NASCAR Takes Its Act Back To Music City
Wed, 4/12/19 – 17:14 | No Comment
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The NASCAR victory celebrations in Nashville have come to an end. But the sport had kinda returned this week. (File photo courtesy of NASCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

So, Nashville, eh?

I guess moving the annual season-capping banquet, awards ceremony and dress-up party makes some sense. Country music – the Rascal Flatts version if […]

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Flat Spot On: Movie Sequels – Can They Be Created Equal?
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Pedro Rodriguez bursts into the lead in his Ferrari 275 P at the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1964.

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer 
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Given that the inaugural two visits to Le Mans by the Ford GT 40s in 1964-65 were nothing short of disastrous, a prequel to “Ford vs. Ferrari” is probably not a good idea. I do have some suggestions for sequels. Mind you, I have practically no experience in Hollywood, other than visiting my brother, an attorney who lives in West Hollywood, and having a good cinematographer friend over near Burbank.

The other thing I will bear in mind is the possibly apocryphal advice of the late, great Bette Davis. When asked the quickest way for a young actor to get to Hollywood, she replied, “Take Fountain Avenue. There are fewer traffic lights.”

Having established my Hollywood credentials – and puh-leeze, let’s not quibble about the loyalty to facts in “Ford vs. Ferrari” – here’s my top five suggestions for sequels. I’m hesitant to suggest equals, because we all know how that goes when following a big hit. Nevertheless, I am in touch with my brother just in case I need to have his people available should any conversation lead to someone else’s people.

1. “Bullitt vs. Ferrari” – This time, the internal squabbling is between the city of San Francisco’s administration and the cops, not some schmoozer at Ford who happens to think an Englishman doesn’t belong on the American team. In the film’s highlight, top secret testing by cops of the next generation GT 40 on the streets of San Francisco leads to an incredible chase scene.

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Mon, 12/9/19 – 20:47 | No Comment
Busch Takes Another Step Toward Hall, But…
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Kyle Busch takes bows. Also can be hard to stomach. (RacingToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacingToday.com

Kyle Busch is the driver you hate to love.

And now, after winning a second Cup Series championship, there is so much more to hate to love.

You’re aggravated by the guy because he comes off as a […]

Thu, 12/5/19 – 20:39 | One Comment
NASCAR Takes Its Act Back To Music City
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The NASCAR victory celebrations in Nashville have come to an end. But the sport had kinda returned this week. (File photo courtesy of NASCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

So, Nashville, eh?

I guess moving the annual season-capping banquet, awards ceremony and dress-up party makes some sense. Country music – the Rascal Flatts version if […]

Wed, 12/4/19 – 17:14 | No Comment
NHRA Slaps Torrence With Big Fine
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Steve Torrence’s big push resulted in a big penalty from the NHRA.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Steve Torrence’s second NHRA Top Fuel world championship now carries an asterisk, courtesy of a five-figure fine.

NHRA officials docked Torrence $25,000 for a physical altercation with Cameron Ferre after their first-round pairing during the season-ending 55th annual Auto Club NHRA […]

Tue, 11/26/19 – 8:54 | One Comment
Flat Spot On: ‘The Captain’ Takes Charge at Indy
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Team owner Roger Penske is now a series owner and an iconic speedway owner.

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Roger Penske is not just the smartest guy in the room – including corporate board rooms. What makes him a racing fan favorite is that he wears his mantle of intelligence with the ease of a […]

Fri, 11/22/19 – 18:27 | 4 Comments
Retiring Jimmie: It Just Feels Right
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Jimmie Johnson talked about his decision to retire after the 2020 season on Thursday.

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson said Thursday he felt he needed to make a decision regarding retirement from full-time NASCAR competition by year’s end, but it wasn’t until October that he knew 2020 would be his final […]

Fri, 11/22/19 – 8:11 | Comments Off on Retiring Jimmie: It Just Feels Right
Hight Wins Funny Car Title In A Stalled Car
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Robert Hight earned his third Funny Car championship on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Robert Hight joined the ranks of NHRA royalty Sunday when he clinched his third Funny Car world championship…ironically enough, stranded in the left lane at Auto Club Raceway.

Hight’s championship-winning scenario capped a bizarre day at […]

Wed, 11/20/19 – 14:46 | Comments Off on Hight Wins Funny Car Title In A Stalled Car
Jimmie Says 2020 Will Be His Final Cup Season
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Jimmie Johnson said Wednesday that he will take one more shot at winning No. 8. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson annnounced on Wednesday that he will retire after the 2020 season.

Johnson made the announcement by way of a video he posted on […]

Wed, 11/20/19 – 14:39 | Comments Off on Jimmie Says 2020 Will Be His Final Cup Season
Western Swing: Torrence Takes Shot At Ferre
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Steve Torrence won the 2019 Top Fuel championship on Sunday but he lost the respect of many of the fans in Pomona. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

En route to winning his second consecutive NHRA Top Fuel world championship Sunday, Steve Torrence lost his cool, got physical and played the role […]

Tue, 11/19/19 – 9:47 | Comments Off on Western Swing: Torrence Takes Shot At Ferre
Busch Wins Cup Title; No Asterisk This Time
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Kyle Busch celebrates winning the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series championship on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Kyle Busch picked the perfect time to end his much-discussed 2019 losing streak Sunday and that would be at the championship-deciding Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The victory, his first victory […]

Sun, 11/17/19 – 20:05 | Comments Off on Busch Wins Cup Title; No Asterisk This Time
Top Fuel Title Is Torrence’s To Lose
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Steve Torrence will begin the final day of the 2019 NHRA season with a points lead and from the pole. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Reigning NHRA Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence will begin defense of his title from a position of strength Sunday after qualifying on-pole for the season-ending […]

Sun, 11/17/19 – 9:06 | 2 Comments