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So, What Exactly Just Happened Here?
Tuesday, 20 Mar, 2012 – 18:37 | 9 Comments
So, What Exactly Just Happened Here?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Suddenly, with the release of a really, really vague statement by stock-car racing’s chief appellate officer, the No. 48 team of Hendrick Motorsports moved from starring role to bit player in the young 2012 season’s biggest controversy.
Taking the team’s place at ground zero of the controversy are the egg-faced trinity [...]

HMS 48 Team’s Penalties Overturned On Appeal
Tuesday, 20 Mar, 2012 – 15:01 | Comments Off
HMS 48 Team’s Penalties Overturned On Appeal

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Chief apellate officer John Middlebrook on Tuesday overturned all penalties issued to the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team except for that of a fine issued to crew chief Chad Knaus.
The original penalties were levied after Johnson’s car failed inspection during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway in February. Inspectors found that the Chevrolet Impala’s C-post did [...]

Keselowski Springs Back To Life At Bristol
Tuesday, 20 Mar, 2012 – 7:14 | Comments Off
Keselowski Springs Back To Life At Bristol

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn.  – If you don’t want an honest answer, don’t ask Brad Keselowski, but if you want an insightful one, then go to the Michigan native.
On the eve of Sunday’s Food City 500, Keselowski tweeted that his car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race was the best one he’d [...]

New Bristol Not Attracting Old NASCAR Fans
Monday, 19 Mar, 2012 – 11:01 | 6 Comments
New Bristol Not Attracting Old NASCAR Fans

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Food City 500 Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway checked in at No. 2 in this past weekend’s turnstile competition. The winner, and by a healthy margin, was the Twelve Hours of Sebring sports car race.
Hard to believe but, apparently true. A race with cars which look like [...]

Waltrip Racing Takes Big Step Forward at Bristol
Sunday, 18 Mar, 2012 – 18:53 | Comments Off
Waltrip Racing Takes Big Step Forward at Bristol

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, TENN. – Michael Waltrip Racing raised more than a few eyebrows when it announced its driver lineup for 2012.
Many wondered if Clint Bowyer had made a mistake leaving Richard Childress Racing. Few considered the team an option for Mark Martin, whose contract with Hendrick Motorsports ended last year. [...]

Keselowski Holds Off Kenseth In Bristol
Sunday, 18 Mar, 2012 – 15:13 | Comments Off
Keselowski Holds Off Kenseth In Bristol

Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski passed Matt Kenseth for the lead with 115 to go, survived a restart with 17 to go and then held on the rest of the way to win the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was the fifth of Keselowski’s career and it came by .71 [...]

Another Opportunity Knocks On Vickers’ Door
Sunday, 18 Mar, 2012 – 9:22 | Comments Off
Another Opportunity Knocks On Vickers’ Door

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ever since May 2010 when Brian Vickers was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs, the Thomasville, N.C., native’s NASCAR career hasn’t gone quite as he envisioned.
That’s why Vickers’ six-race stint with Michael Waltrip Racing that begins Sunday in Bristol Motor Speedway’s Food City 500 is a [...]

Conflicted Pastrana Cuts Schedule
Saturday, 17 Mar, 2012 – 17:59 | Comments Off
Conflicted Pastrana Cuts Schedule

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Travis Pastrana had planned to run NASCAR’s entire K&N Series schedule this year, but said Saturday that won’t happen because of conflicts in the Global Rallycross events. He now will miss three K&N races.
“That was very disappointing, but at the same time I think we’ll be [...]

How Much Driver Access Is Too Much Access?
Saturday, 17 Mar, 2012 – 13:15 | Comments Off
How Much Driver Access Is Too Much Access?

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – It was business as usual during Saturday morning’s NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers’ meeting at Bristol Motor Speedway as drivers, crew chiefs, team owners, race and track officials, sponsors, dignitaries and media gathered in a small conference room just inside Turn 3.
There was little fanfare as Nationwide Series [...]

Bristol Half-Mile Is All Test, No Rest
Saturday, 17 Mar, 2012 – 7:41 | Comments Off
Bristol Half-Mile Is All Test, No Rest

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Just watching a practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway or at Martinsville Speedway makes one wonder why there aren’t more half-mile tracks on the NASCAR circuit.
They seem to be a far better test of man and machine than some of the longer tracks that dominate the Sprint [...]