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John Force and Tony Schumacher, the two winningest drivers in their respective NHRA nitro categories, scored historic victories Sunday in the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners during the first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series final to be televised […]

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Kahne Nips Smith For Nationwide Win

Kasey Kahne edged Regan Smith in a green-white-checkered finish to win Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
The victory was Kahne’s first in the Nationwide Series since August 2007. It came after he sat 12th on the restart.
The victory was by just 0.021 seconds (third closest in the series at […]

Sat, 07/5/14 – 8:22 | Comments Off on Kahne Nips Smith For Nationwide Win
Kalitta Rolls On In Top Fuel
Top Fuel point-leader Doug Kalitta has advanced to the final round in six races this season, and his hot streak continued Friday as he raced to the provisional qualifying lead at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
Del Worsham (Funny Car), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at […]

Sat, 07/5/14 – 7:17 | Comments Off on Kalitta Rolls On In Top Fuel
Lesser Stars Provide Fireworks In Cup Qualifying

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
It was a day for the have-nots on the beach Friday.
Front Row Motorsports continued to show its strength at restrictor-plate tracks as David Gilliland won the pole for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
The pole comes on the heels of teammate David Ragan’s victory at Talladega in […]

Fri, 07/4/14 – 18:21 | One Comment
Higgins Named Squier-Hall Recipient

Longtime Charlotte Observer reporter Tom Higgins was named the recipient of the 2015 Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence on Friday.
Higgins was the first beat writer to cover every race on the NASCAR schedule, a role he held from 1980 until his retirement in 1997.
He will be honored during NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony […]

Fri, 07/4/14 – 14:08 | Comments Off on Higgins Named Squier-Hall Recipient
Racing Daytona On The Fourth Is Still First Rate
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the world of stock car racing, Daytona International Speedway is considered the sport’s grand stage.
However, where does the prestigious Daytona 500, contested here each February, rank against Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at the facility known as the World Center of Racing as well as […]

Fri, 07/4/14 – 7:20 | Comments Off on Racing Daytona On The Fourth Is Still First Rate
Despite Podium, Newman Not Where Wants To Be
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Those hoping that Ryan Newman would declare that his third-place finish in last Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Kentucky represented a first step on his way to the 2014 series championship, left Sparta disappointed.
About the most promising thing they heard Newman say after he had posted his best finish […]

Thu, 07/3/14 – 20:04 | Comments Off on Despite Podium, Newman Not Where Wants To Be
Notes: Montoya Triangulates In On Pocono IndyCar Mission
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Juan Pablo Montoya is a veteran of racing at the three-cornered Pocono Raceway. Just not in an Indy car, which is precisely what he will be driving at the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania track.
Montoya’s experience at Pocono has been restricted to stock cars – 3,400-pound, low downforce Chip Ganassi Racing Sprint Cup cars to be precise.
This […]

Wed, 07/2/14 – 20:32 | Comments Off on Notes: Montoya Triangulates In On Pocono IndyCar Mission
Keselowski Was Bloody Serious After Kentucky
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Every day of the week, adrenal glands turn solidly grounded people into fools. They tend to over-rev ambition and loosen the tongue. Last Saturday night in Victory Lane at Kentucky Speedway, it appeared Brad Keselowski’s adrenal gland was setting him up for some major “I said what?” next-morning moments.
And an hour later, after plenty of […]

Wed, 07/2/14 – 16:37 | One Comment
Houston Weekend Was Big For The Little Guys
Small teams are suddenly coming up big in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
On Sunday, a day after rookie Carlos Huertas of Dale Coyne Racing won the opening race of a two-day double-header on the Houston street circuit, drivers from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports place first and second.
Simon Pagenaud won Sunday’s Race 2 of the Houston Grand Prix […]

Mon, 06/30/14 – 7:58 | Comments Off on Houston Weekend Was Big For The Little Guys
Hagan Pulls Out Of Dive At Route 66

Matt Hagan ended an 11-race winless streak with a Funny Car victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill.
Hagan, the 2011 Funny Car world champ, ran his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger past Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. with a 4.098-second pass at 310.48 mph to claim […]

Mon, 06/30/14 – 7:08 | Comments Off on Hagan Pulls Out Of Dive At Route 66