Fri, 16/03/18 – 9:14 | No Comment

When Roger Penske announced last July that he would return to sports car racing and field a prototype team in 2018, it was great news for the IMSA WeatherTech Series but ominous news for those would would have to compete against Team Penske.
Everybody in the racing world knows that when “The Captain” takes on a […]

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Johnson Tops Chase Contenders In Qualifying
Jimmie Johnson will start Sunday’s season-ending Ford 400 Sprint Cup race in the best position among drivers still in contention for the 2010 championship.
Johnson, who will be second in points when the race begins, will be sixth on the starting grid. His qualifying lap was at 176.482 mph. That was about a half mile per […]

Fri, 11/19/10 – 16:26 | Comments Off on Johnson Tops Chase Contenders In Qualifying
Woody: Chase Racers Strain Pacemakers
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If this season’s Chase for the Championship hasn’t got you excited, you might want to check your pulse.
You might be clinically dead.
I don’t see how anyone who doesn’t have a tag on their toe won’t be perched on the edge of their La-Z-Boy Sunday afternoon when they roll off the line at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR wanted […]

Fri, 11/19/10 – 15:26 | Comments Off on Woody: Chase Racers Strain Pacemakers
Homestead Update: Edwards Fastest, France Talks Change

At Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday:
Carl Edwards was fastest in the first Sprint Cup Series practice session of the weekend as he turned a lap aqt 175.838 mph.
Second fastest in the practice for the Ford 400 season-ender was Kyle Busch, whose fast lap of 175.165 mph came late in the hour-and-a-half session.
Jimmie Johnson was fastest among […]

Fri, 11/19/10 – 13:00 | 2 Comments
Lotus Joins IndyCar Engine Wars
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
A genuine “engine war” is looming for domestic open-wheel racing in 2012, when Group Lotus will build an engine and aero kit for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Lotus, generally credited with triggering the “rear-engine revolution” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1963, unveiled plans to produce its first Indy-car engine on Thursday […]

Fri, 11/19/10 – 8:04 | One Comment
Knaus Has A Different View Of This Season Finale
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
It’s been five years since crew chief Chad Knaus arrived at Homestead-Miami Speedway with his No. 48 Chevrolet trailing someone else in the points.
Knaus and driver Jimmie Johnson have not only been leading the standings heading into the finale each of the past four years, they have been in relatively […]

Fri, 11/19/10 – 7:40 | Comments Off on Knaus Has A Different View Of This Season Finale
With A Little Luck, The Dark Horse Could Romp
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
As the three contenders head to Homestead-Miami Speedway to decide the Sprint Cup championship, the talk on the street and on the Net is about which of the them – Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson or Kevin Harvick – will prevail.
At the Trading Post, a boots and blue jeans store just […]

Thu, 11/18/10 – 15:49 | One Comment
Ryan Newman’s Comeback Is Already Under Way
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Compare lists of 2010 disappointments in Sprint Cup racing and you’ll likely find Ryan Newman right near the top on all of them.
After moving to Tony Stewart’s new team in 2009, both Stewart and Newman made it to the postseason. That was a big surprise for a brand new team, but it also ratcheted up […]

Thu, 11/18/10 – 7:28 | One Comment
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AAA Texas has secured multi-year title sponsorship rights to the National Hot Rod Association’s Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex beginning next season.
Scheduled for Sept. 22-25, 2011, the rebadged AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals will be the second of six races in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, the sanctioning body’s playoff-style format to determine […]

Thu, 11/18/10 – 7:03 | Comments Off on AAA Title Sponsor at Motorplex
Disgruntled Tuner Austin Coil Splits With Force
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Hall of Fame crew chief Austin Coil says his resignation from John Force Racing was largely a financial decision, augmented by “some animosities” lingering from Force’s winless 2009 NHRA Funny Car season.
“I had not been happy with the financial situation since the reorganization because of the economy,” Coil said during […]

Wed, 11/17/10 – 22:24 | 29 Comments
Harris: The Chase Has/Is Doing Its Job
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
Matt Kenseth inevitably gets the blame for making the Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) championship so boring with his solid consistency in 2003 that NASCAR’s overseers decided something new and revolutionary was necessary.
Quiet Matt led virtually the entire season in ’03, taking any positive energy out of the title race. […]

Wed, 11/17/10 – 16:22 | 3 Comments