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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IndyCar Notes: NHMS Moves, Hornish Won’t
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Return of the IZOD IndyCar Series to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2011 after a 13-year absence has been pushed back two weeks to accommodate changes in the track’s NASCAR schedule.
Originally booked for July 31, IndyCar now will compete on the 1.058-mile oval in Loudon, N.H., on Aug. 14, 2011.
“Because […]

Wed, 08/11/10 – 20:50 | Comments Off on IndyCar Notes: NHMS Moves, Hornish Won’t
Woody: Another Junior-Free Chase
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Looks as though NASCAR’s playoffs will be missing its star driver again this year.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 26th-place finish at Watkins Glen last Sunday probably doomed his Chase chances. It dropped him two spots in the standings, down to 16th, with just four races left to crack the 12-man championship field.
In […]

Wed, 08/11/10 – 13:00 | 21 Comments
Menard To Drive For Childress
Richard Childress Racing will grow to four Sprint Cup teams next season as it was announced Wednesday that Paul Menard will join the team’s stable.
Menard will depart his current team, Richard Petty Motorsports, and join Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton at RCR.
Coming with Menard to RCR is his sponsor – the Menards home […]

Wed, 08/11/10 – 9:03 | One Comment
Minter: Root Pruning Has Not Helped NASCAR
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
When I read Kevin Harvick’s comments about the upcoming schedule changes, the first thing that came to mind was an old lawyer’s tale that has been attributed to Abraham Lincoln.
Harvick observed that NASCAR’s latest shifting of race dates is justified based on the results of schedule changes back in 2001.
“The […]

Wed, 08/11/10 – 6:55 | 5 Comments
Kahne To Drive For Red Bull
It was announced on Tuesday that Kasey Kahne would drive a Sprint Cup car for Red Bull Racing next season.
“We were fortunate to have the opportunity to hire a very talented driver for the 2011 season and we took it,” said Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team Vice President and General Manager. “This is a […]

Tue, 08/10/10 – 13:51 | One Comment
Sprint Cup Schedule Roundup: Two For Kansas Is Done Deal
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By Jim Pedley | Senior Writer
Kansas City, Kan. – It has long been known that Kansas Speedway would become a two-Sprint Cup track in 2011. Now it is known that the date of Kansas’ second race next season will be Sunday, June 5.
That was announced Tuesday morning at the speedway, which is located in Kansas […]

Tue, 08/10/10 – 10:04 | Comments Off on Sprint Cup Schedule Roundup: Two For Kansas Is Done Deal
Pedley: Summer Of Change Continues
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NASCAR’s mid-summer burst of news will continue today with press conferences about racing in Kansas City, Southern California and Kentucky.
Also in the wind is possible word on where driver Kasey Kahne will land for the 2011 Sprint Cup season.
Barring a nuclear surprise, the only drama surrounding the Kentucky and Kansas City announcements are the dates […]

Tue, 08/10/10 – 7:44 | 3 Comments
Woody: Bad News, Good News And Other News
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
My three cents worth (adjusted for inflation):
I hate to see Atlanta lose one of its two Cup races for the same reason I hated to see Darlington lose one. And for North Wilkesboro, Nashville and Rockingham to get cut out of the sport they helped build. No wonder more and more Southern […]

Tue, 08/10/10 – 6:51 | 2 Comments
Chicagoland To Open 2011 Chase
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Beginning next season, Chicagoland Speedway will host the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
The announcement was made Monday morning during a press conference/teleconference held in Chicago.
Chicagoland, located in Joliet, Ill., will supplant New Hamsphire Motor Speedway as the first race of the 10-race, 12-driver playoff.
New Hampshire […]

Mon, 08/9/10 – 10:12 | One Comment
The Fight For 12th Heats Up
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The cry of  ‘We’re number 12” isn’t real rich in panache, but a large handful of Sprint Cup teams are clawing like crazy for the right to issue it these days.
The chase to the Chase – that is, the pursuit of the 12th and final playoff berth – was down to five races when the […]

Mon, 08/9/10 – 8:50 | Comments Off on The Fight For 12th Heats Up