With the Daytona 500 a little less than two months away, what are some of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' top drivers thinking as they look forward to 2013? Here's a list of the top 20 drivers from last season and some of the thoughts they're sharing in exactly 10 words.
When Brad Keselowski enthusiastically guzzled the product of his primary sponsor on national television following November's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he wasn't merely celebrating his 2012 championship season.
Kyle Busch frequently has called this the worst year of his motorsports career. We have news for him: He's wrong. So, so wrong. His tune will change by the time he reads the next 1,271 or so words.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway's 2013 schedule is starting to take shape as NASCAR's Whelen Modified Tour and the K&N Pro Series East will return to "The Magic Mile" for a total of three races next year.
The calendar has yet to change over to the new year, but the 2013 generation of Sprint Cup car has already claimed its first track record -- albeit unofficially.
Max Giguere, from Saint-Georges, Quebec, claimed the "Fans of NHMS" Yahoo! Fantasy Auto Racing Title thanks to a dominant performance during NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Newly-crowned NASCAR Sprint Cup championship owner Roger Penske presented Tony Stewart the opportunity to race in next year's Indianapolis 500. But on Wednesday, Stewart respectfully declined the offer.
The 2012 season definitely had some memorable moments: the jet dryer fire in the Daytona 500; Tony Stewart's helmet throw at Matt Kenseth; and, the Jeff Gordon/Clint Bowyer melee.
Jeff Gordon won the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but the big prize went to Brad Keselowski, who was crowned the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion.
NASCAR announced the 2013 schedule for its Nationwide Series today, a slate that once again includes New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 24th straight year.
Jeff Gordon was fined $100,000; Brian Pattie, crew chief for Clint Bowyer, was fined $25,000; and Brad Keselowski was fined $25,000 following a crazy Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Kevin Harvick won. Jimmie Johnson crashed. And Brad Keselowski took over the points lead. But it's the melee between Team Bowyer and Team Gordon that has ESPN analyst Ricky Craven's attention following Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway.
With back-to-back wins and five top-10s in his last six starts, Jimmie Johnson is atop the "Magic Mile" Power Rankings for a fourth straight week. Can Brad Keselowski chase him down and, more importantly, steal away the points lead from him on Sunday at Phoenix?
With only seven points separating the two, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson are in a dogfight for the Sprint Cup championship. But Keselowski might need to win the last two races to win his first title.
Ricky Craven thinks Brad Keselowski's seven-point deficit isn't impossible to make up with two races to go, unless that leader happens to be Mr. Five Time – Jimmie Johnson.
Jimmie Johnson sits atop the "Magic Mile" Power Rankings for a third straight week, and he's also taken over the top spot in the Chase standings. Can Brad Keselowski catch him with three races remaining on the slate?
Keselowski now trails Johnson by two points, the first time he's been behind since Johnson grabbed a one-point advantage after Dover. The general consensus Sunday evening was that it could have been much, much worse.
Round ... and around ... and around ... and around. If you like cars going in circles, this weekend's Tums Fast Relief 500 is for you! Martinsville Speedway is the shortest of short tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.
Jimmie Johnson still trails Brad Keselowski by seven points in the standings, but it's Mr. Five Time who remains on top of the "Magic Mile" Power Rankings for the second straight week.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who missed the last two races with a concussion, has been cleared to pilot the No. 88 for Hendrick Motorsports this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
ESPN's Ricky Craven breaks drivers' struggles at Kansas Speedway. The Hollywood Casino 400 set a record with 14 cautions and Matt Kenseth came back to win with a damaged race car.
Brad Keselowski is still atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship points standings, but the pilot of the Miller Lite Blue Deuce has dropped to second behind Jimmie Johnson in the "Magic Mile" Power Rankings.
Clint Bowyer was burned up that he didn't have enough fuel to complete a righteous burnout, but that was the only thing that went wrong in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Despite a wild finish to the race at Talladega Superspeedway, there wasn't a huge shakeup to the "Magic Mile" Power Rankings as the field heads to our sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, for the Bank of America 500 on Saturday night.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced the Loud'N'Proud Perks, a newly-created, free loyalty rewards program for race fans renewing season tickets for the 2013 NASCAR race weekends.
Following a hard crash at Talladega on Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two races with a concussion, effectively ending his bid at the Sprint Cup championship.
Speedway Children’s Charities National Executive Director, retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Tom Sadler was honored with the unveiling of a special paint scheme that will be run in Dollar General 300 on Friday.
The debate over restrictor-plate racing at the sport's biggest track exploded once again, and in typical fashion, when Tony Stewart drifted down the track just enough to ignite automotive calamity.
Brad Keselowski is not only back atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings – thanks to his win last weekend at Dover – but he's also back atop the "Magic Mile" Power Rankings board for the fourth time this season.
The SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekend provided a big win for non-profits and the N.H. Chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities. The two combined to raise over $275,000 in revenue.
Kasey Kahne (15th) and defending Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart (20th) had off-days at Dover on Sunday, but the two aren't out of championship contention just yet.
Jonathan and Gavin recap the SYLVANIA 300 and discuss whether banking would impact a race at NHMS, before previewing the AAA 400 at Dover.
Denny Hamlin dominated Sunday's SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, leading 193 laps en route to his Cup-leading fifth win of the season. He now sits third in points.
Speedway officials welcomed Baby Katie back to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, site of of the "Miracle at the Magic Mile." Her mother, Shawna Arnold, delivered Katie in the backseat of the family sedan in the NHMS parking lot on Sept. 14.
With NASCAR in town, Jonathan and Gavin recap the Chase opener at Chicagoland and talk about the favorites this weekend at "The Magic Mile."
K&N Pro Series East rookie Kyle Larson held off Corey LaJoie for his first-ever win at "The Magic Mile" on Saturday. Larson won the G-Oil 100 by half a car length in one of the tightest finishes in recent memory.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Doug Coby picked up his first career win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, holding off Donny Lia to win the F.W. Webb 100.
Jeff Gordon took the pole for Sunday's SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Gordon hasn't won at "The Magic Mile" since 1998, but he'll be in good position to win when he starts from the front row.
NASCAR’s premier stock car division has been racing twice a year at NHMS since 1997. That will continue again in 2013, as Speedway officials announced this morning that both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series dates are locked in for next July and September.
NHMS Exec. VP/GM Jerry Gappens talks about all the on-track action and off-track events that he and his staff have planned the SYLVANIA 300 race weekend.
The inaugural Governor's Challenge: Mini-SYLVANIA 300, held at Route 106 Race Park in Pembroke, N.H., was won by WHEB/WGIR's Greg Kretschmar of the "Greg and the Morning Buzz" radio show.
Just a few minutes after qualifying for the SYLVANIA 300, Chase contenders Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch will hold an autograph session in the Display Lot in the NHMS tent.
Mike Olsen is so excited to team up with his longtime friend Frank Stoddard, he wants to tell NASCAR fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway all about it.
With the field reset for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, beginning this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, "The Magic Mile" Power Rankings have also been reset with 10 races to go.
Matt Kenseth, who enters the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in seventh place, will be the featured driver at WOKQ FanFest during SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekend at "The Magic Mile" on Sept. 20.
Denny Hamlin, the top-ranked driver entering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase, visited New Hampshire on Tuesday to promote the upcoming SYLVANIA 300.
There was a time when Michael Waltrip wasn't sure if he could pull off being an owner in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. But now he's proven himself wrong
With a checkered flag waving inside the Pennichuck Middle School library, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau affixed Nashua’s name to the $20,000 check on Wednesday, officially declaring her city as the winner of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s inaugural Race to Benefit Education.
And then there were five. With 11 of the Chase spots already locked up, Saturday night's race at Richmond International Speedway will serve as the final opportunity to clinch that coveted 12th position in the Sprint Cup playoff. And it’s going to take a win to do it.
In preparation for NASCAR’s invasion to New England on Sunday, Sept. 23 for SYLVANIA 300, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has the opportunity of a lifetime.
Upon his introduction as the newest driver in the Joe Gibbs Racing stable Tuesday at the organization's shop, Matt Kenseth walked into the room and yelled, "Surprise!" No one was surprised, and most in attendance laughed. Denny Hamlin, the JGR driver who will become Kenseth's teammate in 2013, even gave Kenseth a one-man standing ovation.
In a season that has been nuts with wild-card talk, one more hand must be played this Saturday under the lights at Richmond International Raceway. That will be wild in itself, but the way the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup is shaping up, it hardly will be the end of all the craziness.
With powerful vocals and an infectious stage presence, Shana Stack will provide the perfect segue for Travis Tritt on Sunday, Sept. 23 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Shana Stack Band will perform before Travis Tritt takes the stage prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300, the second race in the Chase for the championship.
