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Nationwide Rolling Toward Tough Times?
Saturday, 11 Apr, 2009 – 20:26 | 5 Comments
Nationwide Rolling Toward Tough Times?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASHVILLE  – As Sprint Cup interlopers continue to raid NASCAR’s second-tier Nationwide Series, scooping up prize money and sponsorships, the question arises:
Can the series survive?
“I don’t see the doom and gloom at this juncture, but our antenna is up,” says team owner Gary Baker. “Right now we’re seeing full fields [...]

Andretti Lures Petty To The 500
Tuesday, 7 Apr, 2009 – 14:54 | 2 Comments
Andretti Lures Petty To The 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
John Andretti is about as diverse as race-car drivers get. He’s driven everything from dragsters to Sprint Cup cars and all manner of vehicle betwixt. It turns out that he is also pretty good at being devious.
So good at being devious that he got the King of stock-car racing to [...]

Gordon Puts Brakes on Two Skids At Texas
Monday, 6 Apr, 2009 – 13:59 | 2 Comments
Gordon Puts Brakes on Two Skids At Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
Fort Worth, Texas – Win in Texas? Finally, Jeff Gordon got ‘er done.
Gordon ended a 12-year/16-race run of futility at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon with a textbook NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in the Samsung 500. A four-time series champion and current points leader, Gordon also snapped a career-worst [...]

Texas Motor Speedway Boss Busts His Humpy For Fans
Sunday, 5 Apr, 2009 – 13:38 | Comments Off
Texas Motor Speedway Boss Busts His Humpy For Fans

 
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – With the exit last year of H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler from the employ of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Eddie Gossage has assumed the title of promoter extraordinaire at Speedway Motorsports Inc.
Gossage, president and general manager of Texas Motor Speedway, has overseen every aspect of “The Great American Speedway!” [...]

Gordon On A Slump-Busting Mission in Texas
Sunday, 5 Apr, 2009 – 11:40 | Comments Off
Gordon On A Slump-Busting Mission in Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – His mounting frustration at Texas Motor Speedway has been compounded by a  career-long  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winless streak. Believe it when Jeff Gordon says he is aware of the numbing numbers: 0-for-16 at TMS; 0-for-47 since his most recent Cup victory.
“I’m aware of it because [...]

Andretti Will Connect with Danica This Season
Friday, 3 Apr, 2009 – 22:20 | One Comment
Andretti Will Connect with Danica This Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reluctantly, Michael Andretti has added another job title to his IndyCar Series to-do list.
The co-owner of Andretti Green Racing and promoter of two Indy Racing League events, Andretti will serve as the radio “conscience” of Danica Patrick in 2009, calling race-day strategy for arguably the series’ most recognizable star.
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Bruton Smith Humbled By Call From Texas Hall
Thursday, 2 Apr, 2009 – 21:18 | One Comment
Bruton Smith Humbled By Call From Texas Hall

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Marcus Smith says the people who know his father best swear that motorsports mogul O. Bruton Smith is “a teddy bear” of a man.
“He is really the picture of the American dream,” Marcus Smith said his dad, who as chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. [...]

Bill Elliott’s Son Fast Tracking At Age 13
Thursday, 2 Apr, 2009 – 14:35 | 4 Comments
Bill Elliott’s Son Fast Tracking At Age 13

 
By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
 The voice on the phone was strong and clear, confident yet pleasant and conversational. It was hard to imagine it coming from a 13-year-old seventh grader.
 “Hi, this is Chase Elliott,” he said. “I hear you want to interview me.”
 Elliott, the son of Sprint Cup driver Bill Elliott, has gotten lots [...]

Ownership Tempering Stewart – So Far
Wednesday, 1 Apr, 2009 – 13:30 | Comments Off
Ownership Tempering Stewart – So Far

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The fireworks that some folks expected from Tony Stewart this season have fizzled like a wet sparkler. Six races into his first Sprint Cup season as both driver and car owner, Stewart is sailing along free of controversy, even without a strong boss to ride herd on him.
Granted there haven’t [...]

Wood Brothers Seeking Success with Hyder
Tuesday, 31 Mar, 2009 – 17:38 | 3 Comments
Wood Brothers Seeking Success with Hyder

 
By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If race fans think it’s good for the Wood Brothers Racing team to still be a viable entity after 59 years in the sport, one of the first people to thank is the Woods’ current crew chief, David Hyder.
 Hyder, who drove his own short track cars before injuries at Myrtle [...]