Thu, 20/11/14 – 10:07 | No Comment

Kasey Kahne, fresh off making his third straight appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs, has signed a new contract with Hendrick Motorsports.
The deal is for three years, beginning with 2015.
“It’s extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey,” Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said. “I think the world [...]

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Flat Spot On: Them Boys Get To Fightin’
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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When you race against one of Roger Penske’s teams, you know you’re always in for a fight, almost invariably on the track. But during the Charlotte round of the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, it was Penske’s lead driver who instigated a post-race ruckus.
As a team [...]

Mon, 10/13/14 – 7:06 | One Comment
Harvick Wins Charlotte; Top Stars’ Championship Hopes In Trouble
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kevin Harvick, who has led a lot of laps and a lot of races in 2014 but has had trouble closing the deal of late, won the Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
It was the third victory of the season for Harvick, but the first [...]

Sun, 10/12/14 – 6:03 | One Comment
Post-Charlotte Brawl Has Drivers Wary Of ‘Dega
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Ever since the season began Talladega has been the Chase race dreaded the most by the competitors and after the post-race fights at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500 winner Kevin Harvick would prefer to simply watch next week’s event.
“It’ll be one hell of a race [...]

Sun, 10/12/14 – 5:43 | One Comment
Restarts Give Elliott Fits At CMS
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – After 18 straight weeks of racing, NASCAR’s Nationwide Series teams now have a two-week break before the final three events, but standings leader Chase Elliott doesn’t plan on taking a vacation.
“I’m going to try to find as many short-track races to run as I can,” said Elliott, who possesses a 42-point [...]

Sat, 10/11/14 – 6:27 | Comments Off
Keselowski Wins NNS Race At Charlotte
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Brad Keselowski came on strong at the end to win the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina NASCAR Nationwide Series race Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Keselowski outlasted a charge by Kyle Busch in the closing laps to get his third Nationwide Series win at Charlotte.
“Winning a Nationwide [...]

Sat, 10/11/14 – 6:17 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Hits 40, But Only In ‘Literal’ Years
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned 40 years old on Friday.
Like most drivers, the actual celebration of his birthday occurred earlier in the week because on Friday he was at Charlotte Motor Speedway preparing for Saturday’s Bank of America 500. His family and friends had a surprise party for [...]

Sat, 10/11/14 – 6:05 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins Pole; Looking Contender-Like At Charlotte
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a lap at 197.300 mph (27.357 seconds) on Friday and in doing so, looked and sounded very much like a driver capable of winning a championship.
Busch’s lap nipped Jeff Gordon (197.217 mph), who [...]

Fri, 10/10/14 – 6:58 | Comments Off
New Chase Format Has Amped Up Emotions
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After two more races, the Chase field will be slashed by another four drivers and Denny Hamlin said Thursday the 2014 format was more emotional for the competitors than the way it had been conducted since 2004.
“This is not a 10-race Chase anymore, it’s a three-race Chase [...]

Thu, 10/9/14 – 19:57 | Comments Off
Hornish Jr. To Drive No. 9 Petty Sprint Cup Car In ‘15
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Sam Hornish Jr. has driven for The Captain and The Coach. Next season, he will drive for The King.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday that it has hired veteran Hornish Jr. to take the place of Marcos Ambrose as driver of the No. 9 RPM Ford in the Sprint Cup Series.
Hornish [...]

Wed, 10/8/14 – 10:06 | One Comment
Hinchcliffe Exits Andretti, Moves To Schmidt Peterson
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The “Mayor of Hinchtown” is changing his email and snail-mail addresses.
James Hinchcliffe, a three-time Verizon IndyCar Series race-winner, has exited Andretti Autosport and signed a multi-year contract with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports beginning with the 2015 season.
Hinchcliffe will drive the No. 77 Dallara/Honda vacated by Simon Pagenaud, who was introduced as Team Penske’s fourth fulltime driver [...]

Wed, 10/8/14 – 7:05 | Comments Off