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Steve Blackburn and Life in the Not Quite As Fast Lane

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:49:46 PM | Billy P.Go to full article

Steve Blackburn up top in the #68 just before getting hit by Steve Arpin and Milka Duno at the ARCA Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International SpeedwayPrestonsburg, KY  February 17, 2011 Steve Blackburn up top in the #68 just before getting hit by Steve Arpin and Milka Duno

Quote startIn the world of racing, its really about the haves and have nots. Those with money or without.Quote end

Steve Blackburn likes to spend life in the fast lane. Racing since he was a kid, he's won motorcycle and stock car championships and spends almost all of his free time preparing the Dodge he bought from Ganassi Racing for ARCA events at Daytona and Talladega.

The problem with living in that fast lane is the money involved. It costs easily over $100,000 to prepare and take part in a single race at Daytona International Speedway or Talladega. Crew expenses involved in preparing the car in the off-season, trips to the Dyno or Performance Vehicle Works in North Carolina, transportation to testing sessions at the tracks, housing and feeding the crew while on the road are just a few of the expenses involved with an ARCA race team.

At last weekend's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway, the Steve Blackburn Motorsports hauler was right next to the Richard Childress Racing hauler for Richard's grandson Ty Dillon and not far from the various teams of Venturini Motorsports among others. At first glance, there doesn't seem to be a big difference at the back of those haulers lined up in the garage area at Daytona but if you look closely, the advantages for those big teams like RCR and Venturini become glaringly clear.

The pit boxes, tool boxes, tire carriers, and uniforms all seem to shout money as the teams prepare for that day's upcoming race. Some teams bring cooks and fix 3 meals a day for the teams at the back of the haulers. For those big teams, you don't see the driver until a meeting, fan event or just before the race starts and they've flown in from wherever they were the previous day. Nascar teams like Hendrick Motorsports with Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson and Mark Martin have the best of everything while on a smaller scale, the Venturini, RCR teams and others racing the ARCA Series clearly have the advantages.

For Steve and the team of SBM, its quite different. Throughout the year, Steve is in the garage with Crew Chief Gary Hostettler and the team turning nuts and bolts, checking tire pressures, cleaning the garage area and just about anything else that these bigger teams have specific individuals take care of. Just a week before the race at Daytona, Steve could be found helping put the decals on the car and carrying coolers, gas cans, tools and more while loading the hauler for the trip from Prestonsburg, KY to Daytona, FL. Even if Steve Blackburn had the seemingly unlimited resources most of his fellow ARCA competitors have, he'd still help with most of these things but in his case at the moment, he has to.

Steve's racing team is self-funded. Steve receives no sponsorship money and completely finances all those items discussed earlier. That first glance at the haulers located in the garage area at Talladega shows the various teams with big sponsors like Mike's Hard Lemonade, Citgo, Monster Energy and many more. These sponsors basically finance the race expenses for these teams and much more while Steve Blackburn digs deep in his pockets for everything from lunch to hotel expenses, and tires to engines. And speaking of engines...

Chevy rolled out the new R07 racing engine a couple years ago and Toyota's new engines join them as the top of the line, must have motors for the racing circuit. The R07, the first engine built specifically for racing, has a price tag of around $120,000 to purchase. You can also lease the motor for one race at the bargain price of $35,000. Most of the mega-teams have several of these around their shops as they can easily afford the costs. For guys like Steve Blackburn, he's still racing with the motors he purchased when Ganassi racing was having their yard sale a couple years back.

What this equates to is a difference of about 15 horsepower between drivers like Ty Dillon and Steve Blackburn. While most of us don't see that as much of a problem, when Steve is coming off turn 4 at Daytona and wants to pass the car in front of him, he lacks the power to come out of the turn and make that pass. It's a huge advantage for those teams with the best equipment money can buy.

So Steve Blackburn has to be better on the track and in the pits and garage to make up for the disadvantage of the equipment. In spite of all the advantages at least 25 cars out of the 43 racing Saturday at Daytona had, Steve, from his starting position of 38th, steadily moved up through the field. Being smarter and more skilled than most, Steve Blackburn used the features of the track and new pavement and the perfect setup of the car from Crew Chief Gary Hostettler and gained 25 spots on the track, moving up to 13th by lap 60 of the 80 lap race. With several cars in front of him still needing to pit in the last 20 laps, the crew of Steve Blackburn Motorsports had pitted strategically and would not have to come back in for tires or fuel. Steve knew he'd have the opportunity to race for a win in that last 20 laps and was biding his time.

Steve, being from Prestonsburg, KY, located in the economically depressed coal fields of Eastern Kentucky, had the entire region of Appalachia in that seat with him last Saturday. Steve is the General Manager of Honda of Prestonsburg and had countless well-wishers come by in the weeks leading up to the race. Good friends Willard Kinzer, David May and Adam Adkins came down to support Steve at the race and were anxiously watching the number 68 move up through the field anticipating a great finish. Those of us in the pits had watched the number 94 team in the pit next to us have to load up their tools just a few laps into the race after their driver crashed. Steve Blackburn Motorsports and fans knew that feeling. Last year at Daytona, just 7 laps into the race with Steve moving up through the field fellow competitor Bill Baird lost control while Steve was passing on the outside and put the Harley Davidson of Pikeville/Honda of Prestonsburg Dodge up into the wall, ending the day way too early. The respect shown Steve around the garage area was very apparent as Bill Kimmel and several others stopped by the hauler after the race to make sure Steve was okay after the hard hits

The problem with racing in the not quite as fast lane as most of the other competitors is having to race side by side with some of the young drivers and others taking some unneccessary chances in the middle of the pack. From Sprint Cup to Nationwide to Trucks and ARCA, most of the drivers try to avoid being in the traffic mid-pack at Daytona because they know that's where the big one happens.

So, in spite of all the patience, perfect setup, skillful driving and passing by Steve, when Hal Martin cut a tire, Steve Arpin turned down into Milka Duno turning both of them and taking out Steve Blackburn on lap 64, ending a run for SBM which had so much promise and had most of Eastern Kentucky jumping out of their chairs in dismay. All the hard work over the last year, the expenses of a self-funded race team and the support of the entire Appalachia region was all for naught and all of us were left to think about what might have been. Hopes had risen with each competitor Steve passed during that race only to be crushed just as the 68 car was in turn 4 at Daytona.

While there was some benefit from having Harley Davidson of Pikeville and Honda of Prestonsburg on the car for this race, the two stores run by brothers Steve and Shawn Blackburn have specific local/regional marketing areas and don't quite reap the rewards nationwide sponsors would. So once again, Steve Blackburn is left to rebuild the car, dig deeper in the pockets and get ready for the Talladega ARCA race just two months away in April. Steve has had some success at Talladega where a couple years ago he was in second place behind Joey Logano with 4 laps to go, waiting for the opportunity to pass on the high side when a left rear tire cut down, forcing Steve to drop out of line and allowing Justin Allgeier to pull the move that won him the race that day.

In the world of racing, its really about the haves and have nots. Those with money or without. Steve has the skill and ability to race cars with anyone at any level. That 15 horsepower means Steve has to do to much racing back there where the big one happens. As much as Steve loves racing and so many in the Eastern KY coal fields support him, it's just getting harder and harder to reach in those pockets and fund it.

About Steve Blackburn Motorsports:

Championships: 2004 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Atlantic Region Champion. 2004 Lonesome Pine Raceway Late Model Division Track Champion (Won 14 of 19 races)

Experience: Blackburn first began racing motorcycles touring nationally throughout the 1980s. He captured a national championship in the early 80s and continued on a successful pace throughout the early 90s. Winning the U. S. Twin Sports at Daytona International Speedway was the highlight of his bike career. His 35 years of racing experience now include championships in both motorcycle racing and stock car racing. He turned his attention to stock car racing in the late 1990s and hasn't looked back since.

Then & Now: In the late 90s, Blackburn made a career change, moving to dirt modified stock car racing. Winning local and national championships, Steve gained valuable experience testing his skills and eventually moving to a full-bodied late model stock car.

Winning a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series Atlantic Region Championship and winning the Lonesome Pine Speedway (VA) most popular driver award in 2004, Blackburn Motorsports felt challenged to take on the next level - the ARCA RE/MAX Series. His first appearance came at the 1.5 mile paved oval Kentucky Speedway in May 2005. The Prestonsburg KY native took his fellow competitors by surprise. Running 4th in practice at 166.3 mph, the rookie proved to be a serious contender. Unfortunately, his qualifying attempt was hindered due to rainfall, keeping him out of the event. He returned to the speedway in July, again surprising everyone with a 14th place finish in the night race.

Potential interested sponsors and media may contact Billy Pickering, Director of Marketing for Steve Blackburn Motorsports at billy(at)steveblackburnmotorsports(dot)com or by phone at 606-253-8470.

Steve Blackburn disappointed after great run ends early

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 1:51:07 PM | Billy P.Go to full article

Steve Blackburn had one thing in mind headed into Daytona's ARCA race on Saturday. The Winner's Circle.

"We prepared an entire year for this race" said Steve after being released from the infield care center at Daytona. "The setup was perfect and we were passing cars the entire race".

After being forced to start 38th after a bad qualifying run, Steve began moving up through the field from the very start. Staying patient is the key to racing at Daytona and Blackburn had the perfect mix of that patience and taking advantage of opportunities presented.

By lap 60, Steve was running in the 13th position.

"We were fairly close to where we wanted to be" said Steve Blackburn Motorsports Crew Chief Gary Hostettler. "Steve had several cars in front of him that would have to pit again while we had plenty of fuel and rubber to finish the race. There's no doubt that by the end of the race the 68 car would've been racing for an opportunity to win"

Gary and the crew had just the right setup on the tires and and Steve Blackburn ran the race smoothly to keep down the tire wear. After the wrecker pulled the car back to the garage, the team checked all 4 tires and found very little wear at all after running 65 laps.

"There's no doubt we were going to finish the race using just one set of tires. There was plenty of rubber left to race for a checkered flag and it's unfortunate we were caught up once again in a wreck through no fault of our own", added Steve. "Being self-funded, it's tough to run against these big race teams with 15 more horsepower and we feel pretty good about how we ran"

"But that's racing at Daytona"

About Steve Blackburn:

Championships: 2004 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Atlantic Region Champion. 2004 Lonesome Pine Raceway Late Model Division Track Champion (Won 14 of 19 races)

Experience: Blackburn first began racing motorcycles touring nationally throughout the 1980s. He captured a national championship in the early 80s and continued on a successful pace throughout the early 90s. Winning the U. S. Twin Sports at Daytona International Speedway was the highlight of his bike career. His 35 years of racing experience now include championships in both motorcycle racing and stock car racing.

Winning a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series Atlantic Region Championship and winning the Lonesome Pine Speedway (VA) most popular driver award in 2004, Blackburn Motorsports felt challenged to take on the next level - the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Potential sponsors and media may contact Billy Pickering, Director of Marketing for Steve Blackburn Motorsports at billy@steveblackburnmotorsports.com or by phone at 606-253-8470

You can find more information about Steve at www.steveblackburnmotorsports.com or www.arcaracing.com

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Kory Rabenold Determined to Put Career Back on Track in 2011

February 22, 2011 | ARCA Racing SeriesGo to full article

(SLATINGTON, Pa. - February 22, 2011) - Kory Rabenold hasn't been in an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards car for more than one race since 2009, but the Slatington, Pa. native is focused now more than ever to not let another year go by without doing what he loves: race.

Rabenold spent the winter-off season refocusing and retuning his Kory Rabenold Racing (KRR) team hoping to compete in the two ARCA Racing Series events at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in June and August.

To kick off his rejuvenated confidence, Rabenold and his KRR team kicked off the 2011 season with an appearance at Motorsports 2011 in Oaks, Pennsylvania. On Saturday, Rabenold signed autographs with fellow ARCA drivers Sean Corr and Chad Hackenbracht at the New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) booth; helping promote ARCA’s third annual trip to the newly built road course.

It was there at Motorsports 2011, Rabenold and his team agreed to form an alliance with Knight Motorsports Management (KMM). KRR has contracted KMM to work on a consultant basis to assist in the restructuring of the family-owned team.

“We’re very proud of our new affiliation with KMM,” said KRR marketing manager Jared Welter. “Chris and his staff have offered us some direction to help put Kory back on the track this season. It’s refreshing to have a group like his on the outside and offer different suggestions on how to approach our tactics.”

One of the ideas that KMM suggest was sprucing up the Kory Rabenold Racing website, RabenoldRacing.com. The facelift performed by Dave Nale at Hammerhead Promotions has offered a refreshing look compared to the old site and is becoming a valuable portal for input.

“We’re not giving this year up without a fight,” offered Rabenold, who also hopes to compete in some asphalt modifieds contests this season. “Between KMM, Dave (Nale at Hammerhead), my team and everyone else who supports my career, I feel we have a better shot at getting back on the track than ever before. I’ll admit, it’s been extremely tough being out of the ARCA Racing Series. I really started to develop a foundation there. Hopefully with the tactics that our KRR have put in place, we’ll be able to compete in at both Pocono events and maybe even a couple more.”

Rabenold also stretched out the team’s initial intent for 2011. “Well, our main objective is to put our KRR team back on the map. We have some cars, we have some equipment, we’re just getting everything ready, just in case. We’re also not ruling out the possibility of doing double duty by running both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA races in one day. Of course, if we can find some dollars to do it. The good thing is we’re talking to some people and at least their listening.”

To learn more about Kory Rabenold and his KRR team, please logon to RabenoldRacing.com.

Steve Fox and FireHouse Preparing for Busy 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:49:24 PM | ARCA Racing SeriesGo to full article

(HAZLETON, Pa. - February 15, 2011) - Although the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards racing season kicked off at Daytona with Bobby Gerhart of Pennsylvania taking his seventh Daytona victory, another Pennsylvanian, Steve Fox and his crew have been hard at work preparing the Universe Racing FireHouse Dodge Charger for both Pocono races this season.

Following a crash near the end of the second event at Pocono last season, the car will be re-skinned, which means that the hood, which features the band FireHouse, will be up for an upcoming eBay auction and all proceeds will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the team charity. Prior to the auction, the hood will be autographed by band members CJ Snare, Bill Leverty, Michael Foster and Allen McKenzie and of course the pilot of the racecar, Steve Fox.

More announcements in regards to the entire schedule for Universe Racing will be announced near spring and not only the race team has big plans. FireHouse will be debuting a new album, which will be their first since 2003. The band plans to have the album release near spring.

For more information on Universe Racing and all of the team supporters, including Universe Towing and Autobody, FireHouse, AFR Productions, Valve Tech Sales LLC, Tri State Towing Equipment, Himmer Graphics, Weigand Combat Handguns, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, G-Force Racing Products, Long Island Skydiving, Eibach Springs and StockCar Racing Experience at Pocono Raceway, please visit www.universeracing.net. Please visit www.firehousemusic.com for FireHouse’s 2011 tour date schedule.

Sponsorship and marketing opportunities can be directed to Tyler Jett Motorsports Marketing at www.tylerjett.com.

Rookie Licata Starts Daytona with Strong Sixth-Place Finish

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:49:24 PM | ARCA Racing SeriesGo to full article

(LAKE BALBOA, Calif. - February 15, 2011) - Nineteen year-old Joey Licata, Jr. drove the No. 77 W.R.O.N.G./Cunningham Motorsports Dodge to a sixth-place finish in his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut during the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday evening.

Licata is a member of the Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle driver development program which works with an international roster of drivers who have the potential to make a career in NASCAR.

The back-to-back ASA TRUCK SERIES champion qualified 25th for the race after a problem with the oil heater.  Licata knew he had a car to contend for the victory, but first he would have to navigate through the pack and avoid potential crashes.

Licata masterfully avoided a spinning car in turn three and then took a fuel only stop that dropped him back to the 36th position.

By lap 22, Licata was up to the fourth position and challenging for the race win.  The top-six cars broke away with speeds increasing by more than 12 miles per hour in the draft versus what Licata had done in single car runs.

In the closing laps, Licata found himself in the third position facing pressure from the fourth place car.  Coming to the white flag, Licata went to the outside in bid to snare the race win, but he wasn’t given any drafting help and had to settle for a sixth place finish.

“I had a good leading car and if he had pulled out to follow we could have done it!” Licata said.  “I went for it because I was weighing risk versus reward and I knew that we had a comfortable cushion on the rest of the pack.”

Licata’s strong showing in the W.R.O.N.G. Dodge has him optimistic and excited for Talladega in April.

“The team worked well together and in the race, every lap I learned something,” Licata said.  “I think we have a car to contend at Talladega!”

The two month break between races will allow Cunningham Motorsports some time to test and make adjustments to the race car.  The sixth place finish was an outstanding performance for the rookie driver and gives Joey a great start to the 2011 ARCA season.

“This was a banner moment for both Joey and everyone involved in the Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle driver development program,” Driver Coach Ron Sutton said.  “The sixth place finish opened eyes to Joey’s talent! We couldn’t be more proud.”

Joey Licata, Jr. Racing and Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle thank partners: W.R.O.N.G. Clothing, K&N Filters, Scribner Plastics, Allstar Performance, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Star Racing Supply.  Licata would also like to thank supporters Jordan Kidushim and Luke Forstmann.

Joey Licata, Jr. Racing is online at www.joeylicata.com

For more information on Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle, log on to www.winners-circle-racing.com

Ty Dillon Drives to Victory in The Gator Championship

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 1:49:56 PM | ARCA Racing SeriesGo to full article

(BARBERVILLE, Fla. - February 14, 2011) - Ty Dillon dominated The Gator Championship for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds on Monday night during the 40th DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park.

Dillon, whose brother Austin won the opener at the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH last week, took the green flag on the pole and led each lap on the bottom as Ryan Gustin kept taking shots at him on the top of the half-mile dirt oval. The two darted through traffic, splitting cars as they charged to the checkered flag in the 30-lap feature event.

Coming off the final corner, Dillon swept to victory while Clint Bowyer, a three-time winner over the past week at the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH, surged by Gustin to take second-place.

"This is really cool," said Dillon, of Welcome, N.C. "I've been coming down here for a long time and I've watched my brother win a lot of races here as well as Clint Bowyer. To finally get my first win here, and have it on The Gator Championship night with an awesome trophy, just to be with these guys and have UNOH on the car, these students work so hard it's just cool to see."

Dillon, who on Saturday was the polesitter for the ARCA event at Daytona International Speedway, returned to the dirt determined to win.

"It was real slick and the lapped traffic was really tough," Dillon said. "It was almost déjà vu to me. Last year I was leading with two to go and got passed in lapped traffic. I knew this year I wasn't going to let that happen again. Gustin rolled me on the outside, once I saw that I tried to take his line. I blocked that off and was still able to pass come cars."

In the night's second feature event, hall-of-famer Billy Moyer earned his sixth Dirt Late Model victory at Volusia since 1998 when he jumped to the lead on Lap 13 past Chris Madden and then held off Earl Pearson Jr. to the finish.

Tuesday night marks the finale for the DIRTcar UMP Modified portion of the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH. The Dirt Late Models will continue through Saturday night and will be joined Wednesday by the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

For more information on DIRTcar Racing, visit http://www.DIRTcar.com. For more on the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH, go to http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com or follow the event on Twitter @DIRTcarNats.

Early Race Run-In Ends Hopes of Daytona Victory for Coulter and Rip It Energy Fuel

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 1:49:56 PM | ARCA Racing SeriesGo to full article

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 14, 2011) - Joey Coulter entered this weekend’s Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway with high hopes in kicking off his 2011 five-race sponsorship with Rip It Energy Fuel along with a great finish. Coulter, a veteran of the ARCA Racing Series tour, knows all to well the high stakes gamble, tight-quartered superspeedway racing Daytona provides. Unfortunately for the Miami Springs, FL native an early race debacle with a competitor would take him and his No. 16 Rip It Energy Fuel, Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet from contention.

“Daytona (Int’l Speedway) can be a brutal track, one you love, hate and love to hate all at the same time,” commented Coulter. “I knew coming into this weekend that we had a very competitive car, that drafted very well. My Crew Chief, Michael Chapman, has done an awesome job in his inaugural event with our team, and our test/practice results proved that.”

Coulter’s race weekend started Thursday (2/10/11) with the series’ extended practice session. Coulter Motorsports Crew Chief Michael Chapman created a game plan with Coulter, which saw the Rip It Energy Chevy make several single car runs in preparation for qualifying. Following their single car runs, Coulter made two drafting runs before finishing out practice. He would find himself eleventh quickest on the board at 48.983 seconds at 183.737 MPH. Coulter would back that up Friday (2/11/11) during Menards Pole Qualifying, where the 20-year old would post the 13th fastest time at 49.314 seconds at 182.504 MPH.

“After a productive three-day test here in January, I felt our practice and qualifying efforts were right on par with what we had expected,” commented Chapman. “We built this car for speed in the draft along with aerodynamic comfort, so we expect Saturday’s (2/12/11) race to go very well. Joey (Coulter) has done a great job thus far, and his feedback is phenomenal. I look forward to seeing our Rip It Energy Fuel Chevrolet up front.”

Taking the green flag to start the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, Coulter had his eyes set on the front, but knew a cautious and precise approach was necessary. An early caution on lap three gave Coulter a chance to relay to his team that his car feels “really good and it is sucking up better.” Restarting 14th at lap 9 Coulter quickly jumped in line with the draft. He stayed locked onto the bumper in front of him, pushing the pack, when a slow car in front checked up, causing a domino effect for the cars behind. Coulter caught the tail end of the effect, having nowhere to go he was forced into the car in front of him.

