Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The National Stock Car Racing panel unanimously upheld fines, point penalties and suspensions issued for unapproved rear housing parts discovered during inspection of both cars prior to the April 13 Texas race.
Team owner Roger Penske will utilize the final step in the appeal process, in which NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook will hear from both sides.
Cool track, new tires, long straightaways and cars with grip.
It doesn't get any better than that , and they aren't likely go much faster than this, either. After Mark Martin wrote on Twitter that he had hit 212 mph in the backstretch during the morning session, a disbelieving Jeff Gordon walked over to his team to see what it had recorded.
Hosted at the New York Athletic Club, the annual NMA “Give Kids a Shot” Gala brought out hundreds of supporters and also included a silent auction, dinner and dancing, in addition to the awards given to the handful of honorees through several categories supporting the NMA’s efforts.
ESPN and NASCAR have not begun formal talks about renewing a media rights package that includes the Nationwide Series’ entire 33-race season and 17 Sprint Cup races. But ESPN has had internal conversations about bidding only on the Nationwide races that overlap with its Sprint Cup schedule instead of the entire season.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Gilbert Sam · 0
Jones, who played for the Atlanta Braves throughout his entire 19-year career and was a fan-favorite across the country, will give the most famous command in all of motorsports to the 43-car field: “Drivers Start Your Engines!”
McCarron, who grew up just a few hours from Talladega Superspeedway in Mobile, AL, will get behind the wheel of a special Ford Mustang GT, the official pace car of Talladega’s Aaron’s 499 spring spectacular, and will lead the field of 43 cars around the track’s incredible 33-degree banking before the start of the race.
NASCAR suspended two Richard Childress Racing crewmen who were arrested Friday night following a fight with Turner Scott Motorsports driver Nelson Piquet Jr. on the grounds of Richmond International Raceway.
Michael Scearce and Thomas Costello were suspended for four races, fined $15,000 and put on probation through the end of the year for having an altercation with another competitor after the race had concluded, according to a NASCAR news release.
Oklahoma City native Monty Grice built race car chassis. He started by building super modifieds and IMCA dirt modifieds and then moved on to become shop foreman at Dirt Works Racing.
Grice eventually landed his dream job of working for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in Troutman, N.C. A family obituary said, “Although he obtained a job in the NASCAR industry, he never lost his love for dirt car racing.” Grice died at age 51 after a 6½-year battle with pancreatic cancer. (The Oklahoman)
Monday, April 29, 2013
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff, who was suspended for six weeks after Kenseth's winning car failed secondary post-race inspection following the April 21 Kansas race, will remain with the team at least through this weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Kenseth was docked 50 points and crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $200,000 and suspended for seven races because a connecting rod in the team’s engine was too light. Team owner Joe Gibbs also had his NASCAR license suspended and the team was docked 50 owner points.
Nascar said Wednesday that one of the eight connecting rods in the engine of the No. 20 Toyota did not meet the minimum weight requirement. Although it was potentially a quality control issue by the engine provider Toyota Racing Development — and one that gave no advantage to Kenseth in Sunday’s race — Nascar levied a severe penalty against a Sprint Cup team for the second week in a row.
Kenseth's car passed an initial postrace inspection, but the engine was brought back to NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., for further evaluation -- as it always is with the winning car -- where it failed.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013 by Gilbert Sam · 0
“(They said), ‘Hey Christmas, do you want to come play with NASCAR(s) for a day,’” the Michael Waltrip Racing crewman says. “Being in the spirit of kind of intense things, I said yes.”
Abbott, who is hoping to become NASCAR’s first female crewman to go over the wall on a weekly basis, told HBO she was hooked the first time she used an air gun to change tires.
“As soon as they put the air gun in my hand ... I knew that that was something I wanted to play with. I want that toy,” she said. (SportingNews)