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Sam Hornish Jr., right, and crew chief Chad Walter talk during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Friday, May 4, 2012, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Autostock, Nigel Kinrade)

 

 

Following NASCAR Nationwide inspection on Thursday at Talladega Superpseedway, crews for Penske Racing were forced to change out the bumper covers for both Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish, Jr’s NASCAR Nationwide Series cars in anticipation for the Aaron’s 312.

NASCAR announced today that Jeremy Bullins, the crew chief for the No. 22 of Brad Keselowski, and Chad Walter, the crew chief for the No. 12 of Sam Hornish, Jr, have been fined $10,000 and placed on probation until December 31. 2012. Additionally, the teams’ respective car chiefs, Thomas Clavette (No. 22) and Raymond Fox (No. 12), have been placed on probation until December 12, 2012 with no monetary fines.

This is the same penalty Richard Childress Racing and Turner Motorsports were given after Richmond International Raceway two weeks ago.

Danica Patrick stands next to her car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

Prior to the running of Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeeday, NASCAR finally spoke out about Danica Patrick intentionally pushing Sam Hornish, Jr. into the Turn 1 wall during the cool-down lap after the NASCAR Nationwide Aaron’s 312 on Saturday afternoon.

NASCAR says there are plans to discuss the wreck with both drivers and crew chiefs prior to the running of the VFW Sports Clip Help A Hero 200 from Darlington Raceway on Friday, however; there will be no penalties or fines forthcoming.

In a statement issued by NASCAR, Robin Pemberton said, “It did not go unnoticed. Those are two good competitors, clean competitors. We’ll just make sure it doesn’t go any further.”

Since the wreck, Hornish has been on every sports channel discussing the NASCAR Nationwide race and explaining that his actions were caused by a flat tire after contact with Joe Nemechek’s Toyota leaving him unable to manuever below Patrick.  Danica Patrick has since accepted his excuse and the two have seemed to move on from the incident at Talladega; however, NASCAR fans are talking even two days after the race about this accident and the inconsistency of penalties. Read the rest of this entry »

Tony Stewart leads a group of cars during the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 6, 2012. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

If you’ve followed NASCAR for as long as I have, you know that three time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart can give some random interviews from time to time. After the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, it was no different. With a straight face and a serious tone, Stewart responded to multiple questions from the media by suggesting he was wanting more crashes at the 2.66 mile track.

In true restrictor-plate form, a small mishap by one or two cars can simply ruin the day for the rest of the field and on lap 186, a multi-car crash ended the day for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup champ. Stewart led the race one time for 16 laps.

After the race, Stewart began by telling the media, “I thought it was a pretty good race. I made it further than I thought I would before I got crashed.”

Once making that comment, he turned the presser into his own playground as he fielded questions from members of the media.

He added, “It’s fun to be able to race and have to watch the gauges at the same time.”  Engine overheating was a big story during the Aaron’s 499 yesterday as Stewart’s teammate, Ryan Newman and five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, Jimmie Johnson, left the race early.

Stewart also took the time out to address the racing at Talladega and the crashes at the track. He went onto to say, “I’m sorry we couldn’t crash more cars today. We didn’t fill the quota for today for Talladega and NASCAR.”

The whole time Tony Stewart keep a straight face. He gave nothing, let me repeat nothing to the media that he was joking with them. He kept his focus on the crashes at Talladega.

“I’m upset that we didn’t crash more cars.” Stewart said convincingly. “That’s what we’re here for. I feel bad if I don’t spend at least $150,000 in torn up race cars going back to the shop. We definitely have to do a better job with that.”

I wish I knew who the reporter was that asked Stewart if he preferred pack racing over tandem racing, because this man deserves an award for the question and in true Tony Stewart fashion, we got a great answer.

“I think we ought to make it a Figure Eight race,” Stewart said. “I mean, if we could make it a Figure Eight, it would be perfect. It would absolutely be perfect here. It’d be better than what we’ve got.”

But wait, there is more to the answer.

“Or we could stop at halfway, take a break, then turn around and go backward,” he said. “Then, with 10 to go, we could split the field and half of them could go in the regular direction and half could go backward.”

With the answer to the final question, Tony Stewart, who never told the media who had hinted to the media that he was kidding, nodded that he was finished and walked away.

