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Being Cool With Fuel Could Decide Chase Title
Saturday, 24 Sep, 2011 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Being Cool With Fuel Could Decide Chase Title

LOUDON, N.H. – Ryan Newman has an engineering degree from Purdue University and a pretty darn good understanding of the way things work in a race engine. But, like everyone else, he struggles to figure out of the best way to conserve fuel during NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
Asked what makes a difference in saving fuel, [...]

Newman Tops In Bizarre Qualifying In Loudon
Friday, 23 Sep, 2011 – 16:37 | Comments Off
Newman Tops In Bizarre Qualifying In Loudon

Ryan Newman won the pole on Friday for Sunday’s Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
To get the pole, Newman had to wait out a rain delay that began with him and four other drivers still in the pits and waiting to qualify.
Second on the starting grid will be Kasey Kahne and [...]

Memo: Mileage Races Won’t Fuel Chase Excitement
Thursday, 22 Sep, 2011 – 10:41 | 5 Comments
Memo: Mileage Races Won’t Fuel Chase Excitement

In today’s Morning Memo we find that:
The fuel-mileage element to NASCAR races is out of control.
Yes, the race to get to the checkered flag before the cars start stuttering and gasping and slowing can add an element of drama to race-track proceedings. Theatrical-like drama.
But lost in that drama are such things as, well, auto [...]

Keselowski Voted Driver Of Year For Third Quarter
Thursday, 22 Sep, 2011 – 6:21 | Comments Off
Keselowski Voted Driver Of Year For Third Quarter

RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski emerged from a summer of mettle-testing pain to top balloting in third quarter Driver of the Year voting, leading a unique 1-2 sweep for team-owner Roger Penske.
Keselowski, who drives for Penske’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, earned 10 first-place ballots and 117 points under the DOTY voting system. Meanwhile, Will Power _a [...]

Racin’ News: Waltrip Adds Miller; Talladega Rule Changes
Wednesday, 21 Sep, 2011 – 15:24 | Comments Off
Racin’ News: Waltrip Adds Miller; Talladega Rule Changes

In Racin’ News today:
Michael Waltrip Racing today named Scott Miller executive vice president of competition effective at the conclusion of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
Miller has served in several roles throughout his 16-year stint in NASCAR, most recently as director of competition at Richard Childress Racing. Miller has been a winning crew chief and [...]

Woody: Fresh Start Will Revive Clint Bowyer
Wednesday, 21 Sep, 2011 – 6:55 | One Comment
Woody: Fresh Start Will Revive Clint Bowyer

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If Clint Bowyer goes overboard at Richard Childress Racing as anticipated, he has two choices: sink or swim.
Clint undoubtedly will swim, and reportedly is exploring a new ride next year with Michael Waltrip Racing.
He could be a force to be reckoned with, wherever he lands. Bowyer is a gifted racer despite [...]

Pedley: We Should Have Listened To Earnhardt Jr.
Tuesday, 20 Sep, 2011 – 7:44 | 2 Comments
Pedley: We Should Have Listened To Earnhardt Jr.

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
JOLIET, Ill. – Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s optimism and good mood during Friday’s media gathering at Chicagoland Speedway almost seemed bizarre.
Yes, he was in the Chase and still mathematically involved in a run for the 2011 championship. But, come on: He was also having one of his typical Dale Earnhardt Jr. [...]

Stewart Takes First Race Of The 2011 Chase
Monday, 19 Sep, 2011 – 14:04 | Comments Off
Stewart Takes First Race Of The 2011 Chase

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Tony Stewart went 0 for 26 in the regular portion of the 2011 Sprint Cup season, but on Monday at Chicagoland Speedway, he moved to 1 for 1 in the Chase as he won rain-delayed, playoff-opening Geico 400 in Joliet, Ill.
Stewart, whose last victory had come at Auto Club Speedway in October of 2010, led [...]

Spoiler Alert: RT Staff Reveals Chase Results
Sunday, 18 Sep, 2011 – 12:27 | Comments Off
Spoiler Alert: RT Staff Reveals Chase Results

(Editor’s Note: The Geico 500 scheduled for Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway has been postponed until noon Eastern on Monday. Persistent rain forced the postponement.)
JOLIET, Ill. – This year’s edition of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship starts today in Chicago-ish. Though the field was determined with a new wild card format, it still features [...]

Kenseth Earns Pole At Chicagoland
Saturday, 17 Sep, 2011 – 20:52 | Comments Off
Kenseth Earns Pole At Chicagoland

JOLIET, Ill.—Matt Kenseth will start the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup from the pole position in the playoff’s first race.
Kenseth won the pole for the Geico 400 by posting a qualifying lap Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway  at 183.243 mph (29.469 seconds) to edge Paul Menard (183.125 mph) for the top starting spot.
The pole was [...]