Sun, 22/03/15 – 15:31 | No Comment

Greg Biffle and his Roush Fenway Racing teammates have been operating in the unusual roles of also-rans during the opening month of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Flat-out speed was the nagging issue for the Ford Fusions driven by Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne during qualifying for Sunday’s Auto Club 400. Biffle qualified [...]

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Harvick Appears In Position To Fulfill Potential
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
It’s always been tough to slot Kevin Harvick during discussions about driving talent. By the end of the 2014 Sprint Cup season – 2015 at the latest – that process will become easier.
Right now, albeit just a week into the current season, there is growing evidence that Harvick’s place in [...]

Tue, 03/4/14 – 10:41 | Comments Off
Harvick Holds Off Earnhardt Jr. To Win Phoenix
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kevin Harvick, fast all week in practices, was fast on race day as well as he notched a dominating win in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
The win was Harvick’s fifth in a Cup race at PIR and first overall since leaving Richard Childress Racing at the [...]

Sun, 03/2/14 – 18:13 | Comments Off
Racing Will Reach A New Low In Phoenix Today
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
When it comes to racing machinery, there are very few inconsequential changes. Virtually all have the ability to produce or reduce speed – and, hence, finishing positions in races – depending on how teams and drivers deal with the changes.
For that reason, today’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International [...]

Sun, 03/2/14 – 9:25 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins Rain-Shortened NNS Race At PIR
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Kyle Busch led 155 laps en route to a third straight NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Phoenix International Raceway.
The victory came after officials ended the race 32 laps early because of rain.
“I think just the pure dominance we’ve shown here the last few times that we’ve come here and the amount of laps we’ve led [...]

Sat, 03/1/14 – 21:08 | Comments Off
‘Knockout Qualifying’ Gets A Split Decision At Phoenix
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Turns out, there was no need to make use heart needles during the Sprint Cup Series’ debut of “knockout qualifying”. The new procedure was interesting but hardly the fuse-blowing fun-o-rama that some had predicted/hoped it would be.
“I don’t know,” driver Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports said when asked about it [...]

Sat, 03/1/14 – 11:23 | 4 Comments
Keselowski Wins Pole In Phoenix
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Brad Keselowski won the first Sprint Cup pole utilizing NASCAR’s “Knockout Qualifying” Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway.
His Team Penske teammate, Joey Logano, was second fastest in the segmented qualifier.
Keselowski completed a lap at 139.384 mph, breaking the record of 139.222 mph set by Jimmie Johnson before last year’s Chase race in November.
“We had a [...]

Fri, 02/28/14 – 20:53 | Comments Off
Tested Stewart Heads To Phoenix For Real Racing
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Speedweeks was much more than a series of races and practices driver Tony Stewart. It was also a series of tests. This week, with the Daytona 500 behind him – comfortably behind him – Stewart says that while the racing didn’t go as hoped at Daytona International Speedway, the accompanying [...]

Fri, 02/28/14 – 7:55 | One Comment
Logano Is Gaining Acceptance Into Frat Party
Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Joey Logano.
Until last season, when he made the NASCAR Chase playoff for the first time following four so-so seasons, Logano had been on the outside looking in, someone trying to knock down the door and gain entry into a small fraternity of Sprint Cup racing’s elite.
To be truthful, Logano still [...]

Thu, 02/27/14 – 8:05 | One Comment
Junior’s Victory Tour Takes Him To F1 Country
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Two-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Victory Tour Across America includes a stop Tuesday afternoon on behalf of Texas Motor Speedway in Austin.
That’s neither a typo nor a geographical gaffe. And worry not, loyal TMS season ticket-holders – O. Bruton Smith’s “Great American Speedway” has not magically been relocated [...]

Tue, 02/25/14 – 11:16 | 3 Comments
Junior Makes The 2014 500 A Great American Race
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Over the past several years, the Daytona 500 had truly become “NASCAR’s Super Bowl”. That is, more about the pomp than the circumstance.
As with the NFL’s annual biggest game of the year, after which people spend more time talking about commercials and halftime shows than football, NASCAR fans have spent [...]

Mon, 02/24/14 – 10:39 | 2 Comments