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Earnhardt Jr. Won’t Just Be Along For The ‘Ride’
Thursday, 23 Feb, 2012 – 8:07 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Won’t Just Be Along For The ‘Ride’

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With NASCAR’s rules guaranteeing starting spots in the Daytona 500 to the top 35 teams in last year’s car owner points standings, there’s really not much reason for drivers to run hard in Thursday’s 150-mile Gatorade Duel qualifying races.
In fact, the way restrictor plate races of [...]

Shootout Should Be Informative, Entertaining
Saturday, 18 Feb, 2012 – 13:24 | Comments Off
Shootout Should Be Informative, Entertaining

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Budweiser Shootout is not really one of those events that prompts people to hold watch parties. It’s main allure has been that it kind of, sort of kicks off the new NASCAR season.
It’s been kind of a meet-and-greet from afar for fans and competitors.
It’s featured confusing, revolving entry criteria, [...]

Truex Gains Random Access To Shootout Pole
Saturday, 18 Feb, 2012 – 8:47 | Comments Off
Truex Gains Random Access To Shootout Pole

RacinToday.com
Martin Truex Jr. will lead the 25-car field to the green flag for the 34th annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
Truex Jr. secured P1 through a random selection process Friday night at the Budweiser Shootout Draw Party, during which participating drivers selected a Bud bottle featuring a number behind [...]

They’re Talking Racin’ Today Down In Daytona
Thursday, 16 Feb, 2012 – 10:45 | Comments Off
They’re Talking Racin’ Today Down In Daytona

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Media Day for Speedweeks is off and running in Daytona Beach today. Most of the top drivers in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks series are sitting down for, and putting up with, questions from media members.
Here are some questions and answers from the interview sessions:
Dale Earnhardt Jr., [...]

Coughlin Ends Hiatus, Climbs Back Into Pro Stock
Sunday, 12 Feb, 2012 – 8:55 | Comments Off
Coughlin Ends Hiatus, Climbs Back Into Pro Stock

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
His self-imposed exile over, four-time world champion Jeg Coughlin is eager to re-introduce himself to the current players in NHRA’s Pro Stock wars.
“I got to sit on the sidelines and watch the action for the season,” said Coughlin, who chose not to compete in the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series [...]

NHRA Notes: Summit Heads Toward The Top
Saturday, 11 Feb, 2012 – 9:15 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: Summit Heads Toward The Top

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Summit Racing operation looked very little like the Summit Racing operation during Thursday’s opening round of qualifying at the 2012 NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals. But during Friday’s second round at Pomona, Ken Black’s Pro Stock teams ignited.
Defending class champion Jason Line moved from 12th to fourth in Round [...]

Force May Turn To Top Fuel, Another Daughter
Wednesday, 1 Feb, 2012 – 8:42 | One Comment
Force May Turn To Top Fuel, Another Daughter

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
John Force Racing will chase the NHRA Funny Car world championship with a four-car Ford Mustang lineup in 2012, a season featuring Courtney Force’s highly anticipated nitro debut.
But team-owner John Force, a 15-time Funny Car world champion, says as many as two Top Fuel cars – driven by daughters Brittany [...]

Pedley: Rolex A Great Watch As Season Begins
Tuesday, 31 Jan, 2012 – 10:19 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Rolex A Great Watch As Season Begins

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The first big race of 2012 is history and, truly historical the Rolex 24-hour race was. Not to mention exciting and entertaining.
Some random thoughts about the 24, its cars, its drivers, its teams and its big moments.
– The race was devoid of mega NASCAR driving stars like Jimmie Johnson, Tony [...]

Pedley: Rolex Not As Exotic, But Still World Class
Saturday, 28 Jan, 2012 – 9:55 | Comments Off
Pedley: Rolex Not As Exotic, But Still World Class

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Last week, two of the best sports car racers this country has produced made an interesting assertion. Whether or not that assertion is true or not is highly debatable but it’s dang interesting to think about on the day of America’s most important sports car race.
During a teleconference with the [...]

France: No Big Changes For NASCAR in 2012
Thursday, 26 Jan, 2012 – 19:09 | One Comment
France: No Big Changes For NASCAR in 2012

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR is so strong, and on such an upswing after the 2011 season, that no major changes will be implemented for the 2012 season.
That was the gist of NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France’s state of the union-like message during his annual address to the Sprint NASCAR Media Tour presented [...]