Fri, 17/04/15 – 18:46 | No Comment

Matt Kenseth, with a lap at 128.632 mph (14.917 seconds), earned the 14th pole of his career on Friday when he was fastest at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kenseth edged Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski (128.442 mph) by .022 seconds.
Carl Edwards (128.322 mph) qualified third while Kevin Harvick (128.211 mph)  was fourth.
Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano (who was fastest in […]

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Media Day Is First Major Test For Cup Drivers
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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
King Kinser Will Get A Royal Send Off In 2014
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In the mid-1980s, a guy from the advertising department at the newspaper I worked for in Colorado came to my desk and asked if I was going to the local dirt track that weekend. When asked why, ad guy gave a two-word answer: Kinser’s there.
Not the sprint cars or the World of Outlaws or the […]

Wed, 02/12/14 – 18:34 | Comments Off
The King Is Close In His Assessment Of Danica
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Last weekend, Richard Petty had some interesting things to say about Danica Patrick, the current state of racing in NASCAR, and how those two entities connect. None of it was very flattering to Patrick as a race car driver nor NASCAR as racing series driven by actual racing.
After giving it […]

Wed, 02/12/14 – 9:07 | 12 Comments
Pro Stocker Line Wins One For Hospitalized Teammate
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Jason Line arrived at the 2014 NHRA Winternationals with a built-in excuse should he end the event with a less-than-wonderful result.  The KB Racing Pro Stock driver could simply say he had more important things than drag racing on his mind.
Line, however, opted against excuse making. Instead, he used news that teammate/team leader Greg Anderson […]

Mon, 02/10/14 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Haas Speeds Forward With Formula One Plans
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas knows there are those who doubt his ability to field a Formula One team due to the failure of USF1 about five years ago, but that’s not keeping him from taking the next step in his pursuit of one.
Haas was scheduled to […]

Mon, 02/10/14 – 6:41 | Comments Off
Ageless Force Opens Season With Record Victory
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The wait for John Force to start acting his age goes on as the 64-year-old drag racer opened defense of his 16th NHRA Funny Car championship with a victory in the Winternationals.
Force, the winningest driver in NHRA history with 139 event victories, beat Matt Hagan of Don Schumacher Racing to […]

Sun, 02/9/14 – 19:40 | Comments Off
Kalitta On Top As Winternationals Kick Off 2014
Top Fueler Doug Kalitta called race conditions at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. “perfect” on Saturday. They sure were for the Mac Tools driver as Kalitta raced to the No. 1 qualifying position for Sunday’s Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
John Force (Funny Car) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s […]

Sun, 02/9/14 – 7:29 | Comments Off
Force Looking Brutal As NHRA Season Begins
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
John Force launched defense of his latest NHRA Funny Car world championship in record-setting fashion Friday, twice lowering the track record during the opening day of qualifications for the 54th annual NHRA Circle K Winternationals.
The winningest driver in NHRA history, Force recorded a 3.966-second pass on his second 1,000-foot lap down […]

Sat, 02/8/14 – 8:04 | Comments Off
Johnson Jr. Returns To The Show In Quality Ride
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Last time Tommy Johnson Jr. was employed fulltime as an NHRA Funny Car driver, Jay Leno had yet to retire the first time as host of “The Tonight Show.”
That was 2008, a lifetime in any form of professional motorsports. But the persistent Johnson has joined Don Schumacher Racing’s juggernaut for […]

Fri, 02/7/14 – 17:06 | Comments Off
Langdon Ready To Go Back-To-Back In Top Fuel
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
A year ago at this time, Shawn Langdon was a driver with things to prove. Important things. Things like proving he belonged on a Top Fuel team that had a championship-winning past.
This year heading into the coming weekend’s NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series’ season-opening Winternationals, Langdon again has something […]

Thu, 02/6/14 – 12:03 | Comments Off