NXS: Joe Gibbs Racing Keeps on Rolling; Suarez Scores Coors Light Pole for Fontana XFINITY Race

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FONTANA, Calif. — Report by Race Chaser Online Managing Editor Jacob Seelman — Jonathan Moore/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — For the fourth consecutive week in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top three positions in Coors Light Pole Qualifying and wrote a new page in history by doing so. However, it was a first-time 2016 pole winner …

NXS: Fast in Fontana; Austin Dillon Tops XFINITY Happy Hour at Auto Club Speedway

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FONTANA, Calif. — Story by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Ethan Butler — Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images photo — 76 degree weather and a perfect cloudless sky provided the backdrop at Auto Club Speedway for NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice on Friday evening, and much like Sprint Cup Series practice earlier in the day, Austin Dillon cemented himself on top of …

INDYCAR: Verizon IndyCar Series Will Not Return to Auto Club Speedway in 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS — official series release — Chris Owens/IndyCar photo — INDYCAR announced today that Auto Club Speedway, the 2-mile oval in Fontana, Calif., will not return to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2016. INDYCAR explored several options to retain the event as part of its 2016 calendar, including plans to race later in the season to comply with the track’s …

Tom Time: IndyCar Needs More Racing Like Fontana

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Column By RaceChaser Online Senior Editor Tom Baker – Photo By Chris Jones/IndyCar Media – This past Saturday, I watched what I believe to be the single most electrifying, thrilling and enjoyable motorsports event in my nearly 48 years on God’s planet.  The IndyCar Series rolled into Fontana and showed the world for the very first time …

NSCS: Vickers to be Sidelined for Minimum of Three Months; Resumes Blood Thinners

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FONTANA, Calif. — official series release — Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America photo — The reappearance of blood clots has sidelined Vickers from the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota for the third time, dating to May 2010. In addition, Vickers missed the first two races of the 2015 season while recovering from offseason heart surgery. To combat the medical issue, Vickers must resume the …

NSCS: Getting Comfortable; Menard Records First Top Five Finish With New Crew Chief in Fontana

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FONTANA, Calif. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America photo – It has been a season of change for Richard Childress Racing veteran Paul Menard. Menard opened the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with new crew chief Justin Alexander, who was a team engineer for Richard Childress …

NSCS: Grand Theft Auto (Club); Brad Keselowski Steals Fontana Win in Thrilling Overtime Finish

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FONTANA, Calif. — official series release — Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images photo — After Sunday’s Auto Club 400, there may be a warrant issued for Brad Keselowski. After all, the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford committed his own version of “Grand Theft Auto” at Auto Club Speedway — he stole an entire race. Benefitting from a four-tire …

NSCS: Vickers Sidelined Again Due to Blood Clots; Moffitt to Drive No. 55 at Fontana

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CORNELIUS, N.C. — official team release — NASCAR photo — Michael Waltrip Racing announced Friday that Brian Vickers will miss Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway due to a recurrence of blood clots. Brett Moffitt will drive Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Toyota in Vickers’ absence for Sunday’s event. Vickers informed MWR he has experienced a reoccurrence of blood clots, which will require the …

NXS: Hollywood Stuntman Stanton Barrett Returns to NASCAR Competition at Fontana

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FONTANA, Calif. – official team release — Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images photo — On the heels of directing his latest Hollywood movie, stuntman Stanton Barrett eyes his own stunning performance in Saturday’s DRIVE4CLOTS.com 300 at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway. Making his return to Auto Club Speedway (ACS) for the first time since 2009, Barrett hopes his 12th race at the 2.0-mile oval …

AUDIO/RECAP: Catching the Caution; Thomas George Hangs On for Opening Asphalt Assault Win at Fontana

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FONTANA, Calif. — Audio and recap by Race Chaser Online Managing Editor and iRacing Correspondent Jacob Seelman — Jacob Seelman/iRacing.com photo — In racing, it’s often right place, right time and Wednesday night in the opener for the 2015 =RSR= Asphalt Assault TV Series, Thomas George was in the lead when it counted. George, who led a dominant 54 of …

AUDIO/RECAP: On Fumes; Shawn Breitzman Coasts Home To Take Icebreaker Glory In Fontana

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FONTANA, Calif. — Audio, story and photo by Managing Editor Jacob Seelman for Speed77 Radio, Race Chaser Online and Real Sim Racing — Shawn Breitzman had just enough fuel to make it to the checkered flag during Monday night’s =RSR= Icebreaker Winter Series race at Auto Club Speedway. Literally just enough. “It ran out about 50 yards from the line,” a …

INDYCAR: Power Finally Wins Long-Awaited Title; Kanaan Triumphs in Fontana Finale

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FONTANA, Calif. — official release — Chris Jones photo — Will Power earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship with a ninth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Power, who entered the 18th race of the season with a 51-point lead over Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, had been the championship runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2012. …