Latest News

Tony Stewart Speaks to the Media

Foreground image courtesy NASCAR Images

Stewart-Haas Racing Media Availability With Tony Stewart - NASCAR transcript

THE MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone. I'm Mike Arning, Director of Communications for Stewart-Haas Racing and want to say thank you for your time this morning. We'll introduce Tony Stewart and start off with any questions you may have.

Q. Tony, since the accident, when you think of Kevin Ward, Jr., what comes to mind?
TONY STEWART: Honestly, before the accident I didn't know Kevin. I don't even know how many times I had raced with him. I race with that group a couple times a year. They've always been a great group to race with, but I didn't know him. Obviously, after the accident I've read a lot about him, and from what I've read, I think he had a really promising career as a Sprint Car driver. It sounded like he was doing a good job and learning a lot at a young age, so I think he had a lot to look forward to.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 9:54 PM, 09.29.2014

Jeff Gordon Makes A Statement With Win At Dover's 45th Annual AAA 400

Jeff Gordon celebrates at Dover International Speedway's Victory Lane after taking the 45th Annual AAA 400. PatSportsPhoto - Dean Patton Photo.

Dover, DE. – RIS – Jeff Gordon makes a statement at Dover….. that statement is - The fun is about to begin! Yes, even though Kevin Harvick looked like the commander and chief, parts give out. When the left front tire finally gave, it cost Harvick, dearly. Then Brad Keselowski was at the controls, but Jeff Gordon was just getting started. Gordon in his #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet was never too far back that he could not reach out and reel them all in. It just appeared that he was playing with the entire field, well, all except, Harvick. Kevin Harvick in the Budweiser Chevrolet lead more than half the race, to be exact 223.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 6:59 PM, 09.28.2014

Kyle Busch Runs Off With Another Victory At 29th Annual Dover 200

Dover, DE. – RIS – Kyle Busch makes Dover International Speedway his with his 68th win in 291 starts. Winning the 29th Annual Dover 200 Kyle becomes the all-time Dover Wins Leader. He breaks the tie with the man who finished just over 2.5 behind….. Joey Logano. Kyle makes this his fifth win, and 14 top ten finishes in just 19 races at Dover International Speedway. Not to add to the mastering of the concrete mile, but this is his second sweep of the Spring and Fall race at Dover. His first sweep coming in 2010.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 6:33 PM, 09.27.2014

Dale Earnhardt, Jr Speaks To Media At Dover Prior To 45th Annual AAA 400.

Dale Earhardt, Jr speaks frankly, and in a most relaxed manner to the media at Dover International Speedway. PatSportsPhoto - Dean Patton Photo.

Dover, DE – RIS – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. talks about his thoughts on Dover International, the Chase, and the race this weekend. “We are kind of right in the middle there and got a pretty decent cushion back to 13th.  But you just have to keep racing, put your head down and work on the car today and tomorrow and give myself and Steve (Letarte) and the engineer and everybody all the opportunity to try to improve the car over the next couple of days.  That is what we will just focus on, just working together and spending time around each other and being available and having conversations about what is going on today and tomorrow and the information we have from our teammates.  And the stuff that we have from races past and just trying to find out how to make the car as competitive as possible so we can make the job as easy as possible Sunday.”

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 09.26.2014

Better Half Dash Highlight of Charlotte Pole Night

2014 drivers lined up for practice

Ladies of NASCAR to Compete in Fourth Annual Better Half Dash on Bojangles’ Pole Night

-- For Immediate Release

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 25, 2014) – On Oct. 9, the ladies of NASCAR will steal the spotlight as they race Bandoleros in the fourth annual Better Half Dash, showcasing their skills before the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers battle it out for the fastest lap on Bojangles’ Pole Night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 6:01 PM, 09.25.2014

Tony Stewart Will Not Be Charged For On Track Death of Kevin Ward, Jr.

Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

ONTARIO COUNTY, NY - RIS - A grand jury has decided Tony Stewart will not face charges for his role in the on-track death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. Prosecutors in upstate New York made the announcement Wednesday, just hours after the grand jury finished hearing testimony in the case. 

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 11:31 PM, 09.24.2014

NASCAR Announces New Rules for 2015

CONCORD, N.C. -- A reduction in horsepower, a shorter rear spoiler and an optional driver adjustable track bar are among the nearly five dozen changes that encompass the 2015 rules package for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. After nearly a year of testing and collaboration to arrive at the package, NASCAR officials informed teams of the 2015 changes this week.
In addition to the changes in "hard parts," NASCAR has banned all private testing by teams for next season. Organizations will be allowed to participate in NASCAR/Goodyear tests only.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 3:49 PM, 09.23.2014

