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Crash Ends Final Practice Early

Charlie Kimball's car was heavily damaged in the crash with Aleshin in the final practice. Photo speedblur101

FONTANA, CA -RIS- Practice started late but ended early an Mikhail Aleshin and Charlie Kimball crashed hard in turn four about 15 minutes into the final session. The final practice had been delayed to allow the sun to go lower. Aleshin got up into the fence and was transported to the hospital where he complained of pain in his left shoulder. Kimball was without injury as was Marco Andretti who was slightly involved. At least two other cars were damaged by debris but got into the pits under their own power.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 12:11 AM, 08.30.2014

Tony Stewart Addresses the Media at Atlanta

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HAMPTON, GA - RIS - Tony Stewart arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway today in preparation for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race.  He made a statement to the gathered press and let Brrett Froos, Executive Vice President of SHR, field questions.  Stewart seemed subdued and shaken during the press conference after his statement and immediately headed to his team to get ready for Sunday's race.  Posted here is the complete press conference.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 3:36 PM, 08.29.2014

Manny, Moe and Jack Go NHRA Racing

Pep Boys to Sponsor Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals, Sept. 12-14 at zMAX Dragway

-- For Immediate Release

CONCORD, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2014) – zMAX Dragway officials announced The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (NYSE: "PBY"), the nation's leading automotive aftermarket service and retail chain, will be the title sponsor when the NHRA’s best return to the Bellagio of drag strips to kick off the six-race playoffs, Sept. 12-14, at the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 1:14 PM, 08.29.2014

Penske Pair Tops in Bristol Night Race

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(BRISTOL, TN – AUG 23, 2014 – RIS) Joey Logano held off a last turn attempt by fellow Penske driver Brad Keselowski to capture the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Taking his third win of the season, Logano led 76 of the 500 laps, second to Jamie McMurray's 148 laps and one lap up on Kevin Harvick.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 11:39 PM, 08.23.2014

It's Official. Edwards to Drive For Gibbs in 2015

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC - RIS - It's finally official.  After months of speculation, Carl Edwards will leave Roush Fenway Racing and join Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015.  Edwards will drive the No. 19 Toyota Camry sponsored by Arris, a telecommunication company.  Edwards will join current JGR drivers Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin to make a four-car team.  Edwards will continue to drive for RFR in 2014 and compete in the Chase.  Edwards has two victories in 2014.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 10:12 PM, 08.19.2014

Gordon Roars to Victory in Michigan

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BROOKLYN, MI - RIS - Jeff Gordon is on a roll.  After winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning the pole position at Watkins Glen International, and the pole for Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway, the four-time champion is on a roll not seen since his glory days.  He followed it up by holding off Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano to win the Pure Michigan 400. The win also moved Gordon back into first place in the standings by three points over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished fifth. Paul Menard was fourth, his fourth top-five finish of the season.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 10:24 PM, 08.17.2014

An Emotional Night At Perris

PERRIS, CA AUG 16, 2014 -RIS- It was billed as "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" but it became tribute night to Bruce Bromme Jr. due to his August third passing. A long time crew chief and the son and grandson of legendary racers, Bruce's cars had won many CRA and SCRA championships. The most recent drivers for the team, Michael Spencer and Damion Gardner were both dedicated to racing in his honor. Richard Griffin was also there in his memory.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 6:02 PM, 08.17.2014

Buescher Wins First Nationwide Race on Fumes

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LEXINGTON, OH - RIS - Chris Buescher, just 21 years old, and driver of the Roush-Fenway No. 60 Ford Mustang, kept hearing a voice in his ear that he was two laps short on fuel as he led the Nationwide Children's Hospital Nationwide Series race at Mid Ohio Raceway, but he kept on running and crossed the finish line ahead of those with plenty of fuel.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 11:19 PM, 08.16.2014

Sauter Wins Truck Race at Michigan

BROOKLYN, MI - RIS - Johnny Sauter took the lead with three laps remaining, but had to hold of his teammate Matt Crafton to gain the win in Saturday's 200 at Michigan International Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. 

