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Pedley: Loudon Could Be SHR’s Defining Weekend
Monday, 18 Jul, 2011 – 17:26 | Comments Off
Pedley: Loudon Could Be SHR’s Defining Weekend

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Second Day Lede:
It was just one weekend. But it was so much more. The kind of weekend Stewart-Haas Racing had at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the kind that can make an entire season. An entire era, even.
Tony Stewart was exaggerating hardly at all when, after the race, he [...]

Ingram: Slap Promoters For Traffic, Parking Woes
Monday, 18 Jul, 2011 – 9:40 | 5 Comments
Ingram: Slap Promoters For Traffic, Parking Woes

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
Once upon a time during NASCAR history, a man named Les Richter conducted a time and motion study. As the vice president of competition for NASCAR’s premier Winston Cup series, Richter wanted to know how much time team members spent standing in line each weekend in order to get a [...]

Cup Notes: Jimmie’s Magic Returns In Loudon
Sunday, 17 Jul, 2011 – 18:15 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: Jimmie’s Magic Returns In Loudon

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Loudon, NH – Jimmie Johnson spent a lot of time near the back of the pack Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Somehow, though, the magic touch demonstrated so often by the five-time reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion returned just in time and Johnson came up with a fifth-place finish in [...]

Newman Leads Stewart-Haas Charge In Loudon
Sunday, 17 Jul, 2011 – 15:25 | Comments Off
Newman Leads Stewart-Haas Charge In Loudon

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Loudon, NH – Finishing second never felt so good to Tony Stewart.
The two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and owner-driver followed teammate and employee Ryan Newman across the finish line in Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Stewart Haas Racing duo finishing exactly the way they [...]

Fast Times Could Spice Up New Hampshire
Sunday, 17 Jul, 2011 – 9:25 | Comments Off
Fast Times Could Spice Up New Hampshire

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The track record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway took a major beating on Friday as driver after driver eclipsed it during qualifying for today’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup race.
The reason for the beatings? A couple of drivers said there are four reasons. They are all round, black and [...]

Junior Seeks A Return To Better Times
Saturday, 16 Jul, 2011 – 18:48 | One Comment
Junior Seeks A Return To Better Times

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Loudon, NH – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of those guys who is a catalyst for emotion for nearly everyone around him.
Despite years without much on-track success, the 36-year-old Hendrick Motorsports driver remains the most popular driver in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series, selling more souvenirs than any other active driver [...]

Bowyer Is Racing To Forget At New Hampshire
Saturday, 16 Jul, 2011 – 10:32 | Comments Off
Bowyer Is Racing To Forget At New Hampshire

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clint Bowyer was cruising along nicely with his blase, that-was-then-this-is-now attitude as he talked about the penalty he incurred after the Sprint Cup race in Loudon last fall when suddenly, the wound opened.
One too many questions about it, apparently.
“It is what it is. It doesn’t matter,” Bowyer said of the [...]

Woody: Traffic Glitch Was Bad For Bruton
Friday, 15 Jul, 2011 – 17:39 | One Comment
Woody: Traffic Glitch Was Bad For Bruton

Timing, they say, is everything, and that goes for sports columns.
Last week as Kentucky Speedway got ready for its grand Sprint Cup opener I penned (well, pecked) a commentary in praise of Bruton Smith’s latest jewel. Smith’s Speedway Motorsports Inc. owns eight Cup tracks and has been instrumental in making upgrades in the sport.
I said [...]

Ryan Newman On Pole At New Hampshire
Friday, 15 Jul, 2011 – 15:40 | Comments Off
Ryan Newman On Pole At New Hampshire

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Ryan Newman of Stewart-Haas Racing won the pole Friday for Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Newman had a fast lap at 135.232 mph. That is a new track record.
The pole was just the first of the season for Newman, but the 47th of his career and fifth at [...]

SMI’s Bruton Smith, Helton Give Traffic Reports
Friday, 15 Jul, 2011 – 9:42 | 4 Comments
SMI’s Bruton Smith, Helton Give Traffic Reports

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O. Bruton Smith, chairman of the company which owns Kentucky Speedway, and NASCAR president Mike Helton addressed the traffic problems which boiled over at the track last weekend during separate meetings with the media Friday.
Both executives said the problems surrounding the inaugural Quaker State 400 would be fixed, but the tones of their remarks were [...]