Sun, 21/09/14 – 18:41 | No Comment

Tony Schumacher and his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster team are rounding into championship form as he raced to his second victory in as many days, this time winning the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Sunday at Texas Motorplex in Ennis.
Courtney Force (Funny Car) Dave Connolly (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were [...]

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Hamlin Survives, Wins Unlimited Race Of Attrition
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Denny Hamlin, whose 2013 Sprint Cup season was interrupted for six weeks by a back injury, won Saturday night’s Speedweeks-opening Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin not only won the overall race, but also all three segments of the 75-lap exhibition.
Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was clearly the [...]

Sun, 02/16/14 – 7:35 | 4 Comments
Q And A: Tony Stewart Talks About Being Back Behind The Wheel
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Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart on Friday took laps in a Sprint Cup car for the first time since suffering severe injuries in a sprint car race last year in Iowa.
After taking those laps at Daytona International Speedway in practice for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited, Stewart discussed, among other things, how [...]

Sat, 02/15/14 – 10:22 | Comments Off
The Unlimited: Democracy In Action Or Confusing Anarchy
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Tradition, it appears, will never be a problem for the race which is now known as the Sprint Unlimited. That’s because the event – a kind of non-points-paying all-star race which kicks off the Sprint Cup season – won’t sit still long enough to establish a true tradition.
Every year, additions [...]

Sat, 02/15/14 – 10:13 | Comments Off
2014 Cars, Drivers Rolled Out At DIS Media Day
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There was no shortage of optimism and storylines in the room during media day at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday as a steady stream of nearly 50 NASCAR drivers were paraded in front of the assembled press.
Sporting new hair styles, tans, fit bodies and unblemished racing [...]

Fri, 02/14/14 – 8:06 | Comments Off
Media Day Is First Major Test For Cup Drivers
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Thursday was Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. The following are some select Qs and As from the day. Some are listed because the questions are, um, interesting. Some because the answers are, um, interesting.
Readers can figure out which are which.

Q to Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing: You have [...]

Thu, 02/13/14 – 20:10 | Comments Off
King Kinser Will Get A Royal Send Off In 2014
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

In the mid-1980s, a guy from the advertising department at the newspaper I worked for in Colorado came to my desk and asked if I was going to the local dirt track that weekend. When asked why, ad guy gave a two-word answer: Kinser’s there.
Not the sprint cars or the World of Outlaws or the [...]

Wed, 02/12/14 – 18:34 | Comments Off
The King Is Close In His Assessment Of Danica
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Last weekend, Richard Petty had some interesting things to say about Danica Patrick, the current state of racing in NASCAR, and how those two entities connect. None of it was very flattering to Patrick as a race car driver nor NASCAR as racing series driven by actual racing.
After giving it [...]

Wed, 02/12/14 – 9:07 | 12 Comments
Pro Stocker Line Wins One For Hospitalized Teammate
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Jason Line arrived at the 2014 NHRA Winternationals with a built-in excuse should he end the event with a less-than-wonderful result.  The KB Racing Pro Stock driver could simply say he had more important things than drag racing on his mind.
Line, however, opted against excuse making. Instead, he used news that teammate/team leader Greg Anderson [...]

Mon, 02/10/14 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Haas Speeds Forward With Formula One Plans
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas knows there are those who doubt his ability to field a Formula One team due to the failure of USF1 about five years ago, but that’s not keeping him from taking the next step in his pursuit of one.
Haas was scheduled to [...]

Mon, 02/10/14 – 6:41 | Comments Off
Ageless Force Opens Season With Record Victory
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The wait for John Force to start acting his age goes on as the 64-year-old drag racer opened defense of his 16th NHRA Funny Car championship with a victory in the Winternationals.
Force, the winningest driver in NHRA history with 139 event victories, beat Matt Hagan of Don Schumacher Racing to [...]

Sun, 02/9/14 – 19:40 | Comments Off