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Newman Emerges From Wild Finish To Win M’ville
Sunday, 1 Apr, 2012 – 15:55 | Comments Off
Newman Emerges From Wild Finish To Win M’ville

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Ryan Newman inherited the lead after a wreck during a green/white/checkered restart collected the race leaders, held the lead during a second overtime restart and went on to win Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The victory was the first of the year for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver – who overcame a speeding [...]

Today’s Menu: Cheap Hot Dogs and Black Donuts
Sunday, 1 Apr, 2012 – 8:57 | Comments Off
Today’s Menu: Cheap Hot Dogs and Black Donuts

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Nobody has ever accused Martinsville Speedway of being a cookie-cutter track. On the contrary, it’s a Ripley’s museum piece.
It’s the shortest track on the schedule – .526 miles. It’s the oldest track on the schedule – first race was in 1949. It’s one of the most bizarrely shaped oval on [...]

Hight Leads JFR Into Finals At Las Vegas Strip
Saturday, 31 Mar, 2012 – 21:24 | Comments Off
Hight Leads JFR Into Finals At Las Vegas Strip

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Morgan Lucas, Robert Hight and Jason Line secured the No. 1 seeds for Sunday’s NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at the Strip in Las Vegas finals on Saturday.
Hight, the defending winner of the event, raced to his second No. 1 of the season and 41st of his career with a performance of 4.132 seconds at 310.41 [...]

It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions
Saturday, 31 Mar, 2012 – 10:14 | One Comment
It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The five-week mark is kind of, sort of a significant point in the Sprint Cup season. It is the cutoff point for those using the previous year’s owner points to get free entry into race fields. And it does mark a point where the teams have competed on every kind [...]

New-Look IndyCar Grades Out Well In Debut
Wednesday, 28 Mar, 2012 – 11:27 | Comments Off
New-Look IndyCar Grades Out Well In Debut

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There was nothing subtle about the changes introduced by the IndyCar Series this year. Just about everything was knew, in fact; engines, cars, drivers, teams, rules, officials. All put into play with limited off-season testing time.
Last weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla., all of the new stuff hit the track, er, [...]

Race Day: It Should Be A Groovy Day In SoCal
Sunday, 25 Mar, 2012 – 10:01 | Comments Off
Race Day: It Should Be A Groovy Day In SoCal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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If you don’t like the racing at the reconfigured Bristol Motor Speedway, there is a chance you won’t like today’s Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway.
The two tracks are about as different as they come: Bristol is a short track with high banks and Auto Club [...]

IndyCar Season Begins Season, Quest Continues
Saturday, 24 Mar, 2012 – 11:34 | Comments Off
IndyCar Season Begins Season, Quest Continues

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The history of INDYCAR is the history of a quest; a quest for solid ground.
For the 2012 season, which begins this weekend with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, INDYCAR is rolling out a large box of changes which the series and its supporters hope will mark a big [...]

Notes: Drivers See Pluses Of Danica-less IndyCar
Saturday, 24 Mar, 2012 – 8:22 | 3 Comments
Notes: Drivers See Pluses Of Danica-less IndyCar

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Marco Andretti turns 100 on Sunday, although he’s sounding more like a 25-year-old who’s finally comfortable in his own skin.
Andretti celebrated his 25th birthday on March 13 with “a lot of love and stuff like that from the people on my cell phone,” in-between testing for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ [...]

Castroneves Needs To Solve His Math Problems
Friday, 23 Mar, 2012 – 8:33 | Comments Off
Castroneves Needs To Solve His Math Problems

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Helio Castroneves says he has done the “simple math,” and his recent IZOD IndyCar Series numbers point to a popular driver nevertheless mired in a puzzling and prolonged slump.
The veteran in Team Penske’s three-driver lineup, Castroneves failed to win a race during 2011 –snapping a streak that had seen him [...]

HMS 48 Team’s Penalties Overturned On Appeal
Tuesday, 20 Mar, 2012 – 15:01 | Comments Off
HMS 48 Team’s Penalties Overturned On Appeal

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Chief apellate officer John Middlebrook on Tuesday overturned all penalties issued to the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team except for that of a fine issued to crew chief Chad Knaus.
The original penalties were levied after Johnson’s car failed inspection during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway in February. Inspectors found that the Chevrolet Impala’s C-post did [...]