The Scoop: Matt Kenseth, winner at Kansas last Fall, barely edges Kasey Kahne and wins his 2nd race of the season and becomes the 3rd-straight driver to win from pole. Drivers spin left and right on the tricky Kansas Speedway layout, including Kyle Busch, whose 2nd spin of the day collects former teammate Joey Logano. The crash demolished both cars. A caution during the beginning of a late pit sequence trapped rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (who had his fastest race of 2013), Dale Earnhardt Jr., and others a lap down, forcing them to take wave-arounds. Brad Keselowski, in his first race since the penalty sledgehammer fell on Penske Racing, started poorly, got rear-ended on Busch's first spin on lap four, had the tail light panel of his No. 2 fly off (causing the caution that trapped other drivers a lap down), but rebounded to finish 6th. Kahne started the race poorly, but clawed up to the 2nd position, falling just short of Kenseth, but almost catching him in a repeat of their last lap duel at Las Vegas in March (Kenseth won then, too).Continue
28 career wins, 36 poles, a championship, and a remarkable 163 top 10s in only 233 career Cup starts. This is the sparkling career record of the driver of the famous gold No. 4 Chevy, Rex White. White learned from NASCAR one week ago that his name would be one of several that the NASCAR Hall of Fame added to its nominees list. The 83-year-old celebrated the news Saturday afternoon by signing autographs for fans – and selling the first-ever 1:24 die cast of his own car – at Love’s Racing, a small, but robust racing memorabilia shop in Lawrenceville, Georgia. White explains how he received the good news from NASCAR.Continue
Penske Racing is giving A.J. Allmendinger a big time 2nd chance. After his drug suspension forced team owner Roger Penske to fire him from the No. 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride in 2012, Allmendinger has landed on his feet with the team in a part-time Izod IndyCar schedule. This will give Allmendinger the coveted opportunity to run in May's Indy 500 and it all starts Sunday at Birmingham, Alabama's Barber Motorsports Park.
Allmendinger has superstar Indy teammates in Helio Castroneves and Will Power. Power has finished 2nd in points the last three IndyCar seasons, losing the points lead each year in the last race. So Allmendinger has not only experienced racers to lean on, but also men with varied challenges in life (Power's racing strife and Castroneves' tax fiasco a few years back).
Both Power and Allmendinger stopped by to talk to News/Talk WSB about A.J.'s move to IndyCar, the pressure to win, how physically demanding IndyCar racing is, Danica-mania, and what to expect from Penske Racing at Barber - a race Power won last year.Continue