Mon, 20/10/14 – 15:03 | No Comment

Raymond Beadle, an icon of Texas motor racing, passed away Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion was 70.
At the peak of his success, Beadle campaigned cars in NASCAR, NHRA, IHRA and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and was owner of Chaparral Trailer Company.
Widely-credited [...]

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Rain Puts Kyle Busch On Pole For Chase Opener
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Rain at Chicagoland Speedway forced cancellation of Friday’s qualifying sessions for Sunday’s 400, the first race in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and put Kyle Busch on the pole for the race.
The rain also forced postponement of Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland.
With the field ordered according to [...]

Fri, 09/12/14 – 19:31 | Comments Off
Countdown Off And Running
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Matt Hagan opened NHRA’s playoffs by racing to the qualifying lead  in Funny Car Friday at the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord.
J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the first of six playoff races in the NHRA [...]

Fri, 09/12/14 – 19:26 | Comments Off
Countdown Begins With Consistency, Efficiency On Front Burner
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CONCORD, N.C. – Ask any NHRA competitor vying for a Mello Yello Drag Racing Series title his or her approach to the Countdown to the Championship and the same two words keep appearing in their vocabulary – consistency and efficiency.
The six-race title run for the professional classes begins this weekend at zMAX Dragway with [...]

Fri, 09/12/14 – 19:18 | Comments Off
Chase Strategies Shaping Up At Chicagoland
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
JOLIET, Ill. – As 16 drivers prepare to launch this year’s 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, this season’s new format already has each of them strategizing on how to advance to round two.
This year’s Chase will feature a trio of three-race elimination rounds [...]

Fri, 09/12/14 – 19:02 | Comments Off
Allmendinger’s Past Overtaken By His Present
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A career that has been marked more by bumpy roads than smooth cruises to victory lane has prompted driver A.J. Allmendinger to adopt a short and simple world view: Things happen for a reason.
This week, as he prepares for his first-ever start in NASCAR’s Chase for [...]

Thu, 09/11/14 – 13:27 | Comments Off
Hamlin Names Favorite To Win Chase Championship
Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent

By Mark Armijo | Senior Writer
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Should Denny Hamlin fail to satiate a hungry quest to collar a coveted Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy, a shiny piece of hardware that narrowly escaped his clutch four years ago, he has a fairly strong opinion as to which driver will eventually ensconce himself [...]

Wed, 09/10/14 – 13:48 | Comments Off
Stewart-Haas Swaps Cup Crews On Eve Of Chase
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Stewart-Haas Racing’s championship-winning NASCAR organization has swapped the pit crews of its Nos. 4 and 14 teams heading into the opening round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Beginning with Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, Tony Stewart’s No. 14 team of tire changers, tire carriers and jackmen will switch to Kevin [...]

Wed, 09/10/14 – 13:40 | Comments Off
2014 Chase: More Rounds, Drivers And Intensity
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RICHMOND, Va. – Five of the 16 NASCAR drivers vying for the 2014 Sprint Cup championship already possess a total of 13 titles, but this year’s format could result in the most intense title run any of them have experienced.
“It’s going to be really, really intense,” said four-time NASCAR champion [...]

Sun, 09/7/14 – 13:14 | Comments Off
Hot Night At Richmond Takes Toll On Johnson
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RICHMOND, Va. – Jimmie Johnson was treated for dehydration Saturday night after experiencing problems when he climbed from his car following the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Johnson, who finished eighth, began suffering severe cramps and lay down on pit road after climbing from his car. His crew [...]

Sun, 09/7/14 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Fence-Climbing Fan Arrested
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

RICHMOND, Va. – A fan who caused the fourth caution period in Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 after he climbed atop Richmond International Raceway’s fourth-turn catch fence was arrested by Henrico Police and charged with disorderly conduct and drunk in public, said RIR Communications Director Aimee Turner.
Turner didn’t have the person’s identity.
She said the [...]

Sun, 09/7/14 – 7:39 | Comments Off