A native of Keene, N.H., Stack is a multi-national award-winning country singer, who has opened for such acts as Reba McEntire and Sugarland. The Shana Stack Band recently released its second full-length record, “What you See is What you Get,” which is receiving strong airplay in the United States and Europe.
Things certainly got heated in Bristol, didn’t they? Tony Stewart smoked his helmet at Matt Kenseth. Danica Patrick waved her finger at Regan Smith. And Denny Hamlin used an aggressive late-race pass to knock off Carl Edwards. The old Bristol was certainly back, and in a big way. With just two races remaining on the regular-season docket, here’s a look at the top-10 drivers heading to Atlanta Motor Speedway:
A picturesque day provided the perfect setting for American-Canadian Tour teams as they turned practice laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Wednesday.
More than 25 teams from five New England states and two Canadian provinces spent most of the morning and afternoon gathering as much information as possible for the Bond Auto ACT Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 22 at “The Magic Mile.”
The Bond Auto ACT Invitational will be the third of four races on a jam-packed Sept. 22 slate. It will be preceded by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East G-Oil 100, and followed by the U.S. Legends Car International Series race. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300, the second race the in Chase for the championship, will run the following day on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Matt Kenseth was nowhere near Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday when Tony Stewart drove a World War II tank as part of a promotion for sponsor Mobil 1.
Even if he had been, Stewart wasn't ready to run over him "every chance I've got from now 'til the end of the year" as the defending Sprint Cup champion promised after the two were involved in a wreck on Saturday night at Bristol.
"Only if I need to," Stewart said during the promotion in which he drove a minivan, drifting car and tank. "No more than anybody else. "You can't guarantee anything is not going to happen. It's not our intention to go seek him out. We've got along a lot more races than we've disagreed."
The grinding process that Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith ordered in April to return Bristol Motor Speedway to the way it was prior to the 2007 reconfiguration didn't work.
The high groove that was supposed to be eliminated became even more important.
The lower groove – the one that helped make this half-mile track the toughest ticket in NASCAR because it forced drivers to move each other out of the way to pass – was slow.
But through a strange twist of backward luck, Smith got the desired effect he wanted.
Bristol is back.
One of the most recognizable voices in country music today, New Englander Jamie Lee Thurston will hit the WOKQ FanFest stage for next month SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekend at “The Magic Mile.” New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced the baritone’s inclusion as the feature act on Sept. 20 in the Broadway Midway at 9 p.m.
A native of Central, Vermont, Thurston was recognized in June with two Independent Country Music Association nominations ("Best Musician" and "Best Live Performance") for his performance at a charity event held in South Burlington, VT for the benefit of victims devastated by the May 2011 flood in Green Mountain State. Thurston took home the award for "Best Live Performance." Thurston’s life story has also been optioned for a future Hollywood film.
It might seem like a subtle change when fans first walk through the gates of Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, but a little less concrete should definitely make a big difference to the drivers.
Welcome to the new resurfaced Bristol, (hopefully) like the old Bristol. Goodbye progressive banking. Hello expected bumping and banging.
After the race in March, track owner Bruton Smith polled the fans and promised a return to "old-style racing" at Bristol. That put the onus squarely on Steve Swift, senior construction manager for Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
So, Greg Biffle is the points leader. Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch are on the outside looking in on the Chase. And Hendrick Motorsports, the premier team in NASCAR for the better part of the last decade, is having issues - mechanically and personally. With just three weeks left in the regular season, things certainly are heating up in the Sprint Cup Series.
Here's a look at the top-10 drivers heading to Bristol Motor Speedway in the first edition of the "Magic Mile" Power Rankings list:
Brad Keselowski's Blue Deuce might not be flat-out fast enough to be considered a favorite in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but the 28-year-old from Rochester Hills, Mich., has a team that's serving notice it won't back down to five-time championJimmie Johnson or anyone else.
Keselowski's crew got the Penske Racing Dodge in and out of the pits so fast on Sunday's final green-flag stop that Johnson couldn't believe his eyes.
With the New Hampshire primary on the horizon, Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton made pit stops in New England on Wednesday, throwing his helmet into the mix as the primary candidate to become the winning ticket for the SYLVANIA 300 – the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship – at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 23.
Aboard the Pit Stop Express, Burton, known affectionately as “The Mayor of NASCAR,” visited Faneuil Hall in Boston, Mass., City Hall in Manchester, N.H., and Prescott Park in Portsmouth, N.H. Already with more wins (four) than any other Cup driver in “Magic Mile” history, Burton used a grassroots approach to rally fans in support of his drive for five.
Allen Bestwick, host of NASCAR Now on ESPN, served as Burton’s emcee and rally rouser.
Joey Logano is mulling offers for two full-time Sprint Cup rides next year, including one to remain at Joe Gibbs Racing, and expects to make a decision soon.
"I've got a couple of offers," the 22-year-old driver said on Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he was promoting fall events. "I'm just trying to decipher what's the best for me. What's going to give me the most trophies and win the most races out of?
"I could be fairly close (to a decision). I could be a few weeks out. It all depends on the next couple of days, actually."
Some of the vehicles were painted black, while others bore a strange black and white paint scheme designed to make contour lines difficult to discern. But it wasn't the color of the cars that drew the most attention during a tire test of 2013 models held at Martinsville Speedway – it was the weight.
Four Sprint Cup teams descended on the Virginia short track Tuesday for the opening session of a two-day Goodyear test designed to shake down 2013 cars and give the tire supplier information on which to base their compounds for next season. Key in that effort is the removal of 100 pounds of weight from the next-generation vehicles, including 60 from a right side that in the current models is infamous for stressing tires on that part of the car.
Dodge is expected to announce its withdrawal from NASCAR competition following the 2012 season, multiple sources with knowledge of Dodge's plans told ESPN.com.
Dodge is expected to hold a Tuesday press conference to make the announcement. Attempts to contact multiple Dodge spokespeople for comment were unsuccessful or resulted in no comment.
Dodge was faced with a rebuilding phase beginning in 2013, after Penske Racing – the lone NASCAR organization to field Dodges since 2009 – chose to leave the manufacturer in favor of Ford Motor Company beginning next season.
Jeff Gordon, one of NASCAR's biggest rainmakers, got a shower just when he needed it in Sunday's Pennsylvania 400.
Gordon didn't lead a lap under the green flag, but he notched a critically important victory at Pocono Raceway, thanks to an opportunistic move to the front after a restart on Lap 91 of a scheduled 160.
Coincidentally, it was a mistake by Jimmie Johnson, Gordon's Hendrick Motorsports teammate, that enabled Gordon to celebrate in Victory Lane and, more importantly, to resurrect his prospects for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Roger Penske admits that his phone has been ringing off the hook from those wanting a shot in the No. 22 Sprint Cup car.
Now that AJ Allmendinger has been released, it is officially “game on” as far as who could drive that car in 2013.
Here is a list of people likely calling Penske about that ride and their chances.
Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger was released from Penske Racing on Wednesday, opening a seat in the organization's No. 22 car for the second time in as many years.
The Penske team announced the firing in a statement, which came after Allmendinger and team owner Roger Penske met face-to-face. Allmendinger is suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for failing a random drug test, and must complete a mandatory recovery program before he can hope to be reinstated by the sanctioning body. There is no concrete timeline for his return.
NASCAR has approved all four automakers' new Sprint Cup Series race car designs for next season.
Series officials announced Monday that the new Chevrolet SS, Dodge Charger, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry designs have met the necessary targets for approval based on final aerodynamic tests July 18. Manufacturers can begin making parts and pieces for the new models, which will make their racing debut at Daytona International Speedway next February.
The new cars will bring a significantly different look next season as they are designed to look more like their passenger car counterparts.
If it's true that "one man's loss is another man's gain," Dale Earnhardt Jr. was easily the biggest beneficiary of Matt Kenseth's misfortune Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
When Kenseth couldn't avoid smacking into Joey Logano's out-of-control car with 26 laps remaining -- and Earnhardt went on to finish fourth -- it resulted in major implications at the top of the Sprint Cup points standings.
Jimmie Johnson remembers it being hot. He can't recall if they had air conditioning or not back at the house in El Cajon, Calif., but when the Indianapolis 500 was on, none of that mattered. It was the only race a young Johnson would watch in its entirety, sometimes on the couch with his dad and grandfather, sometimes sitting inside a little tunnel made of sofa cushions pretending he was a race-car driver while the real thing was unfolding on television.
How much more intriguing would qualifying be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway if we didn't know Dale Earnhardt Jr. was guaranteed a spot in Sunday's Sprint Cup race?
How many more people would pay to sit in the stands and watch qualifying if they knew there was a chance Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart or any of the big names might miss the race if they hit the wall or blew an engine during their two-lap run?
