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Pedley: Allmendinger Finally Finds Stability
Thursday, 22 Dec, 2011 – 10:37 | Comments Off
Pedley: Allmendinger Finally Finds Stability

AJ Allmendinger has long been on this unwritten list of drivers that I keep. The list that is filed under the heading of “Wonder What They Could Do If They Drove For A Top Team?”
On Wednesday, the Allmendinger file was moved to the “Now We’ll Find Out” folder.
That’s because, of course, the young Californian was hired [...]

Allmendinger Replaces Kurt Busch At Penske Racing
Wednesday, 21 Dec, 2011 – 11:54 | One Comment
Allmendinger Replaces Kurt Busch At Penske Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Penske Racing has named AJ Allmendinger to replace Kurt Busch as the driver of the team’s No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Allmendinger, competed in the Cup Series for Richard Petty Motorsports, is coming off a season that saw him finish 15th in the series [...]

Pedley: Danica May Now Have Perfect Mentor
Saturday, 17 Dec, 2011 – 12:04 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Danica May Now Have Perfect Mentor

Greg Zipadelli’s new job will not be of the low-profile variety. On the contrary. Because in addition to taking over as competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing, Zipadelli will also serve as interim crew chief for Danica Patrick as she forays into the Sprint Cup Series.
Love it, Zipadelli said of the second part of the job [...]

List Of Shootout-Eligible Drivers Is A Big One
Friday, 16 Dec, 2011 – 10:51 | Comments Off
List Of Shootout-Eligible Drivers Is A Big One

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  – NASCAR’s list of eligible competitors for the 2012 Budweiser Shootout covers a timeline from reigning Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart to former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope.
The 34th annual season-opening event launches Speedweeks at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 18, with start time set for 8:10 p.m. (EST). [...]

Zipadelli And Stewart Are Reunited At SHR
Friday, 16 Dec, 2011 – 10:03 | 2 Comments
Zipadelli And Stewart Are Reunited At SHR

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Sprint Cup Series team owner/driver Tony Stewart has been reunited with Greg Zipadelli, the crew chief with whom he won the 2002 and 2005 series championships.
Zipadelli on Friday was released from his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing and was quickly hired by Stewart to serve as competition director at Stewart-Haas [...]

Cup’s Stewart Is Driver Of The Year Award Winner
Wednesday, 14 Dec, 2011 – 8:35 | Comments Off
Cup’s Stewart Is Driver Of The Year Award Winner

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart was named winner of the 2011 Driver of the Year Award today.
Stewart, the 2011 Cup champion, was awarded the honor by a panel of leading motorsports journalists and broadcasters.
Stewart, co-owner with Gene Haas of the Stewart-Haas Racing team for which he drives, also was the leading vote-getter in balloting [...]

Scott Speed To Drive For Leavine Family Racing
Tuesday, 13 Dec, 2011 – 17:10 | Comments Off
Scott Speed To Drive For Leavine Family Racing

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Scott Speed has joined Leavine Family Racing for a limited 15-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for 2012 in the No. 95 Ford Fusion.
A veteran of all three of NASCAR’s premier national touring series, Speed joins Leavine Family Racing after making 13 Sprint Cup starts with Whitney Motorsports in the No. 46 Ford.
Speed will be [...]

Pedley: Time To Describe Some Nouns
Monday, 12 Dec, 2011 – 10:31 | Comments Off
Pedley: Time To Describe Some Nouns

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Race fans, it’s an Adjective Day…
Curious – A lot of signs point to the hiring of David Ragan by Penske Racing. The job, of course, being to take the place of Kurt Busch in the No. 22 Dodge.
And a good job it is: The previous driver was in the Chase [...]

Grubb Is Hamlin’s New Crew Chief
Friday, 9 Dec, 2011 – 11:00 | Comments Off
Grubb Is Hamlin’s New Crew Chief

Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Darian Grubb has been named crew chief for Denny Hamlin and his No. 11 FedEx Toyota NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team.
“Darian is a great addition to our organization and person to lead our No. 11 FedEx team,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Obviously he has proven the [...]

Woody: Junior Winless But Not Fan-less
Wednesday, 7 Dec, 2011 – 10:47 | Comments Off
Woody: Junior Winless But Not Fan-less

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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In most pro sports an athlete’s popularity rating is determined by his success. He’s adored when he’s winning and scorned – or at least ignored – when he’s losing.
NASCAR fans aren’t like that. They stick by their favorite drivers through fair weather and foul, through good times and bad. Dale Earnhardt [...]