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Hamlin’s Crew Repeats In Challenge
Friday, 20 May, 2011 – 7:20 | Comments Off
Hamlin’s Crew Repeats In Challenge

The No. 11 FedEx Toyota pit crew of Denny Hamlin captured the 2011 Sprint NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman team champion title, defending the team’s title from 2010.
The Joe Gibbs Racing crew beat the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet pit crew of Jimmie Johnson in the final with a time of 22.298 seconds.
The […]

Bayne An All-Star Scratch
Thursday, 19 May, 2011 – 15:53 | Comments Off
Bayne An All-Star Scratch

The surprise winner of this year’s Daytona 500 will not drive in this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
Roush Fenway Racing and the Wood Brothers have decided to withhold Trevor Bayne from all competition this weekend, including Sunday’s Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway and Saturday night’s All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“Although we would like […]

Rain Again Slows Practice At Indianapolis
Tuesday, 17 May, 2011 – 17:17 | Comments Off
Rain Again Slows Practice At Indianapolis

Another day of practice was gut punched by the weather at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Mike Conway shook down the No. 27 Hire Heroes car after some tweaks were made overnight, and Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti got in five laps “to get the feel of a different setup.”
That was the extent of on-track action – save […]

Tagliani Tops Charts As Indy Practice Continues
Monday, 16 May, 2011 – 20:42 | Comments Off
Tagliani Tops Charts As Indy Practice Continues

Alex Tagliani topped the speed chart with a best lap of 225.878 mph to earn top honors in Monday’s practice for the 100 running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Seven different teams were represented in the top 10 of speeds as 39 drivers recorded 1,379 laps in a stiff, cool breeze.
“It was the […]

Highcroft, Honda End Le Mans Bid
Monday, 16 May, 2011 – 14:39 | Comments Off
Highcroft, Honda End Le Mans Bid

On the heels of a runner-up finish at the Mobile 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with its new ARX-01e, Highcroft Racing will not contest the Le Mans 24-hour this year. The team’s five-year relationship with Honda has ended due to the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the budget shortfall cannot be […]

Minter: People As Much Fun As Racing At Atlanta Dragway
Sunday, 15 May, 2011 – 16:17 | Comments Off
Minter: People As Much Fun As Racing At Atlanta Dragway

Commerce, Ga. – After two days of rain, the third day of the 31st Summit Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway was picture perfect. The opening rounds in the Full Throttle professional classes produced some upsets in the early rounds and some high-profile match-ups in the finals.
But, as always, any trip to the races is more […]

Hood: First NHRA Race A Real Ear-Opener
Sunday, 15 May, 2011 – 7:15 | 5 Comments
Hood: First NHRA Race A Real Ear-Opener

Commerce, Ga. – After witnessing several hundred NASCAR races (I’ve actually lost count) in person over the past three decades, I experienced a motorsports first on Saturday when I attended my first NHRA event.
Though it was the final day of qualifying for the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway to set the field for Sunday’s action […]

Harvick Vs. Busch Continues At Rapid Boil In Dover
Friday, 13 May, 2011 – 10:39 | One Comment
Harvick Vs. Busch Continues At Rapid Boil In Dover

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick were greeted with invitations when they got to Dover International Speedway Thursday. Invitations to meet with NASCAR officials about their altercation at Darlington last Saturday night.
From the sound of it, the meetings certainly did not bring Busch and Harvick together as both continued to snipe away at the other on […]

Texas Drag Strip Is Taking It From The Streets
Wednesday, 11 May, 2011 – 7:40 | One Comment
Texas Drag Strip Is Taking It From The Streets

Ennis, Texas – En route to obtaining his NHRA Top Fuel license, Spencer Massey has been harboring a startling secret.
“I’ve never been involved in any kind of street race,” said Massey, at 28 one of the National Hot Rod Association’s rising stars for Don Schumacher Racing. “I started up in Jr. Dragster racing. There were […]

Jay Penske To Break Some Ground Of His Own
Wednesday, 11 May, 2011 – 6:49 | Comments Off
Jay Penske To Break Some Ground Of His Own

The Penske surname is synonymous with “firsts” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a testament to the record-setting open-wheel organization founded by Roger Penske.
Cars owned and entered by “The Captain” have scored a record 15 victories at IMS since 1969, when Mark Donohue’s seventh-place finish earned him Rookie of the Year honors. Donohue gave Penske his first Indy […]