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Daytona Gives Minor Teams A Major Opportunity
Saturday, 5 Jul, 2014 – 10:44 | Comments Off
Daytona Gives Minor Teams A Major Opportunity

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The new Chase rules, with its win-and-your-in format, has made the playoffs extremely accessible to the Sprint Cup Series’ traditional have-nots. And plate racing, with its bizarre capriciousness, has made winning extremely possible for the have-nots.
So, for a lot of the teams and drivers in the far ends of the [...]

Lesser Stars Provide Fireworks In Cup Qualifying
Friday, 4 Jul, 2014 – 18:21 | One Comment
Lesser Stars Provide Fireworks In Cup Qualifying

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It was a day for the have-nots on the beach Friday.
Front Row Motorsports continued to show its strength at restrictor-plate tracks as David Gilliland won the pole for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
The pole comes on the heels of teammate David Ragan’s victory at Talladega in [...]

Racing Daytona On The Fourth Is Still First Rate
Friday, 4 Jul, 2014 – 7:20 | Comments Off
Racing Daytona On The Fourth Is Still First Rate

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the world of stock car racing, Daytona International Speedway is considered the sport’s grand stage.
However, where does the prestigious Daytona 500, contested here each February, rank against Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at the facility known as the World Center of Racing as well as [...]

Despite Podium, Newman Not Where Wants To Be
Thursday, 3 Jul, 2014 – 20:04 | Comments Off
Despite Podium, Newman Not Where Wants To Be

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Those hoping that Ryan Newman would declare that his third-place finish in last Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Kentucky represented a first step on his way to the 2014 series championship, left Sparta disappointed.
About the most promising thing they heard Newman say after he had posted his best finish [...]

Notes: Montoya Triangulates In On Pocono IndyCar Mission
Wednesday, 2 Jul, 2014 – 20:32 | Comments Off
Notes: Montoya Triangulates In On Pocono IndyCar Mission

Juan Pablo Montoya is a veteran of racing at the three-cornered Pocono Raceway. Just not in an Indy car, which is precisely what he will be driving at the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania track.
Montoya’s experience at Pocono has been restricted to stock cars – 3,400-pound, low downforce Chip Ganassi Racing Sprint Cup cars to be precise.
This [...]

Keselowski Was Bloody Serious After Kentucky
Wednesday, 2 Jul, 2014 – 16:37 | One Comment
Keselowski Was Bloody Serious After Kentucky

Every day of the week, adrenal glands turn solidly grounded people into fools. They tend to over-rev ambition and loosen the tongue. Last Saturday night in Victory Lane at Kentucky Speedway, it appeared Brad Keselowski’s adrenal gland was setting him up for some major “I said what?” next-morning moments.
And an hour later, after plenty of [...]

Keselowski Sprints To Win, Care Center In Sparta
Saturday, 28 Jun, 2014 – 21:33 | Comments Off
Keselowski Sprints To Win, Care Center In Sparta

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The only bumps that slowed down Brad Keselowski at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night occurred in Victory Lane after the race when a broken champagne bottle sent him to the care center for stitches.
“Yeah, welcome to the party,” he said of the Victory Lane incident. “It’s all good. I’m just [...]

Keselwoski Wins Pole At Kentucky
Friday, 27 Jun, 2014 – 18:34 | Comments Off
Keselwoski Wins Pole At Kentucky

Brad Keselowski will start Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway from the pole after posting the top speed during Friday’s qualifying session.
The pole was Keselowski’s second of the day as he also was fastest in qualifying for Friday night’s Nationwide Series race.
The Team Penske driver’s teammate, Joey Logano, qualified second fastest.
Jeff Gordon, who [...]

Cup Drivers Ready For Bumpy Ride At Kentucky
Thursday, 26 Jun, 2014 – 15:13 | Comments Off
Cup Drivers Ready For Bumpy Ride At Kentucky

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Matt Kenseth spent a sizable chunk of this week’s Sprint Cup media teleconference talking about the bumps at Kentucky Speedway. Lots of tracks have bumps, Kenseth said, but Kentucky is “really, really bumpy”. Two “reallys”, which for low-key Kenseth is like five “reallys” for drivers with more effervescent personalities.
Drivers [...]

Edwards Captures Sonoma For First Road Win
Sunday, 22 Jun, 2014 – 17:15 | Comments Off
Edwards Captures Sonoma For First Road Win

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fact: NASCAR drivers extract a lot of pride from winning road races. It tends to make them feel like complete competitors.
Carl Edwards got the first road course win of his career Sunday after he jumped to the lead in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on a restart [...]