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With a late tire-issue for Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle cruised to his second Michigan win in a row and the first victory of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season on Sunday afternoon.
Biffle’s win was also Ford Racing’s 1,000th victory across NASCAR’s three national series.
“I love it when the 48 crashes trying to catch me. Love it,” Biffle exclaimed over the radio after crossing the finish line.
Biffle would later explain his comment saying “I don’t want to see anybody wreck; I should have said make a mistake. And that’s truly what he did is he made a mistake.”
Kevin Harvick finished second, followed by Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth.
It was also a tough day for Hendrick Motorsports as Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kasey Kahne, and Jeff Gordon all had issues. Read the rest of this entry »
Father’s Day and Michigan International Speedway have become a NASCAR tradition.
Michigan International Speedway, or MIS, is a 2-mile moderate-banked D shaped speedway located in the “Irish Hills” of Brooklyn, Michigan. It is sometimes known as the sister track to Texas Motor Speedway. MIS is currently the fastest track in NASCAR due to its wide, sweeping corners and long straightaways; typical qualifying speeds are in excess of 195 mph and corner entry speeds can be anywhere from 215 to 220mph after the repaving in 2012. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS was held of June 15, 1969 and was won by Cale Yarborough at a speed of 139.254mph. Read the rest of this entry »
For the second straight year at Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver will ring along with a superhero. This time the superhero is the Man of Steel himself, Superman. And why not? Joining forces with a superhero has worked in the past. When Earnhardt won at Michigan International Speedway last Father’s Day, he had a Batman-themed paint scheme and took that to victory lane in a dominating performance.
One of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s primary sponsors, the National Guard, has a tie-in with the new Superman movie, called Man of Steel and is using the movie as a recruiting campaign and it’s “Soldier of Steel” slogan has been made into a computer game. The slogan will be written on the side of the No. 88 Chevrolet and the symbolic “S” will be on the hood.
To check out pictures of this sweet looking paint scheme, check after the jump.
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The pack is back!
Last Saturday night, NASCAR fans saw Toyota dominate at Richmond International Raceway for the first part of the race but Chevrolet ended up in Gatorade Victory Lane. This is the second restrictor plate track race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and just like the Daytona 500, anything can and probably will happen.
Talladega Superspeedway is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base, just north of Talladega, Alabama. Dega, has it is referred to by fans, is the longest oval in NASCAR with a length of 2.66 miles and is known for its steep banking and unique location of the start/finish line. Read the rest of this entry »
Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr., talk outside the garage during practice (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
Last Wednesday, Total Sports Blog reported that Jeremy Clements, a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, had been suspended by NASCAR indefinitely for violating the Code of Conduct.
We finally have reasons for the suspension. According to MTV, Clements uttered a racial slur in a conversation with their editor, Marty Beckerman. This was Beckerman’s first time covering race weekend at Daytona and NASCAR in general. The slur was said prior to the Drive for COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
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Checkers or Wreckers.
This is the one race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule where no fan is able to tell you who finished second and on Tuesday, NASCAR announced a new series of rules to the annual All-Star Race. The rules, according to the press release, will add emphasis on finishing well in each of the segments that airs Saturday, May 18th from Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The race will still be broken into four 20 lap segments and a final 10 lap segment, but instead of being based on the finishing order of the fourth segment or how the driver comes off pit road between segments, the final 10 laps will be determined by the driver’s average finish in the first four segments. Read the rest of this entry »
Jimmie Johnson celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Daytona 500 race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, Sunday, February 24, 2013. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
It’s the best place any driver could be in on Sunday afternoon, out front, and in the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon, Jimmie Johnson let everyone else fight for position as he pulled away for his second victory in the Great American Race.
Johnson, was was making his 400th career start in the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, became the 10th driver in history to win multiple Daytona 500s.
He led the final 10 laps, including a wild final lap that had Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rally from fourth to second place and to finish just two car lengths behind his Hendrick Motorsports teammate.
“I had a lot of confidence leading the train,” Johnson said of taking the front position as the remaining cars raced around the 2.5-mile track, mostly in single file. “I knew I had a fast car.” Read the rest of this entry »
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, with her Pole Award and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, with his Front Row Award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo taken by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images NASCAR
It’s here! It’s finally here!!!!!
On Sunday afternoon, the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins with stock car racing’s most prestigious racing event of the season — the Daytona 500. This will be the 55th running of “The Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway.
When the green flag drops this afternoon, fans hope to see some exciting racing and not bad weather, potholes, exploding jet dryers, and any other bizarre occurrence that has happened at DIS in years past. Fans will also get to see their favorite drivers behind the wheel of the new Generation 6 car. Read the rest of this entry »
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Last season, Hendrick Motosports was able to put all four of their drivers into the Chase for the Sprint Cup so when you think of Hendrick Motorsports, you definitely think of dominance. They’ve been able to handle any and everything that NASCAR has thrown at them, and with a new car and a level playing field, expect HMS to soar back up to the top.
Hendrick Motorsports welcomes all four drivers back this season and to expect anything less than a championship from this great stable of drivers would be absurd. Read the rest of this entry »
38 races, if you include the Budweiser Shootout and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.
It’s been an up and down year for many in this elite driving series. This 2012 season provided some moments that surprised, shocked, and even created some NASCAR history. From the Daytona 500 that raced in primetime on Monday to the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Sprint Cup boys definitely provided the fans with some memorable moments.
Here are some of the moments and races that I definitely will remember for years to come:
A jet dryer bursts into flames after being hit by Juan Pablo Montoya.
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