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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, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • 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 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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs

    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 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

    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 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

    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.

  • Tom O'Leary

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • 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 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.

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by – Two Wide and Handsome

by Matt Holden on March 4th, 2015

Just repeat this formation for 16 rows and you have the race!

We had this grand plan laid out last month:  We’d get a decent finish at Daytona and use that as a springboard into a good season.  Instead of wadding the Daytona car up before the first pit stop, we’d just sail under the radar, get away with a few dents and scratches and start the season proper at Las Vegas without ever uttering the phrase “drop week”. This year would be different! It wasn’t.  The hopes of a luck-filled season disappeared before anyone had begun discussing what to do on the first pit stop.  All six of our Gale Force Racing drivers had settled into their respective positions on track, stuck in whichever lane they had wound up in at the time.  While our spotter, Peter Fisher, hadn’t let off [...]

Johnson comes from back to victory

March 1st, 2015

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Jimmie Johnson claimed victory in the Atlanta NASCAR Sprint Cup race despite missing qualifying. Hendrick’s six-time champion was among a group of cars that did not make it through a controversial technical inspection in time to run in Friday’s qualifying session, leaving him 37th for the start. Johnson made steady progress through the pack and then began a lead battle with reigning champion Kevin Harvick in the second half of the race. Harvick’s charge had been even more impressive than Johnson’s. His front row start had been lost when an engine failure in Saturday practice put him to the back for the race, but he surged up the order to take the lead from polesitter and early dominator Joey Logano on lap 87 of 325. The Stewart-Haas driver controlled the [...]

Stolen NASCAR racecar found dumped

March 1st, 2015

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The Team Xtreme NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet stolen on its way to this weekend’s Atlanta race has been recovered seemingly undamaged. Travis Kvapil had been due to race the car, which was taken from outside a hotel near the track early on Friday morning. Police found the #44 Chevrolet dumped at the roadside in a wooded area, with Xtreme tweeting the above picture of where it was found. The pick-up truck that had been towing the car in its trailer was also later recovered. The car is now back at Xtreme’s base for thorough checks, with the team intending to return for next weekend’s Las Vegas Cup round. Xtreme had sent its racecar separately in a small trailer rather than in its main hauler due to the logistical issues that [...]

Logano tops controversial qualifying

February 28th, 2015

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Joey Logano followed up his Daytona 500 victory last weekend by taking pole position for the second NASCAR Sprint Cup round of the season at Atlanta. The Penske Ford driver edged reigning champion Kevin Harvick by 0.131s in the final segment of qualifying on Friday, while Jamie McMurray and Denny Hamlin completed the second row. “In pratice we were faster on our second run, so I knew that the grip would stay in the tyres for at least two runs,” said Logano. “I didn’t know about the third run, but apparently [the grip stayed] for the third run also. “It was probably right at the limit, though. Probably the next run would have taken a pretty big jump down.” BIG NAMES FAIL TO RUN The other major talking point of [...]

Cup car stolen en route to Atlanta

February 27th, 2015

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The Team Xtreme Chevrolet that Travis Kvapil was due to drive in this weekend’s Atlanta NASCAR Sprint Cup race has been stolen on the way to the event. Kvapil revealed on Twitter that the car was taken from outside the team’s hotel in Morrow in the early hours of Friday morning. It was in a trailer attached to a pick-up truck at the time, having travelled separately from Xtreme’s main hauler as adverse weather during the week led many NASCAR teams to alter their arrangements for getting from their workshops to Atlanta. The #44 Xtreme Chevrolet had finished 32nd in last weekend’s Daytona 500 (pictured) with Reed Sorenson.

Patrick’s crew warned by NASCAR

February 26th, 2015

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NASCAR has issued a written warning to Danica Patrick’s Stewart-Haas Racing crew over a technical infringement at Daytona. An irregularity with a heat shield panel on Patrick’s Chevrolet was discovered during the opening day inspection ahead of the Unlimited and Daytona 500 week. A NASCAR statement said the warning had been given over “actions detrimental to stock car racing”. The infringement detected was an “unapproved left-side driver heat shield; the outer exterior exhaust heat shield panel must follow the horizontal surface plane of the left side floorboard forward section to the bottom edge of the left side toe board.” Patrick finished 21st in the Daytona 500, having been involved in crashes in both practice and her Duel qualifying race.

Ragan steps in for Kyle Busch at JGR

February 25th, 2015

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David Ragan will move across from Front Row Motorsports to stand in for the injured Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing from this weekend’s Atlanta NASCAR Sprint Cup round. Busch sustained a fractured right leg and left foot in a crash during the Xfinity Series race at Daytona last weekend. He was moved from a Daytona Beach hospital to one nearer his Charlotte home on Wednesday. No timetable has been set for Busch’s return to racing. Harvick: Busch’s crash a wake-up call Ragan will temporarily switch allegiance from Ford to Toyota as he moves to JGR to drive its #18 Camry in Busch’s absence, joining Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards. Team owner Joe Gibbs said: We appreciate being able to work with Front Row Motorsports and [sponsor] CSX [...]

