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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
  • Matt A Kingsbury

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributin 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.

  • Jordan Hightower

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • 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.

  • Raymond Kingsbury

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

  • 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.

NASCAR investigates Hamlin’s car

July 28th, 2014

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NASCAR has confiscated parts from the Joe Gibbs Toyota that carried Denny Hamlin to third in last weekend’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis to investigate a possible technical breach. Series spokesperson Kerry Tharp told that there were “possible issues with several rear firewall block-off plates” on Hamlin’s Camry. The plates are designed to serve as a driver protection device by shielding them from fluids or fumes, however if they become detached during the race they can potentially increase downforce by influencing the airflow from inside the car. Rule 20-3.4.5 of the NASCAR regulations states: “Block-off plates/covers used in rear firewalls in place of blowers, oil coolers, etc, must be constructed of 22 gage (0.031 inch thick) magnetic sheet steel. Block-off plates/covers must be installed with positive fasteners and sealed to [...]

Gordon takes fifth Brickyard victory

July 27th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon took an emphatic victory in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, grabbing the advantage at the final restart to cement his place atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings. The Hendrick Motorsports driver led initially before falling back at the first round of stops, gradually working his way back up the order before passing team-mate Kasey Kahne with 17 laps to go en route to a second victory of the season and his fifth at the Brickyard. “I don’t think there’s a greater feeling for a race car driver than to be here in Victory Lane in Indianapolis,” said Gordon. “I’m not usually good at restarts, but I made the restart of my life today when it mattered most.” Gordon passed polesitter Kevin Harvick to take the lead on [...]

Harvick dominates Indy qualifying

July 26th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick dominated qualifying for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, taking his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position of the 2014 season. The Stewart-Haas Chevrolet driver topped the timesheets in all three sections of qualifying, establishing an early benchmark of 47.753 seconds in the final segment that would stand for the duration. The only other man able to break the 48s barrier was current points leader Jeff Gordon, who will start alongside Harvick on an all-Chevrolet front row after denying Brad Keselowski, winner of the previous round at New Hampshire, in the closing stages of the session. Last year’s Indianapolis winner Ryan Newman lines up in fourth place, ahead of top Toyota driver Brian Vickers, then Harvick’s team-mates Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. Juan Pablo Montoya qualified eighth for only [...]

NASCAR bemused by teams’ alliance

July 22nd, 2014

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NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France says that he is sceptical about the potential effectiveness of the newly-formed Race Teams Alliance. He warned that a consensus voice from the teams could actually hold the series back. Nine of the Sprint Cup series’ largest teams announced their plans to form a unified body to represent their interests earlier this month, with Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman having been appointed as the RTA’s leader. But speaking during a radio interview on SIRIUS/XM on Monday, France said that he harbours doubts about the group. “We didn’t think it was necessary,” he said. “We think the benefits they will arrive at with this association will be much smaller than they do. “The one thing that is essential to NASCAR is, when you hear [...]

Florida to New Hampshire

by Jordan Hightower on July 16th, 2014

Week 10 Daytona P1

After spending Week Nine in the Bluegrass State, the NASCAR iRacing Class A Fixed Series headed to two very unique venues for weeks 10 and 11 of the series. Week 10 brought the series to the world famous Daytona International Speedway, a 2.5-mile superspeedway with 31-degree banking, while Week 11 brings the drivers to the flat, 1-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Nearly 1,700 sim racers competed in at least one event during the two weeks of racing, which made this two week stretch one of the most popular throughout the season. Daytona (Top Strength of Field) As the old saying goes, “it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.” That statement was held deep in Lee Herron’s (Carolina) mind as he started the 35 lap event in the 16th [...]

Keselowski takes dominant victory

July 13th, 2014

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Brad Keselowski dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire on Sunday, despite the late scare of a green-white-chequered finish, to record his second victory in three races. Keselowski first took the lead on lap 90, and then spent much of the day heading the pack in his Penske-run Ford. He relied on the car’s pace to take four tyres in the majority of his pitstops, and although he repeatedly lost track position he quickly carved through the lead each time. “It’s a privilege to drive a car like this, we’re red hot,” he said in Victory Lane. “With cars like this, the sky’s the limit for us.” His nearest challengers gambled on a doomed fuel strategy. Denny Hamlin bailed out as soon as the final yellow flew, for [...]

Kyle Busch takes New Hampshire pole

July 11th, 2014

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Kyle Busch qualified quickest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to take his second NASCAR Sprint Cup pole of the year. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver jostled for position with Tony Stewart, and then Jimmie Johnson in the final 10-minute pole shootout, setting his quickest time on the first flying lap. Quickest in practice, Johnson qualified second just 0.06 seconds behind Busch, with Denny Hamlin challenging the leaders having found a blistering late pace to finish third – two tenths down on team-mate Busch’s pole time. Stewart completed the top four ahead of Jamie McMurray and Joey Logano in fifth and sixth respectively. Brad Keselowski was hindered by traffic from the outset but achieved seventh overall when he could finally hook up an untroubled lap. The first 30-minute session was largely [...]