During the ensuing lap 17 caution, Chapman brought Coulter to pit road for two fresh right side Hoosier tires, fuel, and to assess the damage. With a caved in nose, the team quickly finished their work and got the No. 16 Rip It Energy Fuel, Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet back on track in 21st. Immediately after taking the green flag, Coulter radioed in that the car was overheating. With water temperatures soaring from 220 to 265 by lap 36, veteran NASCAR driver/spotter Tim Fedewa found Coulter an open hole on the track to try and cool off his car. A lap 45 caution gave Coulter the chance to come down pit road for some much-needed attention.  The team pulled all of the tape off the grill and raised the hood to add water to the radiator before sending him back out to take the green flag on lap 51 in 28th.

Coulter, still on the lead lap and with his sights set high, began to once again work his way into the draft. He soon realized his car’s nose damage was inhibiting him from sucking up to the lead cars. Chapman, knowing the caved nose was the factor, called Coulter back to pit road during the lap 56 caution. The Coulter Motorsports crew quickly affixed an aluminum nosepiece, filling the void in the nose. Coulter restarted 32nd on lap 62. He spent the final laps working with several drafting partners and avoiding any wrecks en route to a hard fought 21st place finish in his No. 16 Rip It Energy Fuel, Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet.

“Our finish in tonight’s race does not do any justice to how well our car was running and where we should have finished,” said a frustrated Coulter. “My guys worked their tails off all week and gave me a great car, but this is the nature of Daytona, that I completely understand and respect. I want to thank Rip It Energy Fuel for coming back on board this year and I can not wait to get to Talladega in two months.”

Watch for Joey Coulter in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut, in the No. 22 Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Silverado this Friday, February 18, 2011 at Daytona International Speedway. You can catch all of the action of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 LIVE on SPEED at 7:30 pm ET. 

You can also get LIVE updates wherever Coulter Motorsports travels by following on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CoulterMtrsprts

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Matt Merrell Delivers Electrifying Performance in Daytona Debut

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 1:49:56 PM | ARCA Racing SeriesGo to full article

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 14, 2011) - He never missed a beat.

After being out of an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race car for a little over a year, Matt Merrell reunited with Lakeville, Minnesota’s Win-Tron Racing for the 2011 season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway looking to rekindle some of their magic from the past. And when the checkered flag was thrown, it was evident that the magic never faded.

Having only tested at the newly re-paved 2.5-mile superspeedway once before practice on Thursday, Merrell, the Portland, Texas native was relying on the craftiness of his Win-Tron Racing team led by crew chief wizard Mike Chaffee.

During the four-hour practice run on Thursday, Merrell in the No. 32 Bemm Boatworks / Red Line Oil Toyota Camry placed seventh overall in the rundown after participating in a light draft with some of his other competitors.

“The car is pretty good,” said Merrell. “I think we would like it to be a little faster but we still have some time to do that. I’m just thankful to be back with these guys and be here at Daytona.”

Qualifying took place on Friday afternoon and the Win-Tron Racing team was one of the nice surprises during the session as Merrell had stalked his Toyota Camry into the top-five before landing fourth overall.

“I’m pretty stoked about the race,” sounded Merrell. “The guys made some changes to the car before qualifying and it’s obvious we went in the right direction. I’m enjoying myself immensely in Daytona and I’m just hoping that we’ll have a good run in the race.”

At the start of the 80-lap event, Merrell quickly placed his Toyota Camry on the yellow line following leaders Kyle Fowler, Steve Arpin and Bobby Gerhart around the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

The first yellow flag of the day waived on lap four for a one-car incident involving the No. 94 of Brett Hudson. Merrell remained quiet on the radio but anxious to get back to green-flag conditions.

Back to racing, Merrell continued to keep his machine in the top-five until Tom Hessert was turned on lap 18 bringing out the second yellow flag of the event. It was during the yellow that the former USARacing Pro Cup Series driver brought his red and white machine to the attention of his team where Sunoco Racing fuel was inserted into the No. 32 Bemm Boatworks / Red Line Oil Toyota Camry.

Restarting mid-pack, Merrell found a strong group of race cars where he quickly made his way back to the front.

The red flag would be displayed after a lap 45 incident involving the No. 58 of Chad Hackenbracht. During the cessation, Merrell remained focused inside the cockpit trying to plan a strategy inside his head for the approaching thirty laps.

Once racing resumed, Merrell continued to follow the same routine he had been doing most of the race, keeping his automobile pinned to the bottom of the race track and sucked up tightly in the lead draft.

The “big one” broke out on lap 64 with Merrell well-ahead of the carnage. Setting up for nearly a 10-lap shootout, the development driver was paying close attention to the lead cars of Bobby Gerhart, Chris Buescher and Joey Licata Jr., studying his prey and ready to pounce on any hiccups they would display.

Tucked in fourth and within inches of a six-car draft coming to the white flag, Merrell took advantage of Licata Jr., jumping his Dodge to the outside line with Merrell quickly slamming the door shut and moving into the podium position.

Merrell gave one last attempt to pass the No. 17 of Buescher coming to the checkered flag but ran out of time. The Win-Tron Racing team led the brigade of Toyotas with their third place finish ahead of fellow Toyota teammate Jason Bowles in the fifth position.

“That was so much fun,” said the 26-year old Merrell who delivered his sixth top-five of his career in 14 races. “I have to thank everyone on the Win-Tron Racing team. Nate (Thiesse, co-owner) and Kevin (Cywinski, co-owner) called me a couple weeks ago and offered me the opportunity of a lifetime and while we didn’t take the win, I think we made the best of the opportunity. This was a race I will not forget.”

Thiesse expressed his thoughts on Merrell’s performance in his superspeedway debut. “Matt did an exceptional job,” said Thiesse, a former driver himself. “He was a rookie Saturday but he looked more like a veteran. He knew what to do and when and he listened to the team very well. It was his effort behind the wheel that gave us a great foundation to start the season. Hopefully, we can put something together to put Matt back in the seat for Talladega.”

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will take nearly an eight week pause before action resumes at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Friday, April 15th, 2011 live on SPEED.

Further information including driver opportunities with Win-Tron Racing is available by visiting win-tronracing.com or contacting Nate Thiesse at 952.469.1839.

For more on Bemm Boatworks, please logon to Bemmboatworks.com.

"Casper" Not So Friendly for Chad Hackenbracht, CGH Motorsports at Daytona

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 1:49:56 PM | ARCA Racing SeriesGo to full article

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 14, 2011) - CGH Motorsports with driver Chad Hackenbracht brought a Chevrolet Impala SS nicknamed “Casper” to Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway this past week for the opening race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

In the childhood story, “Casper” is known as the friendliest ghost that you ever did see. Unfortunately when the checkered was thrown in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, friendly wasn’t the word of choice for the CGH Motorsports team.

Unhappy with their performance in the three-day open test at Daytona last month, the Concord, North Carolina-based team went back to their shop, completely stripped and rebuilt their Chevrolet bowtie, all with the intention of allowing Hackenbracht, ARCA’s newest rising star to make a name for himself at the “World Center of Racing.”

When practice began on Thursday afternoon, the team was baffled with the performance of their No. 58 Tastee Apple Chevrolet Impala SS. While the New Philadelphia, Ohio native reported that his car seemed to have plenty of horsepower, the car could not produce the speed that the freshman ARCA team was looking for.

Help from other friends and colleagues in the ARCA garage discovered several potential solutions to the team’s hiccups. After an array of changes on Friday morning before qualifying, the CGH Motorsports headed into qualifying optimistic.

While the changes helped the overall performance of the car, the team would become challenged once again as it was determined post-qualifying that a spark-plug issue had significantly thwarted the team’s prior obstacles but thus created a new one.

Correcting the motor issue prior to Saturday morning’s happy hour session, the CGH Motorsports team participated in the final practice with the objective to get their 19-year old driver comfortable with his reconfigured race car. A productive session had the family-owned team focused on the race.

The green flag was displayed for the first time in 2011 with Hackenbracht quietly making his move towards the front. Keeping his No. 58 Tastee Apple Chevrolet Impala SS tucked in his drafting pack.

Hackenbracht would continue his steady climb up the running order and positioned himself comfortably inside the top-30.  When a caution ensued approaching lap 20, the CGH Motorsports team opted to keep the rising star out on the race track, thus placing the No. 58 Chevrolet into the top-10.

On the restart, Hackenbracht wasn’t able to fend off his competitors but did maintain a comfortable position in the lead draft.

Slipping back to the middle of the pack, Hackenbracht’s day took an ugly turn on lap 44 of the 80-lap contest. While racing behind the No. 30 of Terry Jones, smoke began to billow out from Jones’s automobile forcing the No. 58 to the outside line. Unbeknownst to the driver, oil was spewed onto the track and onto the tires of the Greg Hackenbracht-owned machine which threw the car into a vicious spin and hard into the outside wall. How hard was the hit? The impact with the safer barrier wall was strong enough to lift the automobile off the ground and virtually turned it over before slamming back to the ground with heavy damage.

Hackenbracht waited until ARCA safety officials arrive at the scene of the accident where he pulled the window net down and climbed from his battered machine but not before waiving to the fans while making the mandatory trip to the infield care center. He would be later released with no injuries.

“That was wild,” said Hackenbracht, who is planning to run the full ARCA Racing Series schedule in 2011. “We had our struggles with our Casper this week, but we made considerable improvements and actually had a good car for the race. I’m not sure what happened with the 30. It looked like he lost a motor and I went around him on the outside and the next thing I knew I was hard into the wall.”

He continued, “I am thankful to all my guys on the CGH Motorsports team for building me a safe race car. That was probably one of my hardest hits in my racing career and it stinks that Casper is junk, but I’m able to walk away from it okay and we’ll be back after it at Talladega.”

Ron Hornaday, a four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion served as a driver mentor and coach for the former Legend Car Series (LCS) pilot.

Axel Fuel, the Official Energy Drink of CGH Motorsports, JRI Shocks, Metal Parts Manufacturing, Performance Vehicle Works, Portable Shades, R2C Performance and Xflex Racers Tape join Tastee Apple as marketing partners for the first of 19 races this season.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will take nearly an eight week pause before action resumes at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Friday, April 15th, 2011 live on SPEED.

For more information on Chad Hackenbracht and CGH Motorsports, please visit ChadHackenbracht.com and CGHMotorsports.com

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Dustin Long

February 23, 2011

Cheering in the press box? Acceptable? Not acceptable? Check this out ...

February 23, 2011 Go to full article

Ever since Trevor Bayne crossed the finish line first to win the Daytona 500, there's been a discussion about cheering the press box/media center. Both places featured cheering (also understand that in both places it might not have been all press members cheering since there were workers and others in those rooms).  

Backseat Drivers Fan Council sounds off on 500, Fox's coverage, DW, & Bayne; Do you agree with comments?

February 22, 2011, 9:15:40 PMGo to full article

Daytona gave fans many things to talk about and members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council did not hold back on their opinions on the race, Fox’s coverage, the truck race and Trevor Bayne.   Here’s what they said:   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX   1. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE RACING IN THE DAYTONA 500?   42.8 percent loved it  

Kenseth's wife delivers baby girl

February 22, 2011, 4:19:52 PMGo to full article

Matt Kenseth's wife, Katie, delivered the couple's second daughter Tuesday. Grace Katherine Kenseth was born at 3:49 a.m. EST, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Both mother and daughter are reported to be doing well.   Grace joins the couple's other daughter, Kaylin, and Matt's son, Ross.  

Kenseth's wife delivers baby girl

February 22, 2011, 4:19:50 PMGo to full article

Matt Kenseth's wife, Katie, delivered the couple's second daughter Tuesday. Grace Katherine Kenseth was born at 3:49 a.m. EST, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Both mother and daughter are reported to be doing well.   Grace joins the couple's other daughter, Kaylin, and Matt's son, Ross.  

 

Fox draws high ratings for Daytona 500

February 21, 2011, 3:44:22 PMGo to full article

Fox announced that Sunday's Daytona 500 was watched by 30.1 million total viewers, making it the most-watched NASCAR race since 2008, and that the overnight ratings for the race was an 8.7, a 13 percent gain on last year's race.  

Dream scenario: Fresh-faced driver takes Wood Brothers to Victory Lane at Daytona

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 11:33:32 PMGo to full article

OK, so who saw this? Wow, what a race, what a finish, what a storyline? You could almost see a critic saying this was scripted but then you’d have to say that no one would have written a script like this.  

Tony Stewart wins Nationwide race at Daytona (again)

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 4:53:39 PMGo to full article

Tony Stewart scored his fourth consecutive Nationwide win at Daytona in February by nipping Clint Bowyer by 7-thousandths of a second in a dramatic finish to a unique race.   Bowyer led with Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushing him on the last lap when Stewart, getting a push from Landon Cassill went to the outside and made his move.  

When is a rule violation not a rule violation?

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9:52:20 AMGo to full article

Friday night's Truck race at Daytona was loaded with action, excitement, drama ... and controversy.   Michael Waltrip scored an emotional victory 10 years to the day that Dale Earnhardt was killed in the Daytona 500 that Waltrip won.  

Earnhardt's sister disputes statement Minnesota Congresswoman made about Dale Jr

Friday, February 18, 2011, 3:41:23 PMGo to full article

Kelley Earnhardt, co-owner of JR Motorsports, disputed a comment Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum made Thursday on the House floor about Dale Earnhardt Jr. when McCollum argued for ending military sponsorship of NASCAR teams. (UPDATE BELOW)  

House votes to continue military sponsorship of NASCAR teams

Friday, February 18, 2011, 2:22:23 PMGo to full article

The House voted 281-148 on Friday against Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum's amendment to ban military sponsorship of NASCAR teams.   

Amendment to ban military sponsorship of NASCAR teams suffers defeat but Congresswoman presses issue

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 9:47:34 PMGo to full article

Congresswoman Betty McCollum's amendment to ban military sponsorship of NASCAR teams suffered a defeat Friday night but she is pressing forward with the amendment.  

It may seem weird but this is what the Daytona 500 is going to be like

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 9:22:33 PMGo to full article

It looked weird, it sounded weird and to fans expecting 3-wide racing 6 rows deep, it was weird, but this tandem racing that was on display inThursday's qualifying races will be the case in the Daytona 500.  

NASCAR community steps up to help fan's remarkable Daytona 500 streak continue

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 10:37:55 AMGo to full article

Jack Hege, who is believed to be the only person to have attended every Daytona 500 as a spectator, will see his streak continue with the help of a NASCAR Sprint Cup team.  

Earnhardt responds to comment pole was rigged; Why you can't watch race & commercials side by side

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 8:24:43 PMGo to full article

Lot of TV talk here from Dale Earnhardt Jr. commenting about suggestions his pole was fixed to why you can't watch a race with commercials being shown on the screen while the race is at the same time. So let's get to it.   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX   HE SAID WHAT?  

Pole-sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a wreck at Daytona; will start at the rear for 500

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 3:28:34 PMGo to full article

Dale Earnhardt Jr was involved in a crash and is going to a backup car just moments after posting the fastest lap of practice (to that point) at 199.526 mph.  

NASCAR gives teams smaller restrictor plate

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 10:42:13 AMGo to full article

NASCAR gave Cup teams a smaller restrictor plate Wednesday morning when the garage opened at Datyona.   The new resrictor plate will be 1/64 of an inch smaller. Thus, the restrictor plate size will go from 29/32 of an inch to 57/64 of an inch. Essentially, it should cut 13-15 horsepower out for teams.  

Congresswoman wants to ban military from sponsoring NASCAR teams

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 12:52:26 PMGo to full article

A Minnesota Congresswoman has introduced an amendment to ban the military from spending money to sponsor NASCAR race cars through the fiscal year (Sept. 30). ... STORY UPDATED WITH SUPPORT GROWING FOR MEASURE (CHECK A FEW PARAGRAPHS BELOW)  

 

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February 22, 2011

Mind still racing: Bayne reflects on Daytona win

February 21, 2011, 9:17:09 PMGo to full article

Trevor Bayne reflects a day after his Daytona win and talks about running for a championship.
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Bayne probably won't race for Cup title

February 21, 2011, 11:36:06 AMGo to full article

Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne said Monday he probably won't attempt to run for the Sprint Cup championship this year.
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Allmendinger video blog

February 21, 2011, 1:47:17 AMGo to full article

Find out what made AJ Allmendinger say he'd never been in a race like Sunday's Daytona 500.
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Video NASCAR booth wrap

February 21, 2011, 12:37:03 AMGo to full article

He's humble. He's confident. He's in the record books. What a Speedweeks for Trevor Bayne.
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Wood Bros. take long road back to top

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 11:14:57 PMGo to full article

Bayne's improbable Daytona win returns Wood Brothers to prominence.
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Sunday, February 20, 2011, 11:14:57 PMGo to full article

 

NASCAR's boy wonder wins the big one

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 9:30:18 PMGo to full article

How'd Trevor Bayne celebrate turning 20? In Victory Lane at Daytona.
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Certainly not the Daytona 500 Hendrick wanted

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 7:34:09 PMGo to full article

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead early in the Daytona 500, there was a raucous roar all around the famed speedway.
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Trevor Bayne's mother reacts to Daytona 500 victory

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 7:16:06 PMGo to full article

Bayne's mother reacts to the victory

VIDEO NASCAR Daytona 500 highlights

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 7:08:14 PMGo to full article

Big crashes. A Cinderella finish. This Daytona 500 had it all.
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VIDEO Dale Earnhardt Jr reacts after late Daytona 500 wreck

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 6:24:32 PMGo to full article

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reacts after late-race crash in the Daytona 500.
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Rookie Trevor Bayne wins Daytona 500

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 6:08:39 PMGo to full article

Rookie Trevor Bayne wins Daytona 500.
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2012 Daytona 500 shifts a week

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 9:18:48 AMGo to full article

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 will be Feb. 26.
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Light Speed, Ridiculous Speed, Ludicrous Speed...

By Don Terrill (c)

 

I've talked in the past about changing our thinking from making incremental improvements to quantum leaps.

http://blog.raceology.com/2005/01/quantum-leaps-in-performance.html

 

What area will give us the biggest payoff for a quantum leap?

 

HP = Torque * RPM / 5252

 

This simple formula shows us where we need to look for more Horsepower. We need to (a) increase both Torque and RPM or to (b) increase either of them without decreasing the other.

 

So you say to yourself, "Okay, I'll just change gears and spin the motor higher." One problem: After the Peak Torque RPM it's all down hill for Torque. Then how do we move the Peak Torque RPM up and/or keep Torque from falling off as much after the peak?

 

Here's my definition of Peak Torque RPM: it's the highest RPM where the engine can feed itself effectively.

 

So it's clear, we need an intake system that can feed the engine a larger air/fuel mix and an exhaust system able to clear the increased output of combusted gas.

 

Now, you hear warnings all the time about making intake/exhaust ports too big, but if the goal is to move the operating RPM range of the engine up, this is exactly what the engine needs -- bigger ports with more flow.

 

If you're serious about making real increases in horsepower, your number one priority has to ALWAYS be moving the RPM range up.

 

Of course, with this extra RPM you're going to have to find components able to handle the increased load or you're going to have to accept higher failure rates.

 

Now I ask you, will this be another year where you make a small incremental improvement or will you make the leap?

 

Extra points for those who know the movie that made the phrase "ludicrous speed" famous.

 

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Double Your Racing Sponsorship

By Don Terrill (c)

 

If you do any one of the following three things you're guaranteed to have more team funding.

 

I'm going to list them in the order of hardest to easiest.

 

(1) Double the number of prospects you meet

 

When my dad would talk about meeting women he always said it was nothing but a numbers game -- meet more women, find better women.

Probably the best advice he ever gave me. I used it and met my wife Beverly -- the nicest person I've ever known. I've heard more than once how I got lucky.

 

It wasn't luck.

 

So, take the luck out of your sponsorship search and meet more prospects. No matter how good you are, you haven't met them all.

 

(2) Double the number of prospects you close

 

Easier than doubling the number of prospects you meet is just doubling the number of prospects you close. Work first on creating a better offer with a focus on the sponsor's return on investment, then polish your sales/presentation skills to create a killer combination.

 

(3) Double what your current sponsors give each year

 

If you know anything about sales you know that the easiest (most affordable to acquire) sales come from past customers. Work on improving revenue for your current sponsor's business and you'll give yourself a basis to ask for a larger sponsorship deal.

 

Any of the three will help you with team funding, but you're a racer, I know you, you'll want to do all three.

 

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A new year--new goals, new to do and to NOT do lists!

By Tami Eggleston (c)

 

I love the new year. A new time to start fresh to set new goals and start new to do lists. The new year brings about the perfect time to reflect on your past and prepare for your future. It is an exciting time to look back and figure out what things went well and what things could be better.

 

It takes a lot of honesty to really reflect on the past and make plans for the future. For example, it is a lot easier to blame other people or things outside of our control than to really take complete responsibility for the things in our life. I am guilty of sometimes saying I am too busy to achieve some of my goals. Yet, if most of us our honest, we all probably are busy and yet we all probably have some big time wasters (e.g., TV watching, Facebook checking, etc.).

