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Scanner Chatter: Kevin Harvick on the big changes for his team and the sport in 2017

  • 10:09 am Friday, January 27th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ Kevin Harvick talks to WSB about Stewart-Haas Racing’s big switch from Chevy to Ford. Harvick highlights the challenges in the team building its own chassis  and the manpower in switching the cars’ bodies over.

Harvick also talks about NASCAR’s new segmented race format and how he thrives when dealing with change. He also shares who he’s rooting for in the Super Bowl – it may not be who you think.

Listen now.

2016 Georgia drivers review and 2017 preview

  • 9:24 am Friday, January 13th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Georgia’s NASCAR drivers corps had mixed 2016 results. Three made the Chase (one in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and two in the Xfinity Series) and they won one race. But they also spent plenty of races toiling in underfunded rides and in the infield care centers of various tracks. We digest these results and look ahead to what could be a promising 2017 for Peach State pilots in NASCAR’s top three series.

Chase Elliott: The now-21-year-old Elliott will be the far and above flag bearer for the Georgia gang for years to come, as long as he keeps up [More]

Townley retiring, Athenian Motorsports shutting down

  • 11:45 pm Monday, January 9th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

John Wes Townley will not race in 2017. A source says that the 27-year-old Watkinsville, Georgia native has decided to end his racing career and take some college courses. Townley also got engaged to girlfriend Laura Bird in the autumn of 2016 and his settling down includes not competing in NASCAR.

Concord, North Carolina-based Athenian Motorsports, owned by Townley’s father and Zaxby’s co-founder Tony Townley, is also ceasing operations. The team had fielded entries for Townley in the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series, and ARCA Racing Series the past couple of seasons. Several drivers also filled-in for Townley in some [More]

Atlanta Motor Speedway announces repave of 20-year-old surface

  • 1:22 pm Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announce that following the March 5th Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, they will repave the 1.5-mile track surface.

Drivers and fans alike have applauded the multi-groove racing the Hampton, Georgia track has produced over the years, but two decades of racing and weather have aged the surface to the point of needing new pavement. Officials have said for several years that this was coming – the question has always been when.

AMS repaved and realigned the racetrack in 1997, between the March and November races, switching the front and back straightaways and [More]

Race Capsule: Logano wins, advances at Talladega; Truex Jr., Keselowski surprisingly out

  • 11:24 am Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Team Penske is clutch at Talladega Superspeedway. Joey Logano picked up right where teammate Brad Keselowski left off at the Alabama track, scoring a much-needed win in the Hellman’s 500 and advancing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase playoffs to the Round of Eight. Logano’s second win of the season was also his second-straight in the Talladega fall race. Bliss for Logano was depression for others with Chase title hopes. Here is how it unfolded.

Quick Shakedown: Martin Truex Jr. (finished 40th) entered Talladega 13 points to the good on the Chase bubble and started the race on the [More]

Race Capsule: Larson finally tops the mountain, enters the Chase at Michigan

  • 11:34 am Monday, August 29th, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Kyle Larson had his day Sunday – finally. His berth in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup came at the expense of a Chase…Chase Elliott, that is. The two battled over the last half of the race and Larson, in his third full Sprint Cup season, got that coveted first Cup win in his 99th-career start. Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

Flag to Flag: Larson’s flight to the front was not an easy endeavor and almost did not come to be. The 200-lap race did not have a single dominator. Joey Logano (finished 10th) started on the pole and led 24 [More]

Race Capsule: Hamlin on top after crazy day at The Glen

  • 10:10 am Monday, August 8th, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Denny Hamlin can now say he’s won on a road course. After losing on the last lap to Tony Stewart at Sonoma in June, Hamlin led the final 10 laps and used caution laps to help stretch his fuel 41 laps, en route to winning Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen.

Flag to Flag: Hamlin started the race 6th and would run in the top 5 most of the day, but not lead until the end. His teammate Carl Edwards (finished 15th) started on the pole and looked dominant until his first pit stops under green around lap [More]

Race Capsule: Buescher helps Front Row slay giants again at Pocono

  • 8:47 am Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Strange things happen at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Stranger things happen than rained out races pushed to Monday and fog ending an August race early. Stranger things happen than animals on the track (an oft occurrence at Pocono Raceway). Fuel and weather strategy Monday gleaned 23-year-old rookie Chris Buescher his first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in the Pennsylvania 400 in the under-funded No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford. No one predicted that, not even them. Here is how it went down.

Flag to Flag: Martin Truex Jr. (finished 38th) started on the pole for the third time this [More]

Race Capsule: Kenseth outduels Larson and Elliott and the major carnage at Dover

  • 10:21 am Monday, May 16th, 2016 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Matt Kenseth wins Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway, but the win didn’t come easy nor did the race for anyone. Kenseth’s 37th-career win comes ahead of a caution-filled race and a charging young Kyle Larson (finished 2nd) and Chase Elliott (3rd). A massive wreck on a lap 356 restart eliminated several contenders and set up the thrilling drive to lap 400.

Flag to Flag: Rain canceled Friday qualifying and handed Kevin Harvick (15th) the pole, based upon Friday’s practice speeds. The Sprint Cup Series points leader actually had the dominant car on the day, as Harvick [More]

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