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For Hamlin, The Battle Will Be Vs. Inner Demons
Sunday, 23 Feb, 2014 – 9:31 | Comments Off
For Hamlin, The Battle Will Be Vs. Inner Demons

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
When Denny Hamlin won last year’s season-ending Sprint Cup race in South Florida, it seemed at the time to be just a warm ending to a cold season. Now it appears that last November’s victory could have been the start of something big.
Hamlin, whose victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway at the [...]

Lame Duck ESPN Promises To Give Full Effort
Thursday, 20 Feb, 2014 – 18:44 | 3 Comments
Lame Duck ESPN Promises To Give Full Effort

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When the green flag waves over Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway, ESPN’s coverage of the sport officially goes into lame duck status.
For the final time in the foreseeable future, the “Worldwide Leader” will broadcast 17 races of this year’s Sprint Cup season and [...]

Hamlin Survives, Wins Unlimited Race Of Attrition
Sunday, 16 Feb, 2014 – 7:35 | 4 Comments
Hamlin Survives, Wins Unlimited Race Of Attrition

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Denny Hamlin, whose 2013 Sprint Cup season was interrupted for six weeks by a back injury, won Saturday night’s Speedweeks-opening Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin not only won the overall race, but also all three segments of the 75-lap exhibition.
Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was clearly the [...]

The Unlimited: Democracy In Action Or Confusing Anarchy
Saturday, 15 Feb, 2014 – 10:13 | Comments Off
The Unlimited: Democracy In Action Or Confusing Anarchy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Tradition, it appears, will never be a problem for the race which is now known as the Sprint Unlimited. That’s because the event – a kind of non-points-paying all-star race which kicks off the Sprint Cup season – won’t sit still long enough to establish a true tradition.
Every year, additions [...]

2014 Cars, Drivers Rolled Out At DIS Media Day
Friday, 14 Feb, 2014 – 8:06 | Comments Off
2014 Cars, Drivers Rolled Out At DIS Media Day

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There was no shortage of optimism and storylines in the room during media day at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday as a steady stream of nearly 50 NASCAR drivers were paraded in front of the assembled press.
Sporting new hair styles, tans, fit bodies and unblemished racing [...]

Haas Speeds Forward With Formula One Plans
Monday, 10 Feb, 2014 – 6:41 | Comments Off
Haas Speeds Forward With Formula One Plans

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas knows there are those who doubt his ability to field a Formula One team due to the failure of USF1 about five years ago, but that’s not keeping him from taking the next step in his pursuit of one.
Haas was scheduled to [...]

Kalitta On Top As Winternationals Kick Off 2014
Sunday, 9 Feb, 2014 – 7:29 | Comments Off
Kalitta On Top As Winternationals Kick Off 2014

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Top Fueler Doug Kalitta called race conditions at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. “perfect” on Saturday. They sure were for the Mac Tools driver as Kalitta raced to the No. 1 qualifying position for Sunday’s Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
John Force (Funny Car) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s [...]

Force Looking Brutal As NHRA Season Begins
Saturday, 8 Feb, 2014 – 8:04 | Comments Off
Force Looking Brutal As NHRA Season Begins

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
John Force launched defense of his latest NHRA Funny Car world championship in record-setting fashion Friday, twice lowering the track record during the opening day of qualifications for the 54th annual NHRA Circle K Winternationals.
The winningest driver in NHRA history, Force recorded a 3.966-second pass on his second 1,000-foot lap down [...]

Langdon Ready To Go Back-To-Back In Top Fuel
Thursday, 6 Feb, 2014 – 12:03 | Comments Off
Langdon Ready To Go Back-To-Back In Top Fuel

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A year ago at this time, Shawn Langdon was a driver with things to prove. Important things. Things like proving he belonged on a Top Fuel team that had a championship-winning past.
This year heading into the coming weekend’s NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series’ season-opening Winternationals, Langdon again has something [...]

NASCAR Unveils Revamped Chase Structure
Thursday, 30 Jan, 2014 – 13:40 | Comments Off
NASCAR Unveils Revamped Chase Structure

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR executives confirmed Thursday what had been rumored and speculated on for several weeks – a major change in the Chase format that will emphasize winning throughout the season and make the season finale a winner-take-all event for the championship.
The new format expands the Chase field to [...]