Maybe one day soon we'll find out.
NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton confirmed that NASCAR is discussing with teams about options in each of the top three series that could do away with the top-35 rule to make qualifying more significant in 2013.
Could Danica Patrick attempt the Indianapolis 500-Coca-Cola 600 double? In a Q&A with the Indianapolis Star's Curt Cavin, Patrick placed even odds on her participation in next year's Indianapolis 500. "Fair chance. I'll say 50-50. We're working on it," Patrick said.
The lights are bright, emotions ride high and the finish line is within site. One group might await the four most popular words in motorsports on a race track in the American South while the other readies for the starting shot on a different type of track or in a pool in Great Britain, but the task at hand is the same.
AJ Allmendinger has been suspended indefinitely after a second sample from a drug test collected earlier this month violated the league's substance abuse policy, according to NASCAR. The driver of the No. 22 car at Penske Racing will next receive a letter from NASCAR outlining the terms and conditions of potential reinstatement.
A record number of fans took advantage of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s ultimate pre-race experience at the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15. In September, “The Magic Mile” will set a new record as speedway officials announce that they have made another 1,000 “Pre-Race Pit Passes” available.
Richard Childress is in no rush to push grandson Austin Dillon into full-time Sprint Cup competition. "I've seen too many young guys come along and get moved up too quick," Childress said Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, where Dillon finished sixth in the STP 300. "We don't want to do that."
Bob Osborne is transitioning away from his role as crew chief of the No. 99 Sprint Cup team at Roush Fenway Racing, team owner Jack Roush announced Tuesday. Roush Fenway veteran Chad Norris will be the crew chief for the No. 99 effective immediately. Osborne will remain with the organization as a senior member of the organization's management team and steering committee.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Carl Edwards for the past nine years and, during that time, my focus has been building a championship-caliber program," Osborne said. "I'm proud of the 18 wins we've had together in Sprint Cup Series competition and our two second-place points finishes.
Denny, we hardly knew you.
A new, improved Denny Hamlin climbed from his car after a disappointing runner-up finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The new, improved Denny Hamlin bore little resemblance to the zombie-like Denny Hamlin of November 2010 at Phoenix.
The circumstances on the race track were remarkably similar. Hamlin's reactions were markedly different.
On Nov. 7, 2010, Hamlin took control of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, winning at Texas Motor Speedway and expanding his lead in the standings to 33 points over then-four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson.
Denny Hamlin's car was good. Real good. But in the end it still wasn’t good enough to catch Kasey Kahne, who picked up his first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at "The Magic Mile" on Sunday in the 20th annual LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
With his second victory of the season, Kahne now moves into the top Wild-Card spot for one of the final two spots in the Chase for the championship.
“The luck changed today - I will take them any way I can,” said Kahne, who won at Charlotte Motor Speedway back in May. “It feels good to finish one off today.”
Sam Hornish Jr. was overjoyed just at being able to participate in Happy Hour on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Hornish didn't get to experience the final Sprint Cup practice prior to last Saturday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, where he was a last-minute replacement for AJ Allmendinger in the No. 22 Dodge fielded by Penske Racing.
Brad Keselowski saw an opening and he took it. While Kevin Harvick was struggling with lap traffic, Keselowski raced past him to the outside of Turn 2 with 21 laps to go and never looked back en route to winning the F.W. Webb 200 Nationwide Series race on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
It was a clean sweep for Keselowski, who took the pole earlier in the day – his third straight Nationwide Series pole at “The Magic Mile.” It was Keselowski’s 19th victory in 182 Nationwide races, which ranks 15th on the all-time series wins list.
“We’ve had great runs in the past, but we couldn’t close the deal,” said Keselowski, who now has two victories and nine top-10s this season. “It feels great to finally close the deal. It’s a good two days on the Nationwide side – hopefully we can carry it over into Sunday and get another win.”
That’s going to be a tough act to follow. The Whelen Modified Series put on a show at New Hampshire Motor Speedway today, as Mike Stefanik beat Ronnie Silk to the Granite Stripe by three one-thousandths of a second to win the Town Fair Tire 100.
The first race of three at NHMS on Saturday, Silk passed Stefanik going into the final turn, but a small bump exiting Turn 4 by Stefanik allowed the 22-year Modified veteran to pass the current points leader to win the second-closest finish in speedway history. Chuck Hossfeld held off by Ted Christopher by one one-thousandth of a second back in June of 2008.
Kyle Busch picked up his 100th career NASCAR victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last July. This July, he’s put himself into a great position to add another victory to that list as the pole-sitter for Sunday’s 20th annual LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race.
The fastest in practice, Busch was the last driver to take the track on Friday afternoon. Busch zipped the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota around the 1.058-mile in 28.548 seconds (133.417 mph), followed by Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer.
Last week, two cars were running at the end at Daytona without some degree of damage and it should come as no surprise that those two vehicles belonged to Tony Stewart and Jeff Burton, who finished first and second, respectively, in the race. That means that third-place Matt Kenseth, who sustained damage in the last-lap crash, fourth-place Joey Logano (involved in two separate incidents during the night), and fifth-place Ryan Newman all managed to earn near-maximum points despite spending some time sliding backward or scrapping along the wall.
The year was 1993. Bill Clinton was president. Tom Hanks won his first Academy Award. And Alan Kulwicki was the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion. It was also the year that the Cup Series debuted at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – July 11, 1993 to be exact. On Sunday, “The Magic Mile” will celebrate the 20th anniversary of that first race with the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, which will be paced by New England’s own Ricky Craven.
“I watched as the track was being built – competed in its first event and celebrated a few times in victory lane,” said Craven. “The 20th anniversary represents a great opportunity for all of us to reflect on the many races, and events. I’m proud to have been a member of several and I’m excited to be coming home.”
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a special place to Joey Logano – he said so after winning his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at “The Magic Mile” in 2009. On Thursday, he’ll share his thoughts on what it meant to win at his “home track,” how it feels to currently own one of the two wild-card spots in the Chase and anything else fans are interested in as the featured Cup driver at the annual WOKQ FanFest.
Logano, the youngest driver to win a race in NASCAR history, will answer questions from Mark and 2K of WOKQ’s Morning Waking Crew, then will hang after the Q&A to sign autographs for a few lucky fans. During the day, the first 100 fans to buy Logano merchandise will receive a wristband that will allow them access to the autograph session at his souvenir trailer in the Broadway Midway.
Admission to all events, including FanFest, on July 12 is completely free of charge.
Tony Stewart and Austin Dillon were both penalized by NASCAR on Tuesday for the exact same violation, but the punishment levied against the Nationwide Series driver may prove more painful in the long run.
Dillon's No. 3 team was penalized for the second consecutive week, this time for an unapproved open vent hose found inside the car during post-qualifying inspection Friday at Daytona International Speedway. The violation, which in theory could reduce drag and give the vehicle an aerodynamic edge on the restrictor-plate track, led to Dillon's qualifying time being disallowed, and on Tuesday the loss of six championship points.
As New Hampshire Motor Speedway readies for 100,000 rabid race enthusiasts to invade its campus, track officials are expressing their gratitude to a select group of teens for making that feat possible. Thanks to over 1,700 service hours from members of Teen Challenge New England, a non-profit rehabilitation program, “The Magic Mile” is prepped, polished and prepared to welcome NASCAR fans to the largest sporting event in the region.
Jerry Gappens can’t wait to get the big boys to “The Magic Mile.” But before NASCAR officially rolls into town later this week, New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s executive vice president and general manager tested his driving skills against future NASCAR pilots at Route 106 RacePark in Pembroke, N.H., as Governor John Lynch helped drop the green flag on race week in the Granite State.
Sam Hornish Jr. was sitting in a television studio in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday afternoon, giving his prediction on who would win that night's race at Daytona International Speedway, when the cell phone in his pocket began to vibrate. Appearing on a live Speed network program, he didn't have the opportunity to answer it. He checked his messages after the program ended and before he was supposed to tape another segment to air the next day.
Tony Stewart had an answer for the dominant pair ofMatt Kenseth andGreg Biffle.
In winning Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, Stewart side-drafted and separated Kenseth and Biffle, who had surged into the lead during a two-lap run to the finish, then pulled away for his fourth win in the last eight July races at the 2.5-mile super speedway.
In what is one of the most patriotic weekends of the year, NASCAR will celebrate the culmination of ‘NASCAR Unites – An American Salute,’ during Independence Day weekend festivities for the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The race will serve as a rallying point for many NASCAR Official Partners and Licensees to express their gratitude for active American servicemen and women, veterans and their families.
The 2012 season began with high hopes for the No. 99 Ford team from Roush Fenway Racing.
It's not too late for those hopes to be realized, but Carl Edwards could not mask his frustration over the way Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway ended -- and the way his season has unfolded so far.
