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Jury deciding fate of race car driver Helio Castroneves
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The 12-member jury is deciding whether the Brazilian race car star is guilty of conspiring with others to avoid paying US taxes on $5.5 million. …
Kahne brings fans; Blaney wins race
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Kahne, racing in one of his World of Outlaws’ cars that had won three events, and the rest of the 23-car field fell victim to defending O’Reilly All Star …
Stock Car Science – Behind the Science of Speed
And a lot of us care about racing. The videos were produced by Santa Fe Productions and they have an amazing crew of people involved. Jim Hoppin, Eli Brown, Ylonda Viola, Lennlee Keep and Tony Tiano did most of the real work on the …
Petty slated to visit Thunder Road: Times Argus Online
BARRE TOWN – Richard Petty, stock car racing’s all-time Champion, will appear at Thunder Road as part of the track’s season-long 50th Anniversary Celebration on July 30. The seven-time national champion and seven-time Daytona 500 winner …
Danica Patrick to NASCAR? I’d cross Penske and …
By Matt Humphrey
Danica may be overrated and she couldn’t carry A.J. Foyt or Mario Andretti’s helmet, but I think her driving style would serve her well in Sprint Cup racing. She is aggressive and can hold her own in an ill-handling racecar. Place her with a NASCAR team with … Tony Stewart made the jump from Indy and within two years won a Winston Cup Championship followed by a Nextel Cup Championship; after winning an Indy Cup Championship. Indycar racers can do good, if they are good! …
The Late No. 8: One of NASCAR’s most famous car numbers is gone …
Winston-Salem Journal – Winston-Salem,NC,USA
8 in 51 NASCAR starts, and his son, Dale, made his Cup series debut with the number in the 1975 Coca-Cola 600. It was Dale Earnhardt’s only Cup race using …
Details Emerging Concerning NASCAR’s New North Carolina Based …
By Shawn Courchesne
NASCAR announced last week that they would no longer hold individual banquets for their touring divisions and would instead hold the all-encompassing Night of Champions banquet for the Whelen Modified Tour, …
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Jim France To Step Down
Jim France will step down as chief executive officer of International Speedway Corporation effective June 1 with Lesa Kennedy succeeding him in that role. Jim France is the son of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., brother of former NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr. and uncle of current NASCAR chairman Brian France. Brian France is Lesa Kennedy’s brother. Jim France will retain his role as chairman of ISC’s board of directors. Lesa Kennedy will remain vice chair of the ISC board.
Lawsuit Preventing Race Date
The likelihood that Kentucky Speedway will be awarded a 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup race has become even more remote because an antitrust lawsuit by the track founders against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. now likely won’t be resolved until July at the earliest. The case, which is in U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, is not included in the hearing calendar finalized Monday for a two-week session beginning April 20. Although the court could still add the case to the schedule, that would be rare in a case such as this one. The next two-week hearing session begins June 8 – the Monday prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the track.
This Week’s Hot Pass Drivers
NASCAR HOTPASS™ on DIRECTV is free to all DIRECTV customers. Four dedicated driver channels offering viewers multiple camera angles, real-time statistics and audio of the network broadcast augmented by live communication between the drivers and their pit crews will be available for all 36 point-paying races during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The NASCAR HOTPASS lineup for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., is as follows: DIRECTV Channel 795: Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the No. 88 National Guard / AMP Energy Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports
DIRECTV Channel 796: Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports
DIRECTV Channel 797: Denny Hamlin, and the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota team of Joe Gibbs Racing
DIRECTV Channel 798: Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Subway Ford team of Roush Fenway Racing
Sprint Fan Vote Opens
Sprint today opened voting for the Sprint Fan Vote, where NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ fans will select a driver to compete in the historic 25th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race May 16 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Last year’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner, Kasey Kahne, made history by becoming the first driver to win the main event after qualifying via the Sprint Fan Vote. — “Winning the Sprint Fan Vote and going on to win the Sprint All-Star Race was an unforgettable moment for me,” said Kahne, who drives the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge for Richard Petty Motorsports. “I’ll never be able to repay the fans for that win. After being voted into the race by the fans and then bringing home a victory for them, it meant a lot to everyone on the Budweiser Dodge team. We owe the fans and Sprint for helping make it happen.” — Unlimited voting is available to all fans from April 14 to May 16. Fans may vote by visiting www.sprint.com/speed or a participating Sprint retail store. Fans may also vote trackside at the Sprint Experience during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends.