 

Of course we need to take time to relax and have fun, yet take a good honest look at how you spend your time and decide if that is really how you want to spend your time. Take a good honest look at your life and see if there are things like procrastination, negativity, blaming, etc. that are getting in the way of being the person you want to be and achieving the goals you want to achieve.

 

As you start your new year and your new goals and your new to do list, now is also a good time to also make a "to NOT do list!" This list will include your time wasters, procrastination, blaming, negativity, and any other things that are taking you away from your true goals and your best self. Start today with your to do and your to NOT do list and start the new year right! Happy 2011!

 

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SCMSRN.com Racing Weather Forecast

February 2011
20th-23rd. Pleasant, then unsettled and unseasonably chilly.
24th-28th. Fair, then turning stormy. Mainly rain, though some snow could fall over the higher elevations of the Appalachians.

March 2011
1st-3rd. Generally fair.
4th-7th. Clear and warmer.
8th-11th. Fair and pleasantly mild.
12th-15th. Stormy for the Mississippi River Valley. Increasingly cloudy farther east, with warm temperatures.
16th-19th. Squally for Gulf Coast. Unsettled weather as far north as Tennessee. Across the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida, it's mainly dry.
20th-23rd. Clearing for the Mississippi River Valley. Showers finally spread farther east.
24th-27th. Fair skies. Windy for the Gulf States.
28th-31st. Showers, then fair.

April 2011
1st-3rd. Dry and pleasant initially, then becoming unsettled.
4th-7th. Showers, followed by clearing.
8th-11th. Becoming thundery. Showers could threaten Augusta, GA, and the Masters Tournament.
12th-15th. Thunderstorms move off the Atlantic Coast; becoming fair. Quite chilly Gulf Coast.
16th-19th. Mix of clouds and sun; a small risk of a shower.
20th-23rd. Fair, very warm, then unsettled. Heavy thunderstorms Tennessee, Mississippi.

 

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ESPN.com - NASCAR

February 23, 2011

David Ragan ready to move on from costly Daytona 500 mistake

February 23, 2011 | Terry BlountGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=blount_terry&id=6150225&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesDavid Ragan was right when he said, "You learn some hard lessons in this sport." Still winless in his fifth Cup season, Ragan knows he has to put his Daytona 500 gaffe behind him and concentrate on the future.

Trevor Bayne NASCAR's next big star?

February 23, 2011 | David NewtonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=newton_david&id=6146573&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlines"What do I need to do to not let the mountains get too high?" Does this sound like a young man who just won NASCAR's biggest race? Meet Trevor Bayne.

Daytona 500: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series number crunching

February 22, 2011, 1:33:23 PM | Matt WillisGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://espn.go.com/racing/blog/_/name/willis_matt/id/6147121/bayne-storms-daytona?campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesMy first Daytona 500 (technically Daytona 520) ended up being quite the experience.

Of course, I was watching in a production truck, so it was just like watching at home except with less comfortable furniture, a smaller TV and no snacks, but it was still nice to be in Florida opposed to Connecticut for the week.

But sometimes we go into information overload here in the ESPN Research Department, with just too many good nuggets to get into one little blog.

So, I'll use up my word space this week...

Trevor Bayne leaning toward staying in Nationwide despite Daytona 500 win

Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:44:42 PM | ESPN.com news servicesGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6144177&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesDaytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne says he's probably not going to attempt to run for the Sprint Cup championship this year.

Trevor Bayne gave the Wood Brothers a win; old Ford family ties first gave them hope

Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:17:41 PM | Ed HintonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=hinton_ed&id=6144830&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesHow did the fabled Wood Brothers team go from barely breathing to Victory Lane in the Daytona 500? It put a 20-year-old driver in the seat and rebuilt a 60-year-old relationship with the Ford family.

Bayne's World! Rookie driver Trevor Bayne wins Daytona 500

Monday, February 21, 2011, 2:27:55 AM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6142487&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesTwenty-year-old Trevor Bayne has won the Daytona 500 in only his second Sprint Cup start.

Trevor Bayne made sure the Daytona 500 was as crazy as it was exciting

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 8:56:34 PM | David NewtonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=newton_david&id=6142615&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesFrom tandem racing to stars dropping like flies to a 20-year-old in Victory Lane, the 2011 Daytona 500 was as crazy as it was exciting.

NASCAR to lengthen offseason by week in 2012

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 7:59:00 PM | David NewtonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6141198&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesThe 2012 Daytona 500 will be held a week later than normal, eliminating the early off date and shortening the Sprint Cup season.

2011 Daytona 500: Hendrick Motorsports teams collected in 14-car wreck

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 4:18:55 PM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6142006&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesThree of the team's four cars, including five-time defending Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, were involved in a 14-car wreck early in the 500-mile race.

2011 Daytona 500: Engine failure ends Kevin Harvick's day early

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 4:12:50 PM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6142014&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesAn engine failure knocked contender Kevin Harvick out of the Daytona 500 after just 22 laps.

Tony Stewart wins fourth straight Nationwide season opener at Daytona

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 2:37:20 AM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/nationwide/news/story?id=6139166&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesTony Stewart nipped Clint Bowyer at the finish line to win the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway for the fourth consecutive season.

Michael Waltrip wins emotional Trucks race at Daytona

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 11:20:59 PM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/truck/news/story?id=6137780&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesMichael Waltrip has won at Daytona on the 10-year anniversary of his first victory, the one marred by the death of Dale Earnhardt.

For 2010 Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray, life's just grand

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 6:13:43 PM | David NewtonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=newton_david&id=6138806&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesAfter winning the two biggest Sprint Cup races of 2010, what does Jamie McMurray do for an encore in 2011? We'll find out soon enough.

Journeyman Brian Keselowski gets sponsor for Daytona 500

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 4:38:29 PM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6138649&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesBrian Keselowski picked up a sponsor for the Daytona 500, receiving funding from Discount Tire.

NASCAR to allow Daytona 500 cars to add extra inch to grill openings

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 2:59:00 PM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6138915&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesNASCAR is making another change to cars for the Daytona 500, this one because temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees during the season-opening race.

Clint Bowyer wins Daytona Nationwide pole; Danica Patrick fourth

Friday, February 18, 2011, 9:11:18 PM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/nationwide/news/story?id=6136952&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesClint Bowyer has won the pole for the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Life goes on

Friday, February 18, 2011, 4:54:45 PM | Marty SmithGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=smith_marty&id=6135748&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesIn one tragic, unbelievable moment on Feb. 18, 2001, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s life changed forever. Ten years later, life goes on for the son of The Intimidator.

To know Dale Earnhardt, you really needed to ride with him

Friday, February 18, 2011, 3:32:57 PM | Ed HintonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=hinton_ed&id=6135719&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesNASCAR fans knew him as maybe the greatest driver ever. Rivals knew him as the toughest S.O.B. on the track. The best way to get to know Dale Earnhardt? Sit beside him when he was at the wheel.

House votes to let Pentagon sponsor NASCAR races

Friday, February 18, 2011, 2:43:14 PM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/news/story?id=6136207&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesThe House has voted to let the Pentagon continue using taxpayer dollars to sponsor NASCAR race teams.

Daytona 500: NASCAR says no plans to alter cars prior to Sunday's race

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:02:52 PM | David NewtonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6134932&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesBarring a major shift from what was seen in Thursday's two qualifying races, NASCAR doesn't plan any additional changes to the Sprint Cup cars before the Daytona 500, series director John Darby said Friday.

Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton wins first Daytona 500 qualifier

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:00:26 PM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6132693&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesKurt Busch and Jeff Burton won the two Daytona 500 qualifying races on Thursday.

Rick Hendrick shakes it up after Jimmie Johnson wins his fifth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup title

Friday, February 18, 2011, 10:10:57 AM | Terry BlountGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=blount_terry&id=6132234&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesWhat does a Sprint Cup team owner do after winning an unprecedented fifth straight championship? That's easy: He shakes things up.

ESPN's Ed Hinton, Terry Blount, David Newton, Joe Breeze, Marty Smith, Ryan McGee, Mike Massaro and K. Lee Davis share their memories of the day Dale Earnhardt died

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 11:53:52 PM | ESPN.com staffGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6131721&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesThere are moments in time everyone remembers. Feb. 18, 2001, is one of those days for NASCAR fans and the men and women who covered the sport. Here's what we remember. What do you remember?

Kurt Busch is the man to beat in the Daytona 500

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 9:24:23 PM | Ed HintonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=hinton_ed&id=6133087&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesIn Kurt Busch's own words: "It's bright, it's yellow and it's fast." And the No. 22 Penske Dodge will be the car to beat in Sunday's Daytona 500.

Austin Dillon wins pole for Daytona Trucks Series race

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:58:28 PM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/truck/news/story?id=6133628&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesAustin Dillon has won the pole for the Trucks Series race at Daytona International Speedway, posting a lap of 179.047 mph on Thursday night.

NASCAR or Indy? Danica undecided on 2012 plans

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 3:48:40 PM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/racing/indycar/news/story?id=6132739&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesDanica Patrick's season hasn't even started, and the main thing everybody wants to know is what she'll do next year.

Richard Childress predicts one of his drivers will dethrone Jimmie Johnson as NASCAR Sprint Cup champion

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:16:52 PM | Terry BlountGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=blount_terry&id=6128920&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesRichard Childress made two bold predictions during the NASCAR media tour: Jimmie Johnson won't win the 2011 Sprint Cup. And one of his RCR drivers will.

Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip still coming to grips with Dale Earnhardt's death on day Waltrip won at Daytona

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 11:30:21 PM | Ed HintonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=hinton_ed&id=6125753&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesMichael Waltrip spent most of the past 10 years trying not to think about his greatest triumph and the death of the man who made it possible. He knows one thing; nothing's been the same since.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrecks pole-winning Daytona 500 car

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 8:36:01 PM | Terry BlountGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6128841&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesDale Earnhardt Jr. has wrecked his pole-winning Daytona 500 car.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s practice crash frees the pole for Sunday's Daytona 500

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:00:11 PM | Terry BlountGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=blount_terry&id=6128300&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesAs if setting the field for Sunday's Daytona 500 couldn't get any more complicated. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s practice crash Wednesday added yet another monkey wrench.

Hendrick Motorsports signs Bill Elliott's 15-year-old son, Chase Elliott, to development deal

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 4:56:08 PM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/news/story?id=6129057&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesHendrick Motorsports has signed 15-year-old Chase Elliott to a driver development deal.

Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman are hopeful they can rebound in 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 1:43:01 PM | Terry BlountGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=blount_terry&id=6125197&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesStewart-Haas Racing came out of the blocks strong in 2009, but 2010 was a bit of a disappointment. How do Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman see 2011 shaping up? Well, they'll get back to you on that.

Restrictor-plate opening to be reduced for Daytona 500

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:20:33 PM | Terry BlountGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6127656&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesNASCAR announced Wednesday morning that it will change the carburetor restrictor plates on the engines to reduce speeds for the Daytona 500.

Scott Speed agrees with Kevin Harvick, Inc. to drive 2 races

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 5:27:38 PM | David NewtonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/news/story?id=6125406&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesScott Speed, who lost his Sprint Cup ride at Red Bull Racing after the 2010 season, has reached an agreement to drive in two Nationwide Series races for Kevin Harvick Inc.

Austin Dillon hoping to do No. 3 proud at Daytona

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 1:12:51 PM | David NewtonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=newton_david&id=6124299&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesFor Austin Dillon, having the black No. 3 on the side of his truck in Friday's race on the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death is about family, pride and honoring one of his heroes.

Richard Childress made a promise to the late Dale Earnhardt, and he kept it

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 1:10:11 PM | David NewtonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=newton_david&id=6124040&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesA near-death experience on a New Mexico mountainside between Richard Childress and the late Dale Earnhardt led to a promise Childress is still keeping.

Jack Roush and his drivers think they've hit on the right formula

Monday, February 14, 2011, 10:31:36 PM | Terry BlountGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=blount_terry&id=6121248&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesAsking Jack Roush what went wrong for his team last year will bring a string of precise answers -- if you can understand them. What do he and his drivers think for 2011? All systems go!

The death of Dale Earnhardt accelerated NASCAR's safety revolution

Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:17:45 PM | Ed HintonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=hinton_ed&id=6116145&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesThe death of Dale Earnhardt 10 years ago is often cited as the moment NASCAR got serious about safety. Truth is, the revolution had already begun, but the death of the Intimidator became its tipping point.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. rockets to pole for Daytona 500

Monday, February 14, 2011, 1:47:36 AM | Associated PressGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6118824&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesDale Earnhardt Jr. won pole position for the Daytona 500 with a speed of 186.089 mph in qualifying Sunday.

NASCAR drivers are seeing red over the yellow-line rule

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 7:42:50 PM | Terry BlountGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=blount_terry&id=6118904&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesLet's declare the yellow-line rule at Daytona (and Talladega) and NASCAR's new "have at it, boys" mentality a conflict of interest. They just don't mix.

Surprised by last-minute changes in NASCAR? Surely, you jest!

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 7:42:23 PM | Ed HintonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=hinton_ed&id=6118925&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesSo you're all in a tizzy about late changes to the cars as the Daytona 500 looms? Well don't be, because you should know by now the real trouble comes when all seems well.

2011 Daytona 500: NASCAR adjust specs to limit two-car pushing at Daytona

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 7:05:32 PM | David Newton and Terry BlountGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6118605&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesNASCAR officials are talking to teams and running tests in North Carolina to determine what changes would best prevent the sustained two-car drafts that dominated Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.

NASCAR's Nationwide Series will have a circus-like atmosphere in 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 1:59:43 PM | Ed HintonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/nationwide/columns/story?columnist=hinton_ed&id=6113424&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesWe've got The Flying Pastrana! The Dazzling Danica! And the Three-Headed Monster that is Kyle, Carl and Brad! Get your tickets now for the Nationwide Circus, the greatest show on asphalt!

Danica Patrick is bracing for Round 2 in NASCAR's Nationwide Series

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 11:39:20 AM | Ryan McGeeGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/nationwide/columns/story?columnist=mcgee_ryan&id=6116511&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlines2010 was a mad, mad, mad, mad world for Danica Patrick. And 2011? Well, expect more of the same -- hopefully with just a little less madness.

Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Steve Wallace, Andy Lally get Daytona 500 spots after point swaps

Monday, February 07, 2011, 12:22:25 PM | David NewtonGo to full article

http://api.tweetmeme.com/imagebutton.gif?url=http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=6098361&campaign=rss&source=RPMHeadlinesPaul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Steve Wallace and Grand-Am driver Andy Lally are guaranteed a spot in the February 20 Daytona 500 after offseason points swaps with top-35 teams from the 2010 season.

 

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FOXSports.com News for NASCAR

February 23, 2011

RaceTrax Your source for 2011 Phoenix International Raceway race weekend info

February 23, 2011 Go to full article

Phoenix offers return to more standard style of NASCAR racing.

Kenseth family grows with baby girl

February 22, 2011, 4:23:52 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth and his wife, Katie, welcome daughter.

 

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INDY Racing League

Youth can tour Indy 500 Gasoline Alley

February 22, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Fans age 9-17 can visit the world-famous Gasoline Alley garage area at IMS from Opening Day, May 14 through May 28 with the purchase of a Junior Garage Credential.

In the blog: Yeah, that’s the ticket

February 22, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Score a free ticket to the IZOD INDYCAR World Championships in Las Vegas. No sweepstakes, just a thank you.

Cunningham’s perseverance pays

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

2005 Firestone Indy Lights champion will contest partial IZOD IndyCar Series season with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

 

Star-studded field preps for Pro/Celeb race

Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Twenty actors, musicians and athletes to compete in charity event during Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.

ABC telecasts bookend 17-event schedule

Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Network has five race broadcasts overall, while VERSUS will telecast balance of IZOD IndyCar Series season.

Place your bets on championship round

Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Culmination of 17-event season is Oct. 16 with IZOD INDYCAR World Championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

$5 million challenge: Catch is win the race

Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

INDYCAR is offering the payday to non-IZOD IndyCar Series driver who wins the season finale at Las Vegas on Oct. 16.

DHL delivers sponsorship for Hunter-Reay

Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

DHL will serve as the co-primary sponsor of Andretti Autosport's IZOD IndyCar Series car driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay.

SFR, Allison Transmission link up for Indy 500

Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Sarah Fisher Racing will partner with Allison Transmission for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 in May.

USF2000 test day part of King’s reward

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

In 2011, winning the Rock Island Grand Prix's "King of the Streets" title will come with an added bonus - a USF2000 test.

It’s high noon for Indy 500 green flag

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Start time moved back one hour for the 100th anniversary of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on May 29.

Attend breakfast with champions on May 28

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

IndyCar Ministry will host the Indy 500 Breakfast to celebrate the 100th anniversary running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on May 28.

Sharpening skills, building relationships

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Alex Tagliani (above) and Dan Wheldon prepare for the season by competing in the Florida Winter Tour karting program.

Hildebrand joins 1st legs of fund-raising ride

Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

National Guard Panther Racing rookie driver JR Hildebrand will cover 111 miles in support of Miles for Miracles.

In the blog: Get on the right track

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Get in the game. iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Premier Series is the foremost online IZOD IndyCar Series competition.

Listen in: INDYCAR Inside Track

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Guests on the show include Tony Kanaan and Bruno Event Team CEO Gene Hallman talking about Barber race.

Hulman & Company adds board members

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

INDYCAR founder Tony George (above) returns to the Board of Directors of Hulman & Company.

Power, Ganassi team win awards

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

2010 IZOD IndyCar Series championship runner-up and title-winning team earn RACER Magazine awards.

‘Valuable old school ways’ in karting

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Alex Tagliani has the opportunity to work with his father again during Florida Winter Tour karting events.

Philips extends emergency medical care sponsorship

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Royal Philips Electronics will continue as the official emergency care equipment sponsor of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway through 2012.

Daly moves up with Schmidt team

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Star Mazda champion Conor Daly will move to Firestone Indy Lights in limited campaign for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

BC’s Blog: Homework, Bean Bags and Outlaws

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Bryan Clauson is back with the another installment of 'BC's Blog,' his weekly column for indycar.com.

Circuit prep begins for 37th Long Beach race

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

In two months, IZOD IndyCar Series drivers will be competing on the challenging 1.97-mile street circuit.

Franchitti inducted into Hall of Fame

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Reigning series champion joins Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Frank Williams and Jody Scheckter in being honored.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway enhances fan experience

Monday, February 14, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

A $1.2 million Panasonic scoreboard and video system in the middle of the infield will be in place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when the IZOD IndyCar Series visits in mid-August.

USF2000: McIntosh joins Cape team

Monday, February 14, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Short-track racer Shannon McIntosh, left, will join the Mazda Road to Indy as part of the USF2000 National Championship.

Reprise: Public celebration of Carnegie’s life

Monday, February 14, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Watch the archived video of the public memorial service to the life of longtime IMS PA announcer Tom Carnegie.

INDYCAR paces sponsorship resurgence

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Motorsports sponsorships are projected to increase 4.2 percent this year over 2010, and INDYCAR has been at forefront.

In the blog: Stocking the race shop

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

There is a mountain of items to address for the new Chip Ganassi Racing teams. Mitch Davis has it sorted.

Listen in: INDYCAR Inside Track

Friday, February 11, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard answers fan-submitted questions in this edition of the show with host Mike King.

Mann’s test could lead to oval program

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Firestone Indy Lights race winner Pippa Mann will be joined at Texas by J.R. Hildebrand and Simona de Silvestro.

St. Pete course begins to take shape

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

You know the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is quickly approaching with construction start.

‘Voice of the Speedway’ silenced at 91

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway PA announcer Tom Carnegie is remembered as an icon in the sport.

Carnegie: What they’re saying

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:00:00 PMGo to full article

"His memory will live on for the next 100 years at the Speedway and beyond." -- Ed

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Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site

Bayne will stick with Nationwide

February 23, 2011Go to full article

Even though NASCAR would have allowed Trevor Bayne to change his eligibility for the championship from the Nationwide Series to the Sprint Cup Series, Bayne is sticking with his plans .......

Front Row gets #38 car locked in

February 23, 2011Go to full article

Front Row Motorsports likely will have all three of its cars locked in for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix .......

Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2011 Daytona 500

February 22, 2011, 11:00:00 AMGo to full article

For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials.......

February 22, a SMATTERING of Column / Article / Blog Links posted

February 22, 2011, 2:30:00 AMGo to full article

constantly adding article / column / blog and maybe some podcast links about NASCAR to the article links page...........

Phoenix Entry List

Monday, February 21, 2011, 3:30:00 PMGo to full article

45 cars entered for the Subway Fit Fresh 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway..........

February 21, an UPSET of Column / Article / Blog Links posted

Monday, February 21, 2011, 3:00:00 AMGo to full article

constantly adding article / column / blog and maybe some podcast links about NASCAR to the article links page...........

Sprint Cup Series Drivers Points

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 6:45:00 PMGo to full article

after 1 of 36 Sprint Cup Series races, #99-Edwards leads the drivers points lead by 1 points over #34-Gilliland..........

Bayne wins the Daytona 500 Spint Cup Series race

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 4:30:00 PMGo to full article

#21-Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 1st career win in only his 2nd start, #99-Edwards finished 2nd.................

Daytona 500 pushed back a week in 2012

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 8:30:00 AMGo to full article

The 2012 Daytona 500 will be held a week later than normal, eliminating the early off date and shortening the Sprint Cup season. The race will be held next year on February 26.......