Three's the charm -- particularly if you're Bad Brad Keselowski.
Building a big lead during the final green-flag run and saving enough fuel to get to the end of the race, Keselowski won Saturday night's Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup race in a backup car.
In his 26th Nationwide Series start -- in his first full season in the series -- pole-sitter Austin Dillon administered an emphatic, definitive, no-doubt-about-it beating to 42 also-rans in Friday night's Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
How decisive was Dillon's first Nationwide victory?
With the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 just over two weeks away, several drivers are already eyeing “The Magic Mile” as a track where they enter with confidence, comfort and, most importantly, experience. In 34 Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since its debut in 1993, 14 (41 percent) have been won by drivers who have previously been to victory lane.
Over the last two years, NHMS has been particularly magical for past winners. Each of the four most recent Cup victors – Tony Stewart (Sept. 2011), Ryan Newman (July 2011), Clint Bowyer (Sept. 2010) and Jimmie Johnson (June 2010) – were all previous conquerors of the 1.058-mile oval.
So it probably won’t come as much of a surprise if one of these drivers, or another former winner, comes out on top again when the Cup Series convenes at NHMS on July 15 for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
Buried deep in the Sprint Cup points standings and with no real hope of making the Chase, Kurt Busch had nothing to lose. Each time through the hairpin turn at the south end of the road course at Sonoma, and each time in the dogleg on the way back up the hill, the red No. 51 car got close enough to the leader that Busch was able to peek out and think about making the pass. Again and again, Clint Bowyer slammed the door.
Already packed to the brim with exclusive entertainment, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is making its annual WOKQ FanFest even bigger by adding local country group, the Eric Grant Band, to perform on July 12.
Hailing from the Lakes Region in Laconia, N.H., Eric Grant Band recently appeared on TLC’s “On the Fly,” a reality TV show produced for Southwest Airlines.
The Legislative Office Building in Concord, N.H., was the host site of “The Race to Benefit Education,” an announcement made by New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials today. The NASCAR themed draft paired 26 drivers with 13 city representatives across the Granite State, awarding $20,000 in education grants to the city that chooses the winning driver of the upcoming 20th anniversary NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15.
Roush Fenway Racing announced today that 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will compete for the team full-time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition beginning in 2013, while Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway will part ways at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
On Friday, President Barack Obama’s campaign respectfully declined New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens’ invitation to attend next month’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301. Today, Gappens is putting four tickets earmarked for the president up to highest bidder.
Clint Bowyer's victory in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma was a surprise to the driver who chased him for more than 20 laps -- Kurt Busch-- but in retrospect, history may have been on Bowyer's side.
"I just kept thinking, 'He's a dirt late model racer from the Midwest -- there's no way he can be able to run the road course,' but he did," said Busch.
President Barack Obama’s Campaign notified New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens late this afternoon that while it appreciate Gappens’ “generous offer” to attend next month’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301, they must respectfully decline.
Though White House staffers are officially calling it a “campaign visit,” New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens can’t help but wonder if President Barack Obama’s real motivation for visiting the Granite State on Monday is to pick up his tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15.
Rick Hendrick broke the news to Steve Letarte at around 3 o'clock in the afternoon in late November of 2010. About 15 minutes after being told that he would henceforth be overseeing the No. 88 team of NASCAR's most popular driver, Letarte was in his car, on his way to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s house. Even though they had worked under the same roof for three years to that point, the crew chief introduced himself as if they had never met.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was no stranger to victory lane. After all, he’d been 18 times before. But that 18th win came four years ago – June 15, 2008 to be exact, and that’s why finally getting No. 19 this past Sunday victory at Michigan International Speedway was so special to him.
So, to celebrate Junior’s Father’s Day victory in the Quicken Loans 400, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has put together a special ticket package to commemorate the win.
The stream of well-wishers and congratulatory hugs and handshakes kept coming Sunday in Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway.
If Dale Earnhardt Jr. could have embraced everyone who cheered for him not only in the Quicken Loans 400 he had just won but through every heart-breaking moment of the past four years, he no doubt would have.
Ryan Newman knows his way around “The Magic Mile.” His track-record six poles and three victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are a clear indication of that. But yesterday “The Rocket Man” traded his 850-horsepower Chevy Impala for a 1955 Chevrolet 210, taking military, media and fans for a spin around New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1.6-mile road course.
Since the early years of NASCAR, racing sons and grandsons have celebrated Father's Day virtually every weekend. It's a family sport where the love of racing has been passed from generation to generation.
Richard Petty became the first son to win a NASCAR premier series race in which his father also ran. His first of a record 200 victories came on Feb. 28, 1960 at the Southern States Fairgrounds in Charlotte, N.C.
You know it’s a bad day for Jimmie Johnson when he is nailed for a pit-road speeding penalty while he’s on pit road serving a speeding penalty.
That was one of the oddities of Sunday’s Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR at Pocono Raceway, the first on a newly paved surface that was supposed to change the racing here. Instead, perhaps the biggest impact might have come on pit road, where 22 penalties were issued for speeding – 20 exiting pit road ... and two more for speeding while entering pit road.
On a speedway with a fresh coat of asphalt, Joey Logano may just have gotten a fresh start.
After reclaiming the lead from veteran Mark Martin on Lap 157 of 160, Logano pulled away to win the Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR at Pocono Raceway, his first victory since a rain-shortened win at New Hampshire in 2009.
More important, the second triumph of Logano's career couldn't have come at a better time -- during a contract year in which doubters have considered the 22-year-old a prime candidate to lose his ride at Joe Gibbs Racing to a more established star.
Jimmie Johnson is no stranger to victory lane at “The Magic Mile.” The five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has won three times at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and he’ll be looking to add a fourth when the series returns to Loudon on July 15 for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. But before Mr. Five Time climbs behind the wheel of his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, he’ll spend some time with his loyal followers on the morning of the race.
Cotton Owens, the Hall of Fame driver and car owner whom David Pearson referred to as his hero, has passed away just weeks after being selected to the 2013 class of the NASCAR shrine.
Winner of two NASCAR modified titles as a driver and a premier-series championship as a car owner, Everett "Cotton" Owens was 88.
Only the powers-that-be at NASCAR know for certain, but had Kurt Busch's tirade at Dover International Speedway been an isolated incident, he would probably be driving this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Taken by itself, it was just another example of a professional athlete blowing up at a reporter, the kind of thing that happens with much more frequency that people realize.
"This is the fourth event I've done with NASCAR. It's just so easy. You've really got to hand it to NASCAR. The crowd is just built-in; it's like my constituency. You can come play for 45 minutes and either stay to watch the race or go home, and you know the fans and the folks from NASCAR are going to treat you well.
I'm still shocked by how well this country thing has gone for me. I was going to do this in my basement with my buddies. ... I didn't expect this. I expected to make my [country] record and be forgotten."
It’s still a little over a month before NASCAR invades “The Magic Mile,” but the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour got an early jumpstart in preparation for the Town Fair Tire 100 on July 14. Some of the top stars in the series took to the track on Tuesday, testing everything from tire pressure to gear boxes.
“As far as driving the track, I don’t think we’re going to learn anything,” said Todd Szegedy, who has two wins and 14 top-10’s in 19 careers starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Track time is always good. … Hopefully, if we learn a little something it will be good for us when we come back.”
The Hendrick Motorsports juggernaut is back -- with a vengeance.
Driving away from Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth after a restart with 31 laps left in Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway,Jimmie Johnson made short work of his Sprint Cup rivals.
Dick Berggren, who worked his first NASCAR telecast in 1981 and has spent more than 40 years writing and reporting on motorsports, will retire when FOX ends the 2012 Sprint Cup portion of its broadcast schedule next week at Dover.
The 70-year-old Berggren was the founder of Speedway Illustrated magazine and is working on the creation of an auto racing museum celebrating Northeast motorsports at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
After next weekend, he’ll do what he always does when he’s not on the air—attending several races at local short tracks.
With Austin Dillon the top rookie in the Nationwide Series and younger brother Ty making his presence felt in his first year in the Camping World Truck Series, the only competition between the two grandsons of Richard Childress these days is for bragging rights in the family.
The sibling rivalry wasn't supposed to extend to the race track. Not yet, anyway. But circumstance, opportunity and a little bit of pleading have led to Ty Dillon's unexpected debut in the No. 33 Nationwide race car on Saturday at Dover International Speedway.
On July 14, Sam Hornish Jr. will try to be the first NASCAR Nationwide Series driver to cross “The Granite Stripe” at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the F.W. Webb 200. Today, he completed half of those 200 miles during a New England visit that stretched from Concord, N.H. all the way down to Lowell, Mass.