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 11:37 PM, 08.16.2014

Michigan Qualifying Results - Gordon on Pole

BROOKLYN, MI - RIS - Jeff Gordon continued his hot streak by winng the pole positon for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.  Joey Logano starts second with Carl Edwards third.  The full starting lineup is below:

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 10:56 PM, 08.16.2014

Harvick No. 4 Team Fined; Mars Re-Ups With No. 18 Toyota

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SURFSIDE BEACH, SC – RIS - In an announcement by NASCAR this morning, the #4 team of Kevin Harvick that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized due to a rules infraction committed during the Aug. 10 race at Watkins Glen International. The infraction is a P3 level penalty and is outlined in Section 12-4.3 of the 2014 rule book.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 12:11 PM, 08.13.2014

Allmendinger Wins at Watkins Glen, Makes Chase

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WATKINS GLEN, NY - RIS - A.J. Allmendinger held off Marcos Ambrose to win the Cheez-It 355 on Sunday at Watkins Glen International.  The victory paid huge dividends for Allmendinger and his single-car JTG Daugherty Racing team.  Finishing third was Kurt Busch.  Rookie Kyle Larson finished fourth and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five finishers.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 11:20 PM, 08.10.2014

Ambrose Outruns Kyle Busch in Nationwide Race at The Glen

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WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Marcos Ambrose did what everyone expected him to do on Saturday.  He won the Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen, but it wasn’t easy.  After recovering from an early spin after contact with Kyle Busch's Toyota, Ambrose held off Busch in the closing laps of Saturday's Zippo 200 at the Glen to win the series-best fifth road course race of his Nationwide Series career.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 10:21 PM, 08.09.2014

Gordon Wins Sprint Cup Pole at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Jeff Gordon barely beat out Marcos Ambrose for the pole position for Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen. Gordon holds the record for most road course wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but his last victory at Watkins Glen International came in 2001.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 10:38 PM, 08.09.2014

Earnhardt Gains Third Victory of 2014 at Pocono

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LONG POND, PA - RIS - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. passed then-leader Greg Biffle with 13 laps to go and had to drive his heart out to win the 400 at Pocono Raceway.  Earnhardt had to hold off a charging Kevin Harvick over the last five laps to gain the victory.  It was a sweep of the two races at the triangular shaped racetrack in the Pocono Mountians of Pennsylvania.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 6:09 PM, 08.03.2014

Keselowski Holds Off McDowell to Win Nationwide Race in Iowa

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NEWTON, IA - RIS - Brad Keselowski held off a hard charging Michael McDowell to win the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.  Keselowski dominated the race, leading 136 of the 250 laps, but had to battle at the end to end up in victory lane.  Finishing in the top five after Keselowski and McDowell were Trevor Bayne, Sam Hornish, Jr., and Ty Dillon.  Hornish led the second most laps in the event, 65. McDowell only led one lap in the event with three laps to go.

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Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 11:17 PM, 08.02.2014

Brickyard 400 - Beyond the Winner

BY400 Final Restart (Photo: Don Andersen/RIS)

Following Jeff Gordon to the finish line were the Toyota trio of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth.  Busch said, "I don't think anybody had anything for the 24.  It seemed like anybody he got behind he was able to pass those guys.  I was just trying to save my stuff so the guys behind me didn't catch me.  It was a great day for Joe Gibbs Racing here finishing two, three, four.  I'm real proud of that and having the Snickers Camry come home second means a lot to our guys and I'm looking forward to the next few weeks."

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 8:32 PM, 07.27.2014

Jeff Gordon Day

Jeff Gordon takes checkered flag at 2014 Brickyard 400.  (Photo: Don Andersen/RIS)

Today was Jeff Gordon day.  With today's victory in the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by, Gordon became the first NASCAR driver to earn five NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  This morning car owner Rick Hendrick told his driver he would win today.  On Friday, Mayor Greg Ballard proclaimed today would be Jeff Gordon Day for his on and off track accomplishments.  With the race win on the line, Gordon made the right move at the right time.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 8:21 PM, 07.27.2014

Ricciardo and Red Bull Win in Hungary

Daniel Ricciardo gave Red Bull a solid win today at a rainy Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Winning this today, it honestly feels as good as the first," said Ricciardo, earning his second win of the season. "It was awesome. To have to pass guys again to win the race, as I did in Canada, makes it a lot more satisfying."

Ricciardo made late-race passes of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonzo to earn the win.