Wendell Scott Featured in Film Feb on ESPN

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 7:00:00 AMGo to full article

In conjunction with Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Media Group and Max Siegel Inc., ESPN Films will document the story of Wendell Scott, the only black driver to win a NASCAR race.......

 

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Motorcycle USA Article Headlines

February 23, 2011

2011 World Superbike Season Preview

February 23, 2011 | Matt DavidsonGo to full article

The 2011 World Superbike Championship is rounding the corner fast and charging toward its opening festivities. Check out the breakdown of riders and teams in MCUSA's 2011 World Superbike Season Preview.

2011 Husqvarna TXC449 First Ride

February 23, 2011 | Chilly WhiteGo to full article

Equipped with Husky's 2011 TXC449 our dirt junkie hits the open stretches of the Mojave Desert for a full assessment of the new build.

Scott Russell to Race XR1200 Series in Daytona

February 23, 2011 | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Harley-Davidson makes its return to AMA Racing on Daytona's High Banks during Bike Week while Mr. Daytona himself, Scott Russell, has signed on to compete in the XR1200 race.

Pegram to Star in Discovery's Superbike Family

February 23, 2011 | Bryan HarleyGo to full article

Larry Pegram and his family-based American Superbike race team will be the stars of a new reality TV series called 'Superbike Family' which will air on Discovery HD.

2011 Motorcycle Helmets from the Dealer Expo

February 23, 2011 | Ryan MerrillGo to full article

Check out some of the newest helmet models from the Powersports Tradeshow at the 2011 Indianapolis Dealer Expo.

STM: Matchless G50 Discharged From Hospital

February 23, 2011 | Frank MellingGo to full article

Motorcycle USA’s main man Melling reports his beloved Matchless G50 resurrected and ready for the classic racing track.

2012 Honda Foreman ES EPS First Look

February 23, 2011 | JC HilderbrandGo to full article

Big Red's 2012 Honda Foreman ES 4X4 is storming the off-road scene with a revamped engine and optional power steering in its list of upgrades.

2011 MotoGP Sepang 2 Test Day 1

February 23, 2011 | Matt DavidsonGo to full article

Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa both had strong starts to their second Sepang test after posting the two-quickest laps aboard their RC212Vs.

Edelweiss Triumph Adventure Touring 2011

February 23, 2011 | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Triumph Motorcycles is introducing a worldwide adventure tour program in 2011, utilising its critically acclaimed new Triumph Tiger 800XC.

2011 World Superbike Phillip Island Test Day 2

February 23, 2011 | Matt DavidsonGo to full article

Ducati's Carlos Checa once again dominated the 2011 World Superbike paddock by capturing the fastest time during Day 2 of testing at Phillip Island.

2011 Indianapolis Dealer Expo Weekend

February 23, 2011 | Ryan MerrillGo to full article

Motorcycle USA reports on new products and highlights from the front line of the Powersports arena at the 2011 Indianapolis Dealer Expo.

MSF Motorcyclist Naturalistic Study Under Way

February 22, 2011, 6:55:22 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study is progressing on schedule, according to key milestone accomplishments.

Victory Motorcycles Said to Expand into India

February 22, 2011, 9:52:21 AM | Bryan HarleyGo to full article

Victory Motorcycles is reportedly seeking to test the Indian motorcycle market with the prospect of opening an assembly plant there in the future.

ASI Two-Part ATV RiderCourse in 2011

February 22, 2011, 9:52:21 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

The ATV Safety Institute (ASI) announced it will begin delivering a new version of its internationally-recognized ATV RiderCourse in select states this year.

Matchless G50 Discharged From Hospital

February 22, 2011, 8:56:16 AM | Frank MellingGo to full article

Motorcycle USA’s main man Melling reports his beloved Matchless G50 resurrected and ready for the classic racing track.

Monster Energy Extends WSB Partnership in '11

February 22, 2011, 8:56:16 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Monster Energy will continue its partnership with Yamaha's World Superbike team in 2011 following its success last season.

2011 Yamaha Racing MotoGP Launch Q&A

February 22, 2011, 6:31:42 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Following Yamaha's debut of its 2011 MotoGP team, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies and managing director of Yamaha Racing, Lin Jarvis, participated in a Q&A session in Sepang.

Yamaha Debuts 2011 MotoGP Team in Malaysia

February 22, 2011, 4:57:06 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Yamaha Factory Racing unveiled its new livery in Malaysia as the team attempts its third consecutive triple crown victory in 2011 with 2010 champion Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies.

2011 World Superbike Phillip Island Test Day 1

February 22, 2011, 4:57:06 AM | Matt DavidsonGo to full article

Ducati's Carlos Checa ran the fastest lap during Day 1 of testing at Phillip Island as the 2011 World Superbike Championship prepares to get underway in Australia.

2011 250 Motocross Shootout

Monday, February 21, 2011, 6:35:18 PM | JC HilderbrandGo to full article

Five bikes come into the 2011 250 Motocross Shootout to see which one reigns supreme in the Lites division. Some bikes are all new and others have barely been touched; which takes the title in 2011?

2012 Honda Gold Wing First Look

Monday, February 21, 2011, 6:35:18 PM | Bart MadsonGo to full article

Facing a new six-cylinder touring challenger from BMW, Honda gives its flagship Gold Wing a modest makeover for 2012.

2011 AMA Supercross San Diego Insider

Monday, February 21, 2011, 4:35:06 PM | Adam WaheedGo to full article

Find out what happened at the San Diego Supercross dirt bike races inside Qualcomm Stadium.

Vermeulen Out for Phillip Island Opener

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 10:23:57 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Still recovering from knee surgery, Kawasaki World Superbike rider Chris Vermeulen will sit out the Phillip Island season opener.

Can-Am Demos Return to GNCC Series in 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 10:23:57 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series has announced that Can-Am will return with their highly popular demo rides for the 2011 season.

2011 AMA Arenacross Reno Results

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 10:23:57 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Kawasaki's Tyle Bowers led a sweep of the Arenacross series in Reno after winning both nights during Round 7 of the 2011 AMA Arenacross Championship.

WSB Prepares for Final Pre-Season Test of 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 10:23:57 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

With the 2011 World Superbike Championship just around the corner the paddock descends upon Phillip Island for one last test before the season opener.

2011 AMA Supercross San Diego Results

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 10:23:57 PM | Matt DavidsonGo to full article

It was a wet and wild round for the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series in San Diego as riders posted grueling laps against Qualcomm Stadium's brutal track conditions.

Former H-D Manager Joins ATK Motorcycles

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 10:23:57 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Former Harley-Davidson sales manager, Jon Syverson, has been named ATK Motorcycle's new executive vice president and will be responsible for broadening its presence in the street bike market.

Tyler Bowers Hooks Friday Night Win in Reno

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 10:23:57 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Tyler Bowers achieved his fourth victory of the 2011 AMA Arenacross Championship on Friday night in Reno ahead of Honda's Cole Siebler and Jeff Gibson.

2011 Indianapolis Dealer Expo Friday

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 10:23:57 PM | Ryan MerrillGo to full article

Motorcycle USA takes you inside one of the industry’s biggest aftermarket parts and accessories shows to see what’s new in the Powersports world.

Right Rider Access Fund to Protect OHV Trails

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9:56:55 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

The Right Rider Access Fund, a charitable community benefit organization, was unveiled today. Its mission is to promote the safe and responsible use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) and to preserve riders’ access to appropriate lands.

Arenacross Interview of the Week: Cole Siebler

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9:56:55 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

From privateer to factory ride, Cole Siebler is pursuing his dream aboard TUF Honda in the 2011 AMA Arenacross Championship.

BSB's Simon Andrews Set for Isle of Man Debut

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9:56:55 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

British Superbike star Simon Andrews will debut in the 2011 Isle of Man competition aboard Paul Shoesmith’s Ice Valley BMW team.

Erik Buell Racing 1190RS Debuts at Indy

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9:56:55 PM | Bart MadsonGo to full article

Erik Buell debuts the EBR 1190RS at the Indy Dealer Expo, the new superbike dripping in carbon fiber.

'11 Breast Cancer Awareness Auction Continues

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9:56:55 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Fundraising for breast cancer awareness has continued long after the 2011 Pink-themed Monster Energy AMA Supercross event at Angel Stadium.

Georges Jobe to be Honored at Nor Cal Classic

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9:56:55 PM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Brad Lackey will be honoring five-time World Champion, Georges Jobe, at his sixth annual Nor Cal Classic Legends of Motocross National during the 2011 West Coast Moto Jam on May 13-15.

Testing Pirelli Street Motorcycle Tires in Sicily

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 3:57:45 PM | Adam WaheedGo to full article

Learn how Pirelli tests its high-performance street and sportbike motorcycle tires as we visit its tire testing operation in Italy.

Kawasaki Riders Return West for San Diego SX

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 3:42:45 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Josh Hansen, Broc Tickle and Tyla Rattray will be returning to California for Round 7 of the 2011 Supercross series at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.

Ken Roczen's Plans for Remaining 2011 Season

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 3:42:45 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Following the recent success of 16-year-old Ken Roczen in the 2011 AMA Supercross series, the German rider announces his plans for the remaining season.

In the Saddle with Kawasaki's Josh Hansen

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 1:42:06 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Josh Hansen provides a look at his background and talks about his current success in the 2011 AMA Supercross Lites Championship.

Kids Just Want to Ride Act Gaining Momentum

Friday, February 18, 2011, 11:24:11 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

A total of 37 federal lawmakers have stamped their approval on the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, which seeks to exempt kids' off-highway vehicles from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

FMF Racing Partners Up With Active 8 Racing

Friday, February 18, 2011, 11:24:11 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

FMF Racing is proud to announce the alliance with Active 8 Racing making FMF the official exhaust supplier for the Active 8 Pro SX and MX support Semi.

Honda Daytona 2011 Kick Off Party & Concert

Friday, February 18, 2011, 10:12:09 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

American Honda is hosting a special event, the Honda Daytona Kick Off Party and Concert, to celebrate the start of Daytona Bike Week on Friday, March 4. The event will include live entertainment from Kelley James.

AMA Urges Lead Law Exemption to Congress

Friday, February 18, 2011, 10:12:09 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

In written comments submitted for a congressional hearing held on Feb. 17, the AMA asked lawmakers to exempt kid-sized OHVs from the "lead law".

2011 Zero Motorcycles to Debut at Indy Dealer

Friday, February 18, 2011, 8:11:58 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Zero Motorcycles will debut its 2011 lineup during the Dealer Expo at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on February 18-20.

AMA Announces 2011 Flat Track Numbers

Friday, February 18, 2011, 8:11:58 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

AMA Pro Racing has released the Expert Grand National Number list for 2011. The list features new numbers for twelve riders. The most obvious change has defending Grand National Champion Jake Johnson exchanging his #5 for the coveted #1.

2011 AMA Arenacross Reno Preview

Friday, February 18, 2011, 8:11:58 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

As the 2011 AMA Arenacross Championship nears the halfway point Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers leads the field coming into Reno by just two points over Honda's Jeff Gibson.

2011 AMA Supercross San Diego Press Day

Friday, February 18, 2011, 6:10:54 AM | Adam WaheedGo to full article

See pictures inside Qualcomm Stadium for press day prior to the San Diego Monster Energy Supercross motorcycle race.

2011 Dealer Expo Takes Over Indianapolis

Friday, February 18, 2011, 6:10:54 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

2011 Dealer Expo event offers new features, media preview and expanded education programs for a more valuable guest experience at Indiana Convention Center February 18-20.

Ducati Edition Racing Boat Unveiled

Friday, February 18, 2011, 6:10:54 AM | Press ReleaseGo to full article

Ducati and Cigarette Racing Team unveiled the new Cigarette Racing 42X Ducati Edition at the Miami International Boat Show; launching a collaboration between two legends of marine and motorcycle performance.

2011 Fantasy GP Racing VIP Vacation Contest

Friday, February 18, 2011, 6:10:54 AM | MotorcycleUSA StaffGo to full article

Motorcycle USA and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca have partnered up to present the 2011 Fantasy GP Racing VIP Vacation contest. One lucky fan will win airfare, accommodations and two passes to the 2011 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Study Claims Helmets Reduce Spinal Injury

Friday, February 18, 2011, 6:10:54 AM | Bart MadsonGo to full article

A recent study from Johns Hopkins has linked motorcycle helmet use to a reduced incident of spinal injury.

 

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NASCAR.COM - Camping World Series Headlines

February 23, 2011

From Nationwide points lead to uncertain future

February 23, 2011 Go to full article

As the Daytona 500 came to an end, Landon Cassill cheered for Trevor Bayne as if he had a personal stake in the driver of the No. 21 car -- which, in a way, he did. It wasn't just because the two are good friends who attend Bible study together every other week. It wasn't just because both are drivers in their early 20s who had already experienced upheaval and disappointment in their careers. It was because if a young, relative unknown like Bayne would win NASCAR's biggest race, then maybe somebody might give Cassill a second look, too.

Head2Head: Is it a problem non-race winners currently lead?

Monday, February 21, 2011, 2:47:52 PMGo to full article

The first race weekend is in the books and the current championship leaders are Clay Rogers, Landon Cassill and Carl Edwards. Three drivers that didn't win their race are currently leading the standings.

Waltrip claims emotional victory at Daytona

Friday, February 18, 2011, 10:11:48 PMGo to full article

Ten years to the day from his first victory in the Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip made a slingshot pass of Elliott Sadler at the end of a green-white-checkered-flag finish Friday night to win the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Truck Preview: Peters back at Daytona with new confidence

Friday, February 18, 2011, 2:59:00 PMGo to full article

Saddled in second place with a lap left in the 2010 Camping World Truck Series opener at Daytona International Speedway, Timothy Peters was focused on getting to the finish line with his vehicle intact.

Dillon earns Truck Series pole at Daytona

Friday, February 18, 2011, 2:29:48 AMGo to full article

Austin Dillon -- who won the pole in the last two races of the 2010 season -- picked up where he left off Thursday and earned the pole for Friday's NextEra Energy Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

By the Numbers: Daytona

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 2:54:24 PMGo to full article

SPRINT CUP SERIES

Safety improvements, changes define racing eras

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:29:25 PMGo to full article

Trying to equate the safety features on today's modern Sprint Cup car with those of its predecessors is an impossibility. The cars in that first Strictly Stock race at Charlotte Speedway in 1949 were not even required to have roll bars or seat belts.

HANS is a 25-year evolution in driver protection

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 5:17:02 PMGo to full article

One of the most important safety advances in the history of racing is manufactured in a nondescript, one-story brick building on the same street as a ceramics shop, a company that creates stained glass and a pet mortuary.

Skinner to drive Eddie Sharp Racing truck at Daytona

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 6:35:39 PMGo to full article

Eddie Sharp Racing announced Mike Skinner will drive the No. 45 Cushman Toyota Tundra at Daytona International Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series event on February 18.

 

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NASCAR.COM - Nationwide Series Headlines

February 23, 2011

Inside NASCAR: Lottery winner Denette uses part of windfall to start Truck team

February 23, 2011 Go to full article

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.

From Nationwide points lead to uncertain future

February 23, 2011 Go to full article

As the Daytona 500 came to an end, Landon Cassill cheered for Trevor Bayne as if he had a personal stake in the driver of the No. 21 car -- which, in a way, he did. It wasn't just because the two are good friends who attend Bible study together every other week. It wasn't just because both are drivers in their early 20s who had already experienced upheaval and disappointment in their careers. It was because if a young, relative unknown like Bayne would win NASCAR's biggest race, then maybe somebody might give Cassill a second look, too.

In the Draft: Sadler looking forward to Phoenix

February 22, 2011, 11:21:41 AMGo to full article

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.

Head2Head: Is it a problem non-race winners currently lead?

Monday, February 21, 2011, 2:47:52 PMGo to full article

The first race weekend is in the books and the current championship leaders are Clay Rogers, Landon Cassill and Carl Edwards. Three drivers that didn't win their race are currently leading the standings.

Stewart wins fourth consecutive Daytona Nationwide race

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9:20:38 PMGo to full article

With a shove from Landon Cassill, Tony Stewart surged past Clint Bowyer at the finish line to win Saturday's Drive4COPD 300, his fourth consecutive Nationwide Series victory at Daytona International Speedway.

Bowyer wins pole for Nationwide Series race

Friday, February 18, 2011, 11:02:05 PMGo to full article

Clint Bowyer has won the pole for the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Sadler embraces new role as a Nationwide driver

Friday, February 18, 2011, 3:41:55 PMGo to full article

The main sponsor of Elliott Sadler's Nationwide Series team is rebranding itself this year, changing its name from CitiFinancial to One Main Financial.

By the Numbers: Daytona

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 2:54:24 PMGo to full article

SPRINT CUP SERIES

NASCAR reduces restrictor plates for Nationwide

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:21:39 AMGo to full article

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- When Nationwide Series practice speeds topped 200 mph Wednesday afternoon, NASCAR reacted quickly to slow the cars.

Safety improvements, changes define racing eras

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:29:25 PMGo to full article

Trying to equate the safety features on today's modern Sprint Cup car with those of its predecessors is an impossibility. The cars in that first Strictly Stock race at Charlotte Speedway in 1949 were not even required to have roll bars or seat belts.

HANS is a 25-year evolution in driver protection

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 5:17:02 PMGo to full article

One of the most important safety advances in the history of racing is manufactured in a nondescript, one-story brick building on the same street as a ceramics shop, a company that creates stained glass and a pet mortuary.

At dawn of a new season, new car levels the field

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 3:17:12 PMGo to full article

A lot of thought, planning and execution went into making the Nationwide Series' new car a reality. When it debuted last summer on a limited basis, it provided an equitable solution to the issues of competitiveness, driveability and manufacturer identity.

 

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NASCAR.COM - Sprint Cup Series Headlines

February 23, 2011

From Nationwide points lead to uncertain future

February 23, 2011Go to full article

As the Daytona 500 came to an end, Landon Cassill cheered for Trevor Bayne as if he had a personal stake in the driver of the No. 21 car -- which, in a way, he did. It wasn't just because the two are good friends who attend Bible study together every other week. It wasn't just because both are drivers in their early 20s who had already experienced upheaval and disappointment in their careers. It was because if a young, relative unknown like Bayne would win NASCAR's biggest race, then maybe somebody might give Cassill a second look, too.

Notebok: Bayne opts to stick with Nationwide title chase

February 22, 2011, 4:36:49 PMGo to full article

Even though NASCAR would have allowed Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne to change his eligibility for the championship from the Nationwide Series to the Sprint Cup Series, Bayne announced Tuesday he is sticking with his plans to run for the Nationwide title.

Kenseths welcome Grace Katherine to family

February 22, 2011, 4:06:59 PMGo to full article

Matt Kenseth and his wife Katie welcomed a new bundle of joy into their family early Tuesday morning with the birth of the couple's second daughter. Grace Katherine Kenseth was born at 3:49 a.m. ET weighing in at 7 lbs., 8 oz. Both mother and daughter are doing well as the family welcomes Grace into the family to join their other daughter, Kaylin, and son, Ross.

 

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February 22, 2011, 12:05:00 AM

Daytona 500 ratings up

February 22, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

The Daytona 500's television ratings were up from last year.

Chitwood all smiles day after 500

February 22, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Joie Chitwood III was positively chipper Monday morning as he accepted the Daytona 500's winning race car from Wood Brothers Racing and driver Trevor Bayne.

Bayne still kid at heart

February 22, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne has 15 years of racing experience. Of course, most of those laps were in go-karts or entry-level racing series, not on the 2.5-mile tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway.

Bayne not eligible for Chase

February 22, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Consider it an unintended consequence of NASCAR's attempt at helping its Nationwide Series. Trevor Bayne, NASCAR's newest star after his Daytona 500 victory Sunday, wouldn't be eligible for this year's "Chase for the Championship" even if he otherwise raced well enough to qualify.

Top 10 'winning' moments

February 22, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

Another Speed Weeks has concluded, and like most, it will forever be defined by its winners. Those winners came in all shapes and ages. And as always, "winning" can be a relative term. Here's a look at some happy faces that graced NASCAR's most famous Victory Lane over the past few weeks.

Newest NASCAR hero recalls finish-line 'panic'

February 22, 2011, 12:05:00 AMGo to full article

The day after one of the biggest upset victories in Daytona 500 history, the air around Daytona International Speedway carried a certain feeling of "this was meant to be."

 

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RoadRUNNER Magazine

February 23, 2011

When KTM Off-Road Riders Take to the Street

February 23, 2011 | Florian NeuhauserGo to full article

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The Mad Bastard Scooter Rally 2011

February 22, 2011, 9:00:57 AM | RoadRUNNERGo to full article

Originating back in 2004, The Mad Bastard Scooter Rally was birthed by the staff at the Canadian Motorcycle magazine, when they acquired a Honda Ruckus scooter for a long-term test. Driven by the inspiration of the Ruckus and a bottle of fine Scotch, the team came up with the idea to ride the 50cc scooter [...]

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Olympic Peninsula’s Hoh Rain Forest Ride With AltRider

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:00:12 PM | RoadRUNNERGo to full article

June 10–12, 2011 the AltRider team invites you to join them for a unique opportunity to ride and camp in the Olympic Peninsula’s Hoh Rain Forest, one of the few remaining temperate rain forests in the United States. Thanks to special permission granted to the group, an amazing experience awaits amid an untouched and beautiful [...]

