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  • September 2004

    Open article Press Snoop: Full field and new faces in Trucks.
    10 September 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting

  • Open article Press Snoop: California notes and filming Herbie.
    5 September 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting Although not all the 93,000 grandstand tickets have been sold, there still is a big crowd expected this weekend for the first NASCAR Nextel Cup race on Labour Day weekend. With more than 88,000 seats already sold and an estimated 20,000 more fans in the RV infield area, there will be well over 100,000 people in attendance. Not too shabby.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Biffle races Mears for Busch win.
    5 September 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting GREG BIFFLE won the Target House 300 NASCAR Busch Series Race at California Speedway on Saturday afternoon in front of an estimated crowd of 50,000. His margin of victory over runner-up, pole sitter CASEY MEARS, was 0.356secs. Third was KEVIN HARVICK. All three were running different marques.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Mears takes Busch pole.
    5 September 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting CASEY MEARS was the fastest Busch Series driver all day Friday. He qualified on the pole for the Target House 300 race with a time of 39.368secs, not quite as close to his morning practice time of 39.347secs. The Busch Series qualifying track record of 39.143secs was set in April 2003 by KEVIN HARVICK. Mears was eighth fastest in Cup practice Friday morning with a time of 39.086secs.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Sadler fastest on Friday.
    4 September 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting ELLIOTT SADLER was fastest of the 48 NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers in Friday morning practice at California Speedway for Sunday night's Pop Secret 500 race, with a time of 38.795secs.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Rusty's last call.
    1 September 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting. DALE EARNHARDT Jr showed that he still has what it takes last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. He won both the Busch Series race on Friday night and the Nextel Cup race Saturday night. No telling what would have happened Wednesday night had he run the Craftsman Truck Series race in Thunder Valley. CARL EDWARDS won the Truck race.


  • August 2004

    Open article Press Snoop: Edwards springs from worst to first.
    27 August 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting. Bristol Motor Speedway had nearly 70,000 fans on Wednesday night to watch the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly 200 race, in shirtsleeve warm weather - the largest Truck crowd at a BMS race.

  • Open article Press Snoop: RIP Tom Baldwin Sr.
    24 August 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting. Veteran stock car racer TOM BALDWIN was killed late Thursday night after a crash in a NASCAR Featherlite Modified race at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut. Baldwin, 57, went evasive of a crash on lap ten into the wet, slick infield and was hit by another out of control driver, RONALD SILK. Baldwin went into the three cement blocks around a light post. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

  • Open article Press Snoop: A whole lotta shufflin' going on.
    19 August 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting. NASCAR has done some executive shuffling at the management level. ROBIN PEMBERTON is now NASCAR vice-president of competition; GARY NELSON is vice-president of research and development; and STEVE O'DONNELL is managing director of events and operations.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Powergate's latest chapter.
    12 August 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting. Leave it to NASCAR to put things in perspective. It equates the importance of taking the chequered flag with Victory Lane protocol. Both are equally important.

  • Open article Pocono post race quotes: Jimmie Johnson/Chad Knaus
    2 August 2004: Jimmie Johnson was once again unbeatable at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway on Sunday, dominating his second straight Nextel Cup event there, increase his points lead and give his #48 Hendrick Motorsport team a major boost after a tough couple of weeks away from the track for team boss Rick Hendrick.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Rain hits Pocono.
    1 August 2004: ...the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting RAIN got in the way of quality track time at Pocono International Raceway this weekend, with shortened practice and delayed qualifying on Friday, and almost no practice Saturday for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Pennsylvania 500 race.


  • July 2004

    Open article Press Snoop: Junior released.
    21 July 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting DALE EARNHARDT Jr was checked out by his doctors Monday morning and released from UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He had been kept overnight in the hospital as a precaution after he suffered an explosive crash Sunday morning at Infineon Raceway during warm-up for the Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma American Le Mans race. Junior suffered minor burns on his face and legs.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Colour vision for NASCAR.
    16 July 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting

  • Open article Press Snoop: Penalty box open, ratings down.
    15 July 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting NASCAR opened its penalty box on Tuesday for a lot of Nextel Cup technical violations, making room for several contenders in the WWF NASCAR Nextel Cup fights, as well as race violators dating back to the Fourth of July weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Stewart wins, crews brawl.
    13 July 2004: the latest news from around the world, courtesy of press snoop Lynne Huntting TONY STEWART won't be remembered as much for his first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory this season at Sunday's Tropicana 400 race at Chicagoland Speedway as he will for yet another controversy.


  • June 2004

    Open article Press Snoop: Stewart in trouble again.
    30 June 2004: The furore over the post-race actions of TONY STEWART/No.20 Home Depot Chevrolet continue to swirl. Stewart has been accused of accosting Rookie BRIAN VICKERS/No.25 GMAC Chevrolet after the Sunday NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge/Save Mart 350 race at Infineon Raceway, while Vickers was still strapped into his race car. Both drivers had been called to the NASCAR trailer after the race. The main witness is Vickers himself. Stewart has not been available for comment since the race.

