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NASCAR back at dirt track for 1st time since ’70

NASCAR back at dirt track for 1st time since ’70

NASCAR is set for an off-road detour through the dirt.

The Truck Series is headed for the Eldora Speedway half-mile dirt track for a one-night only special designed to reconnect NASCARwith its early roots and give fans raised on asphalt and stock cars a taste of the wild races run in the dust.

The last time one of NASCAR’s top touring series competed on dirt was Sept. 30, 1970, when Richard Petty won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (called the Grand National Division at that time) race at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The dirt drought ends when the trucks race Wednesday night at Tony Stewart-owned Eldora in Rossburg, Ohio.

Stewart, still a regular on the weeknight racing circuit, has naturally become a big booster of NASCAR’s return to dirt. Most of the field drove their first Eldora laps at Tuesday’s practice.

”It’s a neat facility,” Stewart said. ”It’s well lit, it’s a wide racetrack, it gives you a lot of options of where you can go and what you can do. I think it gives those guys an opportunity. The practice day on Tuesday should help a lot of those teams be able to get acclimated before they come back to the track on Wednesday.”

Eldora’s grandstands are sold out for the 9:30 p.m. ET race, even as some of the series’ biggest winners, like Kyle Busch, are sitting out. Ryan Newman and Dave Blaney are the only Cup drivers in the field. The race will feature a handful of so-called ringers, such as Scott Bloomquist, a member of the National Dirt Track Hall of Fame with more than 500 victories in a lengthy career. The 49-year-old Bloomquist is set to make his NASCAR debut driving the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

”It’s going to be something different I’m sure, but it’s a race car and I’ve driven a lot of race cars,” he said. ”Never a truck, but it’s still a race car.”

The race also gets a twist on qualifying. There are five, eight-lap qualifying events and a 15-lap last-chance race to come up with the 30 competitors (regularly 36 in the series) who will start the 150-lap Mudsummer Classic. Because there is no pit road, the race is broken into three segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps.

Trucks driver James Buescher raved about Eldora after he tested there.

”It was a lot more fun than I expected it to be,” he said. ”It’s definitely going to be interesting when we get 30 trucks on the track at the same time in tight quarters like that. It’s going to be an action-packed race. I just hope there’s not too many cautions.”

It could happen. After all, the trucks weren’t built to race on dirt, so some adjustments were needed.

The Goodyear dirt tire has been widened from 10 to 11 inches to provide a larger contact patch with the track and give the trucks more grip. While the Eldora right-side tire will basically remain the same height as a NASCAR tire run on asphalt tracks, the left-side is 3 inches shorter (85.8 inches) to build in more stagger, which will help the trucks turn better.

The trucks will be fitted for mesh shields and hood deflectors to hold off debris kicked up from the muck.

The drivers who know how to get dirty are the easy favorites.

Kyle Larson, pegged as NASCAR’s next big star, is one of the few drivers with experience on the dirt oval. Larson is one of only two drivers to sweep the USAC Four Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway. Larson also won in the USAC Midgets in 2012.

There’s a reason this track was selected for him to make his second Truck Series start of the season.

”I have been looking forward to this race for a really long time,” he said. ”I’ve had a lot of fun racing at Eldora and have had quite a bit of success, so I am excited to get back. I can’t wait to see how the trucks run there.”

Even with the lengthy gap between NASCAR dirt races, fans and drivers are buzzing over the race, a rarity in a series that often runs in front of mostly empty grandstands as a support race in a Sprint Cup weekend.

But a big crowd, big ratings and a great race could go far in making an Eldora a regular stop on the Truck Series circuit – and maybe make stock car racing there a reality.

”If it has incredible success, who knows how far this could go?” driver Kenny Wallace said. ”You could put the Nationwide Series there. One thing I always remind people of – and I race dirt all over the United States – this is where Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman came from. Three quarters of the field in Sprint Cup came from dirt tracks just like Eldora. I think this is a really good deal.”

