Pandemic Forces Cancelation of Arizona NHRA Event
Tue, 19/01/21 – 17:54 | No Comment
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COVID-19-related restrictions in the Phoenix area have prompted NHRA officials to cancel the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The national event in Chandler, Ariz., originally was scheduled for April 23-25 as …

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Flat Spot On: The Brilliant, Star-Crossed Paul Jr.
By | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

John Paul Jr. celebrates IRL victory at the Texas Motor Speedway, 15 years after winning at Michigan. Paul passed away on Dec. 29.

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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A long time ago, I decided not to write about John Paul Jr. except for race reports at events where he was competing. There was plenty to write about, no doubt. He was famous – and infamous – to borrow another writer’s line. In any event, I was always glad to see him and talk with him at races. After his recent passing, it’s time for me to write something about this remarkable person.

My friendship with a man who was almost a decade younger, who died shortly after Christmas, did not prevent me from writing a feature newspaper story or a magazine piece about him during the four decades I knew him. Many of motor racing’s best writers pull off writing well and accurately about friends. Much to the dismay of newspaper and magazine editors everywhere, racing writers are invariably closer to and friendlier with the people they cover, as well as developing deep enmities with some. As journalism goes, in the right hands none of these things matter when it comes to getting to the heart of something more akin to the truth than a collection of facts. 

My recollections of John are many since he was one of those drivers who I got to know early in our respective careers. I first met him just before the start of his greatest season – at age 22 – in the paddock at Daytona prior to the 24-hour. That year he co-drove to victory in the Rolex 24, Sebring 12-hour and won the Camel GT championship. The day I met him, he was already a star, having driven through a smokescreen from a wreck to beat Brian Redman on the last lap of the IMSA finale at Daytona the previous fall, an act of typical bravery that would come to distinguish him—in addition to not bragging about such feats afterward.

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Wed, 01/20/21 – 11:02 | No Comment
Pandemic Forces Cancelation of Arizona NHRA Event
| Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

COVID-19-related restrictions in the Phoenix area have prompted NHRA officials to cancel the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The national event in Chandler, Ariz., originally was scheduled for April 23-25 as …

Tue, 01/19/21 – 17:54 | No Comment
ARCA’s Moffitt Eyes Truck Series
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Thad Moffitt, the grandson of seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, revealed during the recent two-day ARCA test at Daytona International Speedway that he has been certified by NASCAR to compete in …

Sun, 01/17/21 – 11:20 | No Comment
Kyle Larson Strikes Gold In Tulsa – Again
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Kyle Larson joined the ranks of Midget Racing’s elite, and continued to rehab his reputation, with a repeat victory in the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Saturday night …

Sun, 01/17/21 – 11:12 | No Comment
Grant Goes Wire-to-Wire At Chili Bowl
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Californian Justin Grant worked through traffic while holding off the late-race charges of Kyle Cummins and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to score a wire-to-wire A-Feature victory Friday night during Day 5 of the 35th annual Lucas …

Sat, 01/16/21 – 9:25 | No Comment
Mended Lancaster Leads the ARCA Test Field
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Six months ago Derrick Lancaster thought he would never race again, but Friday the Virginia resident led testing in the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International …

Sat, 01/16/21 – 9:16 | No Comment
Marco Andretti To Pull Back On Driving Career
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Third generation racer Marco Andretti has put the brakes on a fulltime INDYCAR career, “re-setting” his priorities to currently run only the 105th Indianapolis 500 as part of the 2021 …

Fri, 01/15/21 – 17:22 | No Comment
Thursday Belongs to Bell at Chili Bowl
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Oklahoma favorite son Christopher Bell threw the iRacing/CB Industries No. 84X into high gear during the closing laps of Thursday’s John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night A-Feature to score a popular victory in Day 4 of …

Fri, 01/15/21 – 9:58 | No Comment
J.R. Reflects On The Career, Passing of Pat Patrick
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The respective career paths of three-time Indianapolis 500 champions U.E. “Pat” Patrick and Johnny Rutherford crossed during several memorable Months of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, albeit never in Victory …

Thu, 01/14/21 – 17:44 | No Comment
Abreu Dominates At Chili Bowl
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Two-time event champion Rico Abreu christened a new Spike Chassis with a wire-to-wire win during Wednesday night’s Circle City Raceway Qualifying Night feature, capping Day 3 of the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals …

Thu, 01/14/21 – 10:38 | No Comment
Larson Owns Day 2 of Chili Bowl
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Kyle Larson launched defense of his 2020 Golden Driller Award as part of his “Redemption Tour” at Tulsa Expo Raceway Tuesday night to headline Day 2 of the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
Larson’s …

Wed, 01/13/21 – 8:30 | No Comment