It wasn’t that long ago that A.J. Allmendinger was turning his first laps in NASCAR at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series. A little over five years later, the Californian is a full-fledged star in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and in July he will return to “The Magic Mile” to take part in the annual WOKQ FanFest on Thursday, July 12.
Allmendinger will answer questions from Mark and 2K of WOKQ’s Morning Waking Crew, then will hang around to sign autographs for a few lucky fans.
On a night of blistering speed at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne set the most torrid pace of all.
With a strong finishing kick in the Coca-Cola 600, Kahne breezed to a 4.295-second victory over Denny Hamlin on Sunday night. The 600-mile race was completed in 3 hours, 51 minutes and 17 seconds — a record for the longest event on the Sprint Cup schedule. The previous mark was 3 hours, 56 minutes, 55 seconds in 1995.
NASCAR announced today the 2013 class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person class, which will be officially inducted in a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., consists of Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood.Members of the 54-member NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2013.
The new 2013 Toyota Camry race car for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series wasn't the only thing revealed Tuesday.
Minutes into the ceremonies at the gleaming Toyota Racing Development facility just north of Charlotte, TRD president Lee White also revealed that all three current NASCAR partners running Toyotas in Sprint Cup "are on very long runways and will be with us for years to come."
The north end garage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been the home of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series for nearly two decades. But when stock car racing’s premier circuit returns to Loudon for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15, they will have a new home in the infield center garage, a move that is expected to make life easier for teams and fans alike.
Brian “Hootie” Chase, jackman on the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota, has used everything he learned on the New England short tracks to build quite a career in the highest level of NASCAR racing.
The York, Maine native, who caught the racing bug in the 1980s when his dad took him to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, started tinkering with race cars as a teen 22 years ago.
Jimmie Johnson joined an elite club on Saturday night.
In beating Brad Keselowski to the finish of the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway by .841 seconds, Johnson won the exhibition event for the third time -- tying Dale Earnhardt and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for most victories in the event.
NASCAR and Twitter announced today a unique digital partnership that will create a new way for the sport’s millions of fans to experience what happens inside NASCAR and its teams on race day.
Built to support the live race broadcast, this new experience will give fans a complementary insider’s view of the action as it unfolds on the track and on Twitter.
Over the last three years, they have sponsored races in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Camping World Truck Series, as well as the most posh and expensive bathroom in New Hampshire. Now, in its fourth year with New Hampshire Motor Speedway, F.W. Webb Company is piping in again.
The Northeast’s largest plumbing, heating, cooling and industrial supplies distributor has signed on as the official title sponsor for the July 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the F.W. Webb 200.
Larry McReynolds' attention was diverted from the scoreboard to his driver, and back again. With one eye he was watching the 42 illuminated at the top of the squat scoring tower, waiting for it to change. With the other he was watching Davey Allison, who had been knocked unconscious and was slumped over in the seat of his wrecked race car. In rapid succession, two things happened that the veteran crew chief had been hoping for -- Allison began stirring inside his vehicle, and the lighted number atop the scoring pylon was switched to a 28.
NASCAR fined Kurt Busch $50,000 and placed on probation until July 25 for driving recklessly on pit road during the Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night at Darlington Raceway and for hitting Ryan Newman's car on pit road following the event.
NASCAR also handed out penalties to three crew members who were involved in a shoving match sparked by Busch's actions following the Bojangles Southern 500.
The town of Bennettsville, S.C., is a place known for its soil. It was so fertile, legend once held, that it was sold not by the acre, but by the pound. Victorian and Greek revival homes still stand as testament to the era when the place got rich off king cotton, and gins gave rise to millionaires. That time has long passed now, but soybean, corn and cotton are still cultivated in and around the town roughly 30 miles from Darlington Raceway, and Bennettsville still makes much of its living from the earth.
Mother Nature pulled back the curtain of fog and an armada of track dryers got “The Magic Mile” ready for a special tire test with five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.
Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Bobby Labonte, Paul Menard and Regan Smith waited out the showers before putting on a show for the fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. technicians took over the speedway for the day to test new tire compounds for mile-track setups.
Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski got a push to the lead from Kyle Busch and proceeded to run away from his dancing partner in winning Sunday's Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at at Talladega Superspeedway.
The victory was Keselowski's second of the season, second at the 2.66-mile track, the sixth of his Sprint Cup career and the first for Dodge at Talladega since Dave Marcis took the checkered flag 36 years ago.
The best way to win races is to be prepared. That’s why a number of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will be in New Hampshire next week, testing new tires for this season’s races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company announced a tire test with five Sprint Cup teams May 8-9. The fans are encouraged to watch from the grandstands free of charge.
Being successful in Sprint Cup racing requires more than just dropping the pedal and roaring down the straightaways. As you are well aware, success is measured by a fraction of an inch or a fraction of a second. For all of the high horsepower and high-speed action we witness every weekend, for the hundreds of miles that must be driven to win any Sprint Cup event, race teams obsess over the tiniest of fine details. And they are not alone.
Carl Edwards left Richmond International Raceway believing that he did the right thing as the leader on the Lap-319 in the Capital City 400 Saturday night.
NASCAR officials, however, said he was wrong in several ways. First of all, he wasn’t the leader, NASCAR officials said, and he passed the real leader, Tony Stewart, before the start/finish line.
Pulling away fromDale Earnhardt Jr. after a restart with eight laps left in Saturday night's Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway,Kyle Buschstreaked to his fourth consecutive victory in the spring race at the .75-mile track.
The win was Busch's first of the season and the 24th of his career, tying him with his brother, 2004 Sprint Cup championKurt Busch, for 26th all-time.
Pastrana199 Racing will debut its iRacing.com Toyota Camry in the hands of Travis Pastrana in Thursday’s NASCAR K&N East Series race at Richmond International Raceway which will be broadcast live on SpeedTV beginning at 7 pm EDT. The world’s leading online motorsports simulation, iRacing.com will also serve as the primary sponsor of Pastrana’s car in K&N East races at Langley Speedway, Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), as well as an associate sponsor of his Nationwide Series entry at NHMS in July.
In some cases, NASCAR race tracks feel that consulting with race car drivers about plans to upgrade or remodel their facilities is considered akin to conferring with asylum inmates about developing a new rules package.
Several of the sport's premier drivers said they've either never or sporadically been consulted about any of the many repaves or reconstructions that have recently taken place, are in process.
Runner-up Martin Truex Jr. and third-place finisher Jimmie Johnson could have used a victory Sunday at Kansas Speedway to snap winless streaks for both themselves and their organizations.
Truex hasn’t won in 175 races and Michael Waltrip Racing has gone 61 races without a win. Johnson, who has 55 career victories, has only one in his last 36 races, and Hendrick Motorsports has gone the last 14 races without a victory.
The temperatures were right for Denny Hamlin. The tires were wrong for Martin Truex Jr.
It might seem facile to claim the STP 400 was decided solely on a fortuitous weather development for the winner and a frustrating set of tires for the runner-up, but that's essentially what happened.
At Speedway Motorsports, Inc., going green doesn’t just mean the drop of the flag, it is a companywide commitment to reducing material use, recycling materials, tires and oil, improving air and water quality and decreasing energy and water consumption. In fact, SMI’s Green Globe program, launched in 2011, has already delivered a dramatic improvement in the company’s environmental track-print.
NASCAR on Thursday issued a 'White Paper' detailing the various programs that have made NASCAR a leader in green initiatives across all sports. The data in "The Sports Leader in Sustainability" illustrates the steps NASCAR has taken in educating fans, reducing the sport's environmental impact, and validating green technologies -- both on and off the track.
"This report brings to life some of the substantive examples of NASCAR's commitment to green innovation and our role as a leader in sustainability," said Dr. Michael Lynch, managing director of green innovation for NASCAR.
The aftereffects of the crash still are evident each time Travis Pastrana takes a step, when he hobbles around like a man much older than 28. Nearly nine months after fracturing his right foot and ankle attempting his last big motorcycle trick before refocusing his attention on NASCAR, the extreme athlete-turned-stock-car driver is only now able to raise himself on his toes.
"People think, ah, he broke his foot, he broke his ankle. Let me tell you -- he sent me a video from when they were taking the pins out, and it was really shattered," said Mike Greci, Pastrana's crew chief for his testing and K&N Pro Series efforts.
President Obama gave Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart plenty of light-hearted ribbing during his remarks at the champion's tour of the White House on Tuesday. But he did seem pretty serious about one thing.
He really wants to drive the car.
One of the greatest Southern rock bands of all time, the Marshall Tucker Band, will bring a popular mix of old songs, classic favorites and new hits to the front stretch of New Hampshire Motor Speedway with their performance as the featured pre-race act for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15.
The Marshall Tucker Band changed the sound of ’70s music with hits such as ‘Can’t You See,’ ‘Heard It in a Love Song’ and ‘Don’t Blame it on the Rain.’
