Nascar News
  • Logano wins Martinsville pole; Elliott to start 27th (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:13:40 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201503271829665482099" width="130" height="130" alt="Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano, left, celebrates winning the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, March 27, 2015. Rain delayed the practice and qualifying for Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" align="left" border="0">

    Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, and Chase Elliott earned the right to make his debut in the series by qualifying 27th. Logano turned a fast lap at 98.461 mph in the third round of qualifying, edging Ryan Newman (98.328), to win the 10th pole of his career and his second this season. ''You win anything at Martinsville, it's a big deal,'' Logano said, adding that having only run five laps to get through the first two rounds of qualifying gave him an advantage heading into the final round. Martin Truex Jr. (98.018), Jeff Gordon (97.613) and Jimmie Johnson (97.583) complete the top five.


  • NASCAR topic: Cheating with tire pressure, or just hot air? (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:41:18 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201503271422517401205" width="130" height="130" alt="Jeff Gordon talks to a member of his crew in the garage after practice at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, March 27, 2015. Rain delayed the practice and qualifying for Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" align="left" border="0">

    There's been lot of talk about tires in the NASCAR garage the past few weeks, or longer, and lots of theories about whether something shady is going on or if the chatter is just a bunch of hot air. After last two races, NASCAR confiscated tires from teams. It took tires from red-hot points leader Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano after the race at Phoenix two weeks ago, and declared them fine a few days later. It took tires from Harvick, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman last weekend at Fontana.


  • Joe Gibbs' son being treated for 'brain function' issues (The Associated Press)
    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:44:51 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201503251147424575609" width="130" height="130" alt="FILE - In this July 12, 2008, file photo, Joe Gibbs, right, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, and J.D. Gibbs, team president, talk at a press conference at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs is undergoing treatment for "symptoms impacting areas of brain function." The 46-year-old Gibbs is the oldest son of team owner Joe Gibbs, the Hall of Fame coach who won three Super Bowls with Washington. The team said in a statement on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, that J.D. Gibbs has undergone a series of tests since experiencing "speech and processing issues." (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)" align="left" border="0">

    Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs is undergoing treatment for ''symptoms impacting areas of brain function,'' which likely stem from a head injury suffered earlier in life. JGR did not reveal a specific diagnosis in a statement Wednesday, but said Gibbs is undergoing treatment to manage symptoms that began with ''speech and processing issues.'' The 46-year-old is the oldest son of team owner Joe Gibbs, the Pro Football Hall of Fame who won three Super Bowls with Washington. ''All members of the NASCAR and France family extend our thoughts and prayers to J.D. Gibbs and his loved ones,'' NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said in a statement. ''We've all watched J.D. grow up within our community, and he always has represented himself, his family, the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization and NASCAR with the utmost professionalism, enthusiasm and energy.


  • NASCAR issues penalties to No. 33 Cup team, Xfinity team (The Associated Press)
    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:34:19 PDT
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR has fined and suspended the crew chief of a Richard Childress Racing-affiliated team.
  • Martinsville to erect tire barriers for NASCAR race (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:31:46 PDT
    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Martinsville Speedway will erect additional tire barriers in time for this weekend's NASCAR races.
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  • Keane tells Ireland to make life uncomfortable for Poles (AFP)
    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:27:37 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-DV-DV1959159-1-1-1.jpg" width="130" height="130" alt="Republic of Ireland coach Roy Keane says the Republic of Ireland need to pull the welcome mat from beneath Poland's feet if they are to take three points from a crucial European Championship qualifier in Dublin on Sunday (AFP Photo/Oli Scarff)" align="left" border="0">

    Roy Keane says the Republic of Ireland need to pull the welcome mat from beneath Poland's feet if they are to take three points from a crucial European Championship qualifier in Dublin on Sunday. Keane, the assistant to manger Martin O'Neill, has called for Irish fans and players to turn the Lansdowne Road stadium into the fortress of old. With Poland top of Group D, three points ahead of Ireland, Germany and Scotland, defeat for O'Neill's men could prove fatal to their dreams of making it to a second successive European finals -- and the omens aren't good.


  • Power returns after long layoff eager to repeat 2014 success (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:56:02 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201503271346495791111" width="130" height="130" alt="Will Power, of Australia, drives his car into turn 10 during practice for the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Friday, March 27, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Power had the fastest time during the session. The race takes place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" align="left" border="0">

    Will Power shook off a six-month layoff by pacing the opening practice of the IndyCar season. Power's title run began on this 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit with a win in last year's opener. It was the first of three wins for the Australian, who finally broke through with his first series championship after losing three consecutive titles from 2010 through 2012. It's the same old story - nothing has changed for me, and I feel like I am even more motivated to go out this year and accomplish even more.'' He's had plenty of time to think about this season: IndyCar has not raced since the Aug. 30 finale, making this offseason one of the longest in series history.


  • Star Mazda driver hospitalized with broken hip and pelvis (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:37:31 PDT
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Johnson was hospitalized after breaking his hip and pelvis in a crash in the Pro Mazda Series at St. Petersburg.
  • Justin Wilson joins Andretti Autosport for Indianapolis 500 (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:52:44 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201503271340492391098" width="130" height="130" alt="Michael Andretti, left, Andretti Autosports team owner, gestures as he sits with driver Justin Wilson, of England, at a news conference before practice for the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Friday, March 27, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Andretti announced Wilson will drive two races for Andretti Autosports, including the Indianapolis 500. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" align="left" border="0">

    Justin Wilson spent the long IndyCar offseason in limbo. Wilson still doesn't have a steady ride, but on Friday came the best available option: A two-race deal with Andretti Autosport to run the Indianapolis 500 and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Michael Andretti's organization won the 500 last season with Ryan Hunter-Reay.


