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Finishing Touch Gets Kahne To Victory Lane
Monday, 28 May, 2012 – 7:14 | Comments Off
Finishing Touch Gets Kahne To Victory Lane

CONCORD, N.C. – Kasey Kahne and Hendrick Motorsports possess an affinity for Charlotte Motor Speedway and it paid dividends for the 32-year-old driver Sunday night.
With a potent Chevrolet that no one could challenge in the Coca-Cola 600’s closing laps, Kahne and crew chief Kenny Francis snapped a string of bad luck that had stalked [...]

Wheldon On The Minds Of His Friends At Indy
Sunday, 27 May, 2012 – 15:43 | Comments Off
Wheldon On The Minds Of His Friends At Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – In the record books, the 96th Indianapolis 500 will show that Dario Franchitti won the race, giving him three victories in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
But those who spent the hot, sultry afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or watched the very competitive race on TV now know that Franchitti was not alone in the cockpit of [...]

It’s Early But It’s Also Go Time For Jeff Gordon
Sunday, 27 May, 2012 – 14:56 | Comments Off
It’s Early But It’s Also Go Time For Jeff Gordon

CONCORD, N.C. – Unless something miraculous happens, the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship will come and go without Jeff Gordon. And NASCAR has banned miracles.
Perhaps the reality has set in, perhaps Gordon is an Olivier-caliber actor or perhaps he has new golf clubs and is looking forward to using them.  It could even [...]

Castroneves Looking To Become Mr. Four Time
Sunday, 27 May, 2012 – 5:38 | Comments Off
Castroneves Looking To Become Mr. Four Time

INDIANAPOLIS –  Helio Castroneves has another chance on Sunday to join a very elite group at the Indianapolis 500.
A victory for Castroneves, who will start sixth in the 33-car field, would be his fourth, putting him in a class with only A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears.
Castroneves figures he has a secret weapon [...]

Young Dudes Out To Add To Families’ 500 Fortunes
Saturday, 26 May, 2012 – 9:29 | Comments Off
Young Dudes Out To Add To Families’ 500 Fortunes

INDIANAPOLIS – Graham Rahal has a picture in his mind’s-eye of the final few laps of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
In his vision, he and Marco Andretti are racing for what would be a historic and much-talked-about victory, no matter which way it turned out.
“I think that it would do incredible things for this sport,’’ Graham said. [...]

Flat Spot On: If It’s Baroque – Don’t Fix It
Friday, 25 May, 2012 – 10:54 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: If It’s Baroque – Don’t Fix It

MONTE CARLO, Monaco – Is the Monaco Grand Prix over-rated?
Is this Grand Dame a dowager, dottering along within the skirts of tradition and the Mediterranean city’s cachet as a playground of the rich and famous, ignoring the onset of the KERS and Drag Reduction System that have made F1 weekends more like free-for-alls? Will we [...]

Pastrana’s Drive For Pride Not Going Well
Thursday, 24 May, 2012 – 16:08 | Comments Off
Pastrana’s Drive For Pride Not Going Well

CONCORD, N.C. – By most measures, Travis Pastrana’s entry into NASCAR’s Nationwide Series has been pretty positive. But by one measure – how much crap he’s taken from his friends – that entry has been a bit of a bummer.
The crap the action sports star has been issued has come courtesy of his X-Games peers and [...]

Toyota Rolls Out New Cup Camry
Tuesday, 22 May, 2012 – 18:39 | Comments Off
Toyota Rolls Out New Cup Camry

SALISBURY, N.C. – Toyota’s 2013 Camry has a little bit different feel than the car currently raced on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit, but it’s not the major jump the drivers experienced when the old car was mothballed in favor of the COT, Kyle Busch said Tuesday at Toyota Racing and Development headquarters.
Busch attributed the [...]

Briscoe Drives Out Of The Shadows At Penske
Monday, 21 May, 2012 – 8:38 | Comments Off
Briscoe Drives Out Of The Shadows At Penske

Ryan Briscoe’s pole-winning run for the 96th Indianapolis 500 looms as the perfect vehicle to alter the Australian’s image as “third-wheelman” at Team Penske.
Largely overshadowed by Helio Castroneves and Will Power during his four-plus-year tenure at Penske, Briscoe figures to spend much of the week leading up to Sunday’s green flag eloquently chatting-up “The Greatest [...]

Grubnic Surprise Winner In Topeka
Sunday, 20 May, 2012 – 16:52 | Comments Off
Grubnic Surprise Winner In Topeka

Dave Grubnic broke a long winless streak Sunday when he won the Top Fuel competition at the Dollar General NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.
The Kalitta Motorsports driver beat Spencer Massey of Don Schumacher Racing in the finals with a pass in 3.893 seconds and at 319.07 mph.
The victory was the first for Grubnic [...]