Distractions No Problem For Contender Hamlin
Sun, 25/10/20 – 11:28 | No Comment
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Denny Hamlin’s pursuit of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship is being played-out against the backdrop of perhaps the ultimate motorsports “distraction.”
Hamlin, of Joe Gibbs Racing, has partnered with NBA legend …

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Flat Spot On – Dixon Closes in On History
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Scott Dixon has proven to be one of auto racing’s all-time greats. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By Jonathan Ingram |Senior Writer
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Will it make any difference in the eyes of fans if Scott Dixon claims his sixth IndyCar championship on the St. Petersburg street and airport course this weekend? That would pull him within one of tying A.J. Foyt’s seven titles. Should he win his 51st career race as well, he’d be within one victory of Mario Andretti’s career total.

But just as the ever-smooth Jimmie Johnson, who succeeded Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as a seven-time NASCAR champion, Dixon is a very different character from the legends of IndyCar who preceded him. Despite all the success on track, there’s a running debate on whether Dixon belongs in the same pantheon as IndyCar racing’s other statistical leaders.

Comparing him to Foyt and Andretti (which leaves out the Unser brothers and Rick Mears, among others, in the modern era), Dixon is no doubt different. But just as with my view of Johnson in NASCAR, it’s the smoothness and consistency on the track, which now includes an impressive record by Dixon in GT and sports prototypes, that counts most.

Foyt and Andretti were outsized characters in the golden era of modern motor racing, which helped make competitors seem larger than life. They drove all manner of cars at a time when technical advances made racing more dangerous and when television and the print media’s major outlets, which enjoyed increasingly larger footprints, shed bright, hallowing light on the sound and fury that was the Indy 500, Monaco, Le Mans and Daytona.  

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Sat, 10/24/20 – 11:54 | One Comment
Distractions No Problem For Contender Hamlin
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Denny Hamlin’s pursuit of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship is being played-out against the backdrop of perhaps the ultimate motorsports “distraction.”
Hamlin, of Joe Gibbs Racing, has partnered with NBA legend …

Sun, 10/25/20 – 11:28 | No Comment
Rookie Burton Joins Father As A Winner In Texas
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas _ Rookie Harrison Burton joined his father in the Texas Motor Speedway record book, and jumbled the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs landscape, with an improbable victory in …

Sun, 10/25/20 – 8:54 | No Comment
Flat Spot On – Dixon Closes in On History
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By Jonathan Ingram |Senior Writer
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Will it make any difference in the eyes of fans if Scott Dixon claims his sixth IndyCar championship on the St. Petersburg street and airport course this weekend? That would pull …

Sat, 10/24/20 – 11:54 | One Comment
Ex-Cowboy Smith Taking A Run At NASCAR
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FORT WORTH, Texas – These Dallas Cowboys are not “them Cowboys,” the three-time Super Bowl champions anchored by Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith.
An NFL Hall of Famer, Smith needs a reprieve from these …

Sat, 10/24/20 – 9:01 | No Comment
Silly Season Produces Some Serious Cup Changes
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – A pair of NASCAR Cup Series rides linked with iconic numbers have been filled this week, as non-Playoff organizations begin to re-tool for 2021.
Richard Petty Motorsports …

Thu, 10/22/20 – 8:03 | No Comment
Torrences Put On Show at The Plex
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas _ With a little 320-plus mph help from his father, native Texan Steve Torrence has enhanced his chances for a third consecutive NHRA Top Fuel world championship.
His victory …

Tue, 10/20/20 – 8:27 | No Comment
Logano’s In And Loving It
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It’s party time for Joey Logano. A two-week job, too. Suffer, you seven others who will need to either win a race or pile up points in order to keep Cup Series championship hopes afloat …

Mon, 10/19/20 – 8:25 | No Comment
Enders P1 At The Motorplex
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ENNIS, Texas – Defending Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders jumped back into the point lead in impressive fashion Saturday, beating Jason Line in the final round of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals, …

Sun, 10/18/20 – 9:06 | No Comment
McGaha Honoring Shepherd At Motorplex
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ENNIS, Texas _ He is the last surviving partner of the Reher-Morrison Racing Engines triumvirate that won four consecutive NHRA Pro Stock world championships in the early 1980s.
David Reher spent countless hours collaborating with Buddy …

Sun, 10/18/20 – 8:55 | No Comment
Big Surprise Finish for Cadillac at Petit Le Mans
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By Jonathan Ingram
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – One never knows how the racing gods might introduce a sudden change of fate at the Petit Le Mans. In yet another surprise ending, the 23rd …

Sun, 10/18/20 – 8:47 | No Comment