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Speedweeks Shaping Up As Speedy Indeed; Earnhardt Jr. On Bud Pole
Friday, 11 Feb, 2011 – 19:44 | Comments Off
Speedweeks Shaping Up As Speedy Indeed; Earnhardt Jr. On Bud Pole

Predictions that the new surface at Daytona International Speedway would produce high speeds proved more than correct on Friday.
Joey Logano was the fastest car in the evening session of Friday’s practice for Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. His top lap was at an impressive 203.087 mph.
In all, 10 drivers posted speeds in [...]

Racin’ News: NASCAR To Dump Carburetors
Friday, 11 Feb, 2011 – 12:30 | Comments Off
Racin’ News: NASCAR To Dump Carburetors

In racin’ news today, Friday, Feb. 11:
NASCAR announced today a technology partnership with Freescale Semiconductor and McLaren Electronic Systems to develop and integrate fuel injection systems into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, targeted for the 2012 season.
Freescale will provide the processors for McLaren’s engine control units that will be used to manage the fuel and [...]

Racin’ News: Phoenix To Be Reconfigured
Wednesday, 9 Feb, 2011 – 7:44 | Comments Off
Racin’ News: Phoenix To Be Reconfigured

In racin’ news today, Wednesday, Feb. 9.:
Phoenix International Raceway will be getting a major facelift, track officials have announced.
PIR president Bryan R. Sperber offered details related to the NASCAR facility’s first major track paving project since 1990 on Wednesday.
Construction will begin in March with the removal of the facility’s current surface and the subsequent installation [...]

Ingram: Summertime Blues Strike In February
Tuesday, 8 Feb, 2011 – 6:00 | 3 Comments
Ingram: Summertime Blues Strike In February

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
On the cusp of the new season, it’s worthwhile to ask if the changes to the points system and Chase for the Sprint Cup formats were worth the trouble?
There’s not much difference from the preceding systems after there was so much expectation built up last year by a summer-long public [...]

Racin’ Notes: NASCAR Sets Television Times
Monday, 7 Feb, 2011 – 14:35 | Comments Off
Racin’ Notes: NASCAR Sets Television Times

In Racin’ News today, Monday, Feb. 7:
NASCAR released its telecast times for the 2011 season.
Regular season points races in the Eastern and Central regions of the country will begin at 1 p.m. ET; West Coast events will begin at 3 p.m. ET; and night races will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET (Note: NASCAR’s longest race, [...]

Logano Ready To Join Teammates In The Chase
Wednesday, 2 Feb, 2011 – 18:58 | One Comment
Logano Ready To Join Teammates In The Chase

Phoenix, Ariz. – Like so much of the country left shivering from yet another cold snap thanks to Old Man Winter, Joey Logano also was greeted by Ice Station Zebra temperatures Wednesday in the desert Southwest.
“Brrrr, I thought I was going to be able to wear just a T-shirt when I got here,” said Logano, [...]

Bowles Wins, Pastrana Impresses
Sunday, 30 Jan, 2011 – 7:45 | 4 Comments
Bowles Wins, Pastrana Impresses

Jason Bowles drove his No. 75 Rusty Wallace Racing Experience Toyota to victory in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Saturday night.
Bowles moved to the lead on the final restart of the race, which is held at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif., and held off DJ Kennington through the final eight laps.
But perhaps a bigger story was [...]

Reaction To Change Mounts
Thursday, 27 Jan, 2011 – 11:02 | 4 Comments
Reaction To Change Mounts

Reaction to Wednesday’s announcement of changes to NASCAR’s point system began to roll in shortly after the announcement was made by NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the annual media tour sponsored by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The reaction came from drivers, media and track officials and promoters.
Here [...]

Bruton Smith Says Cash Will Solve NASCAR’s Problems
Wednesday, 26 Jan, 2011 – 17:57 | Comments Off
Bruton Smith Says Cash Will Solve NASCAR’s Problems

Charlotte, N.C. – While NASCAR is ready to divulge its reworked points system for the Sprint Cup series, track owner Bruton Smith says money is far more important than points.

Smith, whose SMI owns tracks that will host 12 Sprint Cup races in 2011, said NASCAR needs to increase the winner’s purse to add some needed [...]

De Silvestro’s Career Going Nuclear
Wednesday, 26 Jan, 2011 – 9:07 | Comments Off
De Silvestro’s Career Going Nuclear

Simona de Silvestro’s future in the IZOD IndyCar Series is set for the next three seasons, theoretically at a pace that promises to be nuclear.
Keith Wiggins’ HVM Racing and Entergy Nuclear have entered into a three-year partnership as primary sponsor for de Silvestro, the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.
“It’s a really special feeling, and [...]