Fri, 24/10/14 – 15:37 | No Comment

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chad Knaus, the only crew chief Jimmie Johnson has known while winning six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, isn’t on the chopping block.
But Johnson, who was eliminated from this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Talladega, Ala., made it clear that he knows the day is coming when there [...]

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Busch Wins Race; Crafton Wraps Up Truck Title At Homestead
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Kyle Busch won Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In addition, he collected: an owners’ championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Matt Crafton, who qualified eighth, won his first series championship in his 13th full year in the trucks, closing out Ty Dillon simply by starting the race.
“It’s an honor,” an [...]

Sat, 11/16/13 – 9:30 | Comments Off
Power Unit Turbo Talk Heats Up COTA Weekend
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
AUSTIN, Texas – While Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One World Victory Tour continues through Circuit of The Americas this weekend, the sport’s technical directors are dickering with rules changes that figure to significantly alter the landscape in 2014.
“I suppose in probably less than 10 days’ time is when the focus [...]

Fri, 11/15/13 – 20:54 | Comments Off
Kenseth Starts Final Weekend By Winning Cup Pole
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Touring the 1.5-mile speedway in 30.394 seconds (177.667 mph), Matt Kenseth drove the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to his third Coors Light pole award of the year (tying a single-season career best), his first at Homestead and the 11th of his career.
Trailing Johnson by 28 points entering the Ford EcoBoost 400, the season [...]

Fri, 11/15/13 – 20:17 | Comments Off
Rick Hendrick’s Gamble Continues To Pay Off Big
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The three team owners with a mathematical chance to see their driver win Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup championship held court with the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday.
There was plenty of reminiscing and discussion about the direction of the sport between Richard Childress, Joe Gibbs and Rick [...]

Fri, 11/15/13 – 15:29 | 2 Comments
Ganassi: Franchitti ‘Heartbroken’ By Forced Retirement
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Chip Ganassi knew something very not good was up when he got a call from Scotland earlier this week. Not good became awful as soon as the IndyCar team owner heard the tone of the voice of the person who was calling him.
The voice belonged to driver Dario Franchitti and [...]

Fri, 11/15/13 – 15:22 | Comments Off
Chasers Know The Score When Chasing Jimmie
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
There is a segment of auto racing fandom which Jimmie Johnson will never win over. No matter what Johnson says, does or wins, there are fans who will never be able to bring themselves to admit that the five-time champion belongs in the historical company of seven-time champions Dale Earnhardt [...]

Fri, 11/15/13 – 10:14 | Comments Off
Vettel On A Major ‘Roll’ As He Arrives In Texas
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
AUSTIN, Texas – Working on a seven-race winning streak and with his fourth consecutive Formula One World Driving Championship in the books, Sebastian Vettel has reduced the 2013 season to a single question:
Dunkin’ or Krispy Kreme?
We’re talking about donuts, breakfast of the campgrounds for fans of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series [...]

Thu, 11/14/13 – 20:27 | Comments Off
Injured Franchitti Says Driving Career Is Over
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Dario Franchitti announced today Franchitti will be unable to continue his auto racing career.
Franchitti was injured earlier this year in a wreck in Houston.
“Since my racing accident in Houston,” Franchitti, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and a four-time IndyCar Series champion, “I have been in the expert care of some [...]

Thu, 11/14/13 – 16:26 | Comments Off
Fennig Continues To Crank Out Winning Hot Rods
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
He is a man of few words and that’s OK. Because in Jimmy Fennig’s world, the hands still really do the talking.
“I build hot rods,” said Fennig, summing up the personal and professional life of a dedicated “Car Guy” in one declarative sentence. “Fords, Chevys – I’ve got everything.”
And in [...]

Wed, 11/13/13 – 17:21 | Comments Off
Brittany Latest Force To Win Top Rookie Award
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Brittany Force extended a John Force Racing tradition Monday when she received the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as 2013 NHRA Rookie of the Year.
Force, 27, became the fifth JFR driver to win the prestigious honor during the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series [...]

Tue, 11/12/13 – 20:41 | Comments Off