DEI Hosts Earnhardt Day
Dale Earnhardt Inc. has announced plans for the company’s eighth annual Dale Earnhardt Day, celebrating the life of the late seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. The main celebration, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT May 15, will be preceded by a birthday commemoration from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 29, which would have been Earnhardt’s 58th birthday. An autograph session with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing drivers Martin Truex Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya and Aric Almirola will be held on May 15, with 300 wristbands available to fans, beginning at 8 a.m.
Lights, Camera, Action
Martin Truex Jr. will be filming an episode of Trackside Live for SPEED on Friday, April 17th. Taping will begin at 2:45 p.m. local time at the SPEED stage. The stage is located outside of turn 1 near the souvenir trailers. The show will air that evening at 12:00 a.m. ET and will be re-broadcast at 11:00 a.m. ET on Saturday.
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Andretti will drive 34 races: John Andretti wasn’t sure how many Sprint Cup races he would enter when Front Row Racing offered him a ride for the Daytona 500. Turns out he will attempt all but two of 36. Andretti plans to miss only two races, the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte. He?ll be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for both weekends, one for qualifying and the other for the Indianapolis 500. His replacement for those events hasn’t been named.(ESPN Insider)(4-15-2009)
McMurray team gone after 2009? The #26 Roush Fenway Racing team of Jamie McMurray is expected to be dumped by Roush when it has to cut back to four Cup teams after this season.(Virginia Pilot)(4-15-2009)
NASCAR Hall of Fame gets approval for companies to produce exhibits: Charlotte City Council unanimously approved $17.7 million worth of contracts Monday night for four companies to produce exhibits for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The city owns the hall of fame under a licensing agreement with NASCAR, and all contracts must be approved by the council. The total exhibit budget is $31 million. Kubik Maltbie will be the primary fabricator and installer of all exhibits. Its contract, including $1 million in contingency fees, is $9,991,527. Kubik Maltbie’s original asking price was just over $11 million before negotiations with the city. The firm’s past work includes projects at the Smithsonian Institution and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Electrosonic Inc. will do all of the audio-visual components and provide an on-site technician for one year for $6,652,859, including contingency fees of $500,000. Electrosonic’s original bid was about $6 million but did not include $1 million for a video screen and sound on the building’s exterior. Electrosonic, which has collaborated with Kubik Maltbie on numerous projects, has a long list of clients, including The Weather Channel sets, the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center and the World of Coca-Cola. Two much smaller contracts also were approved.(Scene Daily)(4-15-2009)
Todd Bodine in the #64 at Phoenix; Geoff at Talladega: Just like it has every race weekend, the Gunselman Motorsports #64 Toyota team heads to the next event hoping to qualify for the sake of survival and opportunity to compete. The Gunselman Motorsports team has been prepping the all-white #64 Toyota for Phoenix the last two weeks to ready for the one-mile oval. Having made three of the seven Sprint Cup races this year, the team will work heavily on qualifying runs during practice on Friday. Then, when it’s time to line up with the other “go or go-homers” later that day in qualifying, driver Todd Bodine will utilize his championship skills to make the race. The team will have Geoff Bodine driving the #64 Toyota at Talladega Superspeedway.(Gunselman Motorsports PR)(4-15-2009)
300th start for Kurt Busch: Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch will be making his 300th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in Saturday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. In his 299-race Cup career that began on Sept. 24, 2000 (at Dover, Del.) he has had 299 starts, 19 wins (6.4%), 63 top-fives (21.1%), 119 top-10s (39.8%), and 10 Coors Light Pole Awards.(Tom Roberts PR)(4-15-2009) Comment here
Gordon, Johnson going for records at Phoenix: Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won four straight races at Phoenix International Raceway, with #48-Jimmie Johnson visiting Victory Lane during the last three events. #24-Jeff Gordon won the April 21, 2007, contest after starting from the pole position. During the last eight races at the track, Hendrick Motorsports drivers have claimed five victories and five pole positions. Last November, Jimmie Johnson made track history by becoming the first driver to win three consecutive races at Phoenix International Raceway. On Saturday, the three-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will attempt to extend that history with a fourth consecutive Phoenix victory – this time in the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500. Gordon, who ended a 47-race winless streak on April 5 with his first victory at Texas Motor Speedway, now has 82 in his career. He stands one behind fifth-place Cale Yarborough on the all-time victories list and only two away from tying Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for third.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(4-15-2009)
