September 1, 2013 |
HAMPTON, Ga. - In a feisty and long night Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch won the AdvoCare 500. The next-to-last race before the Chase field is set greatly ratcheted up the pressure - and the stakes - for drivers on the bubble. It set up a wild night in Richmond, Va., come Saturday, with five spots open for the postseason Chase for the Championship. Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards are locked in, and Kasey Kahne will take one of the two guaranteed two wild-card slots by virtue of his two victories.
August 30, 2013 |
Team owner Chip Ganassi confirmed Friday that 21-year-old Kyle Larson will take over driving the No. 42 Chevrolet next year in NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup Series. Ganassi and Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif., made the announcement together at Atlanta Motor Speedway, site of the next Sprint Cup race on Sunday. "He's a unique talent," Ganassi said of Larson, who will replace veteran Juan Pablo Montoya in the car next season. "Kyle was our first choice, we did not offer deals to any other drivers.
August 26, 2013 |
Looking back at the weekend in motor racing -- including the NASCAR race in Bristol and Formula One's Belgian Grand Prix -- five things come to mind: 1. Jeff Gordon's Chase hopes are in big trouble . . . With only two races left before NASCAR's 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup title playoff starts, the four-time champion needs to make something happen. Gordon finished seventh Saturday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway but he's 13th in points without a win this season.
August 5, 2013 |
1. The battle to get into NASCAR's Chase for the Cup remains as tight as ever. Twelve drivers qualify for the 10-race playoff: the top 10 in points after 26 races along with two wild-card drivers who have the most wins among those 11th to 20th in points. With five races left until the Chase starts, only 15 points separate Tony Stewart in 11th place, Brad Keselowski (12th), Kurt Busch (13th) and Martin Truex Jr. (14th). But only Stewart and Truex have wins so far this season. 2. Look for the "race to the Chase" get even tighter this weekend.
June 14, 2013 |
NASCAR's Brad Keselowski and IndyCar's Ed Carpenter said their cars would display tributes this weekend to Jason Leffler, the driver killed this week in a racing crash in New Jersey. Keselowski, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, will have "LEFturn" -- Leffler's nickname -- displayed on the rear panel of his No. 2 Ford at Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway. Carpenter also planned a special decal for the Izod IndyCar Series race in Milwaukee on Saturday, with the decal available to all of the series' drivers.
May 30, 2013 |
Everything's fine between NASCAR power couple Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Really. That little dust-up on the track Sunday during the Coca-Cola 600? That was nothing. You should've seen the two lovebirds the very next day relaxing on a boat together. OK, well maybe the wreck that started when Stenhouse bumped Patrick and caused her to collide with Brad Keselowski wasn't exactly nothing . After all, it effectively ended the race for Patrick and Keselowski, while Stenhouse went on to finish 14th.
May 27, 2013 |
Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the NASCAR drivers as well as loving couple, got together on the race track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night, and it wasn't in a good way. During Lap 319 of the Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600, Stenhouse drove his car into the side of Patrick's car, causing her to collide with Brad Keselowski's vehicle along the wall. In other words, this was no love tap. The cars of Patrick and Keselowski were beyond repair. Stenhouse was able to continue and finished 14th.
May 7, 2013 |
Grigor Dimitrov stunned Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Madrid Open on Tuesday, beating the top-ranked Serb, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (8), 6-3, for the biggest win of his career. The 28th-ranked Bulgarian saved three set points in the first before taking the lead, and Djokovic then appeared to hurt his right ankle while trailing 4-2 in the second. Djokovic, who ended Rafael Nadal's eight-year winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters last month, said the loss had more to do with poor preparation than an injury.