Teammate Sebastian Vettle finished seventh after a strong, second-place qualifying position.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 6:20 PM, 07.27.2014

Ty Dillon Earns First Career Nationwide Win

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SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - July 26, 2014 - Ty Dillon earned his first career victory at the Lily Diabetes 250 today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  After taking his #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet inside Kyle Busch's #54 Monster Energy Toyota on turn 1 on the lap 77 restart, Dillon held off a hard-charging Kyle Busch over the last laps to secure victory.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 8:07 PM, 07.26.2014

Barbosa and Fittipaldi Take Victory at Indianapolis

The Winner (Photo: Don Andersen/RIS)

In near-perfect weather, Joao Barbosa and former Indy car driver Christian Fittipaldi drove a near-perfect race to win the TUDOR United SportCar Championship’s Brickyard Grand Prix on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The two Portugese-speaking drivers (one from Portugal, one from Brazil) launched forward in the #5 Corvette Daytona Prototype, passing the pole-sitting HPD ARX-03b of Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel at the seventh corner of Lap 1, and didn’t look back.

“It was definitely and awesome race for us,” said Fittipaldi, who was rookie of the year here in Indianapolis for the 1995 Indy 500. “All the stars aligned. Hat’s off to the team.”

“I kept asking ‘Are we going to need fuel?’, and the team just said, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing.’” Barbosa said of the closing laps.

The win puts the #5 team first in the Prototype championship.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 11:20 PM, 07.25.2014

Brickyard 400 Cup Friday Practice Speeds

Results from the first practice session for the 21st Annual Crown Royal presents The John Wayne Walding 400
at the Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records (whew!), aka the "Brickyard 400", at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Toyotas of Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer have sent the pace, the only two cars currently in excess of the 186 mph mark.

Brad Keselowski was third-quick in the #2 Ford, and four-time Brickyard champ Jimmie Johnson was fourth in the #48 Chevy.

Series points leader, and four-time Brickyard champ Jeff Gordon was 14th overall.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 2:25 PM, 07.25.2014

TUDOR USCC Brickyard Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Welcome to the third running of the NASCAR Super Weekend at the famed 2.5-mile oval of the 105-year old Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The stock cars of the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series practice and compete Friday through Sunday, but first, the sports cars.

Under perfect, sunny weather, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the first time the unified sports car championship has ever competed at the Brickyard.

The Grand-American series had competed here the last two years with the NASCAR Super Weekend (sports cars, Nationwide, and Sprint Cup), but this is the first time many of the former American Le Mans Series teams have been on the IMS 2.439-mile infield road course.

In the day's first practice session, the #1 HPD ARX-03b prototype of Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel was quickest at 1:18.349 sec. (112.068 mph).

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 6:04 PM, 07.24.2014

ISW Clauson Takes 2nd Sprint Week Title

Clauson and his second ISW Trophy, and dog. photo Speedblur101

HAUBSTADT, IN JULY 19, 2014 -RIS- It was a night of seconds as Bryan Clauson won his second Indiana Sprint Week in a title while Robert Ballou won his second sprint week feature of 2014.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 11:00 AM, 07.20.2014

Elliott Takes Chicago and the Point Lead

JOLIET, IL – RIS – Chase Elliott pitted short to gain the advantage he needed to hold off Trevor Bayne and win the 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night. Elliott led 85 laps en route to the victory, his third of the season.  He also regained the series point leadership by seven points with his win.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 11:50 PM, 07.19.2014

Keselowski Wins Second Straight Cup Race While Ford Wins Fourth in a Row

LOUDON, NH – RIS – For the second day in a row, Brad Keselowski dominated a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won going away.  Yesterday, it was the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, and today it was the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the Camping World 301.  He was more dominant in the Nationwide race, leading 152 of 200 laps, but leading 138 of 305 wasn’t shabby.  It also was the fourth straight win for Ford and the second straight for Keselowski.  Ford has not won four races in a row since the 2001 season. The win is also the eighth of the season for Ford, the most for the manufacturer since winning 11 times in 2008.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 11:01 PM, 07.13.2014

Keselowski Wins Louden Nationwide Race in Dominating Fashion

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LOUDON, NH – RIS – Brad Keselowski, driving a Team Penske Mustang, dominated the Sta-Green 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by leading 152 of 200 laps.  It was Keselowski’s second Nationwide win of the year, and the 29th of his career,

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 12:40 AM, 07.13.2014