The race comes six weeks after the death of NASCAR driver Jason Leffler on a dirt track in New Jersey. State police say a mechanical problem was to blame for the spinout that ended with Leffler’s car slamming into a concrete wall.

The 37-year-old Long Beach, Calif., native was a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and a one-time winner in the Truck Series.

Lorenzo ‘Miss’ Stoner on track

Lorenzo ‘Miss’ Stoner on track

Jorge Lorenzo (foto: Reuters)

SAN MARINO – The rivalry between Jorge Lorenzo with Casey Stoner is temporarily stalled, as the defending champion is injured. Apparently with this condition, make Lorenzo laments missed stoner figure on the track.

Stoner suffered an ankle injury he got during the race at Indianapolis, and the injury will probably take a long time. As a result a shift competition ensued, the enemy is now turning to Lorenza Dani Pedrosa.

In the past two seasons, Lorenzo is a rival Stoner. For the 2010 world champion to miss the resistance of a Stoner on track.

Because in the last 12 races of the season, Lorenzo and Stoner has a combination of nine wins, with five wins for the details of the driver nicknamed X-Fuera and four victory for Stoner.

“I think without this kecelelakaan, Casey will fight for the championship this season. I prefer to beat them on the track, not while he’s gone. And this season for a while he had to fight very hard to win this championship, “said Lorenzo, as reported by Nine MSN, Wednesday (12/09/2012).

With six races remaining, Stoner hopes to re-pave immediately. Current driver from Australia with 59 points behind Lorenzo, and there is no hope of him to defend the title won last year.

“But as we all know in this sport if there has been close to limits, then there is some chance for accidents. I know this feeling. But this is a very frustrating situation for Casey as he will retire at the end of the season and now there is no chance to win the world title for him, “complained Lorenzo.

Competition is beginning to shift to Pedrosa, Stoner’s teammate from the latest threats Lorenzo has become, thanks to two victories were achieved on the race in Rep. Czech and Indianapolis and now distance Pedrosa just 13 points adrift with Lorenzo.

Fixed Spies in MotoGP reason

Fixed Spies in MotoGP reason

Ben Spies (Foto: Reuters)

MISANO – Ben Spies finally decided to stay in MotoGP despite having joined the satellite team. So, what is the reason underlying the decision Spies to stay afloat in the class of kings.

Spies failed to show a slick performance at this season with the Yamaha factory team. Of the 12 series that has been played, Spies was even able to stand on the podium. This is what makes the Yamaha decided not to renew the contract of American rider.

Previously, Spies crowded rumored to be returning to Superbike, the event that makes it appear as a world champion. However, after much thought, Spies eventually decided to stay in MotoGP.

Spies accept the proposal from the satellite Ducati team, Pramac Racing to race in the next season. Spies will duet with drivers who are still career in Moto2, Andrea Iannone.

“I sjudah ever in World Superbike, and you’ll never know what you can do when you return (to Superbike). I did not say, I could have come back and won titles or how many races I can win. But, I’ve never felt the feeling in my race and it was enough, “said Spies told MCN, Saturday (09/15/2012).

“In MotoGP, I do not know what I can do, but I know that I have not been doing the best I can do. I know that and that’s why I keep thinking about it. I do not want to regret that I was not able to spend all my potential over the last five years, “he concluded.

The trick lay Pirelli P-Zero Usage

The trick lay Pirelli P-Zero Usage

Pirelli sebagai pemasok ban di ajang balapan Formula One. (Foto: ist)

BUDAPEST – Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery, disclose the use of tire anyarnya trick called P-Zero. The trick is believed to be able to overcome the problems of the team at the Hungarian GP series, the weekend.

As reported earlier, P-Zero will debut in the race that took place at the Hungaroring circuit on Sunday (28/7/3013). In the tenth series later, Pirelli will provide two types of tires, namely medium tires (P-Zero White) and soft (P-Zero Yellow).

Hembery also provide tricks in using bn which had been tested last week at the Silverstone circuit. Hungaroring circuit which has the character of a narrow and winding will make low speed racer racing.

