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Polar Bear 150 – Racing the way it ought to be

Polar Bear 150 – Racing the way it ought to be Andy Hillenburg is an old school racer who has resurrected Rockingham Speedway and brought live action back to the historic one mile oval in the sandhills of North Carolina. Hillenburg is well known for racing in a multitude of different types of cars and also for helping out racers in all forms of motorsports. This weekend’s Polar Bear 150 is no exception as street stocks of all shapes and ... Read More »

Hendrick Shakeup All About Chemistry; 48 Will Remain Intact

The massive shakeup at Hendrick Motorsports was not implemented to help just one team, Rick Hendrick said during a Wednesday morning teleconference. The move was designed to bring a team back from the brink of falling dangerously behind other teams. While the move involves three of Hendrick’s four teams, the ten-time champion car owner left the 2010 title-winning No. 48 team alone and the remaining three teams largely intact. Race teams and cars will not move, Hendrick said, but rather ... Read More »

Major Crew Chief Shakeup at Hendrick Motorsports

On the heels of Jimmie Johnson’s historic fifth consecutive championship, Hendrick Motorsports has announced a major shakeup in their organization. Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will each have a new crew chief for the 2011 season while the No. 48 team remains unchanged. The following personnel changes are effective immediately: *No. 5 Chevrolet* *Driver:* Mark Martin *Crew Chief:* Lance McGrew *No. 24 Chevrolet* *Driver:* Jeff Gordon *Crew Chief:* Alan Gustafson *No. 88 Chevrolet* *Driver:* Dale Earnhardt Jr. ... Read More »

The Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Miami, November 2010

The Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Miami, November 2010

_Editor’s Note: It’s another week of the popular Foto Funnies! Every Wednesday, Kurt Smith takes a handful of pictures from the last NASCAR race and tells us what “really” happened in those Kodak moments. This time, we take a look at some highlights from the championship weekend in Miami!_ “Did Montoya just scratch his eye with his middle finger at me? That’s it, I’m tired of getting pushed around!” “About time the doggone No. 48 got out of the way. ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Ford 200

Tracking the Trucks: Ford 200

In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.577 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday night. The driver of the No. 18 Traxxas Toyota took the lead for the final time on a lap 131 restart and never looked back on the way to his eighth win in 16 starts this season. Johnny Sauter, Todd Bodine and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 5. Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch Busch started on the outside of the front row and wasted little time swapping the lead with polesitter Austin Dillon. At times, the driver of the No. 18 Toyota managed to pull out to a more than one second lead over the field. Then, following contact with Johnny Sauter, Busch was the beneficiary of a questionable caution and was able to run through the field from outside the top 20. (Author’s Note: For more on the questionable caution, see question number two below.) He went on to lead a total of six times for 57 laps on the way to victory lane. Read More »

The Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Phoenix, November 2010

The Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Phoenix, November 2010

_Editor’s Note: It’s another week of the popular Foto Funnies! Every Wednesday, Kurt Smith takes a handful of pictures from the last NASCAR race and tells us what “really” happened in those Kodak moments. This time, we take a look at some highlights from a fuel gambling weekend in Phoenix!_ “Meet NASCAR’s newest star — PlayStation NASCAR 09 multiple race winner Travis Pastrana!” “What the hell you lookin’ at? Ain’t you never seen a feller in a lime green firesuit ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 150

Tracking the Trucks: Lucas Oil 150

*In a Nutshell:* Clint Bowyer took the checkered flag 1.038 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch to win the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway Friday night. Bowyer took the lead for the final time on a lap 96 restart and never looked back. Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Clint Bowyer.* Bowyer started third and took the lead from Austin Dillon following the first caution. He stretched out to a more than five-second lead until Jason White's blown motor brought out the second caution. He continued leading until Kyle Busch pulled ahead following the third caution, but the fourth caution allowed Bowyer to gain a spot on pit road and restart on the front row with James Buescher. With new tires, the driver of the KHI-fielded No. 2 Chevrolet easily pulled to the front, leading the final 55 laps and 80 overall Friday night in a well-deserved victory. Read More »

The Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Texas, November 2010

The Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Texas, November 2010

_Editor’s Note: It’s another week of the popular Foto Funnies! Every Wednesday, Kurt Smith takes a handful of pictures from last weekend’s race and tells us what “really” happened in those Kodak moments. This week, we take a look at some highlights from a wild Sunday in the Lone Star State!_ Start and park getting you down? You’ll flip over Copart’s new “We’ll Buy Your Car” program! Brad Keselowski celebrates his hard-earned victory over a few other Cup racers and ... Read More »

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 350K

Tracking the Trucks: WinStar World Casino 350K

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.386 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter to take the victory in the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. Busch took the lead for the final time on a lap 127 restart and held point to score his seventh victory in 14 starts this season. Polesitter Matt Crafton, who started from the back after unapproved adjustments, points leader Todd Bodine and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* *Kyle Busch* Busch started in the top spot by virtue of polesitter Matt Crafton being forced to drop to the back at the start and easily pulled out ahead of outside polesitter Elliott Sadler when the green flag flew. He relinquished that lead for just one lap until Johnny Sauter passed him on lap 61 after chasing him down on the track. Once the field restarted for the final time on lap 127, Sauter briefly challenged Busch, but the driver of the No. 18 Toyota held point to score the victory. Read More »

The Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Talladega, October 2010

The Frontstretch Foto Funnies! Talladega, October 2010

_Editor’s Note: It’s another week of the popular Foto Funnies! Every Wednesday, Kurt Smith takes a handful of pictures from last weekend’s race and tells us what “really” happened in those Kodak moments. This week, we take a look at some highlights from the wild Sunday of Chasing a championship in Talladega…_ There are six plate racing violations in this picture. Can you find them all? As Clint Bowyer pulled ahead of Kevin Harvick, the driver of the No. 29 ... Read More »