Fri, 24/10/14 – 15:37 | No Comment

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chad Knaus, the only crew chief Jimmie Johnson has known while winning six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, isn’t on the chopping block.
But Johnson, who was eliminated from this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Talladega, Ala., made it clear that he knows the day is coming when there [...]

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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
Keselowski Wins Richmond; Chase Field Set
Info Manager |
Brad Keselowski dominated and won Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, but the big news was which two drivers filled out the final two berths in the Chase playoff, which begins next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
Those two drivers would be Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle, who finished ninth and 19th [...]

Sat, 09/6/14 – 21:48 | Comments Off
‘Ruthless’ Racing On The Menu At Richmond
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RICHMOND, Va. – With only two Chase positions available heading into Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, many drivers believe it will be a tough, pressure-packed event with some dicey moves possibly on the agenda.
Matt Kenseth, who’s winless this year in a series where victories now guarantee [...]

Sat, 09/6/14 – 6:53 | Comments Off
Texas To Play Bigger Role In Countdown In 2015
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Texas Motorplex will assume a more prominent role during NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs in 2015, when the 30th edition of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals will be contested Oct. 15-18.
The new date will move The Plex from its current Sept. 18-21 date as the second of sixth NHRA [...]

Sat, 09/6/14 – 6:37 | Comments Off