Nascar News
  • NASCAR seeks boost to steep decline with strong Daytona 500 (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:57:17 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201702241254464628291" width="130" height="130" alt="In these photos taken in February 2017, qualifying drivers and their cars in the starting field for Sunday's NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race are shown at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. They are, from top, Row 1, Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Row 2, Jamie McMurray and Denny Hamlin. (AP Photo)" align="left" border="0">

    The good news for NASCAR is that all signs indicate Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a legitimate shot to win the Daytona 500. A victory for NASCAR's most popular driver, in his return to racing after a concussion sidelined him the second half of last season, would be a massive boost for the sagging series. Earnhardt's star power has been one of the bright spots of Speedweeks and his strength on the track has been obvious every time he's behind the wheel of his Chevrolet.


  • Monster Energy tries to give NASCAR buzz as title sponsor (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:29:54 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201702241218443278155" width="130" height="130" alt="FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2017, file photo, Kurt Busch sits behind the wheel as he prepares for NASCAR auto racing practice at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Monster Energy is set to start a two-year sponsorship deal with a two-year option worth a reported million annually _ a staggering discount from the 0 million, 10-year deal Sprint had paid NASCAR to have its name emblazoned in the title series. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)" align="left" border="0">

    Kurt Busch's car could have been parked at an auto show. Monster had sponsored Busch, the 2004 NASCAR champion, in the Cup series the last two seasons. The initial buzz wore off when Busch slammed the car nose first into the wall early in NASCAR's kickoff race, crunching the hood and leaving the squiggly ''M'' claw flapping as the car skidded across the track and into the infield grass.


  • Retired NASCAR great Gordon to drive Daytona 500 pace car (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:06:41 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201702241316478188369" width="130" height="130" alt="FILE - In this Nov. 8, 1998, file photo, NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon sprays champagne as he stands next to the Winston Cup trophy after winning the NAPA 500 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. NASCAR's top circuit has been called the Winston Cup, Nextel Cup and Sprint Cup. Monster is now on board, trying to make NASCAR hip again, and entice a younger generation that has seemingly tuned out the sport to give the sport a shot. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)" align="left" border="0">

    Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will drive the honorary pace car for Sunday's Daytona 500. Gordon will lead the field to green behind the wheel of a 2017 Camaro ZL1. Gordon, a three-time Daytona 500 champion, retired after the 2015 season and returned to drive in eight Cup races last season, subbing for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.


  • LaJoie uses wreck, Johnson pitch to land Daytona 500 spot (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:28:52 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201702231925699316300" width="130" height="130" alt="Chase Elliott (24) celebrates in front of grandstand after winning the first of two NASCAR qualifying auto races for Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)" align="left" border="0">

    Corey LaJoie's pitch to BK Racing for a ride in the Daytona 500 was going nowhere. LaJoie texted a friend - just seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson - to help give his cause a needed boost. Johnson was happy to put in a good word and called the decision-makers at BK Racing to lobby on LaJoie's behalf.


  • Penske signs Joey Logano and Shell-Pennzoil to new deal (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:34:11 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201702220924338993511" width="130" height="130" alt="Joey Logano answers questions during NASCAR Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)" align="left" border="0">

    The phrasing of the new contracts announced Friday at Daytona International Speedway is a play on Logano's car No. 22. ''This was one of those decisions that was a no-brainer,'' Logano said. The partnership with Shell extends to Penske's IndyCar program, and Roger Penske said he's currently working on a contract extension with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves.


IRL News
  • Vasser, KV Racing shut down IndyCar team after 14 years (The Associated Press)
    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:40:54 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201702161430522022625" width="130" height="130" alt="FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2004, file photo, PKV Champ Car racing team owner Kevin Kalkhoven, right, embraces his U.S. driver Jimmy Vasser after receiving a special drivers helmut from Vasser after qualifying at the Lexmark Indy 300, on Australia's Gold Coast. Former CART champion Jimmy Vasser has shut down his IndyCar team after 14 years and seven victories, including the 2013 Indianapolis 500. KV Racing Technology, owned by Australian businessman Kevin Kalkhoven and Vasser, announced the long-rumored move Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)" align="left" border="0">

    Former CART champion Jimmy Vasser has shut down his IndyCar team after 14 years and seven victories, including the 2013 Indianapolis 500. KV Racing Technology, owned by Australian businessman Kevin Kalkhoven and Vasser, announced the long-rumored move Thursday. It's possible Vasser and the team's third partner, James Sullivan, will be involved in another effort for the Indy 500 in May.


  • Steak 'n Shake stays on board with Rahal for 4 races in 2017 (The Associated Press)
    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:15:05 PST
    IndyCar driver Graham Rahal will continue to have Steak 'n Shake as his primary sponsor for four races in 2017. Rahal Lanigan Racing made the announcement Wednesday. The familiar logo will appear on Rahal's No. 15 car at the season opener in St. Petersburg, the Indianapolis 500, Mid-Ohio and St. Louis.
  • Ex-head of Boston Indy bid charged with kicking photographer (The Associated Press)
    Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:11:32 PST
    The former chief executive of the failed effort to bring IndyCar racing to Boston has been charged with kicking a news photographer in a courthouse hallway. John Casey was freed on ,200 bail after pleading not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at his arraignment Thursday in Salem. Prosecutors say the 53-year-old Casey swore at reporters and kicked a Boston Herald photographer in the arm Wednesday after leaving a courtroom following a hearing on a civil matter.
Cart News
  • Vasser, KV Racing shut down IndyCar team after 14 years (The Associated Press)
    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:40:54 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201702161430522022625" width="130" height="130" alt="FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2004, file photo, PKV Champ Car racing team owner Kevin Kalkhoven, right, embraces his U.S. driver Jimmy Vasser after receiving a special drivers helmut from Vasser after qualifying at the Lexmark Indy 300, on Australia's Gold Coast. Former CART champion Jimmy Vasser has shut down his IndyCar team after 14 years and seven victories, including the 2013 Indianapolis 500. KV Racing Technology, owned by Australian businessman Kevin Kalkhoven and Vasser, announced the long-rumored move Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)" align="left" border="0">

    Former CART champion Jimmy Vasser has shut down his IndyCar team after 14 years and seven victories, including the 2013 Indianapolis 500. KV Racing Technology, owned by Australian businessman Kevin Kalkhoven and Vasser, announced the long-rumored move Thursday. It's possible Vasser and the team's third partner, James Sullivan, will be involved in another effort for the Indy 500 in May.


  • Steak 'n Shake stays on board with Rahal for 4 races in 2017 (The Associated Press)
    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:15:05 PST
    IndyCar driver Graham Rahal will continue to have Steak 'n Shake as his primary sponsor for four races in 2017. Rahal Lanigan Racing made the announcement Wednesday. The familiar logo will appear on Rahal's No. 15 car at the season opener in St. Petersburg, the Indianapolis 500, Mid-Ohio and St. Louis.
  • Ex-head of Boston Indy bid charged with kicking photographer (The Associated Press)
    Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:11:32 PST
    The former chief executive of the failed effort to bring IndyCar racing to Boston has been charged with kicking a news photographer in a courthouse hallway. John Casey was freed on ,200 bail after pleading not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at his arraignment Thursday in Salem. Prosecutors say the 53-year-old Casey swore at reporters and kicked a Boston Herald photographer in the arm Wednesday after leaving a courtroom following a hearing on a civil matter.
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