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Race Day: Things Will Go Bump In The Day
Sunday, 1 Nov, 2009 – 8:48 | Comments Off
Race Day: Things Will Go Bump In The Day

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday
Nobody bump drafts in open-wheel racing. Probably because if they did, there wouldn’t be anybody left with whom to bump draft by the end of the race as the entire field would be in the infield care center.
So, you would think that life-long open-wheeler Juan Pablo Montoya would be at [...]

Minter: Final Words May Have Been Poole’s Best
Thursday, 29 Oct, 2009 – 7:44 | 4 Comments
Minter: Final Words May Have Been Poole’s Best

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The last time David Poole sat in a press box was at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this year. There, the assembled group of reporters sat behind laptop computers and wrote about a race finish that saw Carl Edwards’ car fly into the catch fence, with strewn parts injuring seven, including one [...]

Woody: Monaco Vs. ‘Dega – Viva La Difference
Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2009 – 8:49 | Comments Off
Woody: Monaco Vs. ‘Dega – Viva La Difference

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Earlier this year my RacinToday.com cohort Jonathan Ingram reminisced about his first visit to Monaco for the Grand Prix. Allow me to wax similarly nostalgic about my first trip to one of my favorite venues:
Talladega. White-knuckle, breath-taking Talladega down in sweet-home Alabama.
The asphalt had barely cooled on the mammoth track – [...]

Race Day: Restarts Could Finish Race Leaders
Sunday, 25 Oct, 2009 – 7:50 | Comments Off
Race Day: Restarts Could Finish Race Leaders

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
U-turns are what Carl Edwards called those two things which connect the two co-joined dragstrips known as Martinsville Speedway. Not corners, as they do in the NASCAR media guide. But U-turns.
NASCAR drivers have been plunging into those things, whatever you want to call them, since 1949 after restarts. But today, [...]

Woody: Are Non-Chasers Non-Racers?
Saturday, 24 Oct, 2009 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Woody: Are Non-Chasers Non-Racers?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Critics of the Chase for the Championship claim that drivers who don’t make the 12-man playoff become ride-around clock-watchers with no incentive in the final 10 races.
Oh really?
How about pride?
How about a little self-respect?
How about showing some grit and professionalism?
How about trying to get your sponsor some publicity the old-fashioned way [...]

Eury Jr. To Guide First-Timer at Memphis
Friday, 23 Oct, 2009 – 13:17 | One Comment
Eury Jr. To Guide First-Timer at Memphis

Millington, Tenn. – When the No. 5 Chevrolet rolls onto the track for Saturday’s Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park, the driver won’t be the only person settling into a new role.
Richard Boswell’s NASCAR Nationwide Series debut will coincide with Tony Eury Jr. sliding into the crew chief role for [...]

Memo: Only Thing Petty At HOF Will Be Richard
Wednesday, 21 Oct, 2009 – 9:38 | 2 Comments
Memo: Only Thing Petty At HOF Will Be Richard

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Sitting in that convention center meeting room for last week’s NASCAR Hall of Fame voting was an experience which will never be forgotten. A lot of things went through the mind as I sat down, opened my notebook, picked up my [...]

Johnson Makes It Two Straight Wins, Takes Aim At Fourth Title
Sunday, 18 Oct, 2009 – 0:10 | Comments Off
Johnson Makes It Two Straight Wins, Takes Aim At Fourth Title

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – For Jimmie Johnson, it was the perfect race weekend. For the rest of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup competitors, it was a recurring nightmare.
Johnson took another big step toward a record fourth consecutive Cup championship with a solid victory Saturday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway as the 10-race Chase [...]

Woody: Is Happy Hour Coming To An End In NASCAR?
Wednesday, 14 Oct, 2009 – 7:42 | 4 Comments
Woody: Is Happy Hour Coming To An End In NASCAR?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Is the bar about to close in NASCAR?
Jack Daniel’s has announced that it will end its sponsorship of one of Richard Childress Racing’s Sprint Cup cars at the end of the season. Earlier, Jim Beam likewise said it will discontinue its sponsorship of Robby Gordon’s cars.
A couple of years ago Busch [...]

Woody: This Earnhardt Jr. Thing Is A Head-Scratcher
Tuesday, 13 Oct, 2009 – 19:25 | 33 Comments
Woody: This Earnhardt Jr. Thing Is A Head-Scratcher

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For awhile I wrote it off as just some sort of weird coincidence.
I don’t any more.
It can’t be mere coincidence that week after week, race after race, three Hendrick Motorsports drivers do so well while a fourth flounders.
It happened again Sunday in California. Jimmie Johnson won the race. One of [...]