While the crowning achievement of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was Jimmie Johnson capturing his sixth Cup championship, that impressive accomplishment wasn't the only notable feat that took place on the track.
Anyone renewing Sept. SYLVANIA 300 2014 tickets for next year by Dec. 16 will be automatically entered into a drawing for numerous perks, including the grand prize: a 2014 Polaris Sportsman 550 ATV.
Senior Account Executive Jeff Tagliaferro, who started at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June of 2012, has been nominated as the speedway's 2013 Salesperson of the Year.
Jimmie Johnson won his sixth championship on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, culminating a terrific season that leaves him atop the Magic Mile Power Rankings to close out the 2013 season.
Jimmie Johnson left no doubt in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, running up front for most of the event and finishing ninth to easily secure his sixth championship at NASCAR's premier level.
Martin embarked on a potential last hurrah in what's sure to be a slam-dunk Hall of Fame career. It clearly didn't go as well as he'd hoped -- he finished 19th after starting 22nd in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Travis Pastrana said he will not return to NASCAR racing in 2014, citing a lack of sponsorship, sup-par results and a wish to spend time with his family as his reasons for leaving the sport.
With his win on Sunday, Kevin Harvick remains in contention for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, and equals the win totals of points leader Jimmie Johnson and second-place Matt Kenseth, who also each have two wins in the Chase.
Kevin Harvick took advantage of Carl Edwards's fuel shortage to win his fourth race of the season in Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, keeping alive his faint hopes of winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
There are just two races left in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the Granite Stripe is ready for the homestretch! Check out all the pre-race coverage for the AdvoCare 500 from the NHMS.com team. The race be broadcast on ESPN with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.
With those Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth firmly entrenched in a head-to-head battle for the championship, it's a good time to lay to rest those that won't be raising the Sprint Cup Trophy.
Well, it's officially a two-horse race now. And depending on your perspective, the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship might be all but settled, as Jimmie Johnson dominated Sunday night's race at Texas Motor Speedway and put seven points between himself and Matt Kenseth
Serving as a court appointed special advocate for the last decade, Lisa Hall of Bedford, N.H., is one of four finalists for the third annual Betty Jane Humanitarian Award, given to one dedicated NASCAR fan who has made a profound impact on children in their local community.
The speed in Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet was positively jaw-dropping. Able to pull away from his pursuers with apparent ease, Johnson finished three positions ahead of Matt Kenseth in Sunday's AAA Texas 500, breaking a tie for the lead in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are deadlocked in a tie atop the Sprint Cup Series standings with just three races to go. The Granite Stripe previews which driver has the upper hand going into the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race goes green Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Who is Mr. Martinsville now? Jeff Gordon once appeared to own sole possession of that title, but he ceded it to Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson several years ago. Gordon took a large step toward reclaiming it Sunday.
It was only a matter of time. Jeff Gordon finally broke into the win column on Sunday, and it couldn't have come at a better time, as the four-time Sprint Cup Series champion moved within 28 points of co-leaders Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson for the points lead.
With just four races left in 2013, the Sprint Cup Trophy looks like Jimmie Johnson's to lose as he heads to a track where he's been dominant. The Granite Stripe looks at who might be able to unseat the points leader at Martinsville. The race goes green at 2 p.m. on Sunday on ESPN.
Jamie McMurray won the race and Jimmie Johnson overtook Matt Kenseth for the points lead. But after six races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, who has the lead in the Magic Mile Power Rankings?
In a race dominated early by Matt Kenseth and later by fellow title contenders Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray got to the front at the right time, led the last 15 laps and grabbed victory in Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
The Granite Stripe knows that the wildness of Talladega will go a long way toward determining this year's Sprint Cup champion. Check out this week's blogs along with the broadcast and podcast, and watch the race on ESPN at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Brad Keselowski played the part of spoiler, winning Saturday night's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But with Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson each earning top-fives, will there be a new pilot atop the Magic Mile Power Rankings?
The Chase for the Sprint Cup has run five races, which means that there are five more to go before the Sprint Cup champion is crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It also means that about half of the Chase drivers have at some point or another been unofficially eliminated from the Chase.
Brad Keselowski didn't lead many laps Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but he was out front for the important ones. Keselowski outlasted the competition to win the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the first win of 2013 for the reigning NASCAR champion.
Absent from the Magic Mile since 2011, the 175-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will run on Saturday, Sept. 20, the day before the running of the SYLVANIA 300 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship event.
With a dominant performance on Sunday, Kevin Harvick has put himself into the mix for the championship, winning at Kansas Speedway and climbing within 25 points of Matt Kenseth for the points lead.
Kevin Harvick crashed the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup party. Kyle Busch simply crashed -- at a track that continues to bedevil him. And with a bizarre power failure in the last two laps, Jimmie Johnson failed to cash in decisively on Matt Kenseth's skittishness.
Matt Kenseth heads to Kansas, where he has won two consecutive races, with an eight-point lead over Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Granite Stripe at NHMS previews the race, which will be on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.
A total of $305,620 was generated over the three-day NASCAR race weekend for local non-profit organizations and the New Hampshire Chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities.
Mr. Five-Time himself made sure this year's championship wouldn't be a runaway for Kenseth, as Jimmie Johnson dominated Sunday's race at The Monster Mile. But was it enough to take over the top spot in the Magic Mile Power Rankings?
Jimmie Johnson's run toward a possible sixth Sprint Cup championship shifted into high gear Sunday at Dover. On two fresh tires to polesitter Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s four, Johnson held off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate during a 26-lap green-flag run to the finish of the AAA 400
The NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Series heated up last week at NHMS. With the Chase headed through Dover this weekend, the Granite Stripe recaps the SYLVANIA 300 and previews the upcoming AAA 400. The race will be on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET.
It's hard to believe that the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship has already rolled into the Granite State's Magic Mile, but what a race it was with Matt Kenseth winning his seventh race of the season and his second straight to begin the 10th anniversary of the Chase.
Matt Kenseth cruised into the history books in Sunday's SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, becoming the 12th different Cup driver to win a race at NHMS and joining Richard Petty as the only driver to ever win his 500th-career start.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials are expecting a capacity crowd for Sunday's SYLVANIA 300, the second race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Todd Szegedy used an aggressive dive to the inside to move past Donny Lia to win Saturday's F.W. Webb 100 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Ryan Newman rocketed around the 1.058-mile oval at a speed of 136.497 mph (27.904 seconds), breaking Brad Keselowski's record of 135.922 mph (28.022 seconds), putting him at the front of the starting grid for Sunday's SYLVANIA 300.
With the recent developments regarding Michael Waltrip Racing, Clint Bowyer will not appear at tonight's WOKQ FanFest. Joey Logano is still scheduled to appear at 7:30 p.m.
Joey Logano, who is in his first season with Penske Racing, will answer questions from hosts Jose Castillo and Mark Ericson on the FanFest stage at 7:30 p.m. Admission to all events, including FanFest, on Thursday, Sept. 19, is completely free of charge.
Matt Kenseth picked up his sixth win of the season, improving his lead in the Chase to eight points over Kyle Busch, who also sits in second place behind Kenseth in this week's Magic Mile Power Rankings.
The rich got richer. Matt Kenseth, the top seed in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, added to his advantage in Sunday's rain-interrupted GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Bowyer, who is in his second season with Michael Waltrip Racing, will answer questions from hosts Jose Castillo and Mark Ericson on the FanFest stage at 7 p.m. Admission to all events, including FanFest, on Thursday, Sept. 20, is completely free of charge.
The Granite Stripe is ready for the Chase! The podcast goes in-depth on the controversy surrounding Richmond and previews every Chase driver, and the blog takes a look at NASCAR President Mike Helton's statements about the penalties toward Michael Waltrip Racing.
Following a comprehensive review of all available audio and video communications from last Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR announced two teams will be on probation and Jeff Gordon will be a 13th driver in the Chase.
Joey Logano visited Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington, N.H., on Wednesday as part of NASCAR's "Chase Across America." New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host the SYLVANIA 300, the second race in the Chase, on Sunday, Sept. 22.
The news has travelled from Charlotte to Loudon to Sonoma and every NASCAR fan base in between: Martin Truex Jr. is out of the Chase and Ryan Newman is in. NASCAR made the decision to penalize Michael Waltrip Racing as a whole, and Truex Jr. and his No. 56 team took the fall.
The point total for the No. 56 car driven by Martin Truex Jr. is reduced to 691, putting him in 17th position and eliminating him from the second Wild Card berth for the Chase field. Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 car, now moves up into the Chase as the second Wild Card participant.
Richard Childress Racing has signed Ryan Newman to drive the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting in 2014. Newman, 35, is a 17-time NSCS race winner with 50 pole awards to his credit; and is the 2008 Daytona 500 and 2013 Brickyard 400 champion.
It was Clint Bowyer who spun with seven laps left in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, but the fortunes of four other drivers turned on a dime with that turn of events.
Clint Bowyer scaled a rock wall with fans, pulled a 7,500-pound engraved granite block out of a quarry and took Governor Maggie Hassan for a burnout as they celebrated what Hassan proclaimed as "Rockin' with Clint Day" across the Granite State on Thursday.
The New Hampshire Lottery and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway have partnered to launch a 'Hero in Your Life' essay contest for children. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade can write an essay of up to 250 words on their hero. Teachers can assist their students.
Richard Childress Racing cancelled a test session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway scheduled for Sept. 3 due to the weather forecast. There is no current plan to make up the test date at this time.
Kyle Busch proved emphatically Sunday night that he knows what to do with a lead when he gets it. By the time he grabbed the top spot at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time, however, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup picture had changed dramatically.
On Thursday, any fan making their way to the McAuliffe Discovery Center in Concord, N.H., will have an opportunity to see two-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner Clint Bowyer teach Gov. Maggie Hassan how to burn rubber.
With just two races left before the Chase field is set, the Granite Stripe gets ready for the Labor Day Weekend race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with the broadcast, podcast, and fantasy preview.
Kurt Busch is back. The 2004 champion of NASCAR's top series is returning to a premier organization, this time with a Stewart-Haas Racing team that won the 2011 championship.
We've seen this script before, Matt Kenseth holding off Kasey Kahne in the closing laps of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It happened in March at Las Vegas. It happened in April at Kansas. And it happened again in Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Thunder Valley in Bristol, Tenn. for on Saturday night (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) and the Granite Stripe is ready to watch the cars trade some paint. Check out the broadcast, podcast and set your fantasy lineup with the help of our experts.
Michael Waltrip Racing announced Monday that Brian Vickers will drive the team's No. 55 Toyota in 12 of the 13 remaining races remaining. The announcement follows the mutual decision by MWR and Aaron's Inc. to grant Mark Martin an early release, enabling him to replace the injured Tony Stewart.
Add another name to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup conversation. Joey Logano started Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 from the Coors Light Pole, and after a convoluted mix of strategy and racing incidents, it was Logano who claimed the victory.
The Granite Stripe gives an in-depth look at the state of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as it heads to Michigan International Speedway. Check out the broadcast, podcast, fantasy preview and thoughts from the blog.
Brian Vickers will race full time in the Sprint Cup Series again, and he'll be one of the rare drivers in NASCAR's premier series with a full-time sponsor.
The third time may have been the charm for Kyle Busch, but it was a jinx for pole-winner Marcos Ambrose. Having surrendered the lead late in the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, Busch reversed the trend Sunday in winning the Cheez-It 355.
Calling all NASCAR Fans! When you take a corner at the grocery store, does the cart go up on two wheels? Is your dog's name "Loudon"? When you change your tires, do you aim for record pit stop time? If so, you might qualify as the Ultimate SYLVANIA 300 fan.
Taking advantage of a caution, Kasey Kahne buried his car into Turn 1 with two laps left and grabbed a win from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon in Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.
The Granite Stripe recapped Ryan Newman's milestone win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and also previewed the upcoming GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway
The Rocketman has yet to land with a new organization. The historic win at the Brickyard proves that he deserves to remain with a prominent organization, but there seem to be very few suitors for his services.
Ryan Newman, now a job seeker, couldn't have added a more important or timely accomplishment to his resume. Taking advantage of an uncharacteristic glitch on pit road on the part of Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 team, Newman grabbed the lead during a long cycle of late green-flag pit stops and held on to win.
Between the help of volunteer organizations and the events put on by the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a total of $289,507 was generated over the four-day race weekend.
The Granite Stripe has a full preview of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, complete with the broadcast, podcast, and fantasy preview.
Brian Vickers win on Sunday was more than just a driver taking the checkered flag. It was a validation of his perseverance, not only at a professional level, but more so at a personal level.
Brian Vickers used some bad luck by Tony Stewart and a strong Toyota Camry to win his first-career race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301.
Kyle Busch led 141 of the 213 laps in Saturday's CNBC Prime's "The Profit" 200 for his fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in his last five starts at the Magic Mile.
With 27 lead changes, Saturday's Town Fair Tire 100 came down to the final lap. And it was Doug Coby who held on to take the checkered flag for his eighth-career win and second straight at the Magic Mile.
The Granite Stripe previews the Sunday afternoon race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the broadcast, podcast and fantasy picks.
Brad Keselowski may have set the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying record, but there were eight more drivers that set faster times than the old record laid down by Ryan Newman in 2011 heading into Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301.
Jimmy Blewett laid down a great time in NASCAR Whelen Modified Series qualifying on Friday, but a gaffe in Turn 2 sent him spinning into the wall and to the back of the field for Saturday's Town Fair Tire 100.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced that NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. will sit down with Mark and 2K of WOKQ's "Morning Waking Crew" during the annual free WOKQ FanFest on Thursday, July 11 at 7:45 p.m.
The racing kicks off Thursday with the Global RallyCross Championship and carries straight through Sunday with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. To get ready for the on-track action, let's take a look at the four races we have running this weekend.
Hendrick Motorsports has made a $5,000 donation to assist NHMS in hosting first responders and their families during the NASCAR weekend. The donation was made in memory of Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was killed April 18 during the Boston Marathon bombing.
It's hard to have a hands-down, class-of-the field car in a restrictor-plate race, but don't tell Jimmie Johnson, who dominated at Daytona Saturday night in uncharacteristically decisive fashion.
The Granite Stripe prepares for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. It is the final race before New Hampshire Motor Speedway gets in on the 2013 season!
New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced that "The Profit," a groundbreaking new television reality series that debuts July 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNBC, will be the title sponsor of the CNBC Prime's "The Profit" 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, July 13.
Partnering with the nation's largest retailer of recreational vehicles, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today that Camping World will be the title sponsor of the track's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, July 14.
About the only thing that could cast a cloud over Matt Kenseth's fourth victory of the season was the hard hit Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin suffered in Sunday's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, a race postponed from Saturday because of rain.
New England is well-versed in celebrating victory, with four storied sports teams bringing home trophy after trophy. But there are also champions in our everyday lives; ordinary people who do extraordinary things. That was the message at the Champions Lunch in Boston, hosted by Jimmie Johnson.
For Martin Truex Jr., a welcome oasis called Sonoma Raceway at long last ended one of the longest droughts in NASCAR racing. With a convincing victory in Sunday's Toyota Save Mart 350, Truex ended a winless streak of 218 races.
The very popular Global RallyCross Championship will makes its return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the SYLVANIA SilverStar zXe GRC race on Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, and the Granite Stripe will get you ready for the green flag.
Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and Sprint Cup Series winner Martin Truex Jr. will hold a 15-minute Q&A session with fans before the July 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Connecticut native, Ryan Preece, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at NHMS in the July 13 New England 200.
New England native Parker Kligerman and Alex Bowman made pit stops across Portland, Maine, on Tuesday in preparation for the New England 200 at New Hamsphire Motor Speedway on July 13.
A week after a penalty for jumping the final restart at Dover knocked Johnson out of a near-certain victory, Johnson absolutely scorched the field in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400, beating Greg Biffle to the finish line by 1.208 seconds.
The Granite Stripe prepares for this weekend's Party in the Poconos 400 with the broadcast, podcast and blog coverage. The race will be on TNT at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
We all knew this day would come, didn't we? The day when three-time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart quit sputtering around the track in 20-something place and won a race.
Tony Stewart picked up a huge win on Sunday at Dover International Speedway, but was it enough for Smoke to move into the Magic Mile Power Rankings for the first time in 2013?
Beginning with a qualifying race that will determine the first four eligible drivers at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, the "Dash 4 Cash" will follow with a series of four races - Daytona, New Hampshire, Chicagoland and Indianapolis – that will reward drivers four $100,000 payouts.
A penalty to Jimmie Johnson was all Tony Stewart needed to break out of a four-month slump.After Johnson was assessed a drive-through penalty for jumping the final restart, Stewart passed Juan Pablo Montoya on Lap 398 of 400 to win
Defending SYLVANIA 300 winner Denny Hamlin will be a part of a four-driver autograph session on July 12 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears will join Hamlin in the Display Lot from 5:30-6:15 p.m.
The Granite Stripe has a full preview for Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway. Watch the broadcast, listen to the podcast and catch up on the latest news in preparation for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.
After 389 laps in NASCAR's motorsports marathon, the 54th running of the Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway came down to an 11-lap shootout -- and Kevin Harvick won it.
The Granite Stripe prepares for the biggest race weekend of the year with the Broadcast and Podcast and makes its picks for NASCAR's longest race of the season.
NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the 2014 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person group - the fifth in NASCAR Hall of Fame history - consists of Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Fireball Roberts.
The Busch Brothers won the first four segments of Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but Jimmie Johnson took the one the counted -- the 10-lap dash to the finish -- and continued to build his legacy, not to mention his bank account.
The hosts of the Granite Stripe Broadcast and Podcast preview the Sprint All-Star Race. The Saturday night event will be broadcast on SPEED at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The sounds were unmistakable. The roar of engines could be heard all around. Six of the best drivers in the sport were behind the wheel of their Sprint Cup cars on Tuesday and Wednesday, logging laps around the "Magic Mile." The cars weren't the highly polished beasts we see every weekend, but they were fast...really fast.
Moose Head Maniacs: May 2013
While visiting NHMS for a Goodyear Tire Test, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton met up with Dick Berggren to provide a Tuesday evening Q+A with fans.
One area on which fans do agree is that Busch was himself on the move at Darlington. His supporters love him for his aggressive style. His detractors hate him for the same reason. Whether or not contact was made, that aggressive move was a signature one for Busch.
Unsinkable Matt Kenseth capped a banner week for unsinkable Joe Gibbs Racing with a victory in Saturday night's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway with a substitute crew chief on his pit box -- the unsinkable Wally Brown.
Each week, the Granite Stripe gets fans ready for the upcoming race. In this week's preview, the hosts take a look at the Darlington favorites in the broadcast and podcast, power rank the hottest drivers and give a fantasy NASCAR run down.
In one of the craziest races in recent memory, an unlikely hero drove out of Talladega Superspeedway with a victory on Sunday. Will there be a new driver atop the MMPR or was Jimmie Johnson's top-five enough to keep on top for a third straight week?
In the type of stunning victory that has typified racing at Talladega Superspeedway since its inception, David Ragan led an extraordinary 1-2 finish for Front Row Motorsports, which had never won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race before Sunday.
The Magic Mile will once again host Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's tire test on May 14 and 15. Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer and Dave Blaney will each turn laps at the 1.058-mile oval.
Get ready for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway with help from the Granite Stripe. Watch the broadcast, listen to the podcast and set your fantasy lineups before this weekend's big race.
Kevin Harvick sped away on fresh tires to win Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 in a green-white-checkered finish at Richmond International Raceway, leaving a group of drivers with widely divergent emotions in his wake.
Get ready for Richmond International Raceway's Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday night. The Granite Stripe has full coverage from the broadcast/podcast to fantasy selections to current power rankings.
Penalties have been handed down to the No. 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team as a result of rule violations discovered in the post-race engine inspection April 23 at the NASCAR Research and Development Center.
NASCAR announced today that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will implement the group-based road course qualifying procedure used in NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Touring Series competition during its road-course events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International
Matt Kenseth likened his victory in the STP 400 to a game of musical chairs -- you had to be leading when the music stopped.
The Granite Stripe wants to get you prepared for this weekend's STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Check out the broadcast, podcast, fantasy preview and debate the current power rankings.
Moose Head Maniacs: April 2013
Penalties have been handed down to three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams following last Saturday's race at Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 2, 22 and 56 all received punishment for inspection failures.
The record book will say that Kyle Busch won the NRA 500 on Saturday night. If truth be known, Busch started the process on Friday afternoon and applied the coup de grace with 20 laps left on Saturday evening.
The Granite Stripe carries the storylines out of Martinsville in preparation for the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Podcast, broadcast, power rankings and fantasy picks - take a look at the full preview.
On Wednesday, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board O. Bruton Smith was named one of five newcomers for the 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
In this past Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. went for a spin, and when the field came back around as he was re-firing, race leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson pulled by him.
Leading 346 of 500 laps in Sunday's STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Johnson racked up his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at the .526-mile short track and the 62nd win of his career.
After a break for Easter, NASCAR is back and the Granite Stripe has a full preview of the Sprint Cup Series as it heads to Martinsville Speedway.
The Granite Stripe takes a look at where the Sprint Cup Series drivers stand in the early going. Some have performed above expectations; some have picked up their success where they left off in 2012; some are starting to look a lap or two off the pace.
Whitney Doucet (above), 22, was named the overall winner, while a pair of Carolines - Burns (13) and Portu (18) - also earned spots to sing at one of this summer's NASCAR events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Mark Martin will replace Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Toyota during Hamlin’s recovery from a back injury, according to a news release provided by the Joe Gibbs Racing team Thursday.
Moose Head Maniacs: March 2013
Denny Hamlin, winner of last year's SYLVANIA 300 Chase race at the Magic Mile last September, will be out at least six weeks with a L1 compression fracture in his lower back.
Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano knocked each other off the race track on the final lap of Sunday's Auto Club 400 -- allowing Kyle Busch to steal the win -- but it was Tony Stewart who left Auto Club Speedway fighting mad.
The Granite Stripe recaps Bristol and looks ahead to Fontana, Calif., in the broadcast and podcast. It also gives five drivers to watch this weekend and provides some suggestions for the fantasy NASCAR roster.
Kasey Kahne checked Bristol Motor Speedway off his bucket list, winning for the first time in 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series attempts after a heated duel with Brad Keselowski.
The Granite Stripe is ready for the first short track race of the season. Check out the Broadcast, Podcast, Power Rankings and Fantasy Preview, and make sure you know it all before the green flag waves at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson's reign atop the Magic Mile Power Rankings is over, for now, and there's a new pilot on the list who is hoping that his luck in Las Vegas was more than just a birthday present.
Matt Kenseth’s car was superb for the third time in three races this season. This time, the No. 20 team saw it pay off in the final standings. Kenseth piloted his Dollar General Toyota to a win Sunday in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Granite Stripe previews the Speedway Motorsports Inc.'s first race of the season, the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Watch the broadcast, listen to the podcast and read the fantasy picks.
The new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gen-6 car prepares for its intermediate track debut as teams “rolled the dice” on various set ups during testing Thursday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The number is 70 -- and no longer counting. As Denny Hamlin put it, Carl Edwards is “relevant again” after winning Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500.
The Granite Stripe has a full preview of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. From the Broadcast to the Podcast to the Fantasy preview, the blog has everything to prepare for the second race of the season.
Jimmie Johnson pulled away from Brad Keselowski on a final restart with six laps remaining, then staved off the late charges of runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. and third-place Mark Martin to win the Great American Race.
The Granite Stripe, the official blog of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, has undergone a significant face lift in preparation for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. GraniteStripe.com, which is named after the Magic Mile’s signature start/finish line, is expanding to reach across multiple digital platforms.
Moose Head Maniacs: February 2013
To steal a page from Danica’s “drive to do something different”, New Hampshire Motor Speedway recently rolled out a sweetheart of a deal for those wanting to see all the action in-person at the Magic Mile this July.
The Granite Stripe gives a full preview of the Great American Race with its video Broadcast, audio Podcast, fantasy preview and picks to win the Daytona 500.
Danica Patrick made NASCAR history today during Coors Light Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500, becoming the first female driver to win a pole at NASCAR’s top level – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Today in the Expo Center at the Radisson Hotel, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials unveiled the “Toyota Wheel and Deal Pre-Race Show,” which will transform this summer’s frontstretch and pre-race stage into the world’s largest game show.
Fans are encouraged to attend a FREE Valentine’s Day event at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, N.H. for a special presentation regarding the July 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire 300 pre-race show.
Rusty Wallace’s ability as a driver is unquestioned. He won 55 times – ninth most in NASCAR premier series history – during two decades against rivals named Bodine, Earnhardt, Elliott, Gordon, Jarrett, Labonte, Martin, Richmond and Waltrip.
After 23 hours, the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona came down to the final few minutes, and it was NASCAR’s own Juan Pablo Montoya who delivered on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course.
Faretra, who was hired as the communications manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in May, is finally making the pilgrimage to NASCAR's annual media tour in North Carolina. Is it what he envisioned?
New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today the entitlement sponsorship extension of OSRAM SYLVANIA, which will keep the SYLVANIA 300 on the Magic Mile marquee for another five years.
Danica Patrick may not be at the front of the field very often during her first full campaign in the Sprint Cup Series. But given the results of recent testing at Daytona International Speedway, it’s not outlandish to think that the rookie could start there.
NASCAR and Sprint confirmed that fans will have a direct impact on several competition elements of the newly titled The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona, the 75-lap non-points race that opens the season.
It started as a “Decem-beard”. Now we are fully into “Janu-hairy” and I am still sporting some serious scruff.
Five “New” Things to Watch in NASCAR for 2013
Moose Head Maniacs: January 2013
NASCAR and HP today unveiled the new NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center presented by HP. This first-of-its-kind resource will enable NASCAR to better serve its industry, partners and fans.
New faces with new teams and new cars were on display during Day 1 of Preseason Thunder at Daytona, but one storyline dominated – the Gen-6 car is sleek and fast.
The deadline to renew tickets for the 2013 NASCAR season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is only a few days away. Act before Jan. 15 to get exclusive discounted benefits.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway's Infield Care Center was given the "Above and Beyond Award" for its hard work, dedication and commitment throughout the 2012 season.
NHMS will get a tax break on future capital investments that could include repaving the raceway, a lighting system that would enable night racing and construction of a New England racing museum.
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.
Celebrate the holidays and the New Year by giving the gift of speed from New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Make "The Magic Mile" your one-stop shopping destination with tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 or SYLVANIA 300 and a Ride-Along with the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
In what could be the deepest and most talented field to date, NASCAR announced Wednesday the list of eligible competitors for the 2012 Shootout.
Greg Zipadelli, who won two Cup Series championship and 34 races in 13 years at Joe Gibbs Racing, in the last 48 hours negotiated a release from his JGR contract that allows him to join Stewart-Haas Racing as its competition director, a role that will include working as Danica Patrick's crew chief in her Sprint Cup debut, the 2012 Daytona 500.
Zipadelli comes to SHR from Joe Gibbs Racing where he served as crew chief for the No. 20 team since 1999. It's where the 44-year-old from Berlin, Conn., began a 10-year tenure with Tony Stewart, the co-owner of SHR along with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation.
