September 15, 2012 |
Will Power stood in Victory Lane - but not for the reason he had hoped. Heartbroken but gracious, the Australian driver was there to congratulate Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won the IndyCar championship Saturday night by only three points over Power after Power found disaster early in the race. As owner-driver Ed Carpenter was on his way to winning the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, the season finale of the Izod IndyCar Series, Power - who started the race 17 points ahead of Hunter-Reay - crashed only 55 laps into the 250-lap race.
September 5, 2012 |
Jockey Rafael Bejarano saved the best for last on Wednesday's final day of the 37-day Del Mar meeting. He guided Rolling Fog to a 11/4-length triumph over Know More in the Grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity, giving him a record 13 stakes victories, the most by any jockey in a Del Mar meeting. "Sweet. Oh, so sweet," Bejarano said. He also won the jockey title. It was the 11th Futurity win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, whose father and mentor, Bill Baffert Sr., died Monday at his home in Nogales, Ariz.
September 3, 2012 |
Blunt as usual, Kyle Busch explained in no uncertain terms what it means for a driver to miss NASCAR's title playoff. "We're just going to be another race car … running around in circles for the rest of the year," Busch said. "That's how I feel about it. " At least Busch still has a strong shot to qualify as one of the 12 drivers in NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup that decides the Sprint Cup Series champion. The same can't be said for several other top drivers, including 2011 title contender Carl Edwards, as the series heads to Richmond (Va.)
August 20, 2012 |
Dario Franchitti this year joined Johnny Rutherford and Bobby Unser, among others, as a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, and the 39-year-old Scot may ultimately stand with Rick Mears and A.J. Foyt in open-wheel racing's pantheon. Franchitti came to Fontana this week in advance of the 500-mile finale of the Izod IndyCar Series on Sept. 15 at Auto Club Speedway, where he'll try in a high-speed event to close a season that turned disappointing. Franchitti has finished 14th or worse in five of seven races since Indianapolis.
July 29, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Carl Edward s went into the Brickyard 400 with a new crew chief and needing a top-five finish to bolster his hopes of getting into this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title playoff. But only 12 laps into the 160-lap race, Edwards' No. 99 Ford developed an engine problem. He finished 29th, four laps behind the leaders, and Edwards' chances of making the Chase for the Cup took a big hit. The top 10 drivers in points after 26 races qualify for the 10-race Chase, along with the two drivers who have the most wins among those 11th to 20th in points.
July 28, 2012 |
— There are 17 races left in this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, but only the next seven matter to Carl Edwards . Starting with the Brickyard 400 Sunday, seven races remain to determine which 12 drivers will compete in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup championship playoff over the final 10 races of the season, and Edwards is in danger of missing the cut. That's a scenario few would have predicted after Edwards, who drives the No. 99...
July 7, 2012 |
- Tony Stewart laughed facetiously after his car got bumped back to the rear of the field following a failed inspection for Saturday's restrictor-plate scrum at Daytona International Speedway. "So my reward is I get a Coke Zero for this?" Stewart joked Friday night. The following evening, Stewart had the last laugh as he came from 42nd place to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400. Stewart ducked in front of the dominant Ford tag-team of Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle to emerge as the winner for the third time this season.
June 18, 2012 |
Speaking with reporters after Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s win at Michigan, his crew chief, Steve Letarte, was asked whether Letarte was more relieved or excited that Earnhardt's four-year winless streak was finally over. "A little of both," Letarte replied. NASCAR probably feels the same way now that the immensely popular Earnhardt has ended a string of 143 races in which he failed to reach Victory Lane. Although reigning Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who finished second to Earnhardt on Sunday, said "it's not a national holiday" that Earnhardt won again, it's not bad news, either, for stock car racing's premier series.
May 27, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS — Another Indianapolis 500, another tough day for an Andretti driver. Marco Andretti entered the race brimming with confidence and had one of the strongest cars in the first half of the race as he led a race-high 59 of the 200 laps Sunday. But he fell to 14th after a caution period came out immediately after the team made a pit stop. Then, with 13 laps left in the race, he spun and hit the Turn 1 wall, a crash that he said "definitely rung my bell. " He finished 24th and is still looking for his first Indy 500 victory.
May 24, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis 500 will be run for the 96th time Sunday, but several things will be different about the venerable race this year. All the drivers are using a new car that's untested in 500 miles of race conditions at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The car has enhanced safety features and there are multiple manufacturers providing engines, versus only one engine maker before. Danica Patrick, having moved to NASCAR, isn't here for the first time in eight years.