What do you think NASCAR fans? Is this another case of Tony Stewart being Tony Stewart or was he just frustrated that he was taking out so late in the race? Let us know!

Brad Keselowski poses with the trophy in victory lane after winning the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 6, 2012, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/LAT, Lesley Ann Miller)

Three years ago when Brad Keselowski won this race with owner James Finch it came with a controversial finish that left the catch fence torn up, eight NASCAR fans with injuries, and Carl Edwards upside down.  In 2012, Keselowski sped away with the victory.

The only thing Keselowski had to worry about was being in the lead, a place he saw during yesterday’s NASCAR Nationwide race could lead to trouble. With a big aero push from Kyle Busch, Keselowski captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in 99 starts.  This is Dodge’s first win at Talladega since August 8, 1976 with Dave Marcis.

“At Talladega patience is an oxymoron,” Keselowski said. “You’ve got to go.”

Busch said “we gave the win away” when he wasn’t able to pass Keselowski on the third turn of the last lap.

Overheating was the keyword of the day. NASCAR’S new rules package to curb the two car tandem by making engines overheat more quickly worked. Numerous cars were forced to fall back to cool off their engines.  Big names like Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman were just two of the NASCAR superstars who fell out of the race with engine issues.

Next week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes on the Track to Tough to Tame, Darlington Raceway. Green flag is set to drop on Saturday, May 11 at 7:00 PM EST.

Unofficial Race Results:

1. Brad Keselowski
2. Kyle Busch
3. Matt Kenseth
4. Kasey Kahne
5. Greg Biffle Read the rest of this entry »

Joey Logano celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2012. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Kyle Busch was in the worst position at the end of Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event from Talladega Superspeedway.

He was leading.

Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Joey Logano pulled a slingshot pass off in the second attempt at a green-white-checker finish and won the Aaron’s 312.  Logano passed his teammate to earn his first win of the NNS season by 0.034 seconds.

“Super excited to win it that way because you don’t know you’ve got it until you’re at the line,” said Logano, who had finished second in his last two Nationwide races at Talladega.

Logano’s victoy was overshadowed by a tense few minutes following Eric McClure’s wreck that brought out the red flag.

The roof of McClure’s No. 14 had to be cut off in order for emergency personnel to get the driver out of the car safely. McClure was lifted out of his car, placed on a stretcher and airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Prior to being taken to the hospital, he was talking to the emergency personal, and at last word from NASCAR he was talking to the medical staff at UAB Hospital.

Here is video of McClure’s crash: Read the rest of this entry »

Driver Jeff Gordon talks with the media during qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Autostock, Nigel Kinrade)

After qualifying on the pole for the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, Jeff Gordon climbed out of his No. 24 Chevrolet Impala and told the SPEED TV cameras “I did not expect that good of a lap. I knew we were going to be a threat for it, but that’s pretty sporty.”

Gordon captured the pole for the Aaron’s 499 with a lap of 191.623 mph.  With the speed, he picked up his first Coors Light Pole of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and his 71st career pole, which now ranks him third on the all-time series poles list.

Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 is slated for a 1:15 p.m. ET green flag on FOX.

Starting Lineup:

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. AJ Allmendinger
  3. Marcos Ambrose
  4. Aric Almirola
  5. Kasey Kahne Read the rest of this entry »

Kyle Busch celebrates in Gatorade Victory Lane after winning the Aaron’s 312 on April 16, 2011. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick / Autostock)

Lincoln, Alabama. Home to Talladega Superspeedway, home to 2.66 miles of great racing.

On Saturday afternoon, many of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars will strap in and compete in the Aaron’s 312, but the NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars could  have something to say about who ends up in Gatorade Victory Lane when the Checkered Flag drops at the end.

At this race last year, Kyle Busch pulled into victory lane in a wild finish that ended with Mike Wallace spinning upside down and landing on his roof. Could Busch put his Monster Energy Toyota in victory lane for the second time this season?

Here are some drivers to watch during the Aaron’s 312:

Brad Keselowski: Three top 10s and a win at Bristol, a completely different beast I know, says Keselowski should be a favorite.

Elliott Sadler:  Pole sitter of this race last year and finished fifth. He is also the pole sitter for the race tomorrow due weather cancelling qualifying and the starting lineup being set by the point standings.  Expect Sadler to run up front all day tomorrow and to get some extra drafting help from teammate Kevin Harvick.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr: DUH! Not having Dale Jr in your who to watch picks at this track would be stupid. He has won here in the past and has a knack for restrictor plate tracks.

