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Race Day: It’s Around No. 8 Of Chase
Sunday, 8 Nov, 2009 – 9:48 | Comments Off
Race Day: It’s Around No. 8 Of Chase

Another Chase weekend and another oval race. Some think that should change, that a road race should be included in the 10-race playoff, if for no other reason, to break up the monotony.
You would think those people would have the vehement support of one of the best road racers of all time, Juan Pablo Montoya.
Those [...]

Newman Reflects on Crash, Tragedy
Friday, 6 Nov, 2009 – 18:11 | Comments Off
Newman Reflects on Crash, Tragedy

Fort Worth, Texas – Ryan Newman’s continued concern over his latest wild ride at Talladega Superspeedway has been mitigated by Thursday’s deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, an Army base with ties to Newman’s NASCAR Sprint Cup team…and his heartstrings.
Newman is nearing completion of his first year as driver of the No. 39 Haas Automation [...]

Woody: Jimmie The Drama Killer
Friday, 6 Nov, 2009 – 9:29 | Comments Off
Woody: Jimmie The Drama Killer

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship was supposed to bunch up a field of fire-ballers for a final 10-race shootout that would have sparks flying and keep fans perched breathlessly on the edge of their seats.
Something went amiss.
With three races to go this hunt’s over. It’s time to call in [...]

Nationwide’s Future Tests Talladega
Monday, 2 Nov, 2009 – 17:49 | Comments Off
Nationwide’s Future Tests Talladega

Talladega, Ala. – Eight drivers got a glimpse at the future of the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Monday during a six-hour test of the circuit’s new car at Talladega Superspeedway.
James Buescher, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Kelly Bires shook down Chevrolet Impalas as Justin Allgaier logged laps in Dodge’s new Challenger.
Roush Fenway Racing’s Colin Braun [...]

Johnson Closes In on Title
Sunday, 1 Nov, 2009 – 18:48 | Comments Off
Johnson Closes In on Title

Talladega, Ala. – Drivers hoping to put a dent in Jimmie Johnson’s championship hopes on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway wound up self-destructing during the final laps of the AMP Energy 500.
While NASCAR’s most dominant driver nursed his No. 48 Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish, his chief competition wound up crashing and running out fuel during [...]

Force Hood Faces ‘Bummer’
Sunday, 1 Nov, 2009 – 7:36 | 2 Comments
Force Hood Faces ‘Bummer’

A blockbuster first-round pairing Sunday between Robert Hight and Ashley Force Hood looms as the potential pivotal point in their intramural battle for the 2009 NHRA Funny Car world championship.
Featuring teammates at John Force Racing, the Hight vs. Ford Hood matchup was set into motion following the conclusion of qualifying for the ninth annual NHRA [...]

Talladega Notes: Bumping Bumped
Saturday, 31 Oct, 2009 – 17:05 | 2 Comments
Talladega Notes: Bumping Bumped

Drivers get black-flagged by officials in Sprint Cup races for goofy driving all the time. But during practice?
That is exactly what happened at Talladega Superspeedway as NASCAR called Michael Waltrip into the pits during practice.
Officials had warned drivers about dangerous bump-drafting at Talladega prior to the practice and when Waltrip started banging on the rear [...]

Peters Has Truck Load of Want-To
Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2009 – 16:09 | Comments Off
Peters Has Truck Load of Want-To

If anyone ever had reasons to quit racing, it would be Timothy Peters.
In 2001, his father, his primary backer, died, but Peters pushed ahead anyway. After finding success on the short tracks of Virginia and the Carolinas, he started getting the calls all aspiring racers dream about.
First it was Bobby Hamilton, offering a truck series [...]

Talladega Jinx Gets Halloween Test
Tuesday, 27 Oct, 2009 – 8:31 | 7 Comments
Talladega Jinx Gets Halloween Test

Start with the concept that Talladega Superspeedway is one scary place to drive a race car.
Lives are on the line with 3,400-pound stock cars racing in huge freight train-like packs at speeds close to 200 mph lap after lap after lap on the 2.66-mile, high-banked oval.
Then stir in the eerie history of the place, including [...]

Keselowski Bashes Way To Victory
Saturday, 24 Oct, 2009 – 17:54 | 5 Comments
Keselowski Bashes Way To Victory

Brad Keselowski won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race but probably did not win a lot of friends in the process.
Keselowski, who made liberal use of his front bumper in winning the Kroger On Track for The Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park, was able to hold off a final-lap charge by points-leader Kyle Busch after a [...]