Matt Kenseth Wins First Race of 2009

May 21, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
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Matt Kenseth Wins First Race of 2009

NASCAR is a very competitive activity, the number of talented drivers and teams challenging weekly for each race and ultimately for the championship if they can finish in the top ten consistently enough, is increasing every year. Matt Kenseth surely hopes his luck and fortune for this season has turned after his daily double on Friday afternoon, he won both the pole position for Saturday afternoons Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington’s 1.366-mile egg-shaped track. Matt inherited the lead after misfortune struck the lead car of Kyle Busch, who suffered a cut right-rear tire, and... [Read more]

Mark Martin Wins at Darlington

May 12, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
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Mark Martin Wins at Darlington

50-year-old Mark Martin did it again Saturday night, taking his second victors cup in the last four races of the Sprint Cup Series Championship by outlasting Jimmie Johnson in a crash-heavy race at Darlington Raceway. Only his second win at Darlington in the last sixteen years, he last won at Darlington in 1993 in the Southern 500, if he keeps up his winning pace he might even start thinking the Sprint Car Championship is within his reach. Mark Martin wins at Darlington to take two of four last Sprint Cup Series races of season Pretty good showing for a driver who contemplated hanging up his driving gloves a few years ago, before... [Read more]

An Historic Weekend for NASCAR

June 17, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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An Historic Weekend for NASCAR

If you talked to most race fans last week, you probably didn’t pickup on a ton of excitement heading into this weekend’s action. The Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck Series were both heading to Michigan, and the Nationwide Series was set to take to Kentucky Speedway … two tracks that probably don’t rank up there on most fans’ list of favorites. Yet, somehow, someway, NASCAR is coming off of one of its most historic weekends in recent memory. It all started with the Truck Series’ Cool City Customs 200 on Saturday afternoon. With a late race caution bunching the field up with just six laps left,... [Read more]

3 Teams Under the Radar & On the Move

June 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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3 Teams Under the Radar & On the Move

We all know that Joe Gibbs Racing has established themselves as the powerhouse of the field at this point in time. We know that Roush-Fenway Racing has come a long way in figuring out this new car and that Hendrick Motorsports seems to have lost the edge that they had on everyone else last year. We’ve analyzed potential contractual signings every which way we could, and still found ourselves locked in a guessing game. Been there, done that, but perhaps one of the stories that we haven’t talked nearly enough about are two teams that are holding out hope of getting a driver into contention for the Chase for the Cup... [Read more]

NASCAR Rivals: Sadler Wrecks Stewart … Again!

June 4, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Sadler Wrecks Stewart … Again!

Image details: Best Buy 400 served by picapp.com For many viewers, about the only real excitement during Sunday’s Best Buy 400 at Dover International Speedway came on lap 18 of the 400 lap event when Elliott Sadler - in an effort to clear the lapped car of Jeremy Mayfield - slid down the track and clipped the nose of David Gilliland, setting off a chain reaction that collected a total of twelve cars. Included in the accident were six drivers that entered the day in the top-12 in points, including Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Tony Stewart. As fate would have it, none of these... [Read more]

Kenseth Joins Roushketeer’s Uphill Charge

June 2, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Kenseth Joins Roushketeer’s Uphill Charge

Image details: Dodge Challenger 500 Qualifying served by picapp.com A few weeks ago following the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond, things were beginning to look a little grim for car owner, Jack Roush. Ten races into the season, and only two of his five drivers were sitting inside the top-12 in points, though at the time both Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards were less than 120 points away from a potential slip to 13th in the standings. David Ragan was in 14th, Matt Kenseth in 22nd, and Jamie McMurray a very distant 26th. What’s happened since then? Well, things have gotten better to say the least. Biffle and Edwards have solidified... [Read more]

The Biff is Fastest at the Monster Mile

May 31, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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The Biff is Fastest at the Monster Mile

Greg Biffle turned the fastest lap during Friday’s Sprint Cup Series qualifying session at Dover International Speedway by clocking a lap in just 23.193 seconds, and in doing so, will start Sunday’s Best Buy 400 from the pole position. This is the second time Biffle has won the Coors Lite Pole Award this season - the first of which was at Darlington, where Biffle was arguably the best car on the track before running into mechanical issues. Starting next to Greg on the outside of the front row will be former Roush-Fenway Racing teammate, Kurt Busch, who came in 0.188 seconds slower than Biffle. Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson,... [Read more]

Ganassi Slates Mayfield for Dover; Franchitti for Pocono

May 28, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Ganassi Slates Mayfield for Dover; Franchitti for Pocono

Image details: NASCAR Testing Day 1 served by picapp.com Dario Franchitti, driver of the no. 40 Target car for Chip Ganassi Racing, returned to the track on Tuesday for the first time since incurring his ankle injury a month ago at Talladega. Dario was on-hand for NASCAR’s test session at Pocono Raceway in preparation for the upcoming Pocono 500 two weeks from now which the husband of movie star, Ashley Judd, plans to participate in. Since the injury to Franchitti back on April 26th in the Nationwide’s Aaron’s 312, car owner, Chip Ganassi, has used an extended list of contacts to keep the seat of the no. 40... [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?

Image details: Coca-Cola 600 served by picapp.com 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 the numbers don’t... [Read more]

Allmendinger Wins His First in the All-Star Showdown

May 17, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Allmendinger Wins His First in the All-Star Showdown

He failed to qualify for the first three races of the season, then Team Red Bull replaced him for with Mike Skinner for the next five events, he wrecked out of the two races after that, and he finished a race for the first time this season by finishing 27th last weekend at Darlington. Yet, following the NASCAR All-Star Showdown, AJ Allmendinger stood in Victory Lane for the first time in his Sprint Cup career, with his eyes now set on competing in the All-Star Race itself. Allmendinger led all twenty laps in the second and final segment of the Showdown to earn himself a spot in the All-Star Challenge. He finished ahead of Sam... [Read more]

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