THOMPSON, Conn. – A wild finish left one driver showered in a chorus of boos, one driver frustrated nearly beyond words and a third driver within inches of a remarkable victory.
When everything had settled on rugged NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Thompson International Speedway, though, it was Ron Silk who made a hard right-hand turn into Icebreaker 150 Victory Lane on Sunday afternoon and not Rowan Pennink.
With four laps remaining Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway, Greg Biffle glanced at the vehicle behind him and saw a glimpse of blue.
"Is that him in my mirror?" the Roush Fenway driver asked on the radio, and with good reason. Him referred to Jimmie Johnson, who showed flashes of his old five-time championship form in Fort Worth, leading more circuits around the 1.5-mile oval than any other driver.
Determination and innovation, two qualities existing in abundance in the men and women who built NASCAR, characterize the 25 nominees for the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
NASCAR today announced those 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s fourth induction class, and included among the diverse group are five newcomers who make this list arguably the most intriguing in the hall’s history.
Maine native Steve Letarte has seen a lot in his chosen sport, since sweeping the floors at Hendrick Motorsports as a teenager in the mid-1990s.
But the veteran Sprint Cup Series crewman and budding television personality couldn't have imagined where his public persona would go when he was namedDale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief prior to the 2011 season.
Take a quick visit to my fantasy land of make-believe -- the place where the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway this Saturday night has no guaranteed spots.
That's right. This racing wonderland is a track where you post one of the fastest 43 qualifying laps or it's off with your head -- as in pack up and head off to the next race.
When the rubber meets the road this summer at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, fans will have Town Fair Tire to thank for it. The region's best known tire retailer is joining the speedway family and the 2012 race season in a major way. The Connecticut-based company will be the title sponsor for NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour race on Saturday, July 14.
The Town Fair Tire 100 will be part of “The Magic Mile’s” action packed Saturday.
With patriotic pride and talent to match, Emma Joanis stood out from the field of Speedway Star contestants to earn the right to sing the national anthem in front of thousands of race fans this summer. Sixteen talented singers from throughout New England competed live during the 3rd Annual Speedway Star singing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin made his reputation as a driver.
Bubba Watson made his reputation with his driver.
But Watson, one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, left his driver in the bag during Wednesday's traditional Par 3 Contest at Augusta National Golf Club.
Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will make a pit stop on LENOX Industrial Tools 301 race morning to spend with local race fans. The driver of the No. 24 is scheduled to appear at a special event with members of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway “Magic Mile Club” on Sunday, July 15.
Fans who buy this ultimate hospitality package will have access to a private catered pre-race event, a pre-race pit pass, great tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and a Q&A with Jeff Gordon.
Ryan Newman wanted to make it perfectly clear.
In no way, shape or form was he going to apologize to anyone for what transpired during the final laps of the Goody's Fast Relief 500 to help him get to Victory Lane on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. On the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish after a caution came out on Lap 498 of what had been scheduled for a 500-lap event, Newman's No. 39 Chevrolet rammed into the back of Clint Bowyer's No. 15 Toyota.
To claim the $1 million top prize in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race this season drivers might have to win more than once.
Sprint and NASCAR officials on Tuesday announced a change to the race’s format, which rewards drivers who win one of the first four segments of the five-segment race on May 19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
FONTANA, Calif. -- Tony Stewart made all the right moves Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, and the last one proved decisive in taking the three-time champion to Victory Lane in the rain-shortened Auto Club 400.
After raindrops slowed the race on Lap 124, Stewart, the race leader, faked a move toward pit road but stayed on the track and matched the pace car's speed of 65 mph, a far cry from the lightning-fast laps he ran under the green flag.
You’ve been to the races at NHMS, you’ve seen the cars fly around the track, and you’ve had the urge to jump behind the wheel and follow the pack. On April 7, the FANtasy Drive Open House at NHMS will give you the chance to satisfy that urge.
The third annual FANtasy Drive will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
NASCAR's chief appellate officer overturned the six-race suspension of five-time championship winning crew chief Chad Knaus on Tuesday.
Chief appellate officer John Middlebrook ruled that Knaus and car chief Ron Malec, who also was suspended six races, instead will be on probation through May 9.
The $100,000 fine levied by NASCAR stands.
Everyone deserves another chance at some point, even a NASCAR driver who has wrecked everyone in his way, or let his temper derail his career, or lost both his confidence and competitive edge.
Elliott Sadler got another chance, from Kevin and DeLana Harvick, who gave him a job last season when nobody else was interested in a journeyman driver running at the back of the pack.
NASCAR racing has a new Ice Man.
As he completed the final lap of his victory in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Brad Keseloswki needled Paul Wolfe, his crew chief.
"Paul, are you nervous?" Keselowski radioed to Wolfe, his voice exuding of confidence. As he crossed the finish line six car-lengths in front of runner-up Matt Kenseth, Keselowski allowed himself an excited whoop.
Have you ever dreamed about having dinner with a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion and reigning New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2011 SYLVANIA 300 winner? It’s possible when bidding begins on Friday, March 16 at 8:00 am for a chance to win a private dinner with Tony Stewart.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to dine in a luxury suite overlooking New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The top two bidders and one guest will join Stewart, FOX Sports Pit Reporter Dick Berggren and WGIR Rock 101.1 FM Morning Buzz host Greg Kretschmar.
Stakeouts seem like so much fun in the movies.
Cups of lukewarm coffee. A dashboard strewn with fast-food wrappers and empty chip bags. Long conversations about the meaning of life. Monitoring a target through a set of high-powered binoculars or a listening device. The eventual gratification of being able to knock down a door or chase down a suspect.
Trevor Bayne has been entered for Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The No. 60 Ford was added to the Nationwide Series entry list on Tuesday.
Bayne finished fourth at Las Vegas, and is currently fourth in the points. However, all of Bayne's races in 2012 have been run without sponsorship -- and the Las Vegas race was scheduled to be his last guaranteed Nationwide start this season.
Upon hearing the testimony, carefully reviewing the facts and historically comparative penalties, the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel was to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.
The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.
Chad Knaus is hoping it will feel a little like 2005 again.
That season might have been before Knaus and Jimmie Johnson began their run of five consecutive championships on NASCAR's premier series, but it was when the crew chief of the No. 48 car scored a victory of another kind -- he won the appeal of a penalty levied against him for the roof of his vehicle being too low at Las Vegas.
Brad Keselowski had a shot at him. So did Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle. Heck, Jimmie Johnson had a couple.
And Tony Stewart blew them all away. Restart after restart after restart.
Stewart's strength Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was on restarts.
This one was all Smoke and no fire.
Tony Stewart dominated the field on restarts and held off Jimmie Johnson to win Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
One year ago, Stewart appeared set to end his Victory Lane drought at the track - one of three he has not yet won on in the Sprint Cup Series - but a late-race pit road penalty slowed his charge.
This isn't the start to the 2012 Sprint Cup season A.J. Allmendinger envisioned when he made the decision to jump from Richard Petty Motorsports, where he was driving the iconic No. 43 car, to Penske Racing and driving the No. 22 Dodge.
Allmendinger had hoped to finish strong last Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway after struggling to a 34th-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is extending the submission deadline to allow all New England area singers the chance perform in front of thousands of screaming NASCAR fans by singing the national anthem during the third annual FANtasy Drive celebration on April 7.
If you think you have what it takes, submit a DVD, CD, Wav file or MP3 file of you singing “The Star Spangled Banner” a cappella style (without music or other accompaniments) to “The Magic Mile” by March 21.
After two races, there are plenty of surprises in the standings, but none more than two drivers who find themselves in the top 10 -- Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano. Truex is sixth in points thanks to a 12th at Daytona and a seventh at Phoenix. Logano finds himself eighth in points after a ninth at Daytona and a 10th at Phoenix.
Logano has never made the Chase, and Truex was last in the postseason in 2007.
Denny Hamlin, who led the most laps in the Daytona 500, led the ones that counted most Sunday, winning NASCAR's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Hamlin mastered that track that bit him in November 2010, when he led 190 of 312 laps but was bitten by a fuel-mileage error that resulted in a 12th-place finish and crippled his run at the Sprint Cup championship.
Brad Keselowski says he will continue to keep a cell phone in his Sprint Cup car, but other drivers aren’t so sure that they will keep phones – or how long they’ll be allowed to – in their cars during races.
Keselowski posted photos and answered fans’ questions via Twitter while the Daytona 500 was under a red flag on Monday night. His actions gained international attention and resulted in an increase of approximately 160,000 followers on the social media web site.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to set the record straight. He wants to make sure his fans know that he is in no way happy with finishing second in the Daytona 500.
