RCR Announces New Crew Chief For Menard

July 29, 2016 --- In an effort for Paul Menard to make the Chase this season, Richard Childress Racing has promoted crew chief Danny Stockman from the NASCAR Xfinity Series to crew for Paul Menard on his Sprint Cup series NO. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS at Pocono International Raceway this weekend. Stockman will replace Menard’s crew chief Justin Alexander. “I think the first thing you are trying to look at is the performance of the organization as a whole,” explained Dr. Eric Warren, Vice President of Competition at RCR. “We are trying to win a race and get in the Chase.  We are working on some new improvements that hopefully show.  There are a few races left that we still feel like we can get in.  We basically just realized there was no time better than the present and give us as many races as possible. It’s really about Paul [...]

NASCAR Announces 2017 Schedule

July 29, 2016 –- NASCAR, along with FOX Sports and NBC Sports, announced 2017 race start times and network coverage for the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – based on the previously released schedule dates. Through collaborative efforts with its broadcast partners, race teams and tracks, NASCAR was able to finalize full 2017 start times for all three national series almost six months earlier than in recent seasons. Seventeen national series events will start closer to primetime, helping to bring NASCAR’s photo finishes and close, side-by-side racing to larger audiences. Seventeen NASCAR Cup Series points races will air on broadcast television next year, including the DAYTONA 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on FOX; and the Brickyard 400 and the NASCAR Cup Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway, on NBC. “It’s our responsibility, collectively as an industry, to ensure the sport is [...]

Schatz Ready For Weekend Challenge

July 29, 2016 –- The goal each race for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz hasn’t changed over the past decade while competing with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. It’s been all about winning races. Not chasing points, but instead doing whatever it takes to win over the long haul. Sometimes that’s taking a step back to make two forward. Sometimes it’s trying outside-the-box combinations in order to stay ahead of the competition. Over the past four seasons, Schatz and the TSR Bad Boy Off Road/Chevrolet Performance team have been a juggernaut in one of the most demanding series in all of motorsports, scoring a remarkable 96 victories since the start of the 2013 WoO campaign. The seven-time and reigning WoO champion earned that 96th victory in Tuesday’s Six Nations Showdown 30-lap A-Feature at Ohsweken (Ontario) Speedway to give him 16 triumphs on the season and five in [...]

Harvick Faces Pocono Challenge

July 27, 2016  –-  Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania is affectionately known as the “Tricky Triangle” and, this weekend in the Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) will add to the fun with three of the team’s four Chevrolet SS racecars featuring primary sponsorship from Mobil 1 – “The Official Motor Oil of NASCAR.” Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for SHR, will share similar paint schemes to the Nos. 10 and 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS cars driven by teammates Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart, respectively. The slight differences will be in the color of wings on the front quarterpanels of the cars. Harvick’s No. 4 will have blue wings, Patrick’s No. 10 will have silver, and Stewart’s No. 14 will feature red. The No. 4 team also will have to thrive in the face of adversity this weekend after Rodney [...]

Krawiec Looking For Sonoma Final Win

July 28, 2016 ---  In what has already been a banner season for Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Eddie Krawiec, the three-time world champion simply hopes to maintain the status quo for the next nine races.  He has advanced to at least the semifinals of the first seven races of the Pro Stock Motorcycle season, winning three times on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson, delivering a number of standout performances he hopes to replicate during the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.  But this weekend’s 29th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway also serves as an important race for Krawiec, who is not only the defending event winner of the race and the NHRA Pro Bike Battle all-star bonus event that takes place during the event, but also a big fan of the tremendous reception the Pro Stock Motorcycle racers receive in Sonoma.  “For some [...]

Cruz Pedregon Eager For Sonoma Victory

July 26, 2016  --- Cruz Pedregon is an avid boxing fan and the two-time Funny Car world champion feels like he’s been knocked down on more than one occasion during what has been a frustrating 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.  But the 35-time event winner is determined to land a knockout punch or two at some point this season in his 10,000-horsepower Snap-on Tools/WIX Filters Toyota Camry. With time running out before the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship begins and Pedregon currently outside the top 10, he hopes that spark comes soon and is eyeing this weekend’s 29th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway to get his season on track.  The track is a favorite for Pedregon, who is a two-time winner in Sonoma.  “My favorite fighter was Muhammad Ali (and) I feel like this time right now for me and our team is like [...]

Parente Leads Pirelli GT Field

July 26, 2016 ---  With the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season entering the homestretch, Driver's and Manufacturer's Championship battles are heating up as the series heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course for the Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio presented by Honda Racing, part of the Honda Indy 200 weekend. GT and GTA drivers are set to race Rounds 14 and 15, while GT Cup and GTS pilots will race in Rounds 13 and 14. The weekend marks the 19 thappearance for the series at the 13-turn 2.258-mile permanent road course. With over 10 world-renowned manufacturers represented by some of the top drivers in the world, the GT class features some of the best sports car racing on the planet. After scoring dominating back-to-back wins at Lime Rock Park in May, Alvaro Parente placed sixth in both rounds at Road America in June allowing the McLaren factory driver to maintain a [...]

John Force Scores Denver Victory

July 24, 2016 --- John Force, the winningest driver in NHRA history, continued to add to his legendary body of work winning for the 7th time at the Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals in ten final round appearances and for the unprecedented 144th time. This is the 29th season Force has won at least one Funny Car national event, an accomplishment unequaled in all of motorsports. The 16-time Funny Car champion had to defeat his youngest daughter and NHRA superstar in her own right, Courtney Force, in the final round to get the win. In the final round Force turned a slight starting line advantage into a win light when his Realtree PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Camaro got to the finish line in front of Courtney’s Traxxas Camaro with a winning elapsed time of 3.965 seconds at 319.45 mph. It was a spectacular side by side three second final with [...]

Kyle Busch Writes NASCAR History At The Brickyard

July 24, 2016, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com  --- -The 400-mile NASCAR summer classic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway turned out to be a record 425-miler, but the winner was never really in doubt. Kyle Busch survived five – count ‘em -- five late-race restarts in the last 18 laps in his No. 18 Skittles Toyota to triumph for the second consecutive year at Indianapolis, winning the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard by 2.126 seconds over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth. He led a record 149 of 170 laps after starting from the pole. Busch is the second driver to win back-to-back NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis, joining Jimmie Johnson (2008-09). Five men won back-to-back Indianapolis 500s, most recently Helio Castroneves in 2001-02. Busch began the weekend with a win from the pole in the XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250, making him the [...]

Schumacher Wins Denver Top Fuel

July 24, 2016 ---  It’s been just over a year in the making, but the pendulum of victory finally swung in the favor of Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and the U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster team for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) as they kicked off the annual NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Western Swing with a resounding march through Sunday’s elimination rounds of the 37th annual Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Raceway in the Denver suburb of Morrison, Colorado.  In the first all-U.S. Army final-round matchup since last October at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania, Schumacher’s title-clinching victory came against fellow DSR driver Antron Brown in the Matco Tools/U.S. Army Dragster for DSR, and he did it with a stellar run of 3.802 seconds at 324.28 mph in the absolute heat of the day.  It earned the eight-time Top Fuel world champion his 81st career event title and his [...]