  • Aussie Power seeks repeat as IndyCar opens (AFP)
    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:56:59 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/0861d925a92cb24f0be7e5dd267ba220efc95d..." width="130" height="130" alt="Will Power of Australia drives during the Verizon IndyCar Series GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma practice on August 23, 2014 in Sonoma, California (AFP Photo/Todd Warshaw)" align="left" border="0">

    Will Power defends his IndyCar season title starting with Sunday's season-opening St. Petersburg Grand Prix, the Australian's breakthrough after years of near misses having made him hungry for more success. The 34-year-old from Toowoomba was second in the season points chase in 2010, 2011 and 2012 before fading to fourth in 2013, but Power bounced back to win the 2014 crown. "To finally get it, get the monkey off the back, it has given me more motivation this year," Power said. Roger Penske's Chevrolet-powered squad features Power, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, Colombia's Juan Pablo Montoya and Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, who joins after three strong years with Schmidt Peterson.


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  • Keane tells Ireland to make life uncomfortable for Poles (AFP)
    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:27:37 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-DV-DV1959159-1-1-1.jpg" width="130" height="130" alt="Republic of Ireland coach Roy Keane says the Republic of Ireland need to pull the welcome mat from beneath Poland's feet if they are to take three points from a crucial European Championship qualifier in Dublin on Sunday (AFP Photo/Oli Scarff)" align="left" border="0">

    Roy Keane says the Republic of Ireland need to pull the welcome mat from beneath Poland's feet if they are to take three points from a crucial European Championship qualifier in Dublin on Sunday. Keane, the assistant to manger Martin O'Neill, has called for Irish fans and players to turn the Lansdowne Road stadium into the fortress of old. With Poland top of Group D, three points ahead of Ireland, Germany and Scotland, defeat for O'Neill's men could prove fatal to their dreams of making it to a second successive European finals -- and the omens aren't good.


  • Power returns after long layoff eager to repeat 2014 success (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:56:02 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201503271346495791111" width="130" height="130" alt="Will Power, of Australia, drives his car into turn 10 during practice for the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Friday, March 27, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Power had the fastest time during the session. The race takes place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" align="left" border="0">

    Will Power shook off a six-month layoff by pacing the opening practice of the IndyCar season. Power's title run began on this 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit with a win in last year's opener. It was the first of three wins for the Australian, who finally broke through with his first series championship after losing three consecutive titles from 2010 through 2012. It's the same old story - nothing has changed for me, and I feel like I am even more motivated to go out this year and accomplish even more.'' He's had plenty of time to think about this season: IndyCar has not raced since the Aug. 30 finale, making this offseason one of the longest in series history.


  • Star Mazda driver hospitalized with broken hip and pelvis (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:37:31 PDT
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Johnson was hospitalized after breaking his hip and pelvis in a crash in the Pro Mazda Series at St. Petersburg.
  • Justin Wilson joins Andretti Autosport for Indianapolis 500 (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:52:44 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201503271340492391098" width="130" height="130" alt="Michael Andretti, left, Andretti Autosports team owner, gestures as he sits with driver Justin Wilson, of England, at a news conference before practice for the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Friday, March 27, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Andretti announced Wilson will drive two races for Andretti Autosports, including the Indianapolis 500. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" align="left" border="0">

    Justin Wilson spent the long IndyCar offseason in limbo. Wilson still doesn't have a steady ride, but on Friday came the best available option: A two-race deal with Andretti Autosport to run the Indianapolis 500 and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Michael Andretti's organization won the 500 last season with Ryan Hunter-Reay.


  • Aussie Power seeks repeat as IndyCar opens (AFP)
    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:56:59 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/0861d925a92cb24f0be7e5dd267ba220efc95d..." width="130" height="130" alt="Will Power of Australia drives during the Verizon IndyCar Series GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma practice on August 23, 2014 in Sonoma, California (AFP Photo/Todd Warshaw)" align="left" border="0">

    Will Power defends his IndyCar season title starting with Sunday's season-opening St. Petersburg Grand Prix, the Australian's breakthrough after years of near misses having made him hungry for more success. The 34-year-old from Toowoomba was second in the season points chase in 2010, 2011 and 2012 before fading to fourth in 2013, but Power bounced back to win the 2014 crown. "To finally get it, get the monkey off the back, it has given me more motivation this year," Power said. Roger Penske's Chevrolet-powered squad features Power, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, Colombia's Juan Pablo Montoya and Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, who joins after three strong years with Schmidt Peterson.


  • IndyCar drivers getting handle on new aerodynamic kits (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:58:41 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201503161337490416486" width="130" height="130" alt="Will Power (1), of Australia, heads into a turn during IndyCar testing at Barber Motorsports Park, Monday, March 16, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. Drivers are testing the new aerodynamic packages on their cars. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)" align="left" border="0">

    Graham Rahal and his IndyCar peers are still getting a clear handle on performance changes in cars featuring new aerodynamic kits, but the looks for the two manufacturers are pretty distinctive. Drivers took to the track at Barber Motorsports Park Monday to start two days of testing and learning ahead of the upcoming season, which begins March 29 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Honda and Chevrolet cars sport noticeably different designs on parts stretching from Chevy's vented rear wings to Honda's laddered front wings. Not to mention the sore necks cited by Josef Newgarden and Graham Rahal.


  • Dale Coyne Racing signs Dracone, keeps Huertas (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:32:56 PDT
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Dale Coyne Racing has signed veteran open wheel driver Francesco Dracone for the first four races of the season.
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