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Wreck Stops Race, Spurs Calls For Changes
Sunday, 10 Aug, 2014 – 15:11 | Comments Off
Wreck Stops Race, Spurs Calls For Changes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A scary wreck just after the mid-point of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International brought out loud and sometimes angry calls for improved safety measures at the aging New York road course.
The wreck occurred on Lap 55 of the 90-lap event.
As the field came out of the [...]

Updated: Stewart Involved In Fatal Dirt Track Incident In New York
Sunday, 10 Aug, 2014 – 6:54 | One Comment
Updated: Stewart Involved In Fatal Dirt Track Incident In New York

Tony Stewart struck and killed a fellow sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York on Saturday night.
Stewart was reportedly unhurt but announced at Watkins Glen International that he would not drive in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. He [...]

Gordon On Pole At The Glen
Saturday, 9 Aug, 2014 – 13:34 | Comments Off
Gordon On Pole At The Glen

Jeff Gordon won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at the Watkins Glen International road course on Saturday.
It was the four-time series champion’s third pole at the 2.45-mile road course and the 75th of his career.
“I’m super excited,” Gordon, the series points leader who will be looking for his third win of [...]

Road Racers Become Chase Relevant
Friday, 8 Aug, 2014 – 19:51 | Comments Off
Road Racers Become Chase Relevant

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In pre-constant-tinkering NASCAR, road racing aces like Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger would be fading into the real of insignificance at this time of the year.
This year? Thanks to the latest round of rule hammering, one of them could come out of this weekend with a Chase berth.
That’s because this [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Gets Third Win Of The Season
Sunday, 3 Aug, 2014 – 15:28 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Gets Third Win Of The Season

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
This is the kind of season which many had predicted for Dale Earnhardt Jr. after he joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2008.
On Sunday at Pocono Raceway, Earnhardt won his third Sprint Cup race of the season. The victory gave him 10 top-five finishes in 21 2014 starts and it moved him [...]

Larson In Spotlight At Tough Old Pocono
Sunday, 3 Aug, 2014 – 9:32 | Comments Off
Larson In Spotlight At Tough Old Pocono

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Bad luck visits the best and the least of race car drivers. What makes the greats great is how they deal with the bad luck and how quickly they do their job to separate themselves from it.
In Kyle Larson’s case, dealing with patches of bad luck during this, his rookie [...]

Larson Wins First Pole
Friday, 1 Aug, 2014 – 19:33 | Comments Off
Larson Wins First Pole

Rookie Kyle Larson definitely is back in his groove.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who started the season in impressive finish but sank into a mid-season funk in terms of finishes, won the pole Friday for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
Larson, who turned 22 on Thursday, set a track record of 183.438 mph [...]

Hamlin Q and A: Penalties Are A Tough Deal
Friday, 1 Aug, 2014 – 11:11 | Comments Off
Hamlin Q and A: Penalties Are A Tough Deal

RacinToday.com
Earlier this week, NASCAR announced that it was levying heavy penalties on the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team, the driver for which is Denny Hamlin.
On Friday at Pocono Raceway, Hamlin met with the media to discuss the penalties.
NASCAR inspectors found violations with the rear firewall block-off plates of the No. 11 Toyota driven to [...]

The Brickyard Hasn’t Changed; Racing Culture Has
Thursday, 31 Jul, 2014 – 8:27 | 4 Comments
The Brickyard Hasn’t Changed; Racing Culture Has

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It was 1972 and my college roommate Frank and I were at Road America for a Can-Am race. We were walking the paddocks  when he stopped and took a deep breath. Man, he said, love the smell of that Castrol. Frank was/is a road racing purist and what he did [...]

The Future Is Closing In On Jack Roush’s Team
Monday, 28 Jul, 2014 – 9:36 | 3 Comments
The Future Is Closing In On Jack Roush’s Team

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Earlier this year, during a break in on-track action at Kansas Speedway, an old friend and former Roush Fenway Racing insider stopped by to bench race. Naturally the conversation turned to the former employer and when it did, the conversation turned kind of dismal.
When asked about the long-term future of [...]