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NASCAR Notes: Team Owner In Different Kind Of Ring
Wednesday, 7 Mar, 2012 – 8:08 | Comments Off
NASCAR Notes: Team Owner In Different Kind Of Ring

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR team owner Robby Benton has decided to throw his hat into the political arena.
The 32-year-old Benton, who fields the No. 09 Toyotas in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, is one of five Republican candidates vying for the District 41 state Senate seat in North Carolina.
The election [...]

Woody: Cheating’s Not Funny Anymore
Tuesday, 6 Mar, 2012 – 7:51 | 13 Comments
Woody: Cheating’s Not Funny Anymore

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I confess that I wouldn’t recognize a C-post if Chad Knaus installed one in my breakfast cereal some morning.
Which, based on all the mechanical malfeasances Chad has been charged with during his years in NASCAR, is not out of the realm of possibility.
But whatever a C-post is (an area between the [...]

Grubb Turns Page; Hamlin and JGR Around
Monday, 5 Mar, 2012 – 10:22 | Comments Off
Grubb Turns Page; Hamlin and JGR Around

It was cool watching Tony Stewart’s late-season, history-making tear through the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship last year. But it was also kind of unsettling. At times, kind of creepy, almost. And those times were when thoughts and attention turned to lame-duck crew chief Darian Grubb.
Because right there in front of us was a [...]

Hamlin Finally Gets A Victory At Phoenix
Sunday, 4 Mar, 2012 – 18:14 | Comments Off
Hamlin Finally Gets A Victory At Phoenix

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Denny Hamlin won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.
The victory was assured when Kevin Harvick, who had closed to within a car length of Hamlin with three laps to go, ran out of fuel with about two laps to go.
The victory was the first for the Joe [...]

PIR Features Sort Of, Kind Of, Normal Racing
Sunday, 4 Mar, 2012 – 10:28 | Comments Off
PIR Features Sort Of, Kind Of, Normal Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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With the rock-concert atmosphere and artificial racing of Speedweeks put to bed for one more year, it’s time to get snap back into a reality mode.
Kind of.
Today’s race, the Subway Fresh Fit 500, is at Phoenix International Raceway. A tricky, 1-mile oval with a goofy dog leg which begs to [...]

Martin Wins Cup Pole At PIR
Saturday, 3 Mar, 2012 – 15:57 | Comments Off
Martin Wins Cup Pole At PIR

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Mark Martin of Michael Waltrip Racing won the pole for Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday.
Martin’s fast last was at 136.815 mph in his Toyota Camry.
It was Martin’s 52nd career pole.
It came in his second start for MWR as he was hired to run a partial season [...]

Minter: NASCAR, Questions Arrive In Arizona
Friday, 2 Mar, 2012 – 15:56 | One Comment
Minter: NASCAR, Questions Arrive In Arizona

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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As the NASCAR guys and gals get to work at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, those of us who make our livings on the other side of the wall have lots of work to do in figuring out just where things stand in the sport.
What are all the implications of [...]

Knaus Talks About Penalties
Friday, 2 Mar, 2012 – 15:23 | Comments Off
Knaus Talks About Penalties

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Earlier this week, NASCAR issued a series of penalties against the No. 48 Sprint Cup team of Hendrick Motorsports after its car failed inspection at Daytona International Speedway a week ago. The car, it was determined, had an illegal “C” post – the post between the roof an body at the far rear end of [...]

NASCAR Teams In For Radical Change Of Scene
Friday, 2 Mar, 2012 – 7:41 | Comments Off
NASCAR Teams In For Radical Change Of Scene

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
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AVONDALE, Ariz. – Now that the Daytona 500 That Would Not End is finally in the rear-view mirror, it’s onto Phoenix International Raceway, where seemingly more tranquil racing awaits.
Yeah, right.
Although PIR is a smaller oval with lighter speeds and minus the bumper-to-bumper, white-knuckle pack racing that defined the action a [...]

Penske Move To Ford Was Step Toward Title
Thursday, 1 Mar, 2012 – 19:09 | One Comment
Penske Move To Ford Was Step Toward Title

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A lot of people have been of the opinion that recent developments at Penske Racing had showed that the team and car-maker Dodge were on the right track in their pursuit of a Sprint Cup championship.
Some said that driver Brad Keselowski’s quick rise to the status of contender, and the [...]