  • Open article Mud, blood and beer.
    29 June 2004: Crash.Net exclusive by DC Williams "Good old boy, hardcore, goin' racin', fightin' - the way racing used to be," was how Scott Pruett put it last week when asked what came to his mind when the name Fireball Roberts was mentioned.

  • Open article Press Snoop: No lucky dog at Infineon.
    28 June 2004: The weather is beautiful at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge/Save Mart 350 race. There is a breeze, which is normal for this time of year. And a good thing too, because of the heat.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Practice at Sonoma.
    26 June 2004: JEFF GORDON/No.24 Dupont Chevrolet was fastest in both Saturday practice sessions for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge/Save Mart 350 Race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma California.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Infineon weekend.
    25 June 2004: This weekend, the NASCAR Nextel Cup makes the first of its two road racing stops on its 36-race schedule at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, for the Dodge/Save Mart 350.

  • Open article Press Snoop: NASCAR in California.
    25 June 2004: It was bright and beautiful at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma CA for the first day of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 weekend. The weather was, warm, sunny with a breeze - a breeze with attitude. The schedule included NASCAR Nextel Cup and Southwest Series; the Motorock Trans-Am Series, under the umbrella of Champ Car; and Legend cars.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Ratings, penalties, substitutes.
    18 June 2004: Fans are showing their displeasure or boredom with NASCAR, by not watching. Overall TV ratings are down 1.7 per cent from last year, and last week's Pocono 500 was no exception, drawing a 5.2 national rating, and 14 Nielsen share, which was down 1.9 per cent on last year's 5.8 Fox rating with a 14 Nielsen.

  • Open article Press Snoop: US news round-up.
    9 June 2004: Rusty Wallace was fastest at the NASCAR test at Infineon Raceway's newly paved 1.99-mile NASCAR road course, setting the pace with a lap of 1min 15.5secs, which is unofficially faster than the track record set last year by Boris Said.

  • Open article Earnhardt opens up.
    4 June 2004: Crash.Net exclusive by DC Williams For understandable reasons, Daytona International Speedway doesn't often give notice beyond about 24-48 hours for otherwise unexpected celebrity ... um, er, high-profile NASCAR Nextel Cup driver visits.


  • May 2004

    Open article Press Snoop: NASCAR schedules.
    17 May 2004: NASCAR surprised more than a few people last Friday by announcing the 2005 Nextel Cup schedule, and most of the Busch schedule, with the only thing holding up the latter being the open negotiations regarding a Busch race at Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Duncan joins Diversity list.
    7 May 2004: Allison Duncan has been named as the most recent driver in the NASCAR 'Drive for Diversity' programme, and will run the full 2004 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina in the #94 BH Motorsports Miller Lite Chevrolet team owned by Tinsley Hughes.

  • Open article Press Snoop: A Californian NASCAR tale.
    5 May 2004: Jeff Gordon became the first repeat winner of a NASCAR Cup race at California Speedway on Sunday, taking victory at the Auto Club 500 Nextel Cup Series race. His margin of victory over team-mate Jimmie Johnson was 12.871secs.


  • April 2004

    Open article Press Snoop: NASCAR penalties, West Series...
    9 April 2004: The NASCAR penalty box wasn't nearly as busy as usual this week, as the only announced penalty was assessed against Keith Koppenal, crew chief for Larry Foyt's #4 AJ Foyt Racing Dodge in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

  • Open article Harvick getting a jump on Texas.
    1 April 2004: One of the most important elements of any NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series team's operations is when they take time to test. Visiting a racetrack early to work on set-ups, shake down a new body, and allow extra seat time for a driver, gets them a jump on the track and competition when they return to race. This is exactly why Kevin Harvick and the #29 GM Goodwrench racing team decided to test Texas Motor Speedway last week.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Fines, awards, changes and crossovers
    1 April 2004: Dale Earnhardt Jr was hit with a NASCAR-imposed penalty on Wednesday for intentionally causing a caution condition during Sunday's Sharpie 500 Nextel Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.


  • March 2004

    Open article One of the biggest moments of Kevin Harvick's care
    12 March 2004: One of the biggest moments of Kevin Harvick's career was revisited this week in Indianapolis on Tuesday when the 2001 Winston Cup Rookie-of-the-Year was presented with his Brickyard 400 ring by Tony George, president and CEO of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in a ceremony at the Indiana State Museum IMAX Theatre.


  • February 2004

    Open article Subway 400 press conference: Kenseth and Roush.
    23 February 2004: Matt Kenseth put paid to some of the detractors who claimed that he was unable to win races in NASCAR's senior class by taking victory after a 37-race dry spell in Sunday's Subway 400 at Rockingham.

  • Open article Ford Focus: Subway 400.
    23 February 2004: Ford finally broke a 13-race winless streak when Matt Kenseth clinched the Taurus' 75th Cup Series victory at Rockingham in North Carolina on Sunday. Kenseth's win marked the first for the Blue Oval since Kurt Busch won the night race at Bristol last in August.

