Who’s the Next Driver For the No. 55?

By Jordan Dodson

Mark Martin announced Tuesday that he will not drive the No. 55 in 2014 and expects the No. 55 to be occupied by a full-time driver. That opens the door for a full-time driver to take his place. But who will it be or who should it be? Continue reading

Ten years later, Vickers returns to defend his Nationwide Series Championship

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Brian Vickers racing for his second NNS championship in 2013
Photo – NASCAR.com

2013 highlights Brian Vickers return to full-time Nationwide Series competition and marks the ten-year anniversary of Vicker’s first championship, in what was then known as the Busch Series. When Brian won his championship in 2003, he made history by becoming the youngest champion in NASCAR’s Nationwide series’ history.

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Nationwide Series Silly Season in full swing

2012-NNS-500x300By Michelle Lesener

The Nationwide Series silly season has been in full swing, with changes taking place even before the racing season wrapped up for 2012. Look for more changes before the new season starts in February 2013.

As NASCAR fans look forward to Nationwide Series racing next season, there’s already been a lot of driver movement and changes, including the guarantee of a new Nationwide Series champion in the 2013 season. Continue reading

Brian Vickers And Dollar General Sign New Deals

By Jordan Dodson

After a comeback year for Brian Vickers in 2012, he finds himself lined up for a full-time ride in 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Brain Vickers has signed a one year deal to drive in the Nationwide series with full-time sponsorship of Dollar General.

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The ‘Dega a Chase Wildcard

By Rich Foust

The Chase enters its fourth race at the track that, in the blink of an eye, can make or break the dreams of a championship for any driver and his team.

Talladega Superspeedway is located north of Talladega, Alabama, on ground formerly known as Anniston Air force base.

This track is a tri-oval and is known for its steep banking and unusual location of the start finish line. Talladega is NASCAR’s longest track at 2.66 miles. Turns 1 and 2 are banked at 33 degrees, turn 3 at 32.4 degrees, turn 4 at 32.5 degrees and the back straight is at a mere 3 degrees .

The lap record was set in 1987 by Bill Elliott at 44.998 seconds and still stands unchallenged today.

Originally named Alabama International Motor Speedway, the track opened on September 13, 1969, at a cost of 4 million dollars.

The first race at Talladega did not go as planed due to tire issues. Most all drivers walked away from their cars and substitute drivers filled those seats, except for Bobby Isaac, who ran his qualifying laps, before climbing out of his car to never return again. Although there were many issues during the race, it ended in a historic three-wide finish, with Richard Brickhouse as the winner.

Other drivers to get their first win at Talladega are Brian Vickers and Brad Keselowski.

‘Dega, as it’s affectionately called, is known for its high speed chess match type of racing. Tight, close racing, more often then not, leads to “The Big One,” which looms over every driver’s mind from the green flag to the inevitable crash that can take out half the field.

As a by-product of this style of racing, the race this Sunday at Talladega, could be a game changer for all Chase contenders – good or bad.

So fans, put some extra padding on the edge of your chair, because it’s more than likely, this is where you’ll spend most of the race this weekend. Talladega is the most exciting, yet unpredictable race of The Chase.

Ask Rich your NASCAR technical questions and he’ll answer them in his weekly blog.  Reply below with your question or via email to Rich@ChicagolandFans4Racing.com

NASCAR Fan Perspective: Bristol Motor Speedway was Amazing

 

By Jason Schultz 

The smell of race fumes. The roar of the cars going around the track. The fans cheering, booing and getting excited for a night race at Bristol. All of those things are what you can expect at Bristol on race weekend.  Continue reading