Written by Monte Dutton Sat, 2017-03-11 08:28
Brad Keselowski stole one. Kevin Harvick gave one away. Another week, another race. That’s a whole two of them, and it’s on to Las Vegas, where, contrary to commercial belief, what happens there won’t really stay.
More than a quarter of the Atlanta Motor Speedway starting field has a court date at the Hampton, Ga., police station. It’s a good example of public-private coordination. NASCAR is running a heck of a speed trap on the outskirts of town.
Thu, 2017-03-09 15:22
NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Each name made an indelible mark on the sport, whether from behind the wheel or atop a pit box … or even from inside a broadcast booth. After long careers that have helped shape NASCAR, all are now one step closer to its highest honor – enshrinement into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Included among the list are five first-time nominees, all racing heroes who earned race wins, championships … and millions of fans.
Wed, 2017-03-08 16:15
NASCAR and SiriusXM today announced a six-year renewal to extend their broadcasting and marketing agreement through 2022. SiriusXM will continue to deliver 24/7 racing content to millions of listeners across North America, including live broadcasts of every race, plus daily NASCAR talk and interviews with voices across the industry through its exclusive SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel. NASCAR content is available to SiriusXM subscribers in their car, at home or on the go on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM app and online at SiriusXM.com.
SiriusXM and NASCAR’s agreement extension marks another important milestone in the history of collaboration between the two organizations, as 2017 is NASCAR’s 16th season on satellite radio and listeners will have uninterrupted access to the sport for more than two decades. SiriusXM will also retain exclusive category rights to utilize NASCAR branding and trademarks for advertising and promotion.
Tue, 2017-03-07 15:19
There’s something special about returning to a racetrack where you already know your way to the winner’s circle.
Erik Jones and Furniture Row Racing’s No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry team prepare this week for the 20th annual Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with perhaps a bit of an edge despite his first time there for a NASCAR Cup Series event. In 2014, Jones earned his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in just his first race at the 1.5-mile tri-oval located fewer than 20 miles northeast of the famed Las Vegas Strip. Driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, the then 18-year-old led the race twice for 19 laps, including the final 14 to the checkered flag.
Tue, 2017-03-07 14:57
Though early forecasts show Chamber of Commerce weather for this weekend’s Kobalt 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. still has concerns about how the wind factor will affect the handling of his No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota Camry.
“Wind is usually a huge factor for drivers at the Las Vegas race,” said Truex. “It won’t affect the fans’ enjoyment of the race, but from our perspective we have to be ready for a sudden change of balance with the race car. Depending on what direction the wind is coming from it can change the way your car handles so drastically.
Tue, 2017-03-07 14:06
Last month, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart announced the formation of TEAM ONE CURE - a primary program of The Tony Stewart Foundation. The announcement also confirmed an entry for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. Now, Team One Cure is pleased to announce the driver of the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) No. 77 entry as Jay Howard.
"I can't begin to tell you how honored I am to have this opportunity," said Howard. "I'm not one to give up on a dream and I have every bit of determination to make this a successful effort for Tony, Team One Cure and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. I'm in the best condition both mentally and physically, and my race craft is on point. We will be more than ready when IMS opens for practice this May."
by Bobby Bennett Sun, 2017-03-05 14:37
While Brad Keselowski had a very fast Ford, Kevin Harvick's Ford was just a tad faster. Fortunately for Keselowski, with less than 20 laps to go, Harvick was too fast on victory lane giving Keselowski his 22nd career Cup Series win and his first at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
For a few brief laps, Kyle Larson stood in the way of Keselowski. Unfortunately, Larson, while making the right choice to block Keselowski just didn't have enough to hold him off.
Written by Monte Dutton Thu, 2017-03-02 09:13
I don’t know what to make of the new NASCAR rules. If you’re basing your judgment on the Daytona 500 alone, you don’t, either.
The Daytona 500 does not a season make. On the contrary, it has little, historically, to do with the rest of the season, and it’s no mystery why. It’s a plate race for which all the teams have been diligently preparing since the jet engines cooled after the flight back from Homestead.
Everyone is as ready as their resources allow. This will not always be the case. Teams will have to preserve their equipment. Some will run out of it.
By Bobby Bennett Mon, 2017-02-27 09:37
Many will say Kurt Busch lucked his way into his first career win at Daytona International Speedway in the 59th running of the Daytona 500, the 2017 season opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Not only was the win the first for Busch in the Daytona 500, it was also the first win in the event for car owner Tony Stewart.
“It has been a really long, hard winter, and I am so proud of everyone at SHR and Ford Performance,” said Stewart. “They really worked their tails off to get ready. Doug Yates and everybody at Roush Yates Engines brought unbelievable power all week. Had I known that all I had to do was retire, I would have retired 17 years ago if I knew that’s what it took to win the race.
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Sun, 2017-02-26 09:47
For Ryan Reed, there's magic in the air at the Birthplace of Speed.
Reed went to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway in February 2015 and hadn't won since -- until Saturday night, when he held off Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Kasey Kahne in overtime to claim victory in the Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener.
With the race going four laps past its scheduled distance of 120 laps, and with the series running NASCAR's new three-stage event format for the first time, Reed blocked Kahne in Turn 2 on the first of two overtime laps and stalled his momentum.