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Nathan Woods Benefit Ride Day

Friday, February 18, 2011, 4:19:06 PM | RoadRUNNERGo to full article

The off-road motorcycle community was deeply saddened when the news arrived that 2-time WORCS Champion Nathan Woods had passed away in a motorcycle accident recently during a practice session for the opening round of the WORCS. Long-time friends FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli and former mechanic Charles Jirsa have coordinated a ride day benefit for Woods’ [...]

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Americade 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 1:17:16 PM | RoadRUNNERGo to full article

Based upon the list of 15 motorcycle manufacturers scheduled to be at Americade 2011, you could certainly draw the conclusion that the recession is well and truly over, at least in Lake George. At Americade 2011, there will be demos from BMW, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, KTM, Kymco, MotorTrike, Roadsmith, Royal Enfield, Spyder, Star, Thoroughbred, Victory, and [...]

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Interview with Laurence Kuykendall, BMW Motorrad

Friday, February 11, 2011, 11:49:58 PM | John FloresGo to full article

Spent a couple minutes at IMS speaking with Laurence Kuykendall of BMW Motrorrad. Got some questions from readers via Facebook thought that I’d ask BMW directly. Here is their response.

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2011 Edition of Touratech Streetline Catalog

Friday, February 11, 2011, 1:38:26 PM | RoadRUNNERGo to full article

Widely known as a source for adventure riding accessories, Touratech has recently released its 2011 Streetline Catalog, which caters to street touring motorcycles. With more than 380 pages, the catalog expands Touratech’s offerings for street bikes considerably, including a broad range of touring equipment for the BMW F 800 R, BMW K and RT models, [...]

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You don’t quit riding because you get old…you get old because you quit riding

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 10:00:04 AM | Florian NeuhauserGo to full article

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TOURING TIP: Coping With Severe Weather: Tornadoes

Monday, February 07, 2011, 1:26:32 PM | RoadRUNNERGo to full article

It was a warm, humid summer evening on the northern plains of Oklahoma, when we stepped outside my grandparents’ farmhouse to get a little after-dinner fresh air.  But the air wasn’t fresh. It was uncharacteristically heavy and still, no birds were singing or even in sight.  My father and uncles were frozen in place, like [...]

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Zero Motorcycles Ramps Up For Continued Growth In 2011

Monday, February 07, 2011, 8:22:19 AM | RoadRUNNERGo to full article

Zero Motorcycles, a company specializing in electric motorcycle technology, just announced plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Santa Cruz, CA alongside their corporate headquarters. Not only does this show promise of growth for the company, but it also means more advanced motorcycles for consumers, as well as more environmentally friendly US-based jobs. With [...]

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Awakening from Hibernation

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 10:30:50 AM | RoadRUNNERGo to full article

With fall yard work, the holidays, and year-end business paperwork out of the way, I’m starting to plan a few trips for the coming season. I’m also looking forward to  trying out some new luggage mounted on the KLR™650 that I got late last summer. It has an oversized luggage rack on it that should [...]

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Special Offer From Ducati for February and March

Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 1:46:12 PM | RoadRUNNERGo to full article

The riding season is nearing again, and that means there are great deals for new motorcycles. Read Ducati’s special offer below for more info. Spring 2011: Financing as low as 1.99% or up to $1,000.00 in store credit. Cupertino, Calif. (2 February 2011) – Ducati announces a special offer to kick-off the spring motorcycle season; [...]

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2011 Dainese and AGV Press Day

Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 10:39:15 AM | RoadRUNNERGo to full article

Dainese and AGV held a press day to remember on January 24, 2011 at their D-Store in Costa Mesa, CA. Besides the great selection of new riding gear on display, the D-Store folks had a big surprise for us. Waiting backstage were a bunch of well-known riders who are sponsored by Dainese and/or AGV. These [...]

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Gatorskins Warm Clothing

Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 11:10:42 AM | Florian NeuhauserGo to full article

Most thermal clothing has to be worn tight and on the skin. If it’s cold in the morning, and there are layers upon layers, then no problem. Once it warms up though, taking off the thermals sometimes becomes a hassle, especially beside the road. Gatorskins provide a great alternative. Their shirts are intended to be [...]

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February 23, 2011

Phoenix suburb naming street for Earnhardt

February 23, 2011 Go to full article

The city of Avondale is naming a street after NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt who died 10 years ago.

NASCAR's new scoring system not so simple

February 22, 2011, 10:56:00 PMGo to full article

Carl Edwards is the Sprint Cup Series points leader. Landon Cassill heads the Nationwide Series standings, and Clay Rogers is atop the Trucks Series standings. None of them won a race last weekend.

Goodbye Daytona, hello Phoenix

February 22, 2011, 10:55:00 PMGo to full article

After a history-making Daytona 500 this past weekend, Sprint Cup Series teams are traveling nearly 2,200 miles from the 2.5-mile, high-banked Daytona International Speedway to the flat one-mile Phoenix International Raceway.

Trevor Bayne chased the dream at 15

February 22, 2011, 7:51:00 PMGo to full article

Scott Fowler: When 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne was 15 years old, his family moved him out of his Knoxville, Tenn., hometown and into a place in Mooresville. And then they left him there.

IndyCar offers $5M to outsiders on title race

February 22, 2011, 7:13:00 PMGo to full article

The IndyCar Series is putting up $5 million for any driver who thinks he or she can beat the open-wheel professionals at their own game in their championship race in Las Vegas.

Bones of steel brace speedway's video board

Monday, February 21, 2011, 10:47:00 PMGo to full article

The world's largest high-definition video board is scheduled to make its debut during Charlotte Motor Speedway's May race events.

Rewind: A little like Bristol

Monday, February 21, 2011, 10:46:00 PMGo to full article

Jim Utter: If there was a downside, it was the record number of cautions (16), making the racing look a little like it does at Bristol.

Trevor Bayne still in shock over Daytona 500 win

Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:14:00 PMGo to full article

Trevor Bayne celebrated his Daytona 500 victory by playing basketball with friends, then skateboarding on the infield of NASCAR's most storied race track.

A-list takes some hits with wild wreck, engine woes

Monday, February 21, 2011, 1:04:00 PMGo to full article

A lot of the "big names" thought to have a shot at winning the Daytona 500 weren't around at the finish.

Bayne wins for Woods, and does it David Pearson's way

Monday, February 21, 2011, 3:21:00 AMGo to full article

Scott Fowler: If the most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., wasn’t going to win, Trevor Bayne represented the next-best scenario for NASCAR.

Woods practically lived in Victory Lane

Monday, February 21, 2011, 3:21:00 AMGo to full article

The Wood Brothers were once a juggernaut in NASCAR, a family team that perfected the modern pit stop and raced to win after win with David Pearson behind the wheel.

Suddenly and stunningly, it's Bayne's world!

Monday, February 21, 2011, 12:17:00 AMGo to full article

How big is it when you win the Super Bowl of NASCAR and you’re not even officially a player? Ask Trevor Bayne.

The unofficial Sprint Cup standings

Monday, February 21, 2011, 12:16:00 AMGo to full article

Unofficials Sprint Cup driver standings after the 53rd Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011:

Trouble finds 3 Hendrick cars

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 8:10:00 PMGo to full article

Hendrick Motorsports had a rough start to the 2011 Sprint Cup season.

Stewart drafts a solution, wins 4th straight

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 3:42:00 PMGo to full article

Utilizing the two-car draft to perfection, Tony Stewart works his way into position and wins by seven-thousandths of a second.

Hendrick driven to help

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 10:46:00 AMGo to full article

When the 2011 racing season opens today with the Daytona 500, Rick Hendrick’s motorsports organization will begin competing for its 15th NASCAR championship – and sixth straight with driver Jimmie Johnson.

Raceday: A little more and tandem isn't just 'a trend'

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 1:26:00 AMGo to full article

Jim Utter: Will the two-car draft dominate? So far this Speedweeks, it’s been the key to victory.

Winning hand at Daytona? Bet on a pair

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 11:02:00 PMGo to full article

Will a new form of racing produce a new winner in Sunday’s Daytona 500? Is anyone a favorite? Is everyone a favorite?

Patrick leads briefly, finishes 14th

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 11:01:00 PMGo to full article

For a few laps, at least, Danica Patrick's day was going better than most people imagined.

It's not easy being 'E'

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 11:01:00 PMGo to full article

Scott Fowler: How would you like to be Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Sunday?

NASCAR eying Waltrip's winning spoiler

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 8:29:00 PMGo to full article

Michael Waltrip’s victory in Friday night’s NextEra 250 at Daytona will stand, but his No. 15 Truck team could face penalties.

The NASCAR dads and moms may not be enough

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 6:25:00 PMGo to full article

By allowing children in the garage and younger teens behind the wheel, it's clear NASCAR wants a youth movement.

Capturing a special Earnhardt moment on fateful day

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 6:25:00 PMGo to full article

Mike Shay was watching. Michael Waltrip was racing.

Deaths climb at small tracks

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 6:25:00 PMGo to full article

In the 10 years since Dale Earnhardt's death, NASCAR and other top racing divisions have poured millions into safety, improving their drivers' gear, the cars they ride in and the tracks where they race.

Big brother gets another break

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 2:45:00 PMGo to full article

The feel-good story of Daytona Speedweeks took another turn Saturday when Brian Keselowski picked up a sponsor.

It's Mark Martin's career, and he gets to make the calls

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 2:17:00 PMGo to full article

Sunday’s Daytona 500 might be the last of Mark Martin’s career. Or maybe not.

Burton leads way in final Cup practice

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 2:01:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Sprint Cup speeds from the final Daytona 500 practice at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011:

Michael Waltrip wins on 10th anniversary of Earnhardt death

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 1:18:00 PMGo to full article

It's never too late to win, even 10 years later. Michael Waltrip really never got a chance to celebrate his 2001 Daytona 500 victory as his team owner, Dale Earnhardt, died in a last-lap wreck in the race.

Keselowski pulling a team together

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:20:00 AMGo to full article

Wanted: Crew members, new car parts, a strong engine and enough hotel rooms for five people.

Racing against reality, Patrick sounds less certain

Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:09:00 PMGo to full article

Scott Fowler: She wants to be more than a pretty face, more than the NASCAR equivalent of tennis sweetheart Anna Kournikova.

Bowyer wins Saturday's pole as Patrick surprises

Friday, February 18, 2011, 6:26:00 PMGo to full article

Clint Bowyer has won the pole for the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Saturday's Nationwide Series lineup

Friday, February 18, 2011, 6:17:00 PMGo to full article

The NASCAR Nationwide Series starting lineup at Daytona International Speedway for the Drive4COPD 300:

Are graying NASCAR dads going it alone?

Friday, February 18, 2011, 6:03:00 PMGo to full article

By allowing children in the garage and younger teens behind the wheel, it's clear NASCAR wants a youth movement.

Pentagon's NASCAR spending survives House vote

Friday, February 18, 2011, 4:10:00 PMGo to full article

WASHINGTON – The House has voted to let the Pentagon continue using taxpayer dollars to sponsor NASCAR race teams.

Speeds, car counts down in Friday's practices

Friday, February 18, 2011, 4:06:00 PMGo to full article

Sprint Cup practice speeds were down slightly in Friday’s practices at Daytona International Speedway, while participation was down sharply.

Martin tops short list in final practice

Friday, February 18, 2011, 3:22:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Sprint Cup speeds from the final Daytona 500 practice at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011:

DEI to host candelight tribute to Earnhardt

Friday, February 18, 2011, 2:11:00 PMGo to full article

Dale Earnhardt Inc. is inviting fans to a special candlelight tribute Friday night, remembering Dale Earnhardt on the 10th anniversary of his death.

This year’s winner won’t be going solo

Friday, February 18, 2011, 1:33:00 PMGo to full article

Scott Fowler: Sunday’s big race is officially called the Daytona 500, but it’s shaping up a lot like a high-school prom.

New Daytona: Learning as you go (fast) in tandem

Friday, February 18, 2011, 1:33:00 PMGo to full article

"We’ve done this tandem thing before, but never this much,” says Jeff Burton, one of Thursday's race winners. "This is a new era at Daytona," adds Kurt Busch, who has now won twice in Speedweeks 2011.

Burton tops Friday's early practice chart

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:48:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Sprint Cup speeds from the early Daytona 500 practice at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011:

F1's Ecclestone hopeful about Bahrain GP

Friday, February 18, 2011, 11:40:00 AMGo to full article

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is hoping that deadly anti-government unrest in Bahrain "all blows away" so the season-opening Grand Prix can be run as scheduled.

Notes: Brother Act plays out

Friday, February 18, 2011, 11:22:00 AMGo to full article

Brian Keselowski didn’t have a teammate to race with on Thursday.

Tragedy prompts NASCAR changes

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:30:00 AMGo to full article

When Dale Earnhardt died, NASCAR was forced to change its approach to safety. “It definitely accelerated everything," one former official says.

Lasting memories, great stories

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 10:35:00 PMGo to full article

There are many still in NASCAR who spent time working for, racing against, cheering or jeering Dale Earnhardt.

Austin Dillon wins Truck pole

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 9:03:00 PMGo to full article

Austin Dillon has won the pole for the Truck series race at Daytona International Speedway, posting a lap of 179.047 mph.

NASCAR races too long, Fox boss reiterates, singling out the 600

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 9:03:00 PMGo to full article

When Fox Sports chairman David Hill says "too long," what he really means is the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Friday night's Truck series lineup

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 9:00:00 PMGo to full article

The NextEra 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starting lineup at Daytona International Speedway after qualifying on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011:

Allgaier best in final Nationwide practice

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 8:29:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Nationwide Series speeds from the final Drive4COPD 300 practice at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011:

Earnhardt Jr. still struggling to measure up

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 8:15:00 PMGo to full article

The wins of the father have been, in a sense, visited on the son.

NASCAR drivers expecting pay cuts

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:34:00 PMGo to full article

Greg Biffle believes he and other NASCAR drivers negotiating new contracts are going to experience a market correction.

Dillon optimistic about Truck opener

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:08:00 PMGo to full article

It is, for all intents and purposes, the last remaining on-track reminder of Dale Earnhardt’s legacy in NASCAR: The stylized black No. 3.

Truck series speeds, final practice

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:02:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series speeds from the final NextEra 250 practice at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 27, 2011:

Kurt Busch wins first qualifier

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5:38:00 PMGo to full article

Kurt Busch, winner of Saturday night's Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, has won Thursday's first Daytona 500 qualifying race.

Maxim portrays Vickers as a party animal

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5:30:00 PMGo to full article

A racy profile in Maxim magazine portrayed Brian Vickers as a hard-partying playboy with a voracious appetite for life in the fast lane.

Hendrick signs Chase Elliott

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5:29:00 PMGo to full article

Chase Elliott, the 15-year-old son of 1988 Cup champion Bill Elliott, has signed a multiyear deal with Hendrick Motorsports.

NASCAR, IndyCar? Danica undecided

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 3:05:00 PMGo to full article

Danica Patrick's season hasn't even started, and the biggest thing everybody wants to know is what she'll do next year.

Unrest interrupts racing in Bahrain

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:50:00 PMGo to full article

A lower-tier open-wheel race in Bahrain was called off Thursday amid anti-government protests and a crushing response by riot police.

Robert Kubica stable after surgery

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:45:00 PMGo to full article

GENOA, Italy – Formula One driver Robert Kubica's is in satisfactory and stable condition after surgery on his right elbow.

A plateful of changes await race test

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:28:00 PMGo to full article

With rule changes a new restrictor plate, Thursday’s Gatorade Duels 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway should have a different look.

Free agent frenzy not expected in NASCAR

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:28:00 PMGo to full article

The clock is ticking on the contracts of marquee drivers like Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya, all of whom are poised to hit NASCAR's version of free agency as this season develops.

Charlotte station cuts back on NASCAR

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:28:00 PMGo to full article

WBT-AM (1110) has agreed to carry Sunday’s Daytona 500, but – for the first time in decades – future races have no home on radio in NASCAR’s heartland.

The day the track stood still

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 8:17:00 AMGo to full article

Tom Sorensen: I was in the press box when Dale Earnhardt hit the wall on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

Tom Higgins: A prankster par excellence

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 8:15:00 AMGo to full article

Tom Higgins: I looked right into the face of Dale Earnhardt, grinning widely with mischievous glee.

Let’s learn from ‘Death at the Track’

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 9:52:00 PMGo to full article

Rick Thames: Care to guess who documents deaths in auto racing across America?

Death at the track: Toll still rising

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 9:35:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR has made dramatic strides in improving safety. No one has died at its top levels of racing since Dale Earnhardt a decade ago.

Kahne leads way in Wednesday's 2nd session

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:51:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Sprint Cup speeds from the second practice at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011:

Kyle Busch tops early Wednesday chart

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:49:00 PMGo to full article

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A decade later, Harvick embraces Earnhardt legacy

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:05:00 PMGo to full article

Kevin Harvick spent the last decade avoiding dealing with Dale Earnhardt's death.

Will shake-up affect NASCAR powerhouse?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 4:58:00 PMGo to full article

As Jimmie Johnson celebrated another NASCAR championship in November, car owner Rick Hendrick was already thinking ahead.

Jarrett objects to suggestion of an NASCAR-Earnhardt fix

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 4:45:00 PMGo to full article

Dale Jarrett dismisses Tony Kornheiser's suggestion on ESPN about a NASCAR fix at Daytona.

Wreck junks Junior's pole-winning car

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 4:43:00 PMGo to full article

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will remain credited with the pole for this season's Daytona 500 but will not lead the field to the green flag.

Quotes from ESPN session

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 3:48:00 PMGo to full article

Quotes released by ESPN from Wednesday's news conference at Daytona International Speedway. Taking part were analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree, lap-by-lap announcer Marty Reid and Rich Feinberg, vice president for motorsports:

Childress keeps Earnhardt promise

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 2:32:00 PMGo to full article

It's hard to imagine anybody would have blamed Richard Childress for just walking away, vowing never to set foot at another racetrack after losing his star driver and close friend, Dale Earnhardt.

Bahrain protests raise concern before F1 opener

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 2:25:00 PMGo to full article

The ruling body of motor sports is confident the anti-government protests in Bahrain will not prevent the running of next month's season-opening race in Formula One.

Friends, colleagues remember Tom Carnegie

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 2:24:00 PMGo to full article

Friends and fans have turned out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to pay tribute to the late Tom Carnegie, who was the voice of the track for more than six decades.

NASCAR serves up new restrictor plates

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 1:53:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR made another change in its rule package for Sunday’s Daytona 500, mandating different restrictor plates on race engines to reduce speeds.

Trucks Series gets more competitive

Monday, February 14, 2011, 10:28:00 PMGo to full article

The series appears set to take a big step up in level of competition this season.

Speed show headed to Hall of Fame

Monday, February 14, 2011, 2:26:00 PMGo to full article

"NASCAR Performance," a motor sports gear-head show produced by the Charlotte-based Speed cable network, will move to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, enabling it to have studio audiences.

NASCAR orders changes, tries to dodge draft trouble

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 7:38:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR wasted little time in making changes to limit the two-car drafts that dominated much of Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout.

Rewind: What changed in the tower?

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 7:30:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR's people were lighting up social media after Saturday night's race, touting the record passing and more. What changed?

High line works fine for Kurt Busch

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 7:30:00 PMGo to full article

Kurt Busch got an unexpected assist for his first win at Daytona International Speedway – from NASCAR.

Junior stamps Earnhardt name on Daytona pole

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 7:26:00 PMGo to full article

Ten years after the death of his father in a last-lap wreck in NASCAR’s biggest race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will lead this year’s field to the green in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Qualifying results: What's set so far

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 5:16:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying results from the session on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. The front row was determined and other results will be part of the formula used to set the 43-car field for the season-opening event on Feb. 20.:

Lap 3 tribute to Earnhardt expected

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 3:39:00 PMGo to full article

Daytona International Speedway wants fans to pay quiet tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt.

Dale Jr. on Dale Earnhardt: 'He carries his own weight'

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 3:39:00 PMGo to full article

Scott Fowler: "I want to honor him," Dale Earnhardt Jr. says of his late father, "but I don't need to do it in front of a bunch of people."

NASCAR troubled by Shootout's tandems

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 2:57:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR is considering several technical changes that could limit the two-car hookups that dominated the first race of the season.

Barrichello is fastest in F1 testing

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 1:40:00 PMGo to full article

JEREZ, Spain – Williams driver Rubens Barrichello posted the quickest time on the fourth and final day of Formula One testing at the Jerez Circuit.

Yellow line? Here we go again

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:07:00 PMGo to full article

Jim Utter: It's become almost as much of a trademark in restrictor-plate racing as "The Big One."

Daytona 500 qualifying: Bragging rights, no bonus

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 8:43:00 AMGo to full article

The unique qualifying process for the Daytona 500 provides a week’s worth of publicity for the two drivers who clinch spots on the front row.

NASCAR limits cooling options to cut Cup speeds

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 8:41:00 AMGo to full article

NASCAR officials have told teams to remove an auxiliary air hose used to cool engines in an attempt to reduce speeds.

NASCAR lowers age limit again

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 8:31:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR has again lowered the age limit for drivers in its regional touring series, from 16 to 15.

Bobby Gerhart notches 7th ARCA opener

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 6:47:00 PMGo to full article

Another stock car racing season is under way and there is a familiar face in Victory Lane.