NASCAR announced today the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule that will feature traditional dates at some of the premier short tracks and speedways in the northeast.
In its 28th season of competition, the Whelen Modified Tour will see the 14-race slate spread across seven tracks in four states. New to the schedule in 2012 will be a return to Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl.
On the track, it has been dubbed by some as the most exciting season in NASCAR history. But the 2011 season did not lack in entertaining, if not fascinating, moments away from the track as well. From television appearances and movie cameos to skydiving, NASCAR drivers and personalities certainly presented plenty of compelling options for these top moments.
A Virginia-born driver with a need to prove himself after losing the championship on NASCAR's premier division two seasons ago. A Virginia-born crew chief with a need to prove himself after getting fired despite winning the title this past year. In some ways, Denny Hamlin and Darian Grubb seemed made for one another.
That partnership was formalized Friday, when Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Grubb would lead Hamlin's No. 11 team beginning next season.
The IndyCar Series won't return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next season, and its future at the track depends in part on what it learns from the investigation into Dan Wheldon's fatal accident.
Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was killed in the opening laps of the Oct. 16 season finale at Las Vegas. The investigation into the 15-car fatal accident is ongoing, and IndyCar has postponed releasing its 2012 schedule until it determines if the series can continue racing on high-banked ovals such as Las Vegas.
David Ragan spent Sunday flying home from the Snowball Derby, a prestigious late model race held annually in Pensacola, Fla., and his focus during the trip was a right-rear hub assembly that had broken down and knocked his car out of the event. Then he landed in Charlotte, flipped on his mobile telephone -- and suddenly realized he had much more pressing concerns.
"We land in Charlotte, and Twitter is blowing up, and we see reports that something is going to happen with the 22 program the following day," Ragan said.
Mike Ford, the crew chief who led Denny Hamlin to the brink of a Sprint Cup championship one year ago, is no longer in that position.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday that Ford has been released as Hamlin's crew chief, capping a fall from a near championship-winning effort in 2010 to a 2011 campaign where the No. 11 team needed a wild card entry just to make the Chase.
As expected, veteran Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch and Penske Racing announced Monday they have mutually decided to end their six-year relationship, effective immediately.
"I appreciate the victories that Kurt has brought Penske Racing and our sponsors over the past six years," team owner Roger Penske said in a statement released by the organization. "While I am disappointed that Kurt will not be racing for our team in the future, both Kurt and I felt that separating at this time was best for all parties, including our team and sponsors.
He stayed up until the wee hours of the morning playing craps. He joked about his waistline and his uncanny ability to pick up women. He pocketed check after check after check, the next almost always worth more than the previous one, and then spent a lot of that cash by bringing all 150 employees of Stewart-Haas Racing to Sprint Cup Champion's Week, and throwing a blowout after-party for everyone who was invited to Friday night's awards ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas.
One run of NASCAR dominance ended this year, when Tony Stewart snapped Jimmie Johnson's streak of five consecutive championships in NASCAR's premier division. But another continued Thursday, when Dale Earnhardt Jr. was awarded the sport's most popular driver trophy for a ninth year in a row.
Earnhardt received the award at the annual National Motorsports Press Association/Myers Brothers Luncheon at the Bellagio, and the trophy will go into the case near his sister Kelley's office at JR Motorsports along with the others.
Tony Stewart’s on a roll. And that’s a good feeling when you’re in Las Vegas.
Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Ryan Newman won Wednesday’s “This Ain’t the Newlywed Game,” a riff on the television original hosted by Bob Eubanks. Stewart and Newman edged the team of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch by most accurately recalling the estimated attendance of March’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR announced today that the points system all NASCAR national series began using this year will be instituted in the regional touring level for 2012.
The points system was simplified to make it easier for fans, competitors and the industry to understand.
Richard Childress Racing has named Drew Blickensderfer as the crew chief for the No. 31 team with driver Jeff Burton for the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season.
Luke Lambert, interim crew chief during the latter part of the 2011 season for the No. 31 team, will assume a yet-to-be announced new position at RCR.
Eight days after winning the 2011 Sprint Cup title with Darian Grubb, Tony Stewart has a new crew chief.
Steve Addington will replace Grubb as crew chief for the three-time Cup champion at Stewart-Haas Racing, the team announced in a news release Monday.
Addington had served as crew chief for Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch for two seasons, following a nearly two-year stint as crew chief for Kurt’s brother, Kyle, at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Few people expected Brad Keselowski and the Penske Racing No. 2 team to win multiple races this year.
Fewer still thought the 27-year-old had a shot at qualifying for NASCAR’s Chase For The Sprint Cup.
And how many could have imagined that Keselowski would finish fifth – ahead of such stalwarts as five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson and four-timer Jeff Gordon?
There’s something to be said about going out on top, but this probably wasn’t the way Darian Grubb thought a possible departure from Stewart-Haas Racing would happen.
The crew chief for Tony Stewart was informed during the Chase – six weeks prior to the end of the year – that he wouldn’t be retained after the season. Grubb could have sulked and just cruised through the final six weeks.
Steve Addington, who helped guide Penske Racing driver Kurt Busch into NASCAR’s Chase For The Sprint Cup in 2010 and 2011, has parted ways with the team, according to Penske officials.
“Steve Addington is no longer with our organization. We appreciate the successes we experienced together and wish him the best in his future endeavors," the team said in a statement issued Tuesday.
NASCAR’s future was front and center Monday night as four champions in two national series were crowned.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 24 and Austin Dillon, 21, officially were proclaimed champions of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, respectively, on the Americana Ballroom stage at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Carl Edwards kept waiting for Tony Stewart to make a mistake.
Though Stewart had won four of nine Chase races and kept putting pressure on the points leader, on and off the track, Edwards believed that Stewart would finally crack, and that he, and not Stewart, would finally walk away with the Sprint Cup championship.
Neither Brad Keselowski nor NASCAR would confirm nor deny an Associated Press report Keselowski has been fined $25,000 for critical comments he made about NASCAR’s switch to fuel injection.
NASCAR has fined drivers the last two years for comments that it believes hurts the credibility of the sport. It hasn’t announced the fines, but drivers have confirmed they were fined.
It was here at Phoenix International Raceway last season where Jimmie Johnson somehow saved his run of championships, stretching a fuel run to the finish and keeping close enough to Denny Hamlin that he could overtake him in the finale the next week. The five-time champion needed an ever bigger miracle Sunday, as his unprecedented streak of five consecutive titles neared its last gasp.
He didn't get it. Johnson finished a mediocre 14th on what had traditionally been one of his better tracks, and fell 68 points behind leader Carl Edwards with only next week's season-ender at Homestead-Miami Speedway remaining.
The remaining two contenders for the Sprint Cup championship have very different track records at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the facility where this year's title will ultimately be decided. But the crew chiefs for Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart each will draw his strategy from the same place -- last year's event at the 1.5-mile oval in South Florida.
Homestead is statistically Edwards' best track, a place where he's won twice and has an average finish better than any other driver.
It's all set up just the way it should be, and as close to the way NASCAR would have scripted it as it has been in a long, long time.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup is coming down to the final race this Sunday at Miami-Homestead Speedway with some real drama building. One race. Two drivers. And only three points separating them in the Chase standings.
Is there any question the final two contenders in the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup would be Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards? Not at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
What started out as a 12 man race has now become a two man show featuring Edwards and Stewart. Both have different styles of driving, different teams and a different history in the sport. Edwards is chasing his first title, but Stewart is looking to sit right where he did in 2005, at the head table.
Having NASCAR heavyweights such as Rick Hendrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart rooting you on in a budding stock-car career -- not to mention four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti, who has a double-handful of NASCAR starts on his resume -- would be a solid vote of confidence.
When you add the self-confidence and proven racing ability of Danica Patrick, who's in the final three-race tune-up for a full-time Nationwide Series schedule in 2012, the future certainly looks promising.
The next-to-last landscape upon which Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart will wrestle for stock car supremacy has been a part of NASCAR's top series for almost a quarter-century, but that means almost nothing in the context of this weekend's racing.
Phoenix International Raceway, which had been one of International Speedway Corp.'s most neglected tracks for years, got a major upgrade this year.
NASCAR has fined Kyle Busch $50,000 and placed him on probation until Dec. 31 for his actions during the Nov. 4 Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2011 NASCAR Rule Book. NASCAR took immediate action, parking Busch for the remainder of Friday night's event and maintaining the parked position for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Tony Stewart backed up his smack talk with a convincing victory in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the eighth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
With his fourth victory in the Chase and the 43rd of his career, Stewart put a dent in runner-up Carl Edwards' series lead, scoring maximum points (48) to trim Edwards' advantage from eight to three points with two races left in the season.
NASCAR took an unprecedented step Saturday morning at Texas Motor Speedway when it parked Kyle Busch for his remaining two races this weekend for "aggressive driving" in Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race.
NASCAR has little history of parking drivers across two series' lines for egregious actions. But a move affecting all three national series has never been made.
Until Friday, all we knew about Danica Patrick's 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule with Stewart-Haas Racing was the GoDaddy girl would start her Cup career with the Daytona 500.
Now we know the rest of it. Almost.
In addition to her full-time Nationwide Series schedule with JR Motorsports, Patrick will run Cup races at Daytona, Darlington, Bristol (the night race), Atlanta, Chicagoland, Dover (fall race), Texas (fall race) and Phoenix (fall race).
David Reutimann, the only Sprint Cup race winner in the short history of Michael Waltrip Racing, will not return to the team in 2012 -- opening the door for Mark Martin to potentially drive the No. 00 car on a limited basis next season.
MWR officially announced Thursday that Reutimann would not return. The 41-year-old Florida native scored the Waltrip team's first victory in a rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in 2009, and also won at Chicagoland the following season.
Eddie Gossage spent Sunday afternoon in a television studio at Texas Motor Speedway, publicizing his upcoming race weekend in satellite interviews with local stations across Texas and Oklahoma. He kept one eye on a TV off in the corner, where the event at Martinsville Speedway was wrapping up. The Texas track president finished his interviews just in time to see Tony Stewart overtake Jimmie Johnson for the victory, and issue his now-famous challenge to points leader Carl Edwards -- the latter a large chunk of promotional manna that had fallen right into Gossage's lap.
Only weeks after adding Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing appears on the brink of once again altering its driver lineup for the 2012 season -- this time through the addition of veteran Mark Martin on a limited basis.
Sources indicated Tuesday that the team is pursuing Martin to drive a limited schedule next year in the No. 00 Toyota currently piloted by David Reutimann, who is responsible for MWR's two victories on NASCAR's premier level.
Championship NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick and his wife are recovering at home in Charlotte after each suffered minor injuries Monday night when the small jet carrying them to Key West, Fla., lost its brakes and crash landed at the island's airport.
Officials on the scene told the Associated Press that the Gulfstream 150 ran off the runway at Key West International Airport Monday at 7:45 p.m., and that Rick and Linda Hendrick, as well as a pilot and co-pilot, were taken to Lower Keys Medical Center.
Is it down to a two-man race now in the Chase for the Sprint Cup? If it is -- or even if it isn't -- can Brian Vickers manage to stay out of their way, and everyone else's?
Those were the burning questions lingering after Tony Stewart's rousing win Sunday in the wild and wooly Tums 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
About the only thing Brian Vickers regrets about his wild race at Martinsville Speedway Sunday is that his retaliation against Matt Kenseth didn’t cause more damage to Kenseth’s car and his championship hopes.
Vickers is not all that concerned that his retaliation against Kenseth impacted the finish of the race. He just wishes Kenseth had not already been running 30th when he chose to take him out.
A title Chase that had been as gentlemanly as a game of golf changed dramatically Sunday with rough racing and rapid retorts.
It is just what NASCAR fans have been awaiting.
They can thank Tony Stewart for the change in tone. With three weeks left in the season, let the excitement begin.
Stewart spiced his victory at Martinsville Speedway, which moved him to second in the season standings, eight points behind leader Carl Edwards, by proclaiming in Victory Lane: “(Edwards) better be worried. That’s all I’ve got to say. He’s not going to have an easy three weeks.”
Chad Knaus told driver Jimmie Johnson to intentionally damage the back end of his race car if the No. 48 team won Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway, the crew chief acknowledged Wednesday.
Knaus admitted giving the five-time NASCAR champion the pre-race instructions in order to "cover our bases" in case 500 miles of bump-drafting knocked the car beyond NASCAR's strict tolerances.
NASCAR has issued penalties to the No. 00, No. 47 and No. 56 teams that compete in the Sprint Cup Series as a result of rule infractions discovered during opening day inspection Oct. 21 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Crew chiefs Rodney Childers (No. 00), Frank Kerr (No. 47) and Chad Johnston (No. 56) have each been fined $50,000 and have been suspended from the next four Sprint Cup Series championship events.
When it came right down to it, Sunday's Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway was decided by a decidedly different set of opinions on how the race should be approached.
While some teams were intent on merely surviving and obviously drove as conservatively as possible -- and that's relatively speaking on a 2.66-mile oval where speeds frequently approach 200 miles per hour -- others were determined to run up front from the drop of the green flag.
It was a swan song for a lame duck.
Clint Bowyer surged past Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton through the tri-oval on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway to win Sunday's Good Sam Club 500.
Bowyer, who will leave RCR for Michael Waltrip Racing next season, beat Burton to the start/finish line by .018 seconds to record his first victory of the season and the fifth of his career. The win was the 100th in the Sprint Cup Series for team owner Richard Childress.
As race car drivers, we all are keenly aware of what can happen to us every time we strap in behind the wheel of one of our cars. More times than we care to count -- as in Sunday's tragedy at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- something happens that causes us to ask ourselves, "Is everything worth it?" To me the answer is ...
Yes. Without a doubt. At least it is in my case. Racing makes me who I am. It's what drives me. It's what I'm wired to do.
Sprint Cup drivers will have a new restrictor plate and a new maximum temperature at which they can run their engines at Talladega this weekend, but whether that impacts the two-car tandem draft remains to be seen.
While NASCAR officials have not said so publicly, they appear to want to see less of the two-car hookups that were prevalent in restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega earlier this year.
Kasey Kahne woke up Monday thinking about Dan Wheldon and the wrenching pain felt by the late two-time Indianapolis 500 champion's family and friends.
Kahne didn't spend a moment thinking that it could have been him — even though the NASCAR driver seriously had considered entering the Izod IndyCar Series season finale in which Wheldon died in Sunday's 15-car accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
They negotiate 12 turns while going 150 mph on just two-wheels, and, this weekend, the riders of the Loudon Road Race Series will wrap up their 2011 season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With a picture perfect weather forecast predicted for both Saturday and Sunday, Loudon’s motorcycle stars are revved up for “The Magic Mile’s” fastest finale.
When the series visited NHMS in September, Dunbarton, N.H. native Scott Greenwood finally broke through to grab his first Middle Weight Grand Prix victory of the seven race season.
Despite being unable to come to contract terms with driver Clint Bowyer, who announced last Friday that he will drive beginning in 2012 for Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress said Thursday that he could not be more pleased with the future direction in which his company appears to be headed.
Speaking after a function where he appeared together with Bowyer to promote an upcoming special paint scheme on the No. 33 Chevrolet Bowyer currently drives for Richard Childress Racing, Childress said he tentatively plans to scale down from four full-time Sprint Cup teams to three full-time teams in 2012.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NASCAR is “going pink” with concentrated efforts during this weekend’s activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway to build awareness and raise funds for breast cancer-aimed charitable organizations.
NASCAR will add pink accents to its NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series vehicles during the upcoming race weekend.
The sponsorship picture at Joe Gibbs Racing will undergo a vast change next season, the Observer has learned.
At a news conference Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dollar General is expected to announce it will greatly increase its involvement in NASCAR, sponsoring both Sprint Cup and Nationwide series teams at JGR in 2012, several sources confirmed.
With six weeks left in the long seasons of NASCAR's three national touring series, it's time to check in on some of the top storylines currently percolating.
Let's start with the obvious, and that's the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Yes, Jimmie Johnson is in the thick of it after winning Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. But let's not say he's "back in it." He never left.
He didn't take the lead in the Sprint Cup standings, didn't even move into second, but he didn't need to. Winning at Kansas Speedway in such dominating fashion was plenty good enough. And in the end, it was one of those afternoons that evoked the feeling of inevitability that's loomed over NASCAR's premier series for much of the past five years, one that grew stronger and stronger with each circuit the No. 48 car made around the track.
Jimmie Johnson is back. As if he ever left.
I don't know how many of you have ever driven a car without power steering. It's not easy on the highway, much less at 150 miles per hour around a high-banked oval like Dover International Speedway. I got to know firsthand what that is like this past weekend. If Dover isn't the hardest track on equipment, it's right at the top. It places a lot of stress on several areas of the car and, unfortunately, we ran into a little back luck this past weekend when our power steering belt was knocked off halfway through the race.
Over the past 95 years one toy has brought countless smiles to boys and girls faces across America, the Radio Flyer wagon. For race fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway a fleet of little red wagons lined up along the grandstand fence means the excitement of NASCAR has finally arrived. But during this year’s SYLVANIA 300 one wagon was missing.
Jan and Diane Duisendecker of Canterbury, N.H., have been attending races at “The Magic Mile” since 2005 and each year, along with hundreds of others, they brought their wagon to help carry food and beverages to and from their campsite.
Sprint Cup drivers typically don’t look forward to tracks being repaved because their notes from past races become meaningless, leaving them less comfortable on a track that typically has more grip but also can be slick thanks to the new asphalt.
So while they were looking forward to testing Tuesday and Wednesday at the newly repaved and reconfigured Phoenix International Raceway,
Reed Sorenson, a championship contender in the Nationwide Series and a race winner earlier this season at Road America, is out of Turner Motorsports' No. 32 car in a move that could herald more departures from the NASCAR team.
Sorenson stands third in the Nationwide standings, 49 points behind leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Turner has also notified employees of a potential downsizing following this season due in part to the impending loss of sponsor Dollar General.
Thank you, Kurt Busch said, after screw-ups by Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards put Busch in position to win Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
While Busch celebrated his second victory of the season and the 24th of his career in Victory Lane at the Monster Mile, runner-up Johnson and third-place Edwards sat in the nearby media center castigating themselves in the post-race news conference.
At speeds of up to 140 mph, experience the same thrills that Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon felt during last weekend’s SYLVANIA 300 by driving a stock car around New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Beginning today through Sunday, the Richard Petty Driving Experience will offer several programs to fulfill every race fans need for speed.
NASCAR on Wednesday announced the 2012 schedule for the Sprint Cup Series, with a lineup featuring a number of adjustments from the 2011 edition.
"We believe the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will once again provide fans with what they've come to expect every season -- the world's most exciting and competitive form of motorsports," NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said.. "Next year's schedule has a few adjustments that we think will be good for the fans and good for the overall flow of the season. One thing will remain constant, however, and that's the intense competition we see week in and week out from our drivers and race teams."
NASCAR will unveil the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule via its social/digital channels on today, Sept. 28, at noon ET.
NASCAR.COM will first unveil next year’s schedule on its homepage, with a question-and-answer Twitter chat session to follow involving NASCAR (@NASCAR) and Senior V.P. of Racing Operations Steve O’Donnell (@odsteve). Fans, media, teams and tracks are encouraged to participate throughout the one-hour interactive Twitter forum.
Despite several struggles with local teams New England fans still won with an action-packed weekend of thrilling playoff racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
NASCAR estimated a crowd of 95,000 and for those fans in attendance there was a little something for everyone. Guests had the chance to see a record breaking scratch ticket measuring 36-feet and 2-inches-tall by 18-feet and 8 inches-wide, a new member of the millionaire club and even some racing.
Tony Stewart may not have captured a win leading up to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but he sure is making up for it now. Stewart is two-for-two in NASCAR's playoffs after winning the SYLVANIA 300 today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet passed Clint Bowyer on the second to last lap after Bowyer played a fuel mileage game and lost. Ironically, in a similar dramatic finish last year Stewart ran out of gas on the last lap and it was Bowyer to cross the Granite Stripe first.
The drama, excitement and anticipation of championship racing has arrived at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The SYLVANIA 300 green flag will wave at 2 p.m., but there is plenty of action before on-track activities get started.
The NELCAR Legends Tour was up bright and early to take on the tricky .25-mile oval.
Country superstar duo Montgomery Gentry launch pre-race ceremonies with a concert beginning at 12:10 p.m. The group will perform hit songs including, “My Town,” “Hell Yeah," “Something to be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man” and “Back When I Knew it All.”
The year was 1997. Bill Clinton was the president, we lost Princess Diana and Mother Teresa, but we gained a little lamb clone named Dolly. We explored Mars for the first time through unmanned explorers and New England race fans enjoyed fall racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway the very first time.
“The Magic Mile” is one of only 13 tracks in the world to host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events in a season.
He did it again! Kyle Busch led all but 10 laps to capture his 30th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory during the F.W. Webb 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this afternoon.
This is Busch’s third consecutive win and sixth top-10 finish in seven races at “The Magic Mile” behind the wheel of a truck.
Ron Silk bump drafted to the end and grabbed his points lead back after winning the New Hampshire 100 at this afternoon.
Silk started from the pole position and went bumper-to-bumper with all of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regulars to capture his third victory of the 2011 season and his second “Magic Mile” checkered flag.
By 8 a.m. cars were already racing around the New Hampshire Motor Speedway gearing up for a jam-packed tripleheader Saturday.
The action began early when the American-Canadian Tour hit the track for its practice session in preparations for the ACT Invitational later this afternoon.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will qualify for the F.W. Webb 175 at 10:40 a.m. before the race begins at 3 p.m. Kevin Harvick was fastest in practice yesterday. The driver of the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet looks to capture his first checkered flag in the Truck Series at “The Magic Mile.”
Brett Moffitt finally scored his first New Hampshire Motor Speedway win today during the rain shortened New Hampshire 125 event.
This was Moffitts third win of the season and seventh in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career. He now sits just 21 points unofficially behind Max Gresham in the championship standings.
The driver of the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota has finished as the race runner-up the last two trips to Loudon and has four top-five efforts in five career K&N Pro Series East events at NHMS.
Ryan “Rocketman” Newman captured his sixth New Hampshire Motor Speedway pole position during qualifying for Sunday’s SYLVANIA 300.
It didn’t come easy for the driver of the No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Newman was one of five drivers who had to wait out a 51 minute rain delay.
“I don't think I have seen that much drama going into the last five cars in all my years of racing,” said Newman. “My track was dry; I don't think it was any faster. I am just really proud of the team and hoping to follow what we did in the spring race.”
You know the ticket is big when it has to be bolted to the side of the grandstands. New Hampshire Motor Speedway made it big with a Guinness Book World Record for the largest scratch ticket ever made. The N.H. Lottery unveiled the gigantic instant ticket during last night’s FanFest.
The enormous scratch ticket measured a whopping 36-feet and 2-inches-tall by 18-feet and 8 inches-wide and was officially measured by Phillip Robertson of Guinness Book of World Records. It beat the previous record held in Australia.
Ron Silk, looking to get his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points lead back, will start on the point for Saturday's New Hampshire 100 after winning the Coors Light Pole Award Thursday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Silk had a top lap of 29.764 seconds (127.967 mph) around the 1.058-mile oval. It was the fifth career pole for the Norwalk, Conn., driver, who won at the ‘Magic Mile’ in 2009.
The New Hampshire 100 will be carried by SPEED Saturday at 1 p.m., prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the No. 6 U.S. Army Toyota set a new track record in the K&N Pro Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway at a speed of 127.602 mph, capturing the pole position for tomorrow’s New Hampshire 125.
“It was a pretty stout day for the No. 6 team,” said Wallace. “We ended up winning practice and now to sit on the pole is awesome. I can’t say enough about the U.S. Army team and Revolution Racing. This is my Dover car so I just have to keep it in one piece and take it to the next race.”
The campers have parked and the grills are fired up, which only means one thing. NASCAR has returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the SYLVANIA 300.
The WOKQ FanFest will kick off the jam-packed weekend with free fun for the entire family tonight beginning at 5 p.m. in the speedway’s Broadway Midway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver of the No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota, David Reutimann will highlight the event signing autographs and hosting a fan Q&A beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The drama, excitement and anticipation of championship racing heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for this weekend’s SYLVANIA 300 activities.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has begun and several questions are at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Will Tony Stewart build on his momentum from Chicagoland and take two straight wins? Can Kurt and Kyle Busch resurrect their dominating ways at “The Magic Mile”? Is Jimmie Johnson going to score another NHMS win?
Ron Hornaday Jr. has accomplished just about everything in his 14-year career in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, including a record four series championships.
This weekend the driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet will attempt to get his 50th win during the F.W. Webb 175 on Saturday, a feat that has never been accomplished in the series.
By the time the green flag drops on a race this weekend at NHMS, the weatherman will claim that autumn has started (officially on Sept. 23).
Yet, in New England, we've come to assume the weatherman isn't always right and we won't be listening to him this weekend. NASCAR's in town and our summer isn't over yet!
Brian Vickers says he isn’t feeling pressure to prove himself on the track, but that doesn’t mean his future is secure or he knows where he’ll be racing in 2012.
Vickers spent three years at Hendrick Motorsports before moving to Red Bull Racing in 2007, where he has spent the last five years.
But Red Bull wants to sell the team, and Vickers is unsure what will happen. Red Bull announced in late June that it was selling the team and it’s been nearly three months with no announcement of a buyer.
It’s safe to say Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch will never be best friends, and fans can bet the rivalry between the two hardcore racers will be in full force this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Harvick and Busch will duel once again at “The Magic Mile” during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series F.W. Webb 175 on Saturday and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday.
Four years after making waves in NASCAR by signing on as the primary sponsor of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Amp Energy is phasing its brand off the car of the sport's most popular driver.
PepsiCo is expected to announce this week that Diet Mountain Dew will replace its Amp Energy brand as Earnhardt's primary sponsor for 16 races in 2012. The company has the primary sponsorship rights for 20 total races on the No. 88 car, and Amp will serve as an associate sponsor while also appearing on the hood for the other four races.
The fuel gauges were on empty when the checkered flag waved at Chicagoland Speedway this afternoon. Tony Stewart coasted where he could and nursed his car to an impressive win kicking off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Now, everyone must refuel rapidly and get ready for the SYLVANIA 300.
The exciting Chase weekend begins on Thursday with both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice and qualifying.
Ten lucky fans will have the opportunity to wave the green flag during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying during FansFirst Pole Day on Friday, Sept. 23. The contest will be run through Twitter and entering is simple.
Anyone that takes a picture at the track from now through Thursday and shares it on Twitter using #ILoveNHMS will be entered to win. There is a maximum of one entry per day. Pictures may be of anything from the track to FanFest to your camper to, well, whatever strikes your creative mind!
Wrigley Field in Chicago has it’s beloved “Bleacher Bums,” the Cleveland Browns have their passionate “Dawg Pound,” Duke University’s basketball team has its “Cameron Crazies” and now New Hampshire Motor Speedway has the “Moose Head Maniacs.”
Recognizing the passion of NASCAR fans here at “The Magic Mile,” speedway officials announced today that they have designated a special section of seating in turns three and four to create a wicked fun fan zone for the “Moose Heads.”
