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Odd Finish Denies Hendrick 200th Victory
Sunday, 1 Apr, 2012 – 19:44 | Comments Off
Odd Finish Denies Hendrick 200th Victory

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With five laps remaining in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500, it appeared Rick Hendrick would finally claim his 200th NASCAR Cup victory as two of his drivers were battling for the lead and he had another sitting third.
No one, however, envisioned David Reutimann as the spoiler.
With only [...]

Newman Emerges From Wild Finish To Win M’ville
Sunday, 1 Apr, 2012 – 15:55 | Comments Off
Newman Emerges From Wild Finish To Win M’ville

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Ryan Newman inherited the lead after a wreck during a green/white/checkered restart collected the race leaders, held the lead during a second overtime restart and went on to win Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The victory was the first of the year for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver – who overcame a speeding [...]

Today’s Menu: Cheap Hot Dogs and Black Donuts
Sunday, 1 Apr, 2012 – 8:57 | Comments Off
Today’s Menu: Cheap Hot Dogs and Black Donuts

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Nobody has ever accused Martinsville Speedway of being a cookie-cutter track. On the contrary, it’s a Ripley’s museum piece.
It’s the shortest track on the schedule – .526 miles. It’s the oldest track on the schedule – first race was in 1949. It’s one of the most bizarrely shaped oval on [...]

Kahne Drives To Pole at Martinsville.
Saturday, 31 Mar, 2012 – 12:51 | Comments Off
Kahne Drives To Pole at Martinsville.

Kasey Kahne of Hendrick Motorsports won the pole Saturday for Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
Kahne had a fast lap of 97.128 mph in a Chevrolet Impala.
The pole was the second of the season for Kahne and his first at the Martinsville short track.
“It was a really solid lap,” [...]

It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions
Saturday, 31 Mar, 2012 – 10:14 | One Comment
It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The five-week mark is kind of, sort of a significant point in the Sprint Cup season. It is the cutoff point for those using the previous year’s owner points to get free entry into race fields. And it does mark a point where the teams have competed on every kind [...]

Stewart’s Martinsville Move Still Raising Eyebrows
Friday, 30 Mar, 2012 – 17:42 | Comments Off
Stewart’s Martinsville Move Still Raising Eyebrows

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – NASCAR returns to Martinsville Speedway this weekend, the site of defending Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart’s remarkable pass around five-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson during the closing moments of last fall’s 500 lap event here.
Following a late-race restart, Stewart accomplished a rare feat by making the [...]

The Bristol Ball Will Be Placed In The Fans’ Fannys
Friday, 30 Mar, 2012 – 9:25 | Comments Off
The Bristol Ball Will Be Placed In The Fans’ Fannys

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Hey, I’m just sayin’…
The fans who hate the new Bristol Motor Speedway got what they wanted as owner O.Bruton Smith announced he will attempt to change the high-banked short track back to its former self.
The interesting aspect will be the thing about the dog chasing the Mack truck: Now that [...]

Bristol Motor Speedway Surface To Be Revamped
Wednesday, 28 Mar, 2012 – 16:04 | 2 Comments
Bristol Motor Speedway Surface To Be Revamped

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Bristol Motor Speedway will be undergoing major changes in an attempt to recapture what some fans say was its magic.
After more than a week of studying requested fan input, Bruton Smith, Chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, today announced he has ordered the go-ahead to make changes to the track surface at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“The [...]

Stewart Makes Right Moves As Driver And Owner
Monday, 26 Mar, 2012 – 11:06 | Comments Off
Stewart Makes Right Moves As Driver And Owner

The driving thing? That’s been Tony Stewart’s hook during his racing career. That ability to wheel USAC, Indy and stock cars along side the very best who’ve ever been. It’s won him championships, it’s won him headlines.
But what’s now grabbing attention, and what may ultimately define Stewart’s life in racing, are his management skills. Because [...]

Smoke And The Water: Stewart Wins In Fontana
Sunday, 25 Mar, 2012 – 16:24 | Comments Off
Smoke And The Water: Stewart Wins In Fontana

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Defending series champion Tony Stewart, with an assist from a rain storm in normally sunny Southern California, got the victory in the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was the second of the year for owner/driver Stewart, coming just two week after he won at Las Vegas [...]