Want to go Racing? Be a Chump!

by Paul Slavonik on July 11th, 2014


I’m not alone when I say that I would love to go racing. Although I love the thrill of driving cars on which I will most likely never even get to touch, much less race in real life, I just don’t get that “real life” sensation while I’m sitting in my wheeled swivel chair at home while racing barefoot and in my underwear (Go on and admit it…you do it too).  I want to go racing. REAL racing. And just like I know that YOU also race on iRacing in your underwear, I also know that YOU want to go racing, too! So who’s with me?! Ready? Let’s go! Okay, who’s paying for it? That question, unfortunately, is usually where the conversation stops. Ask anyone who has ever been [...]

Q&A With Donald FitzGerald

by Brooks Westfall on July 11th, 2014

No stranger to short track racing, Donald commits most of his free time to the Silver Crown.

Mr. FitzGerald has been with the iRacing service since 2012 and spends just about all of his time competing in the Silver Crown Cup. He also runs in ‘Crown leagues such as “Old Bastards.”  With as much experience as he has with the Silver Crown, he is definitely a senior figure in the short track sim racing community. I had the pleasure of asking Donald a few questions about his iRacing experience and how he enjoys the service. Here’s what he had to say: Q: How long have you been sim-racing?   A: I have been iRacing for about two years now. I used to play NASCAR on the Xbox for almost five years before switching over to iRacing. Can’t really compare the two, can you?! Q: What do you like [...]

The View from Mid-Pack: My Venture into Competitive [Rental] Karting

by Matt Holden on July 11th, 2014

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We hear it very often how expensive racing is.  It’s said that, “If you want to make a small fortune in racing, start with a big one.”  It’s true that if you want to make your car go really fast, you’ll have to sink some money into it.  But what if you don’t actually own the car (or kart) that you’re driving?  Will it really be that expensive, and can you get the fun of highly-competitive racing for a fraction of the cost?  This summer, I took the opportunity to find out the answers to all of this, and signed up for the GoPro Motorplex’s Summer Rental League powered by Sunoco, and it was quite the experience.  And yes, I did take a few moments to compare it to iRacing [...]

NASCAR penalises Kurt Busch’s team

July 9th, 2014

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Kurt Busch and the Stewart-Haas team have been penalised for a technical infringement after their third-place finish in the Daytona NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Busch came through the field from 40th on the grid to third in the rain-shortened event. But his Chevrolet was kept for an additional inspection due to an issue with its track bar. A NASCAR statement said “the Delta (or difference) of the Z-height measurement between the centre of the panhard bar mounting bolt located at the left truck trailing arm and the centre of the panhard bar mounting bolt, located at the right rear sub-frame mounting bracket, exceeded the maximum of three inches”, a maximum that is imposed for the restrictor-place races at Daytona and Talladega. Both Busch and car owner Gene Haas have lost [...]

Almirola wins abandoned Daytona race

July 6th, 2014

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Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola picked up his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in a Daytona race finally abandoned after two enormous crashes and multiple rain delays. Bad weather had dogged the entire weekend and caused the postponement of what was planned as a Saturday night race. Further drizzle first delayed Sunday morning’s rescheduled start, and then caused an early red flag while the Air Titan system was used to dry the track again. That shower passed quickly and racing resumed, but on lap 19 a tangle between Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon began a chain reaction that ultimately collected 16 cars. A subsequent patch of clear weather allowed over half the distance to be completed pretty smoothly, with 11 different drivers leading the drafting pack [...]

Rain postpones Daytona NASCAR race

July 6th, 2014

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This weekend’s 400-mile Daytona NASCAR Sprint Cup race has been postponed until Sunday due to rain. The race was scheduled for a Saturday night slot and due to get underway just before 8pm local time, but with heavy rain at Daytona and more forecast, the decision was ultimately taken to delay the event. The rescheduling means it will no longer be a night race, with a new start time of 11am local time on Sunday – although rain is forecast on the revised date as well. Friday’s qualifying session was also affected by the weather, as rain halted the session early and left David Gilliland on a shock pole.

