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  • Bowyer Rolls Into Richmond On A Roll

    04/29/2011
     By Jim PedleySpecial to the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service (April 28, 2011) Clint Bowyer will start Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway as arguably one of the hottest drivers in the series. He would like to leave the three-quarter-mile oval late Saturday night as the undisputed hottest driver in the series. History and the man himself make it sound as though that could happen. “Richmond is a neat track,” Bowyer said. “I’ve won there in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. That track has always been good to me, and we always seem to run well there. I’m looking forward to going back there.” Bowyer will take the green flag in the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 looking for his fifth straight top-10 finish. Two of those top 10s are second-place finishes in his past two races, at Texas and Talladega. The past month has enabled Bowyer to shake free of his early-season frustrations: He was 24th in points after the first four races, which culminated with an engine failure with 44 laps to go at Bristol that resulted in a DNF and 35th-place finish. “I mean, I’m very proud of our race team to get things turned around,” said Bowyer, who began 2011 with high expectations after winning two of the 10 Chase races in 2010. “The first four races were just terrible, and we dug in deep and got things turned around and had a decent run at Martinsville and just kind of continued to build on that and get that ball rolling, get the monkey off your back, and the last two races we finished second.” Bowyer’s four top 10s in a row ties his second-longest streak—he had seven in a row in 2008, and it ended, coincidentally, at Richmond with Bowyer’s second Cup victory. His average finish of 9.8 at the track is bettered only by Kyle Busch (5.3) and Denny Hamlin (8.0) among active drivers. Like many drivers, Bowyer lists Richmond as one of his favorites. “I think Richmond is the perfect-sized racetrack,” he said. “As a fan of this sport, you get to see everything. You get the sensation of speed. You get to see all of us beating and banging on each other on the track. It’s just a perfect-sized racetrack. I wish we had about three or four more of them on the schedule. “These double-file restarts really make entering Turn 1 pretty wild. It’s three or four wide, and if someone doesn’t give, they’re going to wreck at least one car or several of them. That’s what’s neat about it; you can make a pass, get under someone and they’re going to drive down hard on the outside of you. They might get you loose or you might lock up your brakes and get into them. You just have to be careful on those restarts, especially, with these double-files.” A victory on Saturday would send Bowyer into the month of May as Cup’s hottest driver and put him good standing to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the fourth time. “I think the cream is going to rise to the top, no different than it ever has,” he said. “It's still early in the season, but it feels good to be able to get on a little bit of a roll here, and hopefully we can continue to ride that wave.”  Fast facts What: Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400Where: Richmond International RacewayWhen: Saturday, 7:45 p.m. ETTV: Fox, 7 p.m. ETRadio: MRN/Sirius Satellite Ch. 128Track layout: .750-mile ovalRace distance: 400 laps/300 milesQualifying: Friday, 5:35 p.m. ET2010 winner: Denny Hamlin2010 polesitter: Carl Edwards
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  • DeLana Harvick Selected As One Of The Business Journal's Top Women In Business

    04/29/2011
    Photo: NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick arrives with his wife DeLana at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series awards banquet at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel on December 3, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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  • Five Questions With Jeff Gordon

    04/28/2011
    By Matt CrossmanSporting News NASCAR Wire Service (April 28, 2011) He’s no longer the Wonder Boy and he hasn’t won a Cup title since 2001, but Jeff Gordon already has one victory to his credit this season. Off the track, Gordon recently launched a campaign to fight pertussis (whooping cough). He talked with Sporting News about that effort and also squeezed in a little racing. Sporting News: Tell us about the Sounds of Pertussis campaign.Gordon: It’s a joint effort with Sanofi Pasteur (a vaccination company) and the March of Dimes. We’re launching the Race to Blanket America, which is to help blanket the country with pertussis information and encourage adults to get vaccinated against pertussis. How I became a part of this is as a parent. When our daughter, Ella, was born, we had no idea how we were putting her at risk by not being vaccinated ourselves as adults. We can easily get pertussis. And especially if we’re around infants, we can pass it along to them. SN: There was a lot of talk after Martinsville about whether Dale Earnhardt Jr. should have nudged Kevin Harvick out of the way. If it were you, would you have done it?Gordon: If I was Dale Jr., I would have pushed him out of the way. I feel like if you’re Dale Jr., you can get away with anything. It’s been a long time since he won a race; he had a car capable of winning. I think the place would have stood up and cheered. I wouldn’t have moved Harvick out of the way, but if I were Junior, I would have. SN: If the 1980s were Dale Earnhardt’s, the 1990s were yours and the 2000s were Jimmie Johnson’s, whose will this decade be?Gordon: I think (Denny) Hamlin has that opportunity. I think Carl (Edwards) has that opportunity. I think someone like (Clint) Bowyer has that opportunity. I think you’ll see some big things out of Harvick, but I wouldn’t call it a decade, though. SN: You might not know this, but you’re going to turn 40 in a few months.Gordon: Oh, I’m well aware of it. SN: If 40-year-old Jeff Gordon could talk to 20-year-old Jeff Gordon, what would you tell him?Gordon: I probably would figure out how to keep Ray Evernham as my crew chief a little bit longer. We made a great team. I think we moved on fairly quickly through a year and a half of a rough patch. That’s just part of the sport. He had a great opportunity, I had a great opportunity, we went our separate ways, and it all worked out fine. But I think we would’ve won more championships had we stayed together.
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  • Love Of Racing Keeps Nemechek Running In Nationwide Series