Sorenson running Auto Value scheme at Phoenix: This Saturday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 will mark the first time Sorenson climbs behind the wheel of an Auto Value-sponsored No. 43 Dodge. Auto Value, a longtime sponsor of the organization now known as Richard Petty Motorsports, begins its four-race 2009 NASCAR schedule.(RPM PR) See an image of the scheme on the #43 Team Schemes page.(4-15-2009) http://www.jayski.com/schemes/2009/43cup.htm
Phoenix Rookie Notes: Joey Logano was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the April 5 Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Logano took top rookie honors for the fifth time in seven races this season and was credited with a 30th-place finish. Logano leads Scott Speed by 12 points (75-63) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the April 18 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway. Sam Hornish Jr. was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Subway Fresh Fit 500, scoring a 20th-place finish. The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in four spring races at Phoenix is fifth by Clint Bowyer in 2006. The best qualifying effort by a Raybestos Rookie in four previous spring races at Phoenix is sixth by Denny Hamlin in 2006. The most laps led by a Raybestos Rookie in the spring race at Phoenix is 21 by Clint Bowyer in the 2006 event.(Camp & Assoc./Raybestos PR), see rookie history, past winners, stats, standings on my 2009 Rookies page.(4-15-2009) http://www.jayski.com/stats/2009/roty2009.htm
Talladega Superspeedway Donates 1,000 Tickets to Town of Samson In Wake of Tragedy: In front of the Samson City Hall Monday, Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey presented Mayor Clay King with 1,000 tickets to the April 26 Aaron’s 499 in hopes of providing some relief and excitement to the devastated Geneva County town. Samson was the site of a horrific mass shooting on March 10 that left 11 people dead and an entire community grieving. King will first distribute tickets to the victims’ families and public-safety personnel that responded to the shootings. Additional tickets will be held at City Hall for any residents that would like to attend the Aaron’s 499.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(4-15-2009)
“The Big One” coming to Talladega: Race fans won’t have to wait for the action on the track to heat up at Talladega Superspeedway to experience “The Big One”; they’ll be able to order it anytime they want. A one-third pound hotdog served with a special Speedway Sauce, the Big One is part of a revamped menu designed to give race fans more concession options at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track. Other new menu items include: Bama BBQ, Prime Rib Sandwiches, Nachos Grande and a half-pound Angus burger.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(4-15-2009)
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Manzanita’s Run Comes To A Sad End
By Mark Armijo
Special to RacinToday.com
It ended Sunday with one final checkered flag at historic Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, a lasting reminder that a slice of dirt track heaven had indeed come to an end.
Manzanita Speedway, …
It’s McDowell’s Nationwide Career That Is Rolling Now
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Michael McDowell was mobbed by the media after his spectacular flip at Texas last year (see video). Now he hopes he is on his way to being mobbed for success on the track with his new team, JTG Daugherty Racing. This week, he returns home to Phoenix in search of that success.
A Few Words With: David Stremme
David Stremme is Penske Racing’s new man in the driver’s seat this year. He has taken over for Ryan Newman in the No. 12 car and has shown flashes of success. This week, he took …
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Teresa Earnhardt and the end of No. 8
Jenna Fryer: There won’t be a No. 8 on the track this weekend for the first time in 10 years. That falls squarely on Teresa Earnhardt.
One thing NASCAR has going for it is that its broadcasters — the good ones — do so many events that last for so long that people get used to them.
Darlington race gets new sponsor
Darlington Raceway said Monday that GoDaddy.com, which features Indy car star Danica Patrick as a spokeswoman, is expanding its NASCAR presence – as the sponsor of the Southern 500.
NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow makes driver top factor
What’s more important to stock car racing – the car or the driver? … These days the argument leans heavily one way.