Gilliland nets shock Daytona pole

July 4th, 2014

Gilliland nets shock Daytona pole

David Gilliland claimed a surprise pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona following a chaotic and rain-affected qualifying session. It started raining shortly after the opening session and the downpour forced the remainder of qualifying to be cancelled, handing Front Row Ford driver Gilliland the third pole of his career and his first of the season. The shortened session means the front two rows have a surprise look to them, with Reed Sorenson’s Baldwin Chevrolet, which has started no higher than 22nd this year, joining Gilliland – whose last pole came at Daytona in 2007 – on the front row. Landon Cassill, whose previous best qualifying result was sixth, and 50-year-old Bobby Labonte will start third and fourth, while reigning champion Jimmie Johnson will line-up fifth in his [...]

Making it Real – Langley iRacing

by Scott Heckert on July 4th, 2014

After struggling in his first visit to Langley, Heckert turned to iRacing to come to grips with its idiocyncracies.

@Scott34Heckert This past week we traveled to Hampton, VA, home of Langley Speedway.  A NASCAR home track that has very dedicated fans, Langley Speedway is located in close proximity to Langley Air Force Base. Langley is a great little track, an opinion I only developed after this year’s race.  The track is tough to get a hold of at first, especially for my rookie year. I struggled royally here in 2013 getting used to the track. It was a fresh repave and had tons of grip, but that didn’t change the unique shape of the four-tenths of a mile oval. Despite the track map having clearly defined straightaways, you are almost constantly turning left — if the car is right that is. The photo below was taken with an onboard [...]

Moustakas’ Bumpy Ride

by Jordan Hightower on July 1st, 2014

Week 9 Kentucky P1

Week Eight might have been unfamiliar to some drivers in the series–making left and right turns, but the NASCAR iRacing Class A Fixed Series returns to more familiar territory for Week Nine. Kentucky Speedway brought 517 sim racers to the bumpy, wide, and worn out venue for 50 laps of action. Although the track just celebrated its 14th birthday, it has quickly become one of the most unique 1.5-mile speedways on the NASCAR circuit. With most big speedways in NASCAR, there are usually two to three grooves that can provide close and exciting racing, but that’s not the case at Kentucky. The groove is only one to one and a half cars wide, so track position is at a premium in real life and on the service. There were [...]

Keselowski unstoppable at Kentucky

June 29th, 2014

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Brad Keselowski dominated from pole to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup night race at Kentucky Speedway. Having swept the front row in Friday’s qualifying session, Keselowski and Penske team-mate Joey Logano were untouchable for most of the race as well, with 2012 champion Keselowski leading 199 of the 267 laps. Keselowski lost the lead to Logano during pitstops on three occasions, but he was always able to repass the sister car on track soon afterwards. The only man other than the Penske duo to hold first place at any stage was Kyle Busch, who was one of several driver to vault to the front by virtue of good pitstop timing when the final yellow of the race came out. That shuffle was the sole time all night that Keselowski had [...]

Keselowski leads all-Penske front row

June 27th, 2014


Brad Keselowski claimed his third pole of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season as he denied Penske Ford team-mate Joey Logano the top spot in Kentucky Speedway qualifying. Logano had been fastest in the first two segments of the three-leg knockout qualifying session, but a lap in 28.603 seconds and at 188.791mph gave Keselowski pole for Saturday night’s race by 0.247s over his team-mate, in what was also the third all-Penske front row of the year. It came just hours after Keselowski had secured pole for Friday night’s Nationwide Series round as well. Jeff Gordon led Hendrick’s challenge in third place at the only track on the current schedule where he has yet to win. Remarkably given the team’s recent form, Gordon was the only Hendrick man to reach the [...]

NASCAR entry drops below 43 cars

June 27th, 2014

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup field will be below its traditional 43-car mark for the first time in nearly 13 years at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. The series has often been attracting entries of more than its 43-car starting limit this year, resulting in drivers failing to make the cut, but it is down to 42 entries for the Kentucky event. The 21 teams that have attended every round this year are all present, but the withdrawal of some of the part-time competitors has resulted in the shortfall. Randy Humphrey Racing and driver Dave Blaney called off plans to enter Kansas for what team owner Humphrey called a “retooling” process. “It has nothing to do with financials, it’s really more about people and people issues,” Humphrey told the official NASCAR website. [...]

Kenseth says tyre wall more damaging

June 26th, 2014

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Matt Kenseth believes his violent NASCAR Sprint Cup crash at Sonoma would have been less damaging if he had hit a concrete barrier than a tyre wall. A tap from Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Hendrick Chevrolet sent Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs Toyota head-on into a single-layer tyre barrier during last Sunday’s first road course round of the 2014 Cup season. Kenseth reckons he might have been able to continue had he had a square hit against a cement wall. “I didn’t feel like I was going very fast and I’m like ‘what’s over there? Oh there’s a tyre barrier, I hope I don’t hit that very hard…’” he recounted. “And it kind of grabbed hold of the car and whipped it around. “I’m sure there’s a lot of cases where tyre barriers [...]