Sat, 31/01/15 – 9:26 | No Comment

INDYCAR officials are exploring options to save the Verizon IndyCar Series’ 2015 season-opening weekend in the aftermath of an unexpected cancellation of the scheduled March 6-8 event in Brasilia, Brazil.
The Indianapolis-based sanctioning body was blindsided Thursday when BAND, promoter of the race scheduled for the 3.4-mile Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet road-course, pulled the plug on [...]

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Medlen-Tuned John Force Car Takes Early Lead in Vegas
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In the thick of the battle to earn another NHRA Funny Car world championship, John Force raced to the qualifying lead Friday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Force powered his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang to a 1,000-foot pass in 4.039-seconds at 318.54 mph to top the [...]

Sat, 11/1/14 – 6:51 | Comments Off
USGP Notes: Three-Car F1 Teams Being Pondered
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
AUSTIN, Texas – A common fixture in NASCAR and INDYCAR-sanctioned racing, the idea of three-car Formula One teams is gaining limited traction as the governing FIA looks to fill vacant grid spots created by a pair of teams sidelined via budget woes.
The financially strapped Marussia and Caterham F1 teams are [...]

Sat, 11/1/14 – 6:45 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr.’s Martinsville Win Was Easy To Enjoy
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
A couple years back, colleague Rick Minter was talking about stock-car racing then vs. stock-car racing now. The topic morphed to drivers. Minter emotionally described how he and his father used to run into them down at the Waffle House near their home in Georgia.
That’s right kids, NASCAR drivers [...]

Thu, 10/30/14 – 8:12 | One Comment
Reduced Grid To Start U.S. Grand Prix At COTA
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
The financially strapped Marussia and Caterham Formula One teams will sit-out this weekend’s third annual United States Grand Prix, reducing the starting grid at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, from 22 to 18 cars.
Already reeling from the life-threatening head injuries suffered by Frenchman Jules Bianchi during the Japanese [...]

Thu, 10/30/14 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Junior’s Win, Kenseth’s Spin Shake Up The Chase
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory Sunday in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the third-generation driver secured the grandfather clock trophy he had wanted since he was a boy. He also provided a twist to the Chase’s Eliminator Round.
With only two races remaining to [...]

Mon, 10/27/14 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Holds Off Gordon To Win Martinsville
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won’t win his first Sprint Cup championship this season but he will head into the off season with at least four race victories.
Earnhardt, who was bumped from the Chase last week when he failed to advance to the Eliminator Round of the series playoffs, held off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon [...]

Sun, 10/26/14 – 16:57 | Comments Off
Cup Stars Out Of Alignment As Eliminator Kicks Off
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, former NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle; a stellar list of drivers that are always viewed as title contenders – but that’s no longer the case this season.
Johnson, Kyle Busch and Kahne were surprisingly [...]

Sun, 10/26/14 – 7:52 | Comments Off
Wallace Wins Martinsville Truck Race; Honors Wendell Scott
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By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
MARTINSVILLE, Va.— Driving a No. 34 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota painted and numbered as a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Wendell Scott—and with Scott’s family in attendance at Martinsville Speedway—polesitter Darrell Wallace Jr. held off Timothy Peters to winSaturday’s Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
Last year at Martinsville, [...]

Sat, 10/25/14 – 18:12 | Comments Off
Memory Of Plane Crash That Gutted HMS Won’t Fade
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Ten years ago race day at Martinsville Speedway dawned with a heavy fog enveloping the half-mile track and the surrounding countryside.
The fog was so thick on Oct. 24, 2004 that team owner Roger Penske’s plane was among those who diverted to Danville, Va. However, the Hendrick Motorsports Beechcraft Super King Air 200 [...]

Sat, 10/25/14 – 17:41 | Comments Off
McMurray Edges Chase Drivers To Win Martinsville Pole
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Jamie McMurray posted a lap in 18.954 seconds (99.905 mph) to win the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
The pole was the second at Martinsville and the 11th of McMurray’s career.
Second fastest in qualifying were Chase drivers Joey Logano (99.605 mph) and Matt Kenseth (99.318 mph).
Tony Stewart (99.297 mph) qualified fourth, [...]

Fri, 10/24/14 – 19:29 | Comments Off