Atlanta to make safety changes

February 24th, 2015

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Atlanta Motor Speedway will make additions to its barrier system for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race following Kyle Busch’s heavy accident at Daytona last weekend. Representatives from both the track and NASCAR met on Monday to review the venue’s safety features, and determined that a number of upgrades will be made to the current barrier system. The changes will include extending the protective wall at the exit of Turn 1, and installing a tyre barrier along the inside of Turn 4 in an effort to increase driver safety. In total, the upgrades will add an extra 130 linear feet of barrier. According to reports, Kentucky and Talladega are also making safety upgrades in the wake of Busch’s crash, which left the Joe Gibbs Racing driver with a compound fracture [...]

Busch crash a wake-up call – Harvick

February 24th, 2015

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Kyle Busch’s Daytona accident was a wake-up call to NASCAR tracks that should have been more proactive on safety, says Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick. Busch missed the Daytona 500 when he suffered a broken leg in a crash in the supporting Xfinity Series race last Saturday night. His Joe Gibbs Toyota hit the inside wall head-on during a multi-car pile-up. The wall in question was not protected by a SAFER barrier, although Daytona chiefs have promised one will now be installed. Harvick remained unhappy that this was only happening following a serious accident. “I hit the same wall further up last year and voiced my opinion and unfortunately I was just a dot on the chart and there was no reaction,” he said. “Hopefully this is a lesson learned. [...]

Smith keeps Busch’s seat for Atlanta

February 24th, 2015

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Regan Smith will remain with Stewart-Haas Racing for the Atlanta NASCAR Sprint Cup race, but the team is yet to announce a a long-term replacement for the suspended Kurt Busch. Smith finished 16th in the #41 SHR Chevrolet in the Daytona 500 last Sunday after receiving a late call-up when Busch’s suspension over a domestic abuse case was announced last Friday. Busch is still yet to be charged with a criminal offence, however NASCAR’s actions follow a Kent County (Delaware) decision to grant his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll a protective order after determining that the 2004 series champion “committed an act of abuse” during an argument in his trailer at Dover last September. Team representatives told FOX Sports on Monday that they are yet to determine the process for Busch to [...]

Daytona Tid Bits and Results

by Dave Moulthrop on February 23rd, 2015

Daytona Tid Bits and Results

Budweiser Speed Weeks 2015 is on the books. * Chevrolet was the fastest make of car most of the time but Ford won the Rolex 24 Hours, ARCA Race, Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide race and Sprint Cup Race for a clean sweep of Daytona Auto racing so far in 2015. * This year’s Daytona 500 was the first in years without rain as an issue but the rest of Speed Weeks were unseasonably cool. * Much like years ago cars got sent home and this years total of cars not making the race was six. * For the first time since 2005 there was not a Busch brother in the race with Kurt suspended on code of conduct due to allegations by his former girlfriend of abuse while Kyle [...]

Logano takes first Daytona 500 win

February 22nd, 2015

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Joey Logano claimed his first Daytona 500 victory on Sunday, crossing the line to win under yellow flags after a multi-car crash on the back straight. The Penske Ford driver ran with the leaders for much of the NASCAR Cup season opener, taking command of the race by moving into the lead during the penultimate spell of green-flag running thanks to a bump from Clint Bowyer. A late caution, triggered by Justin Allgaier crashing after suffering an apparent engine failure, then set up a green-white-chequered finish. The field was brought to a standstill under the red flag while the debris was cleared up from the shunt, with Logano taking the restart ahead of Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. During the lap-and-a-half of racing that decided the race, [...]

Kyle Busch to Miss Daytona 500

by Dave Moulthrop on February 22nd, 2015

Kyle Busch to Miss Daytona 500

Sprint Cup Series driver, Kyle Busch has a passion for racing in both the XFINITY Series and The Camping World Truck Series. Until Saturday’s 34th Annual Alert Today 300 his passion has rewarded him as the all-time race winner in the XFINITY series but that passion will result in Kyle Busch missing his first Daytona 500 since taking the green flag for then team owner Rick Hendrick in 2005. With nine laps remaining Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Erik Jones, car turned towards the infield before snapping back onto the track into traffic. With Busch following behind Jones his car turned down towards the infield running head on into the wall in a section not protected by safer barrier. Busch was able to climb from the car but was shortly [...]

