Tony Stewart must have felt like the last fighter standing after crossing the finish line first in the Coke Zero 400 Cup Series competition Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. His ability to manage his car through a long race and stay out of the any race ending altercations with the other racers ultimately helped him make it first to the finish line. He became the beneficiary of Kyle Busch slamming into the front-stretch wall after an unsuccessful attempt at a high block that saw his car clip Tony Stewart’s as he came high to block, which resulted in his …read more
If you’re a NASCAR fan and planning on being in sunny Dayton Beach, Florida, this Saturday night the place to be will be Daytona International Speedway as Sprint Cup cars will once again roar down the pavement of iconic Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400.
The Coke Zero 400 will be the 18th race of the season for the racers and teams, in a season that has been exciting, and as we look ahead to Saturday night at one of the most recognized and popular race tracks in the world, this competition should be a real barn-burner.
Thursdays practice at …read more
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The NASCAR Commission heard the appeals from Dale Earnhardt Inc. and their no. 1 team on Monday, but ruled in favor of upholding the penalties issued to the team sustained following a rules infraction at Daytona earlier in the month. The team was found to be in violation of rules 12-4-A (”Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing”); 12-4-Q (”Any Determination by NASCAR that the Car, Car Parts, Components, and/or Equipment Used in the Event Do Not Conform to NASCAR Rules”); and 20-3.8A (”Roof of the Car Does Not Conform to the Specifications of the NASCAR Rule Book”).
Basically, Martin …read more
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NASCAR will return to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL this weekend. Saturday night’s race will mark the eighth trip to Chicagoland for the Sprint Cup Series, and the first NASCAR event there run under the lights. The 1.5 mile tri-oval track has produced only two repeat winner to-date (Kevin Harvick & Tony Stewart), and no driver has ever won the pole here twice. With the points shakeup that occurred as a result of the mele’ at Daytona last week, all eyes are certain to be focused on the Midwest this week with only 8 races …read more
As Jeff Gordon searched for his first victory of the 2008 season this past weekend at Daytona International Speedway, the racing Gods had other plans in mind. With the field all set to go for the sixth green-white-checkered finish of the year after a crazy final 35 laps of the race finally wound down to the end, Gordon lined up behind the race leader, Kyle Busch, with Carl Edwards lagging behind. As you can see by watching the video below, the restart was a bit slow, and Edwards was the first to duck out of line. Gordon moved down the track …read more
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With only eight races remaining until NASCAR sets the field for their Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2008, only 223 points separates 8th place Kasey Kahne from 18th place Kurt Busch in the points standings. While that may seem like a lot and perhaps too much to overcome for some, keep in mind that at this time last year, those two positions were separated by 416 points, and 18th place at that point time was consumed by Mark Martin, who was running a part-time schedule and had already missed five races. Something …read more
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In the face of all of the scrutiny that has overcome NASCAR’s recent development, the Car of Tomorrow, there have also been quite a few tracks that have seen improved racing this year, largely attributed to the new car. Based on what we’ve seen this season and in the limited number of COT races in 2007, here are the tracks that have seen the most improvement:
5. Phoenix International Raceway – Though the racing was never terrible at Phoenix, it wasn’t great, either. The Subway Fresh Fit 500, however, ranks amongst my favorite races of …read more
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Kyle Busch won his sixth race of the Sprint Cup season and picked up the second Cup restrictor plate win of his career, much to the dismay of the crowd on-hand at Daytona International Speedway for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400. But, whether or not you like Kyle Busch is irrelevent – what you cannot deny is that the action at Daytona was exciting once again and should be considered another victory for the Car of Tomorrow.
Paul Menard led the field to green after winning the Coors Lite Pole Award during Friday’s qualifying session, and he held onto …read more
TZ’s Picks (Daytona):
1. Tony Stewart – 20th – No points
2. Jimmie Johnson – 23rd – No points
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 8th – 38.5 points
4. Kurt Busch – 4th – 40.0 points
5. Kyle Busch – 1st – 41.0 points
6. Greg Biffle – 43rd – No points
Lock of the Week - Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Top Ten – 5 points
Sleeper Pick - Brian Vickers – Top Fifteen – 3 points
Steer Clear of - Martin Truex Jr. – Outside Top Fifteen – No points lost
Roc’s Picks (Daytona):
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 8th – 39.5 points
2. Tony Stewart – 20th – No points
3. Jimmie Johnson – 23rd – No points
4. Jeff Gordon - 30th – …read more
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Ever since we learned that Hendrick Motorsports scheduled a press conference this weekend at Daytona, most people believed that they would announce Mark Martin as the driver for their no. 5 car next season, and they were right. What was unclear, however, was whether it would be on a full-time basis, or if Mark would engage in another driver / mentor program to bring the young Brad Keselowski up through the ranks of the Sprint Cup Series … it turns out it may have been both.
With Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. …read more