NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt 400 Joey Logano won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying Award during Friday night's knock-out style qualifying session setting a new track record of 193.278 mph for Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The starting lineup will have a front row of Team Penske drivers as Brad Keselowski had the second-fastest speed of 193.099 mph. Last week at Phoenix, Team Penske started 1-2 as well with Keselowski on the pole and Logano placing second in group qualifying.
His first ever win for Stewart Haas Racing No 4 Kevin Harvick dominated the PROFIT on CNBC 500 Phoenix NASCAR Sprint Cup race and survived a number of restarts to beat Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano for his 24th career Sprint Cup win. The win came on his 13th anniversary with wife Delana, a nice gift. Jeff Gordon was 5th followed by his Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman.
At Phoenix You can change the cars. You can change the qualifying format. You can change the weather from cloudy to sunny to rainyâ€”multiple times. But, no matter what you do, you canâ€™t keep Kyle Busch out of Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway, at least not where the NASCAR Nationwide Series is concerned. In Saturdayâ€™s Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at the one-mile track in the Sonoran desert, Busch dominated â€” again â€” leading 155 laps en route to his unprecedented third straight Nationwide victory at PIR and his seventh overall.
Penske team sweeps front row At times it was dramatic. At times it was chaotic. But, with drivers trying to cool their engines and tires -- not to mention fighting for enough room to complete clean laps -- Brad Keselowski won the pole for Sundayâ€™s The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in debut of NASCARâ€™s new group knockout qualifying format in the Sprint Cup Series.
by Stephen Cox Auto racing in the United States is a mess. NASCAR has peaked. Their response to dwindling attendance has been new cars and fuel injection. In IndyCar, the barriers to entry eliminate all but the uber-wealthy from competition. Tony George was the only guy willing to take a risk and try to solve open wheel's problems. [Editor's Note: He had the wrong idea at the wrong time and destroyed the sport.] Now it's road racing's turn to try and recapture lost glory. And I wonder if they're the ones who will get it right
Hall of Famer Glen Wood had never missed a Daytona 500 On Thursday, Feb. 20 at Daytona International Speedway, Wood Brothers Racing was preparing the famed No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane NASCAR Sprint Cup car for the second of the two Budweiser Duels, but something, or more accurately someone, was missing. â€œWin, lose or draw, no matter what happens in this (Duel) race, Iâ€™m going to go get daddy and bring him down here,â€ said Eddie Wood, current co-owner of one of the most famous teams in NASCAR, to a couple of PR types walking with him through the speedwayâ€™s bustling garage area.
On weekly NASCAR teleconference On today's NASCAR teleconference we were joined by Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports and the winner of the 56th running of the Daytona 500. With the victory Dale became the 11th driver with multiple Daytona 500 victories. It's been about 36 hours since he took the checkered flag at Daytona. Since then he's made the rounds in New York City, at ESPN in Bristol, now he is en route to Texas.
Earnhardt, Letarde and Hendrick After an almost six-and-a-half hour rain delay, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sealed the deal with a popular win of the 2014 Daytona 500. After finishing second in three of the last four Daytona 500 races, the driver of the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS fielded by Hendrick Motorsports captured his second career victory in the Great American Race by leading six times for a total of 54 laps. His first Daytona 500 win came in 2004.
by Pete McCole A decade after his first Daytona 500 victory, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. claimed his second win in NASCARâ€™s most prestigious event, overcoming wrecks, debris and one of the longest rain delays in the history of the Great American race. Earnhardt, Jr. used a push from his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon to pull out to the front on the last restart and then held off Denny Hamlin to win his second-career Daytona 500 in Sunday nightâ€™s rain-delayed crash-filled season-opener for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
by Pete McCole After coming within just 100 yards of his first Daytona victory last year, Regan Smith wasnâ€™t about to let another opportunity slip through his fingers. Smith edged out Brad Keselowski by mere inches in a thrilling side-by-side, green-white-checker finish to take the victory in Saturdayâ€™s season-opening NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway and find redemption for a win that got away from him. It was Smithâ€™s fourth Nationwide Series victory in his 137th series start and his third driving the no. 7 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch made history at Daytona International Raceway on Friday night, becoming the first driver to score a victory at the track in four different major touring series with a win in the season opening event for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Busch beat out Timothy Peters with a perfectly timed last-lap pass to score his 36th-career series victory in the closest truck finish in Daytona history.
Daytona Duels: Kenseth and Hamlin lead Toyota sweep
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin led a Joe Gibb Racing sweep of Thursdayâ€™s nightâ€™s twin Budweiser Duel qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway to set the 43-car field for the Sundayâ€™s 56th-running of the Daytona 500. Kenseth bested Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne in a thrilling three-wide shootout to win the opening race, while Hamlin topped the second race over Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch in a wild finish that saw a nine-car pileup coming out of the final turn.
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