Who says second place is the first loser?
For the first time since the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup began in 2004 New Hampshire Motor Speedway will not be the first stop on the 10 race playoff schedule, but it doesn’t mean that the 2011 SYLVANIA 300 is any less important.
Country singer Brett Eldredge will kick start the SYLVANIA 300 race weekend with a concert during the WOKQ FanFest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 22 beginning at 5 p.m.
Eldredge’s hit song “Raymond” is an emotional tale of a nursing home employee mistaken by a patient with Alzheimer's for her deceased son.
One of NASCAR's best is among those giving time and attention to the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities during the SYLVANIA 300 race weekend, but there are many ways for fans to help New England children in need throughout the event.
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, feel the same thrill that you’re favorite NASCAR driver feels as you drive your own car around “The Magic Mile” for three laps during the SCC Laps for Charity event.
Jimmie Johnson is a realist -- he knows, sooner or later, another driver will end his streak of consecutive Sprint Cup championships that reached five with his 2010 title run.
"I have a lot invested in this, and I'd love to see the streak stay alive," Johnson said, "but at the same time, I've won five, and at some point we're going to lose one."
Don't read that as a concession speech. Johnson is just as committed to winning a sixth championship as he was to winning his first in 2006.
There was no back flipping for this win, but Carl Edwards did get a New England style victory as he trapped over a dozen lobsters today in Portsmouth, N.H. It was good practice for Edwards, who hopes to hoist Loudon the Lobster in victory lane after the SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 25.
As NASCAR’s best prepare to invade “The Magic Mile,” the driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford joined local media members and fans at Geno’s Chowder House in Portsmouth,
New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Toyota Racing are offering one lucky fan the opportunity of a lifetime to become an honorary pit crew member for a day. The winning fan will have the opportunity to help the Red Horse Racing team of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during the F.W. Webb 175 at NHMS on Saturday, Sept. 24. Red Horse Racing fields the No. 7 team of Miguel Paludo and the No. 17 of Timothy Peters.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is just two weeks away from racing into New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Race fans can expect a heated battle during the SYLVANIA 300 as eight of the top-12 have visited victory lane at least once in the Sprint Cup Series at “The Magic Mile.”
Stewart-Haas Racing will have the most momentum when the series returns. Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart dominated the July race weekend, both starting and finishing first and second.
Sparks and sheet metal flew on a night where the record for cautions was tied at Richmond International Raceway. Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch went at one another in the latest edition of their running feud. Dale Earnhardt Jr. limped around the short track in a busted-up race car, trying to salvage his position in the Chase. Drivers wrecked one another and sought retribution in a wild, dramatic event that concluded the Sprint Cup tour's regular season.
Like most Americans, race fans will never forget where they were on September, 11, 2001. As the nation remembers the 10th anniversary of that historic day, New Hampshire Motor Speedway reflects on what turned out to be a silent race weekend that September.
The attacks came on a Tuesday, just days before the scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 300 lap event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Starting today and running through the SYLVANIA 300 race weekend, NHMS will offer daily giveaways on Facebook. In honor of the two o’clock start time for the Sept. 25 Chase race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, SYLVANIA’s Two O’Clock Break will be offered each day at 2 p.m. to help our fans take their mental, mid-afternoon break.
Danica Patrick thinks it would be nice if she got her NASCAR Sprint Cup career started at the Daytona 500.
The IndyCar star is moving to NASCAR full time next season and will run a limited Cup schedule in a car owned by Tony Stewart. He expects her to struggle at most of the tracks where she'll race, making a Daytona debut even more attractive to her.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience a chaotic day as a NASCAR pit road reporter? The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is now hosting an online auction, giving one lucky fan the opportunity to spend the entire race with ESPN reporter Jamie Little during the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, Sept. 25.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, NASCAR announced today a special in-race tribute to take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Fans attending the event, ABC-TV and MRN Radio broadcasters announcing the race, and the track announcer will all go quiet for a three-lap moment of silence from laps 9 through 11 at the .75-mile oval.
The writing should have been on the wall when NASCAR postponed Sunday night's race through the Monday holiday by scheduling an unusual Tuesday morning start.
For the majority of fans in Atlanta that meant they'd have to head back to work or school or other commitments and wouldn't be able to watch the race. For those around the country, it meant the same thing.
For Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne and David Ragan, they might have preferred fewer people watched.
NASCAR will give the AdvoCare 500 another go Tuesday.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee produced heavy rain and spawned tornadoes around the Atlanta metropolitan area on Monday but the weather should yield in time for Tuesday's 11 a.m. Sprint Cup Series race (ESPN).
Thousands of NASCAR fans woke up Monday morning in the infield at Atlanta Motor Speedway, at hotels near the track, and in homes and apartments all around the Atlanta metro area, and looked at the gray, misty skies overhead.
All faced the same basic question: Should they wait out the weather or head home?
Hendrick Motorsports and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep Earnhardt behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolets through the end of the 2017 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
“We’re excited to have everything formalized and announced,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour regulars beware, Ryan "Rocketman" Newman will once again tackle New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the New Hampshire 100 on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Newman will make his third modified start of the 2011 season and his seventh career start at "The Magic Mile." This time it will be behind the wheel of the No. 77 (not his usual No.7) Aggressive Hydraulics/ Menards Chevrolet led by crew chief Steve Lindstrum.
During the SYLVANIA 300 weekend, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Tommy Baldwin Racing are offering the ultimate modified fan ticket package for just $71.
The exciting package will include a grandstand ticket for Sept. 25's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' SYLVANIA 300, as well as a ticket for the Sept. 24 triple header. It will also include a 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame yearbook and a 2012 inductee photo card rack from the Hall of Fame.
Speedway Motorsports Inc. announced the acquisition of a 143-acre parcel of land that will be used to greatly expand Kentucky Speedway parking and the hiring of professional parking and engineering services to best manage automotive and pedestrian traffic flows during venue event days.
The first Cup race at Kentucky was a huge deal. But as David Caraviello writes, it's too bad so many people endured so much misery trying to see it.
Two races remain before the complete 12-driver Chase field is set, seedings and all.
Here's what we know: Five drivers have clinched a Chase spot in some fashion. Kyle Busch, five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards have locked up a top-10 spot. Kevin Harvick, on the strength of three 2011 victories, has clinched at least a wild card spot -- and will likely cement a top-10 berth in Sunday night's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick has clinched at least a wild-card berth in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Harvick was not listed among drivers who had clinched after Saturday night's race at Bristol because there are still scenarios where he could fall outside of the top 10 in points. Further review Monday by NASCAR determined his three victories this season have earned him at minimum one of the two wild cards.
Brad Keselowski's phoenix-like rise from the ashes continued Saturday, with an improbable victory in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway -- his third win of the season and his second since breaking his left ankle Aug. 3 in a crash during testing at Road Atlanta.
Keselowski grabbed the lead on a restart with 80 laps left in the 500-lap Sprint Cup race and held on to win for the fourth time in his career. The victory all but assured Keselowski of at least a wild-card position in the upcoming Chase.
Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and four-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner Tony Stewart “smoked” the competition today, racing go-karts at F1 Boston in preparations for the SYLVANIA 300, the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sept. 25.
Stewart, who pilots the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, made a pit stop in Braintree, Mass. to mingle with local media members. The group then hit the thrilling track filled with sharp turns and rolling hills for some side-by-side karting action.
Danica Patrick might not even be a race car driver today, let alone have the opportunity to race in NASCAR full time in 2012, had Brooke Patrick not stepped away from the family go-kart nearly 20 years ago.
On Thursday, Patrick confirmed plans to take the next step in her career -- one which began in the Midwest, then to England as a teenager, and then a triumphant return to racing's heartland and the Indianapolis 500.
Danica Patrick is expected to announce Thursday that she'll compete full-time in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports in 2012. A news conference is scheduled for noon ET in Phoenix, where GoDaddy.com is located. It's also possible that she could announce her part-time Sprint Cup Series schedule with Stewart-Haas Racing at the same news conference.
Kyle Busch had his driver's license suspended for 45 days and was fined $1,000 Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to speeding.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, who won Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Michigan, was charged May 24 for speeding and reckless driving for driving 128 mph in a 45-mph zone in a residential area in Mooresville, N.C., according to his citation.
Country award winning duo Montgomery Gentry will kick start the SYLVANIA 300 with a performance during pre-race ceremonies at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 25.
Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry exploded onto the country music scene 11 years ago, releasing more than 20 charted singles including hits like “My Town,” “Hell Yeah," “Something to be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man” and “Back When I Knew it All.”
The two drivers just inside the top 10 in points as the Chase For The Sprint Cup nears held onto their positions at Michigan International Speedway Sunday, but had very different outlooks following the Pure Michigan 400.
Part of that could be the fact that Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t made the Chase the last two years while Tony Stewart has.
Michigan finally unrolled the welcome mat for Kyle Busch, the first official member of the 2011 Chase.
Busch got his first Sprint Cup Series victory at Michigan International Speedway in his 14th start at the two-mile track, holding off Jimmie Johnson in a green-white-checkered finish to win Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.
Busch beat Johnson to the finish line by .568 seconds to claim his series-best fourth victory of the season and the 23rd of his career. Busch kept Johnson winless at Michigan,
With the start of the Chase For The Sprint Cup looming, drivers already in position or scrambling to secure one of the 12 playoff spots can be forgiven for casting long glances over their shoulders.
After all, racers have long memories, and issues linger.
With the start of the 10-race playoff on the horizon, the last thing a potential title contender wants to deal with is unfinished business with a fellow competitor.
Quebec native Maryeve Dufault plans on becoming the first Canadian woman to make a Nationwide Series race when she straps on her helmet at her hometown track in this weekend's NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Dufault has been entered in the No. 81 Dodge owned by Pat MacDonald, with sponsorship from the Quebec Dodge Dealers.
Marcos Ambrose's happiness bubbled over Monday afternoon to the point where he began vigorously chasing various employees of Richard Petty Motorsports and attempting to spray them with a bit of the bubbly in Victory Lane at Watkins Glen International.
For a driver and company whose intertwined futures were so uncertain just one year ago, it was indeed a day to call for champagne all the way around.
After a flirtation that lasted months with Joe Gibbs Racing, Carl Edwards has decided to remain at Roush Fenway Racing beyond the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
The team announced Thursday morning that it had re-signed the 31-year-old driver to a “multi-year agreement starting in 2012.”
NASCAR announced today the No. 7 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Saturday, July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
The team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20D-5.9P (the intake manifold ports did not completely seal to the cylinder head ports.
Former Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve, who finished third in the Nationwide Series race at Road America and will return to the Penske Racing seat next month at Montreal, is continuing his quest to find a NASCAR ride.
Villeneuve spent Saturday with the Penske team at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, making the four-hour drive from his Canadian home.
For all the angst and despair brought on by the two-by-two racing that has emerged at Daytona and Talladega, one thing is clear.
The two tracks have produced the most exciting, most intense races in the first half of the 2011 season.
The two tracks have wowed fans with unimagined numbers in terms of lead changes and leaders, and when it was over, two first-time winners – Trevor Bayne and David Ragan – graced victory lane at Daytona.
Ryan Newman was walking, or rather driving, the proverbial fine line at a high rate of speed during the final laps of Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
As the race leader, he stood poised to boost his position for the entire season into another stratosphere, virtually locking himself into one of the 12 spots for the upcoming Chase that determines NASCAR's Cup champion.
So, you’re zipping along in heavy traffic and the check engine light comes on and then a bunch of other indicator lights kick in, lighting up the dashboard in a fireworks-like display.
Now you’re NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and that zipping along is at about 170 miles an hour, in serious want-to-kick-your-butt traffic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on a speedy Sunday afternoon drive.
Ryan Newman only saw the view from the front at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, capturing the checkered flag in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100.
Behind the wheel of his No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, it was a history making day for Newman; no NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has started and won from the pole position in two races on the same weekend at NHMS.
Sprint announced today the biggest promotion in its history as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: the Sprint Summer Showdown presented by HTC EVO 3D. The six-consecutive-race series runs from Indianapolis on July 31 to Atlanta on Sept. 4 and puts a $3 million purse on the line for a driver, a driver’s charity and one lucky race fan.
It’s the day NASCAR fans have been waiting for all year long, the Sprint Cup Series stars will race their way around New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
The flag said it all when Kyle Busch took his victory lap around New Hampshire Motor Speedway today. Holding a flag emblazoned with the number 100, Busch celebrated becoming the third driver to win 100 NASCAR national series races. He notched this historic win at the New England 200.
The 26-year-old Las Vegas, Nev. native continues to set records. Busch also captured his 49th NASCAR Nationwide Series win today.
He had to earn this one. The “Rocket Man” continued his front-running weekend by capturing the checkered flag in the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
His No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics/Menards car was simply too strong in the straights for Newman to be denied the victory in an exciting modified battle.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials are anticipating a near capacity crowd for Sunday’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, approximately 2,000 tickets remained for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. Track officials will hold a limited number of tickets for Sunday morning walk-up sales.
Please plan travel to the track accordingly and aim to arrive early.
Brad Keselowski grabbed the pole for the NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 this afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Behind the wheel of his No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge, Keselowski turned a lap of 129.384 mph in just 29.438 seconds. This is his second pole in four races at “The Magic Mile.”
It is easily the most overlooked event of every New Hampshire Motor Speedway race weekend.
It doesn't have the glitz of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the star power of the Nationwide Series or the cache of the Whelen Modified Tour. But the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East served notice yet again on Friday evening here at New Hampshire that the division is as entertaining as any competing during the two NASCAR weekends every year.
Max Gresham's victory in the New England 125 had a little bit of everything.
Officials at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and WOKQ announced that Big Machine recording group Edens Edge will perform the national anthem at tomorrow’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
The country music trio features Hannah Blaylock as the lead vocalist, Dean Berner on harmony vocals, guitar, dobro and Cherrill Green on harmony vocals, mandolin, banjo, and guitar. The group composes a unique musical blend deeply rooted in country and bluegrass.
Max Gresham started his day out front and ended it in the same position, capturing the checkered flag at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s New England 125 event.
Behind the wheel of the No. 18 World Crown 300 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing the 18-year old from Griffin, Ga., scored his second win of the 2011 season, fighting his way from the back to the front because of a pit stop gaffe.
Ryan Newman rocketed past the field, setting a new track record as he captured the pole position for Sunday’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
Behind the wheel of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, Newman turned a lap of 135.232 mph in just over 28 seconds, shattering Brad Keselowski’s 2010 NHMS track record.
In conjunction with New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s race weekend, an evening meal with NASCAR Sprint Cup champion driver Tony Stewart was auctioned off with proceeds going to the N.H. chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities benefitting local kids in need.
The top-two bidders enjoyed a spectacular five-course dinner with lobster tails, filet mignon, fresh asparagus and some very funny and personal stories from Stewart. The top bidders were Francine Slesinski and her mother Jeannine Laroche (left) and (right) Eugene and Eileen Beckman.
NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is anticipating his luck turns around during Sunday’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The driver of the No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet is in need of a good finish. After a string of top-10 finishes Jr.’s last four races have been less than stellar including a 41st, 19th and 30th.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is inviting all race fans to stop by the new Lite Lobster Lounge located in the display area. The speedway unveiled the new fan amenity Thursday night during FanFest.
Thanks to Miller Lite, this New England themed watering hole will feature every New Englanders favorite food including; lobster, clam chowder, hamburgers, chicken and much more. Fans can also enjoy a cool beverage all in a family fun atmosphere.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman scored his third straight pole position at New Hampshire Motor Speedway today for Saturday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100.
"Rocket Man" Ryan Newman will once again pilot the No. 7 Chevrolet, owned by New England native Kevin "Bono" Manion and sponsored by Aggressive Hydraulics/Menards.
Max Gresham was fast when it counted today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Griffin Ga., native will start from the pole position in tomorrow’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East New England 125.
This is Gresham’s third pole of the 2011 season in NASCAR’s developmental series. This is also his third start at “The Magic Mile.” Gresham’s best finish at NHMS came in 2009 where he finished ninth.
XGames legend, American Rally driver and now NASCAR racer Travis Pastrana will race in the 55th annual NASCAR K&N Pro Series East New England 125 race on Friday.
Known for wowing crowds in motocross, Pastrana will pilot the No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing this weekend. He made his NASCAR debut in the 2011 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, where he finished sixth. Pastrana also competed at Richmond International Raceway in the K&N Pro Series East where he finished 33rd.
It was out with the old and in with the new today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as the new state-of-the-art Panasonic scoreboard was officially unveiled.
Race fans joined former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and ESPN analyst Ricky Craven, NHMS executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens and K&N Pro Series East driver Eddie MacDonald, who waved the green flag to launch the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers may not hit the track until tomorrow, but today the off-track action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is jam-packed with excitement.
At 10:30 a.m., the new state-of-the-art Panasonic scoreboard will be unveiled for the first time with three 32-foot-by-18-foot Panasonic TV screens. The screens provide an impressive view of all the race action and instant replays.
Today, the New Hampshire Lottery and New Hampshire Motor Speedway are pleased to announce that the New Hampshire Lottery is now an official partner of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway throughout the 2011 season. Starting this week, the Lottery and the Speedway will be working together to rev up fans with unique promotions, special discounts and brand new offers.
When the green flag drops at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, there is a good chance a fresh face will visit Victory Lane.
“The Magic Mile” boasts a statistic unlike any track: there have been six different winners in the past six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway boasts a statistic that may breed some major Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup implications. That stat: There have been six different winners in the past six races. New Hampshire’s reputation as a competitively balanced track grew with each passing NASCAR Nationwide Series race at NHMS – there were 23 different winners in the first 23 races. That streak was broken last year when Kyle Busch finally repeated.
The Granite State is officially revved up for NASCAR in New England, thanks to New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens and N.H. Governor John Lynch.
The two participated in an R/C car challenge in front of the N.H. State House this afternoon, racing on an oval track to kickoff race week.
Piloting the No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet it took a mixture of skill and sheer determination for Governor John Lynch to narrowly win the first ever R/C challenge against Gappens.
Why would anyone ever bet against NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch? Even the most ardent fans of other drivers have to admit Busch is looking like a serious contender for unseating Jimmie Johnson’s historic run of Championship seasons.
Busch dominated the inaugural race at Kentucky Speedway this weekend, winning the Quaker State 400 the old fashioned way: he got out front early and simply stayed there.
Race week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has finally arrived, which means NASCAR is making its way to New England.
Not only will there be plenty of on-track action, the excitement off-track continues from dusk until dawn.
Thursday, race fans can get their first taste of the action with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice and qualifying for the New England 125 and F.W. Webb 100.
It was shortly before 11 p.m. local time Saturday when the two images that will come to define this inaugural Sprint Cup weekend at Kentucky Speedway began to intersect. Kyle Busch stood in a Victory Lane styled after that from a horse-racing oval, giving television interviews amid the litter of damp confetti and empty energy drink cans. A few hundred feet away, a line of still red taillights snaked out of the tunnel and onto Speedway Boulevard, as spectators began the slow crawl into the traffic gridlock.
The first of many campers arrived at 5 a.m. Saturday morning, making New Hampshire Motor Speedway their home for more than a week and four days of non-stop racing action.
Race fans are not the only ones gearing up for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend, the NHMS maintenance team continued to prepare the speedway’s 1,100 acres of property for the event.
Track Facts LENOX Industrial Tools 301(NSCS)
Qualifying for this event is scheduled for Friday, July 15, at 3:10 p.m. (ET) and will be televised live on SPEED Channel beginning at 3:00 p.m. (EDT). The better of two laps will determine a driver’s official qualifying speed for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
Two-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner Clint Bowyer will make his 200th Sprint Cup start when NASCAR’s elite series returns to New England next weekend.
Behind the wheel of the No. 07 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, Bowyer got his elusive first NASCAR Sprint Cup win in 2007 when the series raced into “The Magic Mile” for the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He dominated the 300-lap event, leading 222 laps for an easy win.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway has started getting the pace cars on the track to warm them up and figure out which one will run for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 17. Unfortunately, the track has had trouble getting the cars up to speed, as there seems to be a hindrance that is getting in their way.
To help analyze how each car is running, a NHMS staff member filmed the pace car session and this video highlights the main issues with the cars. Hopefully the issue will be resolved by next weekend's races.
Draw the Line, an Aerosmith tribute, band will highlight the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 pre-race concert at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 17.
Hailing from Boston, Mass., Draw the Line is the only endorsed Aerosmith tribute band worldwide. The group boasts accolades from Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer as well as family and friends of the legendary New England rock group.
It sounds like the NFL players and owners are finally finding a way to preserve the 2011 football season. After about 115 days of accusations, lawsuits, counterclaims and lots of hyperbole regarding the end of football as we knew and enjoyed it, both sides are talking and both sides are sounding upbeat.
The latest media reports indicate a deal may be done within the next few days. One thing that hasn't been a priority in the battle over billions is the most important part of any professional sport: the fans.
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway has issued a wildlife warning for the upcoming LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR weekend. Loudon residents have reported seeing a strange creature in the woods and a NHMS staff member was fortunate enough to have captured some video of the animal when it was recently seen on property.
Please watch this video to get a better idea of the wildlife you need to keep an eye for during the upcoming race week.
For the first time in their racing careers, one of the Cope Twins is going to attempt to race "solo" in one of NASCAR's top three series. Without her sister Amber, Angela Cope plans to compete in the Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 16. Amber will be in attendance, however, on the headset helping guide Angela instead of behind the wheel herself.
By competing in a Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville in October, the duet rewrote NASCAR'shistory books last year by becoming the first twins to ever race against each other in one of NASCAR's top three divisions.
When the stars of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series race into New Hampshire Motor Speedway next weekend there is a good chance they may not just visit Victory Lane during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 on Saturday, July 16, will feature some of NASCAR’s best. Sprint Cup Series drivers scheduled to pull double duty include; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive VP/General Manager Jerry Gappens recently caught up with Rutledge Wood on NASCAR.com. With the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 only a week and a half away, Gappens talked about the unique New England atmosphere the speedway offers to the NASCAR community.
Longtime LENOX® Industrial Tools employee Tom Joseph, along with his wife and three sons, will serve as Grand Marshals for the 2011 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 17. The Josephs, who lost their home in the tornadoes that tore through New England last month, will represent the many families whose homes were damaged or destroyed as a result of the June storms.
As the country celebrates Independence Day, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today that the speedway will host a unique service dedicating a grandstand seat to the thousands of Americans who are or were a prisoner of war and for those who are missing in action during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, July 17.
The POW/MIA empty chair and plaque will be located in “The Magic Mile” main grandstand area, a special reminder of those who serve and protect America. The POW/MIA chair will be part of several special pre-race activities and dedications.
The Coke Zero 400 featured plenty of two-car tandem racing and a feel-good story in winner David Ragan.
But several drivers left Daytona disappointed after a pair of late multicar wrecks overshadowed an otherwise tame race.
Here’s a look at the winners and losers:
David Ragan has been trying to let it go since February.
So when leading at Daytona with five miles to go -- again -- the last thing Ragan wanted to hear on his radio was "don't forget to stay in your lane until you cross the start/finish line."
"I was on Matt Kenseth's radio on that last restart and his spotter mentioned it," Ragan said.
Joey Logano didn't lead Friday night's Subway Jalapeno 250 until the final half mile, but that was all the 21-year-old driver of the No. 20 Toyota needed to notch his first victory at Daytona International Speedway.
As the action in Turn 4 on the final lap unfolded behind him, Logano surged into the lead and held off a charge from Jason Leffler to win his first Nationwide Series race of the season and the ninth of his career.
Twenty-year-old Trevor Bayne beat the best stock-car drivers in the world the last time he was at Daytona International Speedway. He then promptly proceeded to stump the best doctors in the world.
Bayne returns to the historic Daytona tri-oval this weekend to race in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 hoping to do everything possible to repeat the former feat and then avoid the latter.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner and New England native Joey Logano will highlight this year's FanFest with an autograph session for fans on Thursday, July 14 beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Driving the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota, Logano became the youngest winner in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at just 19 years old, when he captured his first checkered flag in 2009 at "The Magic Mile."
As the NASCAR world prepares to celebrate Independence Day weekend at Daytona, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has to tip our hats to Dale Earnhardt Jr. In a recent interview about the upcoming Coke Zero 400, Dale sounded off about what he’s really looking forward to this July.
According to a report in Yahoo sports, here is what Earnhardt Jr. said when asked if he was excited to return to Daytona, where he has enjoyed success in recent years:
Rachel Gilbert of Laconia, N.H., is continuing her life in the fast lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by serving as Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 on Saturday, July 16.
Gilbert made national headlines when she celebrated her centennial birthday at "The Magic Mile" in April by driving the track's Toyota Camry pace car around the 1.058 mile oval.
Before Dale Earnhardt Jr. could race again at Daytona International Speedway after his father died there 10 years ago, he had to check the place out, see if he'd be overwhelmed, see if his cold memories there would consume him.
The week before NASCAR returned to Daytona for the first time after the 2001 Daytona 500, he took some friends there, in part to show them the place but also to see how he felt. Like a man going ice fishing who isn't sure if the ice is thick enough to hold him, he stepped gingerly onto the grounds.
To help race fans get revved up for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' LENOX Industrial Tools 301, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will give away exciting prizes each day at 3:01 p.m. in preparation for the 301 lap event on July 17.
Beginning Friday, July 1, fans can participate in several online promotions through Facebook and Twitter. Prizes will include a fan wagon, wristbands for a driver autograph session, Richard Petty Driving Experience passes, NHMS fan packs and much more.
After years of watching the excitement of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events on the 1.058-mile oval at New Hampshire Motor Speedway TV analyst Andy Petree has decided that he'd like to see what it looks like from behind the wheel.
Petree, a former Sprint Cup Series championship crew chief, team owner, driver and current ESPN motorsports analyst, will enter the Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 which is scheduled for July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
There are only four days left to bid on the ultimate dinner with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart on Thursday, July 14, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The New Hampshire chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will give the two highest bidders and their guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dine with four-time “Magic Mile” winner and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart, in NHMS’ Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith’s suite.
Tony Stewart pretty much dared any Sprint Cup driver to block him with his antics on and off the race track Sunday at Infineon Raceway.
Stewart dumped Brian Vickers for blocking him during the race and said afterward that even if drivers wreck him in retaliation, as Vickers did, those that block him will pay the price.
Race fans can take a parade lap around New Hampshire Motor Speedway with their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver through the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities Ride of a Lifetime Auction beginning today.
Fans can bid on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand inches away from drivers like Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, July 17.
On a sun-splashed day in the California wine country, Kurt Busch left no doubt about his ability to win on a road course at Infineon Raceway.
As dominant as the Penske Racing driver was in leading 76 of 110 laps, it’s difficult to believe that it took him 15 seasons to get his first victory on a serpentine course.
“It was one of those unbelievable days where having a game plan going in, we weren’t questioning it, it was just old school on how we were going to make it on two [pit] stops,” Busch said. “
New England's own Joey Logano is offering an exclusive New Hampshire Motor Speedway ticket package for die-hard race fans during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend July 14-17. This exclusive offer is limited to only 100 tickets.
