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Mark Armijo, Senior Correspondent

Mark Armijo is a veteran, award-winning sports journalist who worked for The Arizona Republic from 1980-2007 and covered motorsports for more than 20 years. Mark and his wife, Kellie, live in Gilbert, Arizona.

Articles by Mark Armijo

Phoenix Getting Major Facelift
Monday, Jan 30, 2017 – 20:52 | Comments Off on Phoenix Getting Major Facelift
Phoenix Getting Major Facelift

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Phoenix International Raceway, a quirky 1-mile oval known for its tricky backstretch dog leg, soon will undergo a $178-million makeover, a costly facelift that includes demolishing the frontstretch grandstands and repositioning the start/finish line in Turn 2.
“This is a great day for ISC and Phoenix Raceway, but more importantly, for racing fans […]

Analyzing Races Can Put Loyalties To The Test
Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 – 16:39 | Comments Off on Analyzing Races Can Put Loyalties To The Test
Analyzing Races Can Put Loyalties To The Test

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Four months removed from the driver’s seat, Jeff Gordon remains a fixture at the racetrack.
Ditto Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds, just three of the many former drivers and a crew chiefs now applying their talents in front of the television camera instead of behind it, undoubtedly hired in […]

Gordon Trades Driving For Talking At Daytona 500
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 – 15:16 | One Comment
Gordon Trades Driving For Talking At Daytona 500

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Come Sunday in the always intriguing Daytona 500, Jeff Gordon again will have a bird’s-eye view of the starting line, just as he did a year ago when he manned the pole position.
Except this season, Gordon won’t be staring down the green flag from the driver’s seat. Gordon, who retired following […]

Amazin’ Martin’s Biggest Story In Field Of Big Stories
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 – 13:32 | One Comment
Amazin’ Martin’s Biggest Story In Field Of Big Stories

By Mark Armijo | Senior Writer
RacingToday.com
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Four drivers. Four intriguing storylines.
By collaring a fifth NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship banner, retiring driver Jeff Gordon would hand deliver a Hollywood finish to an extraordinary career.
Kevin Harvick is attempting to become the first driver other than Jimmie Johnson to string together two straight championship […]

Bye-Bye Time For Sprint Cup’s Biggest Stars?
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 – 6:28 | Comments Off on Bye-Bye Time For Sprint Cup’s Biggest Stars?
Bye-Bye Time For Sprint Cup’s Biggest Stars?

By Mark Armijo | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AVONDALE, Az. – As warm as the temperatures were Tuesday during a 90-plus degree test session at Phoenix International Raceway, it likely paled miserably to the heat Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are under.
For them, with their NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship lives on the line entering Sunday’s […]

Hamlin Names Favorite To Win Chase Championship
Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 – 13:48 | Comments Off on Hamlin Names Favorite To Win Chase Championship
Hamlin Names Favorite To Win Chase Championship

By Mark Armijo | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Should Denny Hamlin fail to satiate a hungry quest to collar a coveted Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy, a shiny piece of hardware that narrowly escaped his clutch four years ago, he has a fairly strong opinion as to which driver will eventually ensconce himself […]

Logano Is Gaining Acceptance Into Frat Party
Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 – 8:05 | One Comment
Logano Is Gaining Acceptance Into Frat Party

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Joey Logano.
Who?
Logano.
Until last season, when he made the NASCAR Chase playoff for the first time following four so-so seasons, Logano had been on the outside looking in, someone trying to knock down the door and gain entry into a small fraternity of Sprint Cup racing’s elite.
To be truthful, Logano still […]

New Name, Concrete Waiting For NHRA In Arizona
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 – 14:20 | Comments Off on New Name, Concrete Waiting For NHRA In Arizona
New Name, Concrete Waiting For NHRA In Arizona

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Should drag racing Methuselah John Force once again turn back the clock and torpedo another hole into the wind, such as he did two weeks ago by establishing national Funny Car elapsed time and speed records in the 2014 season opener at Pomona, Calif., he would do […]

Harvick Is Exploding, Not Imploding, In Chase
Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – 7:15 | Comments Off on Harvick Is Exploding, Not Imploding, In Chase
Harvick Is Exploding, Not Imploding, In Chase

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
PHOENIX, Ariz. – OK, raise your hand if before the season you penciled Kevin Harvick in the No. 3 position with only five remaining races in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Yeah, that’s what we thought.
Who would have dared envision Harvick, who announced at last season’s November race […]

Earnhardt Jr. Stirring Emotions And Hopes In 2013
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 – 9:31 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr. Stirring Emotions And Hopes In 2013

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
MESA, Ariz. – Geordie Wendt braved rush-hour traffic earlier this week for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rub shoulders with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Minutes before Earnhardt would make an appearance at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill on behalf of Phoenix International Raceway and the upcoming March 3 Subway Fresh Fit […]