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Report: Allstate Ends Brickyard Sponsorship
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2009 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Report: Allstate Ends Brickyard Sponsorship

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Allstate Corp. has decided to drop its sponsorship of the Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, according to a published report.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the insurance company, based in suburban Chicago, will be directing its sports marketing efforts in other areas, including the 2016 Olympics in Chicago.
The company began its sponsorship of the [...]

Brown Sweeps Western Swing
Sunday, 26 Jul, 2009 – 20:30 | One Comment
Brown Sweeps Western Swing

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Sonoma, Calif. – Antron Brown became the seventh driver in NHRA history to sweep the Western Swing by racing to victory Sunday at the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.
Tim Wilkerson, Jason Line and Andrew Hines also were winners in their categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Brown, who won at Denver [...]

Race Day: ESPN Has Work To Do Starting Today
Sunday, 26 Jul, 2009 – 8:00 | 5 Comments
Race Day: ESPN Has Work To Do Starting Today

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Indianapolis – Rich Feinberg has seen the rating numbers for television coverage of the first half of the Sprint Cup season. As vice president for motorsports at ESPN, it is his job to see and study those numbers. And yes, Feinberg says, they are disconcerting.
Beginning this weekend at Indianapolis [...]

All New Is Not All Good for RCR’s Bowyer
Saturday, 25 Jul, 2009 – 18:02 | Comments Off
All New Is Not All Good for  RCR’s Bowyer

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Indianapolis – It’s a new Clint Bowyer who is turning laps in the Sprint Cup Series this season. New number on his car, new sponsors on the hood and quarterpanels, and new color on the driver suit.
And that’s all cool.
What is not so cool is Bowyer’s new place in the [...]

Johnson-Busch Feud Fizzles At Indy
Friday, 24 Jul, 2009 – 15:40 | Comments Off
Johnson-Busch Feud Fizzles At Indy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Those hoping that the Kurt Busch-Jimmie Johnson flare-up at Chicagoland Speedway would turn into the big feud which some feel the sport needs to climb back onto the front pages will be disappointed today.
Jimmie loves Kurt and Kurt loves Jimmie.
And not even a breach of text-messaging etiquette could change that.
That [...]

Minter: Gordon Takes Goodyear Off The Hook At Indy
Thursday, 23 Jul, 2009 – 12:09 | Comments Off
Minter: Gordon Takes Goodyear Off The Hook At Indy

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Midweek Observations:
* There’s considerable debate out there this week about whether NASCAR’s honeymoon phase with Indianapolis Motor Speedway has come to an end. That’s probably a given no matter how things have gone at the Brickyard over the years. But it’s important to note that NASCAR has been running there [...]

Drivers Taking Road Tests In Georgia
Tuesday, 21 Jul, 2009 – 9:45 | One Comment
Drivers Taking Road Tests In Georgia

By Jeff Hood | Senior Correspondent
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Braselton, Ga. – A dozen NASCAR haulers rolled into Road Atlanta early today as preparations began in earnest for next month’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series stops at Watkins Glen International.
Drivers from Roush Fenway Racing, Penske Racing, Robby Gordon Motorsports, Michael Waltrip Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing and RAB [...]

Nationwide Rookie Class Is A Humdinger
Saturday, 18 Jul, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Nationwide Rookie Class Is A Humdinger

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Driver Jason Keller has been around the Nationwide Series garages for a while now. He’s seen the prospects and the can’t-miss phenoms and the never-will-haves come and go and in some cases, come back again.
Keller has seen the fat years for young drivers and he’s seen the Slim Fast years. [...]

Krawiec’s Confidence Builds Momentum
Tuesday, 14 Jul, 2009 – 7:30 | One Comment
Krawiec’s Confidence Builds Momentum

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Eddie Krawiec captured the NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle championship in 2008 without winning a race. Should he repeat as Countdown to 1 champion this season, race wins won’t be an issue for “Fast Eddie.”
Krawiec posted his third national event win of 2009 Sunday in the final of the 30th annual [...]

Capps High On Denver
Sunday, 12 Jul, 2009 – 20:55 | 2 Comments
Capps High On Denver

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MORRISON, Colo. – Ron Capps raced to his fifth Funny Car victory of the season Sunday at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
Capps beat Ashley Force Hood in the final round for his 30th career victory and first at the Denver dragstrip. With the win, Capps moved into a first place tie with [...]