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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS - Winston Cup car owner Ray Evernham, dressed in his familiar bright red Dodge shirt and black jeans, walked back to his team's transporter looking, well, not unhappy. Bill Elliott, his No. 1 driver, had just finished his first practice run for today's Brickyard 400 and had been 15th fastest. It was a pretty good run given the Intrepid was wearing a new nose just approved for the race by NASCAR. The rule allows the Dodge a two-inch extension to the front spoiler that is designed to create more down-force, theoretically making the car more stable and thereby faster.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | September 14, 2011
The Hendrick Motorsports empire will celebrate its sixth consecutive Sprint Cup title in November. One person will be conspicuously absent: Jimmie Johnson. The five-time champion will finally be dethroned, not by any of his archrivals named Busch or anybody else. His good friend and teammate Jeff Gordon is going to bring him down. And so it is written. In his own words, Gordon is "rejuvenated" after three regular-season victories, including a thrilling run at Atlanta Motor Speedway in which he held off a furious charge from Johnson in the last 10 laps.
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By Tania Ganguli and Tania Ganguli,Tribune Newspapers | November 22, 2009
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - -Chad Knaus walked into his interview at Hendrick Motorsports in 1993 with his career carefully thought out. He wanted to be a crew chief by the time he was 30. He wanted to win a race. He wanted to win a championship. Knaus didn't tell Ray Evernham all that when Evernham, then Jeff Gordon's crew chief, interviewed Knaus. Evernham asked about his long-term goals. "I want your job," Knaus told him. That was exactly what Evernham wanted to hear. So he hired Knaus and began what would become one of the greatest careers any NASCAR crew chief ever had. Today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Knaus and his driver Jimmie Johnson will attempt to win a record fourth consecutive championship.
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By Tania Ganguli and Tania Ganguli,Tribune Newspapers | November 22, 2009
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - -Chad Knaus walked into his interview at Hendrick Motorsports in 1993 with his career carefully thought out. He wanted to be a crew chief by the time he was 30. He wanted to win a race. He wanted to win a championship. Knaus didn't tell Ray Evernham all that when Evernham, then Jeff Gordon's crew chief, interviewed Knaus. Evernham asked about his long-term goals. "I want your job," Knaus told him. That was exactly what Evernham wanted to hear. So he hired Knaus and began what would become one of the greatest careers any NASCAR crew chief ever had. Today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Knaus and his driver Jimmie Johnson will attempt to win a record fourth consecutive championship.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | October 3, 1999
Jeff Gordon haters are dancing.Gordon's crew chief, Ray Evernham, is gone, given his asked-for release.Because of that, Gordon haters think the three-time Winston Cup Champion is done.And there is no denying the success Evernham and Gordon have shared. Together, they won three championships, 47 races and more than $30 million. From November 1992 until last weekend in Dover, they were the 1990s' most successful twosome.Many believe Evernham was the wizard behind their success. They see the slick Gordon as a whiner who depended on Evernham for everything from a winning race car to psychoanalysis while he was driving.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1999
DOVER, Del. -- A Winston Cup garage can be like a witch's caldron when rumors are in play. And yesterday, at Dover International Speedway, one of the most tantalizing rumors of the year was in the air.Three-time champion Jeff Gordon's crew chief, Ray Evernham, is said to be quitting. The rumor was circulating in the morning, and by afternoon, CNN/SI was reporting the chief engineer, Brian Whitesell, will be replacing Evernham at the end of the season.Not even Rusty Wallace's track-record qualifying speed of 159.964 mph, which earned him the pole for tomorrow's MNBA 400 Winston Cup race, could disrupt the interest in Gordon, Evernham and the Rick Hendrick-owned team.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2000
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Rookie Winston Cup driver Matt Kenseth won his first race at Daytona International Speedway yesterday. But it was in the Busch Series' NAPA Auto Parts 300. Kenseth held off Joe Nemechek and Terry Labonte for the victory, averaging 140.7351 mph in his Visine Chevrolet to win by 0.153 seconds. "I think the 500 is going to be a lot harder than this," said the rookie, who earned $98,750. "My Busch car is more stable, twice as stable as my Daytona 500 car. With the new shock and spring rule it's hard to make them run well because of the limited adjustments you can make."
