March 10, 2012 |
Reporting from Las Vegas -- The broad grin is still intact along with the upbeat outlook. One might think Carl Edwards just came off a win. But Edwards, who missed capturing his first NASCAR Sprint Cup title by a whisker to Tony Stewart last year, now has gone one year without winning a Cup points race. (He did win NASCAR's All-Star race last year). The last time Edwards launched his trademark back flip from his No. 99 Ford after winning a points race came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway a year ago, and the series returns to the 1.5-mile oval Sunday for the Kobalt Tools 400. Publicly, at least, Edwards said the winless streak doesn't bother him. "There were many races last year that we very well could have won if things would have gone slightly different," Edwards said before qualifying 21st in Sunday's 43-car field.
November 7, 2011 |
Kyle Busch , already forced to miss two NASCAR races last weekend in Texas, also was fined $50,000 and given a stern warning by NASCAR on Monday. The sanctioning body put Busch on probation until Dec. 31 and said that if the driver makes another on-track move in that time deemed "detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR" or "disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event," then Busch "will be suspended indefinitely. " NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup Series has two more races this season: at Phoenix on Sunday and at Homestead-Miami (Fla.)
October 15, 2011 |
Reporting from Concord, N.C. -- The battle for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title is starting to take on the feelof a WWE Battle Royal. The question remains, who is going to be the last man standing? It probably won't be five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, who got tangled up with Ryan Newman in the closing laps of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Johnson spun and hit the wall, fortunate that a safety barrier and a HANS device cushioned the blow.
September 30, 2011 |
Could Delaware be Jimmie Johnson's Waterloo? Johnson is trying to win a record sixth consecutive championship in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, but he is in trouble as racing resumes Sunday at Dover International Speedway. After two races in NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup playoff, Johnson is 10th among the 12 Chase drivers, a sizable 29 points behind leader Tony Stewart, a two-time champion who won both races. It's the lowest Johnson has ever been in the Chase standings, and he needs a strong showing at Dover to improve his position because if he doesn't, the El Cajon native nicknamed "Five Time" could end up remaining just that at season's end. "I don't think we're in a position where it's win or nothing," Johnson told reporters at Dover on Friday, but he added that "we need to get a top-three run here.
September 6, 2011 |
A little less than a year ago in Las Vegas, Jeff Gordon was answering questions about approaching a 10-year drought as a NASCAR champion. These days, he is peppered with questions about how he has re-emerged as a force on the Sprint Cup circuit. Gordon never went away, of course. But like most everybody else, he has been relegated to a competitive spectator in the Jimmie Johnson championship extravaganza, stretching five years. But his buddy Johnson is definitely feeling the squeeze.
July 29, 2011 |
This year's Brickyard 400 could be a crucial turning point for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and several other top NASCAR drivers who are on the bubble to qualify for this year's championship playoff. There are seven Sprint Cup Series races left, starting with Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to determine the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Cup, NASCAR's 10-race playoff that opens Sept. 18. The top 10 drivers in points after the first 26 races of the season qualify for the Chase, along with two wild-card drivers who have the most wins among those who are 11th to 20th in points.
July 2, 2011 |
After a relatively caution-free evening, the scramble to win forced two green-white checkered finishes. The most dramatic was a 15-car pileup, wreckage brought on by restrictor-plate madness. David Ragan, driving a Ford, became a first-time Sprint Cup winner, as he avoided the crunch of bumper cars at the end. Matt Kenseth finished second, followed by Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne. "This is fun, what better place to do it than Daytona?" Ragan said. "We've been so close so many times.
June 24, 2011 |
They might be among the most dreaded words in the NASCAR garage: "I feel good about things. " So declared Jimmie Johnson on Friday as the El Cajon native pursues an unprecedented sixth consecutive Sprint Cup Series championship. Johnson, 35, is fifth in this year's Cup standings heading into Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the curvy Infineon Raceway road course, where he is the defending champion. He had been second to Cup points leader Carl Edwards until last weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway, when Johnson spun his No. 48 Chevrolet, struggled to regain the lost positions and finished 27th.
June 23, 2011 |
As NASCAR arrives in California wine country to take on the twisty Infineon Raceway road course in Sonoma, what's notable is how many of its top drivers already are in danger of missing the sport's title playoff. Drivers such as Juan Pablo Montoya (15th in points), Kasey Kahne (19th), Joey Logano (23rd) and Jeff Burton (25th) are among those needing to pick up the pace with 11 races left before the Sprint Cup Series opens its 10-race Chase playoff Sept. 18. The top 10 drivers in points after 26 races advance to the Chase.
June 18, 2011 |
Kurt Busch won his third consecutive pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, finishing first in qualifying Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn with a lap of 188.699 mph. He is the first driver to win three consecutive poles since Brian Vickers in 2009, and two qualifying sessions were canceled during that streak. The last person to win three poles in three races was Ryan Newman in 2007. Busch is sixth in the points standings and has finished in the top 10 in three consecutive races, including a second-place showing last weekend at Pocono Raceway.