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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Beason Pays Tribute To Former Teammate At Chili Bowl
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Almost two years to the day, Oklahoman Jonathan Beason paid tribute to friend and former teammate Donnie Ray Crawford by notching his first Chili Bowl preliminary win during Tuesday’s Warren CAT Qualifier at Tulsa Expo Center.
Beason dedicated his win on the opening night of the 28th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General [...]

Wed, 01/15/14 – 7:29 | Comments Off
Chili Bowl Going Live
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

Grassroots racing’s “Super Bowl” is headed for live, primetime TV.
The 28th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire will mark its inaugural live broadcast on MAVTV American Real for its championship round on Saturday night, Jan. 18.
Starting at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) and scheduled for three hours, the national broadcast will be the [...]

Sun, 01/12/14 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Dillon Tops Speed Charts At Thunder
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Day Two brought dryer weather to Daytona International Speedway and that allowed the Sprint Cup cars to take to the track for the first time in Preseason Thunder testing.
Much of Friday’s test, which concluded at 9 p.m., featured single-car runs.
Fastest of the test was Richard Childress Racing rookie Austin Dillon, who posted a top speed [...]

Sat, 01/11/14 – 8:40 | Comments Off
TV Guys Won’t Be Strangers To The Cup Garages
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte are headed to new jobs as NBC broadcasters, but in many ways they’re remaining on the same side of the NASCAR fence.
They’ll still be a part of the fraternity of competitors. They’ll still be spending weekends living in the same motorcoach [...]

Fri, 01/10/14 – 12:19 | Comments Off
Crew Chief Letarte To Switch To TV After 2014
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a surprise announcement, crew chief Steve Letarte, who has been leading Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team at Hendrick Motorsports, is leaving pit road to be a TV analyst for NBC, beginning with the 2015 season when the network returns to the sport.
”I’ve always been impressed with [...]

Thu, 01/9/14 – 17:33 | Comments Off
Some Prefer Traditional Route To Success At DIS
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Driving into Daytona International Speedway for the 2014 version of preseason testing, there are visible signs of a major renovation of the facility. Well, sort of.
The cranes being used to remake the frontstretch seating area were mostly obscured by fog and low clouds for much of [...]

Thu, 01/9/14 – 15:23 | Comments Off
Story Lines: Quantity Exceeds Quality In Cup ‘14
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

A year ago, there were two big, huge, major story lines dominating the scene (a.k.a., trending) as the Sprint Cup teams headed into the January test session known as Preseason Thunder.
Those story lines were Danica Patrick moving full time to Cup and the introduction of the mighty Gen 6 car.
On their own, both were supposedly [...]

Thu, 01/9/14 – 10:49 | Comments Off
Investigators: Veering Off Trail Hurt Schumacher
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
French prosecutors investigating Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident have confirmed that the former Formula One World Driving Champion was “off-piste” – off a marked path – when he fell and hit his head on a rock.
But police investigators continuing to review footage from Schumacher’s helmet camera added they do not believe [...]

Wed, 01/8/14 – 19:09 | Comments Off
Rusty To Test No. 2 Penske Car
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Team Penske announced that Rusty Wallace, NASCAR Hall of Famer and the 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, will drive the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion Thursday during a test at Daytona International Speedway.
The occasion coincides with the 25th anniversary of Wallace’s 1989 championship and the approaching 40th anniversary of the original Miller Lite [...]

Wed, 01/8/14 – 10:29 | Comments Off
Chase Elliott To Drive Full Time For Earnhardt Jr.
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Chase Elliott will compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports starting in 2014 and do so with NAPA Auto Parts as his full-season primary sponsor, the team announced today.
Elliott will carry the No. 9 on his NAPA Chevrolet – the same number his father, legendary racer Bill Elliott, carried for much [...]

Mon, 01/6/14 – 14:33 | Comments Off