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  • Burton In A Position To Make His Title Run

    09/30/2010
    By Jim PedleySpecial to Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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  • Sporting News Power Poll After Dover

    09/28/2010
    Sporting News Power Poll after Dover By the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service After his victory Sunday at Dover, Jimmie Johnson is back atop the Sporting News Power Poll. Johnson has three top-five finishes in his past four starts and has closed to 35 points of Chase leader Denny Hamlin, who is second in the poll. The weekly poll is a collaboration of Sporting News and Rowdy.com. 1. Jimmie Johnson (11th) His 19 wins in Chase races alone (62 races) are enough to rank him 34th all time in Cup wins. 2. Denny Hamlin (1st) His target finish was eighth, and he finished ninth. That’s three straight top 10s for the points leader. 3. Kyle Busch (4th) Looked like he might pull off a Dover sweep but faded to sixth at the end.  4. Carl Edwards (6th) Edwards stayed in touch with the Chase leaders with a fifth-place finish at Dover. 5. Kurt Busch (9th) Fourth in the race. Fourth in the points.  6. Jeff Burton (13th) Found it funny that Burton bemoaned the fact he can’t qualify well. He has never qualified well. Accept it, dude, and move on. Be proud of your runner-up finish and keep digging. 7. Kevin Harvick (3rd) Harvick has four top 15s in the past five races, but he hasn’t led any laps since winning at Michigan.  8. Jeff Gordon (5th) Gordon ran in the top six most of the afternoon, but a mistake in the pits cost him dearly. Lacking the speed of the Chase front-runners, Gordon has to be perfect in all other respects. On Sunday, that didn’t happen. 9. Ryan Newman (10th) Four top 10s in the past five races.  Easily his best stretch all season.  10. AJ Allmendinger (16th) Before Sunday’s race, AJ had led 43 laps in his entire career. At Dover he led 143. Could it be mere coincidence that he drives the No. 43?  11. Joey Logano (25th) Logano has two top fives in the past three races but still no consistency. 12. Jamie McMurray (7th) McMurray is fighting hard with Newman for the consolation prize for non-Chasers. Newman has 13th place by 19 points. 13. Clint Bowyer (2nd) His appeal should raise the point that NASCAR needs an independent board of arbiters to make judgment calls, rather than NASCAR-appointed ones.  14. Tony Stewart (8th) A second straight finish in the 20s put Smoke’s title hopes in serious jeopardy. 15. Juan Pablo Montoya (14th) Montoya qualified in the top 10 for the 10th straight race. That’s the longest current top-10 starting streak in Cup.  16. Matt Kenseth (17th) A blown tire ripped into his car, and Kenseth finished 18th. That’s his fourth consecutive finish outside the top 10. 17. Greg Biffle (15th) A big, fat egg laid at one of his best tracks spells doom for Biffle in this year’s Chase.  18. Mark Martin (23rd) Martin had to start in the back because of an illegal shock in qualifying but raced his way into the top 15—which is progress for Martin these days. 19. Paul Menard (NR) Menard gets his fourth top 10 and first since Chicagoland in July. He had two entering the season. 20. Marcos Ambrose (24th) Once he fell a lap down, long green-flag runs kept him there.  21. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (19th) Step right up to the Earnhardt roller-coaster. New Hampshire gave Junior’s fans some hope. Dover dashed it again. 22. David Reutimann (12th) Reutimann finished 35th, his fourth finish 30th or worse. He had three last year. 23. Kasey Kahne (18th) For the second week in a row Kahne failed to run one lap in the top 10. 24. Brad Keselowski (21st) His 22nd at Dover equaled his average finish this year. Keselowski has 11 finishes from 18th to 22nd. 25. Martin Truex Jr. (20th) Shades of the Truex who won his only Cup race at Dover until mechanical problems spoiled his day.
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  • The Cool Down Lap: For Johnson, Winning Is The Ticket To Titles

