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 »
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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Tony Stewart hoists a trophy after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, March 11, 2012, in Las Vegas.
Third race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Are you starting to get use to racing be back on TV on Sundays?
Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a 1.5 mile asphalt track located about 15 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip. While many NASCAR drivers will be hitting the tables during the week, on Sunday afternoon it will be the crew chiefs putting it all on the line to capture the checkered flag. In years past the race has been settled on fuel-mileage.
Last year, defending Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart made a bold move to take the lead on a late restart and held off Jimmie Johnson for a redemptive win. In 2011, Stewart had an issue on pit road that cost him the win. Read the rest of this entry »
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Let’s just file this story under the surprised category.
On Monday afternoon, Eddie Gossage and Texas Motor Speedway announced that the National Rifle Association(NRA) will be the title sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track in April. No you aren’t seeing things, it is that NRA. The pro-gun lobbying group is coming back to NASCAR.
TMS president Eddie Gossage said the NRA has been involved in racing for several years and a generous supporter of Speedway Children’s Charities, donating more than $500,000 to the charity’s Texas chapter since 2000.
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Carl Edwards performs a back flip to celebrate after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. Photo taken by Jerry Markland/Getty Images
Coming off a miserable week at Daytona, where he wrecked five cars, Carl Edwards came to Phoenix International Raceway with a lot of hope to win and break the 70 race winless streak. Edwards survived a green-white-checkered finish and held off Jimmie Johnson to win the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at PIR.
In true fashion, Edwards did his celebratory backflip and then went into the stands to celebrate with the fans – just like he did after his last victory at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway almost two years ago.
“This is huge … one of the coolest wins of my life,” said Edwards. Read the rest of this entry »
Mark Martin poses after winning the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 1, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. Photo Taken by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
Move over young guns, Mark Martin wants to show you how it’s done.
On Friday, Martin, age 54, become the second-oldest driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole position.
With a lap of 26.073 seconds, 138.074 mph, Mark Martin captured the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday’s SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 from Phoenix International Raceway. The pole was Martin’s 56th career pole and third at the 1 mile “D” shaped Tri-Oval track.
“The car was beautiful,” said Martin. “All the guys do such a nice job. I had a lot of anxiety about it. The times are so close that one little slip-up really costs you here. Read the rest of this entry »
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 and his crew get into the Harlem Shake craze after his Daytona 500 win
Lookie here! We’ve got another Harlem Shake video on our hands. This time it’s from Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson. This one is is actually pretty good. We’re loving the fact that it was done at 11pm after Johnson won the Daytona 500. The only person who saw this video being made was Nate Ryan with USA Today.
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