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | September 14, 2011
The Hendrick Motorsports empire will celebrate its sixth consecutive Sprint Cup title in November. One person will be conspicuously absent: Jimmie Johnson. The five-time champion will finally be dethroned, not by any of his archrivals named Busch or anybody else. His good friend and teammate Jeff Gordon is going to bring him down. And so it is written. In his own words, Gordon is "rejuvenated" after three regular-season victories, including a thrilling run at Atlanta Motor Speedway in which he held off a furious charge from Johnson in the last 10 laps.
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October 7, 2004
Moves Auto racing NASCAR: Docked Greg Biffle and car owner Geoff Smith 25 championship points apiece, fined crew chief Doug Richert $25,000 and suspended crew member Michael Hillman Jr. for making unapproved rear spoiler adjustments in Sunday's race. Docked Kasey Kahne and car owner Ray Evernham 25 championship points apiece and fined crew chief Tommy Baldwin $25,000 for using unapproved spoiler modification. Fined Pat Tryson, crew chief for Mark Martin, $10,000 for using unapproved air directional device and $5,000 for using unapproved windshield mounting.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS - Winston Cup rookie Casey Atwood walked into his team's trailer sucking on a water bottle. When he came to car owner Ray Evernham, he stopped. "Ray, this is my second bottle since I got out of the car," Atwood said. "It's about time you listened to me," Evernham said and added, "These guys go through a lot and sometimes they need to be reminded that the 6 to 8 pounds they lose in the race car is water weight." Asked if he was drinking more fluids because of the sudden death of Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Korey Stringer to heat stroke, Atwood shook his head.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS - Winston Cup car owner Ray Evernham, dressed in his familiar bright red Dodge shirt and black jeans, walked back to his team's transporter looking, well, not unhappy. Bill Elliott, his No. 1 driver, had just finished his first practice run for today's Brickyard 400 and had been 15th fastest. It was a pretty good run given the Intrepid was wearing a new nose just approved for the race by NASCAR. The rule allows the Dodge a two-inch extension to the front spoiler that is designed to create more down-force, theoretically making the car more stable and thereby faster.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2000
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Rookie Winston Cup driver Matt Kenseth won his first race at Daytona International Speedway yesterday. But it was in the Busch Series' NAPA Auto Parts 300. Kenseth held off Joe Nemechek and Terry Labonte for the victory, averaging 140.7351 mph in his Visine Chevrolet to win by 0.153 seconds. "I think the 500 is going to be a lot harder than this," said the rookie, who earned $98,750. "My Busch car is more stable, twice as stable as my Daytona 500 car. With the new shock and spring rule it's hard to make them run well because of the limited adjustments you can make."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | October 3, 1999
Jeff Gordon haters are dancing.Gordon's crew chief, Ray Evernham, is gone, given his asked-for release.Because of that, Gordon haters think the three-time Winston Cup Champion is done.And there is no denying the success Evernham and Gordon have shared. Together, they won three championships, 47 races and more than $30 million. From November 1992 until last weekend in Dover, they were the 1990s' most successful twosome.Many believe Evernham was the wizard behind their success. They see the slick Gordon as a whiner who depended on Evernham for everything from a winning race car to psychoanalysis while he was driving.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1999
DOVER, Del. -- A Winston Cup garage can be like a witch's caldron when rumors are in play. And yesterday, at Dover International Speedway, one of the most tantalizing rumors of the year was in the air.Three-time champion Jeff Gordon's crew chief, Ray Evernham, is said to be quitting. The rumor was circulating in the morning, and by afternoon, CNN/SI was reporting the chief engineer, Brian Whitesell, will be replacing Evernham at the end of the season.Not even Rusty Wallace's track-record qualifying speed of 159.964 mph, which earned him the pole for tomorrow's MNBA 400 Winston Cup race, could disrupt the interest in Gordon, Evernham and the Rick Hendrick-owned team.
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By George Diaz and George Diaz,ORLANDO SENTINEL | April 5, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kasey Kahne is getting a little peeved at his uncanny consistency for receiving those fabulous consolation prizes as NASCAR's second-fastest man on Sunday afternoons. "The other ones were great," he said of two previous second-place runs. This one kind of [stinks]." Kahne made another strong -- but ultimately futile -- run toward Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway yesterday. Chasing Elliott Sadler for 10 laps, he fell two-hundredths of a second short in the Samsung/Radio Shack 500. And so ends another frustrating day for NASCAR's most consistent driver this season, a rookie quickly establishing himself as one of the sport's rising stars under the tutelage of team owner Ray Evernham.
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