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Earnhardt Jr. Hits 40, But Only In ‘Literal’ Years
Saturday, 11 Oct, 2014 – 6:05 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Hits 40, But Only In ‘Literal’ Years

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned 40 years old on Friday.
Like most drivers, the actual celebration of his birthday occurred earlier in the week because on Friday he was at Charlotte Motor Speedway preparing for Saturday’s Bank of America 500. His family and friends had a surprise party for [...]

Kyle Busch Wins Pole; Looking Contender-Like At Charlotte
Friday, 10 Oct, 2014 – 6:58 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins Pole; Looking Contender-Like At Charlotte

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a lap at 197.300 mph (27.357 seconds) on Friday and in doing so, looked and sounded very much like a driver capable of winning a championship.
Busch’s lap nipped Jeff Gordon (197.217 mph), who [...]

New Chase Format Has Amped Up Emotions
Thursday, 9 Oct, 2014 – 19:57 | Comments Off
New Chase Format Has Amped Up Emotions

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After two more races, the Chase field will be slashed by another four drivers and Denny Hamlin said Thursday the 2014 format was more emotional for the competitors than the way it had been conducted since 2004.
“This is not a 10-race Chase anymore, it’s a three-race Chase [...]

Hornish Jr. To Drive No. 9 Petty Sprint Cup Car In ‘15
Wednesday, 8 Oct, 2014 – 10:06 | One Comment
Hornish Jr. To Drive No. 9 Petty Sprint Cup Car In ‘15

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sam Hornish Jr. has driven for The Captain and The Coach. Next season, he will drive for The King.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday that it has hired veteran Hornish Jr. to take the place of Marcos Ambrose as driver of the No. 9 RPM Ford in the Sprint Cup Series.
Hornish [...]

Johnson Takes Big Hit In Bid For No. 7
Sunday, 5 Oct, 2014 – 20:56 | Comments Off
Johnson Takes Big Hit In Bid For No. 7

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – When Jimmie Johnson emerged from the infield care center about a quarter of the way through Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, there was nothing wrong with him physically.
Badly beaten and badly bruised, however, were his hopes of winning a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Leads, Then Falters At Kansas
Sunday, 5 Oct, 2014 – 19:37 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Leads, Then Falters At Kansas

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It was with a sense of renewed hope that Dale Earnhardt Jr. began Sunday’s opening race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Kansas Speedway.
It was with a feeling of missed opportunity that he left Kansas after the Hollywood Casino 400.
Earnhardt – whose [...]

Logano Wins Kansas, Becomes True Contender
Sunday, 5 Oct, 2014 – 18:14 | Comments Off
Logano Wins Kansas, Becomes True Contender

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Joey Logano capitalized, first, on a fast car, and, second, on trouble by others with fast cars Sunday at Kansas Speedway to win the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup race.
The victory was the fifth of the season for Logano but better than that, it guaranteed that he and his Team Penske [...]

Busch Out To Turn Kansas Frown Upside Down
Saturday, 4 Oct, 2014 – 14:19 | Comments Off
Busch Out To Turn Kansas Frown Upside Down

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kyle Busch’s anger after crashing out of the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway a year ago was understandable. The wreck ended hopes of capping an impressive four-victory, eight-podium finish season with his first series championship.
And it was understandable that he blamed not bad luck but [...]

Harvick Continues Kansas Qualifying Tear
Friday, 3 Oct, 2014 – 18:38 | Comments Off
Harvick Continues Kansas Qualifying Tear

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kevin Harvick, a driver who at one time could not buy a decent qualifying run, won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
It was his eighth pole of the season and his third in a row at the 1.5-mile Kansas oval.
“For whatever [...]

Kansas Notes: Junior Approaches The Big Four-Oh
Friday, 3 Oct, 2014 – 16:16 | Comments Off
Kansas Notes: Junior Approaches The Big Four-Oh

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. will turn 40 years old next Friday. This Friday, during a press conference at Kansas Speedway, he was asked about the birthday that many view as the beginning of the end, and of the 16 years he has spent as a Sprint [...]