“You want to come in here and make sure the press knows that you wanted to win the race, because the press are going to tell the fans what you thought, and you don't want to give anyone the impression that you are fine running second, because I'm not,” Earnhardt Jr. said after the Daytona 500 Monday night.
Penske Racing is going back to its roots and reuniting with Ford beginning next season, leaving the Dodge brand without a team in NASCAR's top series as it prepares for a the unveiling of its 2013 race car.
Penske on Thursday caused a major shakeup in the manufacturer alignments on the Sprint Cup tour when it announced a long-term partnership with Ford, with whom it had previously raced from 1994-2002.
The crew chief for Jimmie Johnson has been suspended for six weeks and the team docked 25 points, leaving the five-time Sprint Cup champion in his deepest hole to start the season.
NASCAR handed down the penalty for Chad Knaus and the No. 48 team on Wednesday, two days after Johnson wrecked at the start of the second lap and finished 42nd in the Daytona 500.
The Daytona 500 has seen its share of shocking races over the years, but nothing that has come before — and likely nothing that occurs here again — will ever quite match what happened to the 54th running of Nascar’s premier Sprint Cup event.
The Daytona 500 is going prime time -- weather permitting.
One day after being postponed by weather for the first time in its long history, NASCAR's biggest race was moved under the lights by more persistent rain that continued in the area Monday morning. The hope had been for the Daytona 500 to go green at 12:13 p.m. ET, but it soon became clear that the elements would not cooperate.
History was made at the Daytona 500 on Sunday, but not the kind that anyone at Daytona International Speedway wanted to see. For the first time in the event's long history, the Great American Race has been postponed to Monday because of weather.
After battling intermittent showers all day, NASCAR officials announced shortly after 5 p.m. local time that the 54th running of the Daytona 500 had been pushed back to noon Monday.
For the second time in less than a month, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is launching a "Fans of NHMS" fantasy racing group and you are encouraged to join! After the initial privately-designed group reached a maximum capacity of 100 players, Yahoo agreed to specially create a group for NHMS to allow everyone associated with the track an opportunity to compete for auto racing supremacy. The game is free to play and simple to learn.
Every day for the past year, John Lajba would climb into his car, spark his engine and roll off to his studio in Omaha, Neb. During the familiar ride, his mind would wander, falling on the same topic and familiar image -- Bill France Jr.
His thoughts about "The Man Who Made NASCAR" consumed him, and in turn, inspired him.
That's the life of a sculptor. Your life quickly morphs into that of your work. It's hard not to be envious of Lajba, especially when you learn the subject matter of his latest sculpture.
Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing announced Tuesday plans to race the full 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule. In addition, the team will enter select Nationwide Series events this season. For owner and driver Jennifer Jo Cobb, this marks a fresh canvas and she and her No. 10 team are more ready than ever to make a lasting impression.
The team will enter a combination of Ford- and Dodge-manufactured trucks in the Truck Series and Dodge Challengers in Nationwide. Cobb's "Driven2Honor" program will adorn her vehicles until primary sponsorship is secured.
If Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway was any indication -- and history has proven that winning the season-opening Bud Shootout or its equivalent namesake often isn't -- Kyle Busch and his teammates on the No. 18 Toyota he drives for Joe Gibbs Racing are in for quite a ride in the Sprint Cup Series this season.
"It was an amazing race," Busch said of the victory he registered by .013 seconds in front of defending Cup champion Tony Stewart.
With a new season of racing just days away, NASCAR and FanVision announced today a multi-year agreement that will enhance the at-track companion viewing experience for the sport’s millions of fans.
FanVision will offer a wide array of broadcast content, provided by Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Media Group, delivering the most extensive menu of features and services available. This next generation technology will be available at select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekends and will offer an experience unlike anything fans have ever seen before in a handheld device.
Undoubtedly, Jimmie Johnson would like to forget that the 2011 season ever happened. Apparently, voters in NASCARMedia.com’s annual preseason poll already have.
Members of NASCARMedia.com picked Johnson to reign supreme once again – despite a career-low sixth-place finish in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points.
For the past five seasons, David Ragan's goals as a race car driver have been to contend for event victories and put himself in position to make the Chase. At Roush Fenway Racing, a mammoth organization with a pair of championships at NASCAR's highest level, the intent was always to run up front with the best. While he didn't always get there, Ragan surely showed flashes -- like his victory at Daytona last summer, a Chase near-miss in 2008, and his bid for a wild card into the playoff in 2011.
NASCAR fans are looking forward to watching Tony Stewart defend his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship this season, beginning with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 (FOX, 1 p.m. ET). But before he returns to the comfort behind the wheel of his day job, people all across the country can catch a glimpse of Stewart’s acting skills when he appears on the ABC comedy “Last Man Standing” starring Tim Allen tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 14 (8 – 8:30 p.m. ET).
Trevor Bayne returns to Daytona International Speedway this week under more pressure than a 20-year-old should have to bear -- not because he's the defending Daytona 500 winner, but in spite of it.
Doors haven't opened for Bayne the way he and most of the racing world have expected -- despite his dashing good looks, his affable manner and his improbable victory in his second Sprint Cup start.
Ryan Newman learned an awful lot about chemistry at Purdue. But the kind of chemistry that can make the minute differences between winning and losing a Sprint Cup race? That can't be found in any textbook that Newman owns.
Case in point: Teammate Tony Stewart was so frustrated with his performance heading into the 2011 Chase that he felt undeserving of a spot in it. But with victories at Chicagoland and New Hampshire, suddenly the chemistry between Stewart and crew chief Darian Grubb changed dramatically.
Tony Stewart thrilled NASCAR fans with an amazing comeback and championship run last season. What can he do for an encore?
Can Carl Edwards recover from the heartbreak of losing last year’s title and make another run?
And can five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson start another record-breaking streak a year after the end of his historic reign?
When it came to Tony Stewart's amazing run in last year's Chase, Jeff Gordon was equally impressed and envious.
Winless in the first 26 races of the season, Stewart roared to five victories in the 10-race Chase, a feat that left the competition scratching their heads as to exactly how he did it. Did the No. 14 team find a mechanical advantage? Was it a case of momentum? Or did everything just fall into place at the right time?
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is asking all New England area singers to tap into their inner Kelly Clarkson and belt out the national anthem during the third annual FANtasy Drive celebration on April 7.
If you think you have what it takes, submit a DVD, CD, Wav file or MP3 file of you singing "The Star Spangled Banner" a cappella style (without music or other accompaniments) to "The Magic Mile," beginning Friday, Feb. 10.
So long, Rowdy.
It was an ignominious and unfortunate end, that night at Texas Motor Speedway back in November, and it's somewhat sad that our last look at Kyle Busch in the Camping World Truck Series -- for the time being, at least -- was of the guy being parked by NASCAR after wrecking Ron Hornaday intentionally under caution.
After the best season ticket renewal period in four years, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials will release all remaining NASCAR tickets to the general public beginning at 8 a.m. EST on a first come first serve basis.
Tickets start at just $19 and officials are encouraging fans to act fast to reserve the best seats in the house before they are gone.
The 54th annual Daytona 500 -- NASCAR's biggest and most prestigious race -- will carry a record purse of more than $19 million as well as a new contingency award that will pay out $200,000 to the driver leading at the completion of Lap 100.
The posted awards for the Great American Race are $19,142,601 with the winner collecting a minimum of $1,431,325.
Carl Edwards and Trevor Bayne, known to most sports fans as winners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, could soon add “Dance Machine” and “Gnarliest Newb” to their respective resumes.
Edwards and Bayne have been nominated as part of Cartoon Network’s second annual Hall of Game Awards, airing Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET. Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 2011 “Dance Machine” nominee Jimmie Johnson will also present “The World’s Fastest Award” with a special cameo appearance.
Regan Smith has taken to life in the Colorado high country like a mountain goat. Last summer, he and his wife moved into a new home deep enough in the wilderness that wild animals occasionally wander onto their back porch. He took part in a Warren Miller ski film in which his No. 78 Chevrolet, outfitted with studded snow tires and a ski rack on its roof, skidded along the snowy mountain passes near Telluride, with U.S. freestyle skier Jess McMillan in the passenger seat. He even got caught up in the Denver Broncos' playoff run, no small feat for a driver typically interested only in auto racing and ice hockey.
For the first time ever, fans of NHMS will have the opportunity to compete against one another in a fantasy racing group. The group will be run through Yahoo Fantasy Sports' Auto Racing. The friendly interface and straightforward rules of Yahoo provide a great opportunity for beginner and expert fantasy players alike to compete on a level playing field.
Those that join the Fans of NHMS group will have the opportunity to compete against NHMS Exec. VP/GM Jerry Gappens, as well as other track employees and any special guests
Felix Sabates was relaxing one night in December when his phone rang at 11 p.m.
