Sat, 2015-10-17 08:08
With the 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway just over four months away, fans will have an opportunity to get an early NASCAR fix when the track hosts an open team test for Sprint Cup Series teams on its 1.54-mile track Thursday, Oct. 29.
The test, open to one driver from each NASCAR team participating in the Sprint Cup Series, will be a preview of NASCAR’s new, low-downforce aero package, which will be used for the first time in 2016 in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. The package includes a 3.5-inch rear spoiler, a .25-inch front splitter leading edge and a 33-inch-wide radiator pan.
Written by Louis Brewster Fri, 2015-10-16 10:14
Random thoughts about the NASCAR Chase as the Sprint Cup Series heads West for the first of two races in the last five of the season.
* So here we are, midway through the Chase season, heading to the Heartland for the fifth of the 10-race post-season. Four drivers of the original dozen have been eliminated from further title contention and another four are in trouble entering the second race of the second round.
By Allen Gregory Fri, 2015-10-16 09:50
It’s official, the Sprint Cup series will soon move in a new direction.
Earlier this week, NASCAR officials approved a lower downforce package for all races next season. The decision comes after fan and driver outcry over the lack of passing for many events this season.
In a Wednesday press conference, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell, said series officials are hopeful the changes will lessen the importance of clean air and create the sort of back-and-forth drama featured during the races at Darlington and Kentucky this season.
Wed, 2015-10-14 11:00
NASCAR announced today the base NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rules package to be used during the 2016 season. The package was delivered to teams after an extensive collaborative process between NASCAR and industry stakeholders.
The base package will include a 3.5-inch spoiler, a 0.25-inch front leading splitter edge and a 33-inch wide radiator pan. These components will provide lower downforce on the cars, and Goodyear will develop tires to complement them. Earlier this season, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway featured a similar aero package.
Written by Monte Dutton Wed, 2015-10-14 10:04
Not every race can be a classic. If they all were classics, then there would be no need for the word. Fans would jump out of their seats when the winner crossed the finish line and say, "That race was another one!"
Besides, there's a lot more to this racing gig than just close finishes, lead swaps and crashes. In NASCAR, fans have all sorts of stuff to follow. The Chase. Debris. Free passes. Wave-arounds. The pulse-pounding pathos of pit road.
by Kelli Bennett Mon, 2015-10-12 09:32
Joey Logano dominated the rain postponed Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on a day which saw mistakes made by many of his fellow Chase competitors.
Leading a race high 227 laps and grabbing his fourth victory of the 2015 season, Logano punched his ticket into the next round of the Chase.
by Allen Gregory Mon, 2015-10-12 08:03
Bristol Motor Speedway is the second smallest track located in the second smallest city on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, but speedway officials continue to conjure up big schemes.
During an elaborate press conference Wednesday morning, BMS executive vice president and general manager Jerry Caldwell unveiled the latest bold move.
Before next year’s two Sprint Cup races and the historic Sept. 10, 2016 Battle at Bristol football game between Virginia Tech and the University of Tennessee, the track’s existing pylon and screen frame will be removed for a 700-ton creation dubbed Colossus.
Sun, 2015-10-11 10:03
Due to inclement weather, Saturday’s Bank of America 500 has been postponed. Green flag is scheduled for Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Gates will open at 9 a.m. The ticket office will open at 8 a.m.
By Reid Spencer Sat, 2015-10-10 10:32
Where Charlotte Motor Speedway is concerned, Austin Dillon doesn’t mind being a creature of habit.
After experienced veterans Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne knocked themselves out of contention on Lap 151 of Friday night’s Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the 1.5-mile track, Dillon streaked away from Erik Jones to win by 2.809 seconds over the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
Written by Tom Higgins Fri, 2015-10-09 10:52
Every year when autumn rolls around and NASCAR’s top teams head to Dover, Delaware to race I unfailingly think back to the magical fall of 1991.
Just as resplendent as the forest foliage that year was Harry Gant, an immensely popular driver from Taylorsville, N.C.
Gant won four in a row 24 seasons ago, and except for the failure of a 10-cent O-ring in his car’s braking system, he almost certainly would have made it five straight.