Speed and Menard make headlines in changes

October 1, 2008 by Tony Baldwin  
Filed under Racing

Speed and Menard make headlines in changes

On Tuesday, Scott Speed and Paul Menard made headlines after being announced as drivers on two Sprint Cup cars. Speed was rumored to take over for A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 84 Red Bull car and Tuesday it was finalized. Menard moves from DEI to Yates Racing and will bring over his Menards sponsorship. Menard was one of two drivers at DEI that had a full sponsor, but he will be taking that with him to Yates. Now, only Martin Truex, Jr. is left at DEI with a full sponsor. Menard has gone 68 career races with reaching the winner’s circle and posted only one top 10 finish in his career at DEI. Menard’s first race... [Read more]

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 - 29 races - Kansas Speedway,... [Read more]

Rating the Race: Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

August 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Rating the Race: Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

Kyle Busch made perfect on his efforts to sweep the road course races in the Sprint Cup Series this season as he nabbed his first career victory at Watkins Glen International on Sunday. He led four times for a race high 52 laps, giving him his 8th win of the season and making him the first driver to win the races at both Infineon and Watkins Glen in the same year since his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Tony Stewart, did it back in 2005. He also won the Nationwide Series race in Mexico City earlier in the year, making him the only driver in NASCAR history to win three road course races in the same season. After rain canceled Friday’s... [Read more]

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... [Read more]

Goodyear Was Starting to Get Loose in Turn 3 … But, They’re Straight Now

August 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Goodyear Was Starting to Get Loose in Turn 3 … But, They’re Straight Now

Some would say that it’s been a trying season for Goodyear in 2008 as they continue to work on developing new tires to coincide with NASCAR’s latest project, the Car of Tomorrow. Things got heated early in the season between Goodyear’s racing group and some of the drivers in the garage area, particularly after Atlanta when several of the drivers bashed the tire in public forums. You might recall one man inparticular’s rants regarding the tires as they made headlines for several weeks. Yes, I’m referring of course to Tony Stewart. It seemed as though things had finally cooled off between all parties... [Read more]

Martin Truex Jr. to Return to DEI in 2009

August 6, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Martin Truex Jr. to Return to DEI in 2009

*Credit photo to Newscom. Martin Truex Jr. finally put an end to the many rumors that surrounded a potential move for him to Stewart-Haas Racing, Richard Childress Racing, and Penske Racing in 2009 when he and the suits at Dale Earnhardt Inc. finally inked a deal on Wednesday that will have him returning to the no. 1 car next season. It was reported over a week ago that Truex and DEI had reached a verbal agreement that would extend Truex with the organization through the 2010 racing season. Those rumors have not come to fruition, as Truex’ future beyond next year remains unclear, but several sources are reporting that... [Read more]

Casey Mears to Penske Racing is a Make Sense Deal

August 6, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Casey Mears to Penske Racing is a Make Sense Deal

Despite being handed his walking papers from Hendrick Motorsports when the team announced at the end of June that Casey Mears would no longer be the driver of the no. 5 car in 2009, it’s not exactly the end of world for Mears. Really, if it had to happen, it couldn’t have happened in a better year with seats still remaining open at Richard Childress Racing, Penske Racing, and technically, even Stewart-Haas Racing for next season. With Roger Penske and Ryan Newman recently announcing their split at the end of the year, the no. 12 ride at Penske has now become one of the more highly touted rides available for ‘09.... [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]

Newman Says Reports Are Wrong, No Deal Has Been Made … Yet

August 2, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Newman Says Reports Are Wrong, No Deal Has Been Made … Yet

For the second time in just a week, ESPN.com has made a report on a premier driver’s plans for 2009 only to have NASCAR.com turn around the following day to refute those reports. Last week it was the reports suggesting that Martin Truex Jr. and DEI had come to terms on a two-year contract extension, which Truex very adamently refuted, stating that the report (David Newton) knowingly falsified his statements. That very same reporter then followed that story up with another, this time landing Ryan Newman in the seat of the no. 4 car for Stewart-Haas Racing next year with what he dubbed as a “verbal agreement.” Early... [Read more]

Race Preview for Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

July 31, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Race Preview for Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

Coming off of a terrible weekend at Indy, you can bet that NASCAR’s feeling the pressure to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible at Pocono this weekend, and if the trip here back in June is any indication, then things should be just fine. It’s also a big weekend for the teams, as Pocono is only the second track on the schedule that the series has already traveled to once before this season, and this is about the time of year that you really begin to see how much some of these groups have been able to learn from the first six months of the season. More importantly, however, is the fact that there... [Read more]

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