    04/28/2011
     By Lee MontgomerySpecial to the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service (April 28, 2011) Joe Nemechek ranks among the top 15 in the Nationwide Series in career victories and poles. And he was the series champion in 1992. Recently, though, Nemechek has become a victim of the money game in the sport. Without proper sponsorship, he has had to struggle to make races, let alone run the entire distance and compete for a top finish. The past two weeks have been an excellent, if unfortunate, indicator of that. He finished third at Talladega on April 16 for his best finish in almost seven years in the series. On April 23, Nemechek didn’t even drive at Nashville despite being 10th in the points standings. Instead, he put a driver who brought sponsorship behind the wheel of his No. 87. He’s back in the driver’s seat for Friday’s Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway, but the momentum is gone. “For us, it’s one week at a time,” Nemechek said. “Right now, it’s about trying to keep our business going. It’s a hard deal. We’ve got to do whatever it takes to try to keep the funds coming in and keep the place running.” Nemechek has always owned his team, Nemco Motorsports, in the Nationwide Series. But finding enough money to run competitively has been difficult since he returned full time in 2009. “We try to run however we can run,” said Nemechek, who mostly avoids starting and parking in the Nationwide Series. “Some weeks, we have some dollars come in. Other weeks, there’s nothing. A lot of weeks, we run on sticker tires and some weeks we run on scuffed tires that we get from the Cup teams.” That’s what made Talladega’s finish so refreshing. He ran with the leaders most of the day and had a legitimate shot to win. It was his best finish since winning at Kansas in 2004, and the outpouring of support from friends and fans made Nemechek feel good. He said he had more than 50 texts and emails and 20 voice messages after the Talladega race. “We have so many fans out there,” Nemechek said. “It’s kind of like the past. We used to dominate in the Nationwide Series. At that point, we had good money and the right sponsor dollars to do that. It’s just frustrating right now not having that. It’s amazing the highs and lows you go through.” So why do it? Because Nemechek loves the sport, plain and simple. “That’s what it’s about,” Nemechek said. “If I didn’t, believe me, I wouldn’t be dumping all my own money into it to keep it going. But hopefully that’ll all pay off here soon.” Fast facts What: Bubba Burger 250Where: At Richmond International SpeedwayWhen: Friday, 7:45 p.m. ETTV: Speed, 7 p.m. (ET)Radio: MRN/Sirius Satellite Ch. 128Track layout: .750-mile ovalDistance: 250 laps/187.5 milesQualifying: Friday, 4:10 p.m. ET2010 winner: Brad Keselowski2010 polesitter: Kyle BuschPoints leaders: 1. Justin Allgaier, 264; 2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 264; 3. Jason Leffler, 262; 4. Trevor Bayne, 260;  5. Reed Sorenson, 260; 6. Elliott Sadler 259; 7. Aric Almirola, 257; 8. Brian Scott, 228; 9. Kenny Wallace, 216; 10. Michael Annett, 184. 
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  • Clint Bowyer Focuses on Perseverance in Return Appearance on NBC's "The Biggest Loser"

