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2013 NASCAR Hall Of Fame class of inductees announced

Last Wednesday NASCAR announced the 2013 class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person class will be officially inducted in a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. 

Members of the 54-member NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2013. The announcement was made by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”

Read more: 2013 NASCAR Hall Of Fame class of inductees announced

Johnson wins 3rd All-Star race, Indy 500, Coca C0la 600 Sunday

In beating Brad Keselowski to the finish of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway by .841 seconds, Jimmie Johnson won the exhibition event for the third time, tying Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for most all-time.

Matt Kenseth ran third, followed by Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who qualified for the event by winning the preliminary Sprint Showdown.


Read more: Johnson wins 3rd All-Star race, Indy 500, Coca C0la 600 Sunday

2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees announced

Determination and innovation, two qualities existing in abundance in the men and women who built NASCAR, characterize the 25 nominees for the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. 

NASCAR announced those 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s fourth induction class, and included among the diverse group are five newcomers who make this list arguably the most intriguing in the hall’s history.

Of the 25 nominees, 20 return from last year’s group. Five are first-timers, and all vary in expertise: NASCAR’s first treasurer and secretary, Anne Bledsoe France; engine builder and owner Ray Fox; trailblazing driver Wendell Scott; promoter and sponsor executive Ralph

Read more: 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees announced

From unpredictable Talladega to Mother’s Day at Darlington

Talladega equals excitement. Last year’s Aaron’s 499 matched the Cup series record for lead changes with 88, and the closest margin of victory as Jimmie Johnson crossed the finish line a scant .002 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer. There was a different leader in each of the last four laps. Both of last year’s Talladega races were dominated by two-car tandem drafting. Aerodynamic and cooling system changes largely eliminated this practice at Daytona and were intended to do the same at Talladega and return to the more traditional Super Speedway competition.

“I think that the pack racing we had at Daytona was amazing. I thought it was great racing,” said Denny Hamlin, a tw

Read more: From unpredictable Talladega to Mother’s Day at Darlington

Dash 4 Cash Bonus program returns to Nationwide Series

For the fourth consecutive year, NASCAR and Nationwide Insurance have combined to bring the popular – and exciting – “Dash 4 Cash” bonus program back for NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers and fans alike.

Introduced in 2009, “Dash 4 Cash” is a one-of-a-kind element that rewards the highest-finishing eligible driver in four designated races with a $100,000 bonus above and beyond the race purse. Fans also can participate via a sweepstakes that culminates with one lucky fan also winning $100,000.

Its basic format hasn’t changed: In four select races during the 2012 season, four drivers who have earned the designation to compete for the $100,000 per-race bonus will “have at it.” As a refresher, the “Dash 4 Cash” winner in the designated races does not have to win the race. He/she simply must be the highest-finishing eligible NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship contender in those designated races.

There are two key revisions. First, the July 6 race at Daytona International Speedway will serve as the “qualifier” where the top four drivers to receive NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship points in that race will carry the “Dash 4 Cash” designation in the first race of the bonus program, July 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Additionally, for the first time, the four “Dash 4 Cash” races will be successive: The July race at New Hampshire followed by the July 22 race at Chicagoland Speedway, the series’ inaugural event on July 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and culminating at the Aug. 4 race at Iowa Speedway.

Driver eligibility is as follows:
•  New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 14) – Top four drivers to receive NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) championship driver points at Daytona qualify for New Hampshire.

•  Chicagoland Speedway (July 22) – New Hampshire “Dash 4 Cash” winner plus top three finishing drivers to receive NNS championship driver points.

•  Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 28) – Chicagoland “Dash 4 Cash” winner plus top three finishing drivers to receive NNS championship driver points.

•  Iowa Speedway (Aug. 4) - Indianapolis “Dash 4 Cash” winner plus top three finishing drivers to receive NNS championship driver points.

Another returning perk: Should one driver collect the “Dash 4 Cash” bonus from the three previous designated races and win the Iowa Speedway race outright, Nationwide Insurance will pay an additional $600,000 to that

Read more: Dash 4 Cash Bonus program returns to Nationwide Series

Racing under the lights at Richmond this weekend

NASCAR racing returns to the local area this weekend with three nights of racing at Richmond International Raceway.  Hometown favorite Denny Hamlin, fresh off his Sprint Cup win last Sunday at Kansas Speedway, kicks off the activities as part of a double header Thursday night. Hamlin teams up with the speedway to host the fifth annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at the nation’s premier short track. The Short Track Challenge will be followed by The Blue Ox 100 for the NASCAR  K&N Pro series East cars.
Friday night the Nationwide Series 250 will pit young up-and-coming drivers, wily veterans, and several Sprint Cup series stars, all battling it out around the 3/4 mile

Read more: Racing under the lights at Richmond this weekend

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