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NASCAR World About To End? Again?
Sunday, 2 Nov, 2014 – 9:12 | 3 Comments
NASCAR World About To End? Again?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Late in day on Nov. 16, 2003, NASCAR had its Sprint Cup season champion, but it also had a problem. Matt Kenseth had won the championship even though he had won just one race during the 36-race season and had crashed and DNF’d at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the final [...]

TMS Producing Big Speed As Stewart Cracks 200 MPH Barrier in Qualifying
Saturday, 1 Nov, 2014 – 7:39 | Comments Off
TMS Producing Big Speed As Stewart Cracks 200 MPH Barrier in Qualifying

Chase driver Matt Kenseth won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, but it was a qualifying run by non-Chaser Tony Stewart that was raising the level of discussion at the 1.5-mile quad-oval in Forth Worth.
During a run in the second round of three-round qualifying, Stewart topped the 200 [...]

Earnhardt Jr.’s Martinsville Win Was Easy To Enjoy
Thursday, 30 Oct, 2014 – 8:12 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr.’s Martinsville Win Was Easy To Enjoy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple years back, colleague Rick Minter was talking about stock-car racing then vs. stock-car racing now. The topic morphed to drivers. Minter happily described how he and his father used to run into them down at the Waffle House near their home in Georgia.
That’s right kids, NASCAR drivers [...]

Junior’s Win, Kenseth’s Spin Shake Up The Chase
Monday, 27 Oct, 2014 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Junior’s Win, Kenseth’s Spin Shake Up The Chase

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory Sunday in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the third-generation driver secured the grandfather clock trophy he had wanted since he was a boy. He also provided a twist to the Chase’s Eliminator Round.
With only two races remaining to [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Holds Off Gordon To Win Martinsville
Sunday, 26 Oct, 2014 – 16:57 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Holds Off Gordon To Win Martinsville

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won’t win his first Sprint Cup championship this season but he will head into the off season with at least four race victories.
Earnhardt, who was bumped from the Chase last week when he failed to advance to the Eliminator Round of the series playoffs, held off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon [...]

Cup Stars Out Of Alignment As Eliminator Kicks Off
Sunday, 26 Oct, 2014 – 7:52 | Comments Off
Cup Stars Out Of Alignment As Eliminator Kicks Off

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, former NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle; a stellar list of drivers that are always viewed as title contenders – but that’s no longer the case this season.
Johnson, Kyle Busch and Kahne were surprisingly [...]

Memory Of Plane Crash That Gutted HMS Won’t Fade
Saturday, 25 Oct, 2014 – 17:41 | Comments Off
Memory Of Plane Crash That Gutted HMS Won’t Fade

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Ten years ago race day at Martinsville Speedway dawned with a heavy fog enveloping the half-mile track and the surrounding countryside.
The fog was so thick on Oct. 24, 2004 that team owner Roger Penske’s plane was among those who diverted to Danville, Va. However, the Hendrick Motorsports Beechcraft Super King Air 200 [...]

McMurray Edges Chase Drivers To Win Martinsville Pole
Friday, 24 Oct, 2014 – 19:29 | Comments Off
McMurray Edges Chase Drivers To Win Martinsville Pole

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Jamie McMurray posted a lap in 18.954 seconds (99.905 mph) to win the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
The pole was the second at Martinsville and the 11th of McMurray’s career.
Second fastest in qualifying were Chase drivers Joey Logano (99.605 mph) and Matt Kenseth (99.318 mph).
Tony Stewart (99.297 mph) qualified fourth, [...]

Big Stewart-Haas Shakeup Is Quest For Consistency
Friday, 24 Oct, 2014 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Big Stewart-Haas Shakeup Is Quest For Consistency

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Swapping Danica Patrick’s and Kurt Busch’s crew chiefs and road crews had been discussed for quite some time, Stewart-Haas Racing Competition Director Greg Zipadelli said Friday at Martinsville Speedway.
The personnel exchange that was announced earlier this week becomes effective for the Oct. 31-Nov. 2 AAA Texas 500 [...]

Jimmie: Knaus Will Decide When To Step Down
Friday, 24 Oct, 2014 – 15:37 | Comments Off
Jimmie: Knaus Will Decide When To Step Down

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chad Knaus, the only crew chief Jimmie Johnson has known while winning six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, isn’t on the chopping block.
But Johnson, who was eliminated from this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Talladega, Ala., made it clear that he knows the [...]