Mar 30

Superspeedway Qualifying Format Updated for Talladega, Daytona

NASCAR Logo New Structure to Feature Two Rounds to Determine Pole Winner DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 30, 2015) – NASCAR today unveiled modifications to the qualifying format at superspeedways across all three national series. The updated format will take effect at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next month. Qualifying for May’s Talladega Superspeedway races, as well as the July events at Daytona International Speedway, will consist of the following: Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted lap speeds advancing to the second round Race vehicles taking one, timed lap in each round of qualifying Each race vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the sanctioning body reserving the right to have more ... FULL STORY »

David Ragan Wheels To Fifth Place At Martinsville

2015 NSCS Driver David Ragan (Crispy M&M's - Photo Credit: David Shirey/Getty Images MARTINSVILLE, (Va.) – David Ragan’s stretch of mediocre finishes in a Joe Gibbs Racing entry is over. On Sunday, the Unadilla, Georgia native lived up to the expectations everyone thought he would, as he scored an impressive fifth-place finish in ... FULL STORY »

In Substitute Role, Regan Smith 16th At Martinsville

2015 NASCAR Regan Smith - Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images MARTINSVILLE, Va. – MARTINSVILLE, Va. – By all accounts, Regan Smith’s 16th place finish in Sunday’s STP 500 was a small victory for the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team. When the team’s driver Kyle Larson unexpectedly collapsed ... FULL STORY »

Mixed Feelings For Matt Kenseth

2015 NSCS Driver Matt Kenseth (Dollar General) - Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images With 30 laps left in Sunday’s STP 500, Matt Kenseth surged into the lead past Tony Stewart, who was driving on old tires. But Kenseth couldn’t hold the position. He lost the top spot to race winner and Joe Gibbs Racing ... FULL STORY »

Never Give Up (Martin Truex Jr.)

2015 NSCS Driver Martin Truex Jr (Furniture Row) - Photo Credit: Doug Pennington/Getty Images Martin Truex Jr. finished sixth in Sunday’s race, posting his sixth straight top 10 to start the season, but the performance of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team was anything but routine. In the first tire run of the afternoon, ... FULL STORY »

Danica Patrick Hustles To Fifth Career Top-10 Finish At Martinsville

2015 NSCS Driver Danica Patrick (TaxACT) - Photo Credit: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images MARTINSVILLE, Va. – You would have never known that Danica Patrick struggled in the early stages of the STP 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. But through willpower and a better-handling racecar, Patrick made her trek back through the field to ... FULL STORY »

Denny Hamlin holds off Brad Keselowski for Martinsville Sprint Cup win

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. - Photo Credit: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images MARTINSVILLE, Va.— With Brad Keselowski beating a tattoo into his rear bumper, and with his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota sliding sideways as it approached the checkered flag, Denny Hamlin held on to his car and held off Keselowski ... FULL STORY »

2014 NSCS Driver Kyle Larson on Track at Pocono Raceway in the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS - Photo Credit: Jared C, Tilton/Getty Images
Kyle Larson won’t race at Martinsville; Regan Smith in No. 42 Chevrolet
Posted 03.29.15
MARTINSVILLE, Va.— On doctors’ advice, Kyle Larson will not race in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1), after fainting during an autograph session on Saturday afternoon. Regan Smith will take Larson’s place in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. “After fainting yesterday at an ...FULL STORY »
2015 NSCS Driver Kyle Larson (Target) - Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images
Kyle Larson Fine, But Awaiting Further Evaluation After Fainting At Martinsville
Posted 03.28.15
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson was awaiting a final evaluation from a neurologist late Saturday night in Charlotte after fainting earlier in the day at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. According to a report by USA Today Sports, Larson’s public relations representative Davis Schaefer indicated that the ...FULL STORY »
Joey Logano (right), driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, poses with team owner Brad Keselowski in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. - Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images
Joey Logano pulls out wild overtime win in Martinsville Truck race
Posted 03.28.15
MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Race runner-up Matt Crafton said Joey Logano barreled into Turn 1 on the final restart "like he was shot out of a cannon." Ducking to the inside with the accelerator mashed was the move Logano, the Coors Light Pole Award winner, had to make to vault from third to first ...FULL STORY »
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Short Strokes
Posted 03.28.15
Martinsville ace Denny Hamlin paced Saturday’s first practice session with a lap at 97.113 mph, and defending STP 500 winner Kurt Busch topped Happy Hour at 97.098 mph… Eight-time Martinsville winner Jimmie Johnson slowed during the first practice, thinking he might have lost a cylinder. But the crew diagnosed and fixed ...FULL STORY »
NSCS Driver Aric Almirola on track in the No. 43 STP Ford Fusion - Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
A Case Of Deja Blue (Aric Almirola)
Posted 03.28.15
When Aric Almirola’s No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford pulled out of the garage for Saturday’s Sprint Cup Series practice at Martinsville, it recalled the halcyon days of Petty Enterprises when team owner Richard Petty won 15 Cup races at the .526-mile short track. Now, Aric Almirola is carrying the striking ...FULL STORY »
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Energizer Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 27, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images
Kyle Larson Being Evaluated At Local Hospital After Passing Out
Posted 03.28.15
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver Kyle Larson was taken to a local hospital as a precaution after fainting at an appearance Saturday afternoon at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Larson, 22, was at the Chevy Stage in the fan zone when he reportedly became ill and passed out. ...FULL STORY »
Gray Gaulding, No. 7 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Toyota Tundra
Gray Gaulding Settling In At Red Horse Racing
Posted 03.28.15
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Just days after parting ways with NTS Motorsports, NASCAR Next driver Gray Gaulding still managed to find himself on track at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Friday. Gaulding, the 17-year old rising star is in a third entry for Red Horse Racing (RHR) alongside teammates Timothy Peters and ...FULL STORY »
Chase Elliott (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan / Getty Images)
Chase Elliott To Make NASCAR Sprint Cup Debut Sunday At Martinsville
Posted 03.28.15
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Cleary when Chase Elliott had plans of making his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut, he didn’t have a 27th place starting position in mind. But of course after spending Thursday night mad and worried about Friday’s erratic weather forecast at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, the reigning XFINITY Series ...FULL STORY »
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Martinsville President Clay Campbell Upbeat About ARCA Return
Posted 03.27.15
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Even though his final ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start of the season is newly six weeks away, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway president Clay Campbell was all smiles talking about his upcoming race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. “We’re all set,” Campbell told Campbell will return to ...FULL STORY »

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