On the other end was someone looking for a little advice and perhaps some heavy-handed help. Despite registering 23 Sprint Cup race wins and a championship while getting to Victory Lane at least once per season for a decade -- no small feat -- the guy was having trouble finding a ride for the upcoming season. He thought car owners in general, and one powerful one in particular, might even be blackballing him.
A Charlotte television station reported that 10 people were treated and released for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out inside the Joe Gibbs Racing complex in Huntersville, N.C., on Tuesday.
Huntersville police told WCNC-TV in Charlotte that a machine -- thought to be a laser cutter -- caught fire inside the building. The fire was contained to the machine shop inside the building, and all 10 people were treated in a JGR parking lot and subsequently cleared to go back inside the complex.
Danica Patrick is in the Daytona 500 field, and she didn't even need to turn a lap to get there.
Patrick's Stewart-Haas Racing team has obtained points from Tommy Baldwin Racing to guarantee the driver a spot in the Great American Race, NASCAR.COM has learned. The deal means Patrick will not have to race her way into the event in the 150-mile duel races, and does not risk missing what will be a much-hyped Sprint Cup debut.
Prior to his pairing with crew chief Steve Letarte last season, the life of Dale Earnhardt Jr., at least at the track on race weekends, was quite simple.
The philosophy, in a nutshell, was to show up and drive. That is all.
Letarte changed that when he moved over to sit upon the pit box of the No. 88 Chevrolet Earnhardt drives for Hendrick Motorsports.
A.J. Allmendinger had tried to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona for six years. In fact, he hadn't won a race anywhere for five years.
His friend and Grand-Am Rolex Series car owner Michael Shank -- whom Allmendinger thinks so much of he'll be Shank's partner in an IndyCar Series program this season -- had eight previous Rolex 24 attempts that were steeped purely in frustration.
Patience is running thin at Michael Waltrip Racing. The owner wants to see improvement. The sponsor wants to see improvement. But perhaps the least patient man in the entire organization is the guy behind the wheel of the No. 56.
Martin Truex Jr. knows the pressure to perform may be greater this season than it's ever been. But the pressure on him from the outside pales in comparison to the pressure he's putting on himself in 2012.
The bottom line in the state of the sport address delivered Thursday by NASCAR officials: 2011 was such a great year that the big challenge is building on the momentum it generated in 2012 without changing too much.
With that in mind, there were no major pronouncements to be made Thursday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where the 2012 Sprint Media Tour presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway wrapped up as NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France and president Mike Helton addressed the assembled throng.
One of Penske Racing’s longest-tenured sponsors is building on its relationship with the organization in 2012. Entering its 30th year as a Penske Racing sponsor, Snap-on Tools will enhance its role with the organization to serve as a primary sponsor of the No. 22 Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for four races this season.
Snap-on’s colors and branding will adorn the No. 22 car driven this season by both former Nationwide Series champion Brad Keselowski and rising star Parker Kligerman in races that include New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
At Hendrick Motorsports, excellence is literally written on the walls -- or one of them, at least. One wall in the organization's team center is made of etched-glass blocks that contain the date and location of each of the company's 199 race victories in NASCAR's premier division. Overhead, banners hanging from the ceiling commemorate all of the team's championships, among them 10 in the Cup Series. It all combines to send a subtle but unmistakable message, that success here is measured only by being the very best. At Hendrick, nobody gets a banner or a glass block for a good points day.
There are two things you need to know about Chip Ganassi: He hates to lose, and he's exceedingly blunt about the reasons why he doesn't win.
"Hopefully this is the last time I have to say we finished 21st and 27th in the points last year," Ganassi said Tuesday during NASCAR's preseason media tour session with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. "... [That's] pathetic for a team with our ability and resources."
Trevor Bayne has a Daytona 500 championship ring, an electric smile, and a bright future in NASCAR's national divisions. What he doesn't have right now, though, is a full-time ride in the Nationwide Series for 2012.
The Roush Fenway driver confirmed Tuesday that his No. 16 team doesn't currently have the funding to race full-time on the Nationwide tour, a fact that may limit him to only a partial schedule this season.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Sprint Cup car, unveiled Tuesday as part of NASCAR's media tour, was worked on by Ford designers in an effort to bring brand identity back to the sport. The result is undeniable with the 2013 Sprint Cup car mirroring the recently unveiled 2013 Ford Fusion production car.
Featuring a completely redesigned sleek new silhouette and fresh face, the 2013 Fusion Sprint Cup car was designed to be the face of a new era of stock car racing.
Danica Patrick will be spending the Memorial Day weekend in Charlotte this season, which means she won't be racing in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 2005.
"I'm going to do the Coke 600 this year, I'm not doing the Indy 500," Patrick said. "I hope to do it in the future, and maybe it'll be a double. But at this time, after a lot of conversations, it's just going to be the Coke 600."
RAB Racing with Brack Maggard announced Saturday it will attempt to make its Sprint Cup Series debut in the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 26, with driver Kenny Wallace behind the wheel of their No. 09 American Ethanol Toyota Camry.
With Wallace behind the wheel of its Nationwide Series Toyota in 2011, the No. 09 team finished seventh in the driver championship standings, a career-best for the team after posting 11 top-10 finishes.
Who said deep-pocketed sponsors and ambitious owners were shying away from driver Kurt Busch?
Well, OK, lots of people have said it. Hall of Famer Richard Petty, for one.
But on Thursday in a state-of-the-art race shop on the outskirts of a town that already was on the outskirts of the nearest big city of Charlotte, Controversial Kurt seemed filled with genuine delight as he and his younger brother, Kyle, announced a union.
Most fans of big league NASCAR racing never get closer to their heroes than seeing them on TV. In July 2011, four of his fans shared an intimate evening with Tony Stewart.
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway branch of Speedway Children’s Charities, which raises money to benefit local kids in need, had auctioned off the night with Tony to the two highest bidders, each of whom was allowed to bring just one guest.
Bruton Smith, founder and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., was honored Monday evening with the 2012 Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award from the North Carolina Motorsports Association.
The honor was given to Smith before a large crowd of motorsports industry professionals at the 6th Annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards presented by Senn Dunn Insurance at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Concord.
David Ragan, who has five years experience in the Sprint Cup Series, will drive Front Row Motorsports' No. 34 Ford for the 2012 season.
Ragan, 26, will race the car number used all of last season by California veteran David Gilliland, who'll be his 2012 teammate in the No. 38 Ford fielded by Front Row owner Bob Jenkins.
"We've had meetings with potential sponsors that will be onboard throughout the year, a sponsor that's been in the series some," Ragan said.
Time is running out for fans to lock-in their favorite New Hampshire Motor Speedway seats for the upcoming 2012 season. Guests that renew or buy tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15, or for the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 23 by Monday, Jan. 16, will also get 50% off all pre-race pit passes and camping spaces.
Valued at $100, the pre-race pit pass allows fans to experience a NASCAR race day from a crew member’s perspective. See how they set up all 43 drivers’ pit boxes and enjoy pre-race entertainment from the infield.
Eleven years ago, the NASCAR race team then known as Roush Racing made an announcement of a sponsor change on its flagship No. 6 car. Valvoline was leaving, and the Roush organization had struck a megabucks deal with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to advertise a certain little blue pill on the hood of its vehicle beginning the following season.
With the entire country focusing on New Hampshire's "First-in-the-Nation" Presidential Primary tomorrow, Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, says Mitt Romney will win big over his other GOP rivals at tomorrow's polls. And just like Tony Stewart did here in September, Romney will use his momentum from New Hampshire to win the big prize, the Presidential election in November.
Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. said Friday that Roush Fenway Racing will enter a car for him in the 2012 Daytona 500. Stenhouse said he will be driving the No. 6 Ford, and RFR team spokesman Andrea Perry confirmed that information.
With David Ragan behind the wheel last season, the No. 6 finished 23rd in owners points. That guarantees Stenhouse a starting spot in February's race. It also locks the car into the first five races of the season, if RFR decides to go that route.
It's the continuation of a wild NASCAR off-season.
Filling one good ride opens another.
As expected, Aric Almirola was named Wednesday as driver of the legendary No. 43 of Richard Petty Motorsports in Sprint Cup competition for the 2012 season. The Observer and ThatsRacin.com first reported that Almirola had become the leading candidate for the ride on Dec. 23.
Tony Stewart needed New Hampshire Motor Speedway to clinch his championship run in 2011. In 2012, he'll have two tries at "The Magic Mile" to defend his title, when NASCAR roars back into Loudon for more exciting action in just six months.
Officials at New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced the track's major event schedule and for the 16th consecutive year the Granite State will host two coveted Sprint Cup Series dates with the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, July 15, and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, Sept. 23.