Sat, 18/10/14 – 18:58 | No Comment

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
A non-Chaser won the pole on Saturday for Sunday’s GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, but a Chaser in need qualified second fastest.
The non-Chaser who won the pole for the final Contender Round race was Brain Vickers of Michael Waltrip Racing. He put down a lap at [...]

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Fans Injured As Car Slams Fence At Daytona
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Tony Stewart was in no mood to celebrate after he won Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300 Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Not with 14 fans injured and being transported to medical centers as a result of a last lap crash that sent the car of Kyle Larson flying into the catchfence near the start/finish line.
The [...]

Sat, 02/23/13 – 18:32 | One Comment
Divine Intervention Powering Burkart Jr. At Firebird?
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
YORKVILLE, N.Y. – Phil Burkart Jr. is well-aware his 2013 NHRA Funny Car schedule could end this weekend at Firebird International Raceway, throttled by a lack of sponsorship. Even if that’s the case, Burkart will savor a two-race stint made possible by car-owner/chassis builder Steve Plueger…and perhaps Phil Sr.
Cold-turkey, Burkart [...]

Sat, 02/23/13 – 9:10 | One Comment
Brown Back In Cockpit, On Top Of Field At Firebird
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Involved in a crash at the Winternationals last weekend, Antron Brown got back in his Don Schumacher Racing car and raced to the qualifying lead in Top Fuel Friday at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.
Johnny Gray (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Mello Yello [...]

Sat, 02/23/13 – 8:53 | Comments Off
Sauter Holds Off Busch To Win DIS Truck Race
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Johnny Sauter won Friday evening’s season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Kyle Busch ran second, followed by Ron Hornaday Jr., Justin Lofton and Jeb Burton.
Ty Dillon, Miguel Paludo, Ryan Blaney, Matt Crafton and Ryan Sieg completed the top 10.
Sauter collected the seventh victory of his NCWTS career under [...]

Sat, 02/23/13 – 8:45 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: More Changes at Daytona Are Coming
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Once upon a time, along about Gen-2, drivers quit teams at the drop of a hat. Sometimes they got fired on Monday after a car owner felt his prized, potent entry had been balloon-footed around on Sunday. Even the great David Pearson was cut loose by the [...]

Fri, 02/22/13 – 19:51 | 3 Comments
A Favorite To Win The Daytona 500 Has Emerged
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Lame-duck driver Kevin Harvick’s performance during Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway has been anything but lame.
After announcing last fall that his tenure of more than a decade with Richard Childress Racing will be coming to an end following the 2013 season, Harvick has suddenly become [...]

Fri, 02/22/13 – 18:53 | One Comment
Brown Dusts Self Off, Climbs Back On 8,000 Horses
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

When NHRA nitro cars blow up, they blow up good. Real good. Last weekend in the Sunday eliminations of the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Antron Brown’s Top Fuel car blew up so good that it tore the giant rear slicks completely off their rims.
And after that, things got really ugly as the car slammed [...]

Fri, 02/22/13 – 15:13 | One Comment
Sparks Don’t Fly After Uninspiring Duels At Daytona
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Budweiser Duels at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday are in the books. Two relatively uneventful finishes, two predictable victory interview sessions from Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
Where’s Mike Stefanik when you need him?
For anyone who might have missed it, Stefanik, the seven-time NASCAR Modified series [...]

Thu, 02/21/13 – 18:41 | One Comment
Townley Starts 2013 By Cruising Past Critics
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Despite radio ear buds, balaclava, helmet and mega-decibel V-8 engine noise, John Wes Townley had no problem hearing what was being said about him during his early years in NASCAR. Nasty words have a way of making their way past all sound-deadening obstacles.
But last Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, [...]

Thu, 02/21/13 – 10:47 | Comments Off
Patrick’s Pole Victory Was Timed Perfectly
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Over the last several days, it has become obvious that times have changed in NASCAR and not just because Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole. The bigger change may be in the way that that pole victory has been greeted.
Early last decade, NASCAR was [...]

Wed, 02/20/13 – 15:39 | 2 Comments