Sun, 21/05/17 – 17:32 | No Comment

CONCORD, N.C. – For several years, I have maintained NASCAR has over-regulated the sport and as a result, the racing has suffered. Jimmie Johnson supported my theory Saturday night after the Monster Energy All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“The rule book is so thick and the cars are so equal, we run the same […]

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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
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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
Earnhardt Jr. To Retire Following The 2017 Season
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday morning that NASCAR’s most popular driver will retire after the current racing season. On Tuesday afternoon, Earnhardt held a press conference to address his decision.
The reason for retiring, he said, was wanting to call his own shots about his career.
“So that became my motivation, the opportunity […]

Tue, 04/25/17 – 8:19 | Comments Off on Earnhardt Jr. To Retire Following The 2017 Season
Johnson Wins Bristol To Go Back To Back
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson won his second straight race Monday when he took the checkered flag in Monday’s rain-postponed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Johnson, who won two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, notched his 82nd career Cup victory. But the win was just his […]

Mon, 04/24/17 – 15:25 | Comments Off on Johnson Wins Bristol To Go Back To Back
Champ Capps Gets On The Board With Baytown Win
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Reigning Funny Car world champion Ron Capps made the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals highlight reel and took home another Wally Trophy after winning his first national event of the 2017 season Sunday in Baytown, Texas.
Racing opposite Robert Hight in the final at Royal Purple Raceway, Capps was unaware that Hight had been disqualified for crossing […]

Mon, 04/24/17 – 8:28 | Comments Off on Champ Capps Gets On The Board With Baytown Win
Barber IndyCar  Race Becomes A Newgarden Party
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Team Penske’s newest driver gave the team its first IndyCar Series victory of the season on Sunday when Josef Newgarden won the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham.
Newgarden took the lead late in the race when leader and teammate Will Power suffered a tire problem.
Once in […]

Sun, 04/23/17 – 18:06 | Comments Off on Barber IndyCar Race Becomes A Newgarden Party
Alonso: ‘I Need To Win’ The 500
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Formula One superstar Fernando Alonso says the best piece of advice he’s been given about running the 101st edition of the Indianapolis 500 has not been “turn left, 800 times” on May 28.
“Enjoy!” Alonso said during his “Welcome to Alabama” news conference at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday. “That’s something that this race is so […]

Sun, 04/23/17 – 17:28 | Comments Off on Alonso: ‘I Need To Win’ The 500
Rain Moves Bristol Cup Race To Monday
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – A steady rain Sunday forced postponement of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway until Monday.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will be televised on FOX beginning at 12:30 p.m. PRN will begin its radio broadcast, also […]

Sun, 04/23/17 – 13:14 | Comments Off on Rain Moves Bristol Cup Race To Monday
Courtney Force On Pole At Baytown; Zeroes In On First Funny Car Win of ’17
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Defending event champion Courtney Force secured pole position in Funny Car Saturday as qualifications concluded for the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals in Baytown, Texas.
Courtney’s next mission? Win a first-round matchup at Royal Purple Raceway.
Force stood on a 1,000-foot elapsed time of 3.851-seconds _ tying the third-quickest pass of her career _ at 330.23 mph set Friday evening to […]

Sun, 04/23/17 – 8:19 | Comments Off on Courtney Force On Pole At Baytown; Zeroes In On First Funny Car Win of ’17
Power Leads Penske Qualifying Assault At Barber
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Team Penske’s Will Power definitely is in his wheelhouse at Barber Motorsports Park.
Power toured the 2.3-mile/17-turn permanent road-course in 1-minute, 6.9614-seconds and 123.653 mph during the Firestone Fast Six, Saturday’s climactic round of knockout qualifying. That lap earned the 36-year-old Australian the Verizon P1 Award and his fourth pole position at the track in Birmingham, […]

Sun, 04/23/17 – 8:11 | Comments Off on Power Leads Penske Qualifying Assault At Barber