Casey Mears to Penske Racing is a Make Sense Deal

August 6, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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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 [...]

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 [...]

Newman; Wallace: Former ‘Mates Still Can’t See Eye to Eye

July 29, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Newman; Wallace: Former ‘Mates Still Can’t See Eye to Eye

It’s no huge secret that Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace were never exactly the closest of friends during the few short years that they teamed together at Penske Racing earlier this decade, and their relationship was again tested this past weekend at Indianapolis, and it was Rusty that fired the opening shots.
Baffled at the notion that anyone would ever dare leave a man that he has such deep respect for, Roger Penske and his organization, Rusty allegated that it was Penske Racing’s decision to let Newman go and that they’d fired him.
“He didn’t leave,” Wallace stated. “I’ve read many, many [...]

Video - A Tribute to Rusty Wallace

July 22, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Video - A Tribute to Rusty Wallace

Thanks to Richard Matson with SnagFilms for forwarding this video to me. This is a documentary dedicated to the career of racing legend, Rusty Wallace, former driver of the no. 2 car at Penske Racing and winner of the 1989 Winston Cup Championship. The documentary was filmed prior to the conclusion of Rusty’s racing career. Watch as he talks about the fans in the sport, his passion for driving, and his desire to win the Daytona 500.

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Big Weekend Ahead for the Wallace Bunch

July 17, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Big Weekend Ahead for the Wallace Bunch

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It’s going to be a big weekend coming up for the Wallace’s as the NASCAR Nationwide Series makes a trip to St. Louis this weekend for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway, hometown to brothers Mike and Kenny Wallace. Considered to be the home track for the Wallace family, the track has been kind enough to name the grandstands in Turns 1 and 2 after the Wallace’s, and even honored them by placing their name on the race itself during older brother, Rusty’s retirement year.
Despite all of the [...]

Casey Mears Officially Looking for Work

June 28, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Casey Mears Officially Looking for Work

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Well, just as many of us had predicted, Casey Mears is in fact out of a ride for 2009. Hendrick Motorsports announced the release of Mears from his contract with the organization following the completion of this Sprint Cup season, leaving the no. 5 seat empty, and Mears looking for work. The news comes as little shock to the NASCAR world, who continues to see more and more organizational shakeups earlier and earlier in the season … those of us close to the sport call it “Silly Season,” whereas everyone else [...]

Fantasy Preview: Michigan

June 12, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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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) [...]

the Big Ten: Potential Stars in the Waiting

May 5, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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the Big Ten: Potential Stars in the Waiting

This week, I’ve decided to compile a list of the top-ten future potential stars in NASCAR. The basis for this list isn’t based purely on driving skill, but also on other aspects that can contribute to their future success such as their organization, or even gender.
10. Justin Allgaier - 21 years-old, currently driving in his third full season in the ARCA/REMAXX Series. Has compiled one victory in each of the past three seasons.
9. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. - 20 years-old, has recorded 2 wins and 4 top-five’s through his first 20 races in the USAC Series.
8. Brad Keselowski - 24 years-old, [...]

Women Charging on Cup Series’ Week Off

April 22, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Women Charging on Cup Series’ Week Off

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The Sprint Cup Series was off this past week while the Nationwide Series took to the streets of Mexico City for the Corona Mexico 200 as Kyle Busch cruised to his third consecutive Nationwide Series victory. That, however, was not the headline that the sports world took away from auto racing on that day because while Kyle Busch was debating whether or not to dump Scott Pruett, Danica Patrick was out in Japan making history en route to winning the first IRL race of her career, as well as becoming the [...]

the Big Ten: NASCAR Mania - Results

April 18, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

the Big Ten: NASCAR Mania - Results

The votes are in, and I’ve tallied your winners. So, strap in, and let’s get you ringside for the first-ever NASCAR Mania! Enjoy!
Rookie Brawl - Five Way Elimination Match:
Patrick Carpentier and Regan Smith eliminated one another via a double countout. Dario Franchitti pinned Sam Hornish Jr via a Small Package. Then, Michael McDowell closed the match out by defeating Franchitti with his patented finishing move, the “Suicide Spin,” to pick up the victory. Following the match, Aric Almirola attacked McDowell from behind, claiming that he should have had the opportunity to compete in the match, stating that he, too, is [...]

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