Heading into Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway, most people weren’t talking about points leader Kyle Busch as a favorite to win, especially since he was starting all the way back from the 30th position … well, they were wrong. Busch put his no. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota out front on lap 32, and then held the position for the remainder of the race, with the exception of 2 laps that were led by Carl Edwards during green flag pit stops.
Busch gained his track position due to some good fortune when he and nine other cars made their first pit …read more
For the third time this season, rain has cancelled Sprint Cup qualifying, this time for this weekend’s Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The field for Sunday’s race will be set according to the NASCAR rulebook, lining the first through thirty-fifth spots up according to the order in which they currently sit in the car owner points standings. This puts points leader, Kyle Busch, up front on the pole position, giving him his third of the year, with second place, Jeff Burton, lining up next to him on the outside of row 1. Row 2 will consist of Dale Earnhardt …read more
Coming into Sunday’s Pocono 500 race, both Sam Hornish Jr. and Patrick Carpentier found themselves in 33rd and 38th place in the standings, respectively, as both drivers continue to fight in a bid to make the cut for the top-35 in owner’s points. In Hornish’s case, it’s an effort to keep the car inside the top-35, while Carpentier’s quest is to make in over the hump after the car was sidelined for a handful of the events earlier on in the season. Both drivers are also competing for Rookie of the Year honors amidst a rookie field that is top-heavy …read more
We all know that Joe Gibbs Racing has established themselves as the powerhouse of the field at this point in time. We know that Roush-Fenway Racing has come a long way in figuring out this new car and that Hendrick Motorsports seems to have lost the edge that they had on everyone else last year. We’ve analyzed potential contractual signings every which way we could, and still found ourselves locked in a guessing game. Been there, done that, but perhaps one of the stories that we haven’t talked nearly enough about are two teams that are holding out hope of …read more
After smashing the field during qualifying, and then establishing himself as the car to beat throughout the practice sessions over the weekend, Kasey Kahne backed it all up in convincing fashion as he won Sunday’s Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway.
Kahne, who started Sunday’s race from the pole position, ran up front during the early portions of the race, though he didn’t lead for the first time until lap 17, but a pit road mishap on lap 57 put him in the back of the field. Crew Chief, Kenny Francis, originally called for a four-tire stop, but then changed his mind …read more
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5. “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity!” - It was pretty catchy at first, and then it just became tolerable for awhile. Let’s face it, though, at this point it’s just redundant and played out, and it brings serious question to the vocabulary range of Darrell Waltrip. Let’s find something new, shall we?
4. Retired Drivers Not Retiring – These days, I just don’t know anymore what it means when a driver says they’re retiring, because for a large handful of these guys it really just means that they’re moving to a part-time schedule. Mark Martin had a farewell …read more
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Petty Enterprises recently announced that Kyle Petty will take a leave of absence from the no. 45 Dodge beginning on the June 1st race at Dover until July 12th when the Sprint Cup Series heads to Chicago. The reason for Petty’s leave from the team is to attend his daughter’s wedding, and he will then join the TNT booth to report from broadcasting duty.
The void in the no. 45 car will be filled by NASCAR rookie, Chad McCumbee, at Dover and Chicago, with Terry LaBonte to drive the car for the five races in …read more
At this point, I’m not really sure what can be said about Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports that hasn’t already been stated a million times by now. It’s safe to say that Rick hasn’t built race teams or simply just an organization, he’s crafted and molded together a dynasty in oh, roughly twenty years time. To put it mildly, they’re NASCAR’s version of the New York Yankees … and, like I said – that’s putting it mildly.
In addition to the countless records that HMS has to their credit, they’ve also won 7 Sprint Cup Championships (4 with Gordon, 2 with …read more