The Nationwide Series may have a new car this weekend in Daytona, but the Sprint Cup Series has something new of its own — a new restrictor plate. The plate that’ll be used for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 will have 1 1/32-inch openings, the largest opening ever. Full Story
Defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion and current points leader in that series, Ryan Truex, will make his Nationwide Series debut this month when he climbs behind the wheel of a Michael Waltrip Racing entry on July 17 at Gateway International Raceway. He will pilot a NAPA-sponored No. 00 entry and will be a teammate to the team’s regular Nationwide Series driver, Trevor Bayne. Full Story
For the second-consecutive year, a No. 3 driven by the late Dale Earnhardt will be a part of the festivities at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Earnhardt’s daughter Taylor drove the famed No. 3 in the festival last year. This year, the car Earnhardt raced to his 1995 Brickyard 400 win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be part of the Goodwood Festival, and his son Kerry will drive it. Full Story
NASCAR announced on Monday that the 25 nominees for the 2011 induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be revealed at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday. The official announcement will be made on a special edition of the network’s show, “NASCAR Race Hub.”
According to a press release from NASCAR, there will be be at least five inductees in 2011. The inaugural class of five — Bill France, Bill France Jr., Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, and Richard Petty — were inducted into the Hall of Fame last month. Full Story
On Saturday, Rusty Wallace Inc. announced that Scott McDougall would crew chief the organization’s No. 66 team and driver Steve Wallace. McDougall came to RWI in late 2009 from CJM Racing. He was an engineer with CJM’s No. 11 team, which recently folded. examiner
Just as every other NASCAR race team is making preparations from the 2010 season that’s just a little more than a month away, Furniture Row Racing is getting its crew in place for the upcoming season.
The Colorado-based team, with Regan Smith as its driver, recently promoted team member Ryan Coniam to the crew chief position. While he was already with the team, he hasn’t been with Furniture Row for very long. Coniam joined the team in November, coming from a race engineer position at Michael Waltrip Racing. Amanda Vincent
Four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife, Chandra, are expecting their first child in July, spokesman Kristine Curley confirmed Monday. nascar.com
Prior to his entry into the Sprint Cup Series, some observers thought Scott Speed might not exactly buy or fit into the NASCAR culture.
Sure, he carried a surname suited perfectly for America’s premier motorsports division, but Speed was not cut out of the traditional Cup driver’s mold.
Before Speed ever made his first Cup start, word of his unconventional personality and habits – he has been known to paint his toenails and get pedicures, among other habits – was known in the Cup garage.
So it was natural to wonder exactly how well this 26-year-old former Formula One driver would fit into NASCAR’s top series.
With one full season now under his belt, rest assured that Speed is the same guy. But he believes that his peers have accepted him for reasons that have nothing to do with his eclectic tastes. At the same time, Speed has embraced the NASCAR way of life – while remaining true to himself. scenedaily
Ralf Schumacher says he would follow his older brother Michael’s return to Formula One racing if he had the right offer.
Michael Schumacher, a record seven-time Formula One champion, is coming out of three years of retirement to drive for Mercedes GP. sportsillustrated
Who are NASCAR’s most beautiful people?
The Sporting News asked that question of readers, fans and those who cover the sport, and the results weren’t limited by traditional definitions of beauty. The editors considered fan favorites and sponsor favorites and gave them points, and they also awarded points to “those were were making waves in the sport.” scenedaily