Mon, 27/02/17 – 16:22 | No Comment

Ford Motor Co. executives readily admit their desire this season is to seize the manufacturer’s championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, a title they have not possessed since 2002.
Chevrolet dominated the competition for 13 years before Toyota dethroned the General Motors brand last year. Now Ford hungers to be the king of the […]

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Elliott, Hamlin Win Duels

After winning the pole for the Daytona 500 last Sunday, Chase Elliott didn’t need to win his heat race in Thursday’s night’s first Can-Am Duel. But he wanted to and did.
In the second Duel, Denny Hamlin passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. – who had already won the outside pole for this Sunday’s 500 – on the next-to-last […]

Fri, 02/24/17 – 8:23 | No Comment
Hope Will Ride With Junior As He Gets Back In Car
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
It’s nearly impossible to not like Dale Earnhardt Jr. For those who have not been around him, know this: He is pretty much as billed. He’s as honest, as thoughtful, as profound and as genuine as millionaire star athletes come.
And, I sincerely wish he would never drive a race car […]

Thu, 02/23/17 – 17:42 | No Comment
Jimmie’s Drive Through History Continues
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Jimmie Johnson will be crowned NASCAR’s “Eighth Wonder” with his next championship, the one that will separate the Hendrick Motorsports superstar from Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
The long and grinding Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series road moves into full race mode Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway, where drivers and teams will […]

Thu, 02/23/17 – 8:14 | No Comment
Elliott Wins 500 Pole; Junior Also On Front Row
Once again, qualifying day for the Daytona 500 turned into a showcase for NASCAR’s most bankable stars as young Chase Elliott and veteran Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start on the pole and P2 respectively in next weekend’s 59th running of stock car racing’s most important event.
Both drivers are members of Hendrick Motorsports. Elliott won the pole […]

Sun, 02/19/17 – 17:34 | No Comment
Logano Makes Use Of Clash Crash; Rolls To Win

Joey Logano took advantage of a bout of fender-bending at the front of the field on the final lap to win Sunday’s weather-delayed NASCAR Clash exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway.
Logano blew past front-runners Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski – who made contact while fighting for the lead – on that final lap and cruised […]

Sun, 02/19/17 – 13:56 | No Comment
Rain Dashes Clash; Added To Sunday Schedule
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Persistent rain forced NASCAR officials to postpone Saturday night’s Advance Auto Parts Clash until Sunday morning at 11:35 a.m. (EST), creating a Daytona International Speedway doubleheader for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
In addition to the Clash _ a non-points event _ Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. The race […]

Sun, 02/19/17 – 8:50 | No Comment
For Alex Bowman, It’s Super Sub To Sidelines
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Journeyman driver Alex Bowman talked at length about all the things he learned when he subbed for injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports in 2016. What he didn’t learn was how to land a full-time NASCAR Cup ride for 2017.
Bowman will start Saturday night’s Clash exhibition race […]

Sat, 02/18/17 – 13:56 | No Comment
NASCAR Updates Head Injury Protocol
NASCAR has announced updates to its concussion protocol for competitors, adding a consistent screening tool for all venues and increasing available neurological support for race event weekends through its new partnership with American Medical Response.
The protocol went into effect Friday, prior to the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice of the 2017 season at […]

Sat, 02/18/17 – 8:42 | No Comment
The Changes Just Keep Coming For Cup’s Buescher
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Second-year Cup driver Chris Buescher’s personal offseason of change admittedly has been compounded by NASCAR’s sweeping package of rules “enhancements” for the 2017 season.
A radical format featuring three-stage races in all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series events; a complicated system of awarding points and a revamped route into the playoffs […]

Fri, 02/17/17 – 9:16 | No Comment
Hagan Collects ‘Real Special’ Win In Pomona
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Matt Hagan took care of family business on personal and professional levels Sunday, scoring an emotional Funny Car victory in the 2017 season-opening 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
Hagan dedicated his final-round victory over Courtney Force to the memory of his younger brother, Kyle, who died of natural causes last […]

Mon, 02/13/17 – 9:08 | 2 Comments