a younger demographic not particularly turned-on by […]

Sun, 11/19/17 – 9:17 | No Comment
Byron Lords Over Xfinity Series
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William Byron won the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship and also became the 2017 Rookie of the Year on Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he finished two places behind race-winner Cole Custer.
Byron is only the second driver to win the Series championship in his rookie season (Chase Elliott being the other in 2014).
Byron outlasted Championship […]

Sun, 11/19/17 – 7:33 | No Comment
2018: It’s The ‘Danica Double’ And Done
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Get ready for two more doses of “Danicamania.”
NASCAR free-agent Danica Patrick plans to end her star-crossed racing career in May 2018 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, site of her historic fourth-place start/finish in the 2005 Indianapolis 500. Patrick eventually rode that wave of gender-breaking popularity _ dubbed “Danicamania” _ into a […]

Sat, 11/18/17 – 9:47 | No Comment
Bell Trucks To 2017 Championship
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Chase Briscoe won Friday night’s season-ending Camping World Truck Series race but Christopher Bell won the big prize as he collected the 2017 NASCAR championship by finishing second at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Briscoe passed Ben Rhodes for the lead on Lap 96 of 134 on Friday night and pulled away to beat Bell to the finish line by 2.887 […]

Sat, 11/18/17 – 8:57 | No Comment
Hamlin On Pole For Title-Clinching Cup Race
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Denny Hamlin, no longer eligible to win this year’s NASCAR Cup championship, won the pole for Sunday’s season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver had a fast lap of 31.038 seconds at the 1.5-mile track oval.
That bumped Martin Truex Jr., very much still eligible for the championship, from the pole. Truex, driving […]

Fri, 11/17/17 – 19:27 | No Comment
It’s Ford Vs. Toyota In Championship 4 On Sunday
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Ford team-owner representatives Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing) and Walt Czarnecki (Team Penske) participated in press conference Friday morning at Homestead-Miami Speedway to discuss the possibility of a Blue Oval driver winning the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship on Sunday.
Kevin Harvick, the 2014 Cup champ, will represent SHR in his No. 4 Ford Fusion in […]

Fri, 11/17/17 – 16:36 | No Comment