September 20, 2011 |
Tony Stewart had more than enough fuel to finish this time. A year after running out of gas and faltering in a NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup opener in New Hampshire, Stewart cruised toward victory lane with a 0.9-second margin over Kevin Harvick in Monday's Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. "At the very end we knew the fuel mileage was going to be an issue," said Darian Grubb, Stewart's crew chief. "But Tony is one of the best at saving fuel. We tried to keep him updated ... and make sure we had enough to make it to the end. " As other drivers lost fuel gambles and faded, Stewart crossed the finish line for his first Sprint Cup series win of the season.
November 14, 2009 |
No offense against the Lone Star State, but Jimmie Johnson couldn't wait to stop talking about Texas. Johnson's march to a record fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title was rudely interrupted last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. An early crash left Johnson with a 38th-place finish and enabled teammate Mark Martin to slash Johnson's lead in the championship standings to 73 points from 184. Now Johnson hopes to at least keep, or even widen, his remaining lead in Sunday's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, the next-to-last race in NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff.
November 9, 2009 |
Jimmie Johnson's drive to history took a hard hit against the wall and Kyle Busch ran out of gas trying to complete an unprecedented NASCAR trifecta. Kurt Busch won at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, taking over the lead with 2 1/2 laps left when his younger brother's car suddenly slowed on the backstretch after leading 232 of the 334 laps. Johnson, the series points leader, wrecked on the third lap. His crew needed more than an hour to basically rebuild his No. 48 Chevrolet, but he returned to finish 38th -- 129 laps behind Kurt Busch.
September 28, 2009 |
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, and Brawn GP driver Jenson Button extended his Formula One championship lead by one point. Hamilton started from the pole and protected his lead to finish 9.6 seconds ahead of Timo Glock, who equaled Toyota's best Formula One result by finishing second. Fernando Alonso gave scandal-hit Renault a lift by finishing third for the French team's first podium finish of the season. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel pursued Hamilton for much of the race, and closed the gap to half a second after 37 of 61 laps.
September 27, 2009 |
Clint Bowyer raced to his second Nationwide Series victory of the season on Saturday, taking the lead with 83 laps to go on the concrete at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. His celebration was ignored as all attention turned to a brief but heated confrontation on pit road between Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. They made contact late in the race, sending Hamlin to the garage. Keselowski finished third and was greeted when he got out of his car by an angry Hamlin. They exchanged words, and Hamlin shoved Keselowski.
August 4, 2009 |
On Friday, Denny Hamlin said he expected to win the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. By Saturday, he was thinking he had put his foot in his mouth. "Our car wasn't very good," he said. But on Monday, it was. When the smoke cleared and the dust settled after an accident-filled final 60 laps, Hamlin had pulled in front and was on his way to his first win of the season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. The race was delayed a day because of rain.