NASCAR

  • Talladega Superspeedway, as seen from 5,000 feet - image: AuburnPilot

    When it comes to racetracks visited by NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series, some have achieved near-mythic status. While Daytona may top the list of sacred temples of speed, the 2.66 mile tri-oval in Talladega, Alabama, finishes a close second. Perhaps its the sheer size of the place, since its 2.66 mile length makes it the longest non-road course track on the NASCAR schedule. Maybe it’s the fact that it can hold up to 175,000 spectators, making it third-largest behind Indianapolis and Texas in capacity. Maybe it’s the pack racing that the track seems to promote, which inevitably...

  • Jimmie Johnson wins the FedEx 400 at Dover in June - image: Hendrick Motorsports
    NASCAR AAA 400 Preview: The Chase Moves On To Dover

    Last week in New Hampshire, it was Denny Hamlin’s turn to bring home a victory for Joe Gibbs racing. Now that this year’s Chase for the Championship is heading into its third race, Jimmie Johnson is hoping to stretch his lead in series points, while Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and...

  • Denny Hamlin celebrates his second 2012 win at Kansas - NASCAR photo
    NASCAR Sylvania 300 Recap: Hamlin Delivers Promised Win

    After running out of gas in the closing laps of last week’s race in Joliet, Illinois, Denny Hamlin did the unthinkable - he promised a win at Loudon in the Sylvania 300. Hamlin later tried to soft-pedal his commitment, adding words to the effect of, “as long as the crew delivers a...

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    NASCAR Sylvania 300 Preview: The Chase Heads To New Hampshire

    Heading into this weekend’s Chase for the Championship race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski leads Jimmie Johnson by a scant three points, and third-place Tony Stewart by just eight points. Keselowski may wish the series was heading somewhere else, since the Penske Racing...

  • AJ Allmendinger. Photo: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR
    AJ Allmendinger Reinstated By NASCAR After Road To Recovery

    Suspended indefinitely on July 24 after testing positive for amphetamines--allegedly taken unwittingly in a pill offered by a friend--AJ Allmendinger is once again eligible to race in NASCAR, and, presumably other series as well. Allmendinger's suspension came as something of a shock to most of the...

  • NASCAR photo of Brad Keselowski
    NASCAR Sprint Cup GEICO 400 Recap

    When the checkered flag waved at Sunday’s GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the expected race winner wasn’t the car crossing the start finish line first. Brad Keselowski took the victory, but the race was dominated by Jimmie Johnson, who started from pole position. Johnson clearly had...

  • Tony Stewart swaps his ride for the day - image credit Grant Halverson / Getty Images for Mobil 1

    Sunday’s GEICO 400 from the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, kicks off the 2012 Chase for the Championship. The 1.5-mile tri-oval, which opened its doors in 2001, has been good to Chase contender Tony Stewart, who’s racked up three wins there in the past seven years, including one in 2011. It’s also been good to Chase hopeful Kevin Harvick, who’s won there in 2001 and in 2002. Harvick trails Stewart in current points (2000 to 2009), but that will only serve to make Harvick more determined to close the gap. The Richard Childress Racing driver has yet to score a...

  • Clint Bowyer in Richmond - image courtesy of Michael Waltrip Racing
    NASCAR From Richmond: Federated Auto Parts 400 Recap

    Saturday night’s short-track slugfest in Richmond was the final regular season race on the NASCAR calendar, and as expected it delivered its fair share of drama for those patient enough to wait out a rain-delayed start of nearly two hours and a rain-based red flag that lasted nearly another...

  • Denny Hamlin celebrates his second 2012 win at Kansas - NASCAR photo
    NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 Preview

    With one race left to go before the Chase for the Championship begins, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series heads to the three-quarter mile oval in Richmond, Virginia for a Saturday night showdown under the lights. Denny Hamlin comes into Richmond with back-to-back victories earned in Atlanta and in...

  • Tony Stewart swaps his ride for the day - image credit Grant Halverson / Getty Images for Mobil 1
    Tony Stewart Drives... A Tank? Video

    In 2011, NASCAR star Tony Stewart and former Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton swapped rides at Watkins Glen as a promotion for Mobil 1 synthetic oil (which sponsors both drivers). For 2012, Mobil 1 decided to mix things up a bit and ask fans of Tony Stewart what he should drive next. The...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium pace car, to be given away by Sprint and Ford - image: Ford Racing
    2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Pace Car Going To Lucky Fan

    Next year, Ford will debut the 2013 Fusion in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition, and for the first time in years we’ll see a car that differs from others on track by more than just graphics. While still not “stock” in the old-school sense of the word, the new Fusion race car carries...

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the cover of NASCAR The Game: Inside Line
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Pole Position For New NASCAR Game Cover

    There’s a new version of Activision’s NASCAR racing game due in stores this fall, and NASCAR The Game: Inside Line promises to give player the thrill of Sprint Cup competition, without the hassle of figuring out where to park the transporters between races. We previously told you that...

