Archive for August, 2008
It’s Kyle Busch…again. The 23-year-old NASCAR star was dominant on the 2-mile oval at Auto Club Speedway Saturday night, leading 144 of the 150 laps to race off with his seventh Nationwide Series victory of the season. Busch easily held off Sprint Cup rival Carl Edwards on a pair of late-race restarts, piling up his [...]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said NASCAR made one big mistake in its changes to the Budweiser Shootout All-Star race at Daytona by not shortening the length of the final segment. “Fifty laps at the end is way too long,” Earnhardt said Friday. “We’re all just going to ride around out there for the first 30 laps. [...]
Speedway Motorsports, Inc. is proceeding with the purchase of Kentucky Speedway, company officials announced today. The company entered an agreement to purchase the NASCAR track in May and was allowed 90 days to conduct due diligence. That period expired Aug. 18 and SMI decided to move forward with the acquisition, “subject to satisfaction of remaining [...]
Joey Logano will drive in seven Sprint Cup races this fall as a tuneup before the 18-year-old star begins his full-time ride at Joe Gibbs Racing. Logano, who will replace two-time Cup champion Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Toyota in 2009, will make his Sprint Cup debut Sept. 6 at Richmond International Raceway in [...]
NASCAR announced that it has placed #18-Kyle Busch and #99-Carl Edwards on probation for the next six races in the Sprint Cup Series, as a result of their on-track incident last Saturday at the conclusion of the race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Target has agreed to an extension that should afford him Chip Ganassi to run two Cup cars next season and Juan Pablo Montoya is committed to him. If he had lost either, as many had speculated would happen, the end indeed would be near. Ganassi president Steve Lauletta made it clear that Ganassi has no [...]
The 2009 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will have a new format that puts more emphasis on the series’ four manufacturers – and the same star-power appeal that has become a season-opening tradition for the Sprint Cup Series and its fans. The 31st annual season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway will be held on Saturday night, [...]
Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced today that Reed Sorenson has signed a multi-year contract to join the team for the 2009 Sprint Cup season and beyond. “I’m pretty pumped up about this,” said Sorenson who started racing at age six before winning 250 quarter midget races and 84 Legends races. I can’t wait to get in [...]
NASCAR officials will discuss on Monday if Kyle Busch will be penalized for instigating an incident with winner Carl Edwards on the cool-down lap of Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch, upset over contact from Edwards when he lost the lead with 30 laps remaining, rammed the right side of his [...]
Carl Edwards clearly isn’t conceding anything to Kyle Busch, and if this continues, the rivalry NASCAR fans seem to be clamoring for could be coming soon, too. Edwards saw Busch lead 415 consecutive laps Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, then used his bumper to nudge Busch’s car aside with 30 laps to go, causing [...]
Joe Gibbs Racing has set a Monday afternoon news conference to announce its driver of the No. 20 Sprint Cup car. The announcement won’t be a surprise. Eighteen-year-old Joey Logano is expected to be named the driver to replace Tony Stewart, who is leaving to become a driver and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing.
Richard Childress might bring the No. 3 back to an RCR vehicle in a NASCAR national touring division when grandson Austin Dillon competes in the series. Childress said Dillon likely will drive in a Nationwide Series race later this year and possibly could be in the series full time in 2010. Childress still owns the [...]