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Minter: Danica Has Us Talking About Auto Racing
Thursday, 10 Dec, 2009 – 15:36 | 3 Comments
Minter: Danica Has Us Talking About Auto Racing

A few random thoughts on the first week in months in which there’s been no official NASCAR-sanctioned activity, unless you count the announcement of Danica Patrick’s decision to add a part-time Nationwide Series schedule to her 2010 agenda.
One of the most refreshing parts of the Danica debate is that it’s a big NASCAR story that [...]

Patrick To Host Presser
Tuesday, 8 Dec, 2009 – 8:26 | Comments Off
Patrick To Host Presser

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Danica Patrick is scheduled to hold a news conference in Phoenix at noon Eastern time on Tuesday. It is expected that she will announce her stock-car racing plans for 2010 during the event.
Sources are reporting that the plans include driving a partial schedule for the Nationwide Series team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick [...]

Long To Start Snowball From Pole
Saturday, 5 Dec, 2009 – 17:11 | 3 Comments
Long To Start Snowball From Pole

Pensacola, Fla. – Johanna Long was fastest in qualifying for the annual Snowball Derby here and will start on the pole in Sunday’s race.
The Derby is one of the top events for Super Late Models and attracts some of the top drivers in the country. It his held at Five Flags Speedway.
In earning the pole, [...]

Wallace’s Career Began To Snowball At Derby
Saturday, 5 Dec, 2009 – 8:51 | 2 Comments
Wallace’s Career Began To Snowball At Derby

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Pensacola, Fla. – Steven Wallace doesn’t yet own the hardware that comes with a NASCAR championship.
But he does have the upper-hand on his father, 1989 Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace, when it comes to Snowball Derby titles.
Steven Wallace scored his victory in the famous 300-lap Super Late Model race at Five Flags [...]

Minter: Numbers Tell A Story?
Friday, 4 Dec, 2009 – 9:09 | 2 Comments
Minter: Numbers Tell A Story?

Some Friday observations:
In looking at the final points standing for NASCAR’s top three series, three interesting stats jumped out. In the Nationwide Series, only 13 drivers ran all 35 races. In the Camping World Truck Series, just 15 ran all 25 races.
In Sprint Cup, the number was more like what might be expected. There were [...]

One More 24 For Jimmie
Thursday, 3 Dec, 2009 – 9:35 | One Comment
One More 24 For Jimmie

NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson is anxious to expand his “comfort zone,” and Bob Stallings Racing will give him another opportunity to do so in America’s most prestigious endurance race.
Johnson, who won