  • Ron Fellows with Corvettes at the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School

    Whether you're into NASCAR in general or not, the road races the series runs often provide spectacular racing--unafraid of some contact, hustling big machines, and with hired-gun road course specialists making appearances, they get us fired up even when we're sick of the ovals. If you're like us, then you're likely looking forward to the upcoming Watkins Glen and Montreal races. Veteran racer and NASCAR road course specialist Ron Fellows is too, and to show it, he's giving away two seats at the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain--one for each race--with the Fellows 5...

  • 2013 Dodge Charger NASCAR Sprint Cup race car
    Dodge To Leave NASCAR In 2013: Confirmed

    Despite having just unveiled a 2013-spec Dodge Charger for NASCAR Sprint Cup competition, the brand will be leaving NASCAR at the end of the 2012 season. The news was confirmed on an official conference call with the media this afternoon. Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of SRT, said, "Dodge has...

  • The first crash at the 2012 Daytona 500 took out five-time champ Jimmie Johnson. Photo via NASCAR
    Competition, Not Carnage, Draws NASCAR Fans: Study

    Watching Clint Bowyer cross the finish line at the 2007 Daytona 500 upside down, backwards, and on fire--or Carl Edwards punting Brad Keselowski at Atlanta in 2010--might be the reason some fans of NASCAR watch the long oval races, but for some fans, that's losing its appeal--or new fans are...

  • "Your name here" as driver of the No. 22 Dodge Charger? - NASCAR photo
    Allmendinger Released From Penske Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Team

    AJ Allmendinger had it made, driving for The Captain, Roger Penske in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series. He took over from Kurt Busch, who left Penske Racing "by mutual agreement" after the 2011 season; Allmendinger came to his new position from Richard Petty Motorsports, where he'd developed as a...

  • Jimmie, Genevieve Marie and Chandra Johnson kiss Indy's bricks - NASCAR photo
    5-Time Champ Johnson Earns 4th Indy NASCAR Win; Earnhardt Jr Takes Point Lead

    When Jimmie Johnson was growing up, Rick Mears was one of his heroes. Now he's joined INDYCAR legends Mears, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Formula One's Michael Schumacher (who has five wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and NASCAR teammate Jeff Gordon as a four-time winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway...

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    NASCAR Okays New 2013 Sprint Cup Cars

    NASCAR formally announced that all four of its OEM manufacturers' 2013 Sprint Cup Series race car bodies have been approved for competition, allowing Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Toyota to begin developing, designing and constructing parts for their SS, Charger, Fusion and Camry models, respectively...

  • 2013 Chevy Camaro NASCAR Nationwide race car

    With Ford's 2013 Fusion NASCAR racer already digitized for CFD testing, and the 2013 Dodge Charger NASCAR showing off as well, it's about time Chevy let loose its NASCAR Camaro. Like the others, the Chevy uses the new rules for 2013 to end up with a car that more closely resembles the actual production Camaro--though it's still a long way from identical. Unlike the race cars from Dodge and Ford, however, this isn't Chevy's Sprint Cup entry. It's made for Nationwide Series competition, and accordingly, it's built to a different formula. As Jim Campbell, vice president of Chevrolet performance...

  • Ford Fusion in CFD - Photo courtesy Ford Racing
    Ford Optimizing 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Fusion With High-Tech CFD

    Ford Racing is pulling out all the stops to ensure that its 2013 Ford Fusion entries in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have been fully optimized. To this effect, Ford Racing is using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) as an engineering tool for aerodynamic loads. "Basically it's a wind tunnel on a...

  • AJ Allmendinger - Anne Proffit photo
    AJ Allmendinger Suspended Indefinitely From NASCAR Competition

    AJ Allmendinger came to Aegis Analytical Laboratories in Nashville, TN, on July 24 armed with a toxicologist who would independently examine his "B" sample from NASCAR's random drug test at Kentucky Speedway. The intent was to show that he did not have a slightly elevated illegal stimulant in his...

  • Tony Stewart confers with teammate Ryan Newman - NASCAR photo
    Tony Stewart Ready For 'Home' Race At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    Unlike most of his competitors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, reigning champion Tony Stewart lives in Columbus, In, a relatively short drive south of Indianapolis, home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval that's one of Smoke's favorite circuits. He's never won the Indianapolis 500...

  • Ron Howard will drive the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pace car at Indianapolis next Sunday
    Ron Howard To Drive Pace Car For Indy NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway has found the right pace car driver for next weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has agreed to drive the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com pace car on Sunday, July 29. Howard, who just...

  • No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet - NASCAR photo
    Congress Tackles NASCAR Military Sponsorships - Ban Defeated

    The fight over NASCAR sponsorships from the United States' armed forces heated up in the House of Representatives today, as Republican Rep. Jack Kingston and Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum put forth an amendment to a defense spending bill that would axe about $72.3 million from a more than $600...

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