Wed, 20/09/17 – 7:06 | No Comment

Kasey Kahne became the first veteran NASCAR free-agent driver to land a fulltime ride for next season Tuesday, when Leavine Family Racing confirmed he will pilot the No. 95 Chevrolet Camaro for the full 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) schedule.
Kahne, who has driven for Hendrick Motorsports since 2012, will replace Michael McDowell on […]

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Bruton Smith Humbled By Call From Texas Hall
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Fort Worth, Texas – Marcus Smith says the people who know his father best swear that motorsports mogul O. Bruton Smith is “a teddy bear” of a man.
“He is really the picture of the American dream,” Marcus Smith said his dad, who as chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. […]

Thu, 04/2/09 – 21:18 | One Comment
Busch Breezes To Nationwide Pole In Texas
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Fort Worth, Texas – Kyle Busch will bid for an unprecedented third consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday from the best seat in the house, and with a double shot at history.
On a day when high wind warnings and occasional gusts from 50 to 60 mph […]

Thu, 04/2/09 – 21:15 | One Comment
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Fort Worth, Texas – Terry Cook and Paul Menard paced the opening two practices Friday for the O’Reilly 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Cook, driver of the No. 91 MSRP Motorsports Chevrolet, led the opening session at 185.995 mph. He was followed by David Ragan (184.426 mph) and Tony Stewart (183.492 mph). […]

Thu, 04/2/09 – 16:28 | Comments Off on Menard and Cook Fast At Texas
Bill Elliott’s Son Fast Tracking At Age 13
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
 The voice on the phone was strong and clear, confident yet pleasant and conversational. It was hard to imagine it coming from a 13-year-old seventh grader.
 “Hi, this is Chase Elliott,” he said. “I hear you want to interview me.”
 Elliott, the son of Sprint Cup driver Bill Elliott, has gotten lots […]

Thu, 04/2/09 – 14:35 | 4 Comments
Hunter-Reay Feeling Red, White and Good
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor 
Ryan Hunter-Reay, sounding a tad bushed by a hectic couple of days that involved nothing less than his fate as an open-wheel driver, perked up a bit when something was pointed out to him about his new team.
America’s IndyCar team? Yes, he said, he liked that. He had not really […]

Thu, 04/2/09 – 14:30 | Comments Off on Hunter-Reay Feeling Red, White and Good
Ownership Tempering Stewart – So Far
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
The fireworks that some folks expected from Tony Stewart this season have fizzled like a wet sparkler. Six races into his first Sprint Cup season as both driver and car owner, Stewart is sailing along free of controversy, even without a strong boss to ride herd on him.
Granted there haven’t […]

Wed, 04/1/09 – 13:30 | Comments Off on Ownership Tempering Stewart – So Far
Dixon Has New Team At Home To Deal With
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
As a two-time IndyCar Series champion and the most recent Indianapolis 500 winner, Scott Dixon appears to be a man with few worlds to conquer.
So, how about fatherhood…and the joy of changing diapers? That life-altering experience awaits Scott and Emma Dixon, who are expecting their first child in late July. 
“Both […]

Wed, 04/1/09 – 13:25 | One Comment
Wood Brothers Seeking Success with Hyder
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
If race fans think it’s good for the Wood Brothers Racing team to still be a viable entity after 59 years in the sport, one of the first people to thank is the Woods’ current crew chief, David Hyder.
 Hyder, who drove his own short track cars before injuries at Myrtle […]

Tue, 03/31/09 – 17:38 | 3 Comments
IRL’s Vision Racing hires Hunter-Reay
Vision Racing of the IndyCar series announced Tuesday that it has hired Ryan Hunter-Reay to drive for it in the 2009 season.
Hunter-Reay, 28, joins fellow American, Ed Carpenter, on the team’s driver roster.
Hunter-Reay, who won on the road course at Watkins Glen International last season and claimed IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year honors in […]

Tue, 03/31/09 – 17:35 | Comments Off on IRL’s Vision Racing hires Hunter-Reay
Sammy Johns is a veteran crew chief who is working this year with a driver who is not all that young, but is newish to NASCAR, A.J. Allmendinger. This week, Johnson answered some questions about himself, Richard Petty Motorsports, Allmendinger, Dodge and racing.
Question: Any relief in moving from the half-mile tracks of Bristol and Martinsville […]

Tue, 03/31/09 – 17:35 | One Comment