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

August 11, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

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 …read more

Rating the Race: Pocono – Pennsylvania 500

August 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rating the Race: Pocono – Pennsylvania 500

Rain played a large part in pretty much anything NASCAR tried to accomplish this weekend, and Sunday’s race at Pocono was no different. It was also one of the more interesting weekends in Carl Edwards’ professional racing career, that’s for sure. He had to squeegee the rain off his own windshield under caution during Saturday’s Nationwide Series race in Montreal (in which he finished 6th). Then, after both of the Sprint Cup practice sessions were rained out on Saturday, his team unloaded off the hauler on Sunday with a car that Crew Chief, Bob Osbourne, described as “experimental.” Then, they …read more

As Expected, Drivers Disappointed With Goodyear Tires at Indy

July 30, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

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

Rating the Race: Indianapolis – Allstate 400

July 27, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rating the Race: Indianapolis – Allstate 400

With only two accidents and one blown engine, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis Motorspeedway still managed to see 11 caution periods during the 160-lap event because of tire issues …. that’s the story of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, and unfortunately that story overshadows the one of Jimmie Johnson winning the pole award and going on to pick up his second career victory at the Brickyard.
NASCAR knew that they were likely to experience tire issues, but they weren’t sure just how bad it would be. They had a competition caution scheduled within the first 15 laps of the …read more

And the ESPY Goes to …

July 22, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

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 …read more

Edwards the Hometown Victor at Gateway

July 20, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Edwards the Hometown Victor at Gateway

Image details: Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 served by picapp.com
Even with the Sprint Cup Series taking the week off, it was still a busy weekend for Missouri native, Carl Edwards …. particularly because he decided to commit to a three-day bicycle trip from his hometown of Columbia, MO to the track that lies in Madison, IL – just outside of the St. Louis metro-area.
Edwards made the trip and got to the track in time to qualify third for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway, and then passed Jason Leffler with 48 laps remaining en route to picking up …read more

NASCAR Represented in 2008 ESPY Award Nominations

July 15, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

NASCAR Represented in 2008 ESPY Award Nominations

Image details: 2007 ESPY Awards – Arrivals served by picapp.com
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 …read more

2009 Silly Season Tracker – Updated 7/14

July 14, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

2009 Silly Season Tracker – Updated 7/14

Transactions:
- DEI has picked up the 2009 option on Martin Truex Jr, though Truex disputes the legality of the verbiage in the contract.
- Hendrick Motorsports has announced the release of Casey Mears for next season.
- Richard Childress Racing has extended Clint Bowyer’s contract through 2011.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has extended Greg Biffle’s contract through 2011.
- Gillette-Evernham Motorsports has signed Elliott Sadler through 2010.
- Richard Childress Racing has announced the addition of the #33 car as a fourth Cup team in 2009.
- Petty Enterprises has signed Bobby LaBonte through 2012.
- Roush-Fenway Racing has signed Carl Edwards through 2011.
- Due to a lack …read more

Jamie McMurray Likely to Remain at Roush

July 12, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Jamie McMurray Likely to Remain at Roush

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About a month ago, rumors started to surface that Jamie McMurray had been handed his walking papers from car owner, Jack Roush, and that this would be his final season with Roush-Fenway Racing. Despite immediate denials by both McMurray and Geoff Smith (President of Operations at Roush-Fenway Racing), most of us – myself included – still bought into the rumors and pegged McMurray as a sure bet to be one of the drivers petitioning for a ride this off-season. But, a month later, after seeing how some of the other Silly Season …read more

Rating the Race: Daytona – Coke Zero 400

July 6, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rating the Race: Daytona – Coke Zero 400

*Credit photo to Sporting News 
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

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