    09/27/2010
    By Reid SpencerSporting News NASCAR Wire Service What’s a win worth? Ask Jimmie Johnson. He’s the expert. Since NASCAR introduced the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2004, Johnson has won a statistically improbable 19 of the aggregate 62 Chase races, the most recent coming Sunday at Dover International Speedway. Johnson has won 30.6 percent of his starts in the Chase. In non-Chase races, Johnson has won 34 times in 257 starts, a winning percentage of 13.2 percent.  In the Chase, Johnson and his No. 48 team more their double the frequency of their trips to victory lane. Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus figured out long ago the key to winning Chases is winning races. Not only have they identified the most efficient strategy, but they also have done something much more difficult. They’ve carried it out. Sunday’s race brought home the value of winning in an emphatic, unmistakable way. After an uncharacteristically sloppy 25th-place finish a week earlier at New Hampshire, Johnson was seventh in the standings, 92 points behind Chase leader Denny Hamlin. At Dover, however, Johnson led the most laps and won the race, jumped to second in the standings and knocked 57 points off Hamlin’s lead. Though Johnson’s average finish through two races is 13.0—far off the pace necessary to win a title—he’s only 35 points behind Hamlin, who finished second at Loudon and ninth at Dover for an average finish of 5.5. The math is simple. A race winner is guaranteed 190 points (including the five-point bonus for leading a lap), with another five points available for leading the most laps. Accordingly, a dominating win, the likes of which Johnson orchestrated Sunday, can go a long way toward canceling mistakes in earlier races. Hamlin is aware of the formula. The difference is that he and his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team haven’t been able to implement it yet. “We’re not going to keep those guys from winning—they’re going to,” Hamlin said after Sunday’s race. “They’re going to win. That’s the characteristic of that team. Anytime they’re faced with adversity, they come and make a strong statement. That’s been their M.O. for a long time.  “To me, it’s not that alarming, and I won’t be too alarmed by it.”  Nevertheless, it’s evident Hamlin and Johnson entered the Chase with different mind-sets. Hamlin had a series of goals with respect to where he hoped to stand after each race. Johnson prefers to add up the points after each event. “I’m not so concerned with statements,” Johnson said. “At the end of the day, I’m just concerned with where I am in the points, what the deficit is—if we’re fortunate to get on top, how big that gap is, what we need to do to be champions. A lot of that other stuff, if it’s in your brain, you’re not thinking about the right thing. “We want to win this championship. We want to win five in a row. It’s within our race shop. These guys on the 48 team, we need to buckle down, get better in some areas. (Sunday) we did win, but we need to be stronger moving forward. We’ve got to go home and get better.” And they have to win more races. That’s part of the formula Johnson and Knaus are all so familiar with.  And it’s something Hamlin and the No. 11 team will have to accept and execute if they want to become the next Sprint Cup champions.
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  • RCR Adds To The Excitement Of The 2010 Chase For The Sprint Cup Through Social Media

    09/23/2010
    WELCOME, N.C. (September 23, 2010) - Richard Childress Racing's three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, along with the remaining host racetracks in the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup, are adding to the excitement of the championship race through a social media promotion designed for race fans.
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  • Revised Qualifying Procedure For WinStar World Casino 350k

    09/23/2010
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2010) – The National Association of Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) announced today that it will revise the qualifying procedure for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the remainder of the 2010 season.
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  • Texas Motor Speedway Partners With 95.9 The Ranch For Texas High School Marching Band Contest

    09/21/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 21, 2010) – Texas high school bands have a chance to compete for a rare opportunity with the 95.9 The Ranch “Battle of the High School Bands” contest, as the winner will perform the National Anthem for the Nov. 6 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
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  • Tony Stewart 'Smoke Show' Charity Event At TMS To Be Featured Wednesday On NBC's Today Show

    09/21/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (September 21, 2010) – The Tony Stewart “Smoke Show” fantasy camp at Texas Motor Speedway that benefits the Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter will be featured in a segment on America’s most-watched morning show, NBC’s Today Show, on Wednesday during the 7 a.m. CT/8 a.m. ET hour. 
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  • Jeff Gordon's Steady Approach May Be The Right One

