Thu, 1/12/16 – 17:12 | No Comment

NASCAR announced Thursday that Monster Energy drink will become the entitlement sponsor of its premier series.
Press releases from NASCAR did not say what the name of the series would be. Some media reports had asserted that the word “Cup” would be dropped.
Cup has been attached to the name of the series since R.J. Reynolds tobacco’s […]

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Dixon Battles A Top Fuel Monster
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Bring up the fact that he is outgunned 3-to-1 by his biggest rival every time he shows up for an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing event and Larry Dixon just issues his best it-is-what-it-is shrug.
“How do I feel? I feel the same way everybody else feels that has to race […]

Wed, 04/14/10 – 8:59 | Comments Off on Dixon Battles A Top Fuel Monster
Spoiler Peepers Predicting ‘Interesting’ Weekend
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
So far, NASCAR’s decision to dump those ugly rear wings in favor of the more fashionable spoilers has been seamless.
But nobody really expected the change to make much difference on the half-mile oval at Martinsville, or even the one-mile oval at Phoenix.
The drivers and teams are expecting this Sunday’s Sprint […]

Wed, 04/14/10 – 6:43 | One Comment
Kahne Will Drive Hendrick No. 5 Car in 2012
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kasey Kahne will take flight after the current season and land at Hendrick Motorsports – but not until 2012.
RacinToday has been told by a source familiar with the deal that Kahne has signed a contract with HMS and will be in the No. 5 Hendrick car, which is currently being […]

Tue, 04/13/10 – 16:09 | Comments Off on Kahne Will Drive Hendrick No. 5 Car in 2012
Roush Fenway Racing has named veteran Mike Kelley as crew chief of the No. 6 Nationwide team with driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. effective immediately. Kelley joined Roush Fenway in 2002 as car chief of the No. 97 team under Jimmy Fennig and has since gone on to contribute to Roush Fenway’s 2004 Sprint Cup […]

Tue, 04/13/10 – 15:40 | Comments Off on New Crew Chief For Stenhouse
McMurray In, Bires Out At JRM
Kelly Bires is out and Jamie McMurray is in as driver of the No. 88 Nationwide car at JR Motorsports the team revealed today.
The move is effective immediately and McMurray will be in the car this coming weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, general manager and co-owner Kelley Earnhardt said.
Also officially announced Tuesday was news that Johnny […]

Tue, 04/13/10 – 12:42 | Comments Off on McMurray In, Bires Out At JRM
Woody: Is Texting Worse Than Having A Monkey In Car?
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
The Feds are considering using NASCAR drivers in a “distracted driver” campaign, intended to warn motorists about the dangers of texting or talking on cell phones while behind the wheel.
I suppose it’s fitting, because race drivers have a pretty good record when it comes to driving while distracted.
Nobody was more […]

Tue, 04/13/10 – 6:52 | 2 Comments
Ingram: Gordon Hits The Rim At Phoenix
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief – on a Tuesday:
There’s a recurring thought that keeps reminding me of a basketball game in the middle of Sprint Cup races. And it’s not a Denny Hamlin story. And there are no knee injuries.
There are championships involved and it’s one opponent versus another, […]

Tue, 04/13/10 – 6:16 | Comments Off on Ingram: Gordon Hits The Rim At Phoenix
Harris: Andrettis Search for Speed
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
In the summer of 2005, longtime racing star Mario Andretti sat under a tent in the paddock during the CART weekend in Toronto and talked with great pride about grandson Marco.
“He’s got the passion,’’ Mario said, grinning widely. “He’s more like me than his dad, as far as how much […]

Mon, 04/12/10 – 8:08 | One Comment
Woody: No ‘Quiet Please” Signs In NASCAR
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
During the final round of the Masters Sunday, some golfer (don’t ask me who; they all look alike to me) was in the midst of thinking about perhaps hitting his ball after meditating over it for what seemed like ten minutes when a theater usher in a fancy blazer hissed at […]

Mon, 04/12/10 – 7:04 | 2 Comments
Dixon Wins Again, Hagan Wins First

Larry Dixon beat Antron Brown in a pedal-fest in the Top Fuel final at the 23rd annual O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals Sunday at Houston Raceway Park to win for the second time this season and the 50th time in his career.
The other winners at the fifth event in the 23-race NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing […]

Sun, 04/11/10 – 19:07 | Comments Off on Dixon Wins Again, Hagan Wins First