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“Fast” Jack Beckman emerged as last man standing in pursuit of sweeping the NHRA’s 2015 Western Swing Sunday, when he polished-off a near-perfect weekend with a Funny Car victory in the 28th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
Beckman trailered Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final at Sonoma Raceway to keep alive his bid […]

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Back Spasms Keep Gordon Out Of Car; Backup To Be Ready On Race Day
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Jeff Gordon bypassed Saturday’s final practice session for the Coca-Cola 600 due to back spasms and said Regan Smith would be standing by Sunday in case he needed relief during NASCAR’s
longest race.
“Unfortunately, I had a back spasm the other night [Thursday] in that last qualifying run that […]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 14:45 | Comments Off on Back Spasms Keep Gordon Out Of Car; Backup To Be Ready On Race Day
Two Night: Gordon, Evernham ‘Snookered” The 600
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CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty years ago, 22-year-old upstart Jeff Gordon and his Ray Evernham-led Hendrick Motorsports team drove into Coca-Cola 600 history by outsmarting the 1989 series champion on the competitors’ final stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Rusty Wallace’s Penske Racing crew changed four tires, which was the accepted practice at the time, while Gordon’s Chevrolet […]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 10:40 | Comments Off on Two Night: Gordon, Evernham ‘Snookered” The 600
Bayne To Drive The RFR No. 6 Ford
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Trevor Bayne will move to NASCAR Sprint Cup racing fulltime in 2015, driving the No. 6 Ford fielded by Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush announced Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Advocare, who is sponsoring Bayne in the Nationwide Series this year, will move to the Sprint Cup level […]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 9:51 | Comments Off on Bayne To Drive The RFR No. 6 Ford
Villeneuve Returns To Indy Looking For Second Win
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS – It took Jacques Villeneuve exactly one lap on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval to ask himself,  “What have I done?’’
Nineteen years after winning the 1995 Indianapolis 500 the Canadian-born driver decided it was time to come back. The first few trips around the 2 ½-mile oval at speed […]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 8:40 | Comments Off on Villeneuve Returns To Indy Looking For Second Win
Carb Day: Kanaan Logs Fastest Lap Of The Day
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS – Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and the word from Team Target is…don’t believe everything you see on Carburetion Day.
Reigning Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan posted the fastest speed during Friday’s one-hour session –the final tuneup before Sunday’s 98th running of the Indy 500 […]

Fri, 05/23/14 – 18:48 | Comments Off on Carb Day: Kanaan Logs Fastest Lap Of The Day
KO Qualifying Snafus Cost Top Contenders Big At Charlotte Motor Speedway
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CONCORD, N.C. – Guess some teams still have some minor tweaking to do in their approaches to the new Knockout Qualifying thing. In the case of the teams of Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth, maybe some major tweaks.
Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing team and Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs Racing team both advanced into the third and final round […]

Fri, 05/23/14 – 12:02 | Comments Off on KO Qualifying Snafus Cost Top Contenders Big At Charlotte Motor Speedway
Montoya At Indianapolis For The First Time – Again
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS – In Juan Pablo Montoya’s universe, Indianapolis 500 history dates all the way back to Monday.
The Indy 500 JPM won as a brash rookie in 2000? Might as well have been run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s original 2.5-mile brick surface with a riding mechanic aboard. As in, ancient […]

Fri, 05/23/14 – 10:51 | Comments Off on Montoya At Indianapolis For The First Time – Again
Elliott Survived Lions, Earned Spot In Hearts, Hall
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a nine-month period in the mid-1980s, Bill Elliott skyrocketed from a relatively unknown north Georgia race car driver to international stardom.
With a potent Ford Thunderbird, Elliott and his older brothers, Ernie and Dan, turned NASCAR Cup racing upside down with their victories and record pole runs. […]

Fri, 05/23/14 – 7:16 | Comments Off on Elliott Survived Lions, Earned Spot In Hearts, Hall
Johnson To Start 600 From The Pole
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson started his bid to win Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup race by winning the pole on Thursday evening.
Johnson had a pole winning speed of 194.911 miles per hour in the final of three rounds of knockout qualifying to bag the pole.
It was the first […]

Thu, 05/22/14 – 19:20 | Comments Off on Johnson To Start 600 From The Pole
NASCAR Garages Will Be Watching The Indy 500
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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CONCORD, N.C. – When Kurt Busch squeezes into his Indy car on Sunday to compete in the 2014 Indianapolis 500, he will not squeeze in alone. With him will be a NASCAR garage full of drivers and team members.
That became evident Thursday when the garages opened for business at Charlotte […]

Thu, 05/22/14 – 17:16 | One Comment