Bowyer riding high after offseason curve
Driver hasn’t missed a gear despite switching teams.
Letarte-Gordon pairing rebounding quite nicely
David Poole: It seems Steve Letarte had a very good offseason. Apparently, he figured out a way to grow a brain.
P R E S S * R E L E A S E S
Meet the Driver … Fans can meet Clint Bowyer on Thurs., April 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time at Bashas’ Supermarket located at 5155 Dysart Road. One lucky customer will have the opportunity to collect as many groceries as they can for one minute and 33 seconds, compliments of General Mills and Bashas.’ In order to qualify you must enter your name into the raffle on-site between 4:30-5:30 p.m. You must be present to win when Bowyer draws the lucky name at 5:30 p.m. Entrants must be 18 or older.
Fan Forum … Bowyer will take part in MRN Radio’s Fan Forum Sat., April 18 at 1:30 p.m. The event will be held at the SPEED Stage, located in the Oasis outside Turn 1.
CARROLL EARNS CINCINNATI SPORTS PROFESSIONAL NETWORK LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD
SPARTA, Ky. – Kentucky Speedway consultant and former co-owner Jerry Carroll will receive the Sports Executive Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cincinnati Sports Professional Network (CSPN) during the organization’s annual award banquet on April 28 at 6:00 p.m., in the Sharonville Convention Center located just north of Cincinnati.
Ride-A-Long for a Fan with Harvick … Pennzoil is giving one lucky fan the chance to ride shotgun with Harvick in the Pennzoil Victory Challenge prior to the May 16 Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The Pennzoil Victory Challenge “Ride Shotgun Sweepstakes” online promotion runs from March 31st – May 1st at www.pennzoilvictorychallenge.com. Fans can log on and enter to win the sweepstakes, watch video clips of the top-five post-win burnout celebrations at LMS and vote for their favorite, including Harvick’s post-race celebration after his 2007 Sprint All-Star Race victory.
Casey Mears Live … Mears will sign autographs at the Jack Daniel’s souvenir trailer, located in PIR’s display area outside turns 1-2, Sat., April 18 at 2 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available for autographs on a first come, first served basis due to time constraints.
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US Cellular sponsoring Iowa race: U.S. Cellular has been named the major sponsor for the prestigious NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway this summer. The U.S. Cellular 250, scheduled for Saturday, August 1, is expected to draw the largest racing crowd in Iowa history.(Iowa Speedway PR)(4-14-2009)
Delphi on the #88 at Phoenix: Delphi will make its debut on the hood of Brad Keselowski’s #88 Chevy this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the first of six times that Delphi will adorn the hood of the #88; the others being Richmond, Darlington, Atlanta, Kansas, and Memphis.(JR Motorsports PR)(4-14-2009)
Nashville TV Ratings: ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on April 11 earned a final household coverage rating of 1.3, matching the rating for last year’s race that also aired on ESPN. The telecast averaged 1,539,558 viewers.(ESPN PR)(4-14-2009)
Images: added several images from Nashville, including 9 hauler images, to the Nationwide Series paint schemes pages.(4-14-2009)
Courtesy of The Hot Lap
The No. 88 pit crew had an exceptional race on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway. Under a lap-30 caution, Keselowski came onto pit road in the 10th spot and left in fifth after the crew gained him five spots with a 13.9- second pit stop. Through the remainder of the race, the crew never lost a position on pit road. FIRST FOR DELPHI – Delphi will make its debut on the hood of Keselowski’s No. 88 Chevrolet this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the first of six times that Delphi will adorn the hood of the No. 88; the others being Richmond (Va.), Darlington (S.C), Atlanta (Ga.), Kansas, and Memphis (Tenn.). CHASSIS NO. 528 – The No. 88 GoDaddy.com team will run Chassis No. 528 this weekend in the Basha’s Supermarket 200. This is a brand new car.
