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Martinsville Rewards Friends, Mangles Others
Friday, 25 Oct, 2013 – 19:14 | Comments Off
Martinsville Rewards Friends, Mangles Others

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Call it the mystique at Martinsville.
Fifteen of Richard Petty’s 200 career wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came at Martinsville Speedway. .
Bobby Allison, on the other hand, never managed to visit victory lane at the paperclip-shaped oval during his legendary Cup career.
Fast forward to today and that trend remains in full [...]

Martinsville Ace Hamlin Wins Cup Pole
Friday, 25 Oct, 2013 – 16:56 | Comments Off
Martinsville Ace Hamlin Wins Cup Pole

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Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light pole for the seventh race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, turning a track-record lap in 19.013 seconds (99.595 mph) at Martinsville Speedway on Friday.
Hamlin, who has four Martinsville victories, will start beside second-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson (99.344 mph), who has eight Martinsville wins to his credit, [...]

Elliott Sadler Ready For New Role As Cup Sub
Friday, 25 Oct, 2013 – 15:49 | One Comment
Elliott Sadler Ready For New Role As Cup Sub

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Elliott Sadler steps into the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota this weekend at Martinsville Speedway for the first time since a medical issue sidelined the team’s regular driver, Brian Vickers, earlier this month and the Virginia native said Friday Vickers was handling the situation better
than he [...]

Condensing Weekends A Good Idea For NASCAR
Friday, 25 Oct, 2013 – 8:42 | One Comment
Condensing Weekends A Good Idea For NASCAR

It appears that NASCAR officials are floating an interesting trial balloon this weekend. The idea attached to that balloon is a good one. Well, half of a good one.
NASCAR official Kerry Tharp told reporters earlier this week that consideration is being given to doing away with single-car qualifying sessions for most races.
In the place of [...]

Kenseth Exits Test With Tires, Jimmie On His Mind
Wednesday, 23 Oct, 2013 – 7:07 | Comments Off
Kenseth Exits Test With Tires, Jimmie On His Mind

FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Kenseth’s participation in Day 2 of a three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series open test at Texas Motor Speedway ended abruptly Tuesday in the Turn 1 wall, which will require a fresh coat of white paint before the AAA Texas 500 on Nov. 3.
“I have mixed feelings, I guess, on testing,” [...]

Flat Spot On: Patrick Needs to Mash The Gas
Monday, 21 Oct, 2013 – 7:40 | 5 Comments
Flat Spot On: Patrick Needs to Mash The Gas

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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TALLADEGA, Ala. – As an unofficial and unauthorized biographer of Danica Patrick, which leaves me well informed on the subject, I must admit to being disappointed in her rookie season in the Sprint Cup. Always one to index herself up to speed and avoid crashing, I wonder if Patrick will [...]

Talladega Finish Left Some Folks Hungry
Sunday, 20 Oct, 2013 – 19:18 | 2 Comments
Talladega Finish Left Some Folks Hungry

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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After a long, strenuous hike through the Colorado mountains, Rob had developed a powerful hunger. He ordered a deluxe burger and a large bag of potato chips. The burger showed up at the table looking anything but deluxe.
Rob opened the bulging bag of chips. A big puff of packing gas [...]

McMurray Ends Skid By Winning At Talladega
Sunday, 20 Oct, 2013 – 16:17 | 2 Comments
McMurray Ends Skid By Winning At Talladega

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Jamie McMurray took the lead with 17 laps to go and went on to win Sunday’s relatively quiet Camping World RV Sales 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
The victory came under yellow and was the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver’s first win since 2010. It was his second win at Talladega and seventh of [...]

Rain Puts Almirola On Pole At Talladega
Saturday, 19 Oct, 2013 – 13:54 | Comments Off
Rain Puts Almirola On Pole At Talladega

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A rainout of Saturday’s qualifying session put Richard Petty Racing’s Aric Almirola on the pole for the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and left the title contenders scattered throughout the starting grid.
Jeff Burton will start second on the outside of the front row at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, with Almirola’s teammate, [...]

Junior Still Bigger Than The Big One At Talladega
Friday, 18 Oct, 2013 – 17:28 | 2 Comments
Junior Still Bigger Than The Big One At Talladega

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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TALLADEGA, Ala. – Each time the gates swing open at Talladega Superspeedway in east central Alabama, there’s little doubt who the fans that pack this mammoth track will be rooting for on race days.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been mired in a slump for the past seven years when it comes [...]