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Early NHRA Rounds In Texas Are Upset-O-Rama
Sunday, 25 Sep, 2011 – 13:51 | Comments Off
Early NHRA Rounds In Texas Are Upset-O-Rama

(Editor’s note: This story will be updated after conclusion of racing this afternoon.)
ENNIS, Texas – Matt Hagan knocked off Funny Car points-leader Mike Neff in the opening round of eliminations of the 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Sunday morning at Texas Motorplex, where all three John Force Racing entries were unceremoniously trailered.
The upsets [...]

Cruz Pedregon Is Giant Killing In Texas
Saturday, 24 Sep, 2011 – 18:19 | Comments Off
Cruz Pedregon Is Giant Killing In Texas

ENNIS, Texas _ Cruz Pedregon realizes all the numbers, team-wise, are against him every time he straps into his nitro Funny Car.
The four-car juggernaut fielded by Don Schumacher Racing and John Force Racing’s three-car armada present a formidable road-block on many fronts for a single-car team like Pedregon’s. “The Cruzer” figures that’s unfair enough – [...]

Being Cool With Fuel Could Decide Chase Title
Saturday, 24 Sep, 2011 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Being Cool With Fuel Could Decide Chase Title

LOUDON, N.H. – Ryan Newman has an engineering degree from Purdue University and a pretty darn good understanding of the way things work in a race engine. But, like everyone else, he struggles to figure out of the best way to conserve fuel during NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
Asked what makes a difference in saving fuel, [...]

Newman Tops In Bizarre Qualifying In Loudon
Friday, 23 Sep, 2011 – 16:37 | Comments Off
Newman Tops In Bizarre Qualifying In Loudon

Ryan Newman won the pole on Friday for Sunday’s Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
To get the pole, Newman had to wait out a rain delay that began with him and four other drivers still in the pits and waiting to qualify.
Second on the starting grid will be Kasey Kahne and [...]

Test Could Play Part In Determining Champion
Friday, 23 Sep, 2011 – 7:09 | Comments Off
Test Could Play Part In Determining Champion

Championship contenders Will Power, Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon are scheduled to punch the clock for a full, eight-hour day of IZOD IndyCar Series testing today at Kentucky Speedway.
The 1.5-mile oval in Sparta, Ken., will play host to the series’ penultimate race – the Kentucky Indy 300 – on Oct. 2, with the season-ending IZOD [...]

Memo: Mileage Races Won’t Fuel Chase Excitement
Thursday, 22 Sep, 2011 – 10:41 | 5 Comments
Memo: Mileage Races Won’t Fuel Chase Excitement

In today’s Morning Memo we find that:
The fuel-mileage element to NASCAR races is out of control.
Yes, the race to get to the checkered flag before the cars start stuttering and gasping and slowing can add an element of drama to race-track proceedings. Theatrical-like drama.
But lost in that drama are such things as, well, auto [...]

Racin’ News: Waltrip Adds Miller; Talladega Rule Changes
Wednesday, 21 Sep, 2011 – 15:24 | Comments Off
Racin’ News: Waltrip Adds Miller; Talladega Rule Changes

In Racin’ News today:
Michael Waltrip Racing today named Scott Miller executive vice president of competition effective at the conclusion of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
Miller has served in several roles throughout his 16-year stint in NASCAR, most recently as director of competition at Richard Childress Racing. Miller has been a winning crew chief and [...]

Spoiler Alert: RT Staff Reveals Chase Results
Sunday, 18 Sep, 2011 – 12:27 | Comments Off
Spoiler Alert: RT Staff Reveals Chase Results

(Editor’s Note: The Geico 500 scheduled for Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway has been postponed until noon Eastern on Monday. Persistent rain forced the postponement.)
JOLIET, Ill. – This year’s edition of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship starts today in Chicago-ish. Though the field was determined with a new wild card format, it still features [...]

Dixon Wins In Japan; Power Takes Point Lead
Sunday, 18 Sep, 2011 – 8:35 | Comments Off
Dixon Wins In Japan; Power Takes Point Lead

Pole-sitter Scott Dixon held off the relentless Will Power on a restart with two laps left to win Sunday’s Indy Japan: The Final and remain a factor in a revised IZOD IndyCar Series championship chase.
A self-described “stupid move” and the resulting avoidable contact penalty levied against three-time/reigning series champion Dario Franchitti just before halfway [...]

Pro Stocker Anderson Winning Important Battles
Saturday, 17 Sep, 2011 – 9:54 | Comments Off
Pro Stocker Anderson Winning Important Battles

CONCORD, N.C. – Four-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson enters the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship seeking his third consecutive victory at zMAX Dragway, but it’s the obstacles the Minnesota native has overcome in recent years that make the pressures of a fifth title run appear miniscule.
During the last two years, Anderson has [...]