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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 [...]

Race Day: Time For Some High Speed Drama
Sunday, 31 Oct, 2010 – 7:52 | Comments Off
Race Day: Time For Some High Speed Drama

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The magic speed at Talladega Superspeedway in the years since restrictor plates were mandated at the track has been 200 mph. Hit that speed and teams, drivers and NASCAR start to sweat.
In the past, hitting that speed in practice has prompted NASCAR to switch plates to slow the cars during [...]

Memo: Big Thanks To The Other Pro Sports
Friday, 29 Oct, 2010 – 20:35 | 2 Comments
Memo: Big Thanks To The Other Pro Sports

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
I would just like to take a few paragraphs to issue some words of thanks. They go out to other professional sports in America and are inspired by some recent headlines.
I thank those sports for making auto racing and racing fans look [...]

NHRA Notes: McClenathan Needs To Hustle Points
Friday, 29 Oct, 2010 – 12:59 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: McClenathan Needs To Hustle Points

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Cory McClenathan will be points-racing without apology this weekend in a late-season bid for his first NHRA Top Fuel world championship.
McClenathan trails two-time champ Larry Dixon of Al-Anabi Racing by 89 points heading into the opening two rounds of qualifications Friday afternoon for the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals [...]

Race Day: Can Hamlin Short Circuit Jimmie?
Sunday, 24 Oct, 2010 – 8:15 | Comments Off
Race Day: Can Hamlin Short Circuit Jimmie?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship is getting a familiar feel to it. A Jimmie Johnson feel to it.
He is the points leader with five races to go and today, he races at a track where he has won five times in the last five years – Martinsville [...]