Therefore, Hembery advise the drivers in order to get enough heat in order to maintain the tire. “Traction and braking are the two most important aspects of tire performance in Hungary, the teams will make the settings to maximize these two key areas,” he said as reported by Crash.

“The energy level is relatively low lateral, performance tires will be a limiting factor rather than durability. And this will be the basis of the selection strategy, with teams like to keep the tires remain in peak performance for as possible,” he continued.

He also considered that the P-Zero could help the drivers to overcome the problem of thirst and degradation on the tires. To avoid the problem tire burst on the British GP series, some time ago.

“Temperatures in Hungary can be very high, and this is another factor where the level of wear and degradation will depend. Latest tire design we will help the drivers handle it,” he said.

Second place finish, Bradl Keep Satisfied

Second place finish, Bradl Keep Satisfied

MotoGP Laguna Seca finishing result, the United States, Sunday (21/7) seems to make Stefan Bradl happy smile. After the success of his first pole position in MotoGP, he managed to finish second and won his first podium.
German rider who defend the LCR Honda started racing in MotoGP since last year, and before the race this time, the result is the best finish a fourth place finish.
“For us, this result is very good. We do a good job over the weekend. Of course, expectations soared after I took pole. I know my speed is quite good and can go fast from the start. I have to try hard to do it since the start, “said Bradl.
Even so, in 2011 the Moto2 world champion admitted the race was quite difficult, especially after he was overtaken by Marc Marquez and must keep a distance of Valentino Rossi.
“I’m a bit of trouble. Full gas tank makes my front tire problem. When Marc overtook, I saw that he had a better grip and to expand its range. I also tried to keep a distance from Vale, and it is not easy. This race was very long and heavy, “he concluded.
Bradl has now climbed to sixth in the rider standings with 84 points, three ahead of occupants in seventh, Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati.

Ogled Red Bull, Ricciardo Performance Gear

Ogled Red Bull, Ricciardo Performance Gear

Daniel Ricciardo. (Foto: Reuters)

SILVERSTONE – Daniel Ricciardo back teeth on the second day of testing at Silverstone. Toro Rosso managed to become the fastest driver of the 15 riders who fell in this test.

Having had time to become the fastest driver on the first day of testing at Silverstone on Friday (19/07/2013), Ricciardo is being ogled by Red Bull back was fastest with a record time of 1 minute 32,972 seconds.

Toro Rosso actually dominate in this test. Young drivers Carlos Sainz, who became his teammate this time, also ranks second. Interestingly, the third best time also achieved success Ricciardo Championship with 1 minute 33 187 seconds.

Pastor Maldonado again disappointing. The Williams driver had to settle for ninth position by making 1-minute 34 116 seconds. Maldonado was lost quickly from Davide Valsecchi, Oliver Turvey, James Calado and Antonio Felix da Costa.

Keep in mind, this time the test is one of the advanced program of the FIA ​​and Pirelli tires are trying to solve a problem that had plagued riders broke at Silverstone.

Nicky Hayden Threatened can’t join MotoGP Next Season

Nicky Hayden Threatened can’t join MotoGP Next Season

Nicky Hayden Terancam Tak Ikut MotoGP Musim Depan

2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden will not be offered a contract extension by the Ducati team in MotoGP season 2014. Racer whose name is quite popular in the United States that had revealed his future uncertainty in MotoGP next season when convening MotoGP Germany last week.
Ducati is based in Bologna, Italy is not an offer for a new contract Hayden motorhome Desemosedici for the sixth season. But also do not want to lose Ducati Nicky Hayden.
As an alternative, offering Ducati rider 31-year-old racer was a different contract. That is offered to be the driver in the event the Superbike World Championship (WSBK).
There has been no official confirmation from Ducati related to this issue. “We prefer to retain Nicky with Ducati and we have some options that are still to be discussed again with him, including the option to race in the World Superbike,” said Ducati boss, Paolo Ciabatti in MCN.
But Nicky Hayden admitted, “I really prefer to stay in MotoGP racing with the right bike and the right team, but unfortunately at this time Momennya not so good,” said Nicky Hayden as reported Motorcyclenews.
Hayden also indirectly agreed that he was ready to move into Superbike racing. Now he’s still wait and see. At least until the end of this season, Ducati will continue to give full support to the two riders, Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso.
“But Hayden Ducati offered at different positions in the Ducati line-up, we are just starting to talk about this time in Germany, and we’ll see,” he said.
By not offering them by Ducati Nicky Hayden, another speculation that mention Cal Crutchlow will move to replace Hayden Ducati.

