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Hood: Nationwide Drivers Reap Their Awards
Saturday, 28 Nov, 2009 – 8:29 | One Comment
Hood: Nationwide Drivers Reap Their Awards

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I wound up attending 33 of this year’s 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
A brief back injury forced me to skip the circuit’s lone stop in, of all places, Las Vegas in February.
I intentionally passed on going across the border later in the year for the road course race in Montreal. I had a [...]

Minter: It’s A Day Of Racing Thanks!
Thursday, 26 Nov, 2009 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Minter: It’s A Day Of Racing Thanks!

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s Thanksgiving Day 2009 and time to think about all the racing things to be thankful for as the turkey is served and the family gathers around the table.
I’m thankful that the almost completed racing season was a relatively safe one, and a special thanks for all those who have [...]

Memo: It’s Just Plain Jimmie
Wednesday, 25 Nov, 2009 – 9:01 | Comments Off
Memo: It’s Just Plain Jimmie

Let’s see what’s in today’s Morning Memo:
He has now earned the highest of all honors that can be bestowed upon those who spend their lives in the public eye.
More-so than a private jet or his photo on the cover “People Magazine” or his police mugshot on the internet, this honor is a symbol of heaven-high [...]

Armijo: Jimmie Is No. 1
Tuesday, 24 Nov, 2009 – 7:35 | Comments Off
Armijo: Jimmie Is No. 1

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the greatest of them all?
At least, who was the greatest in 2009? Which driver impressed me most, drove the best and ultimately deserves my vote for Driver of the Year?
The envelope, please….
Yes, Jimmie Johnson.
How can you pick against him? Johnson did something no driver [...]

Race Day: Some Chase Words
Sunday, 22 Nov, 2009 – 8:51 | One Comment
Race Day: Some Chase Words

Interestingly, the very existence of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship has come under scrutiny at times in recent weeks. It seems that not everybody loves a winner or, at least, a winning organization.
Very little of that scrutiny emanated from the Sprint Cup garages at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, however. Competitors, some of whom [...]

Minter: Humpy Assesses Jimmie
Saturday, 21 Nov, 2009 – 14:45 | One Comment
Minter: Humpy Assesses Jimmie

Ever since he began to dominate the Sprint Cup Series, media members and fans and others have been trying to figure out what to think about Jimmie Johnson. Some say he’s too clean cut, too vanilla, too non-controversial to suit the average NASCAR fan. Others don’t seem to give him the credit he deserves for [...]

Cup Notes: Martin Awed By 48
Friday, 20 Nov, 2009 – 19:00 | Comments Off
Cup Notes: Martin Awed By 48

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Homestead, Fla. – When it comes to excelling during NASCAR’s 10-race Sprint Cup chase, there is no one better than Jimmie Johnson, who will attempt to clinch an unprecedented fourth consecutive title during Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Mark Martin, the lone driver with a mathematical chance to dethrone Johnson [...]

Jimmie, Hendrick Reach Deal
Friday, 20 Nov, 2009 – 12:48 | One Comment
Jimmie, Hendrick Reach Deal

Homestead, Fla. – Somebody’s going to have to figure out how to beat Jimmie Johnson because he isn’t going anywhere for a long time.
Team owner Rick Hendrick, sitting alongside the driver on the cusp of winning his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in a row and giving the team its record-tying ninth Cup title, announced [...]

Minter: Stats Give Martin Hope
Thursday, 19 Nov, 2009 – 11:16 | Comments Off
Minter: Stats Give Martin Hope

Some Thursday NASCAR observations:
Now it’s down to Champions Week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where in some years there have been nail-biting points races to be decided. Not this year.
The one last big question remaining to be answered this Sprint Cup season is whether Mark Martin can overcome the 108 points that separate him from his Hendrick [...]

US F1 Putting U.S. Back In F1
Thursday, 19 Nov, 2009 – 7:30 | 5 Comments
US F1 Putting U.S. Back In F1

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Huntersville, N.C. – Before he launched the US F1 team, Ken Anderson was better known within the inner sanctums of motor racing.
Typically, he’s gone about the business of entering the rarified atmosphere of Formula One without a lot of fanfare, relying on his own engineering skills and connections within the industry.
“I’ve [...]