Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania Pole Position

July 31, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
Filed under Racing

Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania Pole Position

Tony Stewart will be hoping for rain before every qualifying round if events keep going the way they have the last two times he qualified for a NASCAR event. Friday’s qualifying round for Sunday’s Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 was canceled due to persistent rain falling on the 2.5-mile triangular venue of Pocono Raceway.
Marking the second time in as many events that qualifying for an event has been canceled due to inclement weather and the fifth time this year a qualifying round for a Sprint Cup race has been canceled due to rain. This is important in that Tony Stewart … [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 involved … [Read More]

Race Preview for Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen

August 7, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

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 … [Read More]

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 … [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]

Fantasy Follow-Up: Pocono

August 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Fantasy Follow-Up: Pocono

TZ’s Picks (Pocono):
1. Denny Hamlin - 23rd - No points
2. Kurt Busch - 38th - No points
3. Jimmie Johnson - 3rd - 41 points
4. Tony Stewart - 2nd - 41 points
5. Brian Vickers - 28th - No points
6. Kasey Kahne - 7th - 37.5 points
Lock of the Week - Denny Hamlin - Outside Top Fifteen - No points
Sleeper Pick - AJ Allmendinger - Outside Top Fifteen - No points
Steer Clear of - Kevin Harvick - Top Five - (Minus) 20 points
Roc’s Picks (Pocono):
1. Jeff Gordon - 10th - 38.5 points
2. Jimmie Johnson - 3rd - 41.5 points
3. Denny Hamlin - 23rd … [Read More]

Johnson on a Roll, In Hot Pursuit of 3rd Cup Title

August 3, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Johnson on a Roll, In Hot Pursuit of 3rd Cup Title

Well, he doesn’t have 7 wins in the Sprint Cup Series this season, and it doesn’t appear as though he’ll be attempting to break any of NASCAR’s overall win records at the moment, but if you ask Jimmie Johnson, dubbing Kyle Busch as your 2008 Sprint Cup champion at this point is very premature.
Johnson currently sits 4th in the points standings, but has been methodically working his way up the ladder these past few weeks after getting off to a rather slow start to the season by his standards. After winning 10 races last year and 5 in the year … [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 … [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 … [Read More]

Race Preview for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis

July 24, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Race Preview for the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway (aka: the Brickyard) is home of the Indianapolis 500 and is highly regarded as one of the most prestigious tracks in all of motorsports. After taking a week off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will now return to the Brickyard for the fifteenth time in a race whose prestige to NASCAR regulars is rivaled only by the season opening Daytona 500. In the previous 14 trips to the track, Indianapolis has produced only three multiple winners in NASCAR, and only two of them will be in the field on Sunday - Jeff Gordon (4 wins) and … [Read More]

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