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Thanks To Weather,Texas Inherits Countdown Opener
Sunday, 14 Sep, 2014 – 18:30 | Comments Off
Thanks To Weather,Texas Inherits Countdown Opener

CONCORD, N.C. – Rain Sunday afternoon at zMAX Dragway forced postponement of the elimination round in the Countdown to the Championship’s opening event – the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals – until next weekend at Dallas.
It is the first time the Carolina Nationals haven’t been completed as scheduled since the event began in 2008. However, [...]

Female Drivers Have Big Days At ZMAX
Saturday, 13 Sep, 2014 – 17:53 | Comments Off
Female Drivers Have Big Days At ZMAX

CONCORD, N.C. – Fresh off a victory in the U.S. Nationals, Alexis DeJoria emerged as the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car for the second time in her career Saturday during preparations for the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
DeJoria, who was fourth quickest in Friday’s opening round, sat out the second one, [...]

Countdown Begins With Consistency, Efficiency On Front Burner
Friday, 12 Sep, 2014 – 19:18 | Comments Off
Countdown Begins With Consistency, Efficiency On Front Burner

CONCORD, N.C. – Ask any NHRA competitor vying for a Mello Yello Drag Racing Series title his or her approach to the Countdown to the Championship and the same two words keep appearing in their vocabulary – consistency and efficiency.
The six-race title run for the professional classes begins this weekend at zMAX Dragway with [...]

Fence-Climbing Fan Arrested
Sunday, 7 Sep, 2014 – 7:39 | Comments Off
Fence-Climbing Fan Arrested

RICHMOND, Va. – A fan who caused the fourth caution period in Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 after he climbed atop Richmond International Raceway’s fourth-turn catch fence was arrested by Henrico Police and charged with disorderly conduct and drunk in public, said RIR Communications Director Aimee Turner.
Turner didn’t have the person’s identity.
She said the [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Was A Total Wreck
Friday, 5 Sep, 2014 – 20:26 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Was A Total Wreck

RICHMOND, Va. – When it comes to Nationwide Insurance, Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t kidding when he talks about his family’s longevity with the company and that includes a time frame when he totaled one of his trucks.
The accident occurred a few years after Earnhardt Jr. graduated from high school and involved a red extended cab [...]

Stewart’s NASCAR Return Features Highs, Lows
Sunday, 31 Aug, 2014 – 23:27 | Comments Off
Stewart’s NASCAR Return Features Highs, Lows

HAMPTON, Ga. – On the high banks of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night Tony Stewart showed flashes of the form that led him to three Sprint Cup championships. It was his first competition since the tragic sprint car race three weeks earlier where Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed.
But Stewart, who needed a victory to [...]

Hendrick Engines At Center Of Powerful Debate
Friday, 29 Aug, 2014 – 18:58 | Comments Off
Hendrick Engines At Center Of Powerful Debate

HAMPTON, Ga. – Add Brian Vickers’ name to the growing list of NASCAR drivers willing to go on the record and admit that, when it comes to horsepower, engines built by Hendrick Motorsports are the class of the field.
When Ryan Newman got into a heated argument with Jimmie Johnson two weeks ago at Michigan, Newman [...]

Stewart: Driver Death ‘Will Affect My Life Forever’
Friday, 29 Aug, 2014 – 12:27 | Comments Off
Stewart: Driver Death ‘Will Affect My Life Forever’

A visibly shaken Tony Stewart addressed the media on Friday for the first time since he was involved in a sprint car race incident which claimed the life of 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt track in New York state.
Stewart read a prepared statement during a press conference in the media center at [...]

Flat Spot On: A Captive of Success, Fame, Fortune
Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014 – 14:10 | 19 Comments
Flat Spot On: A Captive of Success, Fame, Fortune

I’ve never felt sorrier for a race car driver during his career than I feel for Tony Stewart. Usually, it’s an injury keeping a driver out of his race car or ending his career that prompts this sort of response, especially if he got hurt due to no fault of his own.
In Stewart’s case, I [...]

Key Sprint Cup Races On The Move In 2015
Friday, 22 Aug, 2014 – 19:07 | Comments Off
Key Sprint Cup Races On The Move In 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Bristol Motor Speedway’s spring races have been moved next year to April 18-19, hopefully, signaling an end to the snow and extremely cold weather that has plagued the track’s March date, it was announced Friday.
That, however, won’t be the only change on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. Two others are expected [...]