Thu, 22/01/15 – 18:01 | No Comment

On Thursday morning, Jeff Gordon announced to his Hendrick Motorsports team that 2015 would be the last year that he competed full time in the Sprint Cup Series.
Thursday afternoon, the 43-year-old driver held a teleconference with the media to explain his decision and to take question about it.
Gordon, a four-time Cup champion and the winner [...]

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Carpenter Blows Past 230 MPH Barrier On Fast Friday
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

Ed Carpenter cracked the magic 230 mph barrier during “Fast Friday” practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, adding the Verizon IndyCar Series owner/driver to the elite list of pole-position players for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Carpenter’s lap of 39.0418-seconds/230.522 mph around the 2.5-mile oval was turned less than 15 minutes into an abbreviated “Fast [...]

Sat, 05/17/14 – 7:28 | Comments Off
Net Result Is that Wise Is In, Danica Out At CMS
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CONCORD, N.C. – What? Who?
Those were the two questions that could be heard echoing through Charlotte Motor Speedway’s infield media center deadline room Friday night after the winner of the Sprint All-Star fan vote was announced.
Josh Wise, a USAC three-quarter Midget division champion from Riverside, Calif., had defeated odds-on-favorite Danica Patrick in the fan voting [...]

Sat, 05/17/14 – 7:16 | One Comment
Junior Won’t Be Rushed Into Rushing Chase Elliott
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Chase Elliott already has two victories this year and sits atop the point standings, but team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday he doesn’t believe the plans outlined for the 18-year-old driver should change.
“We have like a two-year plan, I suppose, that he [...]

Fri, 05/16/14 – 20:02 | One Comment
Dillon To Start Showdown From The Pole
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Austin Dillon went out late in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session for Friday night’s pre-All-Star Race Sprint Showdown and won the pole.
Dillon nabbed the pole with a lap in 27.747 seconds at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway track.
Second was AJ Allmendinger and third was rookie Kyle Larson.
Rounding out the top five were Clint Bowyer and Marcos [...]

Fri, 05/16/14 – 15:53 | Comments Off
DW Became OK After The 1989 All-Star Race
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty-five years ago one quick spin in NASCAR’s All-Star race sent three-time champion Darrell Waltrip to the fans’ penthouse and Rusty Wallace to the outhouse.
When the 1989 All-Star race began many NASCAR fans equated Waltrip to the character J.R. Ewing on the then popular TV show “Dallas” [...]

Fri, 05/16/14 – 15:25 | One Comment
Sampey Wanted A Chance; Got An NHRA Record
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All Angelle Sampey wanted was an opportunity. When it was presented in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class, Sampey jumped at the chance. What followed was one of the most incredible runs in motorsports history, setting a class standard and continuing the excellence of female competitors in the National Hot [...]

Fri, 05/16/14 – 8:07 | Comments Off
Helio On Top As Teams Set Sights On Time Trials
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Today is “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and on cue, Helio Castroneves is on the gas and atop the speed chart for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.
A three-time Indy 500 champion, Team Penske’s Castroneves cranked out a lap in 39.6186-seconds/227.166 mph during Thursday’s fifth day of practice [...]

Fri, 05/16/14 – 7:39 | Comments Off
Rain Keeps Trucks Garaged, Crafton Happy At CMS
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Matt Crafton’s wish for rain to continue Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway was granted, forcing cancellation of practice at the 1.5-mile track where the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion tested two weeks ago.
“We feel like we have a pretty good balance on it,” Crafton said of [...]

Thu, 05/15/14 – 17:15 | Comments Off
Pagenaud Out To Pull Off The Indianapolis Sweep
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
With one victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway already on his Month of May check-list, Simon Pagenaud is looking to complete his own/historic version of “The Double.”
Pagenaud emerged as winner of Saturday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on IMS’ revised 2.439-mile/14-turn road-course. On Wednesday, the Frenchman cranked-out the fastest lap of [...]

Thu, 05/15/14 – 12:07 | Comments Off
Deals On Wheels And Everything Else At TMS Meet
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas – After a couple of hours of wandering around the parking lot at Texas Motor Speedway, it was as if this particular assemblage of assorted tail light lenses, used carburetors and chrome wheel trim rings had taken on a life of their own.
Or maybe it was just the spring Texas heat, wearing [...]

Thu, 05/15/14 – 7:07 | 3 Comments