Tue, 9/02/16 – 21:08 | No Comment

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Five days before NASCAR kicks off its 2016 season with the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, the sanctioning body’s first-ever charter system is in place.
It means that 36 of this year’s 38 full-time teams are guaranteed a starting position in the Sprint Cup Series 36-point races, which will have a grid […]

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NHRA Dumps Back-Up Rule For National Records
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NHRA’s competition committee announced today that the longstanding 1-percent back-up policy to certify national record performances in the NHRA Mello Yello Series, J&A Service Pro Mod Series, and Lucas Oil Series Alcohol categories will no longer be required at NHRA Drag Racing Series events starting in 2016.
Under the new policy, NHRA teams who post performances […]

Mon, 01/25/16 – 19:09 | Comments Off on NHRA Dumps Back-Up Rule For National Records
Curtis Turner: He ‘Lived Good’ And Drove Better
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A 6-foot-2, ruggedly handsome Virginian, Curtis Turner combined his brazen driving tactics with a swashbuckling lifestyle to carve himself a unique place in NASCAR history.
On Saturday, Turner was rewarded for his efforts with induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame along with Speedway Motorsports Inc. founder […]

Sat, 01/23/16 – 18:36 | 2 Comments
Teams Hope Leavine/Childress Relationship Will Help Both Teams
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Leavine Family Racing and Circle Sport Racing, owned by Joe Falk, have entered into a partnership that will allow LFR to run full time in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series with drivers Michael McDowell and Ty Dillon.
The team also has entered into an alliance with Richard Childress Racing and will switch to Chevrolets […]

Fri, 01/22/16 – 19:35 | Comments Off on Teams Hope Leavine/Childress Relationship Will Help Both Teams
Pioneering Track Builder Smith Welcomed To HOF
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Courtesy of winter storm Jonas, residents of “The Queen City” awoke Friday to a snowy, icy coating that would stress-out even the weather-blessed spirit of NASCAR founder Big Bill France.
The inclement weather forced postponement of Friday night’s scheduled induction ceremonies for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class […]

Fri, 01/22/16 – 19:25 | Comments Off on Pioneering Track Builder Smith Welcomed To HOF
zMAX Dragway To Host MXGP
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – When Monster Energy MXGP of the Americas rolls into zMAX Dragway Labor Day weekend it will mark the culmination of nearly two years of work by Speedway Motorsports Inc. executives to bring professional motocross to the Charlotte area.
SMI CEO Marcus Smith said Tuesday night that people began […]

Thu, 01/21/16 – 18:54 | Comments Off on zMAX Dragway To Host MXGP
Penske On His Team: The Plan Is To ‘Go On Forever’
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Accompanied by drivers from its glorious past and generational present _ and a highlight film narrated by Tom Brokaw _ Team Penske launched its 50-year celebration of all things motorsports Wednesday with a verbal down payment on the next half-century.
“I don’t know when I’m going to […]

Thu, 01/21/16 – 8:09 | Comments Off on Penske On His Team: The Plan Is To ‘Go On Forever’
NASCAR Nearing Charter Agreement With Team Owners
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Seven-time NASCAR champion and veteran team owner Richard Petty said Wednesday that he believed NASCAR and the sport’s team owners had reached an agreement on about 75 percent of the sanctioning body’s charter program which would provide teams with long-term equity.
However, there is still a question as to whether it will […]

Thu, 01/21/16 – 8:00 | Comments Off on NASCAR Nearing Charter Agreement With Team Owners
NASCAR Extends Playoffs To XFINITY, Truck Series For 2016
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the spirit of the late Eagles founder/guitarist Glenn Frey, NASCAR is going to Chase it to the limit in 2016.
The elimination-style format that crowned Kyle Busch as 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion will be extended with tweaks to the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series this […]

Tue, 01/19/16 – 19:54 | Comments Off on NASCAR Extends Playoffs To XFINITY, Truck Series For 2016
With Help From The Dead, Hamlin Getting Better
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Denny Hamlin said Tuesday he’s not fully recovered from the right knee surgery he had in the off-season to repair his torn ACL, but he expects to be ready for next month’s season opening Daytona 500.
“At this point, this one is a lot more difficult than the […]

Tue, 01/19/16 – 19:36 | Comments Off on With Help From The Dead, Hamlin Getting Better
McLaren ‘Red Dragon’ Set To Light Up Sebring
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One month after a successful shakedown session, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing is scheduled to continue development of its shiny red McLaren 650S GT3 on Monday, the first of a two-day test at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.
Team-owner Stallings joined championship driver Jon Fogarty in lapping the McLaren during a systems check at MotorSport Ranch in Cresson, […]

Mon, 01/18/16 – 8:07 | One Comment