Kyle Busch: Before winning the Richmond Nationwide Series race last weekend with his brother, Kurt Busch behind the wheel, his Nationwide team had been struggling. Expect them to bounce back this weekend. As I mentioned above, Kyle Busch is the previous race winner. Different team, but same beast.

As for my darkhorse, I am going with Danica Patrick. Shocking to some who are following me over from other sites I have previously written for, as I am not high on the Patrick bandwagon. Danica Patrick did win the Coors Light Pole for the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway in February and with her boss, Dale Earnhardt, Jr on the track I look for the two of them to draft together.

Now, it’s your turn…Who do you want to see win the Aaron’s 312 from Talladega Superspeedway?

Larry McReynolds and Brandon McReynolds talk to the media after the the ARCA Racing Series International Hall of Fame 250 from Talladega on May 4, 2012. (Photo Credit Matt Weaver/NASCAR Ranting & Raving)

It only took seven career starts for Brandon McReynolds to end up in victory lane in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.  Brandon McReynolds passed Matt Lofton on the last lap to win the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 at Talladega.

“That was a good race,” the 21-year-old said. “I gotta thank Chad Hackenbracht. I just can’t thank Steve and Sandra Turner and everybody back at Turner Motorsports for this.”

The win was bittersweet for the 20 year old Turner Motorsports driver, who ran out of gas and lost the lead on the final lap of the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 from Daytona International Speedway back in February.

“That kid amazes me,” his father Larry McReynolds says. “He had a plan, he started making it 20 laps to go and he knew where he needed to be. I can only think that he gets that from his godfather Davey. We need to get something on those quarter panels. I couldn’t be prouder. Thanks to Steve and Sandra Turner for giving him the opportunity.”

Pulling into Talladega’s victory lane was sentimental for Brandon’s father, Larry McReynolds.  It was just 20 years and one day when Davey Allison got his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series win at the track, an effort led by Larry McReynolds who was Allison’s crew chief.

The race was marred by a scary wreck involving Mike Affarano, who was making his first ARCA start. Affarano’s car flipped six times and came to a rest on its side, with the engine almost completely dismounted from the car on lap 83 of the International Hall of Fame 250.

By the grace of God, he was treated and released from the infield care center.

You can see the violent crash in the video below:

“I’d like to man up and say, ‘Oh, it was spectacular,’” Affarano says. “But I had my eyes closed. I was holding on for dear life and just saying, ‘Just nobody hit me.’”

Toledo Speedway is the next stop on the ARCA Racing circuit. The race is May 20th and will begin at 2pm EST and will air live on SPEED.

Kurt Busch, driver of the #51 Phoenix Construction Services Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NASCAR fans taking to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend maybe doing a double take this weekend when they see the No. 51 of Kurt Busch on the track this weekend. The driver, who came into this weekend’s race without a sponsor, decided to have some fun with the hood of his car.

As you will recall from the movie Talladega Nights, Ricky Bobby found himself in a similar situation and designed his own car with the words “Me” written on the hood, saying he was racing for himself only. He also put a cougar named Karen. The cougar would represent Ricky Bobby’s fear of driving fast.

Kurt Busch even brought his own cougar, a stuffed animal of course, to the track and has taken to Twitter to tweet some of Ricky Bobby’s famous catchphrases including “If you ain’t first, you’re last!”

Kurt Busch’s girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, who is the head of the Armed Forces Foundation is the one who approached James Finch with the idea to run the Talladega Nights car, while raising awareness to the Armed Forces Foundation. The AFF does charitable work with armed service members suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

So, does this make Driscoll, Susan?

For more information on the Armed Forces Foundation, please check out the link http://www.armedforcesfoundation.org/index.php and you can watch Kurt Busch take on Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday on Fox.

By Jordan Luchkiw (@jlu3883)

Another huge story to come out of the 54th Daytona 500 has been the publicity that NASCAR sprint cup driver Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) has received for tweeting during the red flag period of the race.  Keselowski,  who prior to the event had somewhere around 65,000 followers has since seen his numbers increase to 220K followers.   The reason?   He tweeted a picture of the unforgettable fire to all his fans through this social media platform.

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