Friday 19 September 2014

Kickin' the Tires Live

  • 09/13/2014

    The NASCAR Chase for the Championship kicks off this week at Chicagoland Speedway as 16 drivers compete for the ultimate bragging rights.

  • 9/6/2014

    It's down to one race. Who will make the 2014 Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship? Get a rundown as we get set for the action from Richmond International Raceway.

  • 08/30/2014

    The NASCAR circus makes a stop in Atlanta this week with Jeff Gordon making his 750th start and a bunch of turtles are taking over the media center.

  • 05/25/2014

    The longest race of the NASCAR season is less than 24-hours away with Jimmie Johnson on the pole and Jeff Gordon on the injured watch list. Check out the coverage from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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In The News


Confidence is high for 6-time champ Johnson as Chase approaches


By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

CHICAGO—For those who question the strength of the No. 48 team, driver Jimmie Johnson says he’s more confident entering the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this year than he was last year when he won his sixth championship.

For those who say the No. 48 Chevy lacks speed, Johnson says he has plenty.

In fact, Johnson expects to be one of four drivers racing for the championship under NASCAR’s new playoff format, which will see four drivers eliminated at the end of each three-race round. The four remaining drivers then race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with the highest finisher winning the championship.



NASCAR After the Lap makes sixth appearance in Las Vegas with Ford, Coca-Cola, Sprint backing


Press Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR® announced today that NASCAR After The Lap™ sponsored by Ford, Coca-Cola, and Sprint will return to Las Vegas for its sixth-consecutive year. Since its debut in 2009, NASCAR After The Lap has earned the reputation with fans as the must-see event during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week™. This year’s show returns to the Pearl Palms Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Hotel on Thursday, December 4 at 5 p.m. PT.


The expanded field of challengers competing in the new format of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup means attendees will be treated to more drivers than ever before. All 16 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders will be in attendance. ESPN’s Marty Smith will return as the show’s host and will again facilitate a spirited and unpredictable dialogue.



No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team slapped with heavy penalties


By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

NASCAR hit the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team with a points penalty of unprecedented magnitude for infractions discovered during Sunday’s post-race inspection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the sanctioning body announced late Tuesday afternoon.

NASCAR inspectors found violations with the rear firewall block-off plates of the No. 11 Toyota driven to a third-place finish by Denny Hamlin. NASCAR rules mandate that the firewalls be sealed to prevent airflow from the inside to the outside of the car.

Venting or failing to seal the block-off plates can provide an aerodynamic advantage by adding downforce to the car, especially useful at a flat track such as IMS, where maintaining momentum through the corners is of paramount importance.

NASCAR docked Hamlin 75 driver championship points and team owner Joe Gibbs 75 owner points. Crew chief Darian Grubb was fined $125,000 and suspended for six weeks, meaning he will be lost to the team until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s opening weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in September.



Chevrolet sweeps IndyCar podium in Canada


TORONTO – Mike Conway along with team owner Ed Carpenter made the strategy call of Race Two on the Streets of Toronto for the Verizon IndyCar Series that took Conway and the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet team to Victory Lane. It was the second win of the season for Conway, the third win of the year for the team, the second win of the Toronto Doubleheader weekend for Chevrolet and the eighth IndyCar win of the season for the Bowtie brand. “Mike Conway driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet along with the team made a great call to pit before the rest of the field, and switch from rain tires to Firestone slicks late in the race,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicle and Motorsports. “Their strategic move paid off with Mike jumping to the lead, and capturing his second win of the season. “


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