RAINOUTS CAUSE TEAMS HEADACHES

NASCAR's top-tier hauler drivers started out on a few-week long odyssey around Easter. For some it is still ongoing.The Nationwide tour headed west in early April from the Charlotte area to their annual event over the holiday weekend in Nashville. There are a few that haven't been home yet and will not see home for a while. Racing in Music City then doubling back to Charlotte only to head west again to Phoenix is an option. Well-equipped teams have second transporters that are put into play o ...

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PACE CAR DELIVERED BY CHINOOK HELICOPTER

I love Texas. They do everything big there. For example: the pace car for the Dickies 500. It wasn't driven to the track. It arrived by Chinook helicopter, whose crew treated the end of pit road like a hot zone. The pace car driver? It wasn't some washed-up TV actor. It was U.S. Marine Col. Doug Hurley, a space shuttle pilot who is a season ticket holder at Texas Motor Speedway. Credit TMS president Eddie Gossage for keeping things interesting. The helicopter landing and pace car entrance were c ...

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CRASH PUTS FIRST DENT IN JOHNSON’S QUEST FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT TITLE

Have you ever noticed that trouble strikes when you least expect it? For Chase leader Jimmie Johnson, that was the case Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. With a 184-point advantage over teammate Mark Martin, Johnson simply needed to finish 10th or better in the final three races in order to claim his fourth straight title. After making it through the chaos in the closing laps at Talladega, Johnson was unable to make it three full laps at the Dickies 500, where he was the favorite to win. Exiti ...

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KURT BUSCH WINS DICKIES 500 AS CHASE RACE TIGHTENS UP

Jimmie Johnson wrecked, Kurt Busch won a fuel-mileage thriller and one lucky fan won $1 million at the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Johnson's wreck on lap 3 put Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon back in contention for the title with two races to go in the Chase. Busch survived a fuel finish that saw fellow contender Kyle Busch, who was attempting to sweep the weekend, run dry during the closing laps. The big winner? That would be Michael McGee of Broken Bow, Okla. He was named the Di ...

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JIMMIE JOHNSON CRASHES AT TEXAS

Jimmie Johnson's incredible run of great racing and good luck came to a stunning halt at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday when David Reutimann sent Sam Hornish Jr. into the points leader on lap 3 at the Dickies 500. Johnson slammed the inside wall, necessitating an hour-plus trip to the garage. The three-time champion returned to the track on Lap 115 in a rebuilt car, which bore no sponsor decals on the front and rear. Johnson's fourth championship, which looked like a lock before the race, sudden ...

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