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Hamlin Survives, Wins Unlimited Race Of Attrition
Sunday, 16 Feb, 2014 – 7:35 | 4 Comments
Hamlin Survives, Wins Unlimited Race Of Attrition

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Denny Hamlin, whose 2013 Sprint Cup season was interrupted for six weeks by a back injury, won Saturday night’s Speedweeks-opening Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin not only won the overall race, but also all three segments of the 75-lap exhibition.
Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was clearly the [...]

Q And A: Tony Stewart Talks About Being Back Behind The Wheel
Saturday, 15 Feb, 2014 – 10:22 | Comments Off
Q And A: Tony Stewart Talks About Being Back Behind The Wheel

Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart on Friday took laps in a Sprint Cup car for the first time since suffering severe injuries in a sprint car race last year in Iowa.
After taking those laps at Daytona International Speedway in practice for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited, Stewart discussed, among other things, how [...]

The Unlimited: Democracy In Action Or Confusing Anarchy
Saturday, 15 Feb, 2014 – 10:13 | Comments Off
The Unlimited: Democracy In Action Or Confusing Anarchy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Tradition, it appears, will never be a problem for the race which is now known as the Sprint Unlimited. That’s because the event – a kind of non-points-paying all-star race which kicks off the Sprint Cup season – won’t sit still long enough to establish a true tradition.
Every year, additions [...]

2014 Cars, Drivers Rolled Out At DIS Media Day
Friday, 14 Feb, 2014 – 8:06 | Comments Off
2014 Cars, Drivers Rolled Out At DIS Media Day

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There was no shortage of optimism and storylines in the room during media day at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday as a steady stream of nearly 50 NASCAR drivers were paraded in front of the assembled press.
Sporting new hair styles, tans, fit bodies and unblemished racing [...]

Media Day Is First Major Test For Cup Drivers
Thursday, 13 Feb, 2014 – 20:10 | Comments Off
Media Day Is First Major Test For Cup Drivers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Thursday was Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. The following are some select Qs and As from the day. Some are listed because the questions are, um, interesting. Some because the answers are, um, interesting.
Readers can figure out which are which.

Q to Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing: You have [...]

The King Is Close In His Assessment Of Danica
Wednesday, 12 Feb, 2014 – 9:07 | 12 Comments
The King Is Close In His Assessment Of Danica

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Last weekend, Richard Petty had some interesting things to say about Danica Patrick, the current state of racing in NASCAR, and how those two entities connect. None of it was very flattering to Patrick as a race car driver nor NASCAR as racing series driven by actual racing.
After giving it [...]

NASCAR Announces New Penalty And Appeals Process
Tuesday, 4 Feb, 2014 – 12:01 | 3 Comments
NASCAR Announces New Penalty And Appeals Process

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s off season of change continued Tuesday with the unveiling of new procedures for issuing penalties. Also dealt with during a teleconference conducted by Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations, and Robin Pemberton, series vice president, competition and racing development, was the penalty-appeals processes.
O’Donnell said that impetus [...]

New Format Encourages Instant Gratification
Friday, 31 Jan, 2014 – 20:56 | 8 Comments
New Format Encourages Instant Gratification

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Throughout NASCAR’s history the sanctioning body has modified its point system when it felt necessary, but the new one announced Thursday is the most radical in the sport’s history.
To review, under the new structure winning is everything and consistency is irrelevant; points racing is eliminated. To win [...]

Trent Owens’ Career Path Leads Back To Petty
Friday, 31 Jan, 2014 – 14:45 | 3 Comments
Trent Owens’ Career Path Leads Back To Petty

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief Trent Owens was only 4 months old when his father lost his life in a freak pit accident at Talladega.
That May 4 in the Winston 500 19-year-old Randy Owens was attempting to extinguish a fire in a left front wheel bearing on the No. 43 Dodge when [...]

Mixed Reaction Greets Big NASCAR Changes
Thursday, 30 Jan, 2014 – 20:39 | 5 Comments
Mixed Reaction Greets Big NASCAR Changes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Most drivers and team owners reacted positively to NASCAR’s change in its Chase format for 2014, but there were still those who showed little enthusiasm, preferring to take a wait-and-see approach.
Denny Hamlin saw the new format as a way a person could miss a race due to a concussion and still [...]