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  • Top 5 And 5 To Watch: Richmond

    04/29/2010
    By Bill MarxSporting News NASCAR Wire Service (April 29, 2010) Here’s a look at the top five drivers in the Sprint Cup Series standings and five drivers to watch in Saturday’s Crown Royal Heath Calhoun 400. All statistical references are for Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway unless otherwise indicated. Driver rating is based on the past 10 races at the track. 1. Jimmie Johnson, 85.7. Johnson either wins at Richmond or finishes outside the top 10—or so it seems. In 16 starts he has four top 10s: three wins and a second. The three wins have come in his past six starts at the track. The other three finishes, though, were 30th, 36th and 11th. 2. Kevin Harvick, 113.6. Harvick has a strong record at Richmond: one Cup win and four Nationwide wins. In 18 Cup starts, he has 11 top 10s. His driver rating is second only to Denny Hamlin’s. Harvick won Sunday at Talladega and would love to win back-to-back races and again “thank” Shell in victory lane. 3. Greg Biffle, 86.2. Biffle is winless in 15 starts with five top 10s. All five came in a row from 2004 to 2006. In the six starts since, his average finish is 19.3 with a best finish of 13th last September. 4. Matt Kenseth, 78.2. Kenseth has one win and nine top 10s in 20 starts. But, like Roush Fenway Racing teammate Biffle, most of his success came earlier in his career. He has no top 10s in his past five starts with a best finish of 13th last May and an average finish of 25.8 in those five races. 5. Kyle Busch, 111.5. Busch has had a tremendous amount of success at Richmond. In 10 starts, he has one win among his eight top fives, and his two finishes outside the top five were 20th and 15th. He has been unspectacular but solid all season, and his four top 10s have come in the past five races. He hasn’t won a cup race since last August at Bristol. This could be the week. 5 to watch 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 90.9. Junior has three wins at Richmond but has struggled at the track since his last win in 2006, with one top 10 in his past seven starts. Then again, contact with Kyle Busch two years ago with victory in his grasp doesn’t help Junior’s record, either. 9. Denny Hamlin, 121.0. After a second and two thirds—and two other close calls—Hamlin finally got his first Cup win at Richmond last September. He qualifies very well—4.6 average start—and his average finish, 8.5, isn’t too shabby, either. He’s a front-runner at Richmond, having led laps in all eight of his starts, including 299 in his win and 381 of the first 382 laps in May 2008 before he blew a tire and finished a disheartening 24th. 10. Jeff Gordon, 96.0. Gordon has three wins and 22 top 10s in 34 starts and has six straight top 10s at Richmond, but enough of the stats. This is about the first short-track race since Gordon and Hendrick teammate Johnson began mixing it up on the track. They made contact on tracks of 1.5 and 2.6 miles in length. What’s to say they won’t do the same at three-quarter-mile Richmond? 11. Clint Bowyer, 92.3. Bowyer’s second win came at Richmond in 2008. He was running third when Busch got into Earnhardt, opening the door for Bowyer. “We took advantage of a misfortune,” Bowyer said. “It was pretty wild up there—it was bound to happen.” Bowyer has four top 10s in eight starts, but that win is his only top five. 14. Tony Stewart, 102.2. Stewart finished 17th in September to snap a streak of four top fives (three seconds and a fourth). Like Gordon, Smoke has an outstanding record at Richmond with three wins and 15 top 10s in 22 starts. And like Busch, he hasn’t won since last year—October at Kansas—and has the goods to win at Richmond.
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  • Speedway Fight Night Set To Premiere April 29

    04/28/2010
    FORT WORTH, TEXAS (March 30, 2010) ---Two-Time World Champion, Paulie Ayala, of Fort Worth, took the checkered flag on many occasions during his illustrious boxing career. Now he’s taking the FIGHTS to the checkered flag.  
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  • Tickets For AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend Go On Sale Wednesday

    04/27/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 27, 2010) – On the heels of the excitement of the Samsung Mobile 500 weekend that featured the second-closest Sprint Cup Series finish in speedway history, Texas Motor Speedway already is gearing up for NASCAR’s return to the Lone Star State as tickets for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend scheduled for Nov. 4-7 go on sale tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. CT.
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  • IndyCar Series Announces Oval And Road Championships As Build-Up To Overall Season Title

    04/27/2010
    INDIANAPOLIS (April 27, 2010) - The Indy Racing League announced today plans to institute oval and road title contests within the overall IndyCar Series driver championship beginning with the 2010 season.
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  • NASCAR Issues Penalties For Rule Violations During Samsung Mobile 500

