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Daytona Media Day: It All Seems So Very Familiar
Friday, 13 Feb, 2015 – 10:21 | Comments Off
Daytona Media Day: It All Seems So Very Familiar

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The thing that strikes you as you watch Media Day at Daytona International Speedway in February is the deja vu of it all.
It’s like they have this hat containing slips of paper upon which the same questions that have been asked every year since the Streamline Hotel meetings are written [...]

Langdon, AJR Post ‘Cheap’ Victory In Pomona
Monday, 9 Feb, 2015 – 8:03 | Comments Off
Langdon, AJR Post ‘Cheap’ Victory In Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Shawn Langdon and Alan Johnson served-up the proverbial knuckle sandwich – or was it a middle finger? – to any and all doubters Sunday with a victory in the Top Fuel final of the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
Operating on a limited budget after team-owner Johnson lost his primary [...]

Langdon Sets Record, Earns Pole In Rainy Pomona
Sunday, 8 Feb, 2015 – 8:08 | Comments Off
Langdon Sets Record, Earns Pole In Rainy Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Former world champion Shawn Langdon, whose 2015 season was placed in financial jeopardy one month ago, raced to the quickest Top Fuel time in NHRA history Saturday during a rain-shortened day of qualifications for the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
The fourth and final round of qualifying was cancelled due [...]

Tweaks Put Johnson On Provisional Pole In Pomona
Saturday, 7 Feb, 2015 – 8:12 | Comments Off
Tweaks Put Johnson On Provisional Pole In Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tommy Johnson Jr., Doug Kalitta and Jason Line rolled into historic Auto Club Raceway in Southern California rust-free Friday, each emerging as provisional No. 1 qualifiers after the opening two rounds of time trials for the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Line [...]

Champion Hagan Can’t Wait To Show Off New Car
Friday, 6 Feb, 2015 – 16:57 | Comments Off
Champion Hagan Can’t Wait To Show Off New Car

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Matt Hagan begins defense of his 2014 NHRA Funny Car world championship this weekend armed with his typical optimism and a new body, courtesy of his manufacturer.
Hagan’s offseason included a visit to the Fiat Chrysler Automotive headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., where the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T carbon-fiber body he [...]

Fogarty, Stallings Roll Out The Future In Dallas
Monday, 2 Feb, 2015 – 19:13 | Comments Off
Fogarty, Stallings Roll Out The Future In Dallas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DALLAS – Sports car ace Jon Fogarty says Hyundai’s management team “needs a vision of who they want to be” in the door-slamming world of sedan sports car racing.
“It is my ambition to be a part of forming what that vision is,” said Bob Stallings, owner of the Hyundai Genesis [...]

Jilted Johnson Unveils 2015 Top Fuel Plans
Friday, 30 Jan, 2015 – 8:33 | Comments Off
Jilted Johnson Unveils 2015 Top Fuel Plans

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Alan Johnson Racing will open the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season next week with a single Top Fuel entry for former world champion Shawn Langdon at the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
AJR’s future was placed in jeopardy on Jan. 5, when the Qatar [...]

Biffle Hopes To Lead Roush Fenway Back To Top
Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015 – 16:35 | Comments Off
Biffle Hopes To Lead Roush Fenway Back To Top

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – At the end of each season in three of the last four years Greg Biffle has watched teammates exit Roush Fenway Racing; two moved to another organization while one had his sponsor withdraw from the sport.
It was a scenario that made the 45-year-old Biffle wonder if he [...]

Vickers’ Off Season Was Filled With Trauma, Pain
Tuesday, 27 Jan, 2015 – 13:25 | One Comment
Vickers’ Off Season Was Filled With Trauma, Pain

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nearly two months after Brian Vickers once again found himself in open heart surgery, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver is focused on his return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, the 31-year-old driver admitted Tuesday the scenario could have been much different.
“It was a pretty traumatic [...]

France: NASCAR To Apply Brakes To Chase Change
Monday, 26 Jan, 2015 – 19:13 | Comments Off
France: NASCAR To Apply Brakes To Chase Change

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Touting NASCAR’s march towards innovation while balancing that with the cost and the benefits to the individual teams and to the sport, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said the rules for the cars would always evolve, but there would be no change this year to the Chase format.
“It [...]