Tag Archives: Dario Franchitti

Tracking the Trucks: 2007 Kroger 200 at Martinsville

As the field wrecked behind him, Mike Skinner took the checkered flag ahead of Jack Sprague to win the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon. A late-race red flag set the field up for a three-lap shootout, and Skinner prevailed, winning his third race at the 0.526-mile short track. Ron Hornaday, Jr, David Starr and Rick Crawford rounded out the top five.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: New Faces at Martinsville

When the Craftsman Truck Series takes the green flag Saturday afternoon for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville, there will be a few new faces. Travis Dassow, Chris Jones, Colin Braun (pronounced "Brown") will be making their Truck Series debuts. With an entry list of 40, the largest since the spring race at Martinsville when there were 41 entrants, each driver is guaranteed a starting position based on owner's points.

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Fanning the Flames: What A Weird Week For NASCAR It’s Been

Wow, what a week. The Kansas race still has fans buzzing, while 2008 plans have become just as much of a hot-button topic: why just yesterday, Kyle Busch got a new sponsor (M&M's), Scott Riggs a new home (Haas CNC Racing), Ganassi Racing a new open-wheeled Scotsman (Dario Franchitti), and the Busch Series a new title sponsor (Nationwide). Oh, and did I mention Talladega is up next, with four, count 'em, four, drivers attempting to qualify for their first plate race (in the midst of the Chase, no less). Geez, just when you thought it couldn't get any weirder...

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Full Throttle: Open-Wheel Drivers Becoming The Choice Du Jour Of NASCAR Owners… At The Expense Of Everyone Else

On a lazy Sunday afternoon at Chicagoland, one of the most dramatic championships in open wheel history had just reached an eye-popping conclusion, with the third turn of the last lap finally settling a battle that brought excitement to an all-time high. But the 2007 IRL trophy hadn't even been dusted off for its rightful owner, Dario Franchitti, when he was asked the question most racing aficionados already had the answer to: Would he be moving to NASCAR? The Scotsman was noncommittal in his response, but just the hesitation in his voice revealed the answer he's not yet able to say out loud: all indications are the open wheel racer is on his way to the world of stock cars. According to published reports, a five-year offer from Chip Ganassi Racing has been put on the table, and sponsorship is in place for Franchitti to make the jump from IndyCar to a series with just a little different type of chassis.

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