Cup teams can scrap carburetors by 2012

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 6:26:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR will begin using fuel injection systems instead of carburetors in its Sprint Cup Series cars in 2012.

Annett acknowledges 'huge mistake'

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 6:23:00 PMGo to full article

Driver Michael Annett acknowledged Saturday that he was intoxicated when he was arrested last weekend in Mooresville, N.C.

McMurray's scrape means he'll use backup

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 6:21:00 PMGo to full article

Defending Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray scraped the wall in practice and will switch to a backup car for NASCAR's season opener.

Indy's Tom Carnegie dies at 91

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 6:16:00 PMGo to full article

Tom Carnegie, a veteran broadcaster and the voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to generations of Indy 500 fans, died Friday. He was 91.

Martin tops 2nd Daytona 500 session, too

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 5:10:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Sprint Cup speeds from the second Daytona 500 practice at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011:

Daytona 500 qualifying order

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 2:39:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying order for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011:

Martin fastest in first Daytona 500 practice

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 2:34:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Sprint Cup speeds from the first Daytona 500 practice at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011:

Dale Earnhardt thrived on rivalries - and Jeff Gordon should know

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 12:58:00 PMGo to full article

Jim Utter: Intentionally or not, Dale Earnhardt helped Jeff Gordon connect with a lot of NASCAR fans.

Sprint Cup preview: Can anyone dethrone Jimmie Johnson?

Friday, February 11, 2011, 10:35:00 PMGo to full article

High-five to Jimmie Johnson for continuing his streak of Sprint Cup Series championships in 2010. The "six pack" is currently on ice, as Johnson begins his bid for another title this month at Daytona. But is this the year that someone finally chases him down and thwarts his bid for a record-extending sixth straight championship?

Practice speeds top 203 mph

Friday, February 11, 2011, 10:32:00 PMGo to full article

The recently repaved surface at Daytona International Speedway is fast. Really fast. Maybe too fast.

Earnhardt Jr. draws top starting spot

Friday, February 11, 2011, 10:27:00 PMGo to full article

The lineup for the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, determined by draw: 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Logano up front in final practice

Friday, February 11, 2011, 10:07:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Sprint Cup speeds from the final Shootout practice at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011:

NASCAR puts Annett on probation after DUI arrest

Friday, February 11, 2011, 7:42:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR on Friday announced it has placed Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett on probation after his drunken driving arrest.

Fast starts don't always spell success

Friday, February 11, 2011, 7:38:00 PMGo to full article

The Budweiser Shootout serves as the unofficial start to the NASCAR season each year.

Some of what they're saying

Friday, February 11, 2011, 7:28:00 PMGo to full article

Some quotes on the death of longtim Indianapolis Motor Speedway announcer Tom Carnegie:

NASCAR names consultant's VP

Friday, February 11, 2011, 7:17:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR didn’t go far to find its new vice president and chief communications officer.

Ford asks NASCAR to OK Mustang for Cup in 2013

Friday, February 11, 2011, 7:11:00 PMGo to full article

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ford Motor Co. wants to race its Mustang in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2013.

Earnhardt Jr. tops early practice chart

Friday, February 11, 2011, 6:31:00 PMGo to full article

Speeds from the first Shootout practice at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 11, 2001:

The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule

Friday, February 11, 2011, 3:43:00 PMGo to full article

The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, including start times and network coverage:

NASCAR 'still gathering facts' on driver's DUI arrest

Friday, February 11, 2011, 2:20:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR officials said Thursday they are “still gathering facts” about driver Michael Annett’s drunken driving arrest.

Racing replacing team at Ohio ballpark

Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:39:00 PMGo to full article

Auto racing is on track to replace baseball at the former home of the minor league Columbus Clippers.

F1's Kubica: I'll be back, stronger

Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:02:00 PMGo to full article

Formula One driver Robert Kubica says he'll be back stronger after his crash in a rally event in northern Italy.

NASCAR's 2011: Some surprises, but not at top

Friday, February 11, 2011, 9:29:00 AMGo to full article

Jim Utter: We already know about NASCAR's Chase changes, so it’s time to make some predictions for the new season.

What does a pickup truck have to do with an F1 Ferrari?

Friday, February 11, 2011, 9:28:00 AMGo to full article

Ferrari will only use the full name of its new F1 car following a trademark dispute with Ford.

Injured Kubica to receive papal relics

Friday, February 11, 2011, 9:26:00 AMGo to full article

Poland's TVN24 reports Pope John Paul II's former secretary is giving papal relics to injured Formula One driver Robert Kubica.

Champion has new crew, same confidence

Friday, February 11, 2011, 6:12:00 AMGo to full article

With a fifth consecutive Sprint Cup Series championship in hand, a short offseason and few rules changes, Jimmie Johnson would appear ready to pick up where he left off as the 2011 NASCAR season gets under way.

Hamlin credits Jordan in Nike deal

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:50:00 PMGo to full article

Denny Hamlin has signed an endorsement deal with Nike's Jordan brand, and will sport the "jumpman" logo on his fire suit and gloves this season.

Robby Gordon, Dodge reach deal

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:50:00 PMGo to full article

Dodge's Sprint Cup fleet increased by 50 percent on Thursday.

Waltrip anticipated the questions, but ...

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:49:00 PMGo to full article

Michael Waltrip knew the questions were coming and tried to gather his thoughts in advance so he'd be ready to answer.

Who does Kevin Harvick fear most?

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 6:52:00 PMGo to full article

Jim Utter: Kevin Harvick's new sponsor is hosting a roast of the driver in Daytona Beach, Fla.

A Daytona Q&A with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 6:05:00 PMGo to full article

A transcript from the question-and-answer session at Daytona International Speedway with driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.:

A Daytona Q&A with Kevin Harvick

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 5:19:00 PMGo to full article

A transcript from a question and answer session with driver Kevin Harvick at Daytona International Speedway:

NASCAR hall posts largest monthly loss

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 1:21:00 PMGo to full article

The NASCAR Hall of Fame lost $327,041 in December, the largest monthly deficit since the hall opened in May.

A Daytona Q&A with Brad Keselowski

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 1:08:00 PMGo to full article

The transcript from a question-and-answer session with driver Brad Keselowski at Daytona International Speedway:

5-time champ gets new pit crew

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 12:52:00 PMGo to full article

Jimmie Johnson may be a five-time Sprint Cup Series champion but his pit crew this season will be looking for its first championship.

Massa fastest as F1 tests without Kubica

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 12:45:00 PMGo to full article

Felipe Massa was fastest in testing as Formula One returned to the track.

Media poll: Johnson will win 6th

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 11:33:00 AMGo to full article

The people who cover stock car racing are predicting a "six-peat" for Jimmie Johnson in 2011, according to NASCAR's preseason polling.

NASCAR driver also cited in 2010 wreck

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 11:33:00 AMGo to full article

NASCAR driver Michael Annett has been charged with driving while impaired, texting while driving and resisting an officer after he ran into another car in Mooresville early Sunday.

F1's Kubica leaves intensive care

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 11:05:00 AMGo to full article

Injured Renault driver Robert Kubica has left intensive care and has been transferred to the trauma ward.

Charges against Goldberg dismissed

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 6:40:00 PMGo to full article

Prosecutors has dismissed public indecency and disorderly conduct charges against Neil Goldberg, a former motorsports producer for ESPN, according to Connecticut criminal online records cited by sportingnews.com.

Inman's call was another winner for Petty

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 6:24:00 PMGo to full article

Tom Higgins: Dale Inman had spent nearly 30 years racing with the Pettys.

Heidfeld to test with Lotus Renault

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 6:02:00 PMGo to full article

German driver Nick Heidfeld will test with Lotus Renault as the Formula One team looks to replace the injured Robert Kubica.

Patrick trims her NASCAR schedule

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 5:45:00 PMGo to full article

Danica Patrick is trimming her NASCAR schedule by a race.

Changes set after Phoenix weekend

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 12:13:00 PMGo to full article

Phoenix International Raceway will undergo its first major track paving project in 20 years after hosting the first of its two NASCAR races later this month.

Williams reveals value, share price

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 12:07:00 PMGo to full article

Williams F1 revealed details of next month's initial public offering, valuing what will become the first publicly traded Formula One team at $361.3 million.

NASCAR has few answers for issues

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 4:00:00 AMGo to full article

Jenna Fryer: NASCAR entered its brief offseason with several nagging problems, intending to fix as many as possible. But unfinished business includes sagging television ratings, alarming attendance drops and apathy from new and old fans alike.

Mayfield retracts statements made about stepmother

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 12:13:00 AMGo to full article

Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield issued a public written apology to his stepmother, Lisa Mayfield, on Tuesday, part of a settlement to a 2009 slander lawsuit she filed in Iredell County.

Girl needs marrow transplant; Labonte wants to help

Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 1:03:00 AMGo to full article

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.

NASCAR driver charged with DWI in wreck

Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 1:00:00 AMGo to full article

NASCAR driver Michael Annett has been charged with driving while impaired, texting while driving and resisting an officer after he ran into another car in Mooresville early Sunday.

Glad to be back, Vickers eyes NASCAR goals

Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 12:56:00 AMGo to full article

There was a time last summer when Brian Vickers wasn’t certain he would live, let alone race again.

Speed TV will broadcast spring Richmond Nationwide race

Monday, February 07, 2011, 6:15:00 PMGo to full article

Lucky Dog: A combination of the NFL Draft and NBA Playoffs will send the April 29 NASCAR Nationwide Series race off ESPN and to Speed Channel this year.

Danica Patrick revived, ready after quiet offseason

Monday, February 07, 2011, 11:39:00 AMGo to full article

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.

How does real-life Wendell Scott story end?

Monday, February 07, 2011, 11:36:00 AMGo to full article

Bob Henry: Some people in NASCAR like to call Wendell Scott “the Jackie Robinson of motorsports.”

F1's Robert Kubica fights to regain full use of hand

Sunday, February 06, 2011, 11:12:00 PMGo to full article

Robert Kubica will need up to a year to regain full use of his right hand, according to the surgeon who operated on the Formula One driver after his rally car accident on Sunday.

'Legend of lowriders' leads owner's funeral procession

Sunday, February 06, 2011, 2:53:00 PMGo to full article

"Gypsy Rose," an iconic and award-winning Chevy Impala lowrider, led its owner's funeral procession through East L.A. on Saturday.

Another hall honors Richter

Saturday, February 05, 2011, 11:35:00 PMGo to full article

Les Richter, who was a senior NASCAR and track executive after his NFL career, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Fire causes minor damage at Joe Gibbs Racing

Saturday, February 05, 2011, 12:14:00 AMGo to full article

A fire in the engine shop at Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville on Friday morning caused no injuries and left minor damage mostly from smoke and water, a team official said.

Students get technical, courtesy of Kahne and NASCAR hall

Friday, February 04, 2011, 7:24:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR team engineer Keith Rodden uses a paper airplane in showing seventh-graders how science and math affect their everyday lives.

Does ESPN air the entire Nationwide Series schedule or not?

Friday, February 04, 2011, 5:52:00 PMGo to full article

With a Nationwide Series race and the NFL draft both on the calendar, does ESPN have a conflict?

Penske pares Dodge teams to 2

Friday, February 04, 2011, 5:00:00 PMGo to full article

Dodge’s Sprint Cup lineup in 2011 has gotten smaller but perhaps more potent.

McLaren rolls out new F1 car

Friday, February 04, 2011, 12:09:00 PMGo to full article

Recent world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button saw their new Formula One car for the first time when it was unveiled by McLaren at a public event in Berlin on Friday.

'Top Gear' remarks prompt apology

Friday, February 04, 2011, 11:36:00 AMGo to full article

The BBC has apologized to Mexico's ambassador for remarks on its "Top Gear" program that described Mexicans as lazy and oafish.

Hamlin a favorite to give Toyota a title

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 4:01:00 PMGo to full article

The Cup series is the only one of NASCAR's top three series in which Toyota has not won a manufacturer or driver's championship.

Court: France divorce case can be public

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 3:09:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR Chairman Brian France's messy divorce and legal dispute with his ex-wife should play out in open court, the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Roundup: 'New' cars and new crews

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 1:46:00 PMGo to full article

A brief sampling of what's being written about racing, the issues, personalities and more – 02.03.11.

Drivers on edge as 1961 Daytona 500 green flag nears

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 12:32:00 PMGo to full article

Tom Higgins: Fireball Roberts was the fastest qualifier for this Daytona 500. And at 155.709 mph, he was heavily favored.

Kubica fastest in F1's first session

Thursday, February 03, 2011, 12:31:00 PMGo to full article

Lotus Renault driver Robert Kubica finished Formula One's first test session of the season with the quickest time.

Officials tout NASCAR Hall of Fame opportunities with 2012 party convention

Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 7:10:00 PMGo to full article

City officials say the NASCAR Hall of Fame was an asset in Charlotte’s effort to win the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Drivers on edge as 1961's Daytona 500 gets ready to go

Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 4:22:00 PMGo to full article

Tom Higgins: Fireball Roberts was the fastest qualifier for this Daytona 500. And at at 155.709 mph, he was heavily favored.

Rounding up some of the other reports

Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 2:22:00 PMGo to full article

A brief sampling of what's being written about racing, the issues, personalities and more – 02.02.11.

Deal closed on sale of Memphis track

Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 5:34:00 PMGo to full article

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Moroso Investment Partners, the ownership group of Palm Beach International Raceway, has closed the transaction on purchasing the Memphis Motorsports Park from Dover Motorsports Inc. for $2 million.

Would a HANS device have saved Dale Earnhardt in 2001 Daytona wreck?

Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 5:32:00 PMGo to full article

HANS Performance Products released a question-and-answer transcript on Tuesday with Jim Downing, co-founder of HPP, dealing with a number of safety issues surrounding the death of Dale Earnhardt in a last lap wreck in the 2001 Daytona 500.

Schumacher, Mercedes look to turn F1 fortunes around

Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 8:17:00 AMGo to full article

VALENCIA, Spain – Michael Schumacher's hopes of turning around his return to Formula One began Tuesday in testing the new Mercedes car.

Finish boosts McDreamy

Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 8:08:00 AMGo to full article

No, weary race fans were not dreaming when they checked the leaderboard at daybreak of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

New-look Lotus hungry for F1 wins

Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 7:17:00 AMGo to full article

VALENCIA, Spain– Lotus Renault is using a vintage look to signal it's ready to make the jump from podiums to victories in 2011.

Perez focused on Sauber as Ferrari looms

Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 7:14:00 AMGo to full article

VALENCIA, Spain – Mexican driver Sergio Perez is staying focused on his first Formula One season with Sauber despite a possible move to Ferrari.

Ganassi sweeps top 2 spots in Rolex 24

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 7:56:00 PMGo to full article

America's longest endurance race came down to a one-lap sprint. No surprise, the winner ended up being the guy with more wins in the Grand-Am Series than anybody else.

Bowles wins All-Star Showdown

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 8:16:00 AMGo to full article

IRWINDALE, Calif. – Jason Bowles won the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown on Saturday night, beating Canadian D.J. Kennington by 0.501 seconds on the half-mile track.

Saturday night's race results

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 8:02:00 AMGo to full article

Results from Saturday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, Calif. (Starting position in parentheses.):

Logano expects to run for Chase

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 7:52:00 PMGo to full article

Joey Logano is smarter, more mature, more experienced and this season also more confident.

 

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Here Comes Travis Pastrana

February 23, 2011 | noreply@blogger.com (Daly Planet Editor)Go to full article

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If you think Danica Patrick came to NASCAR with lots of fans already in tow, get ready for a very interesting weekend in Phoenix. Travis Pastrana and his public relations juggernaut is chugging into NASCAR land.

It's only a K&N Series race, but Pastrana in his Boost Mobile Toyota out of the MWR shops looks to be a major story. When is the last time a K&N Series driver was interviewed by satellite on SPEED's Race Hub in only their second race? Pastrana will join host Steve Byrnes on Thursday at 7PM.

“I can’t wait to get back in the race car this week," said Pastrana in a press release. "We had a very successful debut at Irwindale last month and I learned a lot during the race. I don’t think our goals have change from our debut. We want to go out there and make laps and learn as much as we can. I haven’t been able to test at Phoenix so I am going to have to spend most of the practice time just learning the best way around the track."

Pastrana has been over in New Zealand performing with the Nitro Circus. Click here for a little taste of that extravaganza. It is from this background that Pastrana comes to NASCAR.

Now 27 years old, Pastrana has the ability to bring an entirely new group of fans to the sport and the PIR weekend should be interesting to watch. Although he will not make his official Nationwide Series debut until Indy in July, Pastrana is the same type of marketing machine as Danica.

When Ms. Patrick walked into the sport, it was TV that rushed to document her every move. Now that moment is long gone and Patrick looks a lot like just another struggling open-wheeler who doesn't get it. Even after a push to the front at Daytona, it was clear that Patrick hasn't come close to mastering the stock car skills needed at this level.

Pastrana has no such problems. Much like Trevor Bayne, Pastrana has no bad habits to break and no luggage from another series to carry as he arrives. An 11-time XGames gold medal winner, Pastrana's background is speed mixed with safety. He showed that in Irwindale, where he took home sixth place in the Toyota Shootout.

Click here to visit the Pastrana website, that will give you a much better overview of the successful and sophisticated athlete that has targeted NASCAR as his next goal. It should be interesting to see just how much media Pastrana generates and how often he appears on SPEED, ESPN and even FOX during the PIR racing weekend.

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Trevormania: The TV Aftermath

February 22, 2011, 9:53:29 AM | noreply@blogger.com (Daly Planet Editor)Go to full article

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The irony of the quick interview of Trevor Bayne by FOX's Krista Voda in Victory Lane was made clear once the race telecast was over. Actively or passively, Bayne subsequently appeared on more media outlets than any Daytona 500 winner in history. He was a media dream.

After handling the liveshots for various TV shows in Victory Lane once FOX was done, Bayne then worked his way through the Victory Lane show on SPEED and NASCAR Now on ESPN later Sunday night. By then, it was clear that the camera just loved this driver.

Monday morning saw the Daytona 500 highlights and soundbites from Bayne featured on cable news networks, local TV stations and ESPN's various channels. Still smiling, Bayne then handled the satellite interviews from Daytona USA as the 500 car was put on display.

The next stop was ESPN and a turn in the company car wash. That is the current term used to describe a person who is whisked through the media giant's TV, radio and online channels in one day and then spit out into the parking lot with a handshake.

Instead of a babbling mess, Bayne walked through the various ESPN programs with maturity and good humor. He delivered a positive message for NASCAR that sports TV viewers had not seen or heard in a long time. Here was a smart, young person who was excited about racing.

Rusty Wallace had some airplane issues and was unable to fly into Bristol for the big Monday one-hour NASCAR Now show. It might have been kismet. Instead, Bayne sat with just host Allen Bestwick and reporter Marty Smith for the entire hour.

This long-form program allowed Bayne to talk about all kinds of diverse issues. It clicked. The always structured Bestwick led him through the topics that race fans wanted to hear while Smith leaned back and brought some outstanding questions from the journalism side of the aisle.

Along the way, Bayne never faltered. He was never mean, never grouchy and never made an on-air joke at another's expense. In speaking with David Pearson by phone on the show, Bayne reported to him that he had followed Pearson's advice and simply tried to be careful in order to finish.

It should be noted here that for once ESPN's SportsCenter put together an outstanding edited feature on the race, Bayne's win and what it means for the sport. Brian Williams of the NBC Nightly News made his contribution with a very nice story on the impact of an outsider and fresh face taking one of the biggest prizes in the sport.

Despite the continuing lunacy of stick-and-ball curmudgeons on shows like Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption, ESPN in general handled the subject matter quite well and gave the Daytona 500 and NASCAR unprecedented exposure.

The polar opposite of Allen Bestwick is Steve Byrnes. Casual on the Race Hub set in Charlotte, Byrnes used his unique style to have fun with Bayne in an interview taped via satellite from Daytona USA. Bestwick keeps it professional, while Byrnes makes it personal.

Bayne again sold himself, the Wood Brothers, Ford and NASCAR with little effort. His enthusiasm and previous interactions with Byrnes made it clear to SPEED viewers that this was the type of star lurking in the Nationwide Series and looking for a future.

For the race telecast, FOX reported an 8.7 cable rating which translates to 15.6 million homes. That's only one point higher than last season, but there was some interesting data released. Some of Nielsen's top ten metered markets turned impressive numbers.

In Chicago, viewership was up 61%, in New York 32% and in Los Angeles 46%. Needless to say, those are some key markets for NASCAR with tracks and races in two of those cities. Another good tidbit was that ratings started higher from the green flag and then peaked for the finish. That means a whole lot of people stayed put.

NASCAR.com passes along the incredible number of 11.2 million pageviews on Sunday, with 3 million additional pageviews from mobile devices. There is little doubt that the upcoming focus on the sport's media outreach will center on an increased online presence that is user-friendly and driven by video and social media content.

Update: Wood Brothers will be in Phoenix and Bayne will run in both series. Thank you for the information.

For one rather glorious 24 hour period, NASCAR got the kind of national media spark that it cannot buy, create or command. It should be very interesting to see how FOX, ESPN and SPEED handle the transition of Bayne back into mediocrity and what each network does to try and keep the NASCAR ball rolling in the right direction.

