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Nationwide To End Title Sponsorship of NASCAR’s No. 2 Series
Wednesday, 18 Sep, 2013 – 11:30 | 2 Comments
Nationwide To End Title Sponsorship of NASCAR’s No. 2 Series

Nationwide’s run as title sponsor of NASCAR’s top development series will end following the 2014 season it was announced on Wednesday.
When the sponsorship does end, it will do so after a seven-year run.
The insurance company will remain in NASCAR as an official sponsor for auto, home, life and business insurance through 2017 and also focus [...]

Montoya To Join Penske’s IndyCar Team In 2014
Monday, 16 Sep, 2013 – 10:30 | Comments Off
Montoya To Join Penske’s IndyCar Team In 2014

Team Penske announced today that Juan Pablo Montoya will join the team in 2014.
Montoya will drive the No. 2 Team Penske IndyCar for the full season as he will join Will Power and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves in the team’s IZOD IndyCar Series lineup beginning next season.
Montoya, 37, is a native of Colombia. [...]

Hot Hight Wins Funny Car In Concord; Lucas Tops In Top Fuel
Sunday, 15 Sep, 2013 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Hot Hight Wins Funny Car In Concord; Lucas Tops In Top Fuel

CONCORD, N.C. – Funny Car driver Robert Hight repeated history Sunday at zMAX Dragway in the Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals while Top Fuel’s Morgan Lucas secured his first-ever victory at the 6-year-old track as the Mello Yello NHRA Countdown to the Championship began with some interesting
scenarios.
In the other two professional categories, Jeg Coughlin claimed his [...]

Antron Brown: Things Didn’t Go Our Way
Sunday, 15 Sep, 2013 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Antron Brown: Things Didn’t Go Our Way

CONCORD, N.C. – Antron Brown’s Top Fuel dragster shut off before he completed his final qualifying run Saturday and the category’s defending champion found himself eliminated from zMAX Dragway’s Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals, the opening event in the six-race Mello Yello NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
“You never imagine this kind of thing happening,” said Brown, [...]

Second Time Around Is Easier For Brown
Saturday, 14 Sep, 2013 – 12:37 | Comments Off
Second Time Around Is Easier For Brown

CONCORD, N.C. – Defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Antron Brown says going after his second title isn’t nearly as stressful as trying to get the first one.
“The first championship is the hardest, just like winning the first race, because you don’t know how to do it; you don’t know how to get the job done,” [...]

Cruz Pedregon Early Funny Car Leader In N.C.
Saturday, 14 Sep, 2013 – 7:34 | Comments Off
Cruz Pedregon Early Funny Car Leader In N.C.

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Cool temperatures in a night qualifying session for the Carlyle Carolina Nationals resulted in one track record being set and another being equaled as the Mello Yello NHRA Countdown to the Championship began Friday at zMAX Dragway.
Cruz Pedregon’s elapsed time of 3.980 seconds was not only a [...]

NASCAR Should Have Issued Penalty To NASCAR
Wednesday, 11 Sep, 2013 – 14:11 | 17 Comments
NASCAR Should Have Issued Penalty To NASCAR

Who’s to blame for the biggest debacle/scandal/travesty (take your pick) in NASCAR history?
NASCAR, that’s who.
For years it turned a blind eye toward blatant points tampering by teammates, and it finally got bit where it hurts worst – in its credibility.
Now it’s stuck with a tainted championship Chase. No matter who wins, it’ll be a tarnished [...]

Waltrip Racing Penalized; Newman Is In Chase
Monday, 9 Sep, 2013 – 19:08 | 2 Comments
Waltrip Racing Penalized; Newman Is In Chase

NASCAR officials announced Monday night that they believe that Clint Bowyer altered the outcome of Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race in Richmond and the composition of the Chase playoff field by intentionally spinning his car.
As a result, Ryan Newman of Stewart-Haas Racing, who was leading the race before the spin, will be awarded a Chase [...]

Newman To Drive For RCR
Monday, 9 Sep, 2013 – 18:00 | One Comment
Newman To Drive For RCR

Richard Childress Racing announced Monday that Ryan Newman will replace Jeff Burton as the driver of the No. 31 Sprint Cup Chevrolet next season.
Newman became available two months ago when Stewart-Haas Racing announced the contract of the 17-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winner wouldn’t be renewed.
RCR and Burton announced earlier this month that they would part [...]

Furniture Row On A Rocky Mountain High
Sunday, 8 Sep, 2013 – 8:18 | 2 Comments
Furniture Row On A Rocky Mountain High

RICHMOND, Va. – If you thought Cinderella stories no longer existed in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, that only multi-car teams could succeed, think again.
This year a Colorado-based, single-car team with a former champion focused on rebuilding his career fought their way into the Chase. The glass slipper isn’t theirs yet, but with Kurt Busch’s second-place [...]