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Chase Off To Sour Start After A Hinky Spin
Sunday, 8 Sep, 2013 – 12:33 | 5 Comments
Chase Off To Sour Start After A Hinky Spin

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Did he or didn’t he? The answer to that lies somewhere deep within Clint Bowyer’s conscience this morning but there is one thing that is non-debatably certain: The 2013 Chase to the Sprint Cup Champion will begin with very serious controversy hanging over it.
Story lines were popping all over the [...]

Furniture Row On A Rocky Mountain High
Sunday, 8 Sep, 2013 – 8:18 | 2 Comments
Furniture Row On A Rocky Mountain High

RICHMOND, Va. – If you thought Cinderella stories no longer existed in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, that only multi-car teams could succeed, think again.
This year a Colorado-based, single-car team with a former champion focused on rebuilding his career fought their way into the Chase. The glass slipper isn’t theirs yet, but with Kurt Busch’s second-place [...]

Edwards Wins Richmond: Chase Field Set
Saturday, 7 Sep, 2013 – 21:46 | One Comment
Edwards Wins Richmond: Chase Field Set

Carl Edwards took the lead on a restart with three laps to go and went on to win Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
The victory was the second of the season for Edwards, who drives for Roush Fenway Racing.
“We’re gonna win the championship,” Edwards said. “That’s our mission. That seemed [...]

Newman: I Was Not Lied To By Tony Stewart
Saturday, 7 Sep, 2013 – 19:11 | Comments Off
Newman: I Was Not Lied To By Tony Stewart

RICHMOND, Va. – Stewart-Haas Racing’s announcement that it would field a fourth team next year for Kurt Busch has resulted in many fans and at least one TV analyst accusing Tony Stewart of lying to Ryan Newman in July when he told him the organization wouldn’t have a fourth team next year and he
needed to [...]

Playing Nice Is The New Norm In Sprint Cup
Saturday, 7 Sep, 2013 – 15:32 | Comments Off
Playing Nice Is The New Norm In Sprint Cup

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
RICHMOND, Va. – Any long-time NASCAR fan knows the way competitors race each other in the Sprint Cup Series has changed, but that couldn’t have been any more evident than when several drivers vying for a position in the Chase said they wouldn’t wreck a peer to gain one of [...]

Chase Mysteries Will Be Solved At Richmond
Saturday, 7 Sep, 2013 – 13:17 | Comments Off
Chase Mysteries Will Be Solved At Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. – Ten drivers, five positions and multiple scenarios exist for those drivers vying for a position in this year’s Chase with each contender’s performance in Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway the critical element.
In fact, the possibilities are so convoluted they could be a basis for a routine reminiscent of [...]

Confidence In Toyota Engines Remains High
Saturday, 7 Sep, 2013 – 7:18 | Comments Off
Confidence In Toyota Engines Remains High

RICHMOND, Va. – Despite Clint Bowyer’s engine failure last weekend at Atlanta while he was leading, his team owner, Michael Waltrip, said Friday he wasn’t concerned about the Toyota power plant’s reliability heading into the Chase.
“Toyota Racing Development has the ability to analyze and define what happened and make sure that it doesn’t happen again, [...]

Gordon Wins Pole At RIR
Friday, 6 Sep, 2013 – 18:47 | Comments Off
Gordon Wins Pole At RIR

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Jeff Gordon, in need of something good to happen if he is going to make the Sprint Cup playoffs, won the pole Friday for Saturday’s race  – the final race before the start of the Chase – at Richmond International Raceway.
Kurt Busch, who is very much challenging Gordon for the 10th and final Chase berth [...]

NASCAR Gets Needed Shot of Country
Friday, 6 Sep, 2013 – 11:41 | Comments Off
NASCAR Gets Needed Shot of Country

NASHVILLE – At one time, stock car racing and country music went together like biscuits and gravy, but in recent years NASCAR has tended to sop its biscuits in the spicier sauces of rock music.
That’s why traditionalists – both of racing and country music – welcomed the announcement that Gretchen Wilson will be involved in [...]

Gordon In Need Of Another Big Night In Richmond
Friday, 6 Sep, 2013 – 9:07 | Comments Off
Gordon In Need Of Another Big Night In Richmond

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Momentum and its importance is an oft debated subject in sports. And a fairly predictable debate, also, as those who have momentum extoll its virtues while those don’t have it give it the double pooh.
NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon is lining up on the extolling side this week as he attempts [...]