Archive for the ‘Nascar’ Category

Joe Gibbs honored with NASCAR’s award of excellence

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR's Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition. Gibbs was surprised with the honor, given at the start of Thursday night's season-ending awards ceremony. Our family, we just appreciate everything about this sport,” Gibbs said.

Joe Gibbs honored with NASCAR’s award of excellence

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR's Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition. Gibbs was surprised with the honor, given at the start of Thursday night's season-ending awards ceremony. Our family, we just appreciate everything about this sport,” Gibbs said.

NASCAR championship push tinged with sadness for Joe Gibbs

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

There's a photo of a little girl who could barely walk but whose day brightened when J.D. Gibbs surprised her with a tour of the Joe Gibbs Racing shop. Gibbs turns 79 later this month and has spent a lifetime as a leader of men, notably as a three-time Super Bowl champion coach for the Washington Redskins and a four-time NASCAR Cup Series championship owner. Gibbs quit the Redskins twice, each time surrendering the high-profile job to devote more time to his family.

NASCAR championship push tinged with sadness for Joe Gibbs

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

Joe Gibbs keeps mementos of his late son on his office desk. There's a photo of a little girl who could barely walk but whose day brightened when J.D. Gibbs surprised her with a tour of the Joe Gibbs Racing shop. Hundreds of letters are stacked on the desk, written by fans, friends, strangers, all wanting to say thank you to J.D. for acts of kindness, big or small.

Predicting the 2019 NASCAR playoff standings

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Almirola hasn't finished in the top 10 since Daytona in July and his last top-10 a a track that hosts a playoff race came at Talladega in May. Almirola is tied for last among all playoff drivers with the fewest top-five finishes (1) and it's pretty easy to see how that lack of speed will show in the playoffs. Both of those races were run in the evening and the finale at Homestead concludes after sunset. Newman then finishes 12th in every race to easily clinch his first Cup Series title.

The color of cool: A history of NASCAR paint schemes and special editions

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Mark Barrera's cubicle at Hendrick Motorsports has a Dallas Cowboys football on the shelf, a Rubik's Cube on the desk and secrets in the computer. As a graphic artist, he designs the team's race cars and thus maintains a strict devotion to privacy. Barrera hosted a surprise visit in mid-July for a conversation about this weekend's throwback cars at Darlington, and he made a quick scan of his station to make sure there was nothing an outsider shouldn't see.

Start your training camp engines: Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman arrives driving a NASCAR show car

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman needed a police escort for his official training camp arrival on Friday. He wasn't driving a street legal car. Sherman, a huge NASCAR fan, has always been creative with his attire on the first day of camp.

Column: Daytona 500 was action-packed opener NASCAR needed

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Hamlin led a clean sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing, which went 1-2-3 in an overtime finish that honored team co-founder J.D. Gibbs following his death last month from a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. It was an emotional weekend at Daytona International Speedway for Joe Gibbs, who leaned on his eldest son to run their NASCAR operation while he coached the Washington Redskins. J.D. Gibbs was a driver, a tire changer, team executive, talent scout and the guy who discovered a struggling Virginia short track racer who is now a two-time Daytona 500 winner.

The Latest: Watt prepares for Daytona 500 by watching film

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

J.J. Watt used an offseason film session to prepare for the Daytona 500. The Houston Texans star and Daytona 500 grand marshal watched video of the last decade of celebrities who kicked off the race with the most famous phrase in motorsports. Watt said Dale Earnhardt Jr. had "tons of energy" during last year's command.

J.J. Watt to serve as grand marshal of Daytona 500

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

The 2019 NASCAR season will get underway on Sunday with the help of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. Watt has been named as the grand marshal of “The Great American Race.” It's the first time an NFL player has served in the role for the race, which comes with the command for drivers to start their engines. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Grand Marshal for this year's 'Great American Race,'” Watt said in a statement.