Joey Logano Gives Team Penske Another Chase Win at Loudon

Photo Credit Getty Images for NASCAR

LOUDON, NH – RIS – Team Penske is dominating the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule as of late.  In winning four of the last five races, the only competition for the two car team of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski has been Kevin Harvick of Stewart Haas Racing and Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports.  On this day it was Logano, taking the lead with 30 laps to go and running away to a multi-second win in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Surprising rookie Kyle Larson finished second with Harvick, Jamie McMurray, and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top ten.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 8:59 PM, 09.21.2014

Gaughan Surprise Nationwide Winner at Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, KY – RIS – Brenden Gaughan charged past both Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon and drove away to an impressive victory in Saturday night’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Nationwide series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  It was the second win for Gaughan this season.  It also was a sweep of the top three positions by Richard Childress Racing with Brian Scott finishing second and Dillon third.  Points leader Elliott finished fourth and Regan Smith fifth.  All drove Chevrolet Camaros.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 12:05 AM, 09.21.2014

Rookie Cole Custer Wins Truck Race at Loudon

Loudon, NH – RIS – It isn’t often that you see a 16-year old outbattle veterans.  It happened on Saturday as Cole Custer took the lead with four laps to go by passing Matt Crafton and drove away to victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Custer became the youngest driver to ever win a Camping World truck race in just his seventh truck series start.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 11:27 PM, 09.20.2014

Chicagoland Victory Seeds Keselowski to Playoff Round Two

Brad Keselowski Celebrates Chicagoland Victory

(Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

JOLIET, IL - RIS – Brad Keselowski drove to victory 1.759 seconds ahead of Jeff Gordon in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Rookie Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.

By virtue of his win Keselowski is automatically seeded into the Contender (second) round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs. Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle, A.J. Almendinger and Ryan Newman will face first round elimination if they cannot race into the top twelve during the next two races (New Hampshire and Dover) left in the Challenger playoff round.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 6:24 PM, 09.14.2014

Gardner, 211 and 4 in-a-row

Damion Gardner leads feature. Photo Speedblur101

PERRIS,CA -RIS- it's good to be Damion Gardner right now. Just back from Bonneville where he strengthened his claim on the title of 'Worlds Fastest Sprint Car Driver' with 211 MPH in the “Green Demon” last Tuesday. Saturday he was back in the Alexander Brothers Racing CRA sprint car at Perris California working to add to his three race winning streak.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 6:00 PM, 09.14.2014

Kyle Busch Earns Victory in Chicagoland Truck Race

Kyle Busch Chicagoland Truck Victory(Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

JOLIET, IL – RIS – Kyle Busch drove to victory 1.13 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton Saturday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick and Jeb Burton rounded out the top five.

Busch, starting seventh, drove his No. 51 Dollar General Toyota through the field early in the race after being sent to the rear of the pack for speeding while exiting pit road. Then he took off like a rocket and left the field behind, leading by as much as 5.5 seconds.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 9:29 PM, 09.13.2014

Angelle Returns To Racing

Team Press Release: (CONCORD, NC – SEPT 13, 2014) Angelle Sampey-Drago is returning to NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing again, teaming with George and Jackie Bryce of Star Racing. Sampey-Drago, the three-time NHRA world champion, will once again thrill NHRA crowds with her personality and impressive resume with her sights set on becoming the all-time winningest NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer and becoming a four-time champion.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 11:11 PM, 09.13.2014

Harvick Steals Nationwide Race From Kyle Busch

Kevin Harvick at Chicagoland (Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

JOLIET, IL – RIS – Kevin Harvick drove his No. 5 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet to victory Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five.

Harvick took the lead after a pit stop where he took two tires to, then race leader, Kyle Busch’s four. Bush’s four-tire pit stop pushed him out of the lead and back into the 16th position after he dominated the race leading 141 of 200 laps

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 7:17 PM, 09.13.2014

Arana Jr., Enders-Stevens, Hagan and Todd Take Friday's No. 1 Qualifying Spots

--For Immediate Release - CONCORD, N.C. – Former Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan opened NHRA's playoffs by racing to the qualifying lead Friday at the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the first of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 10:20 PM, 09.12.2014

Rain Cancels Sprint Cup Qualifying

Rain Cancels Chicagoland Sprint Cup Qualifying

JOLIET, IL – RIS – Qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race was cancelled due to persistent rain. The inclement weather settled in over Chicagoland Speedway Friday at around 2:00 p.m. Kyle Busch will start in the pole position due to his top of the chart practice speed set earlier in the day.

Top Chase seed Brad Keselowski will start from position 25 after his team failed to dial in a top speed during practice.

