Mon, 29/05/17 – 12:33 | No Comment

CONCORD, N.C. – In the early morning hours of Monday on Memorial Day weekend, Austin Dillon silenced his critics.
The eldest grandson of team owner Richard Childress became the seventh driver to claim his first-ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 – stock car racing’s longest race – and the […]

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Castroneves Poised To Make Indy History – Again
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages. And the “good news” from three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves is that he believes he is poised to join the Speedway’s most exclusive list at the conclusion of Sunday’s running of the 101st Indianapolis 500.
Castroneves topped the […]

Fri, 05/26/17 – 20:09 | No Comment
Harvick on Pole For 600
Kevin Harvick laid down a laps in 27.918 seconds (193.424 mph) to post the fastest time of of qualifying and secure his first-ever pole for the Coca-Cola 600his at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday.
Kyle Busch will start next to Harvick on the front row with a lap at 192.513 mph, which was .132 seconds slower […]

Fri, 05/26/17 – 7:49 | No Comment
Energized Kanaan Wants To Just Keep On Going
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – INDYCAR’s “Ironman” is in no hurry to trade his driving suit for the double-breasted business variety, perhaps as de facto ambassador for the Verizon IndyCar Series.
For sure, Tony Kanaan is 42-years-old and on the backside of a productive domestic open-wheel career.  On Sunday, Kanaan will make his 16th […]

Fri, 05/26/17 – 7:32 | No Comment
Junior Reflects On Importance of Charlotte Track
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday that Charlotte Motor Speedway was a special track to him because he grew up at the facility.
“I used to go to the dirt tracks with Dad when I was very small, but the first memories of actually being at a Cup […]

Thu, 05/25/17 – 19:53 | No Comment
Voters Got It Right In Electing Horsepower-Guru Yates Into The Hall
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
A decade or so ago, a newspaper colleague who was assigned to do a couple of racing stories for an upcoming special section, questioned one of assignments – to do a feature on then NASCAR team owner Robert Yates.
“Why,” the guy, who was the type of other-sport reporter whom stick-and-ball […]

Thu, 05/25/17 – 15:57 | No Comment
Bourdais Out Of Hospital
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – Sebastien Bourdais’ long and grinding road to recovery and return to the Verizon IndyCar Series is underway.  
Bourdais, injured in a horrific crash on Saturday during a qualifying attempt for the 101st Indianapolis 500, was discharged from IU Health Methodist Hospital on Wednesday and moved into a local rehabilitation facility.
Bourdais […]

Thu, 05/25/17 – 14:25 | No Comment
McLaren’s Brown Wowed By Indy Experience
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – California native Zak Brown has spent this Month of May as the man behind the curtain _ the unconventional Formula One executive who gave his blessing to McLaren superstar Fernando Alonso’s bid to compete in the 101s Indianapolis 500.
A two-time F1 World Driving Champion, Alonso has been spot-on […]

Thu, 05/25/17 – 7:44 | No Comment
NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class of ’18 Unveiled
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Robert Yates once had a Mars Hill College professor tell him he would never amount to anything because he spent his Sunday afternoon working on a farmer’s tractor instead of studying.
On Wednesday, Yates once again proved the professor wrong as he was elected to the NASCAR Hall […]

Wed, 05/24/17 – 20:05 | No Comment
Dixon Back On Track After Having Gun Put To Head
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Newly-crowned Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Scott Dixon returned to the relative safety of life at 225-plus mph Monday, hours after being robbed at gunpoint at a fast food restaurant near Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Dixon, wife Emma and three-time Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti were unharmed in an incident that occurred at approximately 10 p.m. at a Taco […]

Tue, 05/23/17 – 7:20 | No Comment
Capps Rolls On In Funny Car
Reigning NHRA world champion Ron Capps steamrolled to his fourth consecutive Funny Car victory Sunday during an all-Don Schumacher Racing final at the 29th annual NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas.
Capps, driver of the Dodge Charger R/T, covered the 1,000-foot distance in 3.924-seconds at 321.42 mph to defeat DSR teammate/No. 1 qualifier […]

Mon, 05/22/17 – 8:29 | No Comment