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What To Watch In NASCAR: Tuesday 4/23/13

- As usual, it’s penalty day in NASCAR and the biggest bulls-eye lies on the No. 98 Truck driven by Johnny Sauter. The current series point leader, Sauter’s fuel cell was confiscated following pre-race inspection in Kansas, a move that’s led to fines, penalties, and crew chief suspensions in the past. Sauter is currently 12 points in front of teammate Matt Crafton in the championship chase. - Clint Bowyer of Michael Waltrip Racing will hold a national teleconference with reporters. ... Read More »

Five Points To Ponder: Stenhouse Amongst Sprint Cup Trio Hitting The Ground Running

Five Points To Ponder: Stenhouse Amongst Sprint Cup Trio Hitting The Ground Running

Much of the talk in the early part of this week has been of the seamless transition of Matt Kenseth to Joe Gibbs Racing following his ruthlessly dominant second win of the fledgling season - and rightly so. Kenseth has looked mighty impressive showing the form you would expect from a champion driver of his caliber, leading multiple laps at six of the eight circuits we’ve visited to date. However, lost just a little in all the hype for the driver of the No. 20 car is another great third-place finish for old "Five Time" Jimmie Johnson, who now leads the standings by 37 – nearly a full race's worth of points. In addition, Double J has finishes of first (Martinsville), second (Phoenix) and sixth (Texas) at the three other Chase tracks we’ve run at thus far. Johnson’s two solitary finishes outside the top six came at Fontana (12th) and at Bristol (22nd), where he blew a tire. Those are tracks that won't matter in the long run, though. Read More »

It’s April, But Everyone’s Asking: Is Jimmie Johnson Running Away With It?

It’s April, But Everyone’s Asking: Is Jimmie Johnson Running Away With It?

Exiting Kansas, one thing is for sure: Jimmie Johnson is going to be a force to be reckoned with in 2013. Not that he isn't usually a factor. His five straight Sprint Cup titles, from 2006-'10 aside, Johnson has finished in the top five in points during a full season in the series every year but one, when he managed _only_ sixth in 2011. He was in the fight to the end with Brad Keselowski last season, but the driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet was edged out after finishes of 32nd and 36th to end the year. For 2013, Johnson appears to be taking no prisoners in his quest for a sixth championship. Of course, once one makes the Chase, the field is equaled a bit, so even if he accumulates a, say, 100-point lead over second, much of that vanishes after race 26. Seems like there's always a lot of discontent around NASCAR when Jimmie Johnson is merely winning, let alone leading the points. Read More »

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Kansas-Richmond Edition

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Sprint Cup: Kansas-Richmond Edition

The map continues to be drawn for the performance capabilities of the Generation-6 models, and the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway helped to silence critics after spread out racing showed its prevalence in Fort Worth. Drivers battled an extremely slick, fast track that left teams constantly reeling to find the perfect setup. Matt Kenseth wasn’t fazed by a plethora of cautions brought about by those who struggled to get a handle on their cars; restarts alone left the racing more competitive than what we saw down in Texas last Saturday night. So who should we be championing this Tuesday, after a second straight intermediate? This edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not shows that while Kenseth was among those who overcame cautions by using good strategy, some others, who needed a decent finish after getting off on the wrong foot, left Kansas City disgruntled. Read More »

50 Shades of a Sprint Cup Crew Chief: Risk vs. Reward

50 Shades of a Sprint Cup Crew Chief: Risk vs. Reward

I haven’t had a chance to dig into E.L. James’ novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but I assume it’s about the life of a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. After all, who spends more time in the gray area than NASCAR’s most creative minds? The gray area has developed a mysterious reputation, though like the Bermuda Triangle or Area 51. NASCAR fans don’t really know what’s going on in any of those places; they just know if you end up there, you could be in serious trouble. According to series officials, defending champion crew chief Paul Wolfe may have spent a little too much time in the gray. He’ll most likely be taking a six-week vacation, but there is little doubt that Wolfe will end up there again at some point. Read More »

Third Annual Jack Starrette Memorial Race up Next for Carolina Clash Series

First event for southeastern tour since 2008 at Peach State short track. By Mark Huey For the first time since May 2008, the Carolina Clash super late models are set to roll into the gates of Gordon Park Speedway on April 27, 2013. 2003 champion “The Gambler” Ed Basey of Evans, GA won the event that year. Basey has won three of the previous four Carolina Clash races at Gordon Park, dating back to 2002. The 2008 and most recent ... Read More »

Ryan Stiltner wins third race of 2013

Ryan Stiltner wins third race of 2013

Stiltner notches another win at Lonesome Pine. Photo by Bad Fast Media Ryan Stiltner has now won three out of four races at Lonesome-Pine Raceway after a competitor was disqualified for an engine infraction on Saturday night in one of two twin races at Lonesome-Pine Raceway. Stiltner qualified third for the first twin race and qualified on the pole for the second race. Stiltner laid down a 16.629 in qualifying on his second lap which earned him the pole for ... Read More »

Chad Simpson Scores Second Win in a Row in Corn Belt Clash Action

Chad Simpson Scores Second Win in a Row in Corn Belt Clash Action

Chad Simpson in Victory Lane for the second night in a row in Cornbelt Clash Action. Continuing his roll from the previous night, Chad Simpson went back-to-back in Corn Belt Clash Series action. The three-time series champion captured the $3,000 pay day at Quincy Raceways on Sunday night as Simpson led all 40 laps on his way to his securing his second straight series win for the weekend, and third straight win as he also won in MLRA competition the ... Read More »

“The Demon” Damion Gardner goes Wire-to-Wire at Yuma!

“The Demon” Damion Gardner goes Wire-to-Wire at Yuma!

Damion Gardner leads all 30 laps at Cocopah Speedway. Photo by Doug Allen by Lance Jennings YUMA, AZ – APRIL 21, 2013… In his first start at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California won Friday’s Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car main event. Gardner led all 30-laps to claim his series leading 42nd victory ahead of Nic Faas, Mike Spencer, Bud Kaeding, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Competition Suspension Inc. ... Read More »

USAC/CRA Sprints Back at the Perris Auto Speedway May 4; Damion Gardner Sweeps Yuma 30-Lappers

USAC/CRA Sprints Back at the Perris Auto Speedway May 4; Damion Gardner Sweeps Yuma 30-Lappers

Damion Gardner went back to back at Cocopah. By Dick Jordan The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are idle this week and resume action May 4 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. When they do, former series champ Damion Gardner will try to protect the four-point lead he enjoys over teammate Nic Faas as a result of two victories last weekend. Gardner, of Concord, Calif., tied A.J. Foyt, Dave Steele and Bryan Clauson as the winningest USAC drivers in Arizona history with ... Read More »