by Pete McCole In the first step for gearing up for the new season, NASCAR conducted a one-day testing session on at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday to shake down proposed changes to the rules package for the Gen-6 Sprint Cup Series cars for 2014. The single-day testing session – postponed from Monday due to weather - is a continuation of a test NASCAR conducted here in October to help improve competition and allow more passing on 1.5-mile racetracks such as Charlotte.
by Pete McCole Nearly 13 years after the tragic death of the Dale Earnhardt, the car number he helped make famous will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and to the race where the seven-time champion lost his life. Richard Childress Racing announced today that the team will bring back the famed no. 3 to the Sprint Cup Series next season with driver Austin Dillon.
Johnson celebrates his 2013 accomplishment, pushing the future aside for now Seven can wait. For Jimmie Johnson, this Champions Week was all about the joy of six. Forget about the pressure of chasing history, which will begin when Johnson and his team return to the track in February. Over four days in Las Vegas, that all felt as far away as the California state line. Johnson's sixth championship may seem in many minds like a bridge to a potential seventh crown, which would knot Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for most of all time. But there were no indications of that this past week, when Johnson and his team celebrated their sixth championship with all the gusto of their first.
by Dave Grayson "This is crazy, what an honor, it's very humbling." Those were the sentiments stated by a stunned, and emotionally charged, Tony Stewart after being named as the recipient of the prestigious National Motorsports Press Association's, (NMPA), Myers Brothers Award. The NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Award Luncheon was held on December 5th at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The annual event was part of the NASCAR Champion's Week.
by Dave Grayson ExxonMobil has strengthened its ongoing commitment to NASCAR by renewing its multi-year sponsorship with three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing. Mobil 1 will adorn the hood of Stewart's #14 Chevy for 11 races in 2014, while taking a high-profile associate role in the remaining races......Phil Parsons Racing announces that Josh Wise will join the team for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season......Richard Childress Racing has scheduled an announcement for their 2014 plans on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 11......
by Dave Grayson Every NASCAR fan in the world is certainly aware that driver, team owner and three time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has been undergoing physical therapy due to a broken leg sustained this past August following a sprint car accident. In turn, Stewart is well aware, and appreciative, of the outpouring of love and well wishes he has received from the fans while undergoing his treatments.
by Dave Grayson It's only natural that, in the final weeks of 2013, NASCAR racing teams are going to be extremely busy preparing for the new racing season that is literally just around the corner. After all, those vital test sessions, during Speed Weeks at Daytona, will be seeing a green flag in January. Included in that final preparation process is the hiring of new personnel, those talented people that will hopefully present team owners with that extra edge in 2014.
by Dave Grayson A fire broke out in the Oak Ridge-North Carolina home of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick early Wednesday morning. Kevin and DeLana Harvick, along with their baby son Keelan, escaped the scene unharmed after being awakened by the home's alarm system. According to reports, the fire started in the basement of the home. The Harvick's home only sustained minor damage thanks to a very quick response by area fire fighters.
by Dave Grayson At the beginning of 2007, NASCAR was seeking a new title sponsor for their second tier national racing series. Known for many years as the Busch Series, the famed beer company at that time announced that it would not be renewing its contract. The process of signing a new series sponsor was turned over to NASCAR Chief Sales Officer John O'Connell who had already established a track record as being very savvy when it comes to marketing packages.
by Pete McCole Jimmie Johnson added another milestone to his stellar career moved one step closer to history on Sunday night, claiming his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title in the season finale Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Showing the same confident swagger the team has displayed for the entire season and the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, Johnson and his crew shook off a late-race mishap and rallied to finish ninth to clinch his sixth championship in eight years, leaving him just one shy of tying the mark of seven titles held by Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
Hamlin wins NASCAR finale, Johnson wins title again
by Pete McCole The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season came to a close Sunday night as Denny Hamlin hoisted the winners trophy and Jimmie Johnson was crowned a the Sprint Cup Champion for the sixth time in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamlin passed Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 25 laps to go and pulled away to beat out championship contender Matt Kenseth by nearly a full second to score his 23rd-career Sprint Cup victory.
Keselowski wins race, NASCAR gives title to Dillon
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski ‘s reign as a Sprint Cup Champion may be coming to an end, but the defending champ is determined to go out on a high note. Keselowski won his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series race of 2013 in Saturday night’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and helped secure the owners points title for Penske Racing, while Austin Dillon won the driver’s title over Sam Hornish, Jr. by just three points in a controversial finish that left many scratching their heads.
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