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Johnson Wins Martinsville, Takes Points Lead
Sunday, 28 Oct, 2012 – 16:17 | Comments Off
Johnson Wins Martinsville, Takes Points Lead

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Jimmie Johnson edged closer to winning a sixth Sprint Cup championship on Sunday when he won the 500-lap race at the Martinsville Speedway short track.
The victory was the fourth of the season – and first in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship – for the Hendrick Motorsports driver.
It allowed him to move to the top of [...]

Newman, Borland Hoping To Re-Engineer Success
Sunday, 28 Oct, 2012 – 8:56 | Comments Off
Newman, Borland Hoping To Re-Engineer Success

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When Ryan Newman and Matt Borland first appeared on the NASCAR scene more than a decade ago they produced an on-track magic that caused nightmares for their competitors.
In five NASCAR Sprint Cup seasons they totaled 12 victories, 37 poles, 52 top-5s and 83 top-10s. Newman became the second rookie to win the [...]

Johnson: Drivers ‘Wired’ To Make Iffy Decisions
Saturday, 27 Oct, 2012 – 7:03 | Comments Off
Johnson: Drivers ‘Wired’ To Make Iffy Decisions

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said Friday he believes a change is coming in how NASCAR deals with drivers that may have a concussion.
“We know that a series of concussions within a short period of time is very dangerous and we need to keep our sport safe,” [...]

Johnson To Start Martinsville From Pole
Friday, 26 Oct, 2012 – 17:51 | Comments Off
Johnson To Start Martinsville From Pole

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With a lap at 97.598 mph in Friday afternoon’s time trials at the .526-mile short track, Jimmie Johnson won the pole for Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500.
Johnson will start 31 positions ahead of Chase leader Brad Keselowski, who qualified 32nd at 96.015 mph. In winning his third Coors light pole award at Martinsville, Johnson edged [...]

Vickers Going Back To Waltrip But Keeping Options Open
Friday, 26 Oct, 2012 – 17:37 | Comments Off
Vickers Going Back To Waltrip But Keeping Options Open

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Brian Vickers has a nine-race NASCAR Sprint Cup deal with Michael Waltrip Racing for 2013, but the North Carolina driver said Friday he’s open-minded about driving for teams in other series.
This year Vickers has competed in seven Sprint Cup races for MWR and has piloted a Ferrari in selected events in the [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Sees The Light After Suffering Injury
Friday, 26 Oct, 2012 – 13:34 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Sees The Light After Suffering Injury

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday his experience the last two weeks has changed his approach to dealing with concussions and if he has symptoms in the future he will be more responsible about dealing with them.
“I can understand people’s opinions that they would want to try [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Cleared To Return
Tuesday, 23 Oct, 2012 – 13:41 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Cleared To Return

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been cleared to return to racing, Hendrick Motorsports officials said Tuesday.
Since being diagnosed with a concussion following the Oct. 7 race at Talladega, Ala., Earnhardt has participated in a rehabilitation program directed by Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty. Throughout the process, Petty consulted with Dr. Micky Collins, director of the University [...]

It Turned Out To Be A Groovy Day At Kansas
Monday, 22 Oct, 2012 – 10:16 | Comments Off
It Turned Out To Be A Groovy Day At Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Some leftovers for an, um, interesting weekend at Kansas Speedway:
Determining the number of racing grooves which a race track supports is, it appears, in the eye of the beholder. Or, probably, more accurately, on how a driver finishes on the track in question.
Hopes for multi-groove racing [...]

Matt Kenseth Wins Overly Cautious Kansas Race
Sunday, 21 Oct, 2012 – 18:47 | Comments Off
Matt Kenseth Wins Overly Cautious Kansas Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The high speeds that were recorded in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway were expected. The track was, after all, repaved to dead smoothness. In addition, the banking was kicked up an additional five degrees.
Wild racing was also expected as repaved [...]

The 200 MPH Barrier Is Taking A Beating In 2012
Saturday, 20 Oct, 2012 – 15:39 | Comments Off
The 200 MPH Barrier Is Taking A Beating In 2012

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Not that long ago, 200 mph on a Sprint Cup track was the OMG threshold. It was the point where excitement met danger. Pulse rates rose, mouths dried out. And the debate would commence.
If the 200 mph threshold was crossed on a non-restrictor plate track, the [...]