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Minter: This Could Be The Year The Kid Mans Up
Thursday, 10 Feb, 2011 – 7:54 | One Comment
Minter: This Could Be The Year The Kid Mans Up

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When Joey Logano first came on the racing scene that was my old newspaper beat, he was a pint-sized racer with a papa who had deep enough pockets to buy him the best of everything.
Little Joey had the best equipment, but he also had a natural knack for knowing what [...]

Pedley: Is It Time To Put Speedweeks On A Diet?
Tuesday, 8 Feb, 2011 – 17:15 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Is It Time To Put Speedweeks On A Diet?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Speedweeks are upon us. But you have to wonder if, in this time of cutbacks and downsizing, might it not be a good idea to trim things back to Speedweek – singular?
During flush times – for NASCAR and the world – spreading the opening of the racing season out over [...]

Racers Pick Winner Of Daytona 500 Of NFL Games
Sunday, 6 Feb, 2011 – 9:08 | 2 Comments
Racers Pick Winner Of Daytona 500 Of NFL Games

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Today is the big day for NFL fans. It’s the day of their biggest game. The Super Bowl. Or as some call it, the Daytona 500 of football games.
Several auto racing drivers and other racing types are headed down to Dallas/Fort Worth for the game, which features the Green Bay Packers [...]

Woody: Racing Doesn’t Need TV-Dictated Finishes
Wednesday, 26 Jan, 2011 – 8:05 | One Comment
Woody: Racing Doesn’t Need TV-Dictated Finishes

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fox Sports Chairman David Hall believes if races were shortened it would solve the problem of waning NASCAR fan interest.
I’m not so sure.
If the racing is close and exciting, fans will stick with it no matter how long it takes to complete the race.
If the racing is boring, fans’ attention will [...]

Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011
Tuesday, 25 Jan, 2011 – 8:50 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When Kurt Busch goes “double-dipping”  this season, he won’t be concerned with NASCAR’s new single-series point rules.
Busch is going NHRA drag racing in a “Factory Hot Rod.”
NASCAR’s 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion, Busch announced Monday he plans to make his NHRA Full Throttle Series debut during the 41st annual Tire [...]

Vickers Fulfills His Promise To Return To Racing
Saturday, 22 Jan, 2011 – 9:20 | Comments Off
Vickers Fulfills His Promise To Return To Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
On Thursday, when asked to describe how he felt when a doctor told him that it was doubtful that he would ever drive a race car again, Brian Vickers turned to one of the classics of the American cinema for his answer:
“Kind of like, ’so you’re telling me there’s a [...]

Harris: Cup History Has Vanished in Puff Of Smoke
Wednesday, 19 Jan, 2011 – 8:26 | 3 Comments
Harris: Cup History Has Vanished in Puff Of Smoke

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The announcement that Richmond International Raceway will ban smoking from its grandstands and portals areas, beginning in the upcoming race season, brought back a lot of smoky memories.
When my career in racing began, R.J. Reynolds’ Winston brand was the dominating sponsor in NASCAR.
RJR influenced everything about stock car racing in [...]

Ingram: No Rookie Chase Sign Of NASCAR Times
Monday, 17 Jan, 2011 – 8:48 | Comments Off
Ingram: No Rookie Chase Sign Of NASCAR Times

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief ™:
What do Blackie Pitt, Ken Rush and Shorty Rollins have in common? They were the first three rookies of the year in NASCAR’s premier series. Fast forward to the coming season and the candidates for the rookie of the year are… non-existant.
It’s the economy, [...]

Race Day: It Shapes Up As A Day To Just Go For It
Sunday, 21 Nov, 2010 – 8:46 | Comments Off
Race Day: It Shapes Up As A Day To Just Go For It

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
When the season-ending Ford 400 begins today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, only 46 points will separate the three drivers who remain in contention for this year’s Sprint Cup championship. Only 15 points separate the top two.
Because of all that, and because all three have been consistently high finishers throughout the Chase [...]

Johnson Tops Chase Contenders In Qualifying
Friday, 19 Nov, 2010 – 16:26 | Comments Off
Johnson Tops Chase Contenders In Qualifying

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Jimmie Johnson will start Sunday’s season-ending Ford 400 Sprint Cup race in the best position among drivers still in contention for the 2010 championship.
Johnson, who will be second in points when the race begins, will be sixth on the starting grid. His qualifying lap was at 176.482 mph. That was about a half mile per [...]