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Bye-Bye Time For Sprint Cup’s Biggest Stars?
Wednesday, 15 Oct, 2014 – 6:28 | No Comment
Bye-Bye Time For Sprint Cup’s Biggest Stars?

By Mark Armijo | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AVONDALE, Az. – As warm as the temperatures were Tuesday during a 90-plus degree test session at Phoenix International Raceway, it likely paled miserably to the heat Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are under.
For them, with their NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship lives on the line entering Sunday’s [...]

NASCAR Penalizes Keselowski, Stewart
Tuesday, 14 Oct, 2014 – 17:34 | No Comment
NASCAR Penalizes Keselowski, Stewart

NASCAR has assessed behavioral penalties to drivers Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart for their involvement in post-race incidents on Oct. 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Keselowski has been fined $50,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events through Nov. 12 for violating:
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Flat Spot On: Them Boys Get To Fightin’
Monday, 13 Oct, 2014 – 7:06 | One Comment
Flat Spot On: Them Boys Get To Fightin’

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When you race against one of Roger Penske’s teams, you know you’re always in for a fight, almost invariably on the track. But during the Charlotte round of the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, it was Penske’s lead driver who instigated a post-race ruckus.
As a team [...]

Harvick Wins Charlotte; Top Stars’ Championship Hopes In Trouble
Sunday, 12 Oct, 2014 – 6:03 | One Comment
Harvick Wins Charlotte; Top Stars’ Championship Hopes In Trouble

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kevin Harvick, who has led a lot of laps and a lot of races in 2014 but has had trouble closing the deal of late, won the Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
It was the third victory of the season for Harvick, but the first [...]

Post-Charlotte Brawl Has Drivers Wary Of ‘Dega
Sunday, 12 Oct, 2014 – 5:43 | One Comment
Post-Charlotte Brawl Has Drivers Wary Of ‘Dega

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Ever since the season began Talladega has been the Chase race dreaded the most by the competitors and after the post-race fights at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500 winner Kevin Harvick would prefer to simply watch next week’s event.
“It’ll be one hell of a race [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Hits 40, But Only In ‘Literal’ Years
Saturday, 11 Oct, 2014 – 6:05 | No Comment
Earnhardt Jr. Hits 40, But Only In ‘Literal’ Years

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned 40 years old on Friday.
Like most drivers, the actual celebration of his birthday occurred earlier in the week because on Friday he was at Charlotte Motor Speedway preparing for Saturday’s Bank of America 500. His family and friends had a surprise party for [...]

Kyle Busch Wins Pole; Looking Contender-Like At Charlotte
Friday, 10 Oct, 2014 – 6:58 | No Comment
Kyle Busch Wins Pole; Looking Contender-Like At Charlotte

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a lap at 197.300 mph (27.357 seconds) on Friday and in doing so, looked and sounded very much like a driver capable of winning a championship.
Busch’s lap nipped Jeff Gordon (197.217 mph), who [...]

New Chase Format Has Amped Up Emotions
Thursday, 9 Oct, 2014 – 19:57 | Comments Off
New Chase Format Has Amped Up Emotions

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After two more races, the Chase field will be slashed by another four drivers and Denny Hamlin said Thursday the 2014 format was more emotional for the competitors than the way it had been conducted since 2004.
“This is not a 10-race Chase anymore, it’s a three-race Chase [...]

Hornish Jr. To Drive No. 9 Petty Sprint Cup Car In ‘15
Wednesday, 8 Oct, 2014 – 10:06 | One Comment
Hornish Jr. To Drive No. 9 Petty Sprint Cup Car In ‘15

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sam Hornish Jr. has driven for The Captain and The Coach. Next season, he will drive for The King.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday that it has hired veteran Hornish Jr. to take the place of Marcos Ambrose as driver of the No. 9 RPM Ford in the Sprint Cup Series.
Hornish [...]

Johnson Takes Big Hit In Bid For No. 7
Sunday, 5 Oct, 2014 – 20:56 | Comments Off
Johnson Takes Big Hit In Bid For No. 7

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – When Jimmie Johnson emerged from the infield care center about a quarter of the way through Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, there was nothing wrong with him physically.
Badly beaten and badly bruised, however, were his hopes of winning a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series [...]