Logano, who pilots the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota, became the youngest driver to ever win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in 2009 at "The Magic Mile."
If management of the team currently known as Red Bull Racing is unsuccessful in its bid to find new ownership to keep the Sprint Cup organization alive after this season, don't expect Toyota to scour the garage area looking to add to its fleet.
Red Bull's intention to withdraw from NASCAR after this season has left team general manager and vice president Jay Frye searching for investors to keep the 200-employee operation afloat.
The 2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne is set to be this year's key-note speaker at the 19th annual New Hampshire Motor Speedway Governors Breakfast on Friday, July 15.
Driver of the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Bayne launched his way into stardom by winning this year's Daytona 500. The 20 year old also drives part-time for the veteran Sprint Cup Series team Wood Brothers Racing.
When NASCAR races into New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans can bet Kyle Busch will be a factor to capture at least one checkered flag during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend, July 15-17.
In just seven years of racing on "The Magic Mile," Busch has claimed five wins, two of which came last year. He became the first ever repeat winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at NHMS in 23 races.
LENOX®, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, solder and band saw blades, will dedicate the 2011 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 race to helping the communities affected by the tornados that tore through New England in early June. To kick off the NASCAR race on July 17, LENOX and its employees will be presenting a check to the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross to support its tornado relief efforts.
Just like the way he seemed to sneak up on everyone on Sunday, Denny Hamlin wants to make sure nobody forgets his name when it comes around to discussing championship contenders.
"I feel like over the last six to seven weeks, we've been as good as anyone," Hamlin said. "... One win's not going to put you in [the Chase], necessarily. It might if you're still high up in points. But we know two wins pretty much puts you in.
Ashley Grady may have missed out on one of the biggest days of her life when she was turned away from the Memorial High School graduation last week, but New Hampshire Motor Speedway has since offered her the chance of a lifetime.
On July 17, Grady will walk across the finish line main stage before the start of the Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR race, an event that draws about 100,000 spectators from across the country.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens joined the Granite State’s Congressional Delegation today hosting the second consecutive Experience New Hampshire day in Washington D.C.
Gappens also hosted the Experience New Hampshire reception with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, gearing up the nation’s capitol for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, July 17.
Three-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner Ryan Newman will go for his third straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory during the F.W. Webb 100 on Saturday, July 16.
The Sprint Cup Series star swept both of the mighty modified events at “The Magic Mile” in 2010, capturing the pole and checkered flag.
“Rocket Man” Ryan Newman will once again pilot the No. 7 Chevrolet, owned by New England native Kevin “Bono” Manion and sponsored by Aggressive Hydraulics/Menards.
It will be both an emotional and celebratory feel for U.S. Army driver Ryan Newman at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
Newman's No. 39 Chevrolet will pay tribute to the U.S. Army's 236th birthday and will honor Walter "Bud" Moore, recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and decorated World War II veteran.
NASCAR and INDYCAR zoomed through historical Boston Common today, revving up race fans for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 17 and the IZOD IndyCar Series MoveThatBlock.com INDY® 225 on Aug 14., at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya and IZOD IndyCar Series reigning champion Dario Franchitti shook the windows on Beacon Street in Boston, Mass., by racing their cars through Boston Common during the heat of lunch hour.
Anybody got a gallon of gas for Junior? I just got back from Charlotte and watching one of the most dramatic Coca-Cola 600 finishes in history. The highs and lows of NASCAR Sprint Cup race fans could be felt in that final mile of the race. The crowd roared its approval when one of the most popular drivers on the circuit was literally seconds from snapping a long winless streak. In this case, risk was not rewarded and the team’s estimates about fuel mileage were just short. Hopes were dashed in turn four when Junior fell off the pace and the race victory went to Kevin Harvick, who is enjoying a solid season of good luck and great finishes.
Clint Bowyer held off fast-closing J.J. Yeley to win the seventh annual Prelude to the Dream on Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway.
Bowyer started from the pole and led wire-to-wire in the 30-lap main event after winning the first of four heat races in the same fashion. Yeley was closing fast at the end and finished second, followed by Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch and Justin Allgaier.
Respect. That’s what Jimmie Johnson earned last year with his wire-to-wire win in the Prelude to the Dream, Tony Stewart’s annual star-studded charity race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Johnson will defend his victory in Wednesday’s Prelude, the seventh since Stewart launched the charity race in 2005. The event will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View at 8 p.m. ET.
Beginning in 2012, Farmers Insurance will be the majority sponsor of the No. 5 Chevrolet fielded by Hendrick Motorsports and driven by 11-time Sprint Cup Series race winner Kasey Kahne.
Covering the 2012-2014 racing seasons, the agreement secures primary paint schemes for Farmers Insurance in 22 Cup Series events annually and prominent brand placement in all non-primary races. A new design will be unveiled at a later date.
If there is one thing that Jeff Gordon knows, it's that he's running out of time to make certain he's part of the 2011 Chase.
So while he was pleased with his fourth-place finish in Sunday's STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, and he realizes the value of the one win he already owns this season, he's hardly satisfied. He is, on the other hand, no doubt thankful for the wild-card element that was added to the Chase qualifying format this season.
NASCAR has fined owner Richard Childress $150,000 and placed him on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing – involved in an altercation in the garage area) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book. The violation occurred following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race June 4 at Kansas Speedway.
COMMENTARY: NASCAR needs to be consistent with the way it uses late-race caution flags.
And as long as it consistently officiates the final laps like it did Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600, then it is giving drivers and fans the finish they deserve.
Sometimes an incident that might result in an automatic caution during the middle part of a race might not bring a yellow flag at the end. And that’s OK.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is offering an exciting prize for two lucky fans that correctly pick the winner of this weekend’s STP 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Motor Speedway.
Today through Sunday at 1 p.m., fans can enter on Facebook or Twitter to win two tickets to WWE LiveTour in Lowell, Mass., on Friday, June 17.
Users will need to come up with a pro-wrestler name and signature move for the driver they pick to win. Participants can enter on either Facebook or Twitter.
Welcome to NASCAR, Steve Herbst. Now get ready to negotiate.
This month, Herbst joined NASCAR as vice president of broadcasting, a role that puts him in line to spend the next 18 to 24 months working to secure the sport’s next TV contract. He’ll report to Paul Brooks, the president of NASCAR Media Group and lead executive in NASCAR’s negotiations.
NASCAR signed its current $4.5 billion contract with Fox, ESPN and Turner Sports in 2005.
Big Machine Records sensation Steel Magnolia will headline New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301 FanFest, the ultimate fan party, on Thursday, July 14.
Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones of Steel Magnolia exploded onto the country music scene after winning season two of CMT's 'Can You Duet' competition. The duo signed a record deal in 2009 with Big Machine Records and released their first single, “Keep on Lovin’ You,” which became the fastest-rising single by a male/female duo in country music history.
Jamie McMurray will get escorted into his hometown of Joplin, Mo., Thursday by the mayor and the chief of police.
But it won't exactly be a hero's return or any kind of a joyful event for McMurray -- a standout Sprint Cup driver and winner of the 2010 Daytona 500.
Joplin was probably best known as McMurray's hometown until a twister that to date accounts for around 140 lives lost struck on May 22.
The Indianapolis 500, by far the biggest race of the IndyCar Series season and faced with the prospect of having Danica Patrick in the race for perhaps the final time with her possible move to NASCAR, needed to have a dramatic race Sunday.
It got it.
It was an odd sight, but one that made Richard Childress smile.
In the ultimate display of teamwork, as Kevin Harvick attempted to save gas for the final laps of Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Childress looked out onto the 1.5-mile track and saw three of his Richard Childress Racing cars lined up bumper-to-bumper during the caution period that preceded the final restart. Harvick teammates Paul Menard and Jeff Burton were pushing Harvick from behind in an effort to help Harvick save fuel in his No. 29 Chevrolet.
Tony Stewart doesn’t know whether Danica Patrick plans to switch to NASCAR full time next year, but he says he is interested in possibly signing her for his Stewart-Haas Racing team if she wants to jump to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
Stewart, a two-time Cup champion and former IndyCar champion, has been one of Patrick’s go-to drivers as far as advice with her NASCAR experiment.
Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will sit out for a fifth consecutive week as he continues to recover from fatigue and blurred vision caused by an unexplained illness.
Roush Fenway Racing termed the decision “precautionary” and plans for Bayne to return next week for the Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Bayne was scheduled to drive in the Top Gear 300 Nationwide Series event on Saturday and the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup event on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch, who was ticketed for driving a sports car 128 mph in a 45-mph zone Tuesday afternoon, could find out as early as July 20 whether he will have his North Carolina driver’s license suspended for 60 days.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver faces charges of speeding and reckless driving, and if he is convicted on both charges, he could have his license revoked for 60 days, according to the North Carolina driver’s manual. He is scheduled to appear in Iredell County Court in Statesville on July 20.
Carl Edwards' No. 99 crew didn't win Thursday's Sprint Pit Crew Challenge -- they waited until it really counted.
Flawless work during mandatory four-tire pit stops before the final 10-lap shootout in Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway got Edwards off pit road first, ahead of Kyle Busch. That proved decisive in Edwards' first All-Star win as he became the eighth different winner of the event in the past eight years.
How calm, cool and collected was David Pearson behind the wheel of a race car?
“If you recall, he had a cigarette lighter in his car,” says Len Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing. “They tell tales of him lighting a cigarette going down the backstretch [and] passing Buddy Baker. While Buddy’s fighting his car for all he’s worth.”
For the first time since, well, he’s been a Sprint Cup driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not in the Sprint All-Star Race.
As a rookie in 2000, he qualified with a win at Texas Motor Speedway in April, just over a month before the all-star race. Then he won the all-star race – the first rookie to win it – to give him a 10-year exemption into the annual event.
Matt Kenseth came late to the party and took home the prize -- thanks to a spur-of-the-moment decision on pit road.
A two-tire call late in Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway put Kenseth on the front row for a restart on Lap 367 of 400, and that was all Kenseth needed to secure his second Sprint Cup Series victory of the season and the 20th of his career.
Consider it the ultimate irony.
In October of 2008, when Regan Smith thought he had recorded the first Sprint Cup victory of his career at Talladega, it was Tony Stewart who helped take it away from him. Last Saturday night, when Smith finally did capture that elusive first win more than two years and eight months later, Stewart had a hand in helping him do it.
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As if there wasn't already ample evidence piling up that this year may very well be different for Dale Earnhardt Jr., there was last Saturday's Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Oh, part of what transpired was a rerun of similar Earnhardt implosions in recent years. But what happened in the immediate aftermath of a costly Earnhardt mistake getting onto pit road late in the race was different indeed.
Jimmie Johnson, Nascar's Sprint Cup Series champion every year since 2006, isn't particularly charismatic. But he's great at what he does. He's also appealing to many fans because he seems to be just like them--the guy next door who just happens to double as the best driver on the Nascar circuit. That's among the reasons why Johnson rates as America's most influential athlete this year.
After a prolonged slump, "Nascar has had a bit of resurgence, people are becoming more aware of the drivers this year," says Gerry Philpott, CEO of Encino, Calf.-based E-Poll Market Research, which co-conducted the poll of influential athletes our list is based on.
Kevin Harvick vs. Kyle Busch is more than a feud of the week. It could be the feud of the year.
Harvick and Busch, who have clashed before, are drivers who don’t easily forget. And they expect to not only battle for wins and the championship in the Sprint Cup Series but also will be racing each other for victories in the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series events as well.
Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch both were placed on probation for five weeks and fined $25,000 Tuesday for their actions Saturday night following the Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR officials confirmed.
Harvick tweeted about the penalties Tuesday morning and NASCAR officials later confirmed that both drivers had been issued the same penalties.
Nearly three years after a NASCAR ruling denied him his first Sprint Cup victory, Regan Smith finally got the elusive win.
After staying out on old tires, Smith held off Carl Edwards to win Saturday night's Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in a dramatic green-white-checkered-flag finish.
1. Denny Hamlin was the runner-up last week at Richmond, and he's the defending champion of this weekend's event at Darlington. Is it too soon to say he's thrusting himself back into the championship picture?
Dave Rodman: It's too soon only because the points don't indicate it on paper. But I think I'm liking this point system more and more every week we get into it.
For many of the drivers, crewmen and series officials who work in NASCAR, Darlington Raceway is a home game. Getting to the race track requires not flights and layovers, but rather a leisurely drive from the suburbs north of Charlotte, through the speed-trap town of McBee, and down into the agricultural heart of South Carolina. It's a three-hour drive back through time, from the modern hub of steel and glass shop complexes that populate the sport today, to a timeless facility that was opened in 1950 and in some ways looks now exactly as it did then.
When Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya tangled at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night, with Montoya apparently wrecking Newman intentionally, it wasn’t the first time the two fiery drivers have locked horns or had issues with each other.
When Newman was hit by Denny Hamlin at Talladega a few weeks ago, he ran into Montoya, damaging Montoya’s car much worse than his own.
NASCAR officials meet with each of its four participating car manufacturers periodically, but its meeting Tuesday at the Westin Hotel in Detroit will be different.
It will have representatives of all four manufacturers – General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Dodge – all in the same room.
The meeting will be much like the town hall meetings NASCAR has had with its race teams in recent years.
If there's one thing Denny Hamlin could change, he maybe wouldn't have been so forthcoming about Richmond International Racing in all those Joe Gibbs Racing team meetings.
But holding out information about his home track would make Hamlin a bad teammate, so he shared everything he knew.
Then Kyle Busch used those tips to beat his teammate Saturday night at Richmond, denying Hamlin a weekend sweep at his home track.
Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin said rumors of a potential Joe Gibbs Racing crew-chief swap for them are not true.
Both drivers, speaking Thursday before the Denny Hamlin Foundation Short-Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway, virtually laughed when asked about the rumors.
Hamlin said he talked to team owner Joe Gibbs about the rumors Wednesday. Hamlin has worked with crew chief Mike Ford for his entire Sprint Cup Series career, which started with a handful of races in 2005.
Roush Fenway Racing’s Trevor Bayne will miss the NASCAR Nationwide Series Bubba Burgers 250 on Friday at Richmond International Raceway as he has been hospitalized to undergo tests for symptoms, including fatigue and nausea, thought to be related to the insect bite suffered earlier this month, according to a Roush Fenway Racing spokesman.
Bayne is fifth in the Nationwide Series standings. His replacement will be from the Roush Fenway Racing stable.
The setting will be the same, but the scene will be very different the next time NASCAR's premier series arrives at Richmond International Raceway following this weekend's event. That early September date will carry with it the usual sticky, final vestiges of a long summer in the South, making everyone thankful for whomever came up with the idea of running under the lights. And the focus will be less on the race itself and more on the drama surrounding it.
Each week, SceneDaily’s Kenny Bruce takes a look at the lighter side of racing with his popular Top 10 list.
Top 10 signs NASCAR is in charge of the Royal Wedding:
10. Westminster Abbey renamed Westminster International Speedway.
Rachel Gilbert of Laconia, N.H. proved that the need for speed can hit at any age, by taking a spin around New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in the tracks pace car, to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Gilbert’s centennial celebration got off to a flying start today, when she hopped in a Toyota Camry pace car, similar to the one that will set the field for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 17.
Is it too early to tell? Or have enough 2011 races been run in the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series to determine whether or not this new points system is working as intended?
With the Sprint Cup Series taking Easter weekend off, it was time for the two junior national touring series to shine last weekend at Nashville Superspeedway.
NASCAR’s new points system emphasizes winning by placing two wild cards in the Chase For The Sprint Cup based on wins, but in the overall standings, it appears that winning doesn’t mean as much as it did a year ago under the old points system.
And like under the old system, consistency still means more than winning while poor finishes seem to be more difficult to overcome than in the past.
The snow and rain didn’t stop New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans from enjoying all the activities at FANtasy Drive 2 today, marking the official start of the 2011 season.
The green flag dropped on the season of speed at 9 a.m., when fans hit the track for three laps around “The Magic Mile,” in their personal vehicles.
Kasey Kahne had minor surgery to his right knee Monday to repair a torn meniscus and will not need a backup driver next weekend for the Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.
The Red Bull Racing driver had surgery on both knees in the offseason to repair a condition known as “plica syndrome,” the result of a buildup of tissue in the knees.
Kahne tweeted about the surgery Thursday night and said he feels fine.
In three short days, Johnny Sauter had two big reasons to celebrate.
The first came April 2 when he rallied past the always-stout Kyle Busch to win the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
Sauter's second – and even bigger – reason to rejoice followed on April 4 when the ThorSport Racing driver and his wife, Cortney, welcomed their second child, daughter Paige, into the world.
A number of fan-friendly events should help set the stage for one of sports' most exciting all-star events.
The 2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is set for Saturday, May 21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (SPEED, 7 p.m. ET), but there will be plenty of action in and around the Charlotte area to engage fans leading up to Saturday night's grand finale.
NASCAR announced Tuesday the list of 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's third induction class to be enshrined in January 2012. From that list, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting panel, which includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.COM.
Of the 25 nominees, 20 return from last year's group. Five are first-timers: H. Clay Earles, Bobby Isaac, Cotton Owens, Les Richter and Leonard Wood.
Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway seemed to have everything you could want at the end of 500 miles of NASCAR racing: A four-wide finish, sparks and a tie for the closest finish in NASCAR's history of electronic scoring.
The top-finishing competitors were all enthused by an environment that enabled a record-tying 88 lead changes -- and oh yeah, their finishes.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has many titles – driver, owner, entrepreneur, racing enthusiast. And now prankster.
Last month the eight-time NASCAR Most Popular Driver and winner of more than 40 NASCAR-sanctioned races took control of a sponsor video production and steered it a way nobody saw coming. Wanting to liven up the set, he concocted the idea to bring JR Motorsports employees into what they thought was an interview detailing the myriad roles of a racing organization.
Strap those seat belts tight, step on the gas and experience the same rush that the stars of NASCAR and INDYCAR feel at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, by driving your personal vehicle around “The Magic Mile” during FANtasy Drive 2 on Saturday, April 23.
If you have purchased a ticket to any of the major motorsports event weekends during the 2011 season, satisfy your need for speed and take three laps around the 1.058-mile oval.
After six weeks of short- and intermediate-track races, the Cup Series heads to the largest track on its schedule -- Talladega Superspeedway.
There have been some exciting races recently at the 2.66-mile track, but there is a bit of an unknown coming into this weekend.
The winds of change appeared to be blowing pretty fiercely last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
And we're not talking about the gusts of wind that drivers said they had to account for during the running of the Samsung 500.
After a 76-race absence from Victory Lane, Matt Kenseth needed a quick refresher course.
"Show me where to park this thing," Kenseth radioed to crew chief Jimmy Fennig after beating race runner-up Clint Bowyer to the checkered flag by a whopping 8.315 seconds in Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. "It's been a while."
NASCAR issued a statistical package this week that cited the Sprint Cup Series' competitive balance and the level of competition seen in the season's first six races.
Among the numbers used to paint the picture: An average of 13 leaders per race, and 31.5 lead changes per race -- the most, after six races, in series history. Lead change records have fallen in three of the six races, Daytona, Phoenix and, most recently, Martinsville.
Folks in the Lone Star State like to say that things are always bigger in Texas, and they back it up by showing off such outrageously oversized things as steaks, Cowboys Stadium and traffic jams.
Texas Motor Speedway does its share to live up to the name. It hosts some of the biggest crowds – and traffic jams – in NASCAR. It has one of the biggest races of the season, its Chase race coming two races before the season finale.
It’s winners wear giant cowboy hats in victory lane and its trophy sports a giant pair of cowboy boots.
When Jeff Burton wrecked Jeff Gordon under caution at Texas Motor Speedway last November, the wreck wasn’t the highlight that most people saw.
Instead, it was the shoving and scuffling that ensued between the two drivers after Burton spun Gordon into the wall, knocking them both out of the race. Burton said that it wasn’t intentional, claiming that he was trying to pull alongside Gordon to apologize for
Kevin Harvick made at least two drivers angry with the way he raced last weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
But neither Todd Bodine nor Ryan Newman are his opponents for the feud of the week.
Instead, it’s Kevin Harvick vs. Kevin Harvick. No, that’s not a typo.
Oh say can you sing? New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the New Hampshire chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities have the perfect opportunity for aspiring performers to belt out the national anthem, with the first-ever Speedway Star performing competition on Saturday, April 23.
“The Magic Mile” and WGIR’s “The Morning Buzz” will give two people the opportunity to perform the national anthem in front of thousands of screaming race fans
Jimmie Johnson wasn’t happy with the speeding penalty that dropped him from second to 12th for the final restart with 29 laps remaining in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sunday at Martinsville.
Johnson ended up 11th.
The five-time champion felt he had judged the timing lines well enough that there is no way he could have been speeding. NASCAR determines speeding by using a driver’s elapsed
Denny Hamlin got caught on pit road by an untimely caution flag. Jimmie Johnson got caught speeding on pit road.
But neither of them had as bad a day as Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne, who were involved in a frightening crash at Martinsville Speedway.
They topped a long list of losers in the Goody's Fast Relief 500.
Kevin Harvick won his second consecutive race -- and in the process may have become the most unpopular man in Virginia.
Harvick passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the lead on Lap 497 of 500 and pulled away to win the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup race Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Earnhardt ran second, extending his winless streak to 99 races.
Martinsville Speedway is one of the toughest and most exciting tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit, producing the type of fender-banging action fans expect from stock-car racing.
At Martinsville, drivers have to be physical, but also race with finesse, soft-pedaling brakes and protecting their equipment for an often frantic dash to the finish.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. knows what it’s like to finish in the top five at Martinsville Speedway. He just doesn’t know what it’s like to win a Sprint Cup race there.
With eight top-five finishes in 22 career starts on the smallest track on the Cup circuit, Earnhardt Jr. will look for his first career win there and try to snap a 98-race overall winless streak this weekend in the Goody’s Pain Relief 500.
NASCAR's loaded with developmental series that all work to set the stage for its premier Sprint Cup Series.
If you look at current Cup standouts Kurt Busch or Greg Biffle -- to cite just two -- NASCAR's national series such as Camping World Truck or Nationwide were their respective penultimate steps.
But you have to take a step back to get to the national series, and that's where NASCAR's perfect development platform sits, namely the K&N Pro Series.
It didn’t take Carl Edwards but a few minutes following his win at Las Vegas to assess how far Roush Fenway Racing has come in the last year.
“The Fords are back, and we’re strong,” he declared.
His teammates are in full agreement.
After five races this season, the Roush organization is far ahead of where it was this time last year. Edwards earned his first win this month and goes to Martinsville Speedway this weekend as the Sprint Cup Series points leader.
NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is down but not out.
After finishing 39th due to engine failure this past Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California, Hamlin is sitting 21st in points. And that has him somewhat worried.
At this point, it's starting to affect me," he said.
Racing fever has hit New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the entire staff is gearing up for a historic and highly anticipated season of speed. Executive vice president and general manager, Jerry Gappens joined the fun Saturday, by taking calls from fans and selling tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
Gappens and the guest services department worked throughout the weekend speaking with revved up fans about the two upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 17 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 25 as well as for INDYCAR 225 on Aug. 14.
They ended 2010 trash-talking and racing head to head for the Sprint Cup championship.
Going into 2011, they were expected to win races and battle for the title again.
So far, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin have been relatively quiet and stayed out of each other’s way.
That could all change Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, where the two drivers have combined to win the last nine Cup races.
Kevin Harvick was willing to hit the wall again on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California. Just as long as it came on the final turn of the final lap, with only the checkered flag in front of him.
It didn't come to that, not this time. So much of the scenario seemed familiar -- Harvick trying to erase a lead held by Jimmie Johnson, the No. 48 car trying to keep the No. 29 in the rearview mirror, the race approaching its end and the crowd on its collective feet in anticipation.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is ninth in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series points standings, and if he hopes to remain inside the top 10, he knows he’ll need a good run at Auto Club Speedway this weekend.
But that’s easier said than done, according to the 36-year-old Hendrick Motorsports driver.
“California is a track I need to run better at,” he said, and a look at his record on the 2-mile oval does nothing to refute that.
NASCAR's remarkable start to the season continued at Bristol Motor Speedway with a fourth different winner in the first four races and there are enough strong drivers remaining that we could easily see a fifth fresh face this weekend.
Roush Fenway Racing has dominated the 2-mile tracks in the past, which combined with the fact that Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth have run strong on occasion in the first four events makes them drivers to watch. And the dramatic win for Trevor Bayne at Daytona suggests even David Ragan could get into the mix if the cards fall right.
You can’t run the bases with the Red Sox, shoot a free-throw with the Celtics, skate the ice like a Bruin, and you definitely can’t score a touchdown with the Patriots. But, you can drive your own car into Turn 1 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway just like Jeff Gordon during FANtasy Drive 2 on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kenny Wallace barely recognizes the Nationwide Series now compared to the one he raced in 22 years ago.
Back then, the series had its own identity, holding its races largely around the Southeast and traveling no further west than Nashville. Now, not only do the drivers head to Fontana this week, but there's the annual trip to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway race fans of ALL ages can rev up their race-day experience by purchasing a pre-race pit pass or garage pass for either of the track’s two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends or the IZOD INDYCAR Series event.
Racing offers some of the best behind-the-scenes access in all of professional sports and, for the first time, “The Magic Mile” is welcoming children into the infield, pit road and garage area to witness the excitement of race day during a NASCAR or INDYCAR weekend.
At some point, Kyle Busch will thank Rick Hendrick for creating the monster that drives the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.
There is nothing ordinary about Kyle Busch, and there never has been. There’s a different drummer in Busch’s brain. At driver introductions before Sunday’s Jeff Byrd 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Busch strode down the gangway to his own music, “Rowdy Busch,” a song written for him by Raytona500.
When Jennifer Jo Cobb quit and left her team rather than running a few laps and then parking the car in the Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, it demonstrated again how sensitive drivers and fans are toward start-and-park teams.
To many, it doesn’t matter that a team runs only portions of a race to raise money so it eventually can run a full race. Until the team actually attempts to run full races on a consistent basis,
Walmart is taking its low-price promise to NASCAR this season, partnering with nearly a dozen tracks to sponsor a special ticket package that includes four tickets, four soft drinks, four hot dogs and one souvenir program for $99.
The ticket promotion, which will be offered for 18 of 38 Sprint Cup races in 2011, serves as the first example of how Walmart plans to activate its new licensing agreement with NASCAR.
The question isn't whether Kyle Busch will win at Bristol Motor Speedway -- it's how soon, if ever, someone else will find a way to keep him out of Victory Lane.
First off pit road after stops under caution on Lap 429 of Sunday's Jeff Byrd 500, Busch held off pole-sitter Carl Edwards and defending race winner Jimmie Johnson to win his fifth consecutive race in NASCAR's top three national series at the .533-mile short track.
Ask NASCAR drivers and fans which race – outside of the Daytona 500 – they most look forward to each year and most of them quickly respond with the same answer.
The half-mile, high-banked short track produces some of the most thrilling, action-packed racing on the NASCAR circuit.
Jamie McMurray took some laps around Barber Motorsports Park on Wednesday.
