Thu, 29/01/15 – 20:49 | No Comment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Exit Jeff Gordon. Enter Chase Elliott.
On Thursday, one week after Gordon announced 2015 would be his final full-time season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, team owner Rick Hendrick made it official that Elliott would be the four-time champion’s successor. The announcement surprised no one. After all, Hendrick had signed Elliott when he [...]

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Harvick Cleans Up In Driver Of The Year Voting
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NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick was named a double winner by the Driver of the Year Award voting panel on Wednesday. Harvick was named winner of the Fourth Quarter DOTY and also winner of the year-ending overall 2014 DOTY.
The awards cap a season in which Harvick won his first Sprint Cup championship.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” Harvick [...]

Wed, 12/10/14 – 11:59 | Comments Off
Nemechek Wins Snowball Derby
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John Hunter Nemechek took the lead on lap 286 of the 300-lap 47th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. Sunday and went on to get the victory.
His win came after he finished second in the Snowflake 100 under card event which, because of rain, had finished just hours earlier.
“We definitely had [...]

Mon, 12/8/14 – 8:58 | Comments Off
Harvick: Scary Change Of Scene Resulted In Title
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Kevin Harvick says his journey from “scared-to-death” newcomer at Stewart-Haas Racing to 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was inspired – believe it or not – by a phrase popularized last summer by the U.S. World Cup Soccer team.
Harvick, crew chief Rodney Childers and teammates adopted the “I believe!” mantra [...]

Sat, 12/6/14 – 19:11 | Comments Off
Harvick: Scary Change Of Scene Resulted In Title
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NASCAR Wire Service
LAS VEGAS – As the culmination of a calculated risk that led to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, the NASCAR industry joined together Friday night at the Wynn to honor 2014 titleholder Kevin Harvick, who claimed stock car racing’s most coveted prize in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing.
In his speech [...]

Sat, 12/6/14 – 12:55 | Comments Off
Medlen Joins Prock At Don Schumacher Racing
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
“Fast Jack” Beckman’s pursuit of a second NHRA Funny Car world championship will be led by crew chief Jimmy Prock and assistant John Medlen, the latest defection from the team of 16-time world champion John Force.
Medlen’s addition to Beckman’s lineup as Prock’s assistant at Don Schumacher Racing was announced Friday [...]

Fri, 12/5/14 – 16:29 | 4 Comments
IndyCar Notes: Foyt Out Of Hospital After 25 Days
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Racing icon A.J. Foyt Jr. has been released from Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston and is recovering at home from recent triple bypass heart surgery.
Although his heart surgery on Nov. 12 was successful, Foyt developed serious complications with his lungs. He was kept on a ventilator for eight days [...]

Thu, 12/4/14 – 17:39 | Comments Off
IndyCar Series To Double Down – Twice – In 2015
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Undeterred by massive criticism about Formula One’s decision to offer double championship points in that series’ season-ending race in 2014, INDYCAR announced this week that it is following suit.
In fact, America’s premier open-wheel series announced it was one-upping its European-based counterpart.
When the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook was issued to teams this week, it included [...]

Thu, 12/4/14 – 10:17 | Comments Off
NASCAR Notes: JR Motorsports Adds Teen Rhodes/Team Owner Collects Big Award
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Notes and quotes Friday from the world of auto racing:
JR Motorsports has added Ben Rhodes, the reigning K&N Pro Series East champion, to its driver lineup. Rhodes will drive in 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in the No. 88 Chevrolet in 2015.
The 17-year-old Rhodes joins an all-star lineup of drivers for the No. 88 [...]

Wed, 12/3/14 – 17:13 | Comments Off
Hamilton Sees Title As A Crowning Achievement
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
On the day he described as “the greatest in my life,” Lewis Hamilton surmised that Her Majesty’s still a pretty nice girl.
“I’m more hoping that I get to go and see the Queen again!” Hamilton said Sunday after his victory in the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix clinched the [...]

Mon, 11/24/14 – 9:06 | Comments Off
Hamilton Wins Abu Dhabi, Second F1 Championship
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Lewis Hamilton didn’t need to be perfect in Sunday’s Formula One race in Abu Dhabi to be crowned World Champion, but he pretty much was.
Hamilton won the season-ending F1 event as he held off a charging Felipe Massa. Hamilton’s effort, combined with engine problems in the car of his Mercedes AMG teammate/closest pre-race pursuer – [...]

Sun, 11/23/14 – 9:44 | Comments Off