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Kurt Busch has a temper problem, the sort that makes him threaten to punch people during interviews. As much as celebrity divas are celebrated in the media Bush’s shenanigans seem out of place in the world of NASCAR. He’s a man of fiery distinction. This month he appeared for the second consecutive year as the only representative from the motorsports world on Forbes’ list of “America’s Most Disliked Athletes.”
Jimmie Johnson's second career Daytona 500 victory comes in his 400th start on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The win also marked Hendrick Motorsports seventh win in the Daytona 500.
The last-lap wreck wasn't the only serious incident of the event. A 13-car wreck in Turns 1 and 2, triggered by contact between the No. 43 Ford Mustang of Michael Annett and the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro of Austin Dillon — both championship hopefuls — stopped the race after 116 laps and set up the finish.
The race’s sixth caution was thrown just after Johnny Sauter took the white flag, allowing him to keep Kyle Busch at bay and hang on for the race win. Sauter’s trip to Gatorade Victory Lane in the No. 98 Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota marks his seventh career win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. His previous best finish at Daytona was 17th place.
Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch locked themselves into the second row of the 2013 Daytona 500 starting grid by virtue of their wins in Thursday's Budweiser Duels.
This week's Budweiser Duel 150's will be the final daytime races in the qualifiers history as next year the event's move under the lights and into prime time television.
Cameron Hayley, who has raced across the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada before joining NASCAR's K&N Pro Series full-time in 2012, won his biggest main event of his young career Tuesday night at Daytona International Speedway.
It was a historic day at Daytona as Danica Patrick made NASCAR history by nabbing the pole for this Sunday's Daytona 500.
For the first time in NASCAR's history the stars of the Whelen All-American Series, Modified Series and K&N Pro Series will be part of Daytona Speedweeks. Bill McAnally Racing, which competes on the K&N Pro Series that will be racing Spokane Co. Raceway on Aug. 24, has an impressive line-up set for Tuesday night's main event.
Kevin Harvick held off a hard charging Greg Biffle on the white flag lap of NASCAR's Sprint Unlimited non-points race held Saturday night at Daytona.
To raise money for the Sandy Hook Special Support Fund Michael Waltrip will drive a speical car in the Daytona 500. Waltrip's number will be changed from his usual No. 30 to No. 26 to honor the 20 children and six adults killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting.
With the ultimate goal of reducing track-drying time by up to 80%, the NASCAR R&D team took an advanced scientific approach during the production of the Air Titan™. Using compressed air, the Air Titan™ efficiently and reliably pushes water off of the racing surface and onto the apron where vacuum trucks will remove the remainder of the moisture. Jet dryers will follow each Air Titan™, drying any excess water that remains on the racing surface/
The first attempt at pack drafting with NASCAR’s new Gen-6 race car didn’t go well. The twelve car wreck took place in testing for the 2013 Daytona 500 next month where the Gen-6 will make its official debut. Since nobody was hurt NASCAR fans should be especially happy the mishap was caused in large part by a car that’s designed to bring a lost excitement back to the sport.
NASCAR's premier series on the West Coast, the K&N Pro Series West, celebrates 60 years in 2013. Spokane County Raceway will be part of that celebration as the series returns to the half-mile oval for only the second time in over 35 years. Eric Holmes was the winner of the 2011 race and will be back to defend that victory on August 24. The race will be one of two series events to be held in Washington state as Evergreen Speedway just outside of Seattlewill be up first on Aug. 17.
Brad Keselowski finished 15th, a lap down, but Jimmie Johnson’s difficulties took the suspense out of the title fight in the closing laps of the race. Johnson entered the season finale 20 points behind Keselowski, but his 36th-place result cost him second place in the final standings.
As Regan Smith scored his first victory in the series for the team that has hired him full-time for next year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rolled to a workmanlike, problem-free sixth-place result to lock up his second straight Nationwide championship.
Cale Gale claimed the first victory of his career in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race six laps beyond its scheduled distance of 134 laps. As he and Kyle Busch exited the final turn, Gale pinched Busch's No. 18 Toyota against the outside wall, taking the checkered flag by a nose in a shower of sparks.
A year after becoming the youngest race winner and youngest rookie of the year in series history, Dylan Kwasniewski became the series youngest champion.
Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag ahead of Denny Hamlin, who passed Busch after the final restart. Busch came home third in a race that went seven laps beyond its posted distance of 312 laps. Kasey Kahne ran fourth, followed by Ryan Newman and Keselowski, who took back the lead from Johnson and leads by 20 points with one race left in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Joey Logano, the polesitter, dominated Saturday's Great Clips 200 Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, beating new Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brian Vickers to the finish line to win for the ninth time in 21 starts this season, the first time at PIR and the 18th time in his career.
The victory was Brian Scott's first of the season and second of his career, his first win coming at Dover in 2009. Scott is an Idaho native and the lone Gem State star racing in NASCAR's top three division's.
Denny Hamlin, who started from the rear because he missed the drivers' meeting —- thanks to a conflict with Sprint Cup practice — finished 1.932 seconds ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr., who bulled his way into the runner-up position after restarting fourth on Lap 193 of 200. Joey Coulter ran third, followed by Matt Crafton and Scott Riggs.
Brad Keselowski, who will drive Fords next year when Penske Racing makes a manufacturer switch, liked what he saw and felt in the new car.
Matt Kenseth won a wild war of attrition, otherwise known as the Hollywood Casino 400, beating Martin Truex Jr. to the checkered flag by .495 seconds to claim his third victory of the season, his first at Kansas and the 24th of his career.
In winning for the sixth time this season and the eighth time in his career, Ricky Stenhouse cut Elliott Sadler's seriespoints lead from 13 to six with three races left in the season for the chase for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
After starting on the pole for the fifth time this season, Dylan Kwasniewski fell back through the 24-car field in the early going with the tire problem. After a quick pit stop to change the flat, he began to scratch and claw his way to the front of the field. Kwasniewski made a Lap 119 pass on Eric Holmes and led the rest of the way for his third victory of the season and the fifth of his career.
Clint Bowyer, who won for the first time at Charlotte and the first time on an intermediate speedway, beat Denny Hamlin to the finish line by .417 seconds. Jimmie Johnson, who like Hamlin and Bowyer was saving fuel over the final run, came home third. The top three finishers trimmed a significant portion off Brad Keselowski's series lead.
Joey Logano beat Kevin Harvick to the finish line by 2.760 seconds to win for the first time at Charlotte and the 17th time in his career. Series leader Elliott Sadler ran third and extended his advantage to 13 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who came home seventh.
The handling of Matt Kenseth's car was on the loose side, forcing the driver of the No. 17 Ford to run the middle lane. That turned out to be a blessing, as Tony Stewart and Michael Waltrip collided near the bottom of the track.
Johnny Sauter pushed Parker Kligerman to the lead on the white-flag lap, and Kligerman held the top spot when a massive wreck on the backstretch forced NASCAR to throw the yellow before Kligerman reached the finish line.