It wasn’t a test to help him and his Sprint Cup team on road courses. It was a chance to drive one of team owner Chip Ganassi’s IndyCar Series machines.
“When I drove for Chip Ganassi from 2002 to 2005, honestly I don’t think I even saw an Indy car, never had the opportunity,” said McMurray,
New Hampshire Motor Speedway race fans of ALL ages can rev up their race-day experience by purchasing a pre-race pit pass or garage pass for either of the track’s two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends or the IZOD INDYCAR Series event.
Racing offers some of the best behind-the-scenes access in all of professional sports and, for the first time, “The Magic Mile” is welcoming children into the infield, pit road and garage area to witness the excitement of race day during a NASCAR or INDYCAR weekend.
Rusty Wallace will never forget the sack of cash he scored after winning the 1996 Suzuka Thunder Special, the first of three NASCAR exhibition races held in Japan during the late 1990s.
In Victory Lane that afternoon, Wallace was given the choice of how he wanted his $130,940 in winnings. He could have a check or cash; of course, he took the cash. There was only one small problem --
It might be time for Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team to stop experimenting and go with what they know works at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Johnson has had mixed results this year, including a third-place finish at Phoenix and 16th at Las Vegas. He is the defending winner of the spring race on the high-banked concrete short track.
Like most NASCAR drivers, AJ Allmendinger will never forget the first time he went to Bristol Motor Speedway.
Allmendinger couldn’t believe he was supposed to race on the half-mile, high-banked oval shaped like a cereal bowl. When he finally pulled onto the track in front of 160,000 revved up fans, it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of his racing career.
The high speeds and tight quarters at Bristol Motor Speedway tend to increase the intensity and cause tempers to flare a little more than at other tracks.
With the Sprint Cup Series going there for the fourth race of the season, drivers might not be able to keep their tempers in check this weekend on the 0.533-mile, high-banked concrete oval.
Bristol Motor Speedway is about more than just racing.
It’s NASCAR drama at its finest played out at one of the sport’s most unique and compelling venues.
The half-mile, high-banked bullring surrounded by 160,000 fans is known as NASCAR’s version of the Roman Coliseum. It’s where drivers go not just to race, but to do battle
Danica Patrick has been asked innumerous times and in numerous ways about her auto racing future since leaving her Scottsdale, Ariz., home to climb into a stock car early this year. Heck, it's probably played out in her dreams.
The veteran IZOD IndyCar Series driver -- much like she did a few years ago in the final year of her contract with Andretti Autosport -- acknowledged that three months into the new year she doesn't have direction.
Kasey Kahne did it again.
Making his first and possibly only Camping World Truck Series start of the year, Kahne cruised to a relatively comfortable win in Saturday's Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway.
The victory made Kahne the first driver in the Truck Series to win three of his first four starts.
Kurt Busch was about 30 minutes late for his interview when my phone rang.
"I was just making a run," the 2004 Sprint Cup champion and current points leader (tied with Tony Stewart) said apologetically. "It's hard to know in drag racing when you get to go out."
Yes, drag racing.
NASCAR Driver Greg Biffle was involved in his second crash of the season Wednesday, this time on a Lexington airport runway.
Biffle and two pilots were not injured when a landing-gear malfunction caused his plane to partially collapse while landing at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, according to a news release from NASCAR.com.
In a phone interview with NASCAR Now on ESPN2, Biffle said he looked out the window and noticed the left wing rising into the air, and the right wing dragging the runway and sending up sparks.
AJ Allmendinger summed it up best for Sprint Cup drivers and teams that have gotten off to surprisingly strong starts this season.
“I vote we just start the Chase right now,” Allmendinger said at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he entered the race fourth in points after finishes of ninth and 11th in the first two races.
After three weeks which saw record number of lead changes at Daytona and Phoenix, plus upticks in television ratings and attendance, the lack of a Cup event this weekend takes a bit of the steam out of NASCAR's apparent resurgence.
But that shouldn't be the case in 2012 and the foreseeable future, according to NASCAR chief executive officer and chairman Brian France.
Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle are in deep trouble.
So are Jamie McMurray and Joey Logano.
Burton and Biffle are Chase For The Sprint Cup regulars. Neither McMurray nor Logano has ever qualified for the Chase.
The announcement last summer that Richard Childress Racing was adding Paul Menard as a fourth driver raised eyebrows on many levels. First there was the question of why an organization that had expanded a year earlier with disastrous results would attempt such a thing again. And then there was the question of why they would do it with Menard, a driver who, despite a few flashes on restrictor-plate and intermediate tracks, didn't seem to fit in with a stable comprised of three strong contenders for the Sprint Cup championship.
Robby Gordon, whose NASCAR probation will last through the end of the 2011 season for a physical altercation with Kevin Conway that occurred last Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, released a statement Tuesday saying Conway was the aggressor and he did not punch Conway.
According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Conway’s report to them alleged that a couple of punches were thrown by Gordon during the incident.
For Kyle Busch, you can go home again (next year) -- but right now he's happy to be leaving Las Vegas.
Less than 100 laps into Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Busch blew a tire. A few laps later, he blew an engine. And just like that, the Las Vegas native was out of his hometown race. In between those incidents, overzealousness on the part of Kurt Busch sent him spinning.
Perhaps Carl Edwards figures jumping off tall buildings or strapping himself into F-16 fighter jets for flights of fancy will be distracting to others, making them forget for a moment that he's proving himself a legitimate contender to take away Jimmie Johnson's Sprint Cup crown.
It is not working, however, with Jack Roush.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and FOX Sports announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ open weekend in mid-March will now deliver a never-before-seen look at the 2011 Daytona 500.
As Mark Martin climbed out of his winning race car in Victory Lane on Saturday afternoon, another, smaller celebration was unfolding along pit road at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Danica Patrick exchanged jubilant hugs and handclaps with other drivers and members of her crew, and then turned and waved at the crowd that had witnessed her breakthrough finish in the Nationwide Series.
A mistake in the pits by Tony Stewart's crew gave Carl Edwards the chance he needed to put the frustration of the first two Sprint Cup Series races of the season behind him.
Capitalizing on a penalty to Stewart, who dragged an air wrench from his stall under caution on Lap 155, Edwards powered his No. 99 Ford across the finish line 1.246 seconds ahead of Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Having grown up in and around Las Vegas, Kurt Busch is very well acquainted with the NASCAR track there. Inside and out. Except for one spot -- Victory Lane.
This weekend, Busch will take an 11th swing at winning at his hometown venue, 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and the way things are going for him and his Penske Racing team, it just might happen.
When Rick Hendrick and his team decided after last season – he insists it wasn’t just his decision – to juggle drivers and crew chiefs, it wasn’t spur of the moment.
Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus would remain together on the No. 48 team, figuring five straight Sprint Cup championships weren’t to be trifled with, though crew members were changed.
Gentlemen, place your bets.
Well, before you do, someone else has to place your odds. With this Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 to be run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, did you ever wonder who sets all those odds everyone scrambles to bet on? Better yet, did you really have any idea how many different "proposition bets" you can legally lay down on NASCAR races every week in Vegas?
So this is what NASCAR’s new points system has led to.
Wrecks, wrecks and more wrecks.
Big wrecks, little wrecks and massive pileups.
And now, under NASCAR’s new, tighter points system, a wreck not only ruins a race for those involved, but it could wreck the championship hopes for some.
There will be plenty of stars and celebrities in the spotlight this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There always is – it's Las Vegas, the glitz and glamour capital of the world.
But two of the biggest will be Sprint Cup stars Kurt and Kyle Busch, Las Vegas natives who will have the hometown crowd behind them for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400.
The week after his Daytona 500 victory, Trevor Bayne surged to No. 1 in licensed merchandise sales at this Web site's online store. His gear sold at a rate nearly three times that of any other driver save Dale Earnhardt Jr., and double that of last year's Daytona 500 champion, Jamie McMurray. A whole new line of products, from caps to T-shirts to die-cast cars, was rolled out. A celebratory homecoming in Knoxville, Tenn., was planned, and hundreds of people braved flooding and stormy weather to see the 20-year-old NASCAR sensation honored by dignitaries in his hometown.
This East Tennessee city welcomed native son Trevor Bayne back into its soggy and wind-blown arms Monday afternoon.
It was a day on which the weather conditions couldn't have been much worse. Violent storms hammered the area, leaving much of it flooded. There were countless lightning strikes, hail and a report of at least one tornado.
Kyle Busch tried to apologize for sliding into Carl Edwards and causing a multicar wreck Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
He might have to wait a few weeks to see if his apology has been accepted.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway race fans of ALL ages can rev up their race-day experience by purchasing a pre-race pit pass or garage pass for either of the track’s two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends or the IZOD INDYCAR Series event.
Racing offers some of the best behind-the-scenes access in all of professional sports and, for the first time, “The Magic Mile” is welcoming children into the infield, pit road and garage area to witness the excitement of race day during a NASCAR or INDYCAR weekend.
During the final 20 laps Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, Jeff Gordon found a way to beat the driver perhaps closest to matching Gordon's talent during his prime.
"We beat Kyle Busch! Are you kidding me? Pinch me, man! Pinch me!"
No one stays atop NASCAR's throne forever. Richard Petty. David Pearson. Cale Yarborough.
The 2011 NASCAR season is off to a roaring start, sparked by a thrilling Daytona 500 with a shocking outcome.
In the first three races of the season, there have been exciting finishes, a record number of lead changes, big multicar wrecks, aggressive driving, tempers flaring and three different winners for the first time since 2007.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. could smile after a 10th-place finish on a day when he not only had to pit under green with a loose wheel, but his team even had a wheel break on one of its jacks.
It seems as if Earnhardt Jr., who also overshot his pit on one stop at Phoenix International Raceway, is a magnet for those types of setbacks and mistakes.
Jeff Gordon didn't just drive to end hunger Sunday -- he drove to end a famine.
With a convincing victory in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, where he beat runner-up Kyle Busch to the checkered flag by 1.137 seconds, Gordon ended a 66-race winless streak dating to April 2009 at Texas.
NASCAR announced Wednesday that its NASCARHomeTracks.com website will feature live radio broadcasts of 32 regional touring series events in 2011.
The live broadcasts will be handled by a group from Speed51 Radio.
The first broadcast of the season took place Thursday for the K&N Pro Series West division season opening event at Phoenix International Raceway.
How wild and crazy was young Trevor Bayne’s victory Sunday in the Daytona 500?
Many are rating it the biggest surprise triumph in NASCAR's history, which dates to 1949.
The man stood incongruously in the middle of the action at driver introductions for the Sprint All-Star Race, dressed casually in a vintage Bill Elliott T-shirt and denim jeans.
Next to him stood someone who could only be his brother, by the looks of it, dressed about the same. A small, soft cooler was slung from the second man's shoulder, dripping water from the melting ice wrapped around the beer cans inside.
It was standing room only in the Daytona media center this past Sunday afternoon when Trevor Bayne walked in following his dramatic win in the Daytona 500. But in the same room a year earlier, just a handful of people looked on as he drove an iRacing.com-powered simulator while Michael Waltrip talked him around Daytona International Speedway.
Posted on You Tube by Simcraft, builder of the Apex simulator builder, here’s a video of that day in 2010 when a former Daytona 500 champion used iRacing to coach a future one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RkoG1MKvfU&feature=related
Wow, what a wild Daytona weekend! We had an incredible run in the Truck Series event on Friday. We barely missed the win! It would have been such an awesome experience to go to Victory Lane for the first time for our new partner OneMain Financial, but it just wasn't meant to be.OneMain Financial will be back on our car in Texas but for the next few weeks we have several new sponsors that we hope to take to Victory Lane for the first time. Our Nationwide day wasn't what we had hoped for either, but now we get to head into one of my favorite tracks, Phoenix International Raceway.
At the end of the 53rd Daytona 500 Sunday, the proof was in the pushing for many, but none so much as David Gilliland and Bobby Labonte whose third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, were breakthroughs.
"There's no question in my mind Front Row Motorsports is going to be the most improved team in Sprint Cup this season," Gilliland said after posting his best finish in 84 races,
Glen Wood, the 85-year-old co-owner and former driver for the legendary Wood Brothers Racing team, had a simple response when asked if Trevor Bayne’s Daytona 500 win ranked as the team’s biggest in its 61-year history.
“It would about have to be,” Wood said Monday morning outside of Daytona International Speedway, where he competed in the first Daytona 500 in 1959. “For one thing, it paid more.”
I first met 2011 Daytona 500 Winner Trevor Bayne in June 2008 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Trevor was`17 and had just graduated from high school. It was his 1st season in the NASCAR Camping World East Series, what was once the NASCAR Busch North Tour. Trevor was a development driver for Dale Earnhardt Inc., a member of a 3 car team that included Jeffrey Earnhardt and Jesus Hernandez.
It was a beautiful day, the sun shining brightly in a brilliant blue sky.
Perhaps it could have been taken as an omen -- except that has happened many times previously, and hardly could be counted on as a certain harbinger of good times ahead. On this Sunday, however, the perfect weather and the nearly full grandstands at Daytona International Speedway provided the ideal backdrop to something truly special.
Two and a half years ago, Trevor Bayne was sitting in the press box at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway talking about his first NASCAR win.
The 20-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., was nearly speechless Sunday as he stole the spotlight on NASCAR's biggest stage at Daytona International Speedway with his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory -- the 2011 Daytona 500.
Trevor Bayne, who celebrated his 20th birthday the day before, became the youngest winner of the Daytona 500 today when he held off a hard-charging Carl Edwards to win the 53d annual Great American Race in a thrilling green-white-checkered finish at Daytona International Speedway.
Driving the legendary No. 21 Motorcraft Ford fielded by the Wood Brothers Racing team, Bayne, of Knoxville, Tenn., recorded his biggest victory of his NASCAR career in only his second career start in a race in which track records were set for 74 lead changes among 22 drivers and 16 cautions.
The Daytona 500 will take place one week later in 2012, on the final Sunday in February, NASCAR has announced.
The race weekend is being pushed one week back from the traditional President's Day weekend to the final weekend in February. The date for the Daytona 500 is Feb. 26, 2012. To maintain the end of season schedule, the off Sprint Cup weekend typically scheduled in March will now be eliminated.
When the green flag is waved Sunday afternoon to start the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, race fans will notice several new driver/sponsor combinations.
And in an effort to ease the confusion, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials offer the following overview:
The main sponsor of Elliott Sadler's Nationwide Series team is rebranding itself this year, changing its name from CitiFinancial to One Main Financial.
Sadler hopes to do exactly the same thing with his name.
Former Cup driver Elliott Sadler is the early favorite to win the Nationwide Series championship.
NASCAR star Joey Logano says he is ready to hoist another giant lobster in New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s victory lane during a new television commercial that will air during coverage of this weekend’s season-opening NASCAR events in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The commercial, produced and directed by Victory Management Group, shows “The Magic Mile” snow crew shoveling 55 inches of snow off of the track’s Granite Stripe start-finish line, making room for Loudon the Lobster and the cars and stars of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
It is finally here the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 Season! To kick start the year, join the New Hampshire Motor Speedway family as they fan out around New England to celebrate the Daytona 500. “The Magic Mile” is hosting five Daytona 500 parties in Nashua, Newington and Manchester, N.H. as well as in Foxborough and Boston, Mass.
Join us at:
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won the pole for the Daytona 500, will have to start in the rear of the field because of a crash that destroyed his primary car Wednesday in practice at Daytona International Speedway.
Earnhardt Jr. will also start at the rear of the field in the first Gatorade Duel qualifying race Thursday.
It's been quite an offseason for NASCAR following Jimmie Johnson's fifth consecutive championship. Not only is there a new point system across all three national series, but also added were wild cards in the Chase and drivers have to pick just one series to run for the championship.
The changes were made with an eye on competition and the fans, to make the sport better than ever. But which rule will have the biggest impact? Bill Kimm and Mark Spoor weigh in with their thoughts, read theirs and then weigh in with yours in the comments below. And don't forget to vote in the poll at the right.
In what could be one of the best fan enhancements in the 21-year history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a new $1.2 million, state-of-the-art Panasonic scoreboard and video system will be in place when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to New England’s largest sports and entertainment facility on July 17.
As part of the track’s on-going effort to better the race-day experience for fans, the Panasonic scoreboard boasts a four-sided video display that stands 80-feet tall. That’s 20-feet taller than the CITGO sign at Boston’s Fenway Park.
Carl Edwards says there’s no need for a long, messy contract negotiation between him and Roush Fenway Racing over whether he will return to the team in 2012.
About five minutes later, he says he’s not in any rush to sign a new contract.
If that sounds a little contradictory, it is.
Leave it to Ryan Newman to cut to the core of the issue.
Always quick to remind everyone that he earned an engineering degree (Vehicle Structure Engineering, to be precise) from Purdue University, Newman sometimes has a way of talking down to questioners. He just can't help himself, forgetting that said questioners wouldn't be asking him questions in the first place if they knew as much as he did.
The pressure's off Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- until next Sunday, that is.
In Sunday's qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway, Earnhardt edged Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for the top starting spot in next Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500.
Turning a lap in 48.364 seconds (186.089 mph), Earnhardt claimed the 10th Coors Light pole award of his career and his first at a restrictor-plate superspeedway.
One lucky race fan will win the ultimate New Hampshire Motor Speedway VIP experience this weekend during the Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Worcester, Mass.
Race fans that stop by the New Hampshire Motor Speedway table can enter to win two VIP suite passes, pre-race pit passes and VIP parking access for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 17.
Five-time defending Cup Series champion crew chief Chad Knaus went on TV last Monday to, among other things, reveal that his Hendrick Motorsports team had finalized its six-man over-the-wall pit crew -- as well as a backup man for each spot -- at least for the next two weekend's season-opening events.
Hendrick created some ripples throughout the sport last season mid-race at Texas, when the organization switched the over-the-wall crews
This year’s Sprint Cup free agent pool could get smaller soon, but there are plenty of big-name drivers without contracts beyond 2011.
Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle said he hopes to get a contract extension done in the next few months.
His Roush teammate, Carl Edwards, isn’t as close.
In the last few years, NASCAR has said good-bye to Texaco, Verizon, Old Spice, Jim Beam, Jack Daniel’s, Irwin Tools, AT&T and Wrigley’s.
And while they haven’t said good-bye, they’re seeing much less of DeWalt, DuPont, Kellogg’s and DirecTV
The notion of retirement has shadowed Mark Martin for nearly a decade now, ever since he began the process of separating himself from a Jack Roush car that had become as much a part of his identity as his brushy gray hair. Almost every year since has brought questions of whether he'd be back the next season, and yet here he is, now at 52, still racing for one of the best organizations in NASCAR and still doing it at a very high level.
And now, facing that question again. This is the final year of Martin's contract with Hendrick Motorsports, and young buck Kasey Kahne awaits to take over the No. 5 car for the 2012 campaign and beyond. For a driver who's won 40 races and been a part of NASCAR as long as most can remember, next season brings with it only one certainty.
Maybe the biggest fan criticisms of Dale Earnhardt Jr. are that he doesn’t care about his performance or that he doesn’t have the will to win. Or maybe not even the talent.
Maybe the biggest criticism of his team owner, Rick Hendrick, is that he doesn’t give Earnhardt Jr. the best cars or the best personnel.
NASCAR knew Sunday morning at Daytona International Speedway, that the 206-plus mph speeds seen in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout were unacceptable for the rest of Speedweeks.
"What we know is, we can have good races at 100 miles and hour and 200 miles and hour and everything in between," Sprint Cup director John Darby said on Sunday evening. "I think we can agree, for both the competitors and NASCAR, that 206 was probably a little bit to the extreme side, so we'll do what we can do to probably cushion that, some."
A 6-year-old girl fighting for her life against leukemia has touched the hearts of Charlotteans, and their outpouring of support could help other cancer patients, too.
A mechanic with NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte's team was so moved by an Observer story about Jordan Jemsek that he suggested the team promote a March 5 bone marrow drive in her honor.
With Daytona just around the corner, I'm glad to see the end of the offseason in sight. Around this time of year, I begin to get cabin fever and I'm ready to go racing -- especially this season as I move to the Nationwide Series to drive for Kevin Harvick Inc.
Even though I'm really excited to start racing again, I did get to enjoy a lot of quality time with my family over the offseason. My wife Amanda and I were able to celebrate our son Wyatt's first Christmas at home. It is such a fun and cool experience.
The offseason has morphed into the preseason. And in a couple of weeks, the season-opening Daytona 500 will be upon us.
Forget Punxsutawney Phil! Weary, snow-bound New Englanders looked to Loudon the Lobster, New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s favorite crustacean, as he officially waved the white flag on winter.
Loudon, the fastest lobster in the world, emerged from his tank to visit “The Magic Mile’s” Granite Stripe start-finish line to predict when “Snowmageddon 2011” will end and when racing will resume at the speedway.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) released today its telecast times for the 2011 season, primarily preserving the earlier and consistent start times established in 2010.
For Jamie McMurray, the 2010 season was one magical moment after another.
Winning the Daytona 500. Winning the Brickyard 400. Winning the Chase race at Charlotte. Helping team owner Chip Ganassi sweep the three biggest American auto races (including Dario Franchitti’s victory in last year’s Indy 500).
Danica Patrick is planning to spend Super Bowl Sunday at home in Arizona, away from the hustle and bustle, not to mention the cold weather.
Sporting a Pittsburgh Steelers hat -- Bears fans can never pull for the Packers, ever -- she'll be surrounded by snacks and drinks, watching the game and those over-the-top commercials like everyone else.
Kasey Kahne expects to have more stability and less drama at Red Bull Racing this year than he had at Richard Petty Motorsports in 2010, hopefully producing better results on the track. Only time will tell if that’s the case, but Kahne has every reason to believe things will play out that way
Joey Logano is smarter, more mature, more experienced and this season also more confident.
That's something Logano hasn't always had in his brief NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.
"He needs that," Joe Gibbs Racing president J.D. Gibbs said. "We forget how young he is and what little time he had before running in this sport. That really bodes well for our future.
When the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season opens Feb. 20, it could be that the new racing surface at Daytona International Speedway has less to do with deciding who wins the Daytona 500 than the new fueling systems that will be used in competition by teams for the first time.
So say many of those who will be involved in trying to make certain the cars get enough fuel in them during the race.
Frank Stoddard, 14-time winning NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief, announced today that he has formed his own NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team. Stoddard will own the #32 Ford Fusion and plans to compete in the full schedule.
Stoddard, a native of North Haverhill, New Hampshire, paved the way for a successful Sprint Cup career by working with the great Stanley “Stub” Fadden while racing short tracks throughout the northeast and collecting four wins together.
Fueled by his passion for motorsports, NASCAR enthusiast and Mega Millions lottery winner Joe Denette formed Joe Denette Motorsports to compete in Camping World Truck Series. JDM will make its debut in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway and plans to run a full season in 2011.
Denette, a Fredericksburg, Va., native, did not have a promising start to 2009. He was laid off from his job of seven years and had been unemployed for four months. However, that didn't stop Denette from partaking in two of his most cherished hobbies, NASCAR and playing the lottery.
Unless Jimmie Johnson has decided that five Cup titles is enough and chooses to run for the Nationwide or truck series title in 2011, it’s a given that the 35-year-old will be the favorite to win a sixth straight Sprint Cup championship.
But while Johnson’s success at Hendrick Motorsports hasn’t slowed, the same can’t be said for his three teammates, who went winless in 2010.
Call him cocky, arrogant or just overly confident, but Denny Hamlin will tell you without hesitation that he is one of the toughest competitors in NASCAR.
He makes no bones about it. He’s just being brutally honest.
There is less of Tony Stewart to go around these days, but don't get the idea he's gone all Mark Martin on the racing world.
That would be, in the carefully considered words of Stewart, "insane." But Stewart, who is roughly 15 pounds lighter than he was last fall, did admit that Martin was his inspiration for attempting to get into better physical condition as he approaches age 40.
For the next three weeks, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will dominate much of the NASCAR conversation again – although not in the way he would like to. His famous father died 10 years ago, at the 2001 Daytona 500, which means that he constantly faces questions about that horrible day and its aftermath.
For the rest of the 2011 season, though, it will be up to Earnhardt to stay relevant.
Chad Knaus, crew chief for five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, says there will be changes on his No. 48 team’s pit crew, but admits that with only a little more than two weeks remaining before cars are back on the track at Daytona, he still isn’t sure what those changes will be.
“I’m happy with what we have right now, for sure, at this time of the season,” Knaus said during this week’s Sprint Media Tour. “I don’t have a roster picked of the guys that will be starting but I’m real happy with where we are at.”
Roush Fenway Racing teammates Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth all have a lot in common.
They each have won 16 or more Sprint Cup races. They each are perennial championship contenders. And they’ve each been with Roush their entire NASCAR careers.
The final day of the annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway kicked off with an announcement from NASCAR.com that focused on improved services catering to race fans.
The site's current Race Buddy and new NASCAR Fantasy Live programs will feature more detailed data available to NASCAR fans.
"The changes and additions we are implementing are geared toward making the NASCAR fan as excited and engaged in the sport as possible," said Jason Williams, general manager of NASCAR.com
When NASCAR returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on July 17 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 25, race fans, competitors and track officials will be better able to understand how the on-track action impacts a driver’s position in the points standings.
The change comes as the result of a new simplified points system that separates finishing positions by a single point.
With just a few weeks remaining until the Sprint Cup Series season gets under way, Sprint unveiled its 2011 Miss Sprint Cup lineup Wednesday night in Charlotte, N.C.
Returning Miss Sprint Cup representatives Paige Duke and Monica Palumbo were joined by newcomer Kim Coon. The trio was introduced to a crowd of race fans and motorsports media at the popular Whisky River nightclub.
NASCAR Restructures Point System and Method for Setting Chase Field
NASCAR announced Wednesday it would restructure the way it awards points and how it sets the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2011.
Brian France, NASCAR chairman and chief executive officer, made the announcements at the NASCAR Hall of Fame during the annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
NASCAR announced Wednesday that it has added a wild card element to setting the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field and it has simplified its points system for 2011, making it easier for fans, competitors and the industry to understand.
While the 12-driver Chase field remains intact, the final two spots will be determined by the number of wins during the first 26 races.
Nothing beats being at the race track in person, but for fans that don’t have the opportunity to get to Irwindale, Calif., for the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, NASCAR will be providing a unique experience through the official website of NASCAR’s touring and weekly series.
NASCARHometracks.com will host live streaming video of the on-track activity for the both Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29 leading up to the live broadcast on SPEED of race drivers have dubbed the ‘Daytona 500 of short-track racing.'
Richard Childress took the microphone at the very beginning of Tuesday's media visit to his Richard Childress Racing shop and wasted little time in making a bold proclamation.
"This year is the year to knock Jimmie [Johnson] from the throne," Childress said. "We were close with Kevin [Harvick] last year, but this is the year to do it -- and it's going to be RCR, I feel certain. So I'm going to make that [prediction]."
Michael Waltrip Unveils New Book About 2001 Daytona 500
During breakfast on the second day of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip introduced his new book to the motorsports press.
