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Ford Racing unveils 2013 Ford Fusion

In the biggest announcement so far of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, Ford Racing took the wraps off of their 2013 Ford Fusion. The car incorporates common areas agreed upon by all manufacturers with style components unique to the 2013 production car to give fans a race car that truly resembles the street version of the Fusion. While there are most likely going to be some tweaks to the design the car is definitely ... Read More »

Tony Stewart display unveiled

As part of Acceleration Weekend, 2011 Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart unveiled a display in the Great Hall of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The glass display case houses the driver’s uniform, helmet, gloves and shoes that Stewart wore during his championship clinching victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It also holds his tuxedo and shoes that he wore during the NASCAR Awards Banquet in Las Vegas along with his over-sized check and champagne bottle from Victory Lane at Homestead. Stewart is ... Read More »

Jeff Gordon and Dupont – Together for 20 years

Jeff Gordon took to the racetrack in Atlanta for the final race of the 1992 for his first Cup series start the same day that Richard Petty hung up his helmet. 20 years later DuPont is still a sponsor for Gordon’s Cup racing efforts. As part of the Acceleration weekend activities, Gordon and Petty were together again on the stage in the Great Hall of the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the unveiling of the paint scheme that ... Read More »

Racetrack owner sentenced in attempted sexual assault of a 15 year-old

As part of a three year investigation into a sex trafficking ring that preyed on runaway children the owner of I-80 Speedway, near Greenwood, Nebraska has been sentenced to as many as 16 years in prison. Ed Kosiski, 46, was sentenced to prison for the attempted sexual assault of a 15 year-old girl that was uncovered during the sex trafficking investigation. Kosiski was sentenced Thursday, December 22nd, in Douglas County to 8 to 16 years in prison for the attempted ... Read More »

RPM inks Almirola to drive iconic 43 car

CONCORD, N.C. — Richard Petty Motorsports on Wednesday announced that Aric Almirola will drive the legendary No. 43 car in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012. Almirola has made 35 starts in the Cup Series, his most recent stint coming in 2010 when he finished the last five races of the season in the No. 9 Ford. During the final race of the season at Homestead, the Tampa, Fla., native posted a career-high fourth-place finish. Almirola drove a JR Motorsports ... Read More »

Menard Takes Pole for Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage

Paul Menard will start on the pole for Friday’s Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage after laying down a qualifying time of 29.079 seconds (185.701 MPH). Menard, who went out last in the qualifying session by virtue of the fastest time in Thursday’s practice sessions, beat Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.’s fast time of 29.118 (185.452 MPH) on his first lap to take over the top starting spot. Defending race winner Brad Keselowski will start third. Joey Logano and Carl Edwards round ... Read More »

Four Nationwide Stars Have Extra Incentive Friday Night

Four Nationwide Series Drivers will be running with a little extra incentive on Friday night-$100,000 worth of incentive, to be exact. The Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage is the final race in the series’ Dash 4 Cash program, which pits the four top finishers in the Richmond race against each other for the bonus money. The program pits four drivers against each other in four races throughout the year: Daytona in July, Iowa in August, Richmond in September, and ... Read More »

KHI No More: Harvick Announces Shop For Sale, Trucks Gone In 2012, Team Dissolving Into Richard Childress Racing

One of the sport’s most successful, independent organiztions in Nationwide and Trucks will close its doors after the season. Kevin Harvick told the media at Richmond on Friday that, beyond the movement of the Nationwide operations back to Richard Childress Racing, the Truck series operations of KHI will cease after this season. The KHI race shop in Kernersville, NC is for sale and the majority of the employees will need to find employment elsewhere in 2012. Harvick said an announcement ... Read More »

Camping World Truck Series Racing returns to Rockingham Speedway

After an eight-year absence, NASCAR National Touring Series racing will once again attack the high banked corners of Rockingham Speedway when the Camping World Truck Series will host an event on April 15th, 2012. The Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 will be the first Truck race to take place at the 46 year old race track. “In 2007, we set a goal to return Rockingham Speedway to its roots,” states Andy Hillenburg, president of Rockingham Speedway. “The introduction of the ... Read More »

Ricky Carmichael wins the pole for the Good Sam Club 200

Ricky Carmichael was the fastest truck in the first practice session for the Camping World Trucks and utilized the resulting qualifying position to grab the first pole of his career. Carmichael turned a lap of 31.179 seconds for a speed of 177.812 mph. Starting outside of Carmichael will be Clint Bowyer who was just two hundredths of a second slower than Carmichael, turning a lap of 31.195 seconds and speed of 177.721 mph. The second row for tonight’s fifth annual ... Read More »