    04/21/2010
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 21, 2010) – NASCAR has issued penalties to the No. 13, No. 47, No. 00 and No. 56 teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a result of rule violations committed at Texas Motor Speedway last week.
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  • Rain-Delayed Samsung Mobile 500 Draws Tremendous Crowd Despite Monday Start Time

    04/21/2010
     FORT WORTH, Texas (April 21, 2010) – The work week in the state of Texas got off to a sluggish start Monday as NASCAR fans showed their passion in support of the rain-delayed Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.Despite being run on a Monday – which traditionally leads to spotty and disappointing race crowds – the TMS Nation came out in full-force as media and NASCAR estimated the crowd at 92,200 for the Samsung Mobile 500. Although Texas Motor Speedway annually attracts a crowd in excess of 170,000 for this April event, the attendance for Monday’s race was tremendous considering it being run on a weekday and starting at 11 a.m. CT.
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  • Samsung Mobile 500 Weekend Wrap Up

    04/20/2010
    Two days of persistent rain left Texas Motor Speedway playing host to only the second Monday doubleheader in NASCAR history, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 and Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 were run on the same day.
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  • Hamlin Wins Wild Shootout At Texas

    04/19/2010
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  • Busch Wins Fifth Straight Nationwide Race At Texas

    04/19/2010
     
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  • TMS Ready For Only Second Monday Doubleheader In NASCAR History

    04/19/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 19, 2010) – As baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks once said, “Let’s play two.”
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  • Charley Pride To Return Monday To Sing National Anthem For Samsung Mobile 500

    04/18/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 18, 2010) – Country music legend Charley Pride will return to Texas Motor Speedway on Monday to sing the National Anthem during the abbreviated pre-race activities for the Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
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  • Persistent Rain Forces Postponement Of Samsung Mobile 500, O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Until Monday

    04/18/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 18, 2010) – A persistent rain, coupled with an ominous forecast for the remainder of the day, has forced the postponement of Sunday’s Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series event until Monday at Texas Motor Speedway.
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  • Frampton Pre-Race Concert Canceled Due To Weather; Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series Race Still A Go

    04/18/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 18, 2010) – The Samsung Mobile 500 pre-race concert featuring Peter Frampton has been canceled today due to the persistent rain mist at Texas Motor Speedway.
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  • Light Mist At Speedway; Samsung Mobile 500 Still A Go For Today

    04/18/2010
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  • Public Sprint Cup Drivers' Meeting Canceled Due To O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Being Postponed Until Sunday

    04/17/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 17, 2010) – As a result of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race being postponed until Sunday due to rain, the first-ever public Sprint Cup Series drivers’ meeting in the Nationwide Series garage at Texas Motor Speedway has been canceled.
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  • O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Rescheduled For Sunday Night Following Samsung Mobile 500

    04/17/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 17, 2010) – Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race was postponed due to rain and has been rescheduled for Sunday evening, following the running of the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
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  • Final Sprint Cup Series Practice Washed Out

    04/17/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 17, 2010) – Saturday’s final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. CT start, has been canceled due to wet on-track conditions following rain earlier today.
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  • National Weather Service Forecasting Eight- To 10-Hour Window For Today's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series Race

    04/17/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 17, 2010) – The on-site meteorologist for the National Weather Service at Texas Motor Speedway has promising news for race fans as an eight- to 10-hour window has developed to run today's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
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  • Live Racing Memorabilia Auction Beginning At 2:30 p.m. CT

    04/17/2010
    Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter will now host its Live Racing Memorabilia Auction Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT in the Village of Champions. Fans can bid on a number of special items that include a Dallas Morning News Pole Day helmet signed by the Samsung Mobile 500 polesitter; a trip to Victory Lane to celebrate with the winner of the Samsung Mobile 500; sheet metal from last year’s two Sprint Cup Series winners at Texas Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon (Samsung 500) and Kurt Busch (Dickies 500); and “The Ride of a Lifetime” which includes the opportunity to ride around with your favorite Sprint Cup Series driver during the pre-race parade lap. This year’s featured list of available drivers include four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Gordon and Busch, among others.
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  • Texas Motor Speedway's John Ridenour First Recipient Of 'Extra Mile Award'

    04/17/2010
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (April 15, 2010) – ServiceMaster Clean today announced the creation of a program to recognize the efforts of track service personnel whose contributions often go unnoticed, but are vital to the success of an event.  The ‘Extra Mile Award’ will recognize such efforts.
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