• UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM: The first look at how John Force is trying to patch together enough sponsorship to keep his four-car NHRA team going comes Saturday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Force has a media event scheduled to announce a primary sponsor for some races next year. He's trying to do what so many NASCAR teams do, combine several different companies for a limited number of primary ID races and, if successful, John won't have to spend his own money to compete the full season.

Monday, March 05, 2012


I'm posting Sunday night after covering the Subway 500k at Phoenix International Raceway. I've listed a selection of links below if you'd like to read some of my Arizona Republic stories.

One important bit of news coming this week is the Hendrick Motorsports' appeal of NASCAR penalties to Chad Knaus, etc. My impression -- from what I was told off-the-record last weekend, and reading between the lines of some on-the-record comments, as well as assessing body language, is whatever penalty Knaus and team may end up with will not be to the degree originally announced.

Monday notebook (Monday Night NASCAR TV, etc.) --

Monday, Jimmie Johnson sidebar --

Sunday Q&A with A.J. Allmendinger --

Sunday notebook (Kurt Busch, jet dryers, etc.) --

Sunday, Sadler wins Nationwide race --

Saturday notebook (Chad Knaus, etc.) --

Friday notebook (Roger Penske, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, etc. You won't read this lead anywhere else) --

Thursday notebook (Matt Kenseth, Kenny Francis, Rusty Wallace, etc.) --

Wednesday notebook (Track prep, fuel injection, etc.) --

[ more next Monday . . . ]