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TV Police: FOX Handcuffed In Daytona

Monday, February 21, 2011, 1:21:15 PM | noreply@blogger.com (Daly Planet Editor)Go to full article

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The substantive changes in the NASCAR on FOX telecast of the Daytona 500 were apparent from the start of the pre-race show. Then, the green flag dropped.

FOX impressed for the entire hour before the race as the network unveiled a new infield set that allowed Chris Myers, Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip to leave the sterile confines of the Hollywood Hotel and get out among the fans.

Myers dropped the act he has perfected over the years playing the fool and instead brought his professional TV presence to the program. It made all the difference. Waltrip was not in charge this time and Myers did a tremendously effective job of directing traffic before the race.

As this is the first race of the season, FOX again mixed some features designed to provide an update for casual fans with news and some entertainment. The entertainment is part of the Daytona TV deal. The features worked to remember the history of this race and the anniversary of Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s passing.

This was the most effective and focused NASCAR on FOX pre-race show in four years. Not only for Daytona, but for any race covered by the network. The power of having happy fans shown on national TV at a NASCAR race cannot be underestimated.

Martina McBride delivered a tremendous version of the national anthem and the Thunderbirds on the flyover made it almost perfect. Then, FOX encountered the issue that many believed was going to deeply affect the race this season. Even after attempts by NASCAR, the only way to race was in teams of two and that was the order of the day.

Despite bringing super slo-mo and a thermal imaging cam, FOX was thoroughly handcuffed by the actual racing on the track from the drop of the green flag. The two car drafting partners completely changed the scoring, call of the race and the ability of TV to choose the pictures.

Darrell Waltrip continues to be a powerful presence, but his on-air comments are now often wrapped in personal emotion and contain opinions based on family, friends and politics. Waltrip had a very long week working for SPEED, but to his credit he stayed focused on the endless on-track issues as the saga unfolded.

Mike Joy continues to be a presence in the booth that brings a balance to this team. Once again this year, he allowed the comments of others to be heard in full while filling-in the details and providing the commentary that the sport has come to know so very well.

The FOX production team tried early on to repeat the pattern of in-car cameras and tight shots, but the racing on the track made that impossible. Wideshots were the order of the day, simply to be able to see the two-car groups gaining speed and then passing each other.

The pit reporters were muted, only because tires were not an issue and there were many chances for teams to get fuel. Updates on drivers out of the race were done in a timely fashion and the questions were on target. It was not an easy task to explain to the viewing public exactly what was going on.

As expected, the close of the race was a mess on the track. TV followed the chaos, it was explained as it happened and the final portions of the event were commercial free. We may never really know what FOX had in mind for this event, because the two-car drafting handcuffs were placed on them early and never removed.

After every race we take an opportunity to allow you to offer your comments on the Spint Cup Series telecasts. This is a rather unique post because of the nature of the racing, but here we go. Happy to have your comments on the NASCAR on FOX coverage of the Daytona 500.

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Live Blogging Sprint Cup Series From Daytona (12PM - FOX)

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The NASCAR on FOX team comes out of the gate in 2011 trying to get different results from exactly the same personalities in front of and behind the cameras. It's going to be a tall task to get the momentum flowing in the right direction where NASCAR fans and TV are concerned.

As you can tell from the picture above, the theme of this one is going to be Dale Earnhardt Jr. trying to win the race on the 10th anniversary of his father's passing. Fans will once again hold up three fingers on lap 3 of the race. Keep an eye on how FOX handles this topic during the event.

Chris Myers is back in the Hollywood Hotel and it should be interesting to see if he continues the same act of being Mr. Confused. In fact, Myers is now in his second season of hosting Inside NASCAR on Showtime. Myers has a long history in TV as an informed and sophisticated on-air professional.

Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond join Myers for the pre-race show. Hammond has been outstanding this season with focused TV comments and an informed presence. Waltrip has been overused by SPEED and the result has been a tired guy who is talking too much. A well-rested Waltrip is going to be needed for this race that promises to have a very different dynamic.

Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds join Waltrip in the booth for the race. This mix has been effective for many years, but Waltrip's non-stop chatter last year at this event set the tone for what was to be a rough season. If the producer allows Joy to take charge and direct traffic, things should be fine.

Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda, Matt Yocum and Dick Berggren are the top of the heap in terms of pit road reporters. A diverse group of professionals with other interests and TV projects, FOX has failed to effectively use their talents for several seasons. Hopefully, a new focus on information will allow them more air time.

There is no RaceBuddy for the FOX races this season. That means during TV commercials fans have nowhere to continue watching the race. NASCAR.com has a live leaderboard but no free scanners. Basically, FOX and the radio are the only two information sources for the event.

FOX has not embraced social media and there is no focused location for tweets or Facebook conversation with fans during the telecast. Darrell Waltrip has an active Twitter account, so it should be interesting to see if he will be interacting with fans from the TV booth during the race.

The network has FLIR technology, new in-car camera angles and a race where two cars can pull away from the pack. It's an interesting combination of elements where making TV is concerned. FOX has a long history of overusing in-car angles, trying to build drama and focusing on the winner instead of all the finishers.

There are four years left in the current TV contract. In reality, FOX may well have only four more cracks at covering the Daytona 500. After last season's pothole issues and the erosion of TV viewers, the pressure is on to deliver a memorable and informative telecast.

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Live Blogging Nationwide Series From Daytona (12PM - ESPN2)

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The ESPN boys had all winter to lick their wounds and recover from the thumping they took in the media and with the fans about the TV coverage of both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series down the stretch last season.

Now, instead of making changes in the broadcast line-up, the only news is that Rusty Wallace's TV contract has been extended through 2014. That is the current end of ESPN's NASCAR agreement to cover the sport. The fact that Ray Evernham quietly stepped away wasn't even a blip on the radar.

In ESPN's world, everything is always fine. In reality, it certainly is not. Marty Reid struggled with the sport and his play-by-play down the stretch was off-balance. He returns to this role today with the Nationwide Series race from Daytona.

Alongside of Reid are Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. It should be interesting to see if Jarrett takes this role and expresses his opinion or continues to be just a bit too polite and far too politically correct. Jarrett still has tremendous credibility and he could be the key to returning ESPN to a position of authority in the sport.

Consistency has defined Andy Petree but the faces around him have continually changed. He started with Rusty Wallace alongside, then the next season Jerry Punch left and Reid came aboard. His original producer is gone and this year he again is cast in the role of the third guy in the booth.

Allen Bestwick will lead the Infield Pit Studio group. Wallace and Brad Daugherty are alongside and assuming their normal roles. Wallace gets agitated and intense, while Daugherty speaks in broad and general terms about any topic in the sport. While Bestwick is the best in the business on TV right now, he is surrounded by a less than stellar cast but still makes the best of it.

There really is nothing to say about Tim Brewer and the Tech Garage. He is cast in the role of making guesses about incidents on the track and is often completely incorrect. His updates on the very basics of the sport make fans feel stupid. In his fifth season in this role, it should be interesting to see how he is presented.

Jamie Shiftan is the new ESPN producer. He is popular with the crew, a homegrown production veteran and maintains good relationships with almost everyone in the sport. The reaction when he was named to this position was overwhelmingly positive. Now, it is his turn to make the TV donuts beginning with the biggest race of the Nationwide Series season.

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Live Blogging Trucks in Daytona (SPEED - 7PM)

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The familiar feel of the Camping World Truck Series TV package comes back tonight in Daytona. One face is gone, however, and a new one steps in.

Adam Alexander has left the truck TV package to anchor the new SPEED Center show back in Charlotte, NC. It will be Hermie Sadler stepping in to fill his shoes for the entire season. Sadler will also continue his reporter duties on the RaceDay show for the network as well.

Krista Voda kicks off another season as the host of the pre-race show and sometimes a pit road reporter. Voda's style has always meshed well with this series and she has proven her value to NASCAR and SPEED for many years.

Rick Allen will call the race with Phil Parsons. These two have been the core of the TV package in the booth for a long time. Tonight, Darrell Waltrip steps in because younger brother Michael is racing.

Yes, Michael has an in-truck camera and it should be interesting to see how the producer manages the contact between the two Waltrips. These two have been on a self-promotion tour this week and frankly, it's getting to be too much.

Ray Dunlap will be returning to anchor pit road along with Sadler. Watching these two this season should be fun. This is the first opportunity for Sadler to put his personal stamp on something for the entire season. This assignment is quite different than the scripted RaceDay program.

The same producer and director return as well, two guys who strive to produce old school television coverage that focuses on the racing and the drivers instead of fancy TV gizmo's and announcer personalities.

The field is packed with a ton of personalities from Kyle Busch to 18 year-old Johanna Long. No two-by-two drafting in this series. The trucks should put on a good show.

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Earnhardt Stories: We All Got 'Em

Friday, February 18, 2011, 10:44:01 AM | noreply@blogger.com (Daly Planet Editor)Go to full article

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Lots of fans have been asking about Dale Earnhardt Sr. and his life and times. It's pretty easy to find a record of his accomplishments on the track and a history of his family life, but there is a lot more.

For those of us who worked in NASCAR television in the 80's and 90's, there was little doubt that sooner or later you would encounter Big E. He was a street smart person who could size someone up pretty quickly and had little patience for those with agendas.

Times were different then. Drivers stayed at hotels and ate out locally with everyone else. Lots of problems got solved in hotel bars and sometimes others got started. It wasn't as shiny, corporate or polished. It was a lot of fun.

We are going to encourage folks to add their own Dale Sr. stories on this blog post and see how it goes. I'll start with one of mine. It all began when NASCAR decided to branch out and go race at the Brickyard.

At the time, I was working at Sunbelt Video in Charlotte, NC. This company produced Inside Winston Cup Racing for TNN, did a ton of corporate work for sponsors at the track and generally was responsible for archiving NASCAR race footage. Back then, NASCAR wanted nothing to do with the TV business.

NASCAR decided to create a kind of temporary theme park on the IU-PUI campus with different kinds of interactive stock car attractions. It was designed to get folks in that area up to speed on the sport. It was going to be called NASCAR World.

Sunbelt Video was asked to handle the TV part and gladly said yes. Basically, a big high-tech tent was put in place and inside we built a stage and bleachers for an audience. The idea was to bring in several hundred fans during the days before the race and have radio and TV shows originate from the site.

Back then, This Week in NASCAR with Eli Gold was a weekly one-hour show that featured a driver on live TV answering questions from the audience and phone callers. The featured driver on the final night before the race was going to be Dale Earnhardt Sr.

When practical jokes are played, I am not the one involved in setting them up. As I have been reminded many times in my TV life, I am a wonderful victim. At various times on the road I have been duct taped into my hotel room, put on the wrong flight and famously had my legs shaved by a college women's swim team. That wasn't pretty.

I had absolutely nothing for Dale Earnhardt and he knew it. I was a Boy Scout and he was a heavyweight boxer. I knew my role and this show in Indy was going to be a big moment for both of us. He was set to be driven to the show by a police car and was right on time.

Eli was already on stage, the entire house was packed and Earnhardt was the reason. All he had to do was walk up three little steps, come out from behind Eli and take a seat. I shook his hand, said thanks for coming and left him in the hands of the Stage Manager.

I wanted to see the fans, so I walked around to the front of the big tent and then inside. It had been closed off a while back after being filled with fans in black shirts with the number three on everything they wore. It was just a couple of minutes until air time, the crowd was screaming and everything was perfect.

The show hit the air live, Eli said his hellos and then went to a quick commercial before introducing Earnhardt. It was electric. One of the ushers we hired stood next to me and as Eli began to introduce Dale I said to him quietly that this was going to be fun. Then, it happened.

The usher said, "You think?" I recognized the voice. My head swiveled. Staring me in the face about three inches from my nose was Earnhardt. Eli was looking back for him, the crowd was now standing and the only thing Earnhardt wanted to do was watch me turn a shade of purple that cannot be accurately described in the English language.

Before I could decide to scream, faint or have a heart attack he was gone. He happily walked up the aisle of screaming fans from behind carefully knocking the baseball hats off the ones on the end of the rows. When he got to the chest high stage he got a running start, jumped up on it and slowly stood up. The entire place went nuts.

Eli is a pro who is used to driver antics and he got Earnhardt in the chair. It was finally occurring to the chosen fans that their heads had gotten the famous Earnhardt swat as he came down the aisle. The Dale show was in full effect and yet only two of us knew the reality.

As Eli started into his opening remarks, Earnhardt was slowly unveiling the one trait that every single person who knew him had experienced. As I stood there shaking my head and wondering if my heart would return to a normal rhythm, I was the recipient of one of the most famous shit-eating grins in the known universe.

What made it more special to him was that none of the screaming fans, the show host or even the producer knew what had happened. Earnhardt had seen his opportunity, taken it and was now basking in the glow of his achievement. I just had to sit down.

That's one of my Earnhardt TV stories. Others that have been told to me over the years involve his boating adventures, various activities around town during race weeks and scaring the heck out of fans by stopping by their infield campers.

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Trucks Ready To Steal TV Spotlight

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While the Sprint Cup Series still has the established superstars and the Nationwide Series boasts dynamite new cars, this weekend it just might be the Camping World Trucks stealing the TV spotlight in Daytona.

Throughout practice sessions and now after the Gatorade Duels, it's become apparent that the Sprint Cup Series is going to look like well, click here for a wonderful video of the chain races at Bowman Gray Stadium. Two cars, forever locked, until something bad happens. Motorsports ballet if you will.

We also saw a bunch of the Sprint Cup guys cross-over and do the same thing in the Nationwide Series cars. They were even switching partners in practice just to find out how the bumpers of the different manufacturers lined-up. The Nationwide Series race could also be a story of the best two-car drafters having a big advantage.

Meanwhile, over in truck land there is a whole lot of shaking going on. A ton of good drivers did not make the race, including Mike Skinner, Rick Crawford and Tayler Malsam. Ultimately, the starting grid for the race is an incredible mix of motorsports personalities.

While Austin Dillon capturing the pole might be expected, Ricky Carmichael and 18 year-old Johanna Long, pictured above, sneaking into the top five certainly was not. Experienced drivers like Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler and Aric Almirola will be racing with Jeffrey Earnhardt, Miguel Paludo and Craig Goess Jr.

Even good old Michael Waltrip decided to take a ride in this one. He is joined by hard-charging Johnny Sauter and truck series veteran Todd Bodine. There is no lack of speed in the field and none of the start-and-park chaos that dogged this series in 2010.

SPEED knows it suddenly has an opportunity to outshine ESPN and FOX. Instead of a cult classic, this may well be the season that the trucks move up the ladder in terms of respect among the competitors and the NASCAR media. In addition to the new faces, there is a neat twist in the series coverage.

Ford Trucks is the company that has made arrangements to sponsor TruckBuddy for every single race this season. That means at NASCAR.com the free four-box live video application with sound, scoring and social media chat will be ready to roll.

This is the first of NASCAR's three national touring series to offer an online video companion for all the races. While this does not have all the bells and whistles of the RaceBuddy app used on TNT's Sprint Cup Series races, that's not an issue.

The truck series has always been different and prided itself on that. New faces have come while others have gone as drivers on different career paths converged in this interesting form of racing. The one constant along the way has been TV coverage.

SPEED picked-up the entire series in the last TV contract and got off to a slow start. The race coverage developed into a strong presentation, but the network offered absolutely no support programming in terms of a weekly show. Fans got the pre-race, the race and a nice goodbye until next time.

This year, SPEED has come slamming out of the gate with a mature Race Hub program backed by additional live shows from the tracks. Steve Byrnes and company have made sure to provide the truck series with a lot of exposure it has been lacking.

All of a sudden, a series that in one race featured over 20 trucks starting and parking of 36 total now looks very different. Live TV coverage for practice, qualifying and the races. RaceBuddy for every single race free to fans online worldwide. Support programming in the form of Race Hub four days a week and added TV in the form of NASCAR Live from the tracks.

NASCAR.com, Jayski and SPEED's website have all been beefing up coverage of the trucks and that is only going to help a fan base increasingly using online resources to follow racing. Throw in Twitter and Facebook pages for the drivers, teams and sponsors and suddenly the Camping World folks look pretty smart for sticking with this series.

Krista Voda hosts The Setup pre-race show at 7PM ET Friday night to start the coverage. With Adam Alexander moving to the new SPEED Center show on weekends, it will be Hermie Sadler pairing with Ray Dunlap in the truck series pits this season. Rick Allen, Phil Parsons and Darrell Waltrip will call the Daytona race since Michael is racing.

We will live blog this race, but in the meantime feel free to add your comments on the series, the new media and the TV coverage. To add your opinion, just click on the comments button below. This is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting. Thanks for taking the time to stop by The Daly Planet.

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Live Blogging Gatorade Duels (SPEED - 2PM ET)

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It's a tough time of the day with most of America at work. It's not available online from NASCAR or SPEED as a video stream. The rules are confusing and it's basically the NASCAR on FOX production team appearing on SPEED. Welcome to the Duels.

The twin qualifying races for the Daytona 500 are on SPEED. Krista Voda moves into the Hollywood Hotel in place of Chris Myers, as she has for several years. Myers is a FOX guy, not a SPEED guy. Other than that, it's Mike, DW, Larry and the FOX gang on TV.

RaceDay kicks off the coverage at 1PM with an hour special. John Roberts, Kyle Petty and Kenny Wallace will be on the SPEED Stage with Hermie Sadler and Wendy Venturini reporting. RaceDay is supposed to have a new look this season, we will see.

FOX had a rough season last year and these races should be a sneak peek of what the Daytona 500 coverage will have in store. New in-car driver angles, more technology and additional team scanner traffic are what FOX said they would be delivering this season. Be interesting to see if they keep if for the 500 or use that approach here.

An edition of Victory Lane follows the second race on SPEED and is scheduled for 5:30PM ET. Roberts, Petty and Wallace are on the show.

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Day Two: "PTI" Targets NASCAR - The Aftermath

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Update: This story was splashed all over the media on Wednesday morning. ESPN NASCAR announcers and executives were asked about it during their Daytona preseason press conference. PTI added Jimmie Johnson as a Wednesday guest and he asked Tony Kornheiser to attend a race as his guest so Kornheiser could begin to make "educated comments" about the sport.

The female reporter named by Kornheiser, Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, appeared on Sirius NASCAR channel 128 to clarify her comments. ESPN's top motorsports executive said Kornheiser's comments do not reflect the views of NASCAR by ESPN.

Add to that Dale Earnhardt Jr. who had a practice crash and will start at the rear of the field for the Daytona 500 after switching to a back-up car. So much for leading the field to green on national TV. This story will stay up until the live blog of the Duels Thursday afternoon.


There are two schools of thought at ESPN where NASCAR is concerned. One group of employees enjoys the sport as part of the motorsports landscape, while another group is firmly convinced that NASCAR is completely fixed from top to bottom. It was this way when I worked at ESPN back in the 1980's and it is that way now.

Stick and ball sports are played out in the open. You make the catch against the wall for the final out. You intercept the ball and run for a touchdown. You shoot the puck into the net, putt the golf ball into the hole and it all seems so simple.

The dark voodoo of NASCAR perplexes those not exposed to motorsports as just another form of real sport. The reason ESPN has Tim Brewer on telecasts telling us wheels are round and fuel makes cars go is because the network believes that viewers need that basic level of assistance. In other words, people who watch this stuff are idiots.

Over the past four seasons, there have been many hilarious moments when the need to discuss NASCAR-related content fell to ESPN on-air employees with no clue. SportsCenter announcers rush through brief highlights so they can return to real sports. ESPNEWS anchors have that deer in the headlights look when a NASCAR interview surfaces. Names are mangled, details are wrong and the sport suffers.

The most bizarre graveyard for NASCAR on ESPN has been the weekday show called Pardon the Interruption. Originating from Washington DC, the show features two hosts discussing sports stories of the day with a time limit on each discussion.

Tuesday, fulltime host Tony Kornheiser was paired with Dan LeBatard, a substitute host and writer for the Miami Herald newspaper. In the picture above Kornheiser is on the left and LeBatard on the right. The fourth topic on the show rundown was Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his Daytona 500 pole run.

Here is the conversation on the program that ran on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS only days before ESPN will start NASCAR racing coverage and FOX will telecast the Daytona 500:

LeBatard: Since we are already questioning college football's integrity, why don't you start investigating NASCAR's too, Mr. Restrictor Plate.

This is the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death, (TV) ratings are down since. Two hundred thousand fans will hold up three fingers in his honor at the Daytona 500 on Sunday. It just so happens that his son, Dale Earnhart Jr., has the pole position for that race. You believe the fix is in, don't you?


Kornheiser: Well, it's a great America moment isn't it when Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Daytona can have the pole position...a guy who has not won a race in his last 93 starts.

There are people in and around the NASCAR world, not just drivers but people who cover the sport as well, who are winking at this one. Who are wondering if this wasn't a set-up because it's the pole position, it's not winning the race.

It's just getting on the pole, having the lead and bringing the viewers in. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the most popular driver for the last seven or eight years and he can't win a race. This is a good set-up moment, is it not?


LeBatard: But is it a great American moment or is it professional wrestling? If you're going to lob this accusation out there...and look, I've heard the comments where people say you let something go on the car and give a guy a certain advantage. I can't deny that Junior winning would be good for NASCAR.

Kornheiser: Everytime he runs if he wins it's good for NASCAR because he is the most popular guy out there and they want to get the ratings back up. I think the suggestion here, someone I talked to who covered auto racing for a lot of years, said she believed there was a 60% chance that Junior qualified with a car not quite up to code and people looked the other way.

