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500-Winner Wheldon Rejoins Ranks of Unemployed
Wednesday, 1 Jun, 2011 – 7:20 | 3 Comments
500-Winner Wheldon Rejoins Ranks of Unemployed

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon definitely will be on-site at Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6 of the IZOD IndyCar Series on June 11.
Odds are, however, that instead of strapping into the cockpit for the inaugural Firestone Twin 275s, Wheldon will be miking-up in the TV [...]

IndyCar PR Machine May Have Panther In Its Tank
Monday, 30 May, 2011 – 16:41 | Comments Off
IndyCar PR Machine May Have Panther In Its Tank

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Indianapolis – There is reason to believe that the wow-factor surrounding Dan Wheldon’s second Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday will, unfortunately, have a shelf-life about as long as his first win in 2005.
Eclipsed by rookie Danica Patrick’s record-setting performance in ‘05, Wheldon’s improbable, last-lap victory on Sunday easily could be [...]

Woody: Indy’s Aura Has Faded For NASCAR
Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 – 7:09 | 2 Comments
Woody: Indy’s Aura Has Faded For NASCAR

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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When I covered the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994 the place was packed to the seams. Scalpers lined the streets. Newspapers in several states were crammed with ads for tickets, invariably as part of some sort of gold-plated travel package.
One estimate put the crowd at 350,000 and I figure that was [...]

Danica Survives Scare, Bumps Way Into 500 Field
Sunday, 22 May, 2011 – 17:03 | One Comment
Danica Survives Scare, Bumps Way Into 500 Field

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The field for next Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 was filled out on Sunday and despite some tense moments, the field will include Danica Patrick.
Other big names who got in as a result of Bump Day runs were Ryan Briscoe of Team Penske, Marco Andretti of Andretti Autosport, Paul Tracey of Dreyer & [...]

Very Fast Castroneves Fastest On Fast Friday
Friday, 20 May, 2011 – 18:55 | Comments Off
Very Fast Castroneves Fastest On Fast Friday

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Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves laid down a lap of 228.611 mph that roused the sun-soaked crowd at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and raised a few competitors’ eyebrows on Fast Friday, the six-hour session in which 39 drivers prepared for Pole Day by recording 2,254 laps on the 2.5-mile oval.
Alex Tagliani (228.327) remained strong in the [...]

Tonight; Out Of The Pits And Into The Spotlight
Thursday, 19 May, 2011 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Tonight; Out Of The Pits And Into The Spotlight

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A couple of years ago, tension ran high between young driver Denny Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing over-the-wall gang. Hamlin had more talent than tact and it resulted in some regrettable over-the-radio chatter.
A year ago, any lingering wounds were healed when Hamlin’s team competed in the NASCAR Sprint Pit [...]

Ingram: Busch And Harvick Feud Still Warming Up
Monday, 16 May, 2011 – 7:14 | One Comment
Ingram: Busch And Harvick Feud Still Warming Up

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
I don’t think we’ve seen the end of the Kyle Busch versus Kevin Harvick feud. It’s merely been put on hold until after the four-race probation that started at Dover. There couldn’t be anything better for NASCAR and its TV ratings than a driver feud [...]

Race Day: So What’s Up With Wreck-And-Ring?
Sunday, 15 May, 2011 – 9:13 | One Comment
Race Day: So What’s Up With Wreck-And-Ring?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The cell phone thing is out of control. And not just with teen-agers, multi-tasking morons on the highway and bin Laden. They’ve become thumb-sucking tics for Americans of all ilks this century.
They’re even big in NASCAR, where they’re used as basic communication, for sure, but also as peace pipes.
They are [...]

The Sarge Looks To Erase Two Skid Marks
Friday, 13 May, 2011 – 16:45 | Comments Off
The Sarge Looks To Erase Two Skid Marks

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Commerce, Ga. – Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher has won just about everything there is to win in his drag racing career. He has 67 race wins and seven championships and has won at about every track he’s ever competed on – except one.
He’s still winless at Atlanta Dragway.
“I’ve been [...]

Regan Smith Stuns The Field At Darlington
Saturday, 7 May, 2011 – 22:56 | Comments Off
Regan Smith Stuns The Field At Darlington

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Regan Smith got one for the NASCAR little guys when he won the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night.
The victory was the first of Smith’s career. It was the first for his Denver-based Furniture Row Racing team. It came in one of NASCAR’s most notorious races.
“This is the Southern 500. We’re not [...]