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April 2015

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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Larson released from hospital

March 31st, 2015

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Kyle Larson was released from a Charlotte hospital on Monday night, although further medical evaluations will be required before the Ganassi NASCAR Sprint Cup driver is cleared to race again. Larson was hospitalised after fainting following an autograph session at Martinsville on Saturday. “After extensive testing and observation over the last few days, Kyle Larson was released from the hospital last night and has finished up final tests today,” said a statement from Ganassi on Tuesday. “He is currently waiting for final doctor recommendations in order to clear him to return to all NASCAR-related activities.” NASCAR does not have a race scheduled this weekend, which gives Larson additional time to recover before a possible return at the next round at Texas on April 10. The 22-year-old had already completed two [...]

NASCAR gives Newman heavy penalty

March 31st, 2015

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NASCAR has imposed heavy sanctions upon the crew for Ryan Newman’s #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet after determining that it had manipulated his tyres at Fontana earlier this month. Series officials confiscated the tyres of several teams following the March 22 race, and a subsequent inspection found Newman’s crew to be in violation of rules that bar modifications to the tyre or wheel, including the valve stem that is used to release pressure. The infractions amounted to a P5 penalty – the second-most severe category of breach under NASCAR’s six-tier system. Newman’s crew chief Luke Lambert was fined $125,000 and suspended from the next six events, and placed on probation until the end of the year. Tyre technician James Bender and engineer Philip Surgen received the same suspension and probation [...]

SK Mod/Super Late Model Broadcast Doubleheader Tonight!

by David Phillips on March 31st, 2015

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The world’s top short track sim racers will strut their stuff tonight when iRacing.com/live broadcasts a doubleheader tonight featuring the NASCAR iRacing SK Modifed Series and the NASCAR Super Late Model Series starting at 9 pm eastern (01:00 GMT).  The races at Lanier National Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway will also be carried live on Fanschoice.tv as part of their NASCAR iRacing Tuesday series. Whether it’s the 2600 lb, 375 horsepower SK Modifieds at Lanier or the 2800 lb, 550 lb Super Late Models at Stafford, the racing is sure to provide competitors with a challenge . . . and viewers with plenty of entertainment. Be sure and catch all the sim racing action tonight on iRacing.com/live and Fanschoice.tv starting at 9 pm eastern (01:00 GMT).

Get to Know: Chuck Chambliss

by David Ifeguni on March 31st, 2015

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A solid sim racer in both disciplines, iRacer Chuck Chambliss is a threat on any type of racetrack, oval or road. The 43 year old out of Hueytown, Alabama, has nearly 3600 races to his credit since joining iRacing back in May, 2008. Chambliss is primarily a road racer, with over 60% of his starts coming on the road courses of iRacing.  In 2250 road starts, Chambliss has visited victory circle 171 times and has nearly 100 top five finishes. Not that he’s exactly a slouch on the ovals: Exclusively turning left, Chambliss has 62 career victories and 376 top five finishes in 1265 starts. In addition, Chambliss is an iRacing champion, having won the championship in the Star Mazda series in his division in 2008 Season 3 and the [...]

NASCAR revises superspeedway qualifying

March 30th, 2015

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NASCAR has announced a new procedure for superspeedway qualifying in the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series after the crash-marred session at the Daytona 500. Superspeedway qualifying has been a contentious issue since NASCAR abandoned its previous single-car format for a Formula 1-style group knockout system last year. Due to the importance of drafting to a fast lap on the large tracks, drivers held back in the pits to try to avoid running in the slowest position at the front of the pack, resulting in farcical last-minute scrambles and random results. The chaos then escalated at Daytona when a multi-car pile-up in qualifying put some drivers’ participation in the 500 in doubt, leading to the system being branded “idiotic” by Clint Bowyer. From the next superspeedway race at Talladega in May, [...]

Hamlin resists Keselowski for win

March 29th, 2015

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Denny Hamlin earned his 25th career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Martinsville, after holding off last week’s Fontana winner Brad Keselowski. Keselowski punted Hamlin on the last lap, but it wasn’t enough to deny the Joe Gibbs driver his fifth Martinsville victory. Hamlin suffered from a pitlane penalty for an uncontrolled tyre before the halfway point, but he slowly recovered with the help of some calming words from crew chief Dave Rogers as he fought his way through the field. Keselowski produced a brilliant drive, coming to the fore at the perfect time to challenge for the lead, but he ultimately fell short. His Penske team-mate Joey Logano managed third, after he had contact with Michael Annett, sending him into a spin and forcing him to the back. Joe Gibbs [...]