Kyle Busch breaks leg in crash

February 22nd, 2015

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Kyle Busch will miss this weekend’s Daytona 500 after fracturing his right leg in a crash during the final laps of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday. Busch was taken to hospital after his Toyota was fired off the front straight and ploughed head-first into an infield wall. He required assistance to get out of the car, and was in visible distress as he was helped onto a stretcher. He underwent surgery on his lower right leg on Saturday night and was also found to have a minor fracture in his left foot. Two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton has been called up by Joe Gibbs Racing to stand in for Busch in the 500. The multi-car accident was triggered 20 laps from the end of the race, when [...]

Busch appeal rejected by NASCAR

February 21st, 2015

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NASCAR has rejected an appeal from Kurt Busch over his indefinite suspension due to the family court findings regarding his domestic abuse case. The 2004 Cup champion was suspended on Friday – two days before the season-opening Daytona 500 – following the release of civil court findings that stated he strangled his ex-partner Patricia Driscoll and “smashed her head” into a motorhome wall during an argument at the Dover NASCAR event last September. Busch appealed against NASCAR’s decision, but a three-person panel upheld the verdict. A statement from NASCAR said: “Upon hearing the testimony, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel decided that the appellant violated the rules set forth in the penalty notice. “The panel therefore decided to uphold the original penalty assessed by NASCAR.” Busch can take his case to [...]

NASCAR suspends Busch over abuse case

February 21st, 2015

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Kurt Busch has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR ahead of the Daytona 500, following the release of findings of a family court regarding the domestic abuse case involving his ex-partner. Earlier this week the family court of the State of Delaware granted Patricia Driscoll’s request for a protective order against Busch, and the findings released on Friday stated that he strangled Driscoll before “smashing her head into the wall of his motor home” during an argument at Dover International Speedway. Criminal charges have not yet been filed against Busch, as Commissioner David Jones’s report relates to a civil, family law matter, and the case is set to continue in a court of law. The 2004 Cup champion will be replaced at Daytona by one-time race winner Regan Smith, who filled [...]

Earnhardt, Johnson win Daytona Duels

February 20th, 2015

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Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jimmie Johnson won the two 150-mile Duel races that set the grid for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup-opening Daytona 500. Last year’s 500 winner Earnhardt had to start from the back of the pack in the first Duel after being excluded from qualifying for a ride-height infringement related to the front-left corner of the car. But from 25th place, he claimed victory ahead of Hendrick Motorsports team-mate Jeff Gordon, who had already secured pole position by setting the pace in qualifying on Sunday, by 0.165s. Earnhardt made the decisive move for the race shortly before the final caution period, passing Matt Kenseth for first place a few laps before 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne spun into the wall, clipping Kyle Larson after losing the car. He [...]

Real Racing, Serious Fun

by Pat McWhorter on February 18th, 2015

Ten years . . . and counting . . . for PRN's brand of

What seems like a lifetime ago in 2003, the Premier Race Network had its beginnings as a recruiting series for what was then known as the Pro Racing Series.  Running Papyrus NR2k3, the series needed someone to take over the task of attracting and grooming new drivers to reach their pro level.  Ned Adams volunteered to have a crack at it and started the Semi Pro Racing Series.  That series grew and in 2004 experienced a name change.  The new Stock Racing Series was in essence the first prototype for the vision Ned had for creating a racing environment that fostered not just intense, hardcore, door-to-door style racing, but highlighted respect and clean driving as the most important element. After a brief switch to EA NASCAR 2004, it was decided [...]

Daytona qualifying branded ‘idiotic’

February 16th, 2015

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The revised Daytona 500 qualifying system was branded “idiotic” and “an embarrassment” by some NASCAR drivers after a chaotic first attempt on Sunday. The traditional one-at-a-time system was replaced by a variation of the group knockout format adopted at all other events last year. A series of five-minute sessions were held, but the first was interrupted by a massive accident that destroyed several cars, and all featured bizarre scenes in the pitlane as drivers held back until the last possible moment then jostled to avoid being at the front of the pack as faster speeds were possible further back in the draft. Gordon takes Daytona 500 pole Clint Bowyer was among the worst affected, with his Michael Waltrip Toyota written-off in a pile-up triggered by contact with Reed Sorenson’s Team [...]

Earnhardt, Hamlin put to back of grid

February 16th, 2015

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Dale Earnhardt Jr and Denny Hamlin will start from the back of the grid for their respective Daytona 500 Duel qualifying races on Thursday after their cars failed tech inspections. Earnhardt’s #88 Hendrick Chevrolet was found to be too low at the left-front; a breach that relegates him to 25th on the grid for his Duel race due to Daytona being one of just two tracks where a minimum ride height still applies. Daytona qualifying report: Gordon on pole after controversial session “Obviously NASCAR does a great job inspecting the cars and they found that our ride heights after qualifying were too low,” said Earnhardt’s crew chief Greg Ives. “They did their due diligence of allowing us to go through their processes of how they deal with it. In the [...]