Fri, 24/04/15 – 10:33 | No Comment

While driving a 320-plus mph Top Fuel car never will be classified as easy, Richie Crampton insists his comfort level is growing exponentially with each pass this season in the Lucas Oil dragster.
The NHRA’s reigning Rookie of the Year, Crampton hasn’t lost a first-round matchup through five races in 2015 – a streak capped by […]

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Martinsville Rewards Friends, Mangles Others
| Senior Writer

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Call it the mystique at Martinsville.
Fifteen of Richard Petty’s 200 career wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came at Martinsville Speedway. .
Bobby Allison, on the other hand, never managed to visit victory lane at the paperclip-shaped oval during his legendary Cup career.
Fast forward to today and that trend remains in full […]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 19:14 | Comments Off on Martinsville Rewards Friends, Mangles Others
Martinsville Ace Hamlin Wins Cup Pole
Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light pole for the seventh race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, turning a track-record lap in 19.013 seconds (99.595 mph) at Martinsville Speedway on Friday.
Hamlin, who has four Martinsville victories, will start beside second-place qualifier Jimmie Johnson (99.344 mph), who has eight Martinsville wins to his credit, […]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 16:56 | Comments Off on Martinsville Ace Hamlin Wins Cup Pole
Cagnazzi, Gray To Merge Pro Stock Teams
NHRA teams Gray Motorsports and Cagnazzi Racing will combine forces in 2014 to create a multi-car team Pro Stock team.
The merged team will race under the Gray Motorsports banner.
Engine development for both the Pro Stock and Cagnazzi’s successful COPO Camaro Stock Eliminator programs will take place at the Gray Motorsports facility in Denver, N.C., and […]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 15:58 | Comments Off on Cagnazzi, Gray To Merge Pro Stock Teams
Elliott Sadler Ready For New Role As Cup Sub
| Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Elliott Sadler steps into the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota this weekend at Martinsville Speedway for the first time since a medical issue sidelined the team’s regular driver, Brian Vickers, earlier this month and the Virginia native said Friday Vickers was handling the situation better
than he […]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 15:49 | One Comment
Condensing Weekends A Good Idea For NASCAR
| Managing Editor

It appears that NASCAR officials are floating an interesting trial balloon this weekend. The idea attached to that balloon is a good one. Well, half of a good one.
NASCAR official Kerry Tharp told reporters earlier this week that consideration is being given to doing away with single-car qualifying sessions for most races.
In the place of […]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 8:42 | One Comment
Hagan’s Job Is To Take Down The People’s Choice
| Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Matt Hagan’s pursuit of a second NHRA Funny Car world championship has cast him in the role of villain, the fate of any number of drivers chasing drag racing icon John Force.
“Well, if you read Facebook there ain’t no Matt Hagan fans out there. That drives you,” said Hagan, who […]

Fri, 10/25/13 – 7:32 | One Comment
With Petit Over, Attention Turns To Future
| Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
As the 2013 Petit Le Mans wound down to a finish at Road Atlanta last Saturday night, as fans began pouring water on trackside campfires, as canvas canopies were folded and stowed, as the big old LMP1 cars were loaded onto haulers, an oh-geez moment struck.
It was a moment of; […]

Thu, 10/24/13 – 7:11 | Comments Off on With Petit Over, Attention Turns To Future
Kenseth Exits Test With Tires, Jimmie On His Mind
| Senior Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Kenseth’s participation in Day 2 of a three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series open test at Texas Motor Speedway ended abruptly Tuesday in the Turn 1 wall, which will require a fresh coat of white paint before the AAA Texas 500 on Nov. 3.
“I have mixed feelings, I guess, on testing,” […]

Wed, 10/23/13 – 7:07 | Comments Off on Kenseth Exits Test With Tires, Jimmie On His Mind
IndyCar Champion Dixon Says He’s Ready To Represent
| Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Unaccustomed as he is to public speaking, Scott Dixon says he is ready to represent the IndyCar Series as its reigning and three-time driver’s champion.
“Absolutely. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy doing that stuff,” said Dixon, who clinched the 2013 title with a fifth-place finish in the season-ending MAVTV 500 […]

Mon, 10/21/13 – 12:05 | Comments Off on IndyCar Champion Dixon Says He’s Ready To Represent
Flat Spot On: Patrick Needs to Mash The Gas
| Senior Writer

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
TALLADEGA, Ala. – As an unofficial and unauthorized biographer of Danica Patrick, which leaves me well informed on the subject, I must admit to being disappointed in her rookie season in the Sprint Cup. Always one to index herself up to speed and avoid crashing, I wonder if Patrick will […]

Mon, 10/21/13 – 7:40 | 5 Comments