There are no points involved, the other drivers don't get hurt and running three good laps is not the same as running 500 miles. Everybody in NASCAR is going to feel good about this.


Needless to say, even though Kornheiser's comments lasted less than two minutes, the damage done was pretty thorough. What Kornheiser did was dredge up an issue that has plagued the sport for years. That is integrity.

Last season, Denny Hamlin was fined fifty thousand dollars for commenting on a late caution flag in one race. All Hamlin did was say he expected it and it did not bother him. The hint that NASCAR put out a caution to close up the field for a better finish lightened his wallet.

Kornheiser chose to ignore almost all the reality surrounding Junior's qualifying run in order to make his point. He chose to not reach out to NASCAR for a comment or help with an understanding of the situation. More than that, he did not take a moment to speak with Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett or Andy Petree.

The allegation that the NFL fixed a coin toss to give the home team a favorable starting position would cause outrage. The suggestion that Major League Baseball allowed a corked bat for a slumping hitter to get better results would get a phone call from the league.

What NASCAR chooses to do with this should be interesting, especially because ESPN has a scheduled preseason press conference with all the NASCAR reporters in the Daytona Infield Media Center at 11:30AM on Wednesday.

It will be VP of Motorsports Rich Feinberg along with Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree talking about the network's approach to NASCAR this season. Perhaps the two analysts will be asked about one of ESPN's top rated programs alleging that Junior was placed on the pole to help with slumping TV ratings.

It is ESPN that televises the final seventeen Sprint Cup Series races, including the entire Chase for the Championship. Any negative fan reaction during the off-season is a direct result of ESPN's efforts down the stretch.

Kornheiser was once suspended for remarking on the retro 80's fashion sense of a certain female ESPN anchor. In this case, he simply alleges that one of the top professional sports in North America orchestrated the pole position for the biggest Sprint Cup Series race of the season.

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Bud Shootout TV Comments

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The NASCAR on FOX gang made no changes in the off-season and is bringing back the same on-air group of announcers. Some folks find that makes a lot of sense while others wonder why no changes if the sport is struggling on TV.

Darrell Waltrip is the leader of the pack and has the high-profile assignment of being on both the pre-race show and in the booth for the race. Waltrip is one of those love him or hate him kinda guys. There is no middle ground with DW.

Mike Joy had a tough year in 2011 for one reason. Waltrip was given the green light to talk over top of Joy anytime and he certainly used that right on a continual basis. Joy wound-up fading into the background for the first time in a long time.

Larry McReynolds is a lightning bolt for fans these days. Two years ago he gave an interview critical of NASCAR and then got rebuked by the powers that be in the sport. Since that time he has been nothing short of a public relations employee. During this season's media tour, McReynolds took the time to tell the assembled reporters to make sure and keep their message positive. It did not go over well.

Jeff Hammond has been great on SPEED in several different roles but on FOX he is shoved into the Hollywood Hotel and hung-out to dry when the race starts. Hammond has a lot of offer and it should be interesting to see how much he joins the telecast during the racing action.

FOX has a great group of pit reporters. Dr. Dick Berggren, Krista Voda, Steve Byrnes and Matt Yocum are all stars with the fans. It's a shame that FOX does not use them much because Waltrip is a constant source of conversation during green flag periods. FOX suffers without field recaps and regular updates from pit road on key stories.

The Shootout is a small taste of what NASCAR on FOX will be bringing to the table this season. Look for some new graphics, a new in-car camera angle and the continuing emphasis on dramatic storylines. After the rough ride of last year, it should be interesting to see how the fans react to the coverage tonight.

We invite your comments before, during and after the telecast. To add your opinion, just click the comments button below. This chat is geared toward the telecast, not the teams, drivers or racing action. TDP is a family-friendly website, please keep that in mind when posting. Thank you for joining us.

 

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Daytona International Speedway Top Stories

February 23, 2011

NASCAR's new scoring system proves points not so simple

February 22, 2011, 6:02:05 PMGo to full article

NASCAR's simplified new points system turned out not to be so simple after the first full weekend of racing.

Daytona 500 win gives Trevor Bayne Sprint Cup option

Monday, February 21, 2011, 3:02:29 PMGo to full article

The youngest winner of the Daytona 500 began a star-making lap around the country Monday, jetting from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to Chicago

Trevor Bayne, in second career start, drives to Daytona 500 win

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 5:02:26 PMGo to full article

Trying to shore up a five-year trend of lagging interest, NASCAR has faced a tricky proposition in jolting its popularity back to life. How does a sport gain a needed infusion of youth by appealing to the X Games crowd while placating a graying fan base that is resistant to change?

Tony Stewart nips Bowyer; Danica scores career best

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 4:02:41 PMGo to full article

Two-by-two turned into four in a row for Tony Stewart in the Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway.

Waltrip wins season-opening Truck Series race

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:02:55 AMGo to full article

Michael Waltrip spent all day exchanging stories about Dale Earnhardt. Some brought a smile to his face. Others brought tears to his eyes.

Danica Patrick qualifies fourth in Nationwide race at Daytona

Friday, February 18, 2011, 8:02:25 PMGo to full article

For a while during Friday's Nationwide Series qualifying, Danica Patrick appeared to have taken a huge leap in her NASCAR career before Sprint Cup Series regulars left her settling for just another step forward.

Pairing up is trendy at track

Friday, February 18, 2011, 1:02:14 AMGo to full article

It has been compared with watching a couples skate at a roller rink, multihued stretch limousines racing at 200 mph and the mating dances of winged insects.

Did NASCAR go too far in promoting driver safety?

Friday, February 18, 2011, 12:02:57 AMGo to full article

Friday will mark a decade since NASCAR lost its greatest hero on the last lap of its biggest race. The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 helped spur a revolution of safety improvements that has resulted in 359 consecutive races without a fatal crash in stock car racing's top circuit, likely the safest decade in NASCAR history.

NASCAR or Indy? Danica Patrick undecided on 2012 plans

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5:02:26 PMGo to full article

Danica Patrick's season hasn't even started, and the main thing everybody wants to know is what she'll do next year.

Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton rule in Duel at Daytona

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 3:02:35 PMGo to full article

Kurt Busch will need everything in his favor in the Daytona 500 to become the first driver to sweep Daytona Speedweeks, but there's no denying he's flush with karma right now.

 

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USATODAY.com Motor Sports News

February 23, 2011, 1 hour ago

IndyCar offers $5 million bonus for win in finale by outsider

Yesterday, February 22, 2011, 8:31:49 PMGo to full article

The Indianapolis-to-Charlotte/Indianapolis 500-Coca-Cola 600 "double" has been dead for seven years, but there could be a successor of sorts ...

NASCAR's new scoring system proves points not so simple

Yesterday, February 22, 2011, 9:44:17 PMGo to full article

NASCAR's simplified new points system turned out not to be so simple after the first full weekend of racing.

DHL to sponsor Ryan Hunter-Reay in Izod IndyCar Series

Yesterday, February 22, 2011, 1:30:15 PMGo to full article

IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay won't have to worry about sponsorship issues this year.

Daytona 500 win gives Trevor Bayne Sprint Cup option

Monday, February 21, 2011, 8:11:18 PMGo to full article

The youngest winner of the Daytona 500 began a star-making lap around the country Monday, jetting from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to ...

Bahrain Formula One GP called off due to unrest

Monday, February 21, 2011, 6:00:27 PMGo to full article

The crown prince of Bahrain called off Formula One's season-opening race Monday, handing another victory to protesters aiming to break the ruling ...

Daytona 500's television ratings up from last year

Monday, February 21, 2011, 5:59:49 PMGo to full article

The Daytona 500's television ratings are up from last year.

Trevor Bayne, in second career start, drives to Daytona 500 win

Monday, February 21, 2011, 5:59:16 PMGo to full article

Trying to shore up a five-year trend of lagging interest, NASCAR has faced a tricky proposition in jolting its popularity back to life. How does ...

NASCAR moves Daytona 500 back a week in 2012

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 11:12:57 PMGo to full article

The Daytona 500 is on the move. NASCAR and track officials announced Sunday that the Great American Race will be a week later in 2012, allowing ...

For Edwards, biking in Vietnam could pay Cup dividends

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 11:12:36 PMGo to full article

A 10-day bicycle trip through Vietnam gave Carl Edwards a new perspective on history this offseason. But the Roush Fenway driver didn't have ...

Two of Childress' four entries forced out of Daytona 500 early

Monday, February 21, 2011, 4:02:35 PMGo to full article

Clint Bowyer had a Chevrolet that challenged hard to win the Daytona 500 but was left to wonder what might have been if his Richard Childress ...

Smaller crashes have big impact at Daytona 500

Monday, February 21, 2011, 5:49:03 PMGo to full article

Though smaller in scale compared to earlier and more memorable pileups, two accidents during Sunday's Daytona 500 were significant enough by ...

Hendrick cars involved in big wreck at Daytona

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 3:20:58 PMGo to full article

Hendrick Motorsports is having a rough start to the Daytona 500.

Being himself, Brad Keselowski carving out identity in NASCAR

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 2:28:24 PMGo to full article

If he's occasionally chosen as the villain in the high-speed soap operas that often fuel NASCAR intrigue, Brad Keselowski can handle playing ...

Ecclestone waives Bahrain's cancellation fees

February 23, 2011, 7 hours agoGo to full article

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will not charge organizers of the Bahrain Grand Prix cancellation fees for calling off the season-opening ...

NASCAR's new scoring system proves not so simple

Yesterday, February 22, 2011, 5:52:00 PMGo to full article

NASCAR's simplified new points system turned out not to be so simple after the first full weekend of racing.

 

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Yahoo! Sports - NASCAR News

February 23, 2011

NASCAR's Tebow? Faith is driving force for Bayne (AP)

February 23, 2011Go to full article

After Trevor Bayne shocked the NASCAR world by winning the Daytona 500, his celebration was decidedly PG-rated. He rode a skateboard and shot hoops with his buddies. In a quiet moment, he wrote himself a note.

Fantasy: Phoenix layout much more predictable (NASCAR.com)

February 23, 2011 Go to full article

Fantasy: Phoenix layout much more predictable

From Nationwide points lead to uncertain future (NASCAR.com)

February 23, 2011Go to full article

From Nationwide points lead to uncertain future

Ecclestone waives Bahrain's cancellation fees (PA SportsTicker)

February 23, 2011Go to full article

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will not charge organizers of the Bahrain Grand Prix cancellation fees for calling off the season-opening event.

NASCAR's new scoring system proves not so simple (AP)

Yesterday, February 22, 2011, 5:50:18 PMGo to full article

NASCAR's simplified new points system turned out not to be so simple after the first full weekend of racing.

Fryer's Five: Bayne better off racing for N'wide title (Yahoo! Sports)

Yesterday, February 22, 2011, 12:20:00 PMGo to full article

Despite winning the Daytona 500, Trevor Bayne (right) isn't the points leader. Carl Edwards, who is congratulating him on his win, is.

One win could be enough to qualify Trevor Bayne for the Chase, but racing for the Nationwide title will better prepare him for the future.

DHL to sponsor Ryan Hunter-Reay (PA SportsTicker)

Yesterday, February 22, 2011, 11:11:17 AMGo to full article

IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay won't have to worry about sponsorship issues this year.

1on1: Lt. Gen. Freakley believes NASCAR and the Army are a perfect fit (NASCAR.com)

Yesterday, February 22, 2011, 10:03:09 AMGo to full article

NASCAR has been a strong source of recruitment for the Army with the sponsorship of Ryan Newman.

1on1: Lt. Gen. Freakley believes NASCAR and the Army are a perfect fit

Bayne probably won't race for Sprint Cup title (AP)

Monday, February 21, 2011, 4:38:14 PMGo to full article

Trevor Bayne raises the trophy after winning the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne said Monday he probably won't attempt to run for the Sprint Cup championship this year.

Trevor Bayne still in shock over Daytona 500 win (AP)

Monday, February 21, 2011, 4:30:17 PMGo to full article

Trevor Bayne celebrated his Daytona 500 victory by playing basketball with friends, then skateboarding on the infield of NASCAR's most storied race track.

Daytona 500's television ratings up from last year (AP)

Monday, February 21, 2011, 3:58:14 PMGo to full article

The Daytona 500's television ratings are up from last year.

Bahrain Formula One GP called off due to unrest (PA SportsTicker)

Monday, February 21, 2011, 2:49:21 PMGo to full article

By BARBARA SURK Associated Press

Head2Head: Is it a problem non-race winners currently lead? (NASCAR.com)

Monday, February 21, 2011, 2:47:52 PMGo to full article

Head2Head: Is it a problem non-race winners currently lead?

Childress teams leave Daytona disappointed (AP)

Monday, February 21, 2011, 3:19:35 AMGo to full article

Minutes after the checkered flag fell in the Daytona 500, team owner Richard Childress was nowhere to be found in the garage area.

Earnhardt Jr. wrecks late, fades in Daytona 500 (PA SportsTicker)

Monday, February 21, 2011, 3:18:49 AMGo to full article

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer

Behind Bayne, Woods turn improbability to reality (NASCAR.com)

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 10:25:13 PMGo to full article

Behind Bayne, Woods turn improbability to reality

Bayne becomes youngest Daytona 500 winner (NASCAR.com)

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 9:20:12 PMGo to full article

Bayne becomes youngest Daytona 500 winner

Caraviello: Inexperience undermining Patrick's potential (NASCAR.com)

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 5:55:10 PMGo to full article

Caraviello: Inexperience undermining Patrick's potential

Stewart nips Bowyer at Daytona finish line (PA SportsTicker)

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 5:41:20 PMGo to full article

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer

Danica briefly leads at Daytona, finishes 14th (AP)

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 5:22:21 PMGo to full article

For a few laps, at least, Danica Patrick's day was going better than most people imagined: She was racing for the lead at Daytona International Speedway.

Get ready for a different Daytona 500 (Yahoo! Sports)

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 4:35:00 PMGo to full article

From the drop of the green flag, drivers will pair up in the Daytona 500.

The racing in the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 won't be the same as years past. Is that a good thing?

NASCAR makes another change before Daytona 500 (AP)

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 2:12:15 PMGo to full article

NASCAR is making another change to cars for the Daytona 500, this one because temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees during the season-opening race.

Brian Keselowski picks up sponsor for Daytona 500 (AP)

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 11:44:20 AMGo to full article

The feel-good story of Daytona Speedweeks took another turn Saturday when Brian Keselowski picked up a sponsor for the Daytona 500.

Hamlin: 'I wasn't prepared' for Homestead (Yahoo! Sports)

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 8:01:00 AMGo to full article

Denny Hamlin stands next to his car prior to the 2010 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. By his own admission, he wasn't prepared for that race

Denny Hamlin opens up about losing the 2010 Sprint Cup championship, mourning another lost to Jimmie Johnson

Fans mark 10-year anniversary of Earnhardt's death (AP)

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 12:09:26 AMGo to full article

Someone placed three small white angel figurines at the foot of the Dale Earnhardt statue that stands outside of Daytona International Speedway.

Waltrip wins on anniversary of Earnhardt's death (AP)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 11:43:26 PMGo to full article

Michael Waltrip spent all day exchanging stories about Dale Earnhardt. Some brought a smile to his face. Others brought tears to his eyes.

Waltrip wins on anniversary of Earnhardt's death (PA SportsTicker)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 11:01:46 PMGo to full article

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer

Retro Racing: After years of trying, Dale finally got his 500 win (NASCAR.com)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:05:52 PMGo to full article

Retro Racing: After years of trying, Dale finally got his 500 win

Glance at drivers in the 2011 Daytona 500 (AP)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 6:14:23 PMGo to full article

A look at drivers competing in the 2011 Daytona 500, in order of starting position:

NASCAR trying to lure younger fans as sport ages (AP)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 6:01:18 PMGo to full article

Chad Knaus, crew chief for driver Jimmie Johnson , watches practice for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.

By allowing children in the garage and younger teens behind the wheel, it's clear NASCAR wants a youth movement. Television executives do, too. NASCAR has aged considerably the last decade, with stars such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart -- and their faithful fans -- growing grayer every year.

Bowyer wins pole for Nationwide Series race (AP)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 5:58:23 PMGo to full article

Clint Bowyer has won the pole for the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Crown Royal race name winner announced (NASCAR.com)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 3:30:11 PMGo to full article

Crown Royal race name winner announced

House votes to let Pentagon sponsor NASCAR races (AP)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 2:11:21 PMGo to full article

The House has voted to let the Pentagon continue using taxpayer dollars to sponsor NASCAR race teams. By a 281-148 vote, lawmakers rejected an effort by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum that would have ended the practice. McCollum aides said the Army is spending $7 million on a sponsorship this year, and the Air Force and National Guard are spending additional money.

House votes to let Pentagon sponsor NASCAR races (PA SportsTicker)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 2:08:15 PMGo to full article

By ANDREW TAYLOR The Associated Press

Daytona 500 (Yahoo! Sports)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 1:11:00 PMGo to full article

Kurt Busch will try to become the first driver to ever win the Bud Shootout, a Duel qualifier and the Daytona 500 in the same season.

Ecclestone hopes Bahrain protest 'blows away' (PA SportsTicker)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 11:51:37 AMGo to full article

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is hoping that deadly anti-government unrest in Bahrain "all blows away" so the season-opening Grand Prix can be run as scheduled.

Barcelona ready to host Bahrain's F1 test (PA SportsTicker)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 9:08:42 AMGo to full article

Barcelona's Catalunya Circuit is ready to serve as a substitute venue for Formula One's final test session of the season if Bahrain is unable to host due to anti-government unrest.

Dale Earnhardt left a mixed legacy (Yahoo! Sports)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:48:00 AMGo to full article

Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

The Intimidator's death prompted safety regulations, but his larger-than-life persona is impossible to replicate.

Race fixing? Junior just can't win (Yahoo! Sports)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:46:00 AMGo to full article

A wreck in practice means Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start at the back of the field in the Daytona 500.

Allegations of race-fixing so Junior can carry his father's torch is as baseless as they are offensive.

Rodman's notebook: Waltrip strong in Duel; Hmiel plans visit (NASCAR.com)

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 11:15:10 PMGo to full article

Rodman's notebook: Waltrip strong in Duel; Hmiel plans visit

Caraviello: Busch brings glimpse of clarity to foggy Speedweeks (NASCAR.com)

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 9:25:07 PMGo to full article

Caraviello: Busch brings glimpse of clarity to foggy Speedweeks

Earnhardt Jr. still struggling to measure up (PA SportsTicker)

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 8:15:54 PMGo to full article

By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer

Dillon wins pole for Trucks Series race (AP)

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:36:25 PMGo to full article

Austin Dillon has won the pole for the Trucks Series race at Daytona International Speedway, posting a lap of 179.047 mph on Thursday night.

Two-car racing adds new level of intrigue (Yahoo! Sports)

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:32:00 PMGo to full article

Jeff Burton nosed out teammate Clint Bowyer by .005 seconds to win the second Duel 150

Drivers will employ a two-car drafting strategy to improve times at this year's running of the Daytona 500

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YOUTHS CAN VISIT INDY 500 GASOLINE ALLEY WITH JUNIOR CREDENTIAL

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 - A new generation of fans will have unprecedented access to one of the most fascinating, cool places in worldwide racing - Gasoline Alley at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2011 Indianapolis 500 - through the new Junior Garage Credential program.

Fans age 9-17 can visit the world-famous Gasoline Alley garage area at IMS from Opening Day, Saturday, May 14 through Saturday, May 28 with the purchase of a Junior Garage Credential. All Junior Garage Credential holders must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who has a Bronze Badge credential, which also grants garage area access.

A limited quantity of Junior Garage Credentials will be available at $75 each at the IMS Credentials Office starting Monday, April 25.

"There's no place in the world like Gasoline Alley during the Month of May," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "There are so many interesting things for kids to see and learn. Teams work under pressure on their cars to find more speed, and top stars focus on victory while rookie drivers learn the intricacies of what makes the event so dramatic and special.

"The Junior Garage Credential will give younger fans excellent access and create family memories for a lifetime during the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500."

A Junior Garage Credential gets young fans closer to the action than ever. Inside Gasoline Alley, youths will see superstar drivers prepare for a 225-mph run toward victory and immortality at Indy and watch mechanics up-close as they meticulously build and repair some of the most high-tech racing machines on Earth. There's better availability for autographs in Gasoline Alley, too!

Junior Garage Credentials and Bronze Badges are not valid for garage access on Race Day, Sunday, May 29 and are not valid for pit lane access at any time. A Junior Garage Credential and Bronze Badge do not provide seating, parking or early-access gate admission.

Parent or legal guardian and minor child both must be present and each sign the required forms at the time of purchase or redemption of coupon. The accompanying parent or legal guardian will be required to show proof of a Bronze Badge purchase or credential when signing the release form.

Purchases are limited to two minors per credentialed adult. Junior Garage Credentials and Bronze Badges are non-transferrable. Fans can call the IMS Credentials Office at (317) 492-6500 to be added to the Bronze Badge/Junior Garage Credential mail order list before the on-sale date of April 25.

Fans with questions can call (317) 492-6500 or write to IMS Credentials, P.O. Box 24906, Speedway, IN 46224 or e-mail clientservices@brickyard.com.

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           2011 Indy 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500, "The Most Important Race in History," on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Children 12 and under will be receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2011 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

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