Category Archives: Columns

Thursday Daytona Notebook

    (Getty Images Photo) By REID SPENCER It was a noon practice on the day of the Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway, and there was six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, doing his thing. The regular routine for Johnson and No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus is a succession of single-car runs at Daytona, staying out of the draft and […]

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NASCAR Media Day Notebook

By REID SPENCER   DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Danica Patrick has 118 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts to her credit. She has no victories, no top fives. But as Patrick starts her fourth full season in Sprint Cup, paired with new crew chief Billy Scott, she points to her ability to get up to speed more quickly in practice as […]

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Sunday Daytona Qualifying Notebook

    (Getty Images Photo) By REID SPENCER DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Speedweeks at Daytona haven’t gone the way Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 Furniture Row team would have expected or preferred. In Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited, Truex fell victim to a late wreck and finished 13th. On Sunday afternoon, he didn’t even get to make a qualifying […]

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Saturday Daytona Notebook

    (Getty Images Photo) By REID SPENCER DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Defending Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano saved his best for the last two minutes of the second and final practice session on Saturday afternoon. Drafting with teammate Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney of Wood Brothers Racing, a Team Penske affiliate, Logano topped the speed chart at 2.5-mile Daytona […]

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Friday Daytona Notebook

  (Getty Images Photo) By REID SPENCER   DAYTONA BEACH, FL – To say that Brian Vickers appreciates the opportunity to drive the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in place of injured Tony Stewart would be nothing short of a colossal understatement. “If anything, I feel more rested than every single person in this garage,” Vickers said on Friday at […]

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New NASCAR charter system of team ownership is huge step for the sport

(Getty Images Photo) By REID SPENCER   CHARLOTTE, NC – Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and current team owner Richard Petty called Tuesday’s announcement of a new charter agreement between the sanctioning body and Sprint Cup team owners “the second-most important thing that’s ever happened in NASCAR.” Second, that is, to NASCAR’s founding meeting at the Streamline Hotel in […]

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Togetherness could propel Hendrick Motorsports to new heights in 2016

  (Getty Images Photo) By REID SPENCER Can Hendrick Motorsports really be better without Jeff Gordon? From a global perspective, to suggest such a thing would be pure heresy. But from a year-over-year performance perspective, it’s well within the realm of possibility that the 2016 version of Hendrick Motorsports could outshine the 2015 edition, even with rookie Chase Elliott taking […]

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Wednesday Charlotte Notebook

By REID SPENCER For Roush Fenway Racing, improvement isn’t just the same old song CHARLOTTE, NC – Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark concedes that, in January, every executive of every organization competing in the NASCAR Spring Cup Series will be singing the same tune. In other words, in January, before any cars actually hit the race track, everyone is […]

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