Mon, 29/09/14 – 12:01 | No Comment

Team Penske announced Monday that it is adding Simon Pagenaud as a fourth driver to its IndyCar Series team.
The 30-year-old Pagenaud is a four-time race winner in the Series. He will join 2014 series champion Will Power, multiple Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Indy 500 winner/former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya at Penske.
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U.S. Nationals Is Tour De Force
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The 2009 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is turning into the John Force Racing show as the top four qualifiers through the first three rounds of qualifying in the Funny Car division race are JFR drivers.
Robert Hight leads that bunch, and behind him are Ashley Force Hood, Mike Neff and John Force.
“First off, 1, 2, 3, [...]

Sat, 09/5/09 – 21:30 | Comments Off
Harvick Powers to Nationwide Victory
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Hampton, Ga. – Kevin Harvick’s thorough domination of Saturday’s Degree V12 Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway made one wonder whether he had a V-12 engine under the hood while his competitors ran the standard V-8s.
Harvick, driving the No. 33 Chevrolet that he owns and drives, was so strong that [...]

Sat, 09/5/09 – 21:00 | Comments Off
Minter: Notes from Atlanta
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer

Truex Knocks Chase Contenders From AMS Pole, Stewart on Danica, Chevy Boss Promises Continued Support

The NASCAR cream is rising to the top, well almost to the top. Saturday’s qualifying session at Atlanta Motor Speedway saw eight of the top 10 starting spots go to drivers contending for berths in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins after next Saturday’s race at Richmond International Raceway.

Sat, 09/5/09 – 18:10 | 2 Comments
Truex Jr. On Pole For Pep Boys Auto 500
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Martin Truex Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Pep Boys Auto 500 with a lap of 30.106 seconds, 184.149 mph. This is his third pole in 142 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 2009.
His first pole of 2009 was for the Daytona 500. [...]

Sat, 09/5/09 – 17:12 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Takes NNS Pole At Atlanta
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Degree V12 300 with a lap of 31.840 seconds, 174.121 mph. This is his 10th pole in 113 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. Earnhardt’s last pole came on Aug. 27, 2004 at Bristol, 29 starts (175 races) ago.
Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 14th top-10 start [...]

Sat, 09/5/09 – 16:00 | Comments Off
Atlanta Night Race Could Lessen Drivers’ Outside Chances
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
There’s lots of excitement around Atlanta and throughout NASCAR over the prospect of running a nighttime Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on a holiday weekend.
Sunday’s Pep Boys Auto 500 could provide the kind of boost the track needs to increase attendance and quell the talk of the speedway [...]

Sat, 09/5/09 – 9:18 | One Comment
Hight Chips Away At Countdown Berth
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Clermont, Ind. – It’s a baby-steps kind of weekend for Robert Hight at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. You know, pick up small victories here and there and hope that on Monday afternoon they add up to a berth in the Countdown to 1.
Friday night, in the first of five [...]

Sat, 09/5/09 – 9:15 | Comments Off
A Clean Sweep: Saldana Wins Opener at Skagit Speedway
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Alger, WA–One of the toughest things to achieve on the World of Outlaws circuit is to sweep an entire racing program. For the third consecutive season, Joey Saldana accomplished this feat as he set fast time on Friday night in the opener at Skagit Speedway, won the first heat race, was victorious in the Crane [...]

Sat, 09/5/09 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Stoffer’s Near-Perfect Run Not Good Enough
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Clermont, Ind. – Karen Stoffer crossed the finish line Friday night in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with some pretty warm thoughts racing through her mind. The kind of thoughts that go along with moving ever so close to nailing a berth in the NHRA’s Countdown to 1.
She brought her [...]

Fri, 09/4/09 – 21:10 | Comments Off
Grand-Am Test At Indy Raises Hopes for Race
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Indianapolis – Do not assume that this week’s test of the infield road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway means that holding a Rolex Grand-American Series race at the world’s most famous track is a done deal.
But also do not rule out the possibility of a sports car race at IMS.
“Right [...]

Fri, 09/4/09 – 17:48 | 3 Comments