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

Penske Moving From Dodges To Fords
Thursday, 1 Mar, 2012 – 10:55 | One Comment
Penske Moving From Dodges To Fords

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s Penske Racing will switch from racing Dodges to Fords beginning with the 2013 season, Ford Racing and team owner Roger Penske announced today.
The main reason, team owner Roger Penske said during a teleconference on Thursday afternoon, was simple: To help his team’s quest to win a Sprint Cup championship. [...]

Hood: Daytona Bonfire Makes Top-10 List Bid
Thursday, 1 Mar, 2012 – 7:56 | One Comment
Hood: Daytona Bonfire Makes Top-10 List Bid

The 2012 Daytona 500 will forever be remembered for Juan Pablo Motoya’s No. 42 Chevrolet suffering a mechanical failure under caution and slamming into a jet dryer.
The resulting ball of fire and lengthy cleanup that followed dominated Tuesday morning’s headlines. The incident also overshadowed Matt Kenseth’s victory in the Great American Race.
I’ve followed NASCAR closely [...]

NASCAR Suspends Knaus, Docks Johnson
Wednesday, 29 Feb, 2012 – 15:08 | Comments Off
NASCAR Suspends Knaus, Docks Johnson

NASCAR has hit the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team of Jimmie Johnson with a series of major penalties.
Johnson, a five-time Sprint Cup champion, was docked 25 points Wednesday for illegal modifications to the No. 48 Chevrolet before qualifying for the season-opening Daytona 500.
NASCAR also suspended crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec for [...]

Could Fun 500 Lead To More Prime Time Racing?
Wednesday, 29 Feb, 2012 – 10:23 | One Comment
Could Fun 500 Lead To More Prime Time Racing?

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DALLAS – Fast as he is, Matt Kenseth hasn’t had time to sit back and review his victory in NASCAR’s rain-delayed and incident-marred Daytona 500. But the overnight TV numbers have stamped the 54th edition of “The Great American Race” as “boffo!”
Kenseth’s dramatic win over Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a [...]