Scott Wimmer was a very special surprise guest yesterday when he made an unscheduled appearance at the Key Motorsports shop during a tour given to students from Mitchell Community College. In addition to their tour of the team shop and hauler, the 25 special needs students were treated to autographs and photos with Wimmer, as well as a raffle with prizes donated by Emerson Radios. GO OR GO HOME – After missing the show two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, the No. 40 StopRepairBills.com Chevrolet fell out of the top-30 in owner points, losing a guaranteed spot in the starting grid. Wimmer’s 28th place finish last weekend in Nashville bumped the No. 40 up three spots into 33rd, but the team will still be required to qualify on time this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
America’s Incredible Pizza AZ Hero-Heroes come in many forms and this week’s hero is being recognized for his creative thinking in solving a long standing problem; stray animals. Sheriff Joe Arpaio took the initiative and his resources to give stray animals a second chance at life. What initially started out as a way to save the county money soon turned into a humane way to save an animal’s life. Maricopa County, in Arizona, was spending approximately $18 million dollars a year on stray animals. In an effort to help cut costs, Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over. The budget for the entire department now runs under $3 million dollars a year and gives stray animals a safe harbor in a kill free environment.
First Time Teammate … This weekend, the No. 29 Holiday Inn Racing team will have a teammate for the first time in 2009. Austin Dillon will attempt to qualify for Friday’s event driving the No. 2 RCR Chevrolet Impala SS. This will be the first time Dillon will attempt a race with Burton as his teammate. Dillon teamed up last season with RCR drivers Scott Wimmer and Clint Bowyer in the September race at Richmond International Raceway and in the October event at Memphis Motorsports Park.
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Braun tests at Rockingham: Braun and the #6 Con-way Freight team spent two days testing at Rockingham’s one-mile oval in preparation for the upcoming intermediate tracks on the Camping World Truck Series schedule. Although the test was shortened by rain both days, Braun and the team took a lot of valuable information back to the shop with them. The team tested two Ford F-150s, the workhorse chassis 43, and a new truck chassis 60. The team plans to take 43 to Kansas next weekend for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250. The new truck was tested for the first time, and the team plans to run it this summer at Texas and/or Michigan.(Roush Fenway Racing PR)(4-14-2009)
Guardsmen to get Speedway tickets: The Kansas Speedway is donating 2,000 tickets to members of the Kansas National Guard, Kansas adjutant general Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting said Tuesday. The tickets are for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 on April 25. The tickets are being distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. “Kansas Speedway has always been a great supporter of the Kansas National Guard,” said Bunting. “Our soldiers and airmen really enjoy themselves at these events and greatly appreciate these generous ticket donations.”(Topeka-Capital Journal)(4-14-2009)
KHI announces new partnership with Copart & #33: Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) announced today a new partnership with Copart, Inc. an online vehicle remarketing company that sells more than 1 million cars per year. Copart will serve as primary sponsor of KHI’s #33 Chevrolet Silverado driven by three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday for five of the 25 race events in 2009. Copart, founded in 1982, sells more than 1 million vehicles each year online for insurance companies, banks, finance companies, fleet operators, dealers, the general public and others. Copart’s extensive inventory allows buyers to browse more than 50,000 vehicles each day. Sponsorship begins at Kansas; other races are Milwaukee, New Hampshire, Las Vegas, Talladega. (KHI PR)(4-14-2009)
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Kimmel Racing Rides Momentum to Rockingham
ROCKINGHAM NC (4-14-09) – With a solid seventh place finish at Salem Speedway in his pocket – his first top-10 for new sponsors Ansell and Menards – Frank Kimmel turns his attention to this weekend’s ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200 at Rockingham Speedway. The driver of the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Ford Fusion looks forward to the series’ return to the historical track outside Charlotte, North Carolina.
[Read More] – http://www.arcaracing.com/news.cfm?contentid=7833
“Rock” Solid Entry List Ready for Carolina 200
ROCKINGHAM NC (4-14-09) – ARCA RE/MAX Series entries for Rockingham Speedway have increased to 44 for this weekend’s Carolina 200 live on SPEED Sunday, April 19.
[Read More] – http://www.arcaracing.com/news.cfm?contentid=7827
Panama City, FL 4/13/09- Ryan Crane Racing along with James Finch’s Phoenix Racing team announce today that twenty-six year old Ryan Crane will make his ARCA Remax series debut behind the wheel of Finch’s #51 Dodge at the Carolina 200 at Rockingham Speedway on April 19th.
