Sun, 31/08/14 – 23:27 | No Comment

HAMPTON, Ga. – On the high banks of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night Tony Stewart showed flashes of the form that led him to three Sprint Cup championships. It was his first competition since the tragic sprint car race three weeks earlier where Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed.
But Stewart, who needed a victory to [...]

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Keselowski Not Sure NASCAR Is Using Its Head
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski says he’s trying to keep an open mind about the sanctioning body’s requirement for 2014 that drivers in its three national touring series undergo pre-season neurocognitive baseline testing.
“I don’t want to call it a negative, but at this point I haven’t [...]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 20:04 | One Comment
Martinsville Rewards Friends, Mangles Others
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Call it the mystique at Martinsville.
Fifteen of Richard Petty’s 200 career wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came at Martinsville Speedway. .
Bobby Allison, on the other hand, never managed to visit victory lane at the paperclip-shaped oval during his legendary Cup career.
Fast forward to today and that trend remains in full [...]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 19:14 | Comments Off
Martinsville Ace Hamlin Wins Cup Pole
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Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light pole for the seventh race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, turning a track-record lap in 19.013 seconds (99.595 mph) at Martinsville Speedway on Friday.
Hamlin, who has four Martinsville victories, will start beside second-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson (99.344 mph), who has eight Martinsville wins to his credit, [...]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 16:56 | Comments Off
Cagnazzi, Gray To Merge Pro Stock Teams
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NHRA teams Gray Motorsports and Cagnazzi Racing will combine forces in 2014 to create a multi-car team Pro Stock team.
The merged team will race under the Gray Motorsports banner.
Engine development for both the Pro Stock and Cagnazzi’s successful COPO Camaro Stock Eliminator programs will take place at the Gray Motorsports facility in Denver, N.C., and [...]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 15:58 | Comments Off
Elliott Sadler Ready For New Role As Cup Sub
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Elliott Sadler steps into the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota this weekend at Martinsville Speedway for the first time since a medical issue sidelined the team’s regular driver, Brian Vickers, earlier this month and the Virginia native said Friday Vickers was handling the situation better
than he [...]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 15:49 | One Comment
Condensing Weekends A Good Idea For NASCAR
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

It appears that NASCAR officials are floating an interesting trial balloon this weekend. The idea attached to that balloon is a good one. Well, half of a good one.
NASCAR official Kerry Tharp told reporters earlier this week that consideration is being given to doing away with single-car qualifying sessions for most races.
In the place of [...]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 8:42 | One Comment
Hagan’s Job Is To Take Down The People’s Choice
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Matt Hagan’s pursuit of a second NHRA Funny Car world championship has cast him in the role of villain, the fate of any number of drivers chasing drag racing icon John Force.
“Well, if you read Facebook there ain’t no Matt Hagan fans out there. That drives you,” said Hagan, who [...]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 7:32 | One Comment
With Petit Over, Attention Turns To Future
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
As the 2013 Petit Le Mans wound down to a finish at Road Atlanta last Saturday night, as fans began pouring water on trackside campfires, as canvas canopies were folded and stowed, as the big old LMP1 cars were loaded onto haulers, an oh-geez moment struck.
It was a moment of; [...]

Thu, 10/24/13 – 7:11 | Comments Off
Kenseth Exits Test With Tires, Jimmie On His Mind
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Kenseth’s participation in Day 2 of a three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series open test at Texas Motor Speedway ended abruptly Tuesday in the Turn 1 wall, which will require a fresh coat of white paint before the AAA Texas 500 on Nov. 3.
“I have mixed feelings, I guess, on testing,” [...]

Wed, 10/23/13 – 7:07 | Comments Off
IndyCar Champion Dixon Says He’s Ready To Represent
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Unaccustomed as he is to public speaking, Scott Dixon says he is ready to represent the IndyCar Series as its reigning and three-time driver’s champion.
“Absolutely. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy doing that stuff,” said Dixon, who clinched the 2013 title with a fifth-place finish in the season-ending MAVTV 500 [...]

Mon, 10/21/13 – 12:05 | Comments Off