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Another Season, Another Challenge For Taylor
Thursday, 8 Dec, 2011 – 14:13 | Comments Off
Another Season, Another Challenge For Taylor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
An ever-so-slight hint of exasperation tinged Ricky Taylor’s voice as he talked about this week’s Rolex GRAND-AM Series test at the Daytona road course. Yet another challenge was blitzing the young sports car driver and his career, and the 22-year-old sounded ready but cautious on the other end of the [...]

Woody: Junior Winless But Not Fan-less
Wednesday, 7 Dec, 2011 – 10:47 | Comments Off
Woody: Junior Winless But Not Fan-less

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In most pro sports an athlete’s popularity rating is determined by his success. He’s adored when he’s winning and scorned – or at least ignored – when he’s losing.
NASCAR fans aren’t like that. They stick by their favorite drivers through fair weather and foul, through good times and bad. Dale Earnhardt [...]

Pedley: Enough Was Enough For The Captain
Tuesday, 6 Dec, 2011 – 11:34 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Enough Was Enough For The Captain

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple of years back, an old friend in racing suddenly disappeared from a job he had landed with the team for which Kurt Busch was driving.
When next I ran into that person, an old racing hand who been through the wars, I asked; what up?
The normally low-key guy pulled [...]

Driver Kurt Busch Is Out At Penske Racing
Monday, 5 Dec, 2011 – 9:38 | 3 Comments
Driver Kurt Busch Is Out At Penske Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kurt Busch and Penske Racing have split.
The team made the announcement this morning on its website, calling the split a mutual decision.
The story on the site read in part:
“Penske Racing announced today that it has reached a mutual agreement with driver Kurt Busch to end its driver/race team relationship, effective [...]

Woody: Dealing With Media All Part Of The Job
Wednesday, 30 Nov, 2011 – 15:18 | 5 Comments
Woody: Dealing With Media All Part Of The Job

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The first time I met Dale Earnhardt he came to the sports department where I worked to be interviewed.
It was in the mid-1970s and Earnhardt was scheduled to race at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway the coming weekend. The track PR guy, Joe Carver, called and asked if I could come out to [...]

Armijo: DOTY Is Tough Call in Non-Jimmie Year
Tuesday, 29 Nov, 2011 – 14:23 | One Comment
Armijo: DOTY Is Tough Call in Non-Jimmie Year

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
That time of year again. Time to huddle in the garage and decide this season’s Driver of the Year.
But for the first time in what seems like a generation, Jimmie Johnson isn’t a candidate.
Maybe that’s good for NASCAR. Maybe not.
One thing is certain. It’s not good for Johnson, whose five-year [...]

Pedley: Las Vegas Maturing As A Banquet Site
Monday, 28 Nov, 2011 – 12:50 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Las Vegas Maturing As A Banquet Site

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
At hand is Year No. 3 of the Sprint Cup Series’ awards banquet’s move to Las Vegas and I’m still trying to figure out which is better: Holding the annual event in New York, where it was laughingly out of place but oddly appealing, or in Vegas, which is culturally [...]

Race Day Stats: Edwards To Win Title…Or Stewart
Sunday, 20 Nov, 2011 – 10:20 | Comments Off
Race Day Stats: Edwards To Win Title…Or Stewart

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Best Chase ever? That will depend on what happens this afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Today’s championship-deciding Ford 400 could be an anticlimactic dog. Yep, like a Super Bowl. Or it could be terrific.
One thing for sure is that the buildup for it has been pretty darn good. Thanks, primarily, to [...]

Stenhouse Jr. Is Your Nationwide Series Champion
Saturday, 19 Nov, 2011 – 19:21 | One Comment
Stenhouse Jr. Is Your Nationwide Series Champion

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Ricky Stenhouse finished second in  the Ford 300 season-ending NASCAR Nationwide race Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and that was plenty good enough to secure him the 2011 series championship.
Had the race gone another lap, he might have capped off his championship-securing run with a race victory.
Instead, Brad Keselowski held Stenhouse [...]

NASCAR’s France Talks Secrecy, Wrecks, Chase
Friday, 18 Nov, 2011 – 14:01 | Comments Off
NASCAR’s France Talks Secrecy, Wrecks, Chase

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NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France held a press conference in the media center at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday.
The following is the complete transcript of that press conference:
Q. Brian, in particular light to your comments about the winning. Eight years ago Matt Kenseth won the championship before the Chase, had one win for [...]