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  • Jimmie Johnson greets fans in Las Vegas - NASCAR photo

    NASCAR's chief appellate officer, John MIddlebrook today considered the final appeal of penalties resulting from inspection infractions to the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet. The appeal - the second for the No. 48 team - stemmed from an opening day, February 17, inspection for Sprint Cup teams preparing to race in the 54th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The penalties - after officials looked at the C-pillar on the No. 48 Chevrolet - concerned Section 12-1 of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing;”...

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    Brad Keselowski Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Race At Bristol

    Brad Keselowski put his cell phone up in Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway so he'd have a photo to tweet to his ever-increasing followers. The driver of Penske Racing's Blue Deuce, the No. 2 Dodge Charger R/T, earned his second straight win in Thunder Valley, the 0.553 bowl of an oval over the...

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    Chevy Ditching Impala In NASCAR Sprint Cup For New Nameplate

    With Ford and Dodge recently unveiling their respective race cars for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, all eyes now turn to Chevrolet to see what it has in store for the sport and all its fans. While many had been expecting a new version of the current Impala race car, Chevrolet has announced...

  • Chad Knaus unloads the No. 48 car at Las Vegas - NASCAR photo
    NASCAR Upholds No. 48 Penalties - Hendrick Continues Appeal

    So much for the ability to appeal penalties meted by NASCAR. In a near six-hour session to appeal the suspension for No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec, together with a big $100,000 fine for Knaus and the loss of driver and entrant points of 25 each for driver...

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    2013 Dodge Charger NASCAR Sprint Cup Car Unveiled

    SRT Motorsports, the official motorsports division of the Chrysler Group, has unveiled the 2013 Dodge Charger race car that will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season. The new race car was unveiled at a special event hosted at Las Vegas Motor Speedway over the weekend. In keeping with...

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    Chad Knaus Challenges NASCAR Fines, Penalties

    After Wednesday's revelation that NASCAR would be fining, penalizing and suspending No. 48 Sprint Car Series crew chief Chad Knaus, car chief Ron Malec, driver Jimmie Johnson (aka 'five-time" for the championships he's won) and owner Jeff Gordon, team owner Rick Hendrick said Hendrick Motorsports...

  • 2013 Dodge Charger Sprint Cup racecar - Image Courtesy SRT

    The folks at SRT, Dodge's Street & Racing Technology brand that includes motorsports might be a bit taken aback following Thursday's announcement that Penske Racing is deserting the Dodge Charger for a 2013 Ford Fusion, but they're definitely not planning to leave NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition anytime soon. SRT will show off the new 2013 Dodge Charger during next week's Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In 2010, NASCAR held a summit with all four brands currently racing in Sprint Cup, looking for a returning brand identity to the cars on the track. The concept was launched in...

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    Penske Racing Moves NASCAR Teams To Ford For 2013

    Ford was the final engine maker to bring its updated FR9 to NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series. It was also the first to show its new 2013 stock car body. Now Ford has rejoined with one of the most successful racing entrepreneurs as Roger Penske and his Penske Racing team are leaving Dodge/SRT...

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    NASCAR Fines And Suspends No. 48 Team Members

    After NASCAR found a non-conforming "C" pillar on five-time Sprint Cup Series Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet during February 17 pre-race inspections prior to the Budweiser Shootout, many assumed any fines or other penalties would be meted out after the Daytona 500. This sort of...

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    Irwindale Speedway Status Clarified

    Since it was announced earlier this month that all racing activities at Irwindale Speedway were cancelled for the 2012 season, there were more questions than answers available to all of us. Now the owners have come forth to give up some pertinent information about the race track. Irwindale...

  • Kurt Busch drove for Penske Racing the last six years - NASCAR photo
    NASCAR Roster Takes Getting Used To

    In recent years, NASCAR's silly season--the term applied to the shuffling of drivers from one team to another for the upcoming season--has been rather uneventful. For 2012, though, a slew of drivers find themselves with new teams and behind the wheels of different cars. It's almost enough to make a...

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    Kenseth Wins Bizarre 54th Annual Daytona 500

    The 54th annual Daytona 500 finally got underway around 7:15 p.m. Monday night after a day and a half's postponement for lingering rain; it was the first time this NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race had ever been run completely under the lights and on the final weekend of February. By the time Tuesday...

