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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Sato Has Foyt Looking Good In St. Pete
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Takuma Sato topped the time chart during Friday’s second practice session to lead preparations for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ 2014 season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Sato, who is beginning his second season with A.J. Foyt Racing, recorded a best lap of 1 minute, 2.5615- seconds/103.578 mph around the 1.8-mile, [...]

Sat, 03/29/14 – 11:43 | Comments Off
Sixteen Winners? Could Happen Some Are Saying
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Five different winners in the first five NASCAR Sprint Cup races is a trend that existed last year, but with the rule change for Chase admittance this season if the trend continues team strategy could be in flux until the September Richmond event.
“If we get into week [...]

Sat, 03/29/14 – 8:06 | Comments Off
Hagan Tops Funnies In Vegas
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Matt Hagan took the provisional pole in Funny Car Friday at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas.
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) also were the leaders in their respective categories at the fourth of 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.
The 2011 Funny Car world champ has twice been a [...]

Sat, 03/29/14 – 7:56 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Nabs Pole At Martinsville
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Kyle Busch ran the fastest lap in the round that counted, edging Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin for the top starting spot in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
The pole was Busch’s first of the season, his first at Martinsville and the 14th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. The only [...]

Fri, 03/28/14 – 18:00 | Comments Off
Hamlin Rips Critics; Vows Martinsville Victory
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Denny Hamlin lost his ride for one race last weekend. But the Virginia native definitely hasn’t lost his passion and swagger.
Nursing what was initially thought to be a sinus infection, the driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry was forced to sit out Sunday’s NASCAR race in Fontana, Calif. for what turned [...]

Fri, 03/28/14 – 16:42 | One Comment
Sons Of Air Titan On Site In Martinsville
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The days of dragging tires around a race track during a rain delay are long gone.
Over the past two decades, NASCAR tackled wet race surfaces with jet dryers.
In February 2013, NASCAR revolutionized track drying by introducing the Air Titan.
Today at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR officials unveiled a new-and-improved [...]

Fri, 03/28/14 – 13:15 | Comments Off
Castroneves Out To Get The One That Got Away
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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A lost weekend in Houston last October prevented Helio Castroneves from adding an IndyCar Series championship to an impressive racing and lifestyle resume featuring everything from three Indianapolis 500 victories to working up a dancing sweat alongside Julianne Hough.
Castroneves’ problem-plagued weekend during the inaugural Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of [...]

Fri, 03/28/14 – 11:36 | Comments Off
Penske Head Of Texas Hall Of Fame Class
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Team-owner Roger S. Penske’s proficiency for finding Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway will be recognized next month when “The Captain” is inducted as 16th member of the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The only car-owner to score victories on TMS’ 1.5-mile quadoval in NASCAR and INDYCAR-sanctioned [...]

Thu, 03/27/14 – 7:21 | Comments Off
Hamlin Cleared To Drive At Martinsville
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Denny Hamlin will race in this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway after NASCAR received official confirmation from his doctors that he has been medically cleared to return to regular racing activities, his Joe Gibbs Racing team said in a press release Wednesday.
Hamlin missed last weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway. Sam Hornish Jr. [...]

Wed, 03/26/14 – 15:01 | Comments Off
Some Special Thoughts About A Special Person
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Throughout life there are certain people who touch your heart in a special way. Lynda Petty was one of those people.
In 1992 the paper I worked for assigned me to shadow the Petty family, specifically Richard, during his final season as a driver. Little did I know it was a [...]

Wed, 03/26/14 – 8:09 | 2 Comments