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Bowyer Hangs On To Win Cup Race At Sonoma
Sunday, 24 Jun, 2012 – 17:06 | One Comment
Bowyer Hangs On To Win Cup Race At Sonoma

Clint Bowyer got his first victory of the season and his first victory since moving to Michael Waltrip Racing in the offseason Sunday when he won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway.
It was his sixth career victory and first since he won with Richard Childress Racing last fall at Talladega [...]

Bucolic Often Turns To Barbaric At Sonoma
Sunday, 24 Jun, 2012 – 9:10 | Comments Off
Bucolic Often Turns To Barbaric At Sonoma

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Peace and beauty come to mind when people think of the rolling hills of the Northern California wine country. Unless those people are sitting in the driver’s seat of a Sprint Cup car. Then, anger and violence crowd the thoughts and the track.
The annual race at the Sonoma road course, [...]

Ambrose On Sonoma Pole
Friday, 22 Jun, 2012 – 20:47 | Comments Off
Ambrose On Sonoma Pole

Marcos Ambrose on Friday won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at the Sonoma, Calif. road course.
The Richard Petty Motorsports driver earned the pole with a lap at 95.262 mph.
The pole for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 was Ambrose second of the season.
Jeff Gordon (95.067 mph) was second fastest in the session Friday.
Gordon’s Hendrick [...]

Flat Spot On: Earnhardt Jr. On The Road To Title?
Friday, 22 Jun, 2012 – 6:56 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Earnhardt Jr. On The Road To Title?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I suppose I’m one of the few journalists who covered both the fatal crash of Dale Earnhardt Sr. in Daytona in 2001 and the crash three years later of Dale Earhardt Jr. that brought him as close to a fatal accident as he’s ever been. The incident occurred at the Infineon [...]

Le Mans Increased The Cool Factor Of Hybrid Tech
Thursday, 21 Jun, 2012 – 9:07 | Comments Off
Le Mans Increased The Cool Factor Of Hybrid Tech

A final look back at the last weekend of racing:
The road to hilarity is paved with failed gadgetry. You know; like that guy on ice skates in the old film clips who straps a rocket to his back and ends up setting his butt on fire.
But in the wake of the lead-up, and then the [...]

‘All-Right Dude’ Puts NASCAR In All-Right Mood
Monday, 18 Jun, 2012 – 9:58 | One Comment
‘All-Right Dude’ Puts NASCAR In All-Right Mood

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
To be a sports writer is to be a cynic when it comes to sports heroes. When you get to witness first hand the behavior of top athletes after the television lights go off, after the last  begrudging autograph is signed and the back is turned to the public at-large, [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Blisters The Field To Win Michigan
Sunday, 17 Jun, 2012 – 16:59 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr. Blisters The Field To Win Michigan

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
One hundred and forty-four proved to the be the charm for Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the Hendrick Motorsports driver broke free from his four-year slump and won the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
Earnhardt, whose last victory in the series came at the [...]

Did Late Practice Fix Or Create Problems At MIS?
Sunday, 17 Jun, 2012 – 9:31 | One Comment
Did Late Practice Fix Or Create Problems At MIS?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Scheduling an extra practice Saturday so that Sprint Cup teams could test new, harder tires on Michigan International Speedway’s new, ultra-high speed pavement seemed like a good idea – at the time. However, it proved costly.
The harder left-side tires brought in did slow the cars, but the stress placed on [...]

Ambrose Leads High-Speed Qualifying Parade
Saturday, 16 Jun, 2012 – 13:44 | One Comment
Ambrose Leads High-Speed Qualifying Parade

Marcos Ambrose of Richard Petty Motorsports won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
Ambrose won the pole with the fastest qualifying lap in track history – 203.241 mph. It is Ambrose’s first Cup pole.
“Lightning fast,” Ambrose said.
Guess so.
The record run came on a newly repaved MIS surface which has [...]

Speeds Prompt Changes At ‘New’ Michigan
Saturday, 16 Jun, 2012 – 6:43 | Comments Off
Speeds Prompt Changes At ‘New’ Michigan

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Practice speeds topping 200 mph produced instances of blistering tires at the newly repaved Michigan International Speedway Friday, prompting The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to change its left-side tire recommendation for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
The decision was announced late Friday evening after several teams [...]