Thu, 30/10/14 – 8:12 | One Comment

A couple years back, colleague Rick Minter was talking about stock-car racing then vs. stock-car racing now. The topic morphed to drivers. Minter happily described how he and his father used to run into them down at the Waffle House near their home in Georgia.
That’s right kids, NASCAR drivers used to eat at Waffle [...]

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Sampey Returning To NHRA Bike Competition
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – After a seven-year absence, three-time NHRA champion Angelle Sampey will return to Pro Stock Motorcycle competition this year in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with Star Racing, it was announced Saturday at zMAX Dragway.
Sampey returns with team owners George and Jackie Bryce of Americus, Ga., [...]

Sat, 09/13/14 – 14:53 | One Comment
Ambrose, Petty To Part Company
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Richard Petty Motorsports announced Saturday that Marcos Ambrose will not return as driver of the No. 9 Ford Fusion after the 2014 season.
Ambrose spoke with media members after the morning practice session Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway to address the announcement and discuss his future plans. A full transcript of that meeting with the press follows:
MARCOS [...]

Sat, 09/13/14 – 14:36 | Comments Off
Rain Puts Kyle Busch On Pole For Chase Opener
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Rain at Chicagoland Speedway forced cancellation of Friday’s qualifying sessions for Sunday’s MyAFibStory.com 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
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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
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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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
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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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
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By Mark Armijo | Senior Writer
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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
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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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