In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everythingtells Waltrip’s story as he experienced the highest and lowest points of his career within a matter of minutes on February 18, 2001. Written by Waltrip and New York Times Bestseller Ellis Henican, the memoir takes readers through Waltrip’s early career and into Daytona International Speedway’s victory lane after 462 failed attempts at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.
It is finally here the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 Season! To kick start the year, join the New Hampshire Motor Speedway family as they fan out around New England to celebrate the Daytona 500. “The Magic Mile” is hosting five Daytona 500 parties in Nashua, Newington and Manchester, N.H. as well as in Foxboro and Boston, Mass.
NASCAR officials are satisfied heading into next month's Speedweeks despite Preseason Thunder's top speeds that were faster than those registered at December's Goodyear tire test at Daytona International Speedway. There was as much as a 14 mph differential between qualifying and drafting speeds during three days of testing.
One morning session was rained out, which left one morning exclusively devoted to single-car runs and then four sessions in which drafting was allowed. However, single-car and two-car runs still dominated, with no drafts of more than six cars seen.
NASCAR officials are satisfied heading into next month's Speedweeks despite Preseason Thunder's top speeds that were faster than those registered at December's Goodyear tire test at Daytona International Speedway. There was as much as a 14 mph differential between qualifying and drafting speeds during three days of testing.
One morning session was rained out, which left one morning exclusively devoted to single-car runs and then four sessions in which drafting was allowed. However, single-car and two-car runs still dominated, with no drafts of more than six cars seen.
Blue skies, warm air. Cars on the race track.
That's how the 2011 edition of Preseason Thunder at Daytona kicked off Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, the first of a three-day Sprint Cup Series test.
Former Cup Series driver Jerry Nadeau has been hired as the driving coach for Jeffrey Earnhardt's rookie season in the Camping World Truck Series.
Nadeau will be mentoring Earnhardt not only on track at the races, but off track as well. Jeffrey's grandfather, Dale Earnhardt, raced against Nadeau on many occasions with Nadeau winning the last race Earnhardt competed in prior to the Daytona 500 which claimed his life.
When 17 drivers got a chance to test on Daytona International Speedway’s repaved oval last month at a Goodyear tire test, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Joey Logano wasn’t among them.
The Gibbs teams didn’t have their new restrictor-plate cars ready and opted to skip to two-day test. Team officials figured the three-day test session that begins Thursday should be enough to get ready for Speedweeks, which features the Feb. 20 Daytona 500.
With just 12 drivers making the Chase For The Sprint Cup each year, and the number of annual race winners hovering around the same mark, the list of drivers who underachieved in 2010 is a long one.
Four drivers who made the Chase in 2009 missed it last year. Two other former Chase participants – Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. – also failed to return to the championship race last year.
Just the name alone packs a punch, conveying so much more than simply a position on a map. It's one of those locales that has a certain mythical element connected to it, that at its mere mention brings a million feelings, images, or emotions to mind. Maybe it's the memory of all the things that have happened there, both good and bad. Maybe it's the sheer scale of the place, everything oversized and overwhelming. Maybe it's something as simple as the ominous long vowel sound in the middle syllable, which allows its verbalization to be stretched out to almost dramatic lengths.
In the next two weeks, NASCAR officials are expected to announce changes that will affect both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series. Will the Cup points system undergo a complete overhaul? Will Cup drivers not be allowed to earn points in the Nationwide Series? Will the Chase For The Sprint Cup go through yet another format change? We’ll know the answers soon.
In the meantime, here’s a look at seven changes we would like to see in 2011:
Next week's three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at Daytona International Speedway brings the first official engine firings of 2011.
Don’t think for a second that it represents the new year’s first official work.
NASCAR driver Juan Montoya and his wife, Connie, became parents for the third time last year, and they're enjoying the experience tremendously.
But sometimes, thanks to the activity of him and Connie's Formula Smiles Foundation, you would think the Montoyas actually have thousands of kids, based off the numbers of youngsters they help.
There’s a long list of them every year – drivers coming off disappointing seasons who desperately need to turn things around.
Some are in a prolonged slump. Others just had a bad year.
But they all have one thing in common – they need to show significant improvement in 2011 or they could find their future in jeopardy beyond this season.
Check one box.
It seems simple, doesn't it? Just draw an X in the appropriate place, and you're committed to running for only one title on NASCAR's national level -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide, or Camping World Truck. Say goodbye to the moonlighters trying to double-dip championships, and hello to NASCAR's first real attempt to limit incursions into its No. 2 series. As Dave Rodman reported earlier this week, drivers won't be barred from competing on more than one national tour, but they will be restricted to pursuing a single championship of their choice.
NASCAR's quest to find the perfect technical combination to provide the best possible racing show at Speedweeks 2011 at Daytona International Speedway continued Thursday.
NASCAR confirmed the carburetor restrictor plate that will be used for next week's three-day test session at Daytona will have 29/32nd-inch openings to restrict fuel and airflow into the intake manifold.
As Daytona inches closer on the calendar, the NASCAR.COM writing staff looks ahead to the 2011 season and offers up some predictions. The focus for Thursday is which driver is the one on which you should keep your eyes in 2011.
For all the victories he's piled up in Nationwide and Trucks -- including the 2009 Nationwide drivers championship -- Kyle Busch remains somewhat of an enigma in Cup.
Only three active drivers – Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson – have won at least one NASCAR Cup race each season for the past nine years. For those championship-winning drivers, a losing stretch is measured in weeks, occasionally months. But never has it been measured in years.
The same can’t be said for several of their fellow competitors. A dozen or more drivers will head into the 2011 season looking to return to the winner’s circle and end stretches of futility that span anywhere from a single season to seven years.
Turner Motorsports announced Wednesday the addition of racing legend Mark Martin to its 2011 driver lineup. Martin will pilot the No. 32 in Nationwide Series events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway with crew chief Trent Owens calling the shots. He will also drive the No. 32 in Camping World Truck Series races at Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway.
One storyline NASCAR fans won’t be reading about in 2011 will be a race for Sprint Cup rookie of the year.
So far no rookie driver has committed to run the full Cup season.
With teams looking to reduce costs and sponsors hesitant to take a chance on unproven drivers, Cup teams have mostly shied away from driver development programs in recent years.
Drivers in NASCAR's three national series will have to elect a single championship to chase in 2011, eliminating the ability of drivers such as Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Paul Menard -- who were full-time double-dippers in 2010 -- to chase two championships at once.
NASCAR has scheduled a "competition update" on Jan. 21 with NASCAR president Mike Helton and vice president for competition Robin Pemberton as part of the "Preseason Thunder" Sprint Cup test session at Daytona International Speedway.
A half-day presentation was reduced to a succinct 90 minutes. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway media center was exchanged for a ballroom at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis. Bagpipes ushered reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti to the stage. The message was more proactive than explanatory.
Just as Mario Andretti, Earl Ross and David Hobbs were drawn to the Daytona 500 in years past, several international drivers are targeting the 2011 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, a race that has come to be known as the ‘Daytona 500 of short-track racing,’ on Jan. 28-29 at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) as an opportunity to make their mark on the world of NASCAR.
As Daytona inches closer on the calendar, the NASCAR.COM writing staff looks ahead to the 2011 season and offers up some predictions. The focus for Tuesday is which driver won't live up to expectations in 2011.
When it comes to reasonable expectations in 2011, returning the No. 88 Chevrolet to respectability should be Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 1 goal.
Brian Vickers, who was forced to take a medical leave of absence from the Sprint Cup Series last spring, made his first laps in one of his Red Bull Racing Team stock cars in eight months Monday at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla.
The first day of the two-day session was interrupted by rain in mid-afternoon but both Vickers, who last drove in May 2010, and his new teammate Kasey Kahne, who said he "felt great" after having surgery on both knees immediately after the 2010 season, were thrilled.
The 2010 NASCAR season had nearly everything for which a fan could ask.
Compelling races, thrilling finishes, driver confrontations and feuds and, at the end, one of the closest championship races in history.
The exciting finish to the season gave NASCAR plenty of momentum heading into 2011.
With a strong lineup that features former Sprint Cup Series champions, last year's Chase field, a host of former outstanding rookies, along with a collection of previous winners at the sport's most storied race track, NASCAR announced Friday the list of eligible competitors for the 2011 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be featured this weekend at two New England area expositions, the Northeast Motorcycle Expo in Providence, R.I. and the Northeast Motorsports Expo in Augusta, Maine.
“The Magic Mile” will showcase a variety of displays, raffle drawings and past race footage.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will make its movie debut Saturday in the made-for-television family drama “Change of Plans,” which airs at 8 p.m. (EST) on FOX.
Jeff Burton, a veteran NASCAR driver and four-time winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, worked with the cast and crew in filming “The Magic Mile’s” scene during the SYLVANIA 300 weekend in September.
The most ambitious racing schedule in the 21-year history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway includes the three largest sporting events to be held in New England during 2011.
For the 15th consecutive year, “The Magic Mile” will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series dates with the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, July 17, and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, Sept. 25.
Ray Evernham Enterprises has been retained to consult for the Hendrick Companies, a management company formed in 2005 to oversee strategic initiatives for chairman Rick Hendrick.
Founded in 2008 by Ray Evernham, REE will consult on special projects related to Hendrick's core businesses. In that role, REE's initial focus will be development of the Hendrick Performance retail brand of high-performance parts, vehicles, products and related services.
For race fans, these are the doldrums. The last of the confetti from the previous season's finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway has long been swept up. Champion's Week in Las Vegas has come and gone. The holidays have given way to a cold, dark, silent period that won't be broken until late January, when the engines fire for a full-field test at Daytona International Speedway. Any real racing is still a distant six weeks away.
Welcome to 2011, everybody! Hope 2010 closed out well for you and yours. As the new year kicks off, it dawns on me that we're so totally living in the future. I mean, check it out -- the iPhone is so much better than Star Trek communicators (and the iPhone 5 will feature a laser beam!), we've actually got flying cars now (ask Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski), and aliens walk among us. How else to explain the dominance of Jimmie Johnson, huh?
We are only a few weeks away from the first full-field NASCAR Sprint Cup testing of the new surface at Daytona International Speedway, and then only a couple weeks after that we all head back to Daytona for SpeedWeeks.
After five straight years of dominance, everybody knows that Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team are the ones to beat. Everyone is working on their master plan to dethrone he and his Hendrick Motorsports team.
Thanks to NASCAR’s no-holds-barred approach to racing and adjustments to the new Sprint Cup car, the 2010 season produced some of the most exciting racing fans have seen in years.
There was plenty of bumping and banging – on and off the track – along with thrilling finishes, controversy, surprising winners and the closest points race in Chase history.
The only thing that didn’t change was the champion.
Here’s a look at the top 10 races of the season:
We have just finished posting the top 10 stories in 2010, and if you’re anything like me, you’re tired of rehashing 2010.
So on to 2011.
Here are 10 stories that could make news in 2011. That is, if they really occur. They might sound strange, but who could have predicted last year a Daytona pothole, a Jeff Burton-Jeff Gordon scrap and a driver signing a contract to get in a car in 2012?
As 2010 comes to a close, NASCAR.COM looks back at the season that was and forward at the season that's looming on the horizon with some Top 5 lists.
In Saturday's list, David Caraviello breaks down the five biggest issues facing NASCAR.
Aric Almirola has spent virtually his entire, albeit young, stock-car career with a carrot dangling just out of reach. He's produced every step of the way, with his first four career poles and first then-Busch Series race win at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2006-2007; a top-10 Cup finish in his sixth start with Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2008 and vying for a Camping World Truck Series title for Billy Ballew in only his second full season in 2010. JR Motorsports' No. 88 Nationwide Series ride is his best chance, yet, to really excel.
Even though five of the biggest names in NASCAR stock car racing visited victory lane during the action-packed 2010 season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, track officials are predicting an even bigger and better year of racing for New England fans in 2011.
When NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series rolled into the 1.058-mile oval in June for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, Jimmie Johnson had already launched the drive for his fifth consecutive NASCAR championship. Johnson won four times before the series visited the Granite State where he added another trophy to his collection.
Tis the season, to reflect and remember; Of moments in time, February to November.
It started at Daytona, a Great American race; But it was a pothole, that would change the place.
It started shortly after, the race in July; Now there's a new surface, to test and to try.
But let's not get ahead, look instead where we've been; To a season for the record books, the year of 2010.
Celebrate the holidays and the New Year by giving the gift of speed from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “The Magic Mile” is your one-stop holiday-shopping destination with tickets for the highly anticipated 2011 season along with a wide variety of racing souvenirs.
As a bonus, bargain hunters choosing to purchase tickets for all three major racing events at NHMS will save 10 percent. Gift certificates are also available and can be used toward any New Hampshire Motor Speedway ticket or souvenir purchase.
There were some outstanding and colorful quotes made during the 2010 NASCAR season. The following is a look back at some of those words -- in chronological order -- as selected by NASCAR PR managers.
NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton at NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., setting the tone for the season:
The big exterior numbers have been changed outside the shop buildings, the drivers have gotten to know their new crew members, the new revamped team configurations have even been put through a dry run during the recent tire test at Daytona International Speedway. The opening of the 2011 Sprint Cup season is still a long way off -- 60 days remain until the Daytona 500 -- and by then, the results of the personnel changes made by Hendrick Motorsports after this recent campaign should feel comfortable and familiar.
Kevin Harvick was the comeback driver on the comeback team of the comeback organization in 2010.
Harvick went from 19th in the standings a year ago to winning the regular season and scoring the most points of any driver during the entire year.
NASCAR vice president for competition Robin Pemberton never could have dreamed what he would unleash when he made the off-the-cuff comment, "Boys, have at it, and have a good time," this past January in a preliminary meeting before the 2010 season.
But while Pemberton wouldn't have wasted time imagining what "the boys" might try -- or, that after a season's worth of rollicking, slam-bang racing on a variety of tracks a music producer would make Pemberton's comments the centerpiece of a video montage of the action tuned to a hip-hop beat -- he, along with the rest of NASCAR's hierarchy, was taking a lot of time contemplating where the sport was heading.
According to mythology, the phoenix is a bird which has the ability to be reborn from its own ashes. For Denny Hamlin, Phoenix International Raceway proved to be both a place where his championship fires were stoked and where his championship hopes began to turn to ash.
In April, Hamlin finished 30th but his gutsy decision to stay in the car despite intense pain from recent knee surgery galvanized his No. 11 Toyota team and eventually led to a series-high eight victories. In November, the small amount of racing fuel needed in Hamlin's tank near the end of the next-to-last race of the year ultimately proved to be the bitterest pill to swallow in what up to that point had been a season of sweetness.
It's almost Christmas and soon we'll be celebrating the New Year, so it's inevitable that an avalanche of stories have been or will be written trying to capture the year in review.
There is great interest to look back on in what was the 2010 NASCAR season. Like it or not, Jimmie Johnson proved what a great champion he truly is by winning his fifth consecutive Cup Series title. In NASCAR's other national touring series, Brad Keselowski showed why he remains an up-and-coming star by winning the Nationwide championship and Todd Bodine reminded everyone he's still a force with which to be reckoned by capturing his second Truck crown.
“Boys, have at it” was the decree issued by NASCAR officials prior to the season, and NASCAR’s competitors did just that.
Early and often. Enough to spark a genuine feud nearly ever week.
From retaliation and threats to scary wrecks and angry words, and even a scuffle, NASCAR’s gloves-off policy created enough rivalries to keep fans on the edge of their seats all season.
The Camping World Truck Series is looked at as a stepping stone to the brighter and bigger lights of the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. But lately, it's been the veterans, not the youngsters, who have found themselves hoisting the championship trophy at the end of the season.
One has to go back to 2003, and Travis Kvapil, to find a Truck Series champion under the age of 30.
That didn't change in 2010.
NASCAR’s 2010 Sprint Cup Series season was filled with drama, incredibly courageous moves, unusual developments and approximately 1,744 debris cautions.
In other words, it was enough to make even the most jaded race fan ask himself: “Why didn’t I get the extra corn dog at the concession stand when I had the chance?”
With the 2011 season just around the corner, let’s dust off the rear-view mirror for one final look back at 2010.
A tip of my hat this week to my local track, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), a 1.058-mile oval with a 1.6-mile road course included which seats more than 93,000 people. Built 20 years ago by Bob Bahre, NHMS was bought three years ago by Bruton Smith, whose publicly-traded Speedway Motorsports Inc (SMI) also owns the Charlotte, Atlanta, Bristol, Las Vegas and Texas Motor Speedways plus the Infineon Raceway (Sears Point) road course.
Original owner Bahre is a crusty old boy (below with Gary Bahre), a self-made man in the construction business.
After a season during which he led the point standings a total of 20 weeks, including 16 in a row leading up to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, no one could have blamed Kevin Harvick for being upset about having to settle for less than a championship.
Instead, Harvick confessed again and again that he was downright ecstatic with the career-high third-place finish of his No. 29 Chevrolet team. Harvick trailed only five-time champion Jimmie Johnson and runner-up Denny Hamlin in the final points tally.
Goodyear appears to have executed the equivalent of a grand slam with two outs in the seventh game of the World Series with the tire combination it's tested during the past two days at Daytona International Speedway.
The new tires were necessitated by a complete repaving of the 2.5-mile, high-banked race track that's the site of NASCAR's next national events, during February's Speedweeks 2011.
The 2010 Sprint Cup season has to have left Carl Edwards with a smile. That's because Edwards -- who knows what it means to enter a season as one of the championship favorites -- can honestly say, after enduring the agony of a near two-year, 70-race winless drought, that his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing team is the best it's ever been.
Edwards bases that contention on ending the 2010 season with consecutive victories at Phoenix and Homestead, the fifth time he's scored back-to-back victories in his career, which includes 18 Cup wins.
When NASCAR first brought its Champion's Week to Las Vegas in 2009, nobody embraced the experience more than Denny Hamlin. From his blowout celebration at the Palms Hotel featuring ice sculptures and sports celebrities to his 4-in-the-morning challenge to Jimmie Johnson that he was coming for the champion the next season, it all shaped up as a coming out party for the sport's brashest young driver cast against a neon glow.
Hamlin's return to Las Vegas this year, though, came with a decidedly different tone. He had indeed gone gunning for Johnson, and nearly gotten him, too, holding the lead for two of the final three weeks of the season before falling 39 points short of winning his first title in the sport's premier division.
Clint Bowyer had a solid season as he qualified for the Chase For The Sprint Cup in the very last race of the regular season, won two races and finished 10th in the standings.
So the Richard Childress Racing driver will look back on 2010 with a feeling of accomplishment but still a little bit of a sour taste.
A 150-point penalty for a New Hampshire race-winning car that NASCAR said did not meet its specifications still stung Bowyer as he reflected on the season, on in which he would have finished fifth instead of 10th in the standings if not for the penalty.
Matt Kenseth used to dread preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway. Even at speeds approaching 200 mph, circling the big restrictor-plate track for hours on end bordered on monotony.
Not this year, though. With the 2.5-mile speedway shining from a just-completed repaving job, drivers are eager to find out what the new Daytona surface will be like. Several will get their chance this week, when about 20 cars will take to the high banks for a Goodyear tire test slated for Wednesday and Thursday at the facility.
It's hard to imagine the turning point for Greg Biffle's season came at a track where he finished 35th. But even though his No. 16 Ford blew an engine that weekend, what happened at Chicagoland Speedway seemed to be the catalyst for a complete turnaround for the entire Roush Fenway Racing organization.
"If you look at before and after those dates ... before Chicago, the whole company was horrible, and after, the whole company was good," Biffle said at Homestead.
Through most of the first 11 races of the 2010 Sprint Cup season, Tony Stewart wondered where the magic had gone.
Stewart founded his own Stewart-Haas Racing organization a year earlier and surprisingly hit the ground running fast in his No. 14 Chevrolet, leading the point standings much of that season. Although he faded somewhat down the stretch in the 2009 season, he still finished a strong sixth in the final standings after visiting Victory Lane four times.
Brad Keselowski made sure there was no drama left in the Nationwide Series points race in the final half of the season.
Keselowski took the lead for good approximately a quarter of the way through the year and steadily built up a lead he was never again in danger of losing.
"It's pretty amazing, you know, to come from just a few years back not having a job in this sport and really thinking I was going to have to get a real job, to being out here and winning the championship and kind of establishing yourself," Keselowski said after the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In a place where NASCAR history is on display, its future was celebrated as six champions in NASCAR’s developmental series were honored during the Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala in the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
The festivities featured the champions and top drivers from all of NASCAR’s North American regional touring series, who gathered for the special year-end celebration in the heartland of stock-car racing.
There certainly were some outstanding performances -- both from a competition and racing standpoint -- that took place during the recently completed Sprint Cup Series season. In fact, from a statistical standpoint, the 2010 season goes down as the most competitive in the history of NASCAR. The following is a look back at some of those standout performers and memorable races, as selected from discussions with the national series director, competition department and NASCAR PR managers.
The 2010 Sprint Cup season only emphasized Kyle Busch's great overall potential, underscored by a maddening inconsistency.
Busch was part of two successful 2010 owners' championships in NASCAR's national tours, the Camping World Truck Series title he captured for his own Kyle Busch Motorsports team secured by eight victories, and the Nationwide Series crown he enabled Joe Gibbs Racing to win capped by Busch's record 13 victories.
Had a few things occurred differently, Jeff Gordon could well have completed this past season with a handful of race victories and a legitimate shot at his first series title in nearly a decade. Instead, a strong start gave way to a frustrating finish that heralded sweeping changes to the four-time champion's program for next year.
A ninth-place result in the final standings couldn't have been what Gordon envisioned after the first third of the season, a span that saw him in the mix to win several races. He was sitting as high as second in points as late as two races before the start of the Chase. And yet something always seemed to be missing for Gordon, whether it was that late-race strength he needed to return to Victory Lane, or the year-end consistency he needed to contend for the title. The final result was his lowest final points position since he missed the Chase in 2005, and his second winless season in three years.
It’s time to call the 2010 NASCAR season for what it was.
Who was the best driver? What was the best race? What did NASCAR do right and wrong?
Here’s our take:
DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Throughout the course of the year it was declared by competitors and media alike that Jimmie Johnson was somehow not up to snuff.
He had supposedly misplaced his lucky horseshoe. Those four championships in a row? Great, but five was not possible.
Bobby Santos added another title to his racing resume Wednesday.
Santos, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, came from the rear of the field to win the Third Annual NASCAR Champions/Media Showdown at Victory Lane Indoor Karting in Charlotte on Wednesday.
“It was a lot of fun racing with those guys,” said Santos, who started 13th in the 14-kart field. “It was interesting coming up through the field and made it a lot of fun. I want to thank NASCAR and all the media for putting this on, it was a lot of fun.”
Typically, drivers can point to a particular race -- or even a moment within a race -- as the key to the ultimate success or failure of their season. But it's rare when it happens several days after the fact, and miles from Victory Lane.
But that was the case for Clint Bowyer in 2010. After ending an 88-race winless streak at New Hampshire to open the Chase, Bowyer's No. 33 Chevrolet was taken back to NASCAR's Research and Development center in North Carolina. And when the chassis was found by NASCAR inspectors to be outside of tolerances, the team's elation turned to frustration after being docked 150 points and having crew chief Shane Wilson suspended for four weeks.
Are we really coming up on 10 years since Jeff Gordon last won a championship in NASCAR's premier division? Are we really approaching a decade since he climbed out of his car on that fall day at Atlanta and received the series trophy for the fourth time? Has that much time really passed since Gordon last sat at the head table during the postseason banquet?
It seems difficult to believe, and not because it all feels like it occurred so recently. It feels like it happened ages ago.
The tagline for NASCAR’s 2010 Sprint Cup season was written before the first green flag even dropped: Boys, have at it.
The message couldn’t have been clearer. In an effort to reinvigorate the kind of politically incorrect personalities that had endeared NASCAR to the masses, the gents in the corner offices were, in essence, telling the drivers they would be looking the other way in 2010.
For two weeks this past May, no one in NASCAR flew higher -- or rather, faster -- than driver Kurt Busch.
Wheeling his familiar No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge for Penske Racing, Busch won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the $1 million prize that went along with it at Charlotte Motor Speedway, then backed that up eight days later by capturing one of the sport's most prestigious points races, the Coca-Cola 600, at the same venue.
The 2010 Sprint Cup season was the ultimate in bittersweet dichotomies for Virginia veteran Jeff Burton.
Burton, in his 17th full-time Cup season, was a solid part of Richard Childress Racing's resurgence into the Chase as RCR, after being shut out of the 2009 Chase, had all three teams "in," in 2010.
After ending the 26-race regular season seventh in the championship and entering the 12-man Chase seeded 10th,
NASCAR has announced that Robert Yates Racing Engines has been named the exclusive supplier of the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine.
The engine, which was introduced in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2006 as an optional means for managing costs and providing teams with additional opportunities to compete, is also available for use in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours, and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. It is also an option for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams at select tracks.
Amidst all the glitz and glamour and outrageous fanfare that was the Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Jeff Gordon made everyone in attendance and watching on television pause for a moment of reflection.
Gordon did so with a comment about the likely lasting historical significance of what has been accomplished by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson.
The 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season officially concludes tonight in Las Vegas, when Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and the entire No. 48 team collect their fifth consecutive championship.
The hectic week began on Wednesday, when the top-12 drivers participated in a friendly game of “Speedway Feud” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. During the match-up NASCAR’s best answered questions about themselves and fellow competitors.
Sarah Fisher hung up her driver's suit this week, turning her attention to running her IZOD IndyCar Series team and starting a family with husband Andy O'Gara. Fisher made 84 IndyCar starts from 1999 through 2010, but they don't tell the whole story of her substantial impact on IndyCar racing.
Fisher carried the ball for women at the highest level of American open-wheel racing in the early 2000s, bridging the gap between Lyn St. James and Danica Patrick. She was competitive and a fan favorite, voted IndyCar's most popular driver three times from 2001 to 2003. She was a role model for aspiring female drivers from coast to coast and beyond who wanted to make it to IndyCar.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had his second straight disappointing season on the track but he has not lost the adoration of his fans as Earnhardt Jr. won the voting for the NASCAR NMPA Hamburger Helper Most Popular Driver Award for the eighth consecutive time.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver was given the award during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon on Thursday afternoon at the Bellagio Ballroom in Las Vegas.
Richard Childress, who oversaw a resurgence of Richard Childress Motorsports, is the Sporting News owner of the year, the magazine announced Wednesday.
Denny Hamlin is the 2010 Dale Earnhardt Tough Driver. The top driver and crew chief will be announced Thursday. All four awards were voted on by Sprint Cup drivers, crew chiefs and owners.
RCR made a remarkable turnaround in 2010. After all four of Childress' drivers missed the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2009, the organization consolidated to three teams this year with drivers Kevin Harvick,
Winning is never, ever mundane.
Apparently, neither is a day-long media tour -- not when it involves a five-time Sprint Cup Series champion who doubles as a new father.
Jimmie Johnson, winner of five consecutive championships and guest of honor during this week's Champion's Week in Las Vegas, hit a number of local media outlets today.
The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities spread early holiday cheer this morning in Manchester, N.H., distributing over $100,000 to 24 non-profit organizations that assist underprivileged children throughout New England.
