Fri, 24/10/14 – 15:37 | No Comment

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chad Knaus, the only crew chief Jimmie Johnson has known while winning six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, isn’t on the chopping block.
But Johnson, who was eliminated from this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Talladega, Ala., made it clear that he knows the day is coming when there [...]

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Kyle Busch Wins Pole; Looking Contender-Like At Charlotte
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a lap at 197.300 mph (27.357 seconds) on Friday and in doing so, looked and sounded very much like a driver capable of winning a championship.
Busch’s lap nipped Jeff Gordon (197.217 mph), who [...]

Fri, 10/10/14 – 6:58 | No Comment
New Chase Format Has Amped Up Emotions
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After two more races, the Chase field will be slashed by another four drivers and Denny Hamlin said Thursday the 2014 format was more emotional for the competitors than the way it had been conducted since 2004.
“This is not a 10-race Chase anymore, it’s a three-race Chase [...]

Thu, 10/9/14 – 19:57 | Comments Off
Hornish Jr. To Drive No. 9 Petty Sprint Cup Car In ‘15
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Sam Hornish Jr. has driven for The Captain and The Coach. Next season, he will drive for The King.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday that it has hired veteran Hornish Jr. to take the place of Marcos Ambrose as driver of the No. 9 RPM Ford in the Sprint Cup Series.
Hornish [...]

Wed, 10/8/14 – 10:06 | One Comment
Hinchcliffe Exits Andretti, Moves To Schmidt Peterson
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

The “Mayor of Hinchtown” is changing his email and snail-mail addresses.
James Hinchcliffe, a three-time Verizon IndyCar Series race-winner, has exited Andretti Autosport and signed a multi-year contract with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports beginning with the 2015 season.
Hinchcliffe will drive the No. 77 Dallara/Honda vacated by Simon Pagenaud, who was introduced as Team Penske’s fourth fulltime driver [...]

Wed, 10/8/14 – 7:05 | Comments Off
Chrysler Pulls Plug On IMSA Viper Program
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Chrysler Group LLC announced Monday that it will discontinue its factory-backed SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports racing program in the International Motor Sports Association at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
The decision affects participation in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with the Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R GTLM-class team. The Dodge brand will redirect [...]

Mon, 10/6/14 – 16:08 | Comments Off
Hagan Races To Points Lead At Maple Grove
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Matt Hagan took over the Funny Car points lead by winning the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway on Sunday.
Hagan crossed the finish line just as his Rocky Boots Dodge Charger’s engine exploded following a 4.333-second pass at 215.00 mph, defeating Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final round. He was appearing in his third Countdown [...]

Mon, 10/6/14 – 7:02 | Comments Off
Johnson Takes Big Hit In Bid For No. 7
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – When Jimmie Johnson emerged from the infield care center about a quarter of the way through Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, there was nothing wrong with him physically.
Badly beaten and badly bruised, however, were his hopes of winning a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series [...]

Sun, 10/5/14 – 20:56 | Comments Off
F1’s Bianchi Sustains Major Head Injury At Japan GP
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Marussia F1 driver Jules Bianchi underwent surgery for a severe head injury Sunday after colliding with a recovery vehicle on Lap 43 of the rain-plagued Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.
Bianchi, 25, was unconscious but breathing unaided when taken to Suzuka’s medical center before being transferred by ambulance to Mie General [...]

Sun, 10/5/14 – 19:44 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Leads, Then Falters At Kansas
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It was with a sense of renewed hope that Dale Earnhardt Jr. began Sunday’s opening race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Kansas Speedway.
It was with a feeling of missed opportunity that he left Kansas after the Hollywood Casino 400.
Earnhardt – whose [...]

Sun, 10/5/14 – 19:37 | Comments Off
Logano Wins Kansas, Becomes True Contender
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Joey Logano capitalized, first, on a fast car, and, second, on trouble by others with fast cars Sunday at Kansas Speedway to win the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup race.
The victory was the fifth of the season for Logano but better than that, it guaranteed that he and his Team Penske [...]

Sun, 10/5/14 – 18:14 | Comments Off