Larson ruled out of Martinsville race

March 29th, 2015

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Kyle Larson will miss Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Martinsville after being taken to hospital. The Chip Ganassi driver fainted while signing autographs at the team’s merchandise hauler on Saturday afternoon. The 22-year-old was taken to nearby Charlotte Hospital for precautionary checks. “Kyle Larson was evaluated and all tests came back negative,” said a Ganassi statement. “Larson feels completely fine, but doctors felt he should be held for more testing.” Larson sits 18th in the points standings after scoring two top 10 finishes in the first five races. He had qualified seventh on the grid for Sunday’s race. Regan Smith has been called in to replace him. Smith made three appearances for Stewart-Haas earlier this year during Kurt Busch’s suspension. He has one Cup win to his name, having [...]

Logano takes pole in delayed session

March 27th, 2015

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Joey Logano became the second repeat NASCAR Sprint Cup pole winner of the 2015 season at Martinsville, topping a session delayed by rain. Penske’s Daytona 500 winner Logano remained in the top 10 in all three segments of qualifying, and delivered a lap of 19.232 seconds to head off the rapid Richard Childress Chevrolet of Ryan Newman, who had topped practice earlier in the day. Behind Newman was Martin Truex Jr; the Furniture Row man hasn’t finished outside the top 10 yet this season in an impressive start. Truex shares row two with the only other repeat pole winner in 2015, Jeff Gordon. Eight-time Martinsville winner Jimmie Johnson managed fifth, ahead of the sole Stewart-Haas entry in the top 12 shootout, Tony Stewart, who is looking to rebound from a [...]

iRacing in Top Gear

by Mike Channell on March 23rd, 2015

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Editor’s note:  The following story by Mike Channell appeared on the Top Gear website today.  Click here to read the full story (and see an image of Jeremy Clarkson). iRacing launches Blancpain GT3 series Geektastic race simulator to host online GT3 championship.  Who’s up for a real-time Spa 24-hour? Fancy going GT racing but don’t have a spare £300,000 stuffed under your Nomex-upholstered mattress? Well rejoice, because the FIA’s Blancpain GT Series has cosied up with fantastically nerdy simulator iRacing for an online multiplayer series that pits players against each other in GT3 machinery. If you’re unfamiliar, iRacing’s the videogame equivalent of that one mate who turns up for a kickabout and offers to referee. It’s got a startlingly pedantic list of rules and regulations, but the upshot is you [...]

Keselowski snatches win in wild finish

March 22nd, 2015

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Brad Keselowski completed a spectacular comeback to take Fontana NASCAR Sprint Cup victory on the second green-white-chequered restart. Keselowski dived down the inside of Stewart-Haas’ polesitter and long-time race leader Kurt Busch at Turn 1 and completed the move at the exit of Turn 2 on the final lap of the race. The late-race restarts suited Keselowski as his Penske Ford was stronger on short runs, and the 2012 champion was also one of the few frontrunners to grab four fresh tyres at the last stops. Kevin Harvick earned second after winning the previous two races at Las Vegas and Phoenix respectively. His streak of top two finishes extended to eight, as he beat team-mate Busch on the run to the chequered flag after Busch hit the wall trying to [...]

Kurt Busch on pole at Fontana

March 21st, 2015

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Kurt Busch dominated qualifying for the fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Fontana, only his second event back after suspension. The Stewart-Haas driver had topped the earlier practice session and set the fastest times in the second and final segments of qualifying to head team-mate – and winner of the last two Cup races – Kevin Harvick. Busch had sat out the first three races of 2015 during a legal case over assault allegations. Last year’s Fontana polesitter Matt Kenseth managed third after setting the fastest time of the entire session in the first qualifying instalment, followed by David Ragan – subbing for an injured Kyle Busch in the #18 Joe Gibbs Toyota – and 2014 Fontana race runner-up Kyle Larson. The most notable absentee from the [...]

Blood clots sideline Vickers again

March 20th, 2015

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Brian Vickers has been sidelined from this weekend’s Fontana NASCAR Sprint Cup race due to a reoccurrence of the blood clots that have previously interrupted his racing. Vickers missed the opening rounds of the 2015 season following winter heart surgery. Issues relating to blood clots had previously caused him to sit out sections of the 2010 and ’13 campaigns as well. “Thankfully, because I recognised the signs and symptoms, the doctors caught this early and I’m going to be OK,” said Vickers. “I had finished my treatment for the clot I had in my leg back in 2013 and I haven’t needed to be on a blood thinner for a clot in my leg or lung since. “Now I won’t be able to race because I’ll need to be back [...]

Harvick claims second straight win

March 15th, 2015

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Kevin Harvick survived two late race restarts to win the Phoenix NASCAR Sprint Cup race, taking his second consecutive victory and fifth in the last six races at the track. The 2014 champion took the lead from Joey Logano early on after a poor start from pole position, and dominated the first half of the race, with Logano again his main rival for much of that period. Harvick continued to keep various opponents at arm’s length, including series returnee and Stewart-Haas team-mate Kurt Busch, back from a three week suspension from NASCAR. Busch showed no sign of rustiness as he fought his way up the order methodically through the race, finally challenging for the lead with two thirds of the distance remaining. Harvick then made the most of a caution [...]

