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Pedley: We Should Have Listened To Earnhardt Jr.
Tuesday, 20 Sep, 2011 – 7:44 | 2 Comments
Pedley: We Should Have Listened To Earnhardt Jr.

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
JOLIET, Ill. – Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s optimism and good mood during Friday’s media gathering at Chicagoland Speedway almost seemed bizarre.
Yes, he was in the Chase and still mathematically involved in a run for the 2011 championship. But, come on: He was also having one of his typical Dale Earnhardt Jr. [...]

Stewart Takes First Race Of The 2011 Chase
Monday, 19 Sep, 2011 – 14:04 | Comments Off
Stewart Takes First Race Of The 2011 Chase

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Tony Stewart went 0 for 26 in the regular portion of the 2011 Sprint Cup season, but on Monday at Chicagoland Speedway, he moved to 1 for 1 in the Chase as he won rain-delayed, playoff-opening Geico 400 in Joliet, Ill.
Stewart, whose last victory had come at Auto Club Speedway in October of 2010, led [...]

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 [...]

Kenseth Earns Pole At Chicagoland
Saturday, 17 Sep, 2011 – 20:52 | Comments Off
Kenseth Earns Pole At Chicagoland

JOLIET, Ill.—Matt Kenseth will start the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup from the pole position in the playoff’s first race.
Kenseth won the pole for the Geico 400 by posting a qualifying lap Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway  at 183.243 mph (29.469 seconds) to edge Paul Menard (183.125 mph) for the top starting spot.
The pole was [...]

Starting Chase In Midwest Seems To Be Good Move
Saturday, 17 Sep, 2011 – 20:42 | Comments Off
Starting Chase In Midwest Seems To Be Good Move

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
JOLIET, Ill. – Fans will see very, very few “caution: moose crossing” signs on the roads leading into this weekend’s Sprint Cup race. Local menus featuring “fresh lobster” should be eyed with healthy skepticism this weekend.
But this is indeed Week 27 in Cup. This is mid-September and this is the [...]

Woody: First Point-Fixing, Now Fake Spins?
Saturday, 17 Sep, 2011 – 11:07 | 2 Comments
Woody: First Point-Fixing, Now Fake Spins?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I’m surprised that anyone’s surprised that a NASCAR driver might (gasp!) intentionally spin out to bring out a late-race caution to help a teammate win.
Heck, drivers routinely engage in point-fixing. They do it right under NASCAR’s nose, plotting their strategy over the radio, on national TV.
How many times have we seen [...]

Menard-Gate Brings Up Whispered Questions
Friday, 16 Sep, 2011 – 18:06 | 3 Comments
Menard-Gate Brings Up Whispered Questions

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
JOLIET, Ill. – You can debate  the worthiness of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s popularity among fans, and you can debate the issue of just how far this acorn fell from its tree. But you can not debate Earnhardt Jr.’s frankness when it comes to answering controversial questions.
That became evident once again [...]

Racin’ News: Bowyer In Talks With Waltrip
Friday, 16 Sep, 2011 – 12:47 | One Comment
Racin’ News: Bowyer In Talks With Waltrip

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In Racin’ News Today, Friday, Sept. 16:
JOLIET, Ill. – Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip each confirmed Friday that they are engaged in talks to put Bowyer in the seat of a Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota next year.
Bowyer told RacinToday, “Obviously, yes, we are talking to him. But, there [...]

NASCAR To Look Into “Fishy” Finish At Richmond
Friday, 16 Sep, 2011 – 10:45 | Comments Off
NASCAR To Look Into “Fishy” Finish At Richmond

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
JOLIET, Ill. – NASCAR president Mike Helton said Friday at Chicagoland Speedway that series officials will be looking into what has been called a “fishy” finish at last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.
Prompting the investigation by NASCAR was a spin by Richard Childress Racing driver Paul Menard late [...]

Williams: Jeff Gordon Is Driving Like It’s 1998
Friday, 16 Sep, 2011 – 9:02 | One Comment
Williams: Jeff Gordon Is Driving Like It’s 1998

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Don’t be surprised if Jeff Gordon snaps Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson’s five straight championship streak to claim his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title this year.
By collecting his 85th career victory at Atlanta two weeks ago in an intense battle with Johnson, Gordon sparked his solid, consistent team, providing [...]