Sun, 22/03/15 – 15:31 | No Comment

Greg Biffle and his Roush Fenway Racing teammates have been operating in the unusual roles of also-rans during the opening month of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Flat-out speed was the nagging issue for the Ford Fusions driven by Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne during qualifying for Sunday’s Auto Club 400. Biffle qualified [...]

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Race Day: Franchitti Adds To Laps Led Stat At Indy
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin and Mike Harris | Senior Writers
INDIANAPOLIS – There won’t be a fourth Indianapolis 500 victory on Dario Franchitti’s racing resume, but the popular Scotsman led a few more laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today.
Franchitti came out of his injury-induced retirement to drive the Camaro Z/28 Pace Car, as well as spend [...]

Sun, 05/25/14 – 12:46 | Comments Off
ABC Coverage Of 500 Turns 50 Today
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

INDIANAPOLIS – ABC-TV will celebrate its landmark 50th consecutive year of Indianapolis 500 coverage today with 92 cameras, timely driver features and a nod to the “appointment viewing” era that made iconic broadcasters Jim McKay, Chris Economaki and Paul Page invited house guests nationwide every Memorial Day Weekend.
Pre-race coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway will begin [...]

Sun, 05/25/14 – 10:15 | One Comment
Race Day: Tony Kanaan Says, More Milk Please
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – After you have swigged the milk and donned the laurel wreath and had your likeness engraved on the Borg-Warner Trophy, it’s difficult to not think about winning another Indianapolis 500. That is the delightful dilemma facing Tony Kanaan this morning during the final hours of his reign as [...]

Sun, 05/25/14 – 7:15 | Comments Off
Helio Resurfaces Yellow Submarine At Indianapolis
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – Retro uniforms are not uncommon in most pro sports and retro paint schemes abound in NASCAR. But, until now, that wasn’t the case in the IndyCar set.
On Sunday, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will start the race fourth in the 33-car field. And nobody should have any [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 21:48 | Comments Off
Roush’s 2015 Driver Lineup Remains ‘In Flux’
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CONCORD, N.C. – Roush Fenway Racing’s Saturday announcement that Trevor Bayne will compete fulltime next year in the Sprint Cup Series provides only a small glimpse into the team’s 2015 driver lineup.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. returns to the Roush Fenway operation, but Greg Biffle’s and Carl Edwards’ plans for next year have yet to be finalized. [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 21:26 | 2 Comments
A Tour de Force In Topeka
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Brittany and Courtney Force raced to No. 1 qualifying positions Saturday at the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, the first time sisters have shared the top qualifying stage at an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.
Brittany posted a career-best performance of 3.746 seconds with a track record speed of 329.75 mph in [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 21:21 | Comments Off
Larson Gets NNS Win In Charlotte
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Kyle Larson got his second NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the season on Saturday when he won the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In fact, he dominated the second half of the event to get that win.
Larson passed fellow Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski on Lap 118 of 200 and stayed out front the rest [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 19:07 | Comments Off
Carpenter’s Done It All At Indy – Except For 1 Thing
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

INDIANAPOLIS – Ed Carpenter’s first job inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was as golf-cart driver at The Brickyard Crossing, the championship-caliber course shoe-horned inside the mammoth facility at the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road.
“I washed the carts, parked them, charged them, cleaned clubs – whatever,” said Carpenter, recalling carefree summers at his family-owned [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 17:38 | Comments Off
Back Spasms Keep Gordon Out Of Car; Backup To Be Ready On Race Day
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Jeff Gordon bypassed Saturday’s final practice session for the Coca-Cola 600 due to back spasms and said Regan Smith would be standing by Sunday in case he needed relief during NASCAR’s
longest race.
“Unfortunately, I had a back spasm the other night [Thursday] in that last qualifying run that [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 14:45 | Comments Off
Two Night: Gordon, Evernham ‘Snookered” The 600
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty years ago, 22-year-old upstart Jeff Gordon and his Ray Evernham-led Hendrick Motorsports team drove into Coca-Cola 600 history by outsmarting the 1989 series champion on the competitors’ final stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Rusty Wallace’s Penske Racing crew changed four tires, which was the accepted practice at the time, while Gordon’s Chevrolet [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 10:40 | Comments Off