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Race Day: List of Chase Favorites Is Taking Shape
Sunday, 9 Oct, 2011 – 10:42 | Comments Off
Race Day: List of Chase Favorites Is Taking Shape

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Counting today’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, seven races remain in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Mathematically, none of the 12 drivers in the playoff have been eliminated.
But lists of favorites to win the championship are under construction.
Some of the faves love being [...]

Kurt Busch Wins Dover Sprint Cup Race
Sunday, 2 Oct, 2011 – 16:46 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch Wins Dover Sprint Cup Race

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Kurt Busch passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead on a restart with 42 laps to go, held off the defending champion on the final laps on won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.
The victory in the third race of the Chase moved Busch from ninth to tied for third [...]

Race Day: The Sifting Process Is Under Way
Sunday, 2 Oct, 2011 – 9:40 | Comments Off
Race Day: The Sifting Process Is Under Way

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
This morning, it’s two down, eight to go in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. One-fifth of the way through. Whacked-out, bizarro-world events yet to go in a sport in which blind circumstance plays a much bigger role than does skill in determining outcomes.
But sports fans being human and [...]

Pedley: Jimmie Hunters Think They’ve Found Gold
Saturday, 1 Oct, 2011 – 8:50 | Comments Off
Pedley: Jimmie Hunters Think They’ve Found Gold

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Jimmie hunters have found their crack.
It took 26.5 races and they needed electronic listening devices to accomplish their mission, but the folks who spend way too much time searching for signs that this is the year that Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team fail to win [...]

NHRA Notes: Maple Grove Safety Questioned
Friday, 30 Sep, 2011 – 9:56 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: Maple Grove Safety Questioned

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Former NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Hector Arana Sr. is questioning a long-standing safety issue at Maple Grove Raceway heading into today’s Auto-Plus® NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa.
“I don’t know if they fixed Reading or not,” said Arana Sr., the 2009 PSM champion and rider of the Lucas Oil [...]

Pedley: Is That A Body Lying Under The Bus?
Wednesday, 28 Sep, 2011 – 8:55 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Is That A Body Lying Under The Bus?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In today’s Morning Memo we find:
Dead Weight sleeps with the fishes.
Last Sunday’s Sprint Cup victory by Tony Stewart in New Hampshire came with a built-in mystery. A mystery complete with a John Doe victim.
Stewart himself prologued the mystery when he gave an excited, impassioned Victory Lane television interview after winning [...]

Race Day: Stewart Not Ready To Celebrate Yet
Sunday, 25 Sep, 2011 – 8:44 | Comments Off
Race Day: Stewart Not Ready To Celebrate Yet

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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In the weeks leading up to this year’s Chase, Tony Stewart was doing his reverse-Polyanna thing. No way, he was telling people, that he had a shot at winning this year’s Sprint Cup championship.
Then came September and three straight top-seven finishes – finishes which were topped by the Chase-opening victory [...]

Record Book Takes A Beating At zMAX Dragway
Sunday, 18 Sep, 2011 – 18:53 | Comments Off
Record Book Takes A Beating At zMAX Dragway

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – A record-breaking weekend at zMAX Dragway quickly transformed the self-described Bellagio of drag strips into the NHRA’s fastest facility as the NHRA began its six-race Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship with numerous upsets and a change in two of the top four categories point standings Sunday.
Three [...]

Starting Chase In Midwest Seems To Be Good Move
Saturday, 17 Sep, 2011 – 20:42 | Comments Off
Starting Chase In Midwest Seems To Be Good Move

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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JOLIET, Ill. – Fans will see very, very few “caution: moose crossing” signs on the roads leading into this weekend’s Sprint Cup race. Local menus featuring “fresh lobster” should be eyed with healthy skepticism this weekend.
But this is indeed Week 27 in Cup. This is mid-September and this is the [...]

Jimmie In No Mood To Have Record Roll Ended
Thursday, 15 Sep, 2011 – 7:01 | Comments Off
Jimmie In No Mood To Have Record Roll Ended

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For 26 races each season Jimmie Johnson does what he has to do to qualify for and get ready for NASCAR’s big finale, the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Heading into Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway, the opener of the 10-race, 12-driver Chase, Johnson is ready to begin the quest [...]