    04/26/2011
    WELCOME, N.C. (April 22, 2011) - Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 33 Wheaties Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, will appear on NBC's hit show "The Biggest Loser" on Tuesday, April 26 (8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time). Bowyer will make his second appearance on "The Biggest Loser," now in its 11th season. The show challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a $250,000 grand prize. "The Biggest Loser" has become a worldwide hit, appearing in more than 90 countries. In this week's episode, contestants take part in the popular "Get Back on Track Challenge" by pulling street cars down the 2,500-foot back straightaway of Auto Club Speedway, located in Fontana, Calif. "It is so great to be back on 'The Biggest Loser,'" said Bowyer, who currently sits 10th in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. "These contestants prove that even though life is full of setbacks, you pick yourself up, stay on track to reach your goals and focus on what matters most -- a healthy and active lifestyle." Bowyer can relate to persevering through tough times on the race track as he struggled through a disappointing 2009 Sprint Cup Series campaign, going winless and finishing 15th in the final driver championship point standings. In 2010, the Emporia, Kan., native and his No. 33 team came back in impressive fashion by finishing 10th in the prestigious Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup while getting back to victory lane on two separate occasions. "This is the second time we've been lucky enough to work with Clint Bowyer," said Todd Lubin, executive producer of "The Biggest Loser." "Clint is not a driver and competitor who was handed anything, and as he moves up the rankings every year, he is singularly focused to be the best. The contestants love that focus on a specific goal, something that resonates with them since they are doing the same thing every day. Focus, dedication and persistence are all keys to the dramatic weight loss on 'The Biggest Loser' and that's exactly what Clint represents to them." Bowyer is now in his sixth full-time season of NASCAR's highest level of racing with RCR. He has amassed four wins, 29 top-five and 83 top-10 finishes in just 189 career starts. He also has three top-10 finishes in the final championship driver point standings, including back-to-back top-five finishes in 2007 and 2008. Also in 2008, he brought home the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver's championship to the Welcome, N.C.-based organization. Off the track, Bowyer, an avid "car guy," enjoys riding go-karts and motorcycles, and outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing. He also fields two full-time dirt late model teams under the Clint Bowyer Racing banner.
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  • Gossage Relishes Role On NASCAR Hall Of Fame Nominating Committee, Voting Panel

    04/20/2011
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 20, 2011) – NASCAR announced the list of 25 nominees Tuesday for the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame induction class and Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage was delighted to be part of the process.
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  • GOSSAGE RELISHES ROLE ON NASCAR HALL OF FAME NOMINATING COMMITTEE, VOTING PANEL

    04/20/2011
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 20, 2011) – NASCAR announced the list of 25 nominees Tuesday for the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame induction class and Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage was delighted to be part of the process.
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  • TICKETS FOR AAA TEXAS 500 NASCAR TRIPLEHEADER WEEKEND GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY

    04/19/2011
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 19, 2011) – Last year’s AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway provided exciting racing, championship drama, heated tempers and a backstretch fight. Fans can watch the excitement unfold once again during the AAA Texas 500 weekend, Nov. 3-6, as tickets go on sale Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. CT.
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  • Burton Agrees To Extension With Childress

    04/19/2011
    Special to the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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  • Tickets For November AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend Go On Sale Wednesday

    04/19/2011
       • Affordable Ticket Specials Include “2 For $99” Special, “Backstretch Buster” Seats, Family 4-Pack And AAA Texas 500 Weekend 4-Pack
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  • Indy-Car Vet Paul Tracy To Run Firestone Twin 275s As Part Of Five Race Schedule With Dragon Racing

    04/14/2011
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 14, 2011) – Indy-car veteran Paul Tracy announced that he will run a limited five-race IndyCar Series schedule this season with Dragon Racing and it will include a June 11 stop at Texas Motor Speedway for the Firestone Twin 275s.
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  • ServiceMaster Honors TMS Fire Crew Member Brad Maxey

    04/14/2011
    Matt Kenseth was not the only one celebrating at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Brad Maxey was celebrating, as well, after he was named this year’s ServiceMaster Clean Extra Mile Award winner at the speedway.
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  • Kenseth Wears The Crown After Victory In Samsung Mobile 500

    04/12/2011
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 12,2011) – After four runner-up finishes at Texas Motor Speedway since his first victory here in 2002, Matt Kenseth finally sealed the deal with a dominating performance in Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in 76 races.
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  • Hurley To Take Texas Motor Speedway “No Limits” Flag Aboard Atlantis Space Shuttle

    04/12/2011
    NASA astronaut Doug Hurley, a season-ticket holder at Texas Motor Speedway since 2005, bestowed a special honor on “The Great American Speedway!” prior to Saturday evening’s Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
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  • Edwards Celebrates With The Fans Again

    04/12/2011
    Carl Edwards is getting accustomed to visiting with the fans at Texas Motor Speedway.
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  • Kenseth Wins Samsung Mobile 500, First-Ever Night Sprint Cup Race In 15-Year History Of TMS

    04/09/2011
     
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  • Traffic Update For Fans Traveling To TMS For Samsung Mobile 500

    04/09/2011
     
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  • Edwards Goes Wire To Wire To Win O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race

    04/08/2011
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 8, 2011) – Carl Edwards (No. 60 Fastenal Ford) became just the second driver to win a Nationwide Series race from the pole at Texas Motor Speedway as he rolled to a dominant victory Friday in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.
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  • Ragan Captures Samsung Mobile 500 Pole During Dallas Morning News Qualifying Day

    04/08/2011
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 8, 2011) – David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Freight Ford, captured the first pole of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career Friday during The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Day for the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
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  • Edwards Takes O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Pole

    04/08/2011
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 8, 2011) – Carl Edwards (No. 60 Fastenal Ford) will look to win his second-consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway as he qualified on the pole for tonight's O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race.
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