  • Video: Juan Pablo Montoya Thrashes Corvette ZR1 At Milford

    Juan Pablo Montoya managed to escape with only a sore ankle following his fiery crash with a jet-dryer truck during Monday night’s postponed Daytona 500. Montoya, who drives for Earnhardt Ganassi, lost control of his Chevrolet during the seventh caution of the race. He then crashed into one of the wet track’s jet-dryer trucks, which being loaded with fuel immediately burst into flames. His car then continued to slide before coming to rest on the grass, allowing him to escape. Fuel from the jet-dryer truck spilled on the track near Turn 3 and continued to burn into the night...

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    Daytona 500 Postponed For First Time In 54-Year History

    For 53 years the Daytona 500 has gone on as scheduled. Sure it's been shortened a few times but never postponed, never canceled, never rained out. The 54th edition of NASCAR's season-opening Sprint Cup Series contest wasn't looking good when rain began in the morning and pummeled the track right at...

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    Danica Patrick Earns Daytona Nationwide Pole

    Danica Patrick is racing more this weekend at Daytona International Speedway than she did in half a season of IZOD IndyCar Series competition--or so it seems. The 29-year-old from Roscoe, Illinois has been practicing for her NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the 54th Daytona 500, competing in the...

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    Pastrana Sets 7-Race Nationwide And 11-Race K&N Series 2012 Schedule

    Travis Pastrana, the high flying action star who nearly sabotaged his pending NASCAR career with a failed motorcycle jump in last year's X Games will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Richmond International Raceway on April 27. "I'm really serious about this," Pastrana admitted in the...

  • Danica Patrick - NASCAR photo from Daytona International Speedway
    NASCAR Tweaks Bud Shootout Eligibility; Rethinks Team Point Swaps

    With an exciting 25-combatant 2012 Budweiser Shootout in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rear-view mirror, the sanctioning body has decided to return to eligibility roots for next year's Bud Shootout. Next season's field will consist of 2012 Coors Light Pole winners and past Shootout winners who have...

  • Greg Biffle and Daytona 500 polesitter Carl Edwards - NASCAR photo
    Ford Drivers Edwards And Biffle Snag Daytona 500 Front Row

    Carl Edwards earned pole position for next Sunday's Daytona 500, opening salvo in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' calendar of 36 races. Edwards, runner-up in last year's points chase, helped Roush Fenway Racing gain first and second positions in the 43-car field on a sunny, windy afternoon. After...

  • Kyle Busch leads Tony Stewart to the checkers - NASCAR photo

    Is this the way Speedweeks are going to be at Daytona International Speedway? Cars flying through the air, getting turned with a nudge to the left rear, "big ones" every few laps? It sure looked that way during the Budweiser Shootout tonight, won by Kyle Busch by a hair over Tony Stewart, 0.13 seconds to be exact. It was Toyota's first win in the Bud Shootout, Busch's first and an amazing display of driving talent by a driver who got spun out nearly the entire race! And it was the closest finish in the 34-year history of the Shootout. There were only 13 of the 25 entered racers still...

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    Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Signs Kyle Larson To Development Program

    Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is looking to its future, signing Elk Grove, California native Kyle Larson as its development driver. Larson, 19, gathered plenty of attention last season when he captured 22 major professional feature wins, including victories in the World of Outlaws...

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    Crash Mars NASCAR Budweiser Shootout Practice

    It didn't take long for the NASCAR Sprint Cup set to get into one another this afternoon on the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway banked oval. During practice for tomorrow night's Budweiser Shootout, Tony Stewart was using his No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet to push Kurt Busch's No. 51...

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    Allmendinger Looking To Race Into The "Chase"

    2012 is a new year with a pile of new challenges for Californian AJ Allmendinger, driver of Penske Racing's No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T. Thus far The Dinger has had an excellent start to his racing season, winning the 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race with former CART...

  • Danica Patrick with her father TJ - Anne Proffit photo
    Danica Patrick Focused On Daytona 500 Luck And Nationwide Championship

    The most anticipated rookie in this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is Danica Patrick, who left the IZOD IndyCar Series open-wheel program to compete in the stock cars full-time in 2012. While Patrick's initial focus will be in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, she intends to race in 10 Cup contests...

  • Tony Stewart's engulfed by microphones - NASCAR photo
    NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart: The Picture Of Contentment

    The current NASCAR off-season has been one of contentment for No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet driver Tony Stewart, who earned his third NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at the final race of the year on the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway oval. Stewart won by a tie-breaker over Carl Edwards, due to...

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