Thu, 18/12/14 – 16:11 | No Comment

Roush Fenway Racing announced that Darrell Wallace Jr. will drive the No. 6 Ford Mustang for the team in the NASCAR’s second-tier Xfinity Series next season.
The 21-year-old Wallace has posted five wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – where, a year ago, he drove at Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports – including four [...]

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Zanardi Finally Gets What He’s Owed At Indy
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – Alex Zanardi finally got the bonus he negotiated with team owner Chip Ganassi nearly two decades ago.
The two-time Champ Car champion, who survived the loss of both legs in a race crash in Germany in 2001 and has gone on to even greater triumphs in his life, was [...]

Sat, 05/25/13 – 9:58 | Comments Off
Notes: Honda Feeling The Power At Indianapolis
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and the word from Simon Pagenaud is that Honda Performance Development apparently has closed the horsepower gap on rival Chevrolet heading into Sunday’s 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Pagenaud, who will start from the outside of the seventh row, topped [...]

Sat, 05/25/13 – 7:59 | Comments Off
Notes: The Champ’s Leadership Quest Will Go On
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
CONCORD, N.C. – After winning the 2012 Sprint Cup championship, Brad Keselowski told the garages he wanted to assume a leadership role in the series. This year, Keselowski has run into some problems. On the track and off.
Tweeted and voiced comments have not sat well with some of his peers. Unapproved [...]

Fri, 05/24/13 – 10:29 | One Comment
Forced Time Off Gave Steve Wallace New Perspective
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CONCORD, N.C. – For Steve Wallace, it’s been more than a year since he has competed in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the younger son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace readily admits that coping with that fact hasn’t been easy. Since finishing 11th in the April 2012 Richmond race, the 25-year-old Wallace [...]

Fri, 05/24/13 – 7:07 | Comments Off
Hamlin Wins Coke Pole
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Denny Hamlin turned in the fastest lap during Thursday night’s qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.
One of eight drivers to beat the previous track record, Hamlin covered the 1.5-mile distance in 27.604 seconds (195.624 mph) to knock Kurt Busch (195.221 mph) off the provisional pole. Matt Kenseth (195.094 mph) [...]

Thu, 05/23/13 – 20:33 | Comments Off
Earnhardt’s Historic CMS Weekend Remembered
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty years ago Dale Earnhardt Sr. owned Charlotte Motor Speedway during the month of May, sweeping the All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600. At that time, no one realized it would be Earnhardt’s last visit to the 1.5-mile speedway’s victory lane.
It was an era when an [...]

Thu, 05/23/13 – 19:59 | 3 Comments
Castroneves Thinks No. 4 Is Within Reach At Indy
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – There was a time when Helio Castroneves thought the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was an easy place to figure out.
The colorful Brazilian driver came to Indy for the first time in 2001 and surprised everyone, including himself, by winning the race.
A year later, he returned to Victory Lane, the [...]

Thu, 05/23/13 – 16:23 | Comments Off
Kenseth Making No Long Term Plans For 2013
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
CONCORD, N.C. – Things have gone dang well for Matt Kenseth this season. So well that he was named the winner of the first quarter Driver of the Year award on Thursday. So well that he even beat NASCAR law enforcement officials by having the massive penalties he was issued [...]

Thu, 05/23/13 – 14:00 | Comments Off
Top Fueler Brown To Go Stock Car Racing
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
CONCORD, N.C. – It was announced during a press conference held at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday that NHRA drag racer Antron Brown will take a shot at stock-car racing.
Brown, as first reported earlier Thursday by sources, will test a K&N Series car for Rev Racing, the team owned by Max [...]

Thu, 05/23/13 – 10:10 | Comments Off
Kenseth Wins First DOTY
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Matt Kenseth’s offseason race shop move from Concord to Huntersville, N.C., continues to pay dividends, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star emerged as first quarter 2013 winner of the Driver of the Year award.
Kenseth, the 2003 Cup champion, crushed the opposition in voting among a nationwide panel of 18 [...]

Thu, 05/23/13 – 8:23 | One Comment