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Silly Season Tracker – Updated 8/8

August 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Silly Season Tracker – Updated 8/8

Transactions:
- 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 of sponsorship, Chip Ganassi Racing is forced to shut down the no. 40 car driven by Dario Franchitti for the remainder of …read more

Brad Coleman Joins HOF Racing; JJ Yeley Out of Work

August 7, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Brad Coleman Joins HOF Racing; JJ Yeley Out of Work

*Credit photo to Newscom.
After what most would consider to be an unsuccessful run with Joe Gibbs Racing to get his career started in the Sprint Cup Series, it didn’t take JJ Yeley long to once again find himself looking for work. Hall of Fame Racing announced on Wednesday that they were parting ways with Yeley in favor of 20 year old, Brad Coleman.
Coleman will run his first race with the team on August 17th at Michigan, as the team already made plans to run road course specialist, PJ Jones, in the car this weekend at Watkins Glen. Michigan will mark …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

Race Preview for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

July 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Race Preview for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

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This week, NASCAR returns to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400, one of the biggest races of the year on the Sprint Cup schedule. With Daytona being one of NASCAR’s two restrictor plate courses, the track has fallen under quite a bit of scrutiny over the years. While it’s still loved by many, there are still those that feel as though things tend to get a bit overhyped whenever the series heads down to Florida. But, whether you love it or you hate it, one thing cannot be denied, and that is …read more

Rating the Race: New Hampshire – Lenox Industrial Tools 301

June 29, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Rating the Race: New Hampshire – Lenox Industrial Tools 301

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They added an extra scheduled lap this year to the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, but it was all for naught as the race was halted for rain on lap 284 of the scheduled 301-lap event, and in the end, it was surprise-winner Kurt Busch standing in Victory Lane to get his first victory of the season, and the second of 2008 for car owner, Roger Penske. Busch was far from the dominant car at any point throughout the day, but some pit strategy and a little bit of luck went a long …read more

Kahne Will Hit the Road in Sonoma With the Pole

June 20, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Kahne Will Hit the Road in Sonoma With the Pole

In a combined 10 starts at Infineon Raceway, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson have a total of two top-ten finishes, but that didn’t stop them from running the two fastest laps during Friday’s Sprint Cup qualifying session. Kahne, whose best Sonoma finish was 23rd last year, turned a lap of 77.740 seconds to take his second Coors Lite Pool Award of the season, with the first coming just a couple of weeks ago at Pocono in a race that he dominated. Johnson has a top-five and 2 top-ten finishes in his six starts at Infineon, but he finished just 17th …read more

Fantasy Preview: Michigan

June 12, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Fantasy Preview: Michigan

Recent Winners:
2007 – Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards
2006 – Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne
2005 – Jeremy Mayfield, Greg Biffle
Recent Pole Winners:
2007 – Jeff Gordon, JJ Yeley
2006 – Jeff Burton, Kasey Kahne
2005 – Joe Nemecheck, Ryan Newman
Best Driver Ratings (from racingone.com):
1. Carl Edwards – 112.3
2. Kurt Busch – 106.8
3. Greg Biffle – 105.4
4. Jimmie Johnson - 104.7
5. Matt Kenseth – 104.1
Best Average Finishes (from racingone.com):
1. Carl Edwards – 7.3
2. Matt Kenseth – 9.7
3. Denny Hamlin – 10.0
4. Jeff Gordon – 12.5
5. Martin Truex Jr – 12.5
Most Wins – David Pearson (9)
Most Wins (Active) – Bobby LaBonte (3)
Most Poles – David Pearson (10)
Most Poles (Active) …read more

Kahne Wins Second Pocono Pole

June 6, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Kahne Wins Second Pocono Pole

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For the second time in his Sprint Cup career, Kasey Kahne has turned the quickest qualifying lap at Pocono, thus earning himself the Coors Lite Pole Award. His first pole position at Pocono came back in 2004 when he set the track qualifying record at 172.533 mph. The lap he turned on Friday afternoon was about 2 mph slower and took 52.873 seconds, but it got the job done, nonetheless, and he will start Sunday’s Pocono 500 from the inside of row 1.
Jimmie Johnson was the first driver to qualify for the race …read more

Rating the Race: Lowe’s – Coca Cola 600

May 26, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rating the Race: Lowe’s – Coca Cola 600

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In the longest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, Kasey Kahne proved that attrition pays off, as he was setup in the right place at the right time in the closing laps of the Coca Cola 600 to put his no. 9 Dodge into Victory Lane at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the second time in as many weeks for car owner Ray Evernham.
After cruising to a victory in last week’s All-Star Challenge, and then earning himself the outside pole position through qualifying, Kahne looked as though he was in position to potentially …read more

Tale of the Last 12 Months

May 14, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Tale of the Last 12 Months

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Bill Marx recently wrote an article called Who Turned the Standings Upside Down over at sportingnews.com, and to be quite honest, I just plain ol’ found it rather interesting. All Bill did was simply compare the standings this year as they sit now to what they looked like at this point last season, and highlighted some of the top comers and goers along the way. As I stated, the article peaked my interest, so I wanted to go ahead and touch up on it here as well.
Comers:
Not to be confused with rookies …read more

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