Representatives from each organization were on hand at Manchester City Hall to receive the grant money that will benefit 12,000 children in need. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, also took part in the festivities.
So Richard Petty Motorsports lives to race another day -- or at least for another Sprint Cup season and hopefully many, many more.
It's good to have Richard Petty, NASCAR's all-time winningest driver and a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class, remain actively involved in the sport. It's important.
But perhaps the larger message that should not be lost in Monday's announcement that Petty and two investors had completed purchase of all assets of the company bearing his name is that it's important for those owning race teams in the sport to be folks who know the sport and remain actively involved in the sport.
The champion is crowned, the celebration awaits.
What a party it promises to be.
The 2010 edition of Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week in Las Vegas will fete Hendrick Motorsports' Jimmie Johnson, who earned an unprecedented fifth consecutive series title following the Nov. 21 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR has announced the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule, which features 12 races in eight states.
A marquee addition to the K&N Pro Series slate for its 25th season of competition will be the inaugural event under the lights at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Also new to the schedule will be a trio of historic NASCAR short tracks: Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway and Langley (Va.) Speedway.
Richmond will welcome the K&N Pro Series East at the .75-mile D-shaped oval on April 28 as part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend.
Avoid the long lines at the malls this holiday season by giving the gift of speed from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “The Magic Mile” is your one-stop holiday-shopping destination with tickets for the highly anticipated 2011 season along with a wide variety of racing souvenirs.
As a bonus, bargain hunters choosing to purchase tickets for all three major racing events at NHMS will save 10 percent. Gift certificates are also available and can be used toward any New Hampshire Motor Speedway ticket or souvenir purchase.
It didn't take long for Rick Hendrick to shake up Hendrick Motorsports, even though Sunday brought a fifth Cup Series championship to Jimmie Johnson and a 10th to the organization.
Two days after the season came to a close in Florida, Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday afternoon it would shuffle the driver-crew chief pairings for drivers Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin.
It was early Monday morning, and Jimmie Johnson was celebrating another NASCAR championship in the surf on South Beach.
His five NASCAR championship trophies had been placed delicately in the sand, and with rolled up pant legs, Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus stepped into the water for one final photo commemorating their historic march through the record books.
It's not often that a two-race winning streak gets an asterisk.
For Carl Edwards, wins at Phoenix and Homestead to close out the season are definitely a reason to celebrate, particularly when the first ended a 70-race winless streak. But at Phoenix, Denny Hamlin's fuel-mileage issues stole the headlines and on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Edwards had to share the spotlight with five-time champion Jimmie Johnson.
Was anyone really surprised at what transpired in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday?
From the moment Denny Hamlin's dominance in the previous week's race at Phoenix went up in a puff of miscalculated fuel-mileage smoke, costing him the victory that might have clinched the Chase for himself, this was more Jimmie Johnson's title to lose than it was Hamlin's -- even though Johnson had a worried Hamlin thinking exactly the opposite.
Jimmie Johnson kept glancing in his rearview mirror, waiting to see the stripe. Six years ago, in one of the few championship battles he's lost on NASCAR's premier circuit, he saw the pink-colored valence along the bottom of Kurt Busch's race car stick out like a warning light, growing closer and closer until it was past him. Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he again looked anxiously behind, waiting on the bright orange splitter along the bottom of Denny Hamlin's vehicle to come roaring up and devour him.
Brian France wouldn’t go as far as to say NASCAR will make changes to the Chase in 2011. But reading between the lines, it sounds like that’s where they are heading.
“What’s really clear to me is when you put drivers in a position where there’s a lot on the line … and they actually have got to go out and win or lead laps or compete high – they do it,” France said Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “So that tells us that the more we can do to have incentives – an incentive basis and decide this championship, that puts it all on the line more often – that’s what we need to be thinking about.”
As a NASCAR reporter, the most enjoyable day at the race track for me was always Friday because that's when the top-12 drivers were herded into the media center for questions and answers.
Regardless of the topic, you knew at least one of the 12 drivers interviewed would say something funny or at least profound enough to make note for future use.
In many ways, this has been a normal week for Kevin Harvick, even with a championship on the line. He did some planning for next season at Kevin Harvick Inc., worked out twice, and sat in on the regular Tuesday morning competition meeting at Richard Childress Racing, where his No. 29 squad game-planned setups and strategies for Sunday's finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was all routine and familiar, helping him to arrive in South Florida relaxed, smiling, and looking every bit like the outside title contender that he is.
Much has been written and said - even by Kevin Harvick himself - about whether he has been overlooked in this year's Sprint Cup championship race.
Harvick's crew chief, Gil Martin was asked about this on Wednesday and here was his response:
"I can't explain to you why he doesn't (get respect he deserves), but I can talk to you about why he should. I mean, you just go back and look. Again, I know it doesn't matter to nothing, but everybody talks about stats all week long. That's all you see all week long. When you go back and look where we would be in traditional points, where we are on top 10s, where we are on points gained, where we are on top 5s, I think if you go back and look, it's almost been one of the best seasons that RCR has ever had in its history.
Under the NASCAR points system, a 15-point margin is less than the difference between a race winner and runner-up, and a 46-point margin is less than the difference between first place and eighth. For the three contenders left in the race for the Sprint Cup title, the mathematical possibilities seem endless, particularly once bonus points are taken into account. And yet, at the same time, it's all very simple -- winning the championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway may also require winning the race.
One weekend. One title. Three drivers.
Those six words summarize Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup — and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season — ends.
Only 46 points separate the top three Chase contenders — the drivers eligible to be crowned champion. Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota) leads the standings, by 15 points over second-place Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) and 46 points over third-place Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/ Pennzoil Chevrolet.
What is it with Carl Edwards and gymnastics? First, it was the back flip. Now, instead of a hand stand, Edwards continued to pioneer another signature move Sunday: a fan stand.
After winning the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and snapping a 70-race winless streak, Edwards grabbed the checkered flag then raced up a ladder, through a catchfence gate and into the frontstretch grandstand for an impromptu celebration.
Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and their three Sprint Cup teams are in for a fun week. And a stressful one.
Not since the inaugural playoff race in 2004 has the Chase For The Sprint Cup been so close entering the season finale.
Entering the race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Hamlin owns a 15-point lead on Johnson, the four-time defending Cup champion, and a 46-point lead on third-place Harvick.
Jimmie Johnson didn't have the fastest car in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway -- at the end of the day, race winner and pole-sitter Carl Edwards did.
Johnson, the four-time defending Cup Series champion, didn't lead a lap. Denny Hamlin, ahead in the points and seeking his first title, led a race-high 190 laps.
NASCAR has announced the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule which features 16 races, highlighted by a new special event at a historic New England track, and the inaugural venture to Canada.
The 27th season of the Whelen Modified Tour will see NASCAR’s oldest division return to traditional venues like Connecticut’s Thompson International Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway a combined eight times in 2011. Stafford will retain the four dates it has carried in recent seasons while Thompson has moved its August race to June and added a special event for September.
In this year of "have at it," passion and emotion were taken to a couple of extremes last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, and it was all good.
Well, it wasn't good for Kyle Busch's bank account -- or wherever his fine money comes from -- and his Sunday race result. But it was good for the show, for the most part.
As far as I'm concerned, the sport needs more of it -- when it's called for, of course.
Comparing it to making a change to the suspension or the setup, crew chiefs Chad Knaus and Steve Letarte said they are trying to improve both of the teams in the Jimmie Johnson-Jeff Gordon shop at Hendrick Motorsports by swapping crews for the final two races of the season.
The swap began in the middle of Sunday’s Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Knaus, upset that his crew had slow pit stops on Johnson’s car, replaced the crew with the guys who were pitting the car of Gordon, who had crashed out of the race.
His black No. 11 car charged to the finish line, his primary competition for the Sprint Cup Series title visible only in his rearview mirror. Denny Hamlin scored a statement victory, earned himself a big new cowboy hat, and sent a clear message at Texas Motor Speedway that he was prepared to end Jimmie Johnson's unprecedented run of four consecutive championships. And he did it all long before he won in the Lone Star State again on Sunday night.
If Jimmie Johnson is looking to rebound in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Phoenix International Raceway is the perfect place for him to do so.
Johnson finished ninth last Sunday at Texas and fell 33 points behind new leader Denny Hamlin, who won the race. It's the first time that Johnson has not been atop the point standings since 2005, when Tony Stewart claimed his second Cup championship.
Chad Knaus isn’t listening to what Mike Ford has to say about whose team is better with two races left to determine the 2010 Sprint Cup champion.
While he acknowledged he had not heard everything Denny Hamlin's crew chief had said Sunday following the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, Knaus said he does not agree with Ford’s declaration that his Joe Gibbs Racing team of Hamlin was better than the Knaus-led Hendrick Motorsports team of Johnson.
Could it really be that there might be a new sheriff in the Sprint Cup series garage?
In the wake of Sunday's victory by Denny Hamlin at Texas Motor Speedway, Mike Ford sure sounded as if he's ready for a crew-chief showdown with Chad Knaus. In fact, it could be argued that the respective teams they lead had one earlier in the day at TMS -- and that the No. 48 team blinked first and perhaps even repeatedly.
A study to examine the cost and economic impact of adding two more lanes to sections of Route 106 will begin early next year, according to the state Department of Transportation. The study, which is being funded in part by the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, will also look at traffic volume to see if the widening is necessary.
"The track is definitely interested in Route 106, and we are interested in it because it continues to grow as a commuter corridor," said Bill Cass, director of project development for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
Kevin Harvick was running seventh late in Sunday's event at Texas Motor Speedway when he uttered words over the radio that seemed to spell disaster for his chances of winning the race -- and, perhaps, of winning the Sprint Cup championship as well.
"I think we're in big trouble," he told crew chief Gil Martin.
Monkeys, which were on hand to sell programs, did not run down the frontstretch shooting off bottle rockets.
Other than that, take your pick for the unpredictable moments during Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Brawling drivers, angry gestures, bold statements and a pit crew change on the fly. This race had it all.
And shock of all shocks, someone is leading the Chase with two races to go other than Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Chevy team, which didn't end the race as a team.
Now that Talladega is in the rear-view mirror, the top-three drivers in the Chase -- Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick -- can all breathe a sigh of relief after leaving the "wild card" race unscathed.
With all three drivers finishing in the top-10 at Talladega and the points margin among them now at 38, this year's Chase is shaping up to be a real barn-burner. Texas, Phoenix and Homestead remain on the schedule.
The points spread among Johnson, Hamlin and Harvick is the closest with three races three races to go in the season since the inception of the Chase in 2004.
Clint Bowyer not only is coming off a victory last weekend at Talladega, he’ll get his crew chief back this week with the series heading to Texas Motor Speedway as well.
Crew chief Shane Wilson has completed a four-race suspension for Bowyer’s illegal car that won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the opening Chase For The Sprint Cup race.
Richard Childress Racing, which denied intent and that the quarter-thin height advantage played a role in the victory, appealed the original penalty, and Wilson’s suspension was reduced from six to four races while the 150-point penalty remained the same.
If Kevin Harvick and his Richard Childress Racing teammates pull this 2010 Sprint Cup Series championship out of the fire, they might look at Talladega as one of the critical turning points.
You just knew, as you watched Harvick's crew chief, Gil Martin, accept congratulations from one visitor after another as he stood 10 or 15 yards in front of their battered No. 29 Chevrolet -- as NASCAR officials pored over it in post-race inspection -- that Martin almost couldn't believe that his team and driver had achieved a second-place finish.
Brad Keselowski knows that barring a catastrophe, he will win the 2010 Nationwide Series title.
All Keselowski has to do is start each of the final three races to clinch the championship. If he finishes 21st or better Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, he also secures the title.
Keselowski has no finish worse than 21st all season.
When Jimmie Johnson visits the track media center each week, he is introduced by NASCAR’s Kerry Tharp as the “2009 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.”
It has become his unofficial title and a running joke that always brings a chuckle from both Johnson and the media.
But the award Johnson won last year was a significant accomplishment for both the driver and NASCAR, demonstrating just how rare and special his fourth straight Sprint Cup championship was.
With Jimmie Johnson clinging to a 14-point lead over Denny Hamlin and a 38-point lead over Kevin Harvick, the 2010 Sprint Cup title not only will come down to the driver who performs best, but the team that makes the fewest mistakes.
All three drivers have a solid record at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.
Just in case, Clint Bowyer started his celebratory burnout several minutes before NASCAR declared him the winner of Sunday's Amp Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
A multi-car crash behind the leaders at the start of the final lap had thrown the outcome in doubt, and it wasn't until Bowyer drove a quarter-mile and stopped his No. 33 Chevrolet at the entrance to the garage that shouts and high-fives from the crew that surrounded the car let the crowd know Bowyer indeed had won his second race in the Chase.
Jeff Gordon has almost finished the lengthy process of building the North Carolina home where he plans to raise his children.
That, team owner Rick Hendrick said, was all the insurance he needs to keep the four-time NASCAR champion behind the wheel of a stock car for a very long time.
“Have you seen that house he’s building? He’s going to be driving at least 10 more years,” Hendrick said this week.
With a new three-year sponsorship announced on Wednesday, Gordon was sure to be driving into at least 2013 to fulfill his new obligation to the AARP Foundation’s “Drive to End Hunger” campaign. Beyond that is anyone’s guess, including Gordon’s.
Trick or treat, race fans.
Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway should be a real Halloween treat, as far as the points battle in the championship Chase is concerned.
Talladega is the "wild card, "the crapshoot" in the 10-race Chase. It's the one race the title contenders fear the most, since the unpredictable can happen here, including the "big one."
Jimmie Johnson saw his Chase lead shrink from 41 points to just six ahead of Denny Hamlin as Hamlin won at Martinsville Speedway Sunday and Johnson could muster just a fifth-place finish in the sixth of 10 races in the Chase For The Sprint Cup.
And while there was a bit of a buzz about Johnson possibly losing more points because of a problem with his driveshaft, that issue was quickly put to rest after the race by Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby, who said there were no illegal parts on the car.
Halfway through Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, you couldn’t blame Mark Martin for thinking, “Here we go again.”
On Lap 226 of 500, Martin smacked the frontstretch wall after a tap from AJ Allmendinger and lost a lap for repairs.
Then his fortunes turned. Martin finally regained the lost lap on the next caution as the first car one lap down on Lap 393. In the final 98 laps, he drove from 18th to second in a No. 5 Chevrolet that was the fastest car on the track during the closing green-flag run.
Denny Hamlin won the race Sunday at Martinsville Speedway and Jimmie Johnson left with the points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
But it may have been third-place finisher Kevin Harvick who made the most impressive statement during the Tums Fast Relief 500, even if he didn't win over many friends in his own Richard Childress Racing stable in the process.
"Coming into this race, no one gave us a chance to even run anywhere toward the front," Harvick said.
Denny Hamlin won Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville and trimmed fifth-place finisher Jimmie Johnson's lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup to six points with four races left in the season.
The closest Chase ever through six races is on a collision course toward next Sunday's AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, the most dangerous and unpredictable race in the Chase.
When Denny Hamlin won at Martinsville Speedway in March, he entered the race knowing he was going to have surgery on his knee in a few days and face a painful recovery.
He won that event but now returns to his best track with even more pressure – trailing Jimmie Johnson by 41 points with five races left in the Chase For The Sprint Cup.
Denny Hamlin has Jimmie Johnson right where he wants him.
"Frankly, I feel like he's in our sights," Hamlin said after running fourth in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The top-five finish was Hamlin's first in 11 starts at the 1.5-mile track.
Hamlin showed his mettle in the fifth race of the Chase. On Lap 2, as Ryan Newman spun in Turn 2, Hamlin mashed the brakes on the No. 11 Toyota and flat-spotted his tires. Hamlin restarted from the rear and patiently worked his way forward.
Bring on Martinsville.
Jamie McMurray cleared Kyle Busch off Turn 2 after a restart on Lap 314 and pulled away from Busch to win Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of McMurray’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in 2002.
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson and second-place Denny Hamlin, however, both dodged trouble and finished third and fourth, respectively, to set up a showdown Oct. 24 at Martinsville, a short track the two drivers have dominated the past four years.
The New Hampshire Karting Association will take on “The Magic Mile” this weekend with drivers from elementary-school age to Social Security recipients hoping to capture the Granite State Championship.
The NHKA is one of the premier karting series in the nation and can easily be called the home of karting in New England.
The 2011 season of speed is fast approaching and so are ticket renewal deadlines for the most action-packed year in the history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series drivers will make their first of two appearances on a new date, July 17, in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, and because of an overwhelming response from race fans the ticket renewal deadline for this event has been extended to Oct. 26.
Joining NASCAR’s elite once again next summer will be the NASCAR Nationwide Series, K&N Pro Series East and the New England favorite Whelen Modified Tour.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today the second class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. That class consists of: David Pearson - 94%; Bobby Allison - 62%; Lee Petty - 62%; Ned Jarrett - 58%; Bud Moore - 45%.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, consisting of members of the Nominating Committee along with 31 others representing all facets of the NASCAR industry, met in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2011. The announcement was made in the Great Hall inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will gather at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. today to announce its second hall of fame class.
The announcement, which will be carried live on SPEED, NASCAR.COM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 128 at 4 p.m. ET, will be made by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.
Tony Stewart got a new sponsor and everybody else got a sneak peak of the 2011 version of the Chevrolet Impala that will be used in NASCAR‘s Sprint Cup Series.
Stewart on Tuesday announced his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team had signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Mobil 1.
The deal is for 14 races as primary sponsor and associate sponsorship the remainder of the season on the cars of Stewart and his teammate, Ryan Newman.
In light of the recent controversy surrounding Clint Bowyer’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, officials at the speedway utilized some creative ingenuity to help ensure that “The Magic Mile” and its wreckers aren’t part of any similar debate in the future.
With the new “pillow-soft” bumper revealed today, speedway general manager Jerry Gappens wants to assure all future winning race cars make it to victory lane carefully.
The 2011 racing season will be even faster with more on-track action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway highlighting an action-packed season of speed.
This exciting season will kick off with the second annual FANtasy DRIVE, the ultimate open house and fan appreciation day.
The cars and stars of NASCAR may be making their way to Dover but the action continues this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a little bit of everything for the motorsports enthusiast.
Friday through Sunday race fans can experience the same thrill that Clint Bowyer felt crossing the Granite Stripe last weekend when The Richard Petty Driving Experience returns to “The Magic Mile” for the last time in 2010.
The largest sports and entertainment facility in New England once again hosted the biggest sporting event in the Northeast Region with NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19.
Before an estimated crowd of 95,000 fans saw some of the best racing at “The Magic Mile”. The first race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” saw many of the top-12 contenders racing like it was the final event of the season. Denny Hamlin spun on lap 215 but battled back to a solid second place finish. Tony Stewart ran out of gas just before the white flag waved, and four- time champion Jimmie Johnson finished 25th the worst finish of all 12 Chasers.
Clint Bowyer surged from twelfth to second in the points standings after winning a racy and risky SYLVANIA 300. Fuel mileage was everything in the end when leader Tony Stewart came up empty at the white flag, allowing Bowyer to steal the first race in the "Chase for the Sprint Cup."
Bowyer was strong right from the start. He led the most laps in taking his No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet to victory lane where he picked up not only the checkered flag but a 16lb New England lobster!
Finally, the first race in the “Chase for the Sprint Cup” has arrived! In a few hours, the stars of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series will hit “The Magic Mile” for the SYLVANIA 300. Who will be the first Chaser to cross “The Granite Stripe”?
It is shaping up to be a beautiful fall New England day with sunny skies and highs in the mid-70’s. Fans are reminded that the green flag drops at 1:00 p.m.
It was the Kyle and Kevin show most of the day during TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175, but it was Kyle Busch who took the checkered flag for the second straight year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“It wasn’t an easy win,” said Busch. “It was a tough hard fought battle and it took us a little while to get there. With 15 laps to go it got ugly. I got to put a left rear quarter panel on the truck because he [Kevin Harvick] was racing me so hard, in the end you got to do what you got to do to win these races and it’s really neat to get the Toyota truck to victory lane.”
With drivers at his heels and a right rear tire quickly losing air, Ryan Newman held off the modified regulars to take the F.W. Webb 100.
Ryan earned the modified sweep for 2010 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, winning both poles and both races this season behind the wheel of team owner Kevin “Bono” Manion’s No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics/ Menards Chevrolet.
Last year’s race winner Kyle Busch will lead the way in today’s TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175. Behind the wheel of his No. 18 Toyota Tundra Toyota, the Sprint Cup Series Chase contender turned a record lap time of 29.292 seconds at a speed of 130.029 mph.
Busch will attempt to continue his winning ways at “The Magic Mile.” He is last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner and visited victory lane in June’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
In a race plagued with late race cautions, it was Ryan Truex behind the wheel of his No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota who raced his way to the checkered flag in the New Hampshire 125 sweeping both series races at “The Magic Mile.”
Truex lost the lead with 15 laps to go but when the No. 38 of Allen Tardiff and No. 07 of Corey LaJoie got into each other he took the lead and found his way to victory lane for the second straight time this season.
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 12 Penske/ AAA Dodge will lead the field from the pole position when the green flag waves for the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Keselowski turned a record lap time of 28.515 seconds at a speed of 133.572 mph. The top-five qualifiers all beat the previous record held by Juan Pablo Montoya who also beat his own record.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway becomes the center of the motorsports universe this weekend. Six races will highlight an action packed weekend at “The Magic Mile,” starting today.
Today kicks off a weekend full of racing action at “The Magic Mile” with the K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Brett Moffitt leads the way, followed by teammate Max Gresham, and Kevin Swindell.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman continues to dominate in his Whelen Modified Tour car, grabbing the pole for the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his second straight pole at the speedway.
Driving, the No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics/ Menards Chevrolet Newman turned a lap time of 29.457 at a speed of 129.300 mph. He was the race and pole winner for June’s Whelen Modified Tour race at “The Magic Mile.”
Brett Moffitt of Grimes, Iowa grabbed the pole position for tomorrow’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125 and set a new track record. Moffitt also won the pole in June.
Driving the No. 20 Game Plan for Life Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Moffitt turned a lap record of 29.863 seconds at a speed of 127.542 mph.
“We were terrible in practice, I really thought we were going to have a bad weekend, but my team worked on the car until it was time to qualify,” said Moffitt. “We’ve grown as a team learning, and picking everything apart. We just threw it all together today.”
“The Magic Mile” and Richard Petty Motorsports are teaming up to make this weekend a little brighter for the employees impacted by the Hartford Distributors tragedy, by sending 250 tickets for all employees to the SYLVANIA 300 and four Richard Petty Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers to the facility Thursday morning.
Track Facts SYLVANIA 300 (NSCS)
Track Facts TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 (NCWTS)
Track Facts New Hampshire 125 (NKSE)
Track Facts F.W. Webb 100 (NWMT)
NASCAR’s Chase leader Denny Hamlin will highlight New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s “FanFest” tomorrow with an on-stage Q&A and an autograph session for his fans.
Hamlin launched into the number one seed after a dominating victory in Richmond, bringing him to a season and career high six wins. He races into “The Magic Mile” just 10 points ahead of June’s winner Jimmie Johnson.
The American-Canadian Tour is getting supersized this weekend when the series races into New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the only superspeedway on the late model schedule.
Fan favorite Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. will try to grab the checkered flag for a second straight year. He has won two qualifiers this season giving him the momentum coming into this weekend’s race. MacDonald will be pulling triple duty this weekend racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 and NASCAR K & N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125.
NASCAR points leader Denny Hamlin dueled and dined in Boston iRacing style, throwing down fast times and nasty wrecks against local media this afternoon.
NASCAR's most recent winner showed his iRacing skills by racing "The Magic Mile," from the comfort of a racing simulator setting the record of the day with a lap of 30.3 seconds. Coming in a close second was radio host Bill Thomas of WPKZ 105.3 FM and 1280 AM out of Fitchburg, Mass. with a lap of 31.31 seconds.
Through the cooperative efforts of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, local officials, New Hampshire State Police and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), a comprehensive traffic control plan will once again be implemented on Sunday, September 19, 2010 for over 100,000 spectators and 37,700 vehicles expected to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at the Loudon racetrack. Please note the race starts at 1:00 pm, with the period of maximum traffic congestion occurring in the late afternoon and early evening hours.
There are only a few days remaining until the cars and stars of NASCAR race their way to “The Magic Mile,” for an action packed weekend of non-stop speed and entertainment. Here are just a few things to make for an even more thrilling weekend.
Race fans get ready the top-12 Chase contenders are set and NASCAR’s playoffs are headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in just a few days.
Ten drivers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin already clinched berths in the Chase going into the Richmond race. It was the two drivers on the outside looking in who headlined the night.
“The Magic Mile” welcomed the first of many campers today as race fans gear up for the SYLVANIA 300 and the first race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.”
New Hampshire Motor Speedway was up bright and early to welcome the fans in at 5:00 a.m. this morning with donuts and coffee.
Grills are sure to be fired up and televisions tuned into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond tonight which will determine the rest of the Chase Contenders.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is accepting entries for the track's first TUMS "Chowdah" Challenge. The best homemade clam chowder, a regional specialty throughout New England, will be chosen in a live cook-off on Sunday, September 19. The contest will be judged by some of the biggest names in NASCAR and the track executive chef.
With an anticipated crowd that exceeds the Super Bowl, Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series games, and the Stanley Cup playoffs the SYLVANIA 300 weekend is just one week away and race fans are reminded they can bring their favorite Coca-Cola products, beer, and snacks to “The Magic Mile.”
For the seventh consecutive year, the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England is gearing up to host first race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,” and fans can be sure that the racing and tailgating will be thrilling right up until the last checkered flag waves.
They aren't exactly known as truck drivers, but two of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series aces will be behind the wheel of the NASCAR Camping World Trucks next weekend. When the green flag waves on TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 race fans can bet Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch will be up front dueling it out with the rest of the field, and these guys know how to steer a truck into Victory Lane.
Kyle Busch will be setting a torrid pace at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next week driving the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Busch roars into "The Magic Mile" as the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner. Busch currently has a total of four wins this season in the Camping World Truck Series, tied for the most wins with veteran driver Todd Bodine.
The American rock band 38 Special led by Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant will kick start the SYLVAINA 300 with a concert during pre-race activities on September 19 beginning at 11:15 a.m.
The band was formed in 1975 and throughout the years has sold more than 15 million albums, but still plays a rigorous touring schedule with more than 100 shows per year. The thousands of audience members who attend 38 Special shows are still amazed at the power and strength of the band’s performance ability.
"The Magic Mile" and country music station WOKQ are inviting all race fans to attend the popular "FanFest," a celebration dedicated to NASCAR fans, with food, music, fun, and much more on Thursday, September 16 beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Headlining the fall "Fanfest" will be the always entertaining Trailer Choir, singing their catchy country tunes "Rockin the Beer Gut," "Rollin' Through the Sunshine" and "Off the Hillbilly Hook." The band has been featured on Country Music Television and will soon test their intelligence against fifth graders on the hit television show Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced today that The Charity Splits Company, of Joliet Ill., will sponsor TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, September 18.
