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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 [...]

Race Day: This Is About As Close As It Gets
Sunday, 14 Nov, 2010 – 10:08 | One Comment
Race Day: This Is About As Close As It Gets

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fans keep hearing that this year’s Sprint Cup points race is one of the closest in recent history. Three drivers separated by 59 points with just today’s Kobalt 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to go.
Why is it so close, with Denny Hamlin, Jimmie [...]

Race Day: Is Five Too Many For Jimmie?
Sunday, 7 Nov, 2010 – 10:18 | One Comment
Race Day: Is Five Too Many For Jimmie?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Last week, Kevin Harvick said that it would be better for NASCAR if Jimmie Johnson did not win a fifth straight championship this year.
Harvick – who will be third in points behind Johnson when today’s Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway starts – repeated that contention again on Friday.
“I think [...]

NASCAR Notes: Anti-Incumbent Feelings Spread
Friday, 5 Nov, 2010 – 15:00 | Comments Off
NASCAR Notes: Anti-Incumbent Feelings Spread

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – The tightest points battle between a trio of drivers with three races remaining in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship rolls into Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Four-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and challenger Kevin Harvick had a light-hearted exchange following Sunday’s AMP Energy 500 [...]

Woody: The Petty Plight Is Sad To See
Thursday, 4 Nov, 2010 – 6:37 | Comments Off
Woody: The Petty Plight Is Sad To See

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
First we were forced to witness the somber demise of Petty Enterprises.
Now we’re watching an equally wrenching battle to keep Richard Petty Motorsports afloat.
No family has meant more and contributed greater to any sport than the Pettys have to NASCAR. Somehow it seems unfair that they should be in such a [...]