Goodyear Was Starting to Get Loose in Turn 3 … But, They’re Straight Now

August 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Goodyear Was Starting to Get Loose in Turn 3 … But, They’re Straight Now

Some would say that it’s been a trying season for Goodyear in 2008 as they continue to work on developing new tires to coincide with NASCAR’s latest project, the Car of Tomorrow. Things got heated early in the season between Goodyear’s racing group and some of the drivers in the garage area, particularly after Atlanta when several of the drivers bashed the tire in public forums. You might recall one man inparticular’s rants regarding the tires as they made headlines for several weeks. Yes, I’m referring of course to Tony Stewart.
It seemed as though things had finally cooled off between all parties involved … [Read More]

As Expected, Drivers Disappointed With Goodyear Tires at Indy

July 30, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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As Expected, Drivers Disappointed With Goodyear Tires at Indy

For those of you that had the misguided pleasure of watching this past weekend’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, chances are that you were extremely disappointed with the product that NASCAR and Goodyear brought to the table … and, the drivers and their crews were no different. Perhaps the closed door meeting from NASCAR a couple months back asking the drivers to keep the verbal car bashing to a minimum may have warded off some of the overly eccentric tyrades similar to what we heard from Tony Stewart when he bashed Goodyear following the Atlanta race, but nonetheless, many of the Sprint Cup … [Read More]

List of the Week: Elements that Can Ruin a Race

July 28, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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List of the Week: Elements that Can Ruin a Race

Coming off the heels of a very disappointing race this weekend at Indianapolis, it got me thinking of what some of the biggest factors can be to ruining a race for us – the fans. Of course, we’re always unhappy when our driver finishes outside of the top-ten, or even worse, when the driver that we adamently root against wins the race … but, I’m thinking of things beyond that. I’m talking about the actual elements that help give the race a lackluster feel to it. Here goes …
5. Multiple Cautions for Debris – These are obviously a part of … [Read More]

What’s A Brother Gotta Do To Get Some Love?

May 28, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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What’s A Brother Gotta Do To Get Some Love?

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Utter heartbreak and sheer disappointment. That’s the best way to describe Kurt Busch’s career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ever since younger brother, Kyle, joined the circuit full-time for Hendrick Motorsports back in 2005 … well, I guess you could throw subtle envy into that equation as well. Since then, it just seems as though the seasons have been getting longer and tougher for the 2004 Cup Series champ.
Okay, so maybe it has less to do with Kyle and more to do with Kurt’s jump from Roush-Fenway Racing over to Penske Racing, but … [Read More]

SMI Purchases Kentucky Speedway, But Doesn’t Pickup Cup Date

May 24, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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SMI Purchases Kentucky Speedway, But Doesn’t Pickup Cup Date

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It was announced Thursday that Bruton Smith, company chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) has purchased Kentucky Speedway, located about midway between Louisville, KY and Cincinatti, OH, for the sum of $78.3 million – the track had originally cost $152 million just to build. Smith was very open from the get-go of the announcement that it was his intent to bring a Sprint Cup Series date to the track – a feat that previous owner, Jerry Carroll of Kentucky Seedway LLC, had been unable to accomplish.
Carroll is currently tied up in … [Read More]

Stewart Smokes His Tires

March 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Stewart Smokes His Tires

In listening to and reading post-race comment after the running of Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500, you’d never know that Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jeff Gordon all finished inside the top-five based on their commentary alone. In what’s turning into an ongoing saga between the race car drivers and Goodyear that started months ago when Goodyear started making tweaks to their tire packages both in an effort to accommodate NASCAR’s “Car of Tomorrow” and also to implement a safer tire for the sport, things really started heating up after a long day ended disastrously for several of NASCAR’s top … [Read More]

Kenseth Steals One

March 9, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Kenseth Steals One

He came into the Nicorette 300 first in the Sprint Cup Series standings, first in the Craftsman Truck Series Standings, and second in the Nationwide Series Standings – just 42 points behind series leader Tony Stewart, who was not racing in the event. And, after leading 153 of the first 170 laps, it appeared evident that Kyle Busch would end Saturday’s Nationwide Series race as the first driver ever to lead all three of NASCAR’s main series’ at the same time, but it just wasn’t meant to be. With just 25 laps remaining, Busch blew a right-front tire in turn … [Read More]

Busch Pulls A Double

March 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Busch Pulls A Double

Kyle Busch made it two in a row in the Craftsman Truck Series on Friday night by holding off Ron Hornaday to win the Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race went under caution on lap 112 due to rain showers, at which time Busch opted to pit. With the race being under yellow for only three laps, this forced Hornaday to pit, thus surrendering the lead. The race would later fall under red flag conditions for nearly ten minutes – again for rain – with only four laps remaining. Busch held off Hornaday in a four lap … [Read More]

3-Peat is in the Works

September 30, 2007 by Tim Zaegel  
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3-Peat is in the Works

So, why exactly does it appear that Tony Stewart could be in line for his third Cup Championship in just six years?  Stewart has a history of being one of the hottest drivers this time of the year every season, and 2007’s not looking much different.  Despite leading the most laps on the circuit in the early portion of the year, various on track mishaps and mechanical failures prevented the driver of the no. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet from picking up what appeared to be inevitable victories.  Stewart finally broke his string of bad luck on July 15 when he … [Read More]

Jimmy Johnson Wins the Kobalt Tools 500 in Atlanta

March 18, 2007 by admin  
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Jimmy Johnson Wins the Kobalt Tools 500 in Atlanta

Jimmy Johnson passed Tony Stewart with three laps to go (after Tony brushed the wall) to win the Kobalt Tools 500.
The 48 just would not be denied. It was awesome today.
A thumbs up to Jeff Burton for finishing 4th today after his win in the Busch series yesterday. This proves he really isn’t letting the logo controversy get to him. Way to go, Jeff!
Juan Montoya ran a good race too, finishing 5th. He kept his nose clean and out of trouble. Good job, Juan.

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