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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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You know how they say never to wake a sleeping bear? The same can be said not to rile up Jimmie Johnson.
A week after a penalty for jumping the restart at Dover knocked Johnson out of the victory, Johnson bounced back and dominated the 43 car field in Sunday afternoon’s Party in the Poconos 400.
He started from the pole due to rain and led 128 of the 160 laps to capture his 63rd victory and third at the 2.5-mile asphalt track. Johnson beat Greg Biffle to the finish line by 1.208 seconds. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart, and Ryan Newman round out the top five.
“Jimmie was in a league of his own,” said Biffle.
When asked in Gatorade Victory Lane if this win made up for Dover last weekend, Johnson responded “No, it doesn’t make up for much, but we know we’re a great race team.” Read the rest of this entry »
Pocono Raceway. Definitely one of my favorite NASCAR tracks. Some fans reading this will think I am crazy, but I love the layout!
It’s known as the “Tricky Triangle”, a superspeedway located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at Long Pond. The track has a unique design. Each turn is modeled after turns at three different tracks. Turn one has 14 degrees of banking and was modeled after the now shut down, Trenton Speedway. Turn two, also known as “The Tunnel Turn”, has 9 degrees of banking and is modeled after Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Turn 3, which has 6 degrees of banking, is similar to the Milwaukee Mile. Read the rest of this entry »
She’s called “The Lady in Black” and the track “Too Tough To Tame” and on Saturday night, NASCAR fans will find out why.
Last Sunday afternoon, NASCAR fans saw David Ragan get his second Sprint Cup victory at Talladega Superspeedway after a three hour and 46 minute rain delay as well as two huge wrecks. It was a true David vs. Goliath story!
Darlington Raceway is a 1.366 mile track located near Darlington, South Carolina. The track has a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design. Darlington has 25 degrees of banking in turns 1 and 2 and 23 degrees in turns 3 and 4. There is 6 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The lengths of both straightaways are 1,229 feet. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
Jimmie Johnson celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP Gas Booster 500. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
At least once a year, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Racing team find one race on the schedule that they truly dominate and on Sunday afternoon, it was the STP Gas Booster 500 from Martinsville Speedway.
Johnson started on the pole and led 346 of the 500 laps to win at Martinsville for the eighth time, which is the most among active NASCAR drivers. Richard Petty (15) and Darrell Waltrip (11) have more wins.
“It was just a long, hard-fought day,” Johnson said. “Martinsville is always tough. You just have to dig in and get into a rhythm and drive your own race and see what happens at the end. I feel like the fastest car won at the end.” Read the rest of this entry »
After an off weekend for the Easter holiday, NASCAR is back and ready for some beating and banging from Martinsville Speedway.
Martinsville Speedway is a .526 mile asphalt/concrete track located near Ridgeway, Virginia, just to the south of Martinsville. While there isn’t much to do in this quiet southern town, there will be plenty of noise made on Sunday afternoon when 43 of NASCAR”s finest beat and bang around “The Paperclip.”
While Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, dominated much of the race last year, it was Ryan Newman who spoiled the afternoon. The victory was Newman’s first at Martinsville. Read the rest of this entry »
Jimmie Johnson poses with the Coors Light Pole Award and Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
With a qualifying lap of 19.244 seconds, 98.400 mph, Jimmie Johnson captured the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday afternoon’s STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The pole is Johnson’s first of the 2013 season and 30th in his career.
Marcos Ambrose and Brian Vickers round out the top three.
Johnson’s qualifying lap broke the previous track qualifying record held by Tony Stewart, whose speed was 19.306 seconds, 98.083 mph.
The STP Gas Booster 500 will air live at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on FOX. Pre-race coverage starts at 12:30 p.m. ET.
1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Marcos Ambrose
3. Brian Vickers
4. Joey Logano
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