Articles tagged Joe Gibbs

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Gordon Kirby – The US Scene

Benefits of a sprint finish Six years ago NASCAR shook up its long-running series format, which was renowned at that time for rewarding consistency over a long season. Instead, a play-off was introduced among the top 12 drivers in the points, to be run over the year’s final 10 races. Called the ‘Chase for the Sprint Cup’, the idea was derided by many as a devaluation of the traditional...

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Gordon Kirby – The US Scene

Toyota: the cars in front Kyle Busch has emerged this year as the man to beat in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series. The 23-year-old won five of the season’s first 16 NASCAR races and has taken a strong lead in the championship, more than 200 points clear of his closest rivals. In his fourth year in NASCAR’s premier division and his first with Joe Gibbs’ Toyota team, Busch has been a contender to win...

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Busch plans to chase every cup

This year’s other top NASCAR title contender is Kyle Busch (above left) who won eight races last year, his first with Joe Gibbs’s three-car Toyota team. Fast and confident, Busch seemed at Daytona to have tamed some of the youthful hubris which has got the better of him in recent years. Kyle turns 24 in May, and by then we’ll know how good he’s looking this year. At Daytona he was the man to beat...

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The litmus test at Daytona

How many teams will turn out at Daytona this year? As America contemplates a long recession and sponsors pull back, many teams, and fans too, are struggling to find the budget to go racing. This month’s Rolex 24 Hours Grand-Am race and NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500 will provide litmus tests for the state of US racing. Grand-Am’s Rolex Daytona Prototype series will enjoy a boost from Roger...

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TONY STEWART III eon The snort fuse can St spark up, but NASCAR's '21st Century AJ Hoyt' nos grown up Tocay, Tony Stewart s US roong's fastest-rsng tycoon Move over, Roger Pens BY GORDON KIRBY n his early forties Tony Stewart has arrived. Not only is he one of America's most respected race drivers but he is also a multi-faceted maven of the sport. A three-time NASCAR champion, Stewart owns and...

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Counting down to Daytona

The US Scene The American racing season traditionally kicks off with the NASCAR Daytona 500 in the middle of February. It’s a perfect time for Americans, and Canadians too, to break out of the mid-winter blues for a trip south to Florida. The February date is one of the foundations of the 500’s success and Bill France Sr was quick to realise that he could trade on the snowbirds’ desire to head...

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The best of his era

Gordon Kirby In mid-summer, after 18 of 36 SPRINT Cup races, five-time champion Jimmie Johnson held a strong if not commanding lead in this year’s NASCAR championship. Johnson had won four times and led more than 1000 laps, demonstrating his dominance many times and proving a factor in most events. No other form of motor racing enjoys the tremendous depth of competition boasted by NASCAR and you...

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A Foyt for today

Tony Stewart put on a superb show in the closing rounds of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. In the first 26 of 36 races he had failed to win, publicly criticising his team and crew chief Darian Grubb. But in the last 10 rounds, known as ‘The Chase for the Sprint Cup’, Stewart came to life, winning five races and driving magnificently to clinch the season-closer and the title at the...

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Back where he belongs

Next season Colombia’s most famous racer will return to mainstream single-seater competition in America, where he shone brightly but briefly before switching to F1 and, subsequently, NASCAR. He’s confident he can pick up where he left off – and so are his rivals After six years in Formula 1 and seven in NASCAR, Juan Pablo Montoya will return to single-seaters next season with Roger Penske’s...

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