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Fernando Alonso’s highly anticipated return to McLaren F1 has begun with a thud.
On the advice of his doctors, the two-time World Driving Champion will sit-out the 2015 season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 15 after suffering a concussion in a crash while testing at Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 22.
Alonso’s McLaren/Honda will be handled at Albert [...]

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Martin On Pole At Kansas
Nick Bromberg | Senior Writer

By Nick Bromberg | Senior Correspondent
Kansas City, Kan. – As Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was at the podium for his post qualifying press conference, Mark Martin sat relaxed in a chair with his legs propped up.
Then, Earnhardt started speaking about Martin.
“There’s something unique in his personality that has maintained his youthfulness as far as his exuberance [...]

Fri, 10/2/09 – 18:15 | Comments Off
Kansas Notes: Drivers Dealing With ‘Tar Of Death’
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kansas City, Kan. – It seems there could be trouble with the racing surface at Kansas Speedway. That trouble would be with the seams. The tar filling the seams, to be exact, is sending the Sprint Cup cars off their intended course.
Driver Kurt Busch called it, “The tar of death”.
Jeff [...]

Fri, 10/2/09 – 17:00 | 2 Comments
Harris: The King’s NASCAR Team To Add More Royalty
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
The King of NASCAR and the Sheik of Arabie, er Saudi Arabia?
Why not?
George Gillett, the majority owner of what is now known as Richard Petty Motorsports, announced  this week that his group has signed a commercial collaboration agreement with Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdullah al-Saud, a member of the [...]

Fri, 10/2/09 – 12:21 | One Comment
Sturbin: The Sarge Is In Command Again
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Tony Schumacher’s return to the NHRA Top Fuel points lead is full of juicy irony, in that “The Sarge” knocked off the team of former tuner Alan Johnson in the final at Texas Motorplex last Sunday.
Schumacher  – the six-time and reigning world champion – stormed to his fifth victory of [...]

Fri, 10/2/09 – 12:00 | One Comment
NASCAR Says Hendrick Cars Were Legal
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kansas City, Kan. – NASCAR officials said Friday that they had indeed warned Hendrick Motorsports officials that the cars of Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin were close to exceeding legal tolerances, but that the cars were not illegal.
“It was just an informal warning,” NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said at Kansas [...]

Fri, 10/2/09 – 10:00 | Comments Off
Kligerman Unruffled By Big Jump to Nationwide Series
Nick Bromberg | Senior Writer

By Nick Bromberg | Senior Correspondent
Kansas City, Kan. – Parker Kligerman has never driven a Nationwide Series car.
Why is that important?
Well, because Kligerman, 19, is attempting to make his Nationwide Series debut at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon.
Yes, you read the first sentence correctly. He’s doing so without so much as turning a practice lap in [...]

Fri, 10/2/09 – 6:35 | One Comment
IndyCar Notes: Franchitti Not Pumped Up About Tire Test
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Championship contender Dario Franchitti found himself in the awkward – and certainly risky – position of tire-testing around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval Tuesday and Wednesday with the season-ender looming on Oct. 10.
Franchitti is among three drivers vying for the 2009 IndyCar Series title, but neither Target Chip Ganassi [...]

Thu, 10/1/09 – 19:07 | Comments Off
Minter: Two Races In, The Chase Field Is Thinning Rapidly
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
The 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup is just two races old, but it’s beginning to look like the 12-driver field is rapidly being thinned to only a handful of legitimate title contenders.
Points leader Mark Martin and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson are rapidly putting the balance of the [...]

Thu, 10/1/09 – 16:26 | One Comment
Rookie-Owner Stewart Knew Times Would Get Tough
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kansas City, Kan. – Tony Stewart began nodding affirmatively well before the question was fully put to him on Wednesday. He’s been around racing, he’s been around the media and he knew almost immediately what he is about to be asked.
And he was ready with an answer.
Yes, Stewart said, the [...]

Thu, 10/1/09 – 16:00 | 3 Comments
NASCAR Newscast: Price Chopper 400 Chase Race 3 Preview
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The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to Kansas Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series one and only visit to the track this season. Jeff Gordon says his mile-and-a-half program could earn him a third victory at the facility while Carl Edwards says nothing would be bigger than a win at his home [...]

Thu, 10/1/09 – 11:30 | 2 Comments