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]

Silly Season Tracker – Updated 7/19

July 19, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Silly Season Tracker – Updated 7/19

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]

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]

2009 Silly Season Tracker

June 28, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

2009 Silly Season Tracker

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.
Teams Without an Assigned 2009 … [Read More]

Is Ambrose the Ticket for the Wood Bros.’ Return to Prosperity?

June 23, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Is Ambrose the Ticket for the Wood Bros.’ Return to Prosperity?

Through 55 years of racing at NASCAR’s top level, the Wood Brothers have established themselves amongst the all-time winningest teams in the sport’s history with an accumulated 97 wins amongst the organization. The organization has housed such legendary names as Cale Yarbrough, David Pearson, Davey Allison, AJ Foyt, Tiny Lund, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, and Dan Gurney. The team made history in the late 70’s when they were invited to the White House by former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter … Yet, Wood Brothers Racing has not visited Victory Lane since Elliott Sadler’s 2001 win at Bristol Motor Speedway, and the … [Read More]

Fantasy Preview: Pocono

June 5, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Fantasy Preview: Pocono

Recent Winners:
2007 - Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon
2006 – Denny Hamlin (x2)
2005 – Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards
Recent Pole Winners:
2007 – Dale Earnhardt Jr, Ryan Newman
2006 – Denny Hamlin (x2)
2005 – Jamie McMurray, Michael Waltrip
Best Driver Ratings (from racingone.com):
1. Denny Hamlin – 133.1
2. Kurt Busch – 116.6
3. Tony Stewart – 103.2
4. Ryan Newman – 101.9
5. Jeff Gordon – 97.5
Best Driver Average Finishes (from racingone.com):
1. Denny Hamlin – 2.8
2. Jeff Gordon – 9.9
3. Jimmie Johnson – 10.7
4. Mark Martin – 11.7
5. Tony Stewart – 12.4
Most Wins – Bill Elliott (5)
Most Wins / Active Driver - Jeff Gordon (4)
Most Poles – Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader (5)
Most … [Read More]

Rain Puts a Damper on Racing Across the Country

June 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rain Puts a Damper on Racing Across the Country

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If you thought it was bad sitting through the rain delay that slowed down the action this past Saturday for the Nationwide’s Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway, then you’re not the only one feeling the anguish that Mother Nature can put on racing events.
Fullthrottle.com has reported that rainy skies have delayed – or, in some cases altogether postponed – racing events across the nation this past week.  The Tri-Track Challenge Series that takes place at Paducah International Raceway, Macon Speedway, and I-55 Raceway probably felt the weather a bit … [Read More]

Ganassi Slates Mayfield for Dover; Franchitti for Pocono

May 28, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Ganassi Slates Mayfield for Dover; Franchitti for Pocono

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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 … [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]

Fantasy Preview: Lowe’s

May 22, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Fantasy Preview: Lowe’s

Recent Winners:
2007 – Jeff Gordon, Casey Mears
2006 – Kasey Kahne (x2)
2005 – Jimmie Johnson (x2)
Recent Polesitters:
2007 – Ryan Newman (x2)
2006 – Scott Riggs (x2)
2005 – Elliott Sadler, Ryan Newman
Best Driver Ratings (from racingone.com):
1. Jimmie Johnson – 120.2
2. Kyle Busch – 94.3
3. Mark Martin – 93.2
4. Kasey Kahne – 92.9
5. Carl Edwards – 88.6
Best Driver Averages (from racingone.com):
1. Jimmie Johnson – 6.8
2. Carl Edwards – 7.3
3. Bobby LaBonte – 9.3
4. Mark Martin – 12.1
5. Tony Stewart – 12.9
Most Wins – Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip (6)
Most Poles – David Pearson (12)
Most Top 5’s – Bobby Allison, Richard Petty (23)
Most Top 10’s – … [Read More]

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