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Dillon Tops Speed Charts At Thunder
Saturday, 11 Jan, 2014 – 8:40 | Comments Off
Dillon Tops Speed Charts At Thunder

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Day Two brought dryer weather to Daytona International Speedway and that allowed the Sprint Cup cars to take to the track for the first time in Preseason Thunder testing.
Much of Friday’s test, which concluded at 9 p.m., featured single-car runs.
Fastest of the test was Richard Childress Racing rookie Austin Dillon, who posted a top speed [...]

TV Guys Won’t Be Strangers To The Cup Garages
Friday, 10 Jan, 2014 – 12:19 | Comments Off
TV Guys Won’t Be Strangers To The Cup Garages

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte are headed to new jobs as NBC broadcasters, but in many ways they’re remaining on the same side of the NASCAR fence.
They’ll still be a part of the fraternity of competitors. They’ll still be spending weekends living in the same motorcoach [...]

Crew Chief Letarte To Switch To TV After 2014
Thursday, 9 Jan, 2014 – 17:33 | Comments Off
Crew Chief Letarte To Switch To TV After 2014

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a surprise announcement, crew chief Steve Letarte, who has been leading Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team at Hendrick Motorsports, is leaving pit road to be a TV analyst for NBC, beginning with the 2015 season when the network returns to the sport.
”I’ve always been impressed with [...]

Some Prefer Traditional Route To Success At DIS
Thursday, 9 Jan, 2014 – 15:23 | Comments Off
Some Prefer Traditional Route To Success At DIS

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Driving into Daytona International Speedway for the 2014 version of preseason testing, there are visible signs of a major renovation of the facility. Well, sort of.
The cranes being used to remake the frontstretch seating area were mostly obscured by fog and low clouds for much of [...]

Story Lines: Quantity Exceeds Quality In Cup ‘14
Thursday, 9 Jan, 2014 – 10:49 | Comments Off
Story Lines: Quantity Exceeds Quality In Cup ‘14

A year ago, there were two big, huge, major story lines dominating the scene (a.k.a., trending) as the Sprint Cup teams headed into the January test session known as Preseason Thunder.
Those story lines were Danica Patrick moving full time to Cup and the introduction of the mighty Gen 6 car.
On their own, both were supposedly [...]

Rusty To Test No. 2 Penske Car
Wednesday, 8 Jan, 2014 – 10:29 | Comments Off
Rusty To Test No. 2 Penske Car

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Team Penske announced that Rusty Wallace, NASCAR Hall of Famer and the 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, will drive the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion Thursday during a test at Daytona International Speedway.
The occasion coincides with the 25th anniversary of Wallace’s 1989 championship and the approaching 40th anniversary of the original Miller Lite [...]

Vettel Voted Top Driver Of 2013 By RT Staff
Tuesday, 31 Dec, 2013 – 18:48 | One Comment
Vettel Voted Top Driver Of 2013 By RT Staff

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In discussing the 2013 RacinToday.com Driver of the Year vote this week, veteran racing writer Mark Armijo asked the following question: How can you punish a driver for domination?
Other RT voters answered back: You can’t.
Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel, who dominated a racing season like few others have in recent [...]

Dirty Kurty Cleaned Up His Act During Terrific 2013
Wednesday, 25 Dec, 2013 – 10:21 | 3 Comments
Dirty Kurty Cleaned Up His Act During Terrific 2013

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Colleague/boss Jim Pedley, founder and managing editor of RacinToday.com, emailed me on the morning after the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards telecast to note that he just cannot bear to watch the program anymore.
“Like fingernails on blackboard watching these guys try to be funny,” Jim said. And I bet [...]

NASCAR Unveils New Specs
Tuesday, 17 Dec, 2013 – 13:42 | Comments Off
NASCAR Unveils New Specs

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NASCAR delivered the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rules package to race teams on Tuesday. The package was developed by a collaborative between NASCAR and the industry.
“It was important to get the final pieces of the rules package to teams as quickly as possible following the final tests last week,” said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR vice [...]

Mock Races Highlight Charlotte Cup Test
Wednesday, 11 Dec, 2013 – 18:11 | Comments Off

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Thirty Sprint Cup Series drivers took to the track in Gen 6 cars during a test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday.
NASCAR ran five different mock races, as well as several tuning sessions with cars completing single-car runs. The test session was intended to finalize rules packages for the 2014 season.
“We did an initial test [...]