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Jonathan Ingram, Senior Writer

Jonathan Ingram has been writing full-time about the world’s major motor racing series and events since 1983 for newspapers, magazines and web sites. He has written five books, including biographies of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Danica Patrick. Among his awards are recognition from the National Motorsports Press Association for columns and feature writing.

Articles by Jonathan Ingram

Back Roads: Earnhardt Sr. Hits Jack, Wins The Pot
Sunday, Nov 28, 2010 – 8:10 | One Comment
Back Roads: Earnhardt Sr. Hits Jack, Wins The Pot

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
No matter what method has been used to determine the champion of NASCAR’s premier division,  not many drivers have won the title the first time an opportunity presented itself. Dale Earnhardt Sr. was one of those who stamped himself as extraordinary and one to watch
by winning his first Winston Cup, [...]

Ingram: On To The Millennium Of Title Streaks
Monday, Nov 22, 2010 – 7:52 | One Comment
Ingram: On To The Millennium Of Title Streaks

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:™
Top Ten reflections on Jimmie Johnson’s fifth straight Sprint Cup championship aboard the Lowe’s Chevy of Hendrick Motorsports.
1. Yes. Now it’s a dynasty for the No. 48 team and Johnson. What’s missing from thedynasties enjoyed by the Yankees, the Boston Celtics, the Green Bay Packers or [...]

Fennig Recalls Luck Factor Of ‘04 Title Chase
Saturday, Nov 20, 2010 – 7:44 | Comments Off
Fennig Recalls Luck Factor Of ‘04 Title Chase

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Six years after the first Chase for the Sprint Cup concluded at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, three drivers are in close contention for the title once again. The role of luck may well decide which one wins.
That was the case when Kurt Busch emerged from a nail-biter versus Jimmie Johnson and Jeff [...]

Ingram: Hamlin Comes Up Dry In Desert
Monday, Nov 15, 2010 – 7:24 | One Comment
Ingram: Hamlin Comes Up Dry In Desert

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
A professional race car driver’s life often travels between extremes, especially for those who would be champion.
Denny Hamlin led the most laps at the Phoenix International Raceway and was the odds-on favorite to turn next weekend’s Sprint Cup finale at Homestead, Fla. into a coronation [...]

Ingram: Of Monkeyshines and Men In Texas
Monday, Nov 8, 2010 – 12:22 | One Comment
Ingram: Of Monkeyshines and Men In Texas

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
Racing in NASCAR’s premier series has got its groove back. It’s wild. It’s wacky and only slightly tacky.
The big stage of the Texas Motor Speedway – heightened by the small monkey selling programs out front – and the bigger stage of a Sprint Cup championship got [...]

Ingram: Two-Car Tandems Storm Sunny Talladega
Monday, Nov 1, 2010 – 7:21 | Comments Off
Ingram: Two-Car Tandems Storm Sunny Talladega

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
Talladega, Ala. – The race at Talladega was decided as the tandems led by Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick emerged from the late afternoon shadows cast by the high banks just past Turn 1. Or, if you prefer, the race was decided in the piercing [...]

Ingram: Talladega Bound Once More
Saturday, Oct 30, 2010 – 18:06 | Comments Off
Ingram: Talladega Bound Once More

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – The Talladega Superspeedway is a spooky place.
Unlike my RacinToday.com colleague Rick Minter, I’m not quite religious enough to offer up a prayer when I head toward Alabama from Atlanta. But I tend to get a Revelations-like sense of foreboding when I reach the halfway point and cross [...]

Ingram: Martinsville A Restorative For NASCAR
Monday, Oct 25, 2010 – 7:18 | Comments Off
Ingram: Martinsville A Restorative For NASCAR

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
There was a time when every race weekend in NASCAR’s premier series had enough story lines to compose a saga, each driver’s career was like a novel in progress – including those struggling to get due credit like Regan Smith – and any conflict between [...]

Richmond Portrayed As One Of NASCAR’s Own
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 – 6:38 | 2 Comments
Richmond Portrayed As One Of NASCAR’s Own

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The “30 for 30″ series of sports documentaries lives up to its reputation with the story on Tim Richmond. To be shown Tuesday night (Oct. 19) on ESPN, the film by director Rory Karpf combines tragedy with celebration and social history with an extraordinary motor racing story.
Although universally compelling, “To the [...]

Ingram: New NASCAR Outshines Old In Charlotte
Monday, Oct 18, 2010 – 7:20 | One Comment
Ingram: New NASCAR Outshines Old In Charlotte

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
For the first time in recent memory, the future of NASCAR started looking brighter than the past in Charlotte.
Jamie McMurray, the now celebrated comeback kid,  backed up his victories at Daytona and Indianapolis on the double dog-legged Charlotte Motor Speedway layout. McMurray’s terrific come-from-behind drive [...]