Though cleared, Redskins will go easy with RG3

Though cleared, Redskins will go easy with RG3

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III put on his knee brace and passed the perfunctory Washington Redskins conditioning test on the eve of training camp, then declared he has ”nothing left to prove” – at least physically – in his return from major knee surgery.

That’s doesn’t mean he’s all the way back.

Griffin said Wednesday he won’t participate in 11-on-11 drills in the early days of camp and likely won’t play in any preseason games. The quarterback who likes to keep the throttle wide open is going to have to exercise a bit more patience as he and coach Mike Shanahan – who have shared blame for how Griffin got hurt – try to work together to get him on the field for the regular season opener Sept. 9.

”They want to make sure we’re not doing anything too soon that we don’t have to do,” Griffin said. ”Let some of these other guys get ready for the preseason. If it comes around that I’m ready to go, then maybe in the third preseason game, but as far as my understanding goes, preseason’s really not even in the air. … I think Coach feels like I can play without any preseason, so there no need really for that. Patience is the key.”

Griffin had reconstructive surgery on two ligaments in January after injuring his right knee multiple times in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Team doctors and coaches cleared him for practice within the last week, setting a remarkable pace for a rehab that can typically take a year or more.

”In my mind there’s nothing left to prove,” Griffin said. ”And that’s the way you have to approach the game when you’re coming off of an injury. If you pass the test, then in your mind, you feel like you’re ready to go.”

But Shanahan is determined to play it safe with his franchise quarterback, having said he wants to make sure Griffin is 100 percent before playing in a game. Shanahan will meet with reporters Thursday, but Griffin appeared to lay out the key points in the latest important conversation between player and coach.

”I think we’re on the same page,” Griffin said. ”When we sat down and talked about what I was going to do in training camp and the weeks to follow, it was a good moment for me because of all the hard work had paid off. And they’re going to allow me to get back out there and do what I do, and that’s play football and just have fun with the guys.

”We all made mistakes last season. We all understand that. We all talked about it, and it’s time to move on. … Me and Mike Shanahan‘s relationship is paramount to this team being successful.”

Shanahan was not only criticized for leaving Griffin in the Seahawks game too long, but there was also scrutiny over whether the Redskins’ offense – along with Griffin’s aggressiveness – left him too vulnerable. He led the team to its first division title in 13 years, but he missed all or parts of four games with various injuries.

”The goal is longevity in the league. You also want to win,” Griffin said. ”And so, as a quarterback, I don’t like to conform and say you can’t win outside the pocket. I think you can win outside the pocket. You’ve just to be smart about it. And that’s what I’ve learned over the past six months about myself and what we need to do to win. Maybe that’s keeping me in the pocket a little bit more. Maybe that’s throwing the ball away a little bit more.”

Griffin said he’s been an ”overachiever” his whole life, so the thought of being eased back into the practice routine and skipping the preseason isn’t part of his nature.

”If they want to me to patient right now and ramp it up later, then I’m willing to do that,” he said. ”And they know that I’m going to be – I wouldn’t say compliant – but I’m going to follow those rules, follow those guidelines, do as much as I can within that, and when it’s time to go full-go, then I’ll be ready to go.”

”If you talk to a lot of the vets, they don’t like the preseason,” he added. ”That’s a well-known fact. Even I know that – and I’ve been the league only one year.”

