Coke Zero 400 on Saturday at Daytona

July 4, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
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Coke Zero 400 on Saturday at Daytona

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 [...]

List of the Week: Longest Winless Streaks Inside the Top 20

August 11, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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List of the Week: Longest Winless Streaks Inside the Top 20

The winless streaks by drivers such as Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick have ranked amongst some of the biggest stories so far this season. They came into this week’s race at Watkins Glen as some of the odds-on-favorite to win, but alas, Kyle Busch shut the door on those plans yet again. This week’s “List of the Week” will feature the 10 longest winless droughts amongst the drivers inside the top-20 in points.
10. Matt Kenseth - 22 races - Last Win: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Fall 2007
9. Jeff Gordon - 27 races - Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Fall 2007
8. Greg Biffle [...]

Newman; Wallace: Former ‘Mates Still Can’t See Eye to Eye

July 29, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Newman; Wallace: Former ‘Mates Still Can’t See Eye to Eye

It’s no huge secret that Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace were never exactly the closest of friends during the few short years that they teamed together at Penske Racing earlier this decade, and their relationship was again tested this past weekend at Indianapolis, and it was Rusty that fired the opening shots.
Baffled at the notion that anyone would ever dare leave a man that he has such deep respect for, Roger Penske and his organization, Rusty allegated that it was Penske Racing’s decision to let Newman go and that they’d fired him.
“He didn’t leave,” Wallace stated. “I’ve read many, many [...]

Race Preview for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis

July 24, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Race Preview for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway (aka: the Brickyard) is home of the Indianapolis 500 and is highly regarded as one of the most prestigious tracks in all of motorsports. After taking a week off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will now return to the Brickyard for the fifteenth time in a race whose prestige to NASCAR regulars is rivaled only by the season opening Daytona 500. In the previous 14 trips to the track, Indianapolis has produced only three multiple winners in NASCAR, and only two of them will be in the field on Sunday - Jeff Gordon (4 wins) and [...]

Video - A Tribute to Rusty Wallace

July 22, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Video - A Tribute to Rusty Wallace

Thanks to Richard Matson with SnagFilms for forwarding this video to me. This is a documentary dedicated to the career of racing legend, Rusty Wallace, former driver of the no. 2 car at Penske Racing and winner of the 1989 Winston Cup Championship. The documentary was filmed prior to the conclusion of Rusty’s racing career. Watch as he talks about the fans in the sport, his passion for driving, and his desire to win the Daytona 500.

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Truex’ Penalty Stands

July 22, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Truex’ Penalty Stands

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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 [...]

And the ESPY Goes to …

July 22, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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And the ESPY Goes to …

Jimmie Johnson finally won his first-ever ESPY award last Wednesday when he was voted as “the Best Driver,” beating out fellow race car drivers, Dario Franchitti, Kyle Busch, Tony Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, and Scott Dixon for the honors. Johnson has won back-to-back NASCAR Sprint Cup championships in 2006 & 2007 en route to winning the award, and compiled a very impressive 10 wins over the course of the 2007 season. Congratulations to Jimmie on this outstanding achievement!
Kyle Busch lost out to Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings for best breakout athlete of the year, and Jamie McMurray’s win over Busch [...]

NASCAR Represented in 2008 ESPY Award Nominations

July 15, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Represented in 2008 ESPY Award Nominations

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The annual 2008 ESPY Awards will air live on ESPN on Sunday, July 20th at 9 pm est / 8 pm cst, and keeping with their tradition of including outdoor sports and motorsports within their equation, NASCAR will be represented with nominees in three separate categories this year.
Every year, the ESPY’s select from a pool of nominees for their racing-specific athlete category for “Best Driver“. A NASCAR driver has won this award in 9 of the 15 years, and 4 of the last 5. The most recent winners of this award [...]

Who’s Going to Fill the #20 Seat at Joe Gibbs Racing?

July 11, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Who’s Going to Fill the #20 Seat at Joe Gibbs Racing?

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Good morning, everyone. It’s another Friday here in mid-July, and it’s a hot one out there ….. which is rather fitting, because that’s the only way to describe the NASCAR scene as of late! I welcome you to another edition of our overly-glorified “Loose in Turn Three” segment. Of course you all know me, and with me as usual are my fellow NASCAR Bloggers, Bruce Simmons and Charlie Turner.
Just as we do every week, we have a trio of topics that the three of us are going to be discussing, but before we jump right into that, let’s [...]

Race Preview for the Lifelock.com 400 at Chicago

July 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Race Preview for the Lifelock.com 400 at Chicago

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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 [...]

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