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Johnson Rolls To Pole At Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Thursday, 15 Oct, 2009 – 21:10 | One Comment
Johnson Rolls To Pole At Lowe’s Motor Speedway

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Concord, N.C. – With clouds hanging low and rain seemingly in no hurry to leave the Lowe’s Motor Speedway area, many involved in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship were put into grumpy moods. They were worried that qualifying would be washed out and that points-leader Jimmie Johnson would [...]

Pedley: First Hall Vote To Be Relatively Painless
Tuesday, 13 Oct, 2009 – 19:00 | 2 Comments
Pedley: First Hall Vote To Be Relatively Painless

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Charlotte, N.C. – The “Meeting Preparation Materials” packet which the NASCAR Hall of Fame sent out is an inch, inch-and-a quarter thick. It’s filled with names and biographies and info about voting procedures and meeting times.
A friend saw it sitting on the dining room table and remarked that it’s going [...]

Sturbin: Franchitti’s Career Comes Full Circle
Monday, 12 Oct, 2009 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Sturbin: Franchitti’s Career Comes Full Circle

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Forged over dinner-and-a-napkin, the story of Dario Franchitti’s second IndyCar Series championship is basically about a driver content with his career decision-making. Moreover, it’s the story of a man quite comfortable with being Dario.
“I’m absolutely where I should be. I should be in Indy-cars,” Franchitti said Saturday evening at Homestead-Miami [...]

Mike Edwards Moves In On Pro Stock Title
Sunday, 11 Oct, 2009 – 18:00 | Comments Off
Mike Edwards Moves In On Pro Stock Title

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Pro Stock driver Mike Edwards went wire-to-wire at the NHRA Virginia Nationals, earning the maximum 150 points, to all but clinch his first career NHRA Full Throttle Series world championship.
The other winners at the 22nd of 24 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series were Del Worsham (Funny Car) and Brandon Bernstein (Top [...]

Pedley: It’s A Big Day For Martin’s Career
Sunday, 11 Oct, 2009 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Pedley: It’s A Big Day For Martin’s Career

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The old gut is telling me two things this morning. First, too many habanero nachos before bed last night. Second, the 28-year Cup-racing career of Mark Martin will be defined by Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway.
Yes, there will be six more events after the series leaves Fontana late Sunday [...]

Logano Wins Wild One at Auto Club
Saturday, 10 Oct, 2009 – 18:10 | Comments Off
Logano Wins Wild One at Auto Club

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Kyle Busch was too ill to complete Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway. You can bet he got a lot sicker as he watched the final laps of that race.
With 10 laps to go, his car, with Denny Hamlin in the driver’s seat, had the lead and appeared headed to a good finish [...]

Bayne A Rising-Star Attraction in Garages
Saturday, 10 Oct, 2009 – 8:00 | 2 Comments
Bayne A Rising-Star Attraction in Garages

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Fontana, Calif. – Seconds after flashing his boyish, All-American smile, 18-year-old Trevor Bayne stood in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage on Friday and calmly delivered a bold prediction about today’s Copart 300 at Auto Club Speedway.
“I think a top-five finish is a good expectation for me,” said Bayne, who will [...]

Fontana Notes: Montoya Offers Danica Advice
Friday, 9 Oct, 2009 – 16:58 | Comments Off
Fontana Notes: Montoya Offers Danica Advice

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Fontana, Calif. – Former Indy 500 champion and Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya believes it would be a mistake for Danica Patrick to run a partial stock car schedule next season while competing for the 2010 Indy Car Series championship.
“I wouldn’t be driving both cars, to be honest,” said [...]

Woody: What Time Will The 1 p.m Races Start?
Wednesday, 7 Oct, 2009 – 17:00 | 6 Comments
Woody: What Time Will The 1 p.m Races Start?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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NASCAR Chairman Brian France scheduled a 3 p.m. press conference Wednesday to announce a shift to more consistent starting times.
I wasn’t sure if the 3 p.m. start was Central, Eastern or Mountain Time, or if 3 p.m. was when the “pre-press conference” began or if it was when the starting [...]

Logano Again Beats Busch Late
Saturday, 3 Oct, 2009 – 18:30 | Comments Off
Logano Again Beats Busch Late

By Nick Bromberg | Senior Correspondent
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Kansas City, Kan. – It seemed certain throughout that a Joe Gibbs Racing car was going to end up in Victory Lane after the Kansas Lottery 300.
Yet, the car that went to Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway wasn’t the one that dominated the race.
Joey Logano passed Kyle Busch on lap [...]