In-form Harvick takes Phoenix pole

March 14th, 2015

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Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick took pole position for Sunday’s race at Phoenix. The Stewart Haas driver has six wins at the circuit, and has won four of the last five races despite never previously taking pole at the track. Harvick – who has two second place finishes and a win out of three races so far this season – clocked a 25.577s to head 2015 Daytona 500 winner and last week’s Las Vegas pole-sitter Joey Logano. Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five, while Kurt Busch landed eighth on the grid for his first start of the year following his three-week NASCAR suspension. Hendrick Motorsports had a surprisingly average session, with Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon its highest-placed drivers on the fifth [...]

Race return ‘means the world’ – Busch

March 12th, 2015

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Kurt Busch says he is keen to put the accusations of domestic assault behind him as he prepares to make his return from suspension at this weekend’s Phoenix NASCAR event. The 2004 Cup champion was sidelined on the eve of the Daytona 500 when NASCAR imposed an indefinite suspension in the wake of a Delaware civil court’s finding that he had likely committed an act of domestic assault against ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll last year. That suspension was overturned this week when the Delaware Department of Justice announced that Busch will not face criminal charges, although he remains under indefinite probation by NASCAR. “It means the world to me to be back in the car,” he said. “It’s been a tough situation the last few months. “I’ve gone through this with [...]

NASCAR lifts Busch’s suspension

March 11th, 2015

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Kurt Busch has been cleared to return to racing, although NASCAR has placed several conditions upon the lifting of his indefinite suspension. The decision to lift the suspension – imposed following allegations that he assaulted ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll late last year – was made after Busch completed a reinstatement programme that included mandatory behavioural assessment sessions and the recommendations of a behavioural health care expert. NASCAR’s move comes a week after it was confirmed that Busch would not face criminal charges over the incident, which occurred last September. In addition to lifting his ban from competition, the series has also waived the requirement that drivers complete all races in order to be eligible for the Chase. Busch missed three races during his suspension. “As we stated last week, the elimination [...]

NASCAR issues post-Vegas penalties

March 11th, 2015

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NASCAR has penalised two crew chiefs for technical infractions that were detected in post-race inspections at Las Vegas last weekend. Justin Allgaier’s crew chief Steve Addington was fined $25,000 after the #51 HScott Motorsports car was determined to have breached several rules relating to ballast and actions detrimental to stock car racing. According to a NASCAR bulletin, ballast was observed falling off Allgaier’s car during the race, and the car subsequently failed to meet minimum post-race weight requirements. Among the specific rules that were deemed to have been broken were those dictating where ballast may be placed, and how it is to be secured. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski’s crew chief Paul Wolfe has been placed on probation until December 31 after NASCAR officials discovered that the right and left rear quarter [...]

Harvick wins for first time in 2015

March 8th, 2015

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NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick took a deserved first victory of 2015 with a composed performance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick, whose win marked six consecutive top-two Cup finishes, reported a tyre vibration in the closing stages of the race but survived the minor scare to comfortably hold off the re-energised Martin Truex Jr. Key to Harvick’s victory was a pass on Dale Earnhardt Jr with just over a quarter of the race remaining, having led for the majority before being caught out at a restart following a caution. The Stewart-Haas driver, who led more than three times as many laps as anyone else, pulled a gap on Earnhardt before taking four tyres to his rival’s two in the final pitstops and repassing the Hendrick man without trouble [...]

Gordon loses pole after Patrick clash

March 7th, 2015

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Jeff Gordon will have to relinquish pole position for Sunday’s Las Vegas NASCAR Sprint Cup race after switching to his back-up car following a practice clash with Danica Patrick. Gordon, who had taken pole at a record pace in Friday evening’s qualifying session, said that Stewart-Haas driver Patrick spun in front of his Hendrick Chevrolet in the closing minutes of Saturday’s final practice session. The damage to Gordon’s car is too substantial to be repaired so he must swap to his spare. That means a back-of-the-field start under NASCAR rules, so Gordon will drop to the tail of the order before the race begins, handing an effective pole position to second-place qualifier Joey Logano. Gordon will be joined at the rear by Kyle Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing stand-in David Ragan, [...]

Gordon claims Las Vegas pole

March 7th, 2015

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Jeff Gordon claimed the 79th pole of his NASCAR Sprint Cup career in qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The four-time champion – who is effectively retiring at the end of 2015 – put in a record 194.679mph, 27.738-second lap to pip Joey Logano by 0.052s. The Vegas front row pair have taken all this year’s Cup poles so far between them, with Gordon having topped Daytona 500 qualifying and Daytona race winner Logano having followed that result up with an Atlanta pole last week. Gordon’s Hendrick team-mates Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr filled row two before Logano’s Penske Ford. Ganassi had a strong day, with Kyle Larson topping practice and then Jamie McMurray and Larson leading round two of qualifying. Larson ended up fifth on the grid, while [...]