Thu, 20/11/14 – 10:07 | No Comment

Kasey Kahne, fresh off making his third straight appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs, has signed a new contract with Hendrick Motorsports.
The deal is for three years, beginning with 2015.
“It’s extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey,” Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said. “I think the world [...]

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Minter: Humpy Assesses Jimmie
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Ever since he began to dominate the Sprint Cup Series, media members and fans and others have been trying to figure out what to think about Jimmie Johnson. Some say he’s too clean cut, too vanilla, too non-controversial to suit the average NASCAR fan. Others don’t seem to give him the credit he deserves for [...]

Sat, 11/21/09 – 14:45 | One Comment
France: It’s Not The Format, It’s Jimmie
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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Homestead, Fla. – The very large headline on the special NASCAR Championship Week section in Friday’s Miami Herald read: “Should The Chase Face The Scrap Heap?’’
The accompanying article didn’t really come to a conclusion, but the headline is representative of the type of questions being asked as Jimmie Johnson prepares [...]

Sat, 11/21/09 – 7:42 | 3 Comments
Harvick Wins Truck Finale
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Kevin Harvick passed Timothy Peters for the lead just after a green-white-checkered restart and went on to win the season-ending Ford 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday night.
Not that it mattered in the final series standings as Ron Hornaday Jr. had locked up the championship a week ago at Phoenix International [...]

Fri, 11/20/09 – 22:02 | One Comment
Cup Notes: Martin Awed By 48
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Homestead, Fla. – When it comes to excelling during NASCAR’s 10-race Sprint Cup chase, there is no one better than Jimmie Johnson, who will attempt to clinch an unprecedented fourth consecutive title during Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Mark Martin, the lone driver with a mathematical chance to dethrone Johnson [...]

Fri, 11/20/09 – 19:00 | Comments Off
US F1 Near Deal With Driver
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Argentinian Jose Maria Lopez has an agreement with the US F1 to drive in 2010 contingent upon sponsorship. The Automobile Club of Argentina is backing the 26-year-old, who has not participated in F1 since working as a test driver for Renault in 2005 and 2006.
“It’s a new team, which faces [...]

Fri, 11/20/09 – 17:20 | 4 Comments
Johnson Wins Pole at HMS
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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Homestead, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson said coming into the final weekend of the season that qualifying near the front would be an important step toward wrapping up his fourth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
Mission accomplished.
Johnson ripped off the fastest lap of the afternoon on the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway track to earn [...]

Fri, 11/20/09 – 16:56 | Comments Off
France Talks Schedules, Bumps, Danica
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Homestead, Fla. – NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France met with members of the media on Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to discuss the current state of the sport.
Among the highlights:
Question: The drivers were critical over the bump-drafting rule at Talladega three weeks ago. What are you planning on doing there?
France: [...]

Fri, 11/20/09 – 15:32 | 2 Comments
Jimmie, Hendrick Reach Deal
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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Homestead, Fla. – Somebody’s going to have to figure out how to beat Jimmie Johnson because he isn’t going anywhere for a long time.
Team owner Rick Hendrick, sitting alongside the driver on the cusp of winning his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in a row and giving the team its record-tying ninth Cup title, announced [...]

Fri, 11/20/09 – 12:48 | One Comment
Minter: Denny’s Is A Popular Place For Media
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Somewhere along the way over the last year or two, there’s been a refreshing change in Denny Hamlin.
Hamlin, who turned 29 this month, has become far more cooperative as far as working with the print media is concerned. He’s been approachable, refreshingly honest with his answers and as cooperative as [...]

Fri, 11/20/09 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Minter: Stats Give Martin Hope
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Some Thursday NASCAR observations:
Now it’s down to Champions Week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where in some years there have been nail-biting points races to be decided. Not this year.
The one last big question remaining to be answered this Sprint Cup season is whether Mark Martin can overcome the 108 points that separate him from his Hendrick [...]

Thu, 11/19/09 – 11:16 | Comments Off