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Edwards On Pole For Finale
Saturday, 19 Nov, 2011 – 16:02 | Comments Off
Edwards On Pole For Finale

Carl Edwards will begin his bid to win the season-ending, championship-deciding Ford 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway from the pole position.
Edwards, who won the race at HMS a year ago, won the pole with a lap at 175.467 mph.
“That’s huge,” Edwards said. “Thats a great start for us.
“It is great to be on the pole. [...]

Johnson Says Eight Is Still The Career Goal
Saturday, 19 Nov, 2011 – 9:48 | Comments Off
Johnson Says Eight Is Still The Career Goal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The end? Perhaps just half time Jimmie Johnson said when asked about his five-year reign as Sprint Cup champion coming to an end this season.
Perhaps 2011 was just his and his Hendrick Motorsports team’s way of catching its breath before going after more records. Perhaps he will still become the [...]

NASCAR’s France Talks Secrecy, Wrecks, Chase
Friday, 18 Nov, 2011 – 14:01 | Comments Off
NASCAR’s France Talks Secrecy, Wrecks, Chase

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NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France held a press conference in the media center at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday.
The following is the complete transcript of that press conference:
Q. Brian, in particular light to your comments about the winning. Eight years ago Matt Kenseth won the championship before the Chase, had one win for [...]

Pedley: Pardon Tony Stewart’s Indignation
Friday, 18 Nov, 2011 – 10:53 | Comments Off
Pedley: Pardon Tony Stewart’s Indignation

Tony Stewart and the press corps which covers auto racing have always had a mutual enmity for each other. Encounters between Stewart and reporters can get quite tacky, but that’s going to happen when two entities who are, basically, defined by self righteousness come face to face 38 weekends a year.
On Thursday, however, Stewart used [...]

Chase Contenders Swap Barbs, Praise In Miami
Thursday, 17 Nov, 2011 – 17:21 | Comments Off
Chase Contenders Swap Barbs, Praise In Miami

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Mothers, perceived personality flaws, reporters and team orders: No subject was sacred during Thursday’s Sprint Cup championship contenders press conference in Miami Beach.
The annual presser, held on the Thursdays before the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, featured just two contenders this year – points leader Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway [...]

News Is Not Good For Anti-Tandem Types
Wednesday, 16 Nov, 2011 – 19:57 | Comments Off
News Is Not Good For Anti-Tandem Types

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Not a fan of the tandem racing that has dominated racing at NASCAR’s restrictor plate tracks in recent years? Then you’re probably not going to like what Dale Earnhardt Jr. said after Tuesday’s aero testing at Daytona International Speedway.
It seems pairs racing is going to be with us for a [...]

Strategy Options Are Limited For Chase Chiefs
Wednesday, 16 Nov, 2011 – 10:52 | Comments Off
Strategy Options Are Limited For Chase Chiefs

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – For NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs Bob Osborne and Darian Grubb, their strategy for Sunday’s season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is quite simple – win the race.
With only three points separating the first place Carl Edwards and second place Tony Stewart, if one of those two [...]

Woody: Kahne Smokes No-Chase, No-Race Theory
Wednesday, 16 Nov, 2011 – 8:33 | Comments Off
Woody: Kahne Smokes No-Chase, No-Race Theory

When NASCAR inaugurated its Chase for the Championship – its version of a playoff between a select number of drivers – critics complained that any driver who didn’t make the Chase wouldn’t have any
incentive to keep racing.
They said the non-Chasers would simply ride out the final 10 races.
They said if their favorite driver wasn’t in [...]

NASCAR Tests The Aero Of Its Ways
Wednesday, 16 Nov, 2011 – 8:07 | Comments Off
NASCAR Tests The Aero Of Its Ways

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seven drivers took part in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at Daytona International Speedway Tuesday to evaluate and prepare aerodynamic baseline packages for January’s Preseason Thunder session, as well as Speedweeks 2012 and the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26.
Teams participating were Hendrick Motorsports (Dale Earnhardt Jr. and [...]

Pedley: The Chase Worm Appears to Have Turned
Monday, 14 Nov, 2011 – 11:04 | One Comment
Pedley: The Chase Worm Appears to Have Turned

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Second Day Lede
With the shadows of the Sierra Estrella mountain range lengthening, and his race lead stabilized late Sunday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway, Tony Stewart appeared to be just 100 laps away from kicking Carl Edwards’ championship legs cleanly out from under him.
Then…racing happened.
A car that looked unbeatable, [...]