Sportsguy "Hutch" (David Hutcheson) loves the intense stuff like sports, flying and motorcycle riding (he's had three bikes so far and sold the last one so he could get back to aviation). He's found NASCAR drivers to be the nicest of the professional athletes he's covered for the media. As you can see (above, at VIR) Hutch loves a nice ride.
Keselowski dominates Richmond, as Newman and Biffle claim last Chase spots
The car and driver to beat in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup identified themselves emphatically on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.
Brad Keselowski led all but 17 of 400 laps in winning the Federated Auto Parts 400, the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season. In the process, he won his fourth race of the season and secured top seeding for the 10-race Chase, which starts Sunday, Sept. 14 at Chicagoland Speedway (2 p.m. ET on ESPN).
Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle secured the final two of 16 Chase spots on points, Newman with a solid ninth-place run, Biffle with a much shakier 19th-place finish, two laps down.
But it was Keselowski who made the statement in securing the 400th victory across all racing series for team owner Roger Penske.
"What a night!" Keselowski said. "Part of me, I pulled into victory lane and I pinched myself once to make sure I wasn't dreaming. These are nights you don't forget as a driver—and you live for. The Miller Lite Ford Fusion was just flying, and this is— I couldn't ask for a better way to enter the Chase than to win and take the first seed.
"We're ready. We want to run for another Cup. We really feel like this team has it. Team Penske is really clicking… 400th win for Team Penske, and this feels so lucky, man, to have such an incredible team and a car like we did tonight and be able to execute it and not have any bad luck. We've had plenty of bad luck over the last few weeks, but, wow, what a night!"
Keselowski, the Coors Light pole winner, took the lead for the final time on Lap 127 when he beat race runner-up Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick, the race’s only other leader, off pit road. From that point on, Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford was untouchable. .
But if that caution gave the drivers behind him a glimmer of hope, Keselowski quickly snuffed it out, pulling away from Gordon, Bowyer and Harvick after a restart on Lap 337 and opening a two-second advantage by Lap 355.
Though Bowyer finished just seven points behind Biffle in the battle for the final Chase position, realistically, the driver of the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota had to win the race to make the postseason.
And Bowyer left nothing on the table.
"That was our best effort," he said. "That's all I had. That's all we had as a race team. We put it all out there, and still, we were just third best."
Late Model Champion Lee Pulliam and Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbelldiscuss the importance of DuPont Credit Union's sponsorship of the NASCAR late Model Race in Martinsville. Pulliam discussed the challenge and prestige of the race: he is a multiple champion in the series and has won the Martinsville Late Model Race, but no one has done both in the same season. He added "90 cars try to qualify for the race and only 43 get in. Of those 43 fastest, there's not much difference between the first and 45th".
The "MDCU 300" is scheduled for October 5.
The Chase for the 2014 Crown at South Boston Speedway!
CenturyLink NASCAR Late Model 100 will heat things up Saturday night at SoBo
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — The racing action will heat up again this week at America’s Hometown Track as five events are planned as part of the CenturyLink NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program on Saturday, July 19.
The first of five races Saturday night at the historic four-tenths mile asphalt oval will get cranked up at 7 p.m.
The featured attraction of the CenturyLink NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program will be a 100-lap dual for the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division.
Former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Peyton Sellers owns the lead in the chase for the 2014 crown at America’s Hometown Track after rolling to multiple victories thus far.
The battle for second in the title chase is tight as Austin Thaxton is only 11 points ahead of third-place Matt Bowling, who, like Sellers, is a former South Boston Speedway track champion.
Video: Brad Kaselowski talks about "Getting two" at New Hampshire:
Brad K. Only The Latest To Tame Bristol In The ‘2’
Brad Keselowski has won two of the last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway, which should surprise absolutely no one.
Even if it doesn’t seem immediately apparent, a closer look at statistical history shows he’s an heir to this slice of success.
It’s all about the No. 2 – plus a trio of top-rung drivers who through the years have combined to give Team Penske a total of 10 victories at the historic .533-mile oval with three different manufacturers – Pontiac, Dodge and Ford.
Rusty Wallace racked up seven BMS wins in the No. 2. And he had two other Bristol wins before that, driving for owner Raymond Beadle.
Kurt Busch added an eighth Bristol win for Penske’s No. 2, that coming after four victories driving for Jack Roush.
Wendell Scott Commemorative Decal Placed On Cars In Phoenix
Since 2010, NASCAR has designated the first race weekend in March as a time to commemorate Wendell Scott’s first career start. Scott is the only African- American driver to win a Grand National (now Sprint Cup) Series event in NASCAR history.
Cars in all four NASCAR series competing at Phoenix International Raceway (NASCAR K&N Pro SeriesWest, NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) sported a commemorative decal.