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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Pro Stocker Line Wins One For Hospitalized Teammate
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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
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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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
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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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
Kalitta On Top As Winternationals Kick Off 2014
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Top Fueler Doug Kalitta called race conditions at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. “perfect” on Saturday. They sure were for the Mac Tools driver as Kalitta raced to the No. 1 qualifying position for Sunday’s Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
John Force (Funny Car) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s [...]

Sun, 02/9/14 – 7:29 | Comments Off
Force Looking Brutal As NHRA Season Begins
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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John Force launched defense of his latest NHRA Funny Car world championship in record-setting fashion Friday, twice lowering the track record during the opening day of qualifications for the 54th annual NHRA Circle K Winternationals.
The winningest driver in NHRA history, Force recorded a 3.966-second pass on his second 1,000-foot lap down [...]

Sat, 02/8/14 – 8:04 | Comments Off
Johnson Jr. Returns To The Show In Quality Ride
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Last time Tommy Johnson Jr. was employed fulltime as an NHRA Funny Car driver, Jay Leno had yet to retire the first time as host of “The Tonight Show.”
That was 2008, a lifetime in any form of professional motorsports. But the persistent Johnson has joined Don Schumacher Racing’s juggernaut for [...]

Fri, 02/7/14 – 17:06 | Comments Off
Langdon Ready To Go Back-To-Back In Top Fuel
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A year ago at this time, Shawn Langdon was a driver with things to prove. Important things. Things like proving he belonged on a Top Fuel team that had a championship-winning past.
This year heading into the coming weekend’s NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series’ season-opening Winternationals, Langdon again has something [...]

Thu, 02/6/14 – 12:03 | Comments Off
NASCAR Announces New Penalty And Appeals Process
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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NASCAR’s off season of change continued Tuesday with the unveiling of new procedures for issuing penalties. Also dealt with during a teleconference conducted by Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations, and Robin Pemberton, series vice president, competition and racing development, was the penalty-appeals processes.
O’Donnell said that impetus [...]

Tue, 02/4/14 – 12:01 | 3 Comments
Force Faces Challenges On Track, In Board Room
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Funny Car icon John Force says he would be willing to sit out the 2015 NHRA season in favor of daughter Brittany’s fledgling Top Fuel career if his current search for corporate funding falls short.
Brut Force on the sidelines would constitute the extreme worst-case scenario for both John Force Racing [...]

Tue, 02/4/14 – 10:01 | Comments Off
New Format Encourages Instant Gratification
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Throughout NASCAR’s history the sanctioning body has modified its point system when it felt necessary, but the new one announced Thursday is the most radical in the sport’s history.
To review, under the new structure winning is everything and consistency is irrelevant; points racing is eliminated. To win [...]

Fri, 01/31/14 – 20:56 | 8 Comments