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  • Fans were always invited to meet racers before competition - Anne Proffit photo

    The rumors circulated all weekend that Los Angeles' Taj Mahal of open- and closed-wheel short track racing was about to close. On Monday Irwindale Speedway officials announced a cessation of its 2012 schedule--but nothing more. The paved half-mile track with a quarter-mile track within it has hosted NASCAR weekly racing since it opened in 1999. It's also been the site of the famous Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix for USAC sprint and midget cars promoted by the Agajanian family, together with Toyota's Showdown for NASCAR late model drivers aspiring to advance their careers. The Speedway has...

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    Schatz Looking To End World Of Outlaws "Slump"

    After winning four World of Outlaws Sprint Car titles in a row from 2006-2009, Donny Schatz has been in a slump. Granted, it's the kind of slump most race car drivers would love to have. Schatz, driving for Tony Stewart Racing, is looking to emulate his boss and bring it on home again this year. A...

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    Did NASCAR "Help" The Giants' Big "D"?

    NASCAR--yes, NASCAR--is happy to take some credit for the New York Giants' victory over the New England Patriots in last night's Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The racing sanctioning body revealed New York's defense has a package named after NASCAR, and that many of the...

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    Stewart-Haas Racing Alignment Gives Patrick Guaranteed Daytona Start

    He's one of the best and most savvy businessmen/entrepreneurs in the racing business, owning race tracks, teams in a variety of series, a relationship with the maker of machinery that benefits the racing community, a public relations outfit and yeah, three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships as...

  • Ford Puts New 2013 Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Car On The Track

    Win on Sunday; sell on Monday? The philosophy behind that phrase, popularly attributed to Rhode Island's Tasca family of Ford dealers, is what gave NASCAR its extreme popularity as early racers drove cars that looked like--and occasionally were--like they came straight from a new car showroom...

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    2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Car Unveiled

    Even if you're not a NASCAR fan, you've probably noticed that the race cars haven't looked like the cars they're ostensibly based on for a long time. That's changing, just a bit, with Ford's 2013 Fusion the first to bring brand identity back into the series. "We wanted Fusion to be the car that...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup race car leaked images

    The NASCAR Sprint Cup version of the 2013 Ford Fusion is due to make its official debut this afternoon, but SpeedTV has decided it would release these official images of the car a bit early. Stay tuned for all of the official details on the Sprint Cup Fusion at the actual debut time, 2 p.m. EST. In the mean time, read up on the road-going version of the 2013 Fusion here.

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    Stewart-Haas Racing All Smiles With Aspen Dental Pact

    Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman will have the brightest smiles in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series paddock, now that they've signed a multi-year deal that has Aspen Dental, one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of dental care providers in the United States on-board with Stewart-Haas Racing...

  • Dale Inman, Glen Wood, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip - NASCAR photo
    NASCAR Inducts New Hall Of Fame Class

    NASCAR increased its Hall of Fame entries to 15 on Friday night, as the five members of the Class of 2012 received induction during ceremonies held at the Hall in Charlotte, NC. The versatile list includes Dale Inman, the first crew chief to join the Hall as an eight-time champion; three-time Cup...

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    Busch Brothers Make A "Monster" NASCAR Nationwide Team

    After a winter of discontent, the Busch brothers of Las Vegas are looking toward the 2012 season with a Monster resolve. Kurt and Kyle Busch are joining the Monster Energy team with a multi-year agreement signed for the in-your-face drinks company to be a multi-year primary sponsor of the No. 54...

  • Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon share a laugh - NASCAR photo
    NASCAR Teams Complete Preseason Thunder Test At Daytona

    Now that NASCAR has completed three days of testing, changing valve pressures, restrictor plates, grille openings, and generally fiddling with every piece of the Sprint Cup cars on the Daytona International Speedway oval, what can we expect once Speedweeks begin in early February? "I think we'll...

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    NASCAR Mixes It Up At Preseason Thunder Day Two

    NASCAR's Preseason Thunder three-day test for the Sprint Cup Series continued on Friday with a bit more pack drafting than on Thursday. That scenario was ordered up by the sanctioning body, which changed the diameter of the restrictor-plate opening overnight from 1/32nd of an inch to 15/16-inch...

  • Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevy - NASCAR photo

    NASCAR began its Sprint Cup pre-season testing at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the Daytona 500 upcoming the final weekend of February. For the most part, on the first day, most of the drivers refrained from drafting, working on setups to their stock cars with a new, smaller spoiler, smaller radiator and fuel injection. Without communication between drivers attempting to hook up and draft, "It's going to be a lot more difficult," said Kyle Busch, driver of the No.18 M&M's Toyota Camry from Joe Gibbs Racing. "There's some different elements; the drivers really have to...

  • Stenhouse Jr with his Nationwide Series trophy - photo courtesy NASCAR
    Stenhouse Jr Earns Gorsline Scholarship

    Racing insurance broker John Gorsline is one who gives back to the sport by sponsoring the Gorsline Scholarship for a deserving race car driver. The award, begun in 1994 claims alumni with high achievements, including Bryan Herta in '94, Jerry Nadeau (1996), Butch Leitzinger, Buddy Rice (1998)...

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    Belkin Aligns With McMurray, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing For Cup Season

    Earnhardt Ganassi Racing (EGR) driver Jamie McMurray has a new partner on-board his No. 1 Chevrolet for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series campaign. Technology provider Belkin is a new sponsor in the world of racing and starts with the 2010 winner of the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400, two of the...

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    Trevor Bayne Returns To No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion In 2012

    Reigning Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, the youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 500 race winner - at 20 years and a single day - returns to the iconic No. 21 Wood Brothers' Ford Fusion in 2012. Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) is also coming back as primary sponsor on the car for at least 12...

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    Almirola Earns No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Sprint Cup Ride

    With the departure of AJ Allmendinger for Penske Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) needed to find a capable teammate for Australian Marcos Ambrose. The team confirmed today that Aric Almirola is graduating from NASCAR's Nationwide Series to the premier Sprint Cup Series with RPM, driving the...

  • AJ Allmendinger in 2006 - Anne Proffit photo
    Allmendinger's Past Led Him To His Future With Penske Racing

    Can AJ Allmendinger make the grade as the new driver of Penske Racing's No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge in 2012? If tenacity, desire and will--together with great talent--have anything to do with it, the Penske Racing team has a new winner to replace departed Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup...

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    Who would have known that how the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season began would essentially be a reflection of its conclusion? After all, aside from a fraction of the sport's fan base, very few chose Trevor Bayne to win the Daytona 500, much less the Wood Brothers' No. 21 Ford Fusion finding its way back into Victory Lane after a decade-long drought. Moreover, who knew that it would be the year which saw Kurt and Kyle Busch's antics bring them into ultimate humility? Sure, their aggressive postures in their cars have won them their share of races, but it also backfired on them. Kyle Busch would...

  • Kurt Busch drove for Penske Racing the last six years - NASCAR photo
    Kurt Busch Joins Phoenix Racing

    Kurt Busch will be back in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series in 2012. He's signed to drive with Phoenix Racing owned by James Finch, a 20-year veteran in NASCAR. The team, based in Spartanburg, SC has won 13 NASCAR races, the most prominent being Brad Keselowski's win in the April 2009 Sprint Cup Series...

  • AJ Allmendinger - Anne Proffit photo
    Allmendinger Gets Penske No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Ride

    Penske Racing's gain is Richard Petty Motorsports' loss. The Mooresville, NC operation named AJ Allmendinger as the driver of Penske Racing's No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Allmendinger, a 30-year-old native of Los Gatos, CA has competed in the Cup series...

  • NASCAR Competition Director John Darby - Anne Proffit photo
    New NASCAR Rules Intended To Inhibit Tandem Drafts

    NASCAR doesn't want to see repeats of 2011's tandem running on the two restrictor plate racetracks it uses--Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, both long tracks built for high speeds. Those generated high speeds have forced NASCAR to impose restrictor plates on the engines...

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    Zipadelli Joins Stewart-Haas Racing As Competition Director

    Zippy and Smoke are together again. From 1999 through 2008, Greg Zipadelli was Tony Stewart's crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). Together the duo won two Sprint Cup championships in 2002 and 2005, amassing 33 victories and 10 poles. When Stewart left JGR after the 2008 season to form...

  • 85-race winner Jeff Gordon is eligible for the Shootout - Anne Proffit photo
    NASCAR Sets 2012 Shootout Lineup

    The annual NASCAR Shootout on the banks of Daytona International Raceway features a deep and talented field. The 34th annual season-opening event launches Speedweeks on February 18th. The criteria for entry in the race are based on a driver being active in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during the...

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