Nextel Cup (CUP)

Nascar's Car of Tomorrow (CoT)

Nascar’s Car of Tomorrow (CoT)

The Car of Tomorrow a new NASCAR concept that took over five years to become a reality. The Car of Tomorrow was designed from the ground up to be safer, more competitive and cheaper for the race teams. NASCAR has spent extensive time on the drawing board, computer simulations, in the wind tunnel and on the track to design the ideal NASCAR Nextel Cup race car for the future. 0Design0
All cars are required to fit the same set of templates, using a device that has been named "the (...)

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Real champion?

Real champion?

Is Jimmy Johnson, current and – apparently – future NASCAR Cup Champion real Cup champion? One like Petty, or Earnhardt? Or even the man that would, were they counting the same way they did then, be a six-time champion this year: Gordon?
No. Jimmy Johnson is a plastic creature, the epitome of the “racer” in the environment of NASCAR: a mile and a half tri-oval owned by Bruton Smith.
There was a time when winning the Championship counted for something. That was the time during which (...)

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Johnson one step closer to the title after his fourth win in row

Johnson one step closer to the title after his fourth win in row

There’s just one race of the Nextel Cup Series, the Miami Speedway race, and Jimmie Johnson, after his fourth win in row, is feeling the title in his hands; and Jeff Gordon is trying his best to ruin Johnson’s plans.
Johnson took command of the Nextel Cup championship Sunday, winning at Phoenix International Raceway to open a daunting lead over his teammate in the race to the title. It was his 10th win of the season – most since Gordon won 13 in 1998 – and barring a collapse in next week’s (...)

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Hornish will drive third car for Penske Racing in 2008

Hornish will drive third car for Penske Racing in 2008

Sam Hornish Jr. is leaving the IndyCar Series for a full-time ride in NASCAR, joining the mass exodus of open-wheel stars fleeing to America’s most popular racing series.
The three-time IndyCar champion told The Associated Press he will drive the No. 77 Dodge next season for Penske Racing with Mobil 1 as the sponsor.
"I feel like this is something that is a new and unique challenge for me," Hornish said Thursday. "It may or may not be the right way to look at it, but I feel (...)

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DEI promotes Charpentier and welcomes new crew chief

DEI promotes Charpentier and welcomes new crew chief

Dale Earnhardt Inc. continued to strengthen its motorsports operation with the promotion of several key industry experts and the addition of a veteran crew chief to its roster.
Dave Charpentier, current crew chief of the No. 15 Chevrolet, has been promoted to technical director, and Doug Randolph, current crew chief of the No. 43 Petty Enterprises car driven by Bobby Labonte, will take over as crew chief for Paul Menard and the No. 15.
Charpentier, a long-time Dale Earnhardt Inc. (...)

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NBS crew chiefs Walter and Eury Sr. receive penalties

NBS crew chiefs Walter and Eury Sr. receive penalties

NASCAR announced Wednesday that Chad Walter, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet driven by Casey Mears, and Tony Eury Sr., crew chief of the No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Brad Keselowski in the NASCAR Busch Series, have been fined and penalized due to rule violations at Texas Motor Speedway.
The infraction was discovered during pre-race inspection on Nov. 3.
Both crew chiefs were fined 10,000 USD and placed on probation until Dec. 31, 2007, for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental (...)

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Petty Enterprises moves to Charlotte area

Petty Enterprises moves to Charlotte area

The winning organization in NASCAR announced on Wednesday its first move since its inception in 1949. Richard and Kyle Petty, in efforts to garner continued wins and championships, have agreed to move Petty Enterprises closer to the center of NASCAR activities in the greater Charlotte, N.C., area.
They have reached a multi-year lease agreement for shop space located in the city of Mooresville. The space was formerly occupied by Robert Yates Racing and its two-car Nextel Cup operation. (...)

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Jimmie Johnson is the new leader of the Nextel Cup

Jimmie Johnson is the new leader of the Nextel Cup

Jimmie Johnson won the Dickies 500 race after he held a duel with Matt Kenseth over the final laps Sunday night, slipping and sliding around Texas Motor Speedway on two new tires. He knew his other driver in the title chase, Jeff Gordon, had a seventh-place finish secured.
The vehicular street fight between the two former champions produced the most electric moments of an otherwise long and caution-plagued Dickies 500. Johnson, even with a title at stake, didn’t back off. Kenseth, knowing (...)

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Johnson wins again at Atlanta

Johnson wins again at Atlanta

Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are quickly turning the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship into their own private duel.
A two-tire stop for Johnson paid off with a victory Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, making the Chase a virtual dead heat at the top between the reigning champion and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate and friend.
Johnson and Gordon, who came into the Pep Boys Auto 500 separated by 53 points, both struggled with the handling on their Chevrolets most of the day. But, (...)

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Will Bruton Smith move Lowe's Motor Speedway?

Will Bruton Smith move Lowe’s Motor Speedway?

It started as a squabble with the local zoning board, but the frustrated desire of Bruton Smith, owner of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, to add a drag strip to the racing complex has now escalated into a plan to construct a new speedway elsewhere.
Though Lowe’s, which was formerly known as Charlotte Motor Speedway is often thought of as being in that city, it’s actually located in Concord, North Carolina, a smaller suburb (much like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is not in Indianapolis, but in (...)

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DEI and Chevy stay together

DEI and Chevy stay together

No surprise, but Chevrolet has resigned Dale Earnhardt, Inc. as a Chevy Team for the Nextel/Sprint Cup Series. The deal extends at least through the 2008 season.
"Chevrolet enjoyed a successful relationship, including six NASCAR Cup championships, with the legendary Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel of his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, and we’re proud of our longstanding relationship with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. which extends all the way back to when Dale and Teresa Earnhardt founded (...)

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Mayfield gets NASCAR ride

Mayfield gets NASCAR ride

Jeremy Mayfield, the NASCAR driver who left the Dodge racing organization of Evernham Racing and ended up with a Toyota ride that has gone nowhere, has a new car: the no. 66 Chevrolet. He will take over the Nextel Cup driving duties from Jeff Green, starting with this week-end’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, driving for the Haas/CNC Racing team. Mayfield will then continue with a Haas/CNC ride in 2008.
He will be joining Scott Riggs, who recently signed to drive for the team in 2008. (...)

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