  • Open article Chevy Chat: Subway 400.
    23 February 2004: With Ford breaking its 13-race winless streak in Sunday's Subway 400 at Rockingham, there was no chance for the Chevrolet runners to add to Dale Earnhardt Jr's victory at Daytona.

  • Open article Chevy Chat: Michael Waltrip (Daytona 500).
    12 February 2004: During a press conference to announce a new association between the driver of the #15 DEI Chevrolet and Domino's Pizza, Michael Waltrip spoke on various subjects surrounding this weekend's Daytona 500.

  • Open article Chevy Chat: Robby Gordon (Daytona 500).
    12 February 2004: Robby Gordon will be looking to his 2004 Nextel Cup campaign off to a flying start at this weekend's Daytona 500, as he pilots the Team Cingular Wireless Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

  • Open article Chevy Chat: Dale Earnhardt Jr (Daytona practice).
    10 February 2004: Dale Earnhardt Jr only narrowly missed out on claiming a guaranteed front row starting spot for this weekend's season-opening Daytona 500, and the Budweiser Chevrolet driver had a lot to say as practice for the Twin 125s and the big race itself began.

  • Open article Daytona 500 press conference: Jack Roush.
    10 February 2004: After registering the first win of his senior NASCAR career at Daytona last July, Roush Racing's Greg Biffle claimed his first series pole in qualifying for the 2004 season-opening Daytona 500, recording a best lap of 188.387mph.

  • Open article Chevy Chat: Daytona 500 practice.
    10 February 2004: Ford secured the front row for the season-opening Daytona 500, so it was back to work for the various Chevrolet crews as they prepared to make the race via Thursday's Twin 125s.

  • Open article Chevy Chat - Daytona 500 Qualifying.
    9 February 2004: Chevrolet may have missed out on automatic qualification for next weekend's Daytona 500, but will lead the charge in the twin 125-lap qualifiers due at the Speedway on Thursday.

  • Open article Daytona 500 front row press conference.
    9 February 2004: Elliott Sadler topped Friday practice at Daytona and must have thought he was in line for pole position at the season's most prestigious event, after sitting in top spot for about of qualifying, but it wasn't to be.


  • January 2004

    Open article Changes under the scope as Daytona approaches.
    27 January 2004: The season-opening races of the various NASCAR series take place at Daytona International Speedway in just three weeks' time, and there will be several key competition changes under close scrutiny as the action begins.


  • November 2003

    Open article Post race quotes – Homestead.
    17 November 2003: "We had a great racecar. You win 'em sometimes like that, although I don't know if I've ever won one like that, but I've sure lost 'em. I'm proud of the guys. We've done an awesome job this year. We finished in the top 10 in the points. We've accomplished a lot of goals but obviously it wasn't our day. I ain't go no decisions to make. I'm ready. I'm ready to go.” - Bill Elliott

  • Open article Champions press conference: Kenseth, Roush, Martin
    10 November 2003: "It's a little overwhelming. When you sit and think about it, there are only 43 of us that get to do this every week. It's the top division of stock car racing you can race at anywhere in the world and when you can win races there and you can have everything go right over a 36-race schedule and win a championship, that's a really special thing. “I think every name I get to join is a really great driver and people I've looked up to – people who have been sports idols of mine. It's a little ove


  • October 2003

    Open article Ricky Rudd's qualifying run at Phoenix.
    29 October 2003: The NASCAR Winston Cup has made 15 appearances at Phoenix International Raceway since 1988, and Ricky Rudd has been there for every event. The #21 Motorcraft Racing Ford Taurus driver won the 1995 race and has five top-10's and three top-5's at the oddly shaped one-mile oval. Here he describes a qualifying run at Phoenix...

  • Open article Post race notes/quotes – Kansas.
    6 October 2003: "We just beat them. I can tell you for a sure thing, we're not cheating and we don't cheat. That's basically it. They can think what they want, and they can say what they want. Everybody on this team does an awesome job, and the engine company does an awesome job.” - Ryan Newman


  • August 2003

    Open article Stewart 'Sirius' about winning at the Glen.
    6 August 2003: Tony Stewart comes to the second and final road course race of the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season as the defending winner, and is hoping for a return to that sort of form and fortune after another disappointing outing at Indianapolis.


  • July 2003

    Open article Stewart hoping to be more than just another brick.
    31 July 2003: Having grown up in the towns of Rushville and Columbus 45 minutes from the historic IMS, and having raced in all the feeder series that should bring a successful young racer to the starting grid of the Indy 500, the 2.5-mile Brickyard oval is the cornerstone of Tony Stewart's career.


  • April 2003

    Open article Post race quotes – Aaron's 499.
    7 April 2003: ''I just never thought I'd do it. Coming in this weekend, I was kind of preparing for worst and hoping for the best, basically - like when we were down in Daytona when we were winning all them races. The odds were against us to come in here and do it four times in a row. It still didn't look good up 'til there at the end of the race. We had led a little bit, but didn't really have a real strong car.'' - Dale Earnhardt Jr
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