 

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 7:24 PM, 09.12.2014

Here is How the Chase Grid Works

Chase Grid (Courtesy NASCAR)

JOLIET, IL – RIS - And they’re off and running! The 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title starts Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. If you can’t be there you can watch it on ESPN at 1 p.m. (CT). For those of you that are not aware of the new playoff elimination format and for those who need a refresher, it goes like this:

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 12:24 PM, 09.11.2014

Richmond Win Gives Keselowski Chase Top Seed

Photo Credit:  Mel Evans, Associated Press AP

(RICHMOND, VA - SEPT 6, 2014 - RIS) Brad Keselowski continued the dominating show by winning drivers at Richmond, leading 383 of the 400 laps and beating Jeff Gordon to the finish line by 0.797 second to take his fourth win of the season and become top seed going into the Chase for the Cup. Last year, Keselowski failed to qualify for the Chase.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 11:24 PM, 09.06.2014

Jimmie Johnson Suffers Dehydration After Richmond

(RICHMOND, VA - SEP 7, 2014 - RIS) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS, suffered dehydration and cramping in his legs following the 57Th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, where he finished eighth in the race. Here are the Chevy notes from Jimmie following treatment in the track's medical center:

TELL US ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED?: "Just got dehydrated in the car.  Not exactly sure what led to it we will have to dig in and see what happened.  I started cramping when I got out of the race car.  Then when I was cramping I was trying to stand-up because I was fine when I sat down then I would stand-up I would get dizzy. When I would sit back down I would start to cramp again.  Just really dehydrated.  Ended up with five liters of IV in me.  I was definitely dry.  I will have to dig in and understand what happened in the car.  I was hot in the car so I will have to make sure all my fans were working and stuff like that.  Scary moment and I hate that it happened, but have to learn from it and make sure it doesn't happen again."

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 4:32 PM, 09.07.2014

Kyle Busch Dominates Richmond Nationwide Race

Credit:  Ranier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

RICHMOND, VA - RIS - RICHMOND, Va.    Kyle Busch led every lap on Friday night in a domination rarely seen in NASCAR's junior series.  Busch completely dominated Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway, leading all 250 laps while easily holding off rookie Chase Elliott for the victory.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 1:09 AM, 09.07.2014

Introducing Haas F1 Team

New Name for Newest Addition to Formula One

Team Release: KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Sept. 2, 2014) – What was initially known as Haas Formula is now Haas F1 Team.

Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation and chairman of the newly renamed Haas F1 Team, opted for the name change to better correlate his team with motor racing’s most prestigious series – the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 1:21 PM, 09.02.2014

Kahne Wins Atlanta Cup Race on Green-white Checker Finish

Credit Getty Images for NASCAR

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Kasey Kahne took advantage of caution flags and two green-white-checker periods to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Oral B 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  The win, under NASCAR’s new “win and in” rules, gives Kahne a ticket to the final ten race Chase for the Championship, and left many who have not won on the hot seat.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 1:31 PM, 09.01.2014

Blaney Wins First Truck Race of 2014 in Canada

Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR

BOWMANVILLE, ONT, CANADA – RIS – Ryan Blaney made a daring pass of German Quiroga on the final lap to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  It was the first win for Blaney in 2014 and the second consecutive truck series win for Ford and Brad Keselowski Racing.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 1:15 PM, 09.01.2014

Kanaan Takes 500 At Fontana

Tony Kanaan after MAVTV 500 win. photo speedblur101

FONTANA, CA -RIS- It was a race of numbers and when the numbers were all added it was Kanaan and Power with big numbers and big smiles.

Photo Gallery

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 3:25 AM, 08.31.2014

Harvick Dominates Nationwide Race at Atlanta

Credit:  Getty Images for NASCAR

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Kevin Harvick took the lead for the first time on Lap 37 by passing Chase Elliott and never looked back.  He sailed across the finish line to win the Great Clips 300 Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 12:30 AM, 08.31.2014

Terry Chandler Donates Children's Dream Racerô to Riley Hospital for Children

Terry Chandler Donates Children's Dream Racer™ to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 29, 2014) – For Terry Chandler, 2014 has been a year of giving. The New Mexico-based businesswoman and her husband, Doug Chandler, are fully funding the Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., and opted to utilize the body of the 10,000 horsepower racecar to raise awareness for pre-determined charities. However, Chandler's desire to give back to the community didn't stop there.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 10:27 AM, 08.30.2014

Tony Stewart Addresses the Media at Atlanta

Photo Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR

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.

Read Full Story
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.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 1:14 PM, 08.29.2014

Penske Pair Tops in Bristol Night Race

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

(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.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 11:39 PM, 08.23.2014

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

Photo: Burton, AP

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.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 10:12 PM, 08.19.2014

Gordon Roars to Victory in Michigan

Credit - Getty Images for NASCAR

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.

Read Full Story
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.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 6:02 PM, 08.17.2014

Buescher Wins First Nationwide Race on Fumes

Credit - Getty Images for NASCAR

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.

Read Full Story
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. 

Read Full Story
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:

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 10:56 PM, 08.16.2014

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

Credit - Getty Images for NASCAR

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.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 12:11 PM, 08.13.2014

Allmendinger Wins at Watkins Glen, Makes Chase

Credit - Tom Pennington, Getty Images

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.

Read Full Story
Volume 2014, Issue 8, Posted 11:20 PM, 08.10.2014