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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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]

Kahne Leads Assault On Kansas Qualifying Record Book
Friday, 19 Oct, 2012 – 17:54 | Comments Off
Kahne Leads Assault On Kansas Qualifying Record Book

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. –Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne became the first pole winner on the repaved, reconfigured Kansas Speedway oval Friday when he logged a record-blitzing lap at 191.360 mph.
The old qualifying record was set by Matt Kenseth in 2005. It was 180.856 mph.
“I went into (Turn) 3, and felt like [...]

Hamlin Says His Head Is Back In The Race
Friday, 19 Oct, 2012 – 16:08 | Comments Off
Hamlin Says His Head Is Back In The Race

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Denny Hamlin said Friday that his bell has stopped ringing and that he has no concerns about his physical condition in the wake of a hard hit he took during Thursday’s Sprint Cup test session at Kansas Speedway.
“Feel 100 percent today,” Hamlin said. “Thought I was [...]

Stewart Insists His Plan For Danica Will Pan Out
Friday, 19 Oct, 2012 – 15:20 | 4 Comments
Stewart Insists His Plan For Danica Will Pan Out

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The pointy heads call it “tough love’, that thing where authority figures subject their charges to small slices of hell in an effort to instill discipline that could serve them well in the future.
Tony Stewart, the Sprint Cup team owner, said Friday that despite some bouts [...]

Is NASCAR Sending Message On Head Injuries?
Thursday, 18 Oct, 2012 – 15:16 | One Comment
Is NASCAR Sending Message On Head Injuries?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan, – Officially, not much has changed with NASCAR’s policy on driver injuries in the wake of what happened to Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega two weeks ago. Officially, a driver who can navigate his damaged car back to the garages after a wreck still will not be [...]

NASCAR Announces Major Format Changes
Tuesday, 16 Oct, 2012 – 11:39 | One Comment
NASCAR Announces Major Format Changes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR officials on Tuesday unveiled a number of competition changes for the 2013 season, the most significant of which is a new qualifying format in the Sprint Cup Series.
That new format marks a return to the past as automatic entry into race fields by the top 35 cars in owner [...]