Tony Eury Jr’s Call Was the Wrong Call at Watkins Glen

August 11, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Tony Eury Jr’s Call Was the Wrong Call at Watkins Glen

Everything seemed to be going perfectly for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the no. 88 team on Sunday as Earnhardt was in search of his first Cup victory at Watkins Glen International, and his first win at the track since winning the 1999 Nationwide Series race there. He started the day with the outside pole position after rain canceled out qualifying on Friday, and then he went onto lead 28 of the first 29 laps in the race.
Earnhardt gave up the lead during the first round of green flag stops after being one of the last cars to make their stop. [...]

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 [...]

Silly Season Tracker - Updated 8/8

August 8, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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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 driven by Dario Franchitti for the remainder of [...]

Silly Season Tracker - Updated 7/19

July 19, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Silly Season Tracker - Updated 7/19

Transactions:
- DEI has picked up the 2009 option on Martin Truex Jr, though Truex disputes the legality of the verbiage in the contract.
- 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 [...]

2009 Silly Season Tracker - Updated 7/14

July 14, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

2009 Silly Season Tracker - Updated 7/14

Transactions:
- DEI has picked up the 2009 option on Martin Truex Jr, though Truex disputes the legality of the verbiage in the contract.
- 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 [...]

Rating the Race: Chicago - Lifelock.com 400

July 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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Rating the Race: Chicago - Lifelock.com 400

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Kyle Busch continued his dominating run over the Sprint Cup Series Saturday night as he picked up his series-leading 7th win of the season by taking the checkers in the Lifelock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. After rain cancelled Friday’s qualifying session, Busch was awarded the pole position due to leading the championship points standings, and that proved to be invaluable as he led the first 44 laps of the race en route to setting a new track record by leading a total of 165 laps, erasing the previous record set by [...]

Fantasy Follow-Up: Chicago

July 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Fantasy Follow-Up: Chicago

TZ’s Picks (Chicago):
1. Matt Kenseth - 7th - 40 points
2. Jimmie Johnson - 2nd - 42 points
3. Kyle Busch - 1st - 42 points
4. Kevin Harvick - 3rd - 40.5 points
5. Tony Stewart - 5th - 39 points
6. Kurt Busch - 28th - No points
Lock of the Week - Tony Stewart - Top Five - 10 points
Sleeper Pick - Travis Kvapil - Outside Top Fifteen - No points
Steer Clear of - Martin Truex Jr. - Top Ten - (Minus) 15 points
Roc’s Picks (Chicago):
1. Kevin Harvick - 3rd - 42 points
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 16th - No points
3. Matt Kenseth - 7th - 39 [...]

Race Preview for the Lifelock.com 400 at Chicago

July 10, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Race Preview for the Lifelock.com 400 at Chicago

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NASCAR will return to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL this weekend. Saturday night’s race will mark the eighth trip to Chicagoland for the Sprint Cup Series, and the first NASCAR event there run under the lights. The 1.5 mile tri-oval track has produced only two repeat winner to-date (Kevin Harvick & Tony Stewart), and no driver has ever won the pole here twice. With the points shakeup that occurred as a result of the mele’ at Daytona last week, all eyes are certain to be focused on the Midwest this week with only 8 races [...]

With Ganassi Folding the #40 Team, What Will Become of Some of the Others?

July 4, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

With Ganassi Folding the #40 Team, What Will Become of Some of the Others?

Image details: LifeLock 400 served by picapp.com
Happy 4th of July, everyone! Along with celebrating America’s independence, since it just so happens to have fallen on a Friday this year, that means you’re also treated to a “special” edition of “Loose in Turn Three”. Along with me as always are Bruce Simmons from “Bruce’s Bits & Pieces”, and, of course, Charlie Turner from “On Pit Row”.
Earlier this week, Chip Ganassi announced that due to sponsorship woes, he was being forced to cease operations on his no. 40 operation, laying off 71 employees in the process and also putting NASCAR rookie, Dario [...]

2009 Silly Season Tracker

June 28, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

2009 Silly Season Tracker

Transactions:
- DEI has picked up the 2009 option on Martin Truex Jr, though Truex disputes the legality of the verbiage in the contract.
- 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.
Teams Without an Assigned 2009 [...]

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