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News Recap for April 17, 2013

Busy Penalty Day in NASCAR On Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR RaceHub on SPEED, it was reported that they did not know the extent of the penalties that would be levied against Penske Racing after their rear-end housings were confiscated prior to the NRA 500. However, they did report that the penalties would be “severe.” They were not wrong. On Wednesday, NASCAR dropped the hammer on both of Penske Racing’s Fords. Both the No. 2 and No. 22 teams were docked ... Read More »

Frontstretch Folio: STP 400

The Sprint Cup Series heads off to the midwest for a Sunday afternoon race at Kansas Speedway. The STP 400 is the eighth race of the 2013 season and will be broadcast live on FOX at 1:00 PM ET. The race can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate or SiriusXM Radio Channel 90. Drivers will compete for 267 laps (400.5 miles) en route to the checkered flag. Records and Facts: Kasey Kahne holds the track qualifying record with ... Read More »

Top News 04-16-13

What To Watch: Wednesday In a surprising move, NASCAR did not release penalties for either Penske Racing or Michael Waltrip Racing today. (Pure speculation is that this was out of respect for the Boston Marathon bombing and its victims). We do expect, however that the consequences for both programs will come down tomorrow. Martin Truex, Jr.’s car, for MWR was posted as too low in postrace inspection; in the past, that’s resulted in a six-point deduction. As for Penske’s two ... Read More »

Trivia Questions and Answers for April 15-19, 2013

by Phil Allaway April 15 Q: Roughly 60 miles away from Kansas Speedway is Heartland Park Topeka, a facility that hosts NHRA Drag Racing and a number of road races. In 1995, the track hosted the first road course event for the then-NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsman. However, the race all but ended the career of Kerry Teague. What happened? April 15 A: _On Lap 8, Teague appeared to either lose his brakes exiting Turn 1, or the throttle hung. ... Read More »

Oh, Go Fish! Tony Stewart’s Advice to NASCAR Fans

Author’s Note: Written mere hours before the explosions rocked the Boston Marathon, I penned this with a much lighter heart. However, the message is now even more timely. Live your life, my friends. Live it with joy and abandon, for we never know what tomorrow may bring. Hornaday bumped Bubba Wallace into the wall. NASCAR may have it out for the Penske boys (at least, according to Mr. Keselowski). We had skewed cars and possible points and suspensions coming down. ... Read More »

Rowdy Rules the Lone Star State, Sweeps Weekend at Texas

by Justin Tucker Kyle Busch set the tone for this weekend’s NRA 500 on Friday Evening. Busch captured the pole with a track record speed of 196.299 MPH and to top the night off he captured the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 for his third consecutive Nationwide Series win. The only question that remained was whether Busch could sweep the weekend and capture his first Sprint Cup Series win at Texas Motor Speedway? After the smoke cleared on Saturday night Busch ... Read More »

Full Throttle – Rockingham is just about the perfect race track

There are many race tracks around the world and what makes the perfect race track is certainly subjective, but the primary ingredients necessary to make a race track fantastic are all present at the Rock. The length of the track allows for fast racing but the tightness of the turns keeps the vehicles from going too fast. The banking in the turns allows for multiple grooves of racing and helps the fans see the action but also helps the competitors ... Read More »

Sidebar Stories: NRA 500

Ill Bobby Labonte Replaced by Michael McDowell As a stomach bug swept through the NASCAR garage area, Bobby Labonte was one of a few drivers affected between the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. With his illness, his team had already fitted a seat for Mike Bliss to replace him. However, after 40 laps, Labonte decided he couldn’t say in the car any longer and drove to the garage. After heading to the Infield Care Center, the team was left scrambling ... Read More »

Quotes to Remember: NRA 500

“That feels good. Ah man, for Interstate Batteries and Norm Miller to be in Victory Lane in Texas — nothing better than putting him right here. Great race car. Dave Rogers (crew chief) and these guys gave me a great piece today. We ran up front all day long. If it wasn’t for my pit crew, who is the most awesome crew ever and since 2008 we’ve been together — haven’t had any change overs. Man, those guys were awesome. ... Read More »

Never Fear, the Underdogs are Here: Texas Edition

Never Fear, the Underdogs are Here: Texas Edition by Amy Henderson Editor’s Note: This year, we’re going to switch things up a little bit. Instead of just focusing upon one underdog (or underreported) car in the Secret Star section, we will point out three smaller teams that put up good finishes each week. Underdog Selection No. 1: Trevor Bayne for Wood Bros. Racing; started 22nd, finished 18th Bayne made the most of a mediocre car on Saturday night, and was ... Read More »