Torrence Returns To Top Fuel Cockpit
Fri, 21/02/20 – 17:56 | No Comment
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Two weeks after his rivals began the 2020 season without him, Steve Torrence will launch his bid for a third consecutive NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world championship Friday with the opening …

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Flat Spot On: Long-Running Safety Revolution Saved Newman
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Ryan Newman, who was involved in a horrific wreck at Daytona on Monday, left the hospital with a daughter on each hand on Wednesday. Safety equipment did its job. (Photo courtesy of Roush Fenway Racing)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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For a guy who recently finished a book on some of the deadliest years of professional racing—and the safety revolution those years spawned—I felt strangely numb the day after Ryan Newman escaped from his finish-line crash on Monday night in Daytona. A brutal series of events, the crash included four different circumstances in a couple seconds that can potentially kill a driver.

The end of this Daytona 500 was like a near death experience, except not your own. Once the thankful outcome became certain, there’s an aftermath. Relief comes first and before nagging doubts finally pass in one last shudder of horror.

On Tuesday, I found initial relief in some thoughtful online comments plus the professional work of a couple of fellow commentators. Writer Ryan McGee and broadcaster Ricky Craven helped sum up that whole oddball process of a brilliant racing enterprise, invariably part ritual and part magic, turning into something else.

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Wed, 02/19/20 – 17:54 | 3 Comments
‘Hinchtown’ Gets Hand From Andretti
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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INDYCAR fan-favorite James Hinchcliffe has received a reprieve from open-wheel limbo.
Booted from his full-time ride at Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports after its offseason alliance with McLaren, Hinchcliffe will return to …

Fri, 02/21/20 – 10:29 | No Comment
End Of 500 Resulted In A Prolonged Holding Of Breath
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Some Thoughts on Speedweeks and the Daytona 500:
The scariest sight in racing is not a car hitting a wall at 200 mph. Or, a car rolling down the track at 200 mph. Or a car …

Fri, 02/21/20 – 9:46 | No Comment
Newman Exits Hospital; Roush Puts Chastain In Seat
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Ross Chastain will replace a recuperating Ryan Newman in the NASCAR Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Newman was injured in a violent, …

Wed, 02/19/20 – 18:00 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Long-Running Safety Revolution Saved Newman
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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For a guy who recently finished a book on some of the deadliest years of professional racing—and the safety revolution those years spawned—I felt strangely numb the day after Ryan …

Wed, 02/19/20 – 17:54 | 3 Comments
Quiet Not Peaceful After A Wreck Like Newman’s
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Silence isn’t golden at a race track. Instead, it’s so loud that it’s deafening.
Such was the case Monday night at the end of the rain-delayed Daytona …

Tue, 02/18/20 – 9:01 | One Comment
Hamlin Wins 500; Newman Survives Scary Wreck
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Last week, Denny Hamlin couldn’t come up with the names of drivers who have won three Daytona 500s. He did know that winning three would put him in “very, very …

Mon, 02/17/20 – 22:50 | No Comment
Rain Postpones Daytona 500
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Rain forced the postponement of Sunday’s 62nd running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway after just 20 laps had been completed.
The race has been rescheduled for Monday. The starting time has been set …

Sun, 02/16/20 – 19:03 | No Comment
Cup Season Begins On Note Of Optimism
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The grandest stage in stock car racing and its annual Great American Race received plenty of presidential treatment on Sunday.
And as choreography and scripts go, the …

Sun, 02/16/20 – 17:42 | No Comment
Jimmie Ponders Future As Career End Nears
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When Jimmie Johnson climbs into his No. 48 Chevrolet Sunday it may be his last Daytona 500, but there’s no reason to be sad for him …

Sun, 02/16/20 – 14:37 | No Comment
INDY CAR Screening Process Continues At Texas Motor Speedway
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Open-wheel superstar Josef Newgarden says INDYCAR’s revolutionary cockpit Aeroscreen looms as the “last major safety advancement” on cars that now resemble fighter jets.
“This is the biggest …

Sun, 02/16/20 – 12:03 | No Comment