Crane, a Florida State University business law graduate and super late model standout from Panama City, Florida will race three to five ARCA Remax series events, plus two possible Nascar Camping World east series starts, in addition to his continued super late model campaign. The Carolina 200 will mark Crane’s first ever start in the ARCA Remax series however, he is no stranger to bigger style speedways after having raced on tracks such as Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, and the famed Bristol Speedway in 2001 as part of the now defunct Nascar All Pro touring series. Crane’s other accomplishments include a 2007 Snowflake 100 at the 40th Annual Snowball Derby weekend as well as a South Alabama Speedway Rattler 250 win in ‘06.
Visit the all new Ryan Crane Racing website at www.ryancrane10.com for a complete 2009 racing schedule.
Nur Ali Teams Up With Derrike Cope Inc. Enters ARCA RE/MAX Series …
By Press Release
Fort Worth, Texas (April 14, 2009) – Asian-American race car driver Nur Ali will return to action this weekend when he competes in Sunday’s Carolina 200 ARCA.
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Insider Racing News
Should Team Communications Be Private?
by Chuck Abrams
Insider Racing News
“NASCAR, We Have a Problem….”
by Larry Van Zandt
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ryan Newman Riding Momentum Into Phoenix
After a rough start to the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Ryan Newman has been making steady progress, and he’ll be looking to continue that in Saturday night’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, a track that holds particular significance for him.
The Nascar Insiders
Ask The Insiders Wednesday #19
The Nationwide Series took center stage on Saturday with a Music City Showdown that saw Joe Nemechek go for a wild ride, and ended with Joey Logano hoisting the Gibson guitar.
Some NASCAR Car Numbers Are Legendary, But None Should Ever Be Retired
In NASCAR, a lot of importance is placed on the numbers. #8 and #20 once brought images to mind of Dale Earnhardt Jr in a Bud uniform, or the Home Depot for Tony Stewart. We remember the good times, the successes.
Busch, Keselowski have different paths, measures of success
It’s said that a person’s true character is shown in the face of adversity. For Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski after the Nationwide Series 300 in Nashville, the difference was glaring through their comments and demeanor.
On Pit Road: How Much Harder Will the Economy Hit Nascar
If the excess empty seats at Nashville Saturday during the Nascar Nationwide Series, Pepsi 300, is any indication, times are tough. The light turnout may have been effected by the Tornado that touched down just south of the track on Friday, causing extensive damage in the Murfreesboro area.
Shepherd’s Faith Motorsports built on Christian assistance
Call Dave Thomas a cheerleader. Call him pseudo public relations. Call him another member of Morgan Shepherd’s Faith Motorsports racing team.
Ask Side Ways?
Well folks when does the absence of a problem become a problem? We are 7 races into this 2009 season and not one real controversy of driver, team, owner or NASCAR itself apparently exists.
Have You Seen “3 Wide Life” Yet?
There are few independent TV series on-the-air today about NASCAR. Between getting access at the race tracks, buying footage from the sanctioning body and trying to schedule driver interviews, the challenge is daunting.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
2:00P-3:00 SPEED SCCA SPEED World Challenge, Sebring, FL, Mar 20/09, N
5:00P-5:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
5:00P-5:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
2:00A-3:30 SPEED FIA Formula One PRACTICE Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai, China, HD, L (blacked out in Canada)
11:00A-1:00P SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series PRACTICE, Bashas’ Supermarkets 200, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ, HD, L
1:00P-3:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Subway Fresh Fit 500, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ, HD, L
3:30P-5:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup FINAL PRACTICE, Subway Fresh Fit 500, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ, HD, L
5:00P-5:30 espn2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
5:30P-7:00 SPEED/TSN2 NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, Bashas’ Supermarkets 200, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ, HD, L
7:00P-9:00 SPEED/TSN2 NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING, Subway Fresh Fit 500, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ, HD, L
9:00P-9:30 espn2/TSN2 NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, Bashas’ Supermarkets 200, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ, HD, L
9:30P-12:00m espn2/TSN2 NASCAR Nationwide Series Bashas’ Supermarkets 200, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ, HD, L (expect green at 9:45P)
RFTV does not list all the programming offered by SPEED; for complete listings go to their website, http://www.speedtv.com/schedule/
Always CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS!
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