Makers Predict Hybrids In NASCAR Future
Sat, 17/11/18 – 17:48 | No Comment
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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – With hybrid passenger cars becoming more popular, executives with the three automotive manufacturers involved in NASCAR said Saturday they envisioned a hybrid-style engine eventually being used in the sport.
However, they admitted they didn’t know when that day would arrive since racing, like the automobile business, was a long-lead business.
“You’ve got […]

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Flat Spot On: Pearson Let His Driving Do the Talking
By | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

David Pearson and Leonard Wood knew how to go fast in American stock cars. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Longtime radio announcer Barney Hall gave David Pearson his “Silver Fox” nickname, which fit extraordinarily well beyond the graying hair that emerged during his salad days of the 1970s. Pearson was elusive as in hard to catch. He was wily as in difficult to pin down. And, he was fast as evidenced by his 18.3 winning percentage – 105 victories in 574 starts.

There are many who believe Pearson, who died at age 83 this week, was NASCAR’s best driver, which draws no argument here. His winning percentage, after all, is incredible for a driver who competed during the first two dangerous decades of superspeedway racing.

On the track, Pearson’s lines were consistent, smooth, uninterrupted arcs. His tactics were to hold his cards and stay out of trouble until the final miles when a race and the money were on the line. If not for his fame and the familiar 21 inscribed in gold on his Wood Brothers cars, one sometimes felt like Pearson came out of nowhere to win races. This was particularly true year in, year out at Darlington, where he earned his nickname on the notorious wrecking yard of a crooked oval by winning 10 times. Read the full story »

Thu, 11/15/18 – 9:03 | No Comment
Moffitt Sweeps Up In Homestead
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Brett Moffitt cashed in big time Friday as he won the NASCAR Camping World Truck race at Homestead Miami Speedway and the series championship.
With the victory, Moffitt beat fellow Championship 4 contenders Noah Gragson (third-place finish), Justin Haley (eighth) and Johnny Sauter (12th) at the South Florida track.
Scoring a career-high six wins in 2018, Moffitt […]

Sat, 11/17/18 – 8:43 | No Comment
FRR’s Shut Down Won’t Slow Garone
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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Ever since Furniture Row Racing made its debut in 2005 Joe Garone has been by owner Barney Visser’s side, but now the organization’s president has to find a new job due to the team’s closing.
A mainstay in racing for more than two decades, Garone said Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway that he’s not […]

Sat, 11/17/18 – 8:33 | No Comment
Litton Is Top NHRA Rookie At 61
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Top Fuel driver Bill Litton received the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony Monday at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Southern California.
The award, determined via a vote of national motorsports media, recognizes NHRA’s Rookie of the […]

Thu, 11/15/18 – 9:40 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Pearson Let His Driving Do the Talking
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Longtime radio announcer Barney Hall gave David Pearson his “Silver Fox” nickname, which fit extraordinarily well beyond the graying hair that emerged during his salad days of the 1970s. Pearson was elusive as in hard to catch. He was wily as in difficult to pin down. And, he was fast as […]

Thu, 11/15/18 – 9:03 | No Comment
‘Silver Fox’ Pearson Has Passed Away At 83
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According to media reports, Hall of Fame driver David Pearson has died at age 83.
The three-time champion in the NASCAR Cup Series, and the winner of 105 Cup races, died on Monday the reports say.
Pearson won 105 Cup races, second only to Richard Petty, who was Pearson’s chief rival in the 1960s and ’70s.
Between 1963-77, […]

Mon, 11/12/18 – 21:03 | No Comment
Todd, Smith Claim Titles On Final Day Of NHRA Season
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J.R. Todd and Matt Smith clinched world championships Sunday during the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, where Steve Torrence celebrated playoff perfection.
Todd clinched his first career Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car title during the opening round of eliminations when point-runner-up Robert Hight lost his match against […]

Mon, 11/12/18 – 12:14 | No Comment
Busch Wins In Arizona; Final Four Is Set
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Next week in the humid, swampy darkness of Homestead-Miami Speedway, three drivers will be gunning for their second NASCAR Cup Series championship and one other will be going for his first.
That was all determined by an ugly race Sunday near Phoenix, Ariz.
Kyle Busch moved to the lead for a final […]

Sun, 11/11/18 – 19:15 | No Comment
Pro Stock Becomes A Gray Area
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Teen-ager Tanner Gray became the youngest professional class champion in NHRA history Saturday when he qualified in the top half of the Pro Stock ladder for the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona.
At 19 years and 6 months, Gray qualified sixth in the 16-car field and will close-out the drag racing portion of […]

Sun, 11/11/18 – 9:31 | No Comment
Bell Drives His Way Into Xfinity Series Finale
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Christopher Bell drove through the field to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Phoenix and advance to the Nov. 17 season championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Faced with a must-win situation entering the Round of 8 elimination race, Bell did exactly that. By the end of Stage 1, he had cracked the top 10. At […]

Sun, 11/11/18 – 8:59 | No Comment
NHRA To Run Reduced Pro Stock Schedule Next Season
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The NHRA announced Saturday that in 2019, the Pro Stock category will pare its schedule down to 18 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

“We think the new schedule will increase participation by relieving the economic burden and time commitment that comes with 24 events, which will ignite more intense competition. All of […]

Sat, 11/10/18 – 14:10 | No Comment