Stewart To Begin Final Cup Season On Sidelines
Thu, 4/02/16 – 16:29 | No Comment
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Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will miss the 2016 Daytona 500 later this month _ the start of his final season as driver _  after suffering a fracture in his back in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday.
Stewart-Haas Racing reported Thursday that Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet SS, sustained a burst […]

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Isaac Outraced Hard Times En Route To The Hall
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Bobby Isaac poses with Nord Krauskoph’s Dodge Charger Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. Isaac was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January. (Photo by ISC Images and Archives via Getty Images)

Bobby Isaac poses with Nord Krauskoph’s Dodge Charger Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. Isaac was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January. (Photo by ISC Images and Archives via Getty Images)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Stock car racing’s early years weren’t financially lucrative when compared to today, but for NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Isaac, the sport provided a means to escape poverty and become a champion.

hallf of fame logo“He loved to win, but he hated to lose, and he used this passion to drive his success,” said Patsy Isaac, who was married to the Catawba County, N.C., native during his glory years in NASCAR’s premier series.

Isaac’s passion led to a single-season record 19 poles in 1969 and a career 37 victories. In 1970 when he captured the series championship, he won 11 of the 47 races in which he competed, posted 32 top-five and 38-top 10 finishes and earned 13 poles.

In the famous No. 71 K&K Insurance Dodge owned by Nord Krauskopf and overseen by crew chief Harry Hyde, Isaac also set speed records at Talladega and the Bonneville Salt Flats. His world closed course record of 201.104 mph set at the 2.66-mile Talladega track stood for 13 years. In September 1971, the team conquered the Bonneville Salt Flats with the sleek Dodge Daytona, setting 28 world speed records, many of which remain. Read the full story »

Fri, 02/5/16 – 8:13 | No Comment
Isaac Outraced Hard Times En Route To The Hall
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Stock car racing’s early years weren’t financially lucrative when compared to today, but for NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Isaac, the sport provided a means to escape poverty and become a champion.
“He loved to win, but he hated to lose, and he used this passion to drive […]

Fri, 02/5/16 – 8:13 | No Comment
Stewart To Begin Final Cup Season On Sidelines
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Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will miss the 2016 Daytona 500 later this month _ the start of his final season as driver _  after suffering a fracture in his back in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday.
Stewart-Haas Racing reported Thursday that Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet SS, sustained a burst […]

Thu, 02/4/16 – 16:29 | No Comment
Honda To Again Join Chevy As IndyCar Engine Suppliers
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INDYCAR and Honda have announced a multi-year extension to the agreement that will continue the manufacturer’s presence as an engine supplier to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Honda will be in competition with Chevrolet for the fifth consecutive season in 2016, with both manufacturers producing 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines. Additionally, beginning in 2015, both Honda and Chevrolet […]

Wed, 02/3/16 – 17:31 | No Comment
Sports Car Drivers Honor Stropus
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Judy Stropus, former professional timer/scorer, race-car driver and award-winning publicist, is the 2015 recipient of the Bob Akin Award presented by the Road Racing Drivers Club.
Stropus was honored during ceremonies prior to last weekend’s running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, season-opener of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Considered the top award in […]

Tue, 02/2/16 – 8:05 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: New Daytona Rises to Opening Day/Night
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a landmark year for endurance racing in Daytona, starting with the new look of what’s touted as the world’s first motorsports stadium, including nearly 20-foot high letters that spell out the Daytona International Speedway at the main entrance.
Beyond the almost Byzantine new grandstand digs […]

Sun, 01/31/16 – 19:23 | No Comment
Derani’s Honda Ligier Pulls Away Late To Win 24
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Add Honda and Ligier to the list of engines and cars that have claimed overall victories in the historic Rolex 24 sports car race at Daytona International Speedway.
And add the name of Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani to the list of overall winning drivers to the list, as well.
Derani drove several key stints in the 2016 […]

Sun, 01/31/16 – 14:51 | No Comment
Alan Johnson Added To John Force’s Stable
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Drag racing tuning guru Alan Johnson has added the role of “technical consultant” for Brittany Force’s Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster to his 2016 to-do list, beginning with next month’s season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
The owner of Alan Johnson Racing (AJR) in Brownsburg, Ind., Johnson also will continue to work as technical consultant for Steve […]

Sat, 01/30/16 – 8:58 | No Comment
Lots Of Wrappers Will Be Shucked At 2016 Rolex 24
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Looking for an adjective to describe the 2016 Rolex 24? “New” would do nicely. From regulations to drivers to the venue to the cars to the name of the series itself, new is what’s new at Daytona International Speedway this weekend.
The 54th running of the Rolex will begin Saturday afternoon and will feature a full field […]

Fri, 01/29/16 – 18:03 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Chip Ganassi Goes GT Racing
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chip Ganassi may not have done it all in motor racing yet, but he’s accomplished more than most.
At this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, Ganassi embarks on yet another major challenge for his team with an entry of two Ford GT cars. It will mark […]

Fri, 01/29/16 – 17:58 | No Comment
Russians Conquer Soggy Track To Win Prototype Pole For The Rolex 24
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Russian IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin overcame extremely wet conditions to capture the Prototype class TOTAL Pole Award for the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona.
How we was the session? So wet that a pair of GT Le Mans class Porsches swept the overall pole and outside pole.
Aleshin ran a lap of 2:05.793 (101.882 mph) in the […]

Fri, 01/29/16 – 8:11 | No Comment