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Folio: Toyota Owner 400

The Sprint Cup Series heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for a Saturday night showdown. The Toyota Owners 400 is the ninth race of the 2013 season and will be broadcast live on FOX at 7:30 PM ET. The race can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate or SiriusXM Radio Channel 90. Drivers will compete for 400 laps (300 miles) en route to the checkered flag. Records and Facts: Brian Vickers holds the track qualifying record, posting ... Read More »

Keepin’ it Short – Another Chapter of History Starts Saturday Night

There are legendary sports venues all over the world, some are still in use, others are merely a shell of their former selves, still others are completely gone. Of the arenas that are still in use, few of them are still in the same relative state as they were when they opened. Wrigley Field has lights and sky boxes added. Fenway Park has seats on top of the Green Monster. Soldier Field has been completely renovated. Bowman-Gray Stadium, aside from ... Read More »

NASCAR Mailbox: Penalties, Penalties, Penalties And Your Reaction To Them

NASCAR Mailbox: Penalties, Penalties, Penalties And Your Reaction To Them

Depending on what part of the country you are in, winter has hung on incredibly long despite the calendar’s insistence that it is, indeed, spring. Last weekend at Kansas Speedway was once of those instances, as freezing temperatures in the morning along with the famous, blustery Kansas wind made walking around the racetrack nearly unbearable. Heavy jackets were aplenty and the hunched over, arms wrapped around your own waste stance was apparent at the coldest points of the day. Unfortunately, the alternative which was the June race the track held a couple years ago, is frying. Though I hate the cold weather and would rather deal with 100-degree temperatures than sub-zero conditions, spectators aren’t going to have to go the various health centers inside the track to be treated for 30-degree temperatures. This is as opposed to the handful of individuals who were dealing with heat exhaustion when the first Kansas race was held in June. Read More »

NASCAR Fantasy Insider: Struggling Stars Look To Get Back On Track At Richmond

NASCAR Fantasy Insider: Struggling Stars Look To Get Back On Track At Richmond

If you look just strictly at the numbers and past history of how some of NASCAR’s top drivers have performed at Richmond, you would have a hard time knowing who to pick at Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at the one-mile oval because so many of them have done so well there in the past. However, if you look at the current points standings and the recent struggles of some of those same drivers, you may well be left scratching your head again when trying to decide who or who not to pick. Some of the familiar names such as Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and even Dale Earnhardt, Jr. have had their share of success at Richmond. That group has combined for 11 wins there. But when looking at the points standings, the picture is not so optimistic. Read More »

Truckin’ Thursdays: Miguel Paludo on Rockingham, Boston And The NHRA

Truckin’ Thursdays: Miguel Paludo on Rockingham, Boston And The NHRA

We made a ton of progress at Rockingham last weekend. It's a track that I struggled a lot at last year. We started outside the top 20 and worked our way into the top 10, before dropping back to where we finished. I was just ready to be done at Rockingham last year, but now I started liking it. When you run good at a race track, you want to go back. I felt like we did a great job our second time there. We ran in the top 10, and the guys did awesome pit stops. We're putting everything together that we need to. Especially at Rockingham, it's easy to spin your tires on the restart. Overall, it was a great effort for us and we gained in the championship battle, and it means a lot at a special place like that. We had a really fast truck at Kansas right off of the truck, and we ran so well in both practices. I almost thought we would get the pole, until James [Buescher] beat us at the last second. We started on the front row with both of my teammates right there with me, and I led some laps there. That truck was so fast but someone got loose inside me and the damage when I hit the wall ended the day for us. Read More »

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Talks Danica Development And Richmond

Tech Talk: Tony Gibson Talks Danica Development And Richmond

_Eight races into the season and Tony Gibson has already learned quite a bit about both his race cars and his driver, Danica Patrick. Gibson is not only dealing with a different chassis but also one of the most well-known rookies to hit the series in the last ten years. It's an extra pound of pressure on an already stressful job; there is no doubt that being a crew chief in a championship-winning organization comes with sky high expectations. Add in a rookie driver who is a lightning rod for criticism, the current struggles of Stewart-Haas Racing and there are a lot of other places that most people would rather be. Gibson, though, doesn't shy away from the spotlight and is embracing the challenge unlike anyone else._ _The longtime SHR employee sat down with Frontstretch to discuss some of the current mechanical storylines on the Sprint Cup circuit. Between the tires that don't wear out, brakes that do and the struggles facing Danica and Company this season, there was plenty to get to. He also speaks about his feelings for the new race car at this point in the season._ Read More »

News Recap for April 24, 2013

Gargantuan Penalties Announced for Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Team In the Sprint Cup Series, it is common practice for the winner’s race car (or truck) and engine to be taken to the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina for additional inspection after races. Usually, these thorough inspections simply confirm what was already known. However, on Matt Kenseth’s winning Toyota from Sunday, a violation was found. That violation was that the connecting rods in the engine were too light. The ... Read More »

What’s Vexing Vito – Another Week, Another Wednesday Whacking

Another week, another round of penalties. While some felt NASCAR threw the book at Penske Racing last week for their whacky variable geometry (i.e, moveable) rear end housing, they went and pulled the entire library down on Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Wednesday, like Mel Gibson yanking down that stilt house with his One-Ton Dually in Lethal Weapon 2. 50 driver and owner points, $200,000 fine for crew chief Jason Ratcliff, and a six week vacation for ... Read More »

Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection

Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour. According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for ... Read More »

Johnny Sauter Penalized For Fuel Cell Infraction At Kansas

Thorsport Racing, along with former Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter are reeling this Wednesday after a major penalty involving their No. 98 Toyota. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the team was fined $10,000, crew chief Joel Shear has been suspended for four races and 25 owner points were taken away as a result of a faulty fuel cell, confiscated during pre-race inspection at Kansas. Driver Sauter was also hit was a loss of 25 points, completely reshaping the championship Chase ... Read More »