Brasilia Withdrawal Shakes Up IndyCar’s Season-Opening Plans
Sat, 31/01/15 – 9:26 | No Comment
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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INDYCAR officials are exploring options to save the Verizon IndyCar Series’ 2015 season-opening weekend in the aftermath of an unexpected cancellation of the scheduled March 6-8 event in Brasilia, Brazil.
The Indianapolis-based sanctioning body was blindsided Thursday when BAND, promoter of the race scheduled for the 3.4-mile Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet road-course, pulled the plug on [...]

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Perseverance Led These Five To NASCAR’s Hall
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Franklin Scott and Wendell Scott Jr. celebrated their father's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday night. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When I was a child my dad and I were sitting on the backstretch at Bristol during a race. He pointed to car No. 34 as it entered pit road and said, “Watch this.”

The driver positioned his race car in the proper pit box, turned off the engine, unbuckled and climbed from his car. He performed the work on his car, climbed back into the driver’s seat, buckled his shoulder harness and returned to the race.

My dad looked and me and said. “See. If you want to do something bad enough, you can do it.” The man was Wendell Scott, one of five drivers inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday night.

I never forgot my dad’s lesson and the attitude he instilled in me that day has played a major role in my life. It kept me forging ahead when times became tough.

Kyle Petty once told me racers will always find a way to make it work. I often think of Petty’s statement. And, you know, he’s right. Look at those in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, especially the five who were inducted Friday –Fred Lorenzen, Rex White, Scott, Joe Weatherly and Bill Elliott.

Lorenzen is remembered for becoming the first stock car driver to exceed $100,000 in a single season, for being Ford’s “Golden Boy”. His 16.46 career winning percentage ranks fifth all-time and is the highest among drivers Read the full story »

Sat, 01/31/15 – 9:11 | No Comment
Perseverance Led These Five To NASCAR’s Hall
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When I was a child my dad and I were sitting on the backstretch at Bristol during a race. He pointed to car No. 34 as it entered pit road and said, “Watch this.”
The driver positioned his race car in the proper pit box, turned off the [...]

Sat, 01/31/15 – 9:11 | No Comment
Wayne Taylor Racing Penalized For Rolex Violation
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Prototype team and drivers Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli have been reclassified as finishing last in the Prototype class in the Rolex 24 At Daytona due to a violation of drive-time rules. In the Rolex 24, the maximum drive time was no more than four hours in [...]

Fri, 01/30/15 – 17:53 | No Comment
Jilted Johnson Unveils 2015 Top Fuel Plans
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Alan Johnson Racing will open the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season next week with a single Top Fuel entry for former world champion Shawn Langdon at the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
AJR’s future was placed in jeopardy on Jan. 5, when the Qatar [...]

Fri, 01/30/15 – 8:33 | No Comment
Gordon To Hand Seat Over To Chase Elliott
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Exit Jeff Gordon. Enter Chase Elliott.
On Thursday, one week after Gordon announced 2015 would be his final full-time season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, team owner Rick Hendrick made it official that Elliott would be the four-time champion’s successor. The announcement surprised no one. After all, Hendrick had signed Elliott when he [...]

Thu, 01/29/15 – 20:49 | No Comment
Pearson On The Mend
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR Hall of Famer and three-time champion David Pearson is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered Dec. 9 and a full recovery is expected, his family said Wednesday in a statement released by NASCAR during the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour.
“The stroke affected his left side [...]

Thu, 01/29/15 – 12:43 | No Comment
New Year, New Look, New Attitude At Roush Fenway
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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After this year’s Roush Fenway Racing drivers were seated on stage for the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom’s opening event Wednesday, it became evident there was a different atmosphere among the competitors than had existed at the organization in previous years.
At past media tours, the organization’s drivers [...]

Wed, 01/28/15 – 19:23 | No Comment
Biffle Hopes To Lead Roush Fenway Back To Top
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – At the end of each season in three of the last four years Greg Biffle has watched teammates exit Roush Fenway Racing; two moved to another organization while one had his sponsor withdraw from the sport.
It was a scenario that made the 45-year-old Biffle wonder if he [...]

Wed, 01/28/15 – 16:35 | No Comment
Vickers’ Off Season Was Filled With Trauma, Pain
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nearly two months after Brian Vickers once again found himself in open heart surgery, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver is focused on his return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, the 31-year-old driver admitted Tuesday the scenario could have been much different.
“It was a pretty traumatic [...]

Tue, 01/27/15 – 13:25 | One Comment
France: NASCAR To Apply Brakes To Chase Change
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Touting NASCAR’s march towards innovation while balancing that with the cost and the benefits to the individual teams and to the sport, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said the rules for the cars would always evolve, but there would be no change this year to the Chase format.
“It [...]

Mon, 01/26/15 – 19:13 | No Comment
Dixon Gives Ganassi Racing Victory In The Rolex
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Scott Dixon tracked down and passed Jordan Taylor with just over and hour to go and went on to win the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.
Dixon, driving the No. 02 Ford-powered Riley of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, took the checkered flag at the end [...]

Sun, 01/25/15 – 14:15 | One Comment