Mon, 23/04/18 – 8:40 | No Comment

Twenty-nine races removed from his NHRA Top Fuel career, J.R. Todd says he truly has the look and the feel of a nitromethane-burning Funny Car driver.
“My fire suit is dirty and my hands are dirty and I’m still driving it all over the place,” Todd said Sunday afternoon at Royal Purple Raceway. “So I’m trying […]

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Pagenaud Gets First Oval Win
Simon Pagenaud was born and raised a road racer. He is also a driver who like to conquer new challenges. Hence his elation after winning the IndyCar Series race at Phoenix International Raceway’s oval on Saturday night.
“I can’t explain how excited I am,” the Frenchman said. “Ovals are not my specialty. I grew up in […]

Sun, 04/30/17 – 12:56 | Comments Off on Pagenaud Gets First Oval Win
Millican Hopes Concord Is His Wally World
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – At 51 years old, Top Fuel competitor Clay Millican is still searching for his first Wally, the trophy cherished by competitors that signify a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series victory.
Oh, he’s come close with eight runner-up finishes, but the Tennessean who still refers to his parents […]

Sat, 04/29/17 – 19:28 | Comments Off on Millican Hopes Concord Is His Wally World
Larson Takes Xfinity Series Win At Richmond
Kyle Larson overcame a strong car and effort on the part of Justin Allgaier and came away with the win in Saturday’s  NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
Allgaier, who led 157 of the race’s 254 laps, finished second. He also won earned a $100,000 bonus check for winning the Dash 4 Cash bonus as […]

Sat, 04/29/17 – 18:44 | Comments Off on Larson Takes Xfinity Series Win At Richmond
Castroneves Reigns In Phoenix Qualifying
Helio Castroneves extended his reign as the king of speed at Phoenix Raceway Friday, shattering the lap record he set a year ago during qualifying for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix.
Castroneves averaged 194.905 mph/37.7538-seconds for his two laps around the 1.022-mile oval in Avondale, Ariz., including a record-setting circuit […]

Sat, 04/29/17 – 7:51 | Comments Off on Castroneves Reigns In Phoenix Qualifying
Force Cars To Be Reckoned With At zMAX
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – In hot and humid weather Friday at zMAX Dragway, John Force Racing dominated the first two sessions of Funny Car qualifying in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, claiming the top three positions.
Courtney Force moved into the No. 1 position with a track record elapsed time of 3.851 seconds, […]

Fri, 04/28/17 – 19:47 | Comments Off on Force Cars To Be Reckoned With At zMAX
Kenseth Get First Pole of ’17
Matt Kenseth claimed his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole of the season on Friday when he laid down the fastest qualifying lap at Richmond International Raceway.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver had a fast lap at 121.076 mph.
The pole is Kenseth’s second at Richmond.
He has has won twice at Richmond; in 2002 and 2015. […]

Fri, 04/28/17 – 17:32 | Comments Off on Kenseth Get First Pole of ’17
Force Wants To Field A Second Top Fuel Car
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Sixteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force said Friday he plans to field a second Top Fuel dragster team, but he can’t say when it will join daughter Brittany Force at the starting line.
“I just can’t get the money to get there, but I’ve got a deal […]

Fri, 04/28/17 – 17:20 | One Comment
DeJoria Won’t Drive Four-Wides
Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria has withdrawn from eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, scheduled for this weekend in Concord, N.C.
DeJoria’s team said in a press release that their driver has “a family matter” to attend to and will not be at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s drag strip.
In her absence, DeJoria has appointed Kalitta Motorsports Director of […]

Fri, 04/28/17 – 7:08 | Comments Off on DeJoria Won’t Drive Four-Wides
Junior To Leave Big Hole In Stock Car Racing’s Soul
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The shopping list of reasons that explain why NASCAR has slipped from being America’s fastest growing sport 15 years ago to being forced to adopt absurd, geek show format changes in efforts to stay relevant is depressingly lengthy.
Somewhere near the mid point of that list is an entry on contemporary drivers: they tend to be […]

Wed, 04/26/17 – 9:36 | 2 Comments
Q&A: Junior Addresses Retirement
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick met with the media at Hendrick Motorsports to discuss Dale, Jr.’s announcement that he would be retiring at the end of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season.
What follows is a full transcript of the presser:
DALE EARNHARDT JR.:  Good afternoon.  I want to thank everybody […]

Tue, 04/25/17 – 17:10 | Comments Off on Q&A: Junior Addresses Retirement