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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
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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 on Race Day Stats: Edwards To Win Title…Or Stewart
Race Day Stats: Edwards To Win Title…Or Stewart

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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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 on NASCAR’s France Talks Secrecy, Wrecks, Chase
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 […]

Pedley: The Chase Worm Appears to Have Turned
Monday, 14 Nov, 2011 – 11:04 | One Comment
Pedley: The Chase Worm Appears to Have Turned

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The Second Day Lede
With the shadows of the Sierra Estrella mountain range lengthening, and his race lead stabilized late Sunday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway, Tony Stewart appeared to be just 100 laps away from kicking Carl Edwards’ championship legs cleanly out from under him.
Then…racing happened.
A car that looked unbeatable, […]

Revamped PIR Track Adds A Kink To The Chase
Sunday, 13 Nov, 2011 – 10:21 | Comments Off on Revamped PIR Track Adds A Kink To The Chase
Revamped PIR Track Adds A Kink To The Chase

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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After virtually every Nationwide or Camping World Truck series race, drivers who are also competing in that weekend’s Sprint Cup race are asked “the lame one”. That is, they are asked what they learned during the companion race that will help them in the Cup race.
But following Saturday’s NNS race […]

Did Busch Receive Lifetime Achievement Penalty?
Saturday, 12 Nov, 2011 – 9:17 | Comments Off on Did Busch Receive Lifetime Achievement Penalty?
Did Busch Receive Lifetime Achievement Penalty?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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On the day he announced that Kyle Busch would be parked for purposely wrecking Ron Hornaday Jr., NASCAR president Mike Helton said the driver’s controversial past had nothing to do with the penalty.
Some in the garages at Phoenix International Raceway this week don’t seem to believe that.
The Busch-Hornaday incident occurred […]

Pro Stock Clinched At Pomona, But Not Much Else
Thursday, 10 Nov, 2011 – 18:11 | Comments Off on Pro Stock Clinched At Pomona, But Not Much Else
Pro Stock Clinched At Pomona, But Not Much Else

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Jason Line’s victory party after clinching his second NHRA Pro Stock world championship lasted about as long as it took to clear security at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas for his return flight to Charlotte, N.C.
“Well, we took the redeye home,” said Line, who secured his second title via […]