Charity Splits has been established in motorsports by benefitting multiple NASCAR Charities and Foundations including: The Tony Stewart Foundation, Victory Junction, The Petty Family Foundation, The Greg Biffle Foundation, The Ryan Newman Foundation, The Dale Jarrett Foundation, and The Kyle Busch Foundation.
Walk down “Magic Mile” memory lane with Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, and other “Legends of Loudon” as they share stories of New Hampshire Motor Speedway during SYLVANIA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Lobster Bake on Friday, September 17.
SYLVANIA’s 8th annual Lobster Bake will be hosted in conjunction with Speedway Children’s Charities this year and includes an entertaining panel of “bench racing” personalities.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is inviting all race fans to take a lap around the track with their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to support children’s programs throughout the region, with the help of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) this weekend.
A lucky race fan will get the opportunity to take the “Ride of a Lifetime” around the “Magic Mile” before the start of the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19.
Ryan Newman claimed his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win last Wednesday at Bristol Motor Speedway just two months after his win in the series at “The Magic Mile.”
Ryan Newman battled New England fan favorites and Whelen Modified Tour regulars Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik who led the pack most of the evening. Christopher’s night ended early by engine problems, leaving Stefanik as the favorite to win; however, it was Newman who pulled into victory lane after a late race pass on Stefanik.
“This might be my best win here,” Newman said. “It was a fun race, and a great race at Bristol. Glad I ended up in victory lane.”
It will be a full schedule of NASCAR action at “The Magic Mile” when the 2011 season visits New England. As previously announced, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars will race twice in 2011, and for the 16th consecutive year the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series will join them at the largest sports and entertainment facility in the northeast.
With anticipated crowds exceeding the Super Bowl, Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series games, and even the Stanley Cup Playoffs , New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host the three the biggest sporting events in New England during its 2011 racing season.
For the 15th consecutive season, "The Magic Mile” will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has the “Yard of Bricks,” Augusta has the “Amen Corner,” and of course, Boston’s own Fenway Park has the mighty “Green Monster.” Now, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have the same iconic item that every fan will remember.
This September, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars will have to pass “The Granite Stripe” at the start-finish line.
NASCAR fans: rev up your SYLVANIA 300 race day experience by rubbing elbows with some of NASCAR’s top racing personalities, with a behind-the-scenes look at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday morning.
The Pre-Race Pit Pass allows fans onto pit road prior to the start of the SYLVANIA 300 and also includes access to the “Race Day Town Meeting,” with Bruton Smith, founder and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and other racing personalities.
NASCAR fans, have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend race day Sunday as the general manager of “The Magic Mile?” If you purchase a ticket to the SYLVANIA 300, you could be the face of NASCAR in New England for the day when the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” rolls into New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19.
F.W. Webb is once again teaming up with New Hampshire Motor Speedway. New England’s leading plumbing and heating distributor is fast becoming the major pipeline to great racing in New Hampshire. F.W. Webb will be the official sponsor of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at the speedway on Saturday, September 18.
The F.W. Webb 100 will bring some of the best racing all weekend to “The Magic Mile,” with Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman and Whelen Modified regular Ted Christopher. Modified racing has deep roots in New England and is always a fan favorite with tight, wheel-to-wheel racing and lots of action.
On any given Sunday, NASCAR fans from across the country root for their favorite drivers to grab that elusive checkered flag and many of those fans dream of one day meeting their favorite NASCAR star. For one New Englander, meeting his favorite driver happened under the grandstand at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last September.
On a typical NASCAR weekend at “The Magic Mile,” thousands of spectators walk through the grandstands, so what are the odds that you will run into your favorite driver? Probably not that great, but for one fan, lady luck was on his side.
Watch out Whelen Modified Tour stars, Ryan Newman is once again entered into the 100 lap race on September 18. The Rocket Man will make his fifth consecutive start at “The Magic Mile,” behind the wheel of the No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics Chevrolet owned by West Boylston, Mass. native Kevin “Bono” Manion.
Still stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series raced into New Hampshire Motor Speedway the day after the holiday on Friday, November 23, 2001, with one driver extremely hungry for his first Cup win.
Robby Gordon rolled into “The Magic Mile” driving the No. 31 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Gordon moved his way up from a 31st starting position to the front of the pack with just 20 laps to go, when a controversial pass caused the newly crowned champion Jeff Gordon to spin out.
In the high octane world of NASCAR, rivalries between drivers fuel the type of racing fans love most. For example: the newer feud between Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya. The two Sprint Cup Series drivers traded paint and accusations at “The Magic Mile” last fall, making it one of several memorable battles that flared up between the big boys in the “20 years of motorsports magic.”
Joe Nemechek rolled into New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 1999 with nothing to lose. To call him a desperate driver might be an understatement. His team owner, Felix Sabates, had just let him know he wasn’t going to be with the team for the 2000 season. Joe was a no go. His ride was leaving him and his future prospects depended heavily on the last few races of the season. If “Front Row Joe” ever needed his first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win, it was now.
With one of the two largest sporting events in New England providing the opportunity, more than $142,500 was raised during LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Week for the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC).
The money, along with additional fund raisers throughout the remainder of the year, will be distributed at the end of the year to local children-related charities.
New England race fans will have the opportunity to see not one but three exciting races on Saturday, September 18. “The Magic Mile” triple header will feature the northeast favorite Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire 100, the Camping World Truck Series New Hampshire 175, and the second annual American Canadian Tour (ACT) Invitational.
With an anticipated crowd that far exceeds the Super Bowl, Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series Games or the Stanley Cup playoffs, race fans can bet that the SYLVANIA 300 weekend will bring cooler temperatures and hot competition when the seventh consecutive “Chase for the NASCAR Cup” rolls into New Hampshire Motor Speedway, September 16-19.
New England’s home for NASCAR racing will once again lead off the sport’s 10-race playoff system in dramatic form.
From Danica Mania to an IndyCar zooming around the “Magic Mile” to the exciting finish of Sunday’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, New Hampshire Motor Speedway maintained its presence as the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England and hosting the largest sporting events here in the northeast.
He's back. Jimmie Johnson recovered from a late bump-draft by Kurt Busch and reclaimed the lead with two laps left, to win The LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, went wheel-to-wheel with Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch in another exciting short track battle. Johnson captured his fifth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2010.
Finally, the day that New England race fans have longed for all year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars will take to "The Magic Mile" in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301!
It is shaping up to be a gorgeous New Hampshire summer day, with sunny skies and highs in the lower 80's. Fans are reminded that this year's race will start one hour earlier, with the green flag waving at 1:00 p.m.
Kyle Busch became the first repeat winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series history at New Hampshire Motor Speedway today, proving that no matter where or what he is driving, he can dominate.
Driving the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, Busch dominated this history-making day at NHMS, becoming the all-time lap leader, surpassing Mark Martin in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, with a total of 8,117 laps. He is also now tied with Kevin Harvick for second place in the all-time Nationwide winners book with 36 wins.
The last 10 laps were a race fans dream. Two cars traded the lead and it was anyone's race. As the drivers came out of turn one side by side on the last lap of the New England 100, the crowd was on their feet. The difference between first and second place was just 0.125 seconds!
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Ryan Newman captured the checkered flag behind the wheel of the No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics/Menards Chevrolet, narrowly edging out Ted Christopher's No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet. The two came within inches throughout the entire Whelen Modified Tour race, but the finish was clean.
Brad Keselowski will lead the field from the pole position when the green flag flies for the New England 200 this afternoon.
This is the first time the Rochester Mills, MI native has started at NHMS from the top spot. The NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader is in great position to continue an impressive streak of finishes in 2010. Keselowski hasn't finished outside the top-15 in all 15 starts. This season, he's had three wins and 12 top-five finishes.
How good is Kyle Busch? He is not even running a full time Nationwide Series schedule this season, yet he is closing in on the record books faster than he can get around "The Magic Mile."
At today's New England 200, Busch has three direct opportunities to land in the Nationwide Series history books, two of which involve another NASCAR star, Mark Martin.
Ryan Truex grabbed his first win of 2010 with a dominating performance at the New England 125, on the same day he formally announced his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut.
Driving the No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, Truex started sixth but spent much of the race leading the field.
"We had the best race car and the best team," said Ryan Truex. "This feels like the Daytona 500 for me. It's the biggest race of the year for us and it's really special."
For the second consecutive time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Juan Pablo Montoya captured the pole position, this time for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday.
Driving the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, Montoya turned a lap time of 28.781 seconds with a top speed of 132.337 mph.
Will Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick try to pad his stats on "The Magic Mile?" Will Jeff Gordon issue any more apologies following last week's rough racing at Infineon? What is Jeff Burton's secret to winning so often at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? NASCAR's top drivers will all step up to the microphone Friday, making NASCAR press conference history.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman grabbed the pole position for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100.
Driving the No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics/Menards Chevrolet, Newman turned a lap time of 29.663 seconds at a top speed of 128.402 mph.
"This is the best race of the weekend. You get to see the cars bump and draft," said Ryan Newman. "It's such a fun race to drive."
Brett Moffitt of Grimes, Iowa, won the pole for the New England 125 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Driving the No. 20 Game Plan for Life Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Moffitt turned a lap time of 30.356 seconds at a speed of 125.471 mph.
New England 100
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
1:00 p.m. (EDT)
NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
100 laps, 105.8 miles
Ronnie Silk, TS Haulers Chevrolet
Time of Race: 1 hour, 25 minutes, 43 seconds
Average Speed: 74.283 mph
Margin of Victory: 0.324 seconds
Event Pole Sitter
Ryan Preece, Mizzy Const. /Reynold's Auto Wrecking Chevrolet
127.962 mph, 29.765 seconds
Qualifying for this event is scheduled for Thursday, June 24, at 4:45 p.m. (EDT). The better of two laps will determine a driver's official qualifying speed for the New England 100. Starting positions 1-37 will be determined by qualifying speeds with the top 30 in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owner standings guaranteed a starting position. The remainder of the 38-car field will be set as outlined by the event's official entry blank.
Tickets for all of the great NASCAR events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301 are available online at www.nhms.com or by calling Guest Services at (603) 783-4931.
Track Facts LENOX Industrial Tools 301(NSCS)
Track Facts New England 200 (NNS)
Track Facts New England 125 (NKSE)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is inviting all race fans to attend "FanFest," a celebration dedicated to NASCAR fans, with food, music, fun and much more on Thursday, June 24 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Broadway Midway. Fan favorite and driver of the No. 31 LENOX Industrial Tools Chevrolet Jeff Burton will kick off this year's festival with a question-and-answer session hosted by WOKQ's Morning Waking Crew, Mark Ericson and Karen Kiley.
What do the residents of Lenox, Mass. have in common with NASCAR fans? Well, they will be at the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event this month at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Speedway officials and LENOX Industrial Tools representatives rode into the quaint town of Lenox, Mass. this morning with tickets for everyone. Lenox, Mass. chairman, Kimberly Reopell Flynn, received a life-size ticket from Milo, New Hampshire Motor Speedway's mascot and everyone's favorite moose. The fire station, local bank, and even the crossing guard were handed tickets to the race as well.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen in Washington D.C. today to showcase all that the great state of New Hampshire has to offer.
Gappens presented a green starters flag to Senator Shaheen kicking off a month full of excitement at New England’s largest sports and entertainment facility. In a few weeks the speedway just so happens to turn into the largest city in New Hampshire.
NASCAR star Ryan Newman will be keeping busy during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Newman will kick start his weekend by racing the No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics Chevrolet led by New England native Kevin “Bono” Manion in the Whelen Modified race. Sunday Ryan will be back behind the wheel of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet attempting to grab his third Sprint Cup Series win at the “Magic Mile.”
The “Magic Mile” turned into a driving range and driving school as driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota Casey Mears and three stars of the Duramed FUTURES Tour took to the green and track during a double drive competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Briana Vega, Susan Choi, and Chelsea Curtis arrived fresh off a tour stop in Iowa to teach Mears a little bit about the game of golf. The foursome hit a series of golf balls ranging from 100 to 301 yards, not bad for a NASCAR driver!
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is inviting all race fans to take a lap around the track with their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to support children’s programs throughout the region, with the help of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) this weekend.
A lucky race fan will get the opportunity to take the “Ride of a Lifetime” around the “Magic Mile” before the start of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27.
It'll feel like you won the race yourself! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and NASCAR, we plan to truly "enrich" one lucky fan's experience at the LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
Just before the race begins, NHMS will randomly draw a race fan's name and give him or her $20,000. Our 20/20 Giveaway is a way to say thank you for two decades of memorable racing and great times at the Speedway.
June kicks off Speed Month at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; from motorcycles to NASCAR’s best, the “Magic Mile” has a little bit of everything for those with the need for speed.
When the green flag waves at the New England 200 on Saturday, June 26 there is a good chance it is going to be a Sprint Cup Series full-timer leading the field.
Five of NASCAR’s top drivers are probable entries for this year’s New England 200 at the “Magic Mile;” fan favorite and Conn. native Joey Logano, Kyle Bush, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, and Jamie McMurray will join all of the Nationwide Series drivers, including Indy Racing’s most popular driver, Danica Patrick, when they take on the 1.058 mile oval.
Each year the NASCAR Nationwide Series races their way into New England, and every year a new winner emerges in victory lane.
Twenty-three drivers have taken the checkered flag at the “Magic Mile.” But the streak could end once again at this year’s New England 200, when six previous winners start their engines in hopes of becoming the first ever Nationwide Series repeat winner at NHMS.
The sun may not have been shining, but lady luck sure was smiling down on Joey Logano, who became the youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, when he took a soggy checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2009. A fitting first win too, because NHMS is his hometown track.
Logano, a Middletown, Conn. native watched his first race at the “Magic Mile,” made his first Sprint Cup Series start here, and as fate would have it won his first race in NASCAR’s top series at NHMS.
Want to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? Just ask Jeff Burton he has done it a record breaking 4 times.
Jeff Burton began his Sprint Cup Series career right here at the “Magic Mile,” back when the doors first opened to NASCAR’s elite series and it wasn’t long until he found his way to the NHMS record books by winning four races, capturing eight top-five’s, and 13 top-10’s along the way.
Tommy Ellis was the first to hoist a NASCAR trophy in 1990 and Rusty Wallace was the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to celebrate in victory lane that hot July day in 1993. From green flag to checkered drivers, crews, and fans have enjoyed a “magical” partnership between New Hampshire Motor Speedway and NASCAR.
This year the speedway will celebrate “20 Years of Motorsports Magic,” with some of racing’s most recognized figures, as drivers past and present celebrate the milestone and take a look back at just how far NHMS has come in such a short period of time. They joined dozens of race fans in Loudon today to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.
Just two years after his life changing accident during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice run, Ernie Irvan found his way to victory lane against all odds with an emotional win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1996 Jiffy Lube 300.
After months of recovery, Irvan was once again behind the wheel of the No. 28 Texaco Havoline Ford owned by Robert Yates.
The 28 crew pulled into the “Magic Mile” that July weekend strong, with seven top-10 finishes but no trip to the winners circle.
Legendary NASCAR driver Bobby Allison will serve as Grand Marshal for Oval Day’s at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Twentieth Annual Vintage Celebration.
Bobby Allison, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver was named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers. He began his career in 1966, after winning 85 races. Bobby retired in 1988.
Known as the “Alabama Gang,” Bobby and a few friends set up shop in Hueytown, Ala. where their passion for racing came alive.
Bobby’s ties to the New England region date back to the mid-sixties, where he captured his first NASCAR Cup win at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine.
The early 1990’s in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series was dominated by Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd, and Bill Elliott, until 1995 when a young driver by the name of Jeff Gordon emerged as the next big thing.
Fresh off a win at Daytona, Gordon was ready to take on New Hampshire Motor Speedway in just his third career start at the “Magic Mile.”
On an unusually hot July day, the second annual Slick 50 300 was under way at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as some of NASCAR’s greatest drivers took to the track.
In NASCAR’s top series doubling as both owner and driver can be a losing battle. Few have had success in both ventures.
Driving the number 10 Tide Ford, Ricky Rudd would prove the racing world wrong by running, driving, and winning in his own operation.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway invites all fans to invade the grandstands for “D-Day,” as Danica Patrick makes her first appearance at “The Magic Mile” during the NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 on Saturday, June 26 at 3:00 p.m.
Patrick will make her New England debut after a four month hiatus from the series driving the No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet for JR Motorsports for team owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
On July 11, 1993, all eyes were on the Northeast as New Hampshire Motor Speedway held its inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race, the Slick 50 300.
In arguably one of his most successful seasons, Rusty Wallace endured the 100 degree plus temperatures to take home the very first checkered flag at “The Magic Mile.”
Driving the No. 2 Miller Genuine Draft Pontiac owned by Roger Penske, Wallace qualified 33rd at the speed of 123.618 mph.
Spring is here, and the speedway is open for racing!!!
It's time to "spring" into action and get your tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19.
Don't miss out as the stars of NASCAR make two visits in 2010 to "The Magic Mile." Seats in the LENOX and SYLVANIA Speed Zones are just $39!!!
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities has stepped up to the plate to help the Manchester South Little League repair the recent vandalism at Precourt Park.
A check for $2,000 from the local chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will be presented to league officials by Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, at Precourt Park on Saturday, April 10 at noon to cover the estimated damage done by vandals.
From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 3rd, the speedway will host FANtasy DRIVE, the ultimate Open House and Fan Appreciation Day to celebrate "20 Years of Motorsports Magic."
Fans that purchase a ticket to either of the Saturday or Sunday events for the 2010 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend in June, the 2010 SYLVANIA 300 weekend in September, or who have already purchased tickets for these events will experience 3 laps on the 1.058 mile NASCAR oval that stars such as Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. run on twice a year. Follow the Official Toyota Hybrid Pace Car for the ride of a lifetime!!!
For the first time in the 20-year history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, fans will have the opportunity to drive their own cars around the "Magic Mile" on Saturday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as the speedway hosts FANtasy DRIVE, the ultimate open house and fan appreciation day.
For the first time in the 20-year history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, fans will have the opportunity to drive their own cars around the "Magic Mile" on Saturday, April 3, as the speedway hosts FANtasy DRIVE, the ultimate open house and fan appreciation day.
Thirsty race fans taking in the action at some of the most popular NASCAR(R) racetracks can continue to enjoy an ice-cold Coca-Cola for years to come. Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) and Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) are extending their long-term partnership through 2015, ensuring NASCAR fans who visit premier speedways in locations such as Charlotte, Atlanta and Las Vegas can open a Coke and Open Happiness as they cheer on their favorite drivers.
Thank you to all of the power, telephone, and cable TV crews for your incredible round-the-clock efforts in restoring service throughout the state!!!
There will be plenty of power on the track for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19.
Got the Winter blues? The cure is simple... NASCAR tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19.
Stuck in winter traffic? Daydream about your trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway! Picture yourself basking in the sun while watching the greatest racers in the world duel at the largest sports and entertainment complex in the Northeast.
NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway Notes and Quotes Day 4
Jimmie Johnson Motivated to Go for Fifth-Straight Title Day three of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway included a lunch stop at the campus of the top team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Hendrick Motorsports.
And the top driver on that team the last four years has been Jimmie Johnson. He's the winner of the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, and set a NASCAR record for most consecutive titles last year with the 2009 championship.
Teams Looking to Improve in 2010
The second day of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway included sessions with two championship teams that fell on hard times in 2009, Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing.
Stewart-Haas Racing Enters Second Year
The first function of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway was a luncheon hosted by Stewart-Haas Racing, one the surprise teams of the 2009 season.
Jerry Gappens, the executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, wanted to be sure that Danica Patrick and JR Motorsports knew how much he wanted them to compete at the NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 on Saturday, June 26.
Jerry made a surprise visit to the JR Motorsports Press Conference in Mooresville, N.C. this morning armed with 20 pounds of live lobsters to personally invite Danica and her team to race at the Northeast's largest sports and entertainment complex, New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be hitting the road for "Black Friday" weekend with their new kiosk location at The Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H.
Speedway Guest Services staff will be on hand throughout the weekend to provide holiday shoppers with one-stop shopping convenience for their ticket and gift certificate purchases.
A special pre-release offering of tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 will guarantee early-bird shoppers the best seats available for the largest sporting event in New England.
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway have reached an agreement for the Second Annual ACT Invitational to take place at the only superspeedway in the Northeast on Saturday, September 18, 2010.
"The overwhelming success of the inaugural ACT Invitational this past September made it an easy decision to have the short track stars of our region return again next September," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
With renewals completed, all remaining tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend from Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 27, 2010 will go on sale on Tuesday, December 1.
A variety of grandstand seats, starting at just $39, are available for the first event in "The Race to the Chase 2010," the LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway FansFirst program continues with a new, improved online ticketing system.
"Our goal is to make sure that our fans have fast, efficient and convenient access for purchasing tickets to our LENOX Industrial Tools 301 (June 24-27) and SYLVANIA 300 (September 16-19) NASCAR race weekends," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice and general manager. "This gives fans better 24/7 service."
Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. has won the 2009 Camping World Series East Lincoln Electric/Airgas Track Championship at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Driving the No. 71 NEMO/Grimm Construction Chevrolet, Eddie finished sixth in the Heluva Good! 125 in June and won the second Heluva Good! 125 in September.
When NASCAR announced the new uniform start times for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans saw one of their most popular requests become a reality.
Starting with the 2010 season, both the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19 will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Continuing the sport's "back to basics" approach, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and its television broadcast partners today announced earlier, uniform start times for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2010.
Early major event announcements point to a festive twentieth anniversary season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2010.
NASCAR recently announced that the two most pivotal races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will once again be held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The Richard Petty Driving Experience makes their final visit for the 2009 season to New Hampshire Motor Speedway from Friday, September 25 through Sunday September 27.
Just a week after Mark Martin took the checkered flag at the SYLVANIA 300, fans and future drivers can run on the tire tracks left by NASCAR's best.
Sixteen years after winning the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Mark Martin found victory lane in the SYLVANIA 300, the first race of the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
"I fought hard for that race," said Martin.
On Friday, pole sitter Juan Pablo Montoya spoke of the mutual respect he has for Martin, as a driver in the Series that he's turned to for advice. Sunday's thrilling finish pitted the two directly against each other testing that respect.
For some drivers in the inaugural American-Canadian Tour Invitational, it was their first time racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. For Eddie MacDonald, it meant his second trip to victory lane this weekend.
After taking home the NASCAR Camping World Series East Heluva Good! Fall 125 last night, MacDonald used his experience to beat the invitational field in the 50 lap ACT event.
"The race was just unbelievable," said MacDonald. "It was great competition. They ran real hard. Everyone ran a real clean race and did an excellent job."
Kyle Busch had just enough fuel to spoil a dominant performance for KHI in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Heluva Good! 200 Saturday.
The win was Busch's first in the Camping World Truck Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but completed a career sweep for Busch at the speedway in NASCAR's top three divisions. Busch won the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 in 2006, and this past June's NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Ron Silk passed veteran Reggie Ruggiero in turn 3 of the last lap and drove on to win a caution-filled New Hampshire 100.
11 cautions for 51 laps made it difficult for the drivers to develop a rhythm, but Silk survived all the excitement to earn the victory.
"Its hard to get a read on what your car is doing," said Silk. "Luckily it was good at the end though."
Mike Skinner in the No. 5 Exide Toyota will have the pole position for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Heluva Good! 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Skinner posted a lap of 29.758 seconds at a speed of 127.992 mph, chasing down Kyle Busch's lap of 29.760 seconds in his No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Toyota. Ron Hornaday, Jr., looking for his third consecutive win at the speedway, rounds out the top three spots.
Eddie MacDonald overcame rain, darkness, and three cautions in the last 10 laps to win his second straight Heluva Good! Fall 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
After a brief shower right before the start of the race, NASCAR reduced the Heluva Good! Fall 125 to 100 laps, to complete the race before dark. When the caution came out within the final five laps, it was announced that there would be one attempt at a green-white checkered finish. MacDonald won on lap 99 with a strong restart.
Mark Martin has said that Juan Pablo Montoya is the guy that looks to be the most dangerous in the "Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup."
Martin's statement was validated by Montoya's record-setting Heluva Good! Pole Day run for the SYLVANIA 300 today. At a time of 28.545 seconds and a speed of 133.431 mph, Montoya broke Ryan Newman's record of 133.357 mph (28.561 seconds) for the SYLVANIA 300 on September 12, 2003.
A capacity crowd will be on hand for Sunday's SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Speedway officials announced today that other than a "few" single seats and handicap accessible seats, all tickets to the grandstand seating area are gone.
A limited number of backstretch, standing-room and infield "Trackside-View" tickets are available. Tickets to these areas are still available in advance by calling the speedway's ticket office at (603) 783-4931, which speedway officials are encouraging.
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will host a NASCAR Memorabilia Auction on Saturday, September 19, during the SYLVANIA 300 race weekend.
Fast Facts - SYLVANIA 300
Fast Facts - Heluva Good! 200
Fast Facts - Heluva Good! Fall 125
Fast Facts - New Hampshire 100
Fast Facts - ACT Invitational
For the first time ever, New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans will have the opportunity to be the ultimate insider at Sunday's SYLVANIA 300 with the new "Trackside Pass."
This incredible offer will allow fans pre-race pit road access; the chance to attend the Town Meeting with speedway officials Bruton Smith, Jerry Gappens, and leaders in the world of motorsports; and admission to the "Trackside Tent" and the turn one and two areas of the infield to watch the first race in the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup."
By the Numbers: 2009 Chase Drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Montreal's Patrick Laperle used smart tire strategy and a strong car to win the American Canadian Tour Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Fall Foliage 300 after leading the majority of the way. Laperle battled early with another Quebecer Donald Theetge as they both started on the front row. Theetge spun on lap 14 and opened the door for another Serie ACT Castrol regular Karl Allard. Allard and Laperle then went at it until about the halfway point when Allard bowed out with rearend issues.
NASCAR announced today that the New Hampshire 100 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race will be broadcast same-day on SPEED on Saturday, Sept. 19.
SPEED carried the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour's combination race at Bristol Motor Speedway same-day on Aug. 19 to favorable ratings, which prompted the auto racing network to follow a similar format for the upcoming event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With the announcement of same-day coverage, the broadcast will begin at 1 p.m. on a 15-minute tape delay.
Josh Turner, recently named by People magazine as one of country music's hottest stars, will be performing a pre-race concert and the National Anthem prior to the start of the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 20 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
This Grammy nominated artist has made his mark on the country music charts with back-to-back multi-week No. 1 radio singles, as well as, back-to-back platinum albums, Long Black Train and Your Man, which is now certified Double Platinum.
Dave Pembroke of Montpelier led all 200 laps of the American Canadian Tour Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt.. Pembroke started on the pole after earning a +8 handicap by moving from 11th to 3rd in his heat race. John Donahue and Patrick Laperle battled hard for the final 19 laps with Donahue getting the edge by a bumper at the line. Brian Hoar and Eric Williams were the final two cars on the lead lap and rounded out the top five.
Brent Dragon of Milton, Vt. scored his second feature win of the week in American Canadian Tour competition. Dragon took home the win in the Twin State 100 at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, N.H. after winning the Showdown at Chaudiere just five days ago. It was Dragon's first win of the 2009 ACT Tour season.
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