Sat, 23/06/18 – 16:29 | No Comment

Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Sonoma Raceway road circuit in Northern California on Saturday.
Larson laid down the fast qualifying lap at the 1.99-mile road course in 75.732 seconds (94.597 mph).
The pole was the California native’s second of the season, his second at Sonoma […]

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Independent Action: RAB Takes Big Step Forward
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
For those who would like to see NASCAR’s Nationwide Series be something more than mostly Cup Lite, there was a bit of encouraging news last week.
Independent Nationwide car owners Robby Benton and Brack Maggard, the guys who pulled off a major upset when they won at Montreal this past season […]

Thu, 12/30/10 – 8:11 | 2 Comments
Harris: 2010 Was A Year Of Hype And Have At It
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
In a wide-ranging telephone conversation this week, my son suddenly said, “I have an idea for a column you could write.’’
Now this isn’t something I’ve heard often from anyone in my family. Usually, even if they read what I’ve written – which is not a given – the most I […]

Wed, 12/29/10 – 8:04 | One Comment
Bromberg: Five Old Acquaintance Not Forgot
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By Nick Bromberg | Senior Writer
The 2010 Sprint Cup season was far from the same-old, same-old even though Jimmie Johnson was crowned champion. We saw cars flying through the air – again – drivers having at it both on and off the race track, and that doesn’t even include what happened at Texas in November.
Here’s […]

Tue, 12/28/10 – 8:23 | One Comment
Ingram: Some Pretty Damned Impressive Statistics
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
There are lies, damned lies and statistics. With that understanding, it seems to me worthwhile to return to one of the more interesting statistics of the 2010 Sprint Cup season.
While it’s always advisable to cast a jaundiced eye on any numbers emerging from NASCAR’s stat bureau, […]

Mon, 12/27/10 – 12:59 | One Comment
Woody: Low-Tech Cheating – Blasting Buckshot
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
One of the more interesting but largely overlooked stories of the recently completed season brought back a flash from the past.
NASCAR busted driver Michael McDowell and his crew chief after discovering “weight pellets” hidden in their car’s frame during the October Talladega race. That’s one of the oldest tricks in […]

Mon, 12/27/10 – 8:28 | 2 Comments
Cup Teams Won’t Catch Johnson By Standing Still
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
If anything can be learned from the past five Sprint Cup seasons, it’s that staying the course isn’t the way to stop Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 team when it comes time to decide the season championship.
Many a driver has said that they don’t really change their approach once […]

Sun, 12/26/10 – 15:09 | One Comment
Woody: NASCAR’s Senior Citizen Remains Young At Heart
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
On Jan. 9 Mark Martin will blow out 52 candles on his birthday cake and – once he catches his breath – get ready to go racing.
It will continue a ritual that began decades ago when a teen-aged Martin raced against “green-toothed pulpwood-haulers” on dirt tracks in the boondocks of […]

Sat, 12/25/10 – 10:10 | 7 Comments
Hood: Gentleman, Start Your Quote Machines
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
My favorite part of a typical NASCAR three-day show is when drivers meet the media on Fridays and as they climb out of their cars following that weekend’s race.
That’s when we frequently witness the raw emotion of competitors who make a living by wheeling stock cars at high speeds each week.
On the track, the 2010 season was one of the most […]

Sat, 12/25/10 – 9:54 | 2 Comments
Kanaan Going Small But Hoping For Big Things
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
During its eight-year tenure in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Andretti Autosport has employed 11 different drivers with varying degrees of pedigree.
Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon and certainly Danica Patrick all have generated headline news with the team co-founded and now solely owned by former open-wheel star Michael Andretti. But the one […]

Fri, 12/24/10 – 10:05 | Comments Off on Kanaan Going Small But Hoping For Big Things
Harris: The Lessons Got Harder For Danica in 2010
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A little of the gloss is off the rose known as Danica Patrick after a difficult and disappointing season.
Not only did the IndyCar glamour girl slip from fifth to 10th in the open-wheel points – her worst finish since finishing 12th as a rookie in 2005 – but Patrick’s first foray into stock car racing […]

Thu, 12/23/10 – 9:53 | 3 Comments