Apr 10, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT
Ryan Hunter-Reay’s dominance, Will Power’s relative struggles and Charlie Kimball’s emergence highlight the post-Barber edition of “Ten with Townsend,” as NBC Sports Network analyst Townsend Bell recaps the weekend from Birmingham, Ala.
-Biggest surprise of the weekend?
Watching Dario qualify in the back. It’s so tight these days that even a slight hiccup and you’re way down the grid.
Seeing Hinch stranded there unable to make it to pits for a simple fix. He handles it better than anyone I know.
-Your most improved team and driver from St. Pete?
Ganassi- Dixon. They were the class of the field.
-What did you make of the gap between Firestone’s black and red tires this week, now on a road course?
Strange how the Reds were faster AND consistent. Don’t think anyone expected that after St. Pete.
-Do you think this was Ryan Hunter-Reay’s most complete weekend in IndyCar, since he scored pole, led most laps, win with a pass of Helio and having to hold off Dixon?
Perhaps, but I think it just shows how resilient he is. It’s the same as last year, hardship one weekend and major bounce back the next. He’s on top form. He fought and survived some very lean years on the bubble of the sport and has been hardened against adversity. In many ways this is a walk in the park from what he’s been through.
-Charlie Kimball’s weekend: How much is it his own improvement and how much is it an increased or improved relationship between his garage and Target side?
I think it’s just his steady and methodical approach towards self improvement. His pass on Power showed there’s a tiger in their ready to get loose. That was low percentage, but high testosterone.
-How surprising was it to see Will Power not pace any session?
We never really got to see Will drop the hammer like he could of in the race because of his fuel saving strategy which obviously did not work in his favor. I expect he’ll come roaring back at Long Beach. Street circuits are where his freakish fast hands, feet, and brain really shine. #quadcoreprocessor
-Thoughts and reflections on AJ Allmendinger’s weekend? About what you expected or better?
He exceeded expectations in qualifying and probably met expectations in the race. Stalling in the pits was a killer to the final result. I’m still not sure who or what was at fault there.
-Overall, what do you make of the competition level in that mere tenths cover 1-24 and losing a fraction costs you so many positions?
That is what makes the races so much fun to call. There are so many capable winners but in the end, as usual, the top team are there based on their ability to minimize mistakes and execute.
-And lastly, any off-the-wall observations you witnessed around the paddock this weekend.
-Meeting Bo Jackson was cool. The fact that he was that size and perhaps the fastest man ever in the NFL is mind blowing.
Sep 1, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT
Kahne to NBCSN contributor Nate Ryan: “We need to build off of this…As a team, we need to be stronger together.”
Sep 1, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT
NASCAR AMERICA’S Kyle Petty and Parker Kligerman believe that the three-time Sprint Cup champion handled himself well throughout a difficult weekend.
Sep 1, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT
Organizers of the Russian Grand Prix appear to be getting behind their countryman as F1’s first visit to Sochi draws closer.
Sep 1, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT
Richie Crampton, Alexis DeJoria, Shane Gray and Eddie Krawiec captured U.S. Nationals wins on Monday.
Sep 1, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT
Coming up today: Highlights from Kasey Kahne’s clutch Atlanta win; assessing Tony Stewart’s comeback; the Chase outlook with one regular season race left; more problems in pits for Kevin Harvick.
Sep 1, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT
Writer’s Note: The following is a recap of this weekend’s TORC: The Off-Road Championship season finale at Crandon, Wisconsin. NBCSN will air the races this Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m. ET. If you don’t want to know who won until then, we suggest you find another post to read here on MotorSportsTalk…
Sep 1, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT
For Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson, winning on Saturday night will be all that matters if they want a spot in the Chase.
Sep 1, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing end as the top single-car teams in 2014, before merging in 2015.
Sep 1, 2014, 1:38 PM EDT
Kasey Kahne saves his season in Atlanta, while Will Power changes his career in Fontana.
Sep 1, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
Carlos Munoz takes home the top rookie honors after a successful first full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Sep 1, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT
Honda’s motorsport chief provides an update on the company’s F1 engine progress.
Sep 1, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT
IndyCar championship banquet goes off quickly, smoothly with a good bit of humor.
Sep 1, 2014, 1:25 AM EDT
The result beats her previous high water mark of seventh this past May at Kansas.
Sep 1, 2014, 1:10 AM EDT
HAMPTON, Ga. — It was a rough night for a number of drivers in Sunday’s Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta, including Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Marcos Ambrose.
Sep 1, 2014, 12:43 AM EDT
Matt Kenseth enters the post-season with a second place result, while Clint Bowyer finds himself outside the Chase Grid going into next Saturday’s regular season finale.
Sep 1, 2014, 12:14 AM EDT
HAMPTON, Ga. – Kasey Kahne’s 17th career Sprint Cup win couldn’t have been any larger.
Aug 31, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT
HAMPTON, Ga. – It was not the comeback that Tony Stewart had hoped for.
Aug 31, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT
Tony Stewart’s return to competition tonight at Atlanta Motor Speedway has encountered some trouble after a restart run-in with “Rowdy.”
Schumacher (TF), Hagan (FC), Line (PS), Krawiec (PSM) ones to beat in Monday’s NHRA U.S. Nationals finals
Aug 31, 2014, 9:08 PM EDT
Following Sunday’s final round of qualifying, Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) will lead their respective classes as No. 1 qualifiers for Monday’s final eliminations of the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Aug 31, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT
HAMPTON, Ga. — There was no question which driver received the most applause and cheers during driver introductions prior to the start of Sunday night’s Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Video from NASCAR America
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- Kasey Kahne rallies in last 2 laps to win at Atlanta, makes Chase 1
- Tony Stewart’s comeback hopes end with rough 41st-place finish at Atlanta 2
- Tony Stewart the obvious fan favorite during pre-race introductions at Atlanta 3