    09/20/2010
     By Reid SpencerSporting News NASCAR Wire Service (September 20, 2010) LOUDON, N.H.—Tortoise or hare? Which one—specifically, which philosophy—is going to win the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup? If Jeff Gordon wins the championship, he’ll validate the tortoise approach.  That’s not to imply Gordon is slow. It simply means he can bring to the Chase the maturity and experience born of previous championship battles—as he did Sunday in New Hampshire, where he bided his time, made a sensible choice and left with a sixth-place finish. A mediocre qualifying effort put Gordon in the 17th starting position. Gradually, he worked his way toward the front of the field, running as high as second in the final 80 laps of the Sylvania 300. But when others gambled on fuel mileage after pit stops on Lap 208, Gordon and crew chief Steve Letarte weighed the risk versus the potential reward and brought the No. 24 Chevrolet to pit road for a splash of gas on Lap 225. Clint Bowyer’s gamble on fuel paid off with a race win, but Tony Stewart and Jeff Burton weren’t as lucky. Stewart’s tank went dry with his No. 14 Chevrolet in the lead with barely more than one lap left. After an agonizingly slow trip around the 1.058-mile racetrack, Stewart inched across the finish line in 24th place. Jeff Burton, running fourth at the time, experienced fuel pickup issues before Stewart did but managed to coast home in 15th. Burton and Stewart sustained deep wounds to their championship hopes. Gordon and Letarte weren’t willing to take the risk, and the conservative choice paid off. “It wasn’t our best day, but I felt like we really brought the No. 24 car home in the best position we possibly could,” Gordon said. “We had some high hopes when we got up there to third or fourth—even to second at one time. “But I think Steve called a great race. He didn’t want to risk the fuel, and it just wasn’t worth it. We did a gas-and-go and probably just needed to make one adjustment on that last set of tires. We got real tight there at the end, but when those guys didn’t make it on fuel, it definitely made us feel that much better about the call that Steve made and coming home sixth.” The net effect was enormous. Though winless this year, Gordon wiped out the 50-point advantage that belonged to teammate Jimmie Johnson, a five-time winner this year but a 25th-place finisher at Loudon. Gordon jumped from a tie for eighth in the standings to fifth, 75 points behind race runner-up Denny Hamlin but well within striking distance if Hamlin falters. “I don’t think we played it cautious (Sunday),” Gordon said. “I just feel like Steve looked at whether or not it was worth gambling. That’s what we do every week. We came into this race saying we can certainly lose this championship this weekend; we can’t necessarily win it. We’ve got to go and grind it out and put out that kind of effort for 10 weeks.” In five of the past six seasons, the Chase winner has come from the top six finishers at New Hampshire in September. The lone exception was Johnson in 2006, when he rallied from a 39th-place finish at Loudon to win the title. In the past three seasons, Johnson has surged to the front by piling up victories in the Chase, but there’s nothing to suggest one team will dominate this year. That’s good news for Gordon. “Slow” won’t win anything, but “steady” certainly could, and “steady” defines Jeff Gordon, whose trump card—more than anything else—is consistency.
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  • Fort Worth's Taylor Earns Second TMS Dirt Track Win With U.S. National Limited Modified Championship

    09/19/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 18, 2010) – Fort Worth’s own Troy Taylor picked up the Limited Modified win in Saturday night’s U.S. National Dirt Track Championship, earning his second Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track win before an estimated crowd of more than 8,000.
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  • Batali Takes On Some Smack To Fieri, Love In Preparation For Asphalt Chef Charity Event During AAA Texas 500 Weekend

    09/17/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (September 17, 2010) – Asphalt Chef may be an event for charity, but when you bring a group of extremely talented chefs together for any type of cooking competition there is bound to be some “smack talk” of who will reign supreme on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 6, at Texas Motor Speedway.
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  • Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track To Play Host To Two Major Championships In 2011 Once Again

    09/17/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (September 17, 2010) – After witnessing impressive car counts for two major dirt track events this year, Texas Motor Speedway officials announced Friday that both the Texas World Dirt Track Championships and U.S. National Dirt Track Championship will return to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in 2011.
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  • Top Five And Five To Watch: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

    09/16/2010
    By Bill MarxSporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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  • U.S. National Dirt Track Championship To Feature Grassroots Racing At Its Finest

    09/15/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 15, 2010) – The Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track expects to showcase some of the best short-track racing in the country this weekend with its second event of 2010 –  the U.S. National Dirt Track Championship.
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  • Batali, Speedway Children's Charities Teaming Up For Asphalt Chef Event During November's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Triple-Header Weekend

    09/14/2010
    • Batali Joined By Guy Fieri, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Tim Love And Foreigner’s Kelly Hansen For Asphalt Chef Grilling Competition• Two-Day Charity Affair Also Will Feature Batali’s Ultimate Tailgate Party
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  • "No Limits" Campaign Off To Strong Start With Surge In 2011 Season-Ticket Sales And Merchandise

    09/14/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (September 14, 2010) – Texas Motor Speedway is riding the success of the recent unveiling of its 2011 “No Limits” marketing campaign and race schedule as speedway officials have witnessed a strong surge in season ticket sales and theme-related merchandise.
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  • Brookshire's Offers Opportunity To Win Chevy Camaro Through "Three To Get Ready" Sweeps

    09/14/2010
    • Five Finalists Receive Texas Motor Speedway Race Weekend Package• Brookshire’s Campground Store Shoppers Have Opportunity To Win• Winner To Be Determined During AAA Texas 500 Weekend
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  • The Dallas Morning News To Sponsor Qualifying For AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Triple-Header In November

    09/14/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (September 14, 2010) – The Dallas Morning News will sponsor qualifying for NASCAR’s three premier series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series – during the Nov. 4-7 AAA Texas 500 race week at Texas Motor Speedway.
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  • Regular-Season Finale At Richmond Will Be Filled With Risk-Takers

    09/09/2010
     By Jim Pedley
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  • Top 5 And Top 5 To Watch: Richmond

    09/09/2010
    By Bill Marx
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  • Speedway Children's Charities Weekend Of Events Includes Annual Blood Drive, Laps For Charity II

    09/08/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (September 8, 2010) – Giving back to the North Texas area is an integral part of Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter’s mission and this week its impact on the community will be on full display as it hosts its annual blood drive along with its popular fundraising event, Laps for Charity II.
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