Jacques Villeneuve Returns to Montreal

July 16, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
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Jacques Villeneuve Returns to Montreal

History will meet the future on August 29th of this year as Jacques Villeneuve will come back to the track named after his legendary father and F1 superstar Gilles Villeneuve to drive the No. 32 Toyota in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 being held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. Last year Villeneuve qualified Braun’ Racing’s No. 32 in fifth position at this historic venue and looked poised to challenge for the victory, before Villeneuve had a run in with another driver unable to keep control of his car due to falling rain on the track, which resulted [...]

Ambrose Celebrates a Career Weekend at the Glen

August 12, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Ambrose Celebrates a Career Weekend at the Glen

Marcos Ambrose took the lead with just three laps to go in Saturday’s Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen to secure his first career Nationwide Series victory in 59 starts. He received the lead by virtue of Jeff Burton and Jimmie Johnson running out of fuel in the closing laps in an episode of bitter-sweet redemption after all the tough luck he’s suffered in NASCAR road course racing in 2008. He came close, but eventually took a back seat to Kyle Busch in Mexico City … mechanical issues ended his day in Sonoma when he made his Sprint Cup debut … [...]

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

August 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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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 involved [...]

Race Preview for Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

August 7, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Race Preview for Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

*Credit photo to Newscom.
This week NASCAR heads to Waktins Glen International for one of their two road course races of the season on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. The race comes just one week after NASCAR made history for itself when they raced in the rain last Saturday in the Nationwide Series in Montreal, which most critics feel came off as a huge success. As of right now there are no plans to break out the rain tires on Sunday, but there’s still plenty to look forward to with just five races remaining until the cutoff for the Chase.
Recent Winners:
2007 [...]

NASCAR Rivals: Slicks vs. Grooves

August 6, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Slicks vs. Grooves

It was undoubtedly one of the most historic moments in NASCAR when they decided to convert the Nationwide Series field from the “slick” tires that they typically run to “grooved” tires at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this past Saturday for the NAPA Auto Parts 200. With heavy rain working its way to the track and cars sliding all over the place, NASCAR made the call to do just what they’ve been talking about doing and race in the rain.
Incase you missed the action on Saturday afternoon, here’s some video to show you how the cars were handling on the regular slick [...]

Random Thoughts on Tires, Pocono, and NASCAR in General

August 5, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Random Thoughts on Tires, Pocono, and NASCAR in General

***
My name is Michael and I wrote over at b5medias’s boxing and pro
wrestling blog, Jab and Grapple. b5’s staff of
writers is guest posting on other sports blogs this week. Look for Tim
over on the sports comedy blog dejuiced.
***
After August 3rd’s long slog of a Pennsylvania 500 one has to wonder
when either:
a) NASCAR joins the rest of the motorsports world and runs races in
the rain with rain tires as the did on August
2 in Montreal,  or
b) Removes at least one of the two races at Pocono.
I was amazed to hear Tony Stewart say during a rain stoppage that
Montreal was the first [...]

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 [...]

Ron Fellows Beats the Rain in Canada

August 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Ron Fellows Beats the Rain in Canada

Saturday’s running of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal was an historic night for the Nationwide Series, and NASCAR in general. As the rainy weather crept its way onto the tracks, the race was red flagged, and for the first time ever in a NASCAR points race, the teams switched over to grooved tires to run the remainder of the race.
The rain was eventually stopped 26 laps short due to poor visibility, and in the end, it was Canadian native, Ron Fellows, out in front of the pack when the race was officially called. Throughout [...]

An Anheuser Sellout Would Effect More Than Just The Beer

June 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

An Anheuser Sellout Would Effect More Than Just The Beer

The headlines have poured across the newspapers and internet for the last couple of days, and it’s become a hot topic of debate on morning radio as I learned today while listening to Elliot in the Morning on my way into work. For those of you that have been stuck under a rock or just don’t care, and therefore are not familiar with what I’m talking about, earlier this week Anheuser Busch received an unsolicited offer from InBev, a European brewing company and the largest in the world, to purchase Anheuser for a reported $46.3 billion, which would make it [...]

Ambrose Is the Latest “Said Head”

April 26, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Ambrose Is the Latest “Said Head”

Image details: NASCAR Nationwide Series Corona Mexico 200 served by picapp.com
Finally, a story about a couple of guys making some headlines in the Nationwide Series that typically don’t compete in the Sprint Cup. That’s right, if you watched last weekend’s Mexico Corona 200 from Mexico City, then you already know that I’m referring to non-other than Boris Said and Marcos Ambrose.
On lap 55 of the race, Ambrose was making his way back up through the field after getting sent to the back of the pack, and in the process, got into the back of Said’s car going through the turn. [...]


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