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NASCAR NEWSCAST Auto Club Recap
Sunday, 11 Oct, 2009 – 23:12 | Comments Off
NASCAR NEWSCAST Auto Club Recap

A recap of the action from Sunday’s Auto Club 500 from Fontana. Jimmie Johnson took the win, and with it, the lead in the Chase standings.

Race Day: The Chase Looks For Comfortable Home In SoCal
Sunday, 11 Oct, 2009 – 9:29 | One Comment
Race Day: The Chase Looks For Comfortable Home In SoCal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The courtship of Southern California by NASCAR continues today and by mid afternoon, we’ll know whether or not the fans in that area have found something to love in Fontana or not.
NASCAR’s latest tactic in trying to lure the ticket-buying public away from their bountiful other Sunday activities and out [...]

Pedley: It’s A Big Day For Martin’s Career
Sunday, 11 Oct, 2009 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Pedley: It’s A Big Day For Martin’s Career

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The old gut is telling me two things this morning. First, too many habanero nachos before bed last night. Second, the 28-year Cup-racing career of Mark Martin will be defined by Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway.
Yes, there will be six more events after the series leaves Fontana late Sunday [...]

Hamlin To Start From Pole At Auto Club Speedway
Friday, 9 Oct, 2009 – 21:18 | Comments Off
Hamlin To Start From Pole At Auto Club Speedway

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Denny Hamlin won his first pole of the season Friday when he laid down the fastest lap in qualifying at Auto Club Speedway, site of Sunday’s Pepsi 500 Sprint Cup race.
Hamlin, a two-time winner this year and a participant in the Chase, had a lap of 183.870 mph and 39.16 seconds.
“It definitely comes at a [...]

Fontana Notes: Montoya Offers Danica Advice
Friday, 9 Oct, 2009 – 16:58 | Comments Off
Fontana Notes: Montoya Offers Danica Advice

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fontana, Calif. – Former Indy 500 champion and Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya believes it would be a mistake for Danica Patrick to run a partial stock car schedule next season while competing for the 2010 Indy Car Series championship.
“I wouldn’t be driving both cars, to be honest,” said [...]

California Sets Up A Decision For Biffle And Team
Friday, 9 Oct, 2009 – 9:10 | Comments Off
California Sets Up A Decision For Biffle And Team

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ironically, Greg Biffle’s great run at Kansas Speedway, where he led 113 laps and finished third, poses a dilemma for him and his crew heading into this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway.
Biffle told reporters this week that his team finally has found a chassis combination that helps his car [...]

Still-Hot Hamlin says Keselowski Refuses To Man-Up
Friday, 9 Oct, 2009 – 6:21 | 27 Comments
Still-Hot Hamlin says Keselowski Refuses To Man-Up

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
By the time Denny Hamlin got to Phoenix on Wednesday he still hadn’t forgiven Brad Keselowski for their on-track skirmish nearly two weeks ago in a NASCAR Nationwide race at Dover, Del.
Hadn’t put it on the back-burner, hadn’t swept it under the rug, hadn’t even bothered to shrug his shoulders [...]

Woody: Bottom-Feeders Need To Chow Down
Friday, 9 Oct, 2009 – 6:00 | 3 Comments
Woody: Bottom-Feeders Need To Chow Down

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Going into this 6th edition of the Chase for the Championship I thought this 12-car field was the strongest in history, top to bottom.
I thought we’d see tight, tense battles and exciting position-shuffling week after week.
I thought the stage was set for one of the most wide-open, dramatic title fights in [...]

Minter: Does NASCAR Need A Southern Accent?
Thursday, 8 Oct, 2009 – 10:50 | One Comment
Minter: Does NASCAR Need A Southern Accent?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday observations:
NASCAR chairman Brian France and executives of the networks that broadcast its races were remarkably candid in Wednesday’s press conference announcing more – and earlier – starting times for races next season. They openly admitted that tinkering with traditions in NASCAR, something that’s been done on a fairly [...]

Starting Times For 2010 Cup Races Will Be Pushed Back
Wednesday, 7 Oct, 2009 – 17:12 | Comments Off
Starting Times For 2010 Cup Races Will Be Pushed Back

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR chairman Brian France announced Wednesday that starting times for Sprint Cup races in 2010 will be more standardized, with 28 of the 36 events beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern.
France, during a teleconference which also featured officials from all three of NASCAR’s “broadcast partners”, said the decision was based on [...]