Wed, 4/03/15 – 19:26 | No Comment

Fernando Alonso’s highly anticipated return to McLaren F1 has begun with a thud.
On the advice of his doctors, the two-time World Driving Champion will sit-out the 2015 season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 15 after suffering a concussion in a crash while testing at Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 22.
Alonso’s McLaren/Honda will be handled at Albert [...]

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Lame Duck ESPN Promises To Give Full Effort
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When the green flag waves over Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway, ESPN’s coverage of the sport officially goes into lame duck status.
For the final time in the foreseeable future, the “Worldwide Leader” will broadcast 17 races of this year’s Sprint Cup season and [...]

Thu, 02/20/14 – 18:44 | 3 Comments
New Name, Concrete Waiting For NHRA In Arizona
Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Should drag racing Methuselah John Force once again turn back the clock and torpedo another hole into the wind, such as he did two weeks ago by establishing national Funny Car elapsed time and speed records in the 2014 season opener at Pomona, Calif., he would do [...]

Thu, 02/20/14 – 14:20 | Comments Off
Furniture Row Intent On Maintaining Top-Tier Status
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kurt Busch’s fascinating run for a Sprint Cup championship a season ago prompted one of 2013’s biggest bench-racing debates: Was it car or driver? The likely best answer, of course, is both.
But you just have to believe that both the Furniture Row Racing team that built the cars, and [...]

Wed, 02/19/14 – 20:08 | Comments Off
Dillon’s Pole Win Has NASCAR Nation Wondering
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
There is considerable belief around NACSCAR Nation today that for the second year in a row, the pole position for the Daytona 500 has somehow been gifted to a competitor. That belief is that pole qualifying for the biggest Sprint Cup race of the year is becoming little more than [...]

Mon, 02/17/14 – 19:49 | 12 Comments
Another Rookie Wins The Pole For The Daytona 500
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For the second season in a row, a high profile rookie will start the Daytona 500 from the pole position.
A year after Danica Patrick won the pole for NASCAR’s biggest event in her first full season in Sprint Cup, first-year driver Austin Dillon earned the right to lead the field to the green flag in [...]

Sun, 02/16/14 – 16:58 | 6 Comments
Hamlin Survives, Wins Unlimited Race Of Attrition
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Denny Hamlin, whose 2013 Sprint Cup season was interrupted for six weeks by a back injury, won Saturday night’s Speedweeks-opening Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin not only won the overall race, but also all three segments of the 75-lap exhibition.
Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was clearly the [...]

Sun, 02/16/14 – 7:35 | 4 Comments
Q And A: Tony Stewart Talks About Being Back Behind The Wheel
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Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart on Friday took laps in a Sprint Cup car for the first time since suffering severe injuries in a sprint car race last year in Iowa.
After taking those laps at Daytona International Speedway in practice for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited, Stewart discussed, among other things, how [...]

Sat, 02/15/14 – 10:22 | Comments Off
The Unlimited: Democracy In Action Or Confusing Anarchy
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Tradition, it appears, will never be a problem for the race which is now known as the Sprint Unlimited. That’s because the event – a kind of non-points-paying all-star race which kicks off the Sprint Cup season – won’t sit still long enough to establish a true tradition.
Every year, additions [...]

Sat, 02/15/14 – 10:13 | Comments Off
2014 Cars, Drivers Rolled Out At DIS Media Day
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There was no shortage of optimism and storylines in the room during media day at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday as a steady stream of nearly 50 NASCAR drivers were paraded in front of the assembled press.
Sporting new hair styles, tans, fit bodies and unblemished racing [...]

Fri, 02/14/14 – 8:06 | Comments Off
Media Day Is First Major Test For Cup Drivers
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Thursday was Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. The following are some select Qs and As from the day. Some are listed because the questions are, um, interesting. Some because the answers are, um, interesting.
Readers can figure out which are which.

Q to Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing: You have [...]

Thu, 02/13/14 – 20:10 | Comments Off