November 11, 2012 |
NHRA top-fuel driver Antron Brown became the first African American to win a major motor racing title Sunday, leaning on the big points lead he took into a race day that ended prematurely. Brown was beaten in the first round of Sunday eliminations at the Auto Club Finals in Pomona, then waited more than six hours before seven-time top-fuel champion Tony Schumacher's furious rally was extinguished by Brandon Bernstein in the final. It was Bernstein's first win of the season, and it left Schumacher seven points shy of Brown - who won five top-fuel events this year.
November 8, 2012 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Brad Keselowski not only is a talented NASCAR driver, he's also confident, aggressive and self-assured. Good thing, because standing between Keselowski and his first Sprint Cup Series championship is perhaps the most daunting challenge he could face: Jimmie Johnson. Johnson, seeking a remarkable sixth Cup title in the last seven years, has a seven-point lead over Keselowski in the title standings with two races left, starting with Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
September 26, 2012 |
Only two races into NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff and already there's talk that Dale Earnhardt Jr. might be out of the running. Earnhardt doesn't buy it. "I feel like we're still in the hunt," Earnhardt said Tuesday in a conference call. "We're not giving up. There's a lot of racing left. " The popular driver is seventh in the Chase standings, 26 points behind leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson, a five-time Cup champion, after Earnhardt opened the playoff with finishes of eighth at Chicagoland Speedway and 13th on Sunday at New Hampshire.
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.