Fri, 24/10/14 – 15:37 | No Comment

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chad Knaus, the only crew chief Jimmie Johnson has known while winning six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, isn’t on the chopping block.
But Johnson, who was eliminated from this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Talladega, Ala., made it clear that he knows the day is coming when there [...]

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Hildebrand Crashes Out Of His IndyCar Ride
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

J.R. Hildebrand crashed-out of the 2011 Indianapolis 500 as a rising IZOD IndyCar Series star. On Thursday, his latest Turn 4 wall-banger at Indianapolis Motor Speedway cost Hildebrand his job.
Panther Racing and Hildebrand announced “a mutual agreement” to immediately terminate the Californian’s contract, which was scheduled to continue through the end of the 2013 season. [...]

Fri, 05/31/13 – 10:03 | Comments Off
‘Next Year’ May Never Come For Some Pioneers
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As NASCAR Hall of Fame voting cranked on last Wednesday, there was one phrase that got increasing use. Perhaps disturbingly so.
That phrase was (paraphrased): If “X” doesn’t get elected into the Hall this year it’s no big deal because he’ll surely get in in the future.
Really? Will he?
As [...]

Wed, 05/29/13 – 8:42 | 3 Comments
Rosberg Not Thinking Of Dad As He Crossed Line In Monaco
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

His first Monaco Grand Prix victory left Nico Rosberg visibly over-the-top but historically underwhelmed, 30 years after his father won Formula One’s crown jewel event.
Nico started on-pole, stayed ahead of multiple collisions around the tight, 2-mile street-course and led all 78 laps en route to his first victory of the season and first for Mercedes [...]

Wed, 05/29/13 – 7:18 | Comments Off
500-Winner Kanaan Cashes In, Ponders Future
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Tony Kanaan ended 11 years of frustration – and silenced perhaps his most personal critic – with his record-setting victory in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan earned $2,353,355 from an overall purse of $12,020,065, a windfall for the popular Brazilian, team co-owner Jimmy Vasser and KV Racing Technology.
“I’m [...]

Tue, 05/28/13 – 7:21 | Comments Off
Harvick Pits His Way To Victory Lane In Charlotte
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – With 14 laps remaining in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick pitted for two fresh tires and returned to the 1.5-mile track with only one thought – “Don’t screw up.”
“I knew they put me in the best position to win the race,” said [...]

Mon, 05/27/13 – 6:17 | Comments Off
Harvick Wins Bizarre Coca-Cola 600 At Charlotte
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Kevin Harvick pulled away to an easy victory after taking the lead during a late restart in Saturday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway,
The victory was the second of the season for the Richard Childress Racing driver.
Kasey Kahne finished second and Kurt Busch was third. Denny Hamlin finished fourth and Joey Logano was fifth.
Rounding out [...]

Sun, 05/26/13 – 22:41 | Comments Off
Kanaan Outruns His Past And The Field At Indy
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

INDIANAPOLIS – Tony Kanaan was so excited he forgot to slow down.
After years of frustration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kanaan passed Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart three laps from the finish of the 97th Indy 500. Moments later, three-time Indy winner Dario Franchitti slid into the wall, bringing out a caution flag and assuring [...]

Sun, 05/26/13 – 22:00 | Comments Off
Fox Cable Snaps, Stops Race And Injures Fans
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Ten people were injured Sunday night during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway when a rope cable used by FOX to guide its CamCat overhead camera system broke and fell over the fourth turn grandstands.
A statement released by speedway officials said seven fans were treated [...]

Sun, 05/26/13 – 20:34 | Comments Off
Kanaan Finally Gets His Indianapolis 500 Victory
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Tony Kanaan, the fun-loving and popular veteran driver from Brazil, won his first Indianapolis 500 Sunday when a yellow flag came out with Kanaan leading and three laps to go in the 200-lap race.
The victory in the 97th running of the big race came in Kanaan’s 12th start. It came after several painfully frustrating close [...]

Sun, 05/26/13 – 14:08 | Comments Off
Keselowski: Mental Fitness Is The Key In The 600
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CONCORD, N.C. – Several NASCAR drivers have a personal trainer and follow a strict workout schedule while others compete in marathons and triathlons, but none of those are for Brad Keselowski. The current NASCAR Sprint Cup champion prefers to rely on mental toughness.
“I’ve never really been big into the whole workout routine thing,” Keselowski [...]

Sun, 05/26/13 – 12:37 | Comments Off