Austria in Back to the Start 2014 F1 Calendar

Austria in Back to the Start 2014 F1 Calendar

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Spielberg (DP) – Season 2014 F1 race will be long after it was officially announced that Austria will return to the F1 calendar. Austria F1 circuit will be located at the Red Bull Ring.
Red Bull Ring, formerly the A1 Ring, last hosted the F1 race in 2003 and missed the start 2004. Circuit replanted.
Energy drink company and owner of the new circuit, Red Bull, Austria submitted a statement to the media on Tuesday (23/7) that it has completed negotiations to bring F1 back to the circuit which is located in the mountainous region of Austria. Dietrich Mateschitz (Red Bull owner) and Bernie Ecclestone have reached an agreement to bring F1 back to Austria, on July 6, 2014.
Red Bull has invested great for rejuvenating the facility circuit that stood since 1969, the circuit re-opened in 2011 under the name Red Bull Ring.
Mateschitz Austria before plans to enter into the F1 calendar in 2013 to replace the New Jersey race is canceled. Unfortunately, it failed to reach an agreement.
With the entry of Austria next year, meaning that the F1 season 2014 will take place as many as 22 races. Russia and New Jersey will be held for the first time in F1 next season.

Sean Should Satisfied Finish 15th at Norisring Germany

Sean Should Satisfied Finish 15th at Norisring Germany

Sean Harus Puas Finish ke-15 di Norisring Jerman

Although they had to settle for finishing in 15th position, the young Indonesian driver, Sean Gelael successfully demonstrated one of his best performances as a rookie on a street circuit, Norisring – Germany. Sean is now 16 years-old, and is the youngest driver in the FIA ​​Formula 3 European, managed to achieve the best results, ie the position 15 of the 28 riders in the third race.
In the second race, Sean finished in the top 20, while in the first race, Sean had an accident and was not able to finish the race.
At the time of the qualifying session race 1, Sean managed to record real time odds just 0.678 seconds ahead of the first order that Felix Rosenqvist. When racing himself, Sean competing with the Australian, Mitchell Gilbert, and drivers from New Zealand, Nick Cassidy.

Naas happens when Sean Mitchel collided with Gilbert. ?? I try to avoid Mitchel who was in front of me, I braked, but the wheels locked vehicle, and the vehicle can not be controlled, so I can not avoid Mitchel,?? Sean bright.
But the accident, Sean did not affect performance in the second race. ?? Consequences of a collision in the first race, the race 10-15 in the second round, I was very careful. As a result, of the 23 positions at the start, I was passed by a few riders behind me. After that, I returned to find my own rhythm, and managed to pass a few riders in front of me?? Sean said.

?? Race at Norisring circuit is quite remarkable. Each rider must always drove like crazy at every opportunity. We must put the vehicle as close as possible to the wall to be able to increase the speed, and it is actually very difficult, especially for the novice driver like me,?? he said again.
In the third race, Sean drove smoothly, even able to avoid some of the accidents that occurred in front of him, so managed to finish in 15th position. Starting from position 22, Sean managed to start well. But in the first corner, where there is often an accident, Sean chose to play it safe by taking the middle path. Nevertheless, the Swiss rider, Sandro Zeller had crashed into the rear tire Sean vehicle, which resulted in the distance with the vehicle in front of Sean being widened.

?? Due to the wide range, I think I should try harder to follow the drivers in front of me. At first I tried to increase the speed as much as possible during the first two rounds, but in the end I realized I’d better finish consistently to achieve, and maintain my position,?? she said.
After Norisring, Sean will continue the race in Spa Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, which is the second round of the British Formula 3 Championship. In the first round of the British Formula 3, Sean appeared incredible, successfully climbed the podium twice at Silverstone UK. Racing in Belgium will take place June 25 through July 27, 2013.

?? Momentum of the last few games will be my lunch in Spa Belgium. From the results I got, I believe that I was able to begin to catch up and compete in the top middle of the race. And I am also glad, that races later in the year, will be carried out in the circuits that I know enough, like Hockenheim and Zandvoort. It will be very helpful to me,?? he hoped.