Sun, 19/04/15 – 7:30 | No Comment

It took only eight minutes during the first of three rounds of knockout qualifying Saturday for the track record to start falling at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The rewriting began when Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Tony Kanaan logged a lap in 1 minute, 06.7442-seconds around on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit. During the […]

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INDYCAR Bosses Make Expansive Statements
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Plans for an expanded, 20-race Verizon IndyCar Series schedule covering seven months were laid out by Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, in a “State of the Sport” news conference during Media Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 2015 season got off to a thud in late January when the […]

Tue, 02/17/15 – 19:16 | Comments Off
‘Knockout’ Leaves Some Drivers Feeling Woozy
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
NASCAR’s revised group qualifying format for the 57th annual Daytona 500 produced a timely pole-winner in Jeff Gordon Sunday amid controversy and questions about “what’s best for the sport” as an entertainment vehicle.
The sanctioning body ditched its traditional albeit time-consuming single-car qualifying format for restrictor plate racing around the high-banked/2.5-mile […]

Tue, 02/17/15 – 7:49 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: Harvick-Logano Feud Rekindles
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Guess the off season didn’t result in any rust forming on the feud between Sprint Cup drivers Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano.
A late wreck involving the two resulted in fighting words when the two got out of their cars after the race.
“(Logano) just drove us straight in the fence,” Harvick, the 2014 Cup champion from […]

Sun, 02/15/15 – 10:05 | Comments Off
Kenseth Shows Unlimited Potential In Daytona
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Winless in Sprint Cup in 2014, Matt Kenseth started out the 2015 season by capturing Saturday Night’s Sprint Unlimited all-star-ish race.
While the 75-lap exhibition event didn’t pay championship points, it did put some smiles on the faces of Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team. And, perhaps better still, the […]

Sun, 02/15/15 – 9:03 | Comments Off
Keselowski Revs Up The Jaws On Eve Of The 500
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If former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski isn’t the Smartest Guy In The Room, he’s willing to debate anyone who thinks he is, 24/7.
Stock-car racing’s reigning poster boy for social media, Brad K. is hell-bent on returning the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion fielded by team-owner Roger Penske to its title-winning form […]

Sat, 02/14/15 – 17:59 | One Comment
The Champ Opens Speedweeks By Opening Up
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kevin Harvick arrived at Daytona International Speedway for Speedweeks this month as The Man. After 14 years and 502 Sprint Cup starts, the driver with the built-in smirk finally got to walk the grounds at stock car racing’s grandest stage as a champion.
One of his first duties was to put […]

Sat, 02/14/15 – 9:24 | Comments Off
Daytona Media Day: It All Seems So Very Familiar
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The thing that strikes you as you watch Media Day at Daytona International Speedway in February is the deja vu of it all.
It’s like they have this hat containing slips of paper upon which the same questions that have been asked every year since the Streamline Hotel meetings are written […]

Fri, 02/13/15 – 10:21 | Comments Off
Turns Out That Line Was Ready For Start Of 2015 Afterall
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An interview with Jason Line two weeks ago began with an ice-breaker question that didn’t result in an ice-breaker answer. No, the two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion said, waving off standard answer of  something ike “absolutely”, he was not ready for the 2015 season to begin. He and his team needed more time to do […]

Mon, 02/9/15 – 15:32 | Comments Off
Langdon, AJR Post ‘Cheap’ Victory In Pomona
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Shawn Langdon and Alan Johnson served-up the proverbial knuckle sandwich – or was it a middle finger? – to any and all doubters Sunday with a victory in the Top Fuel final of the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
Operating on a limited budget after team-owner Johnson lost his primary […]

Mon, 02/9/15 – 8:03 | Comments Off
Q&A: Schumacher Talks About Countdowns And U.S. Nationals
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Reigning NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher and crew chief Mike Green have had their marching orders re-issued for the 2015 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season: Install six-disc clutch…hit throttle…rule the world.
It’s a formula that carried Schumacher, Green and the U.S. Army dragster to victories in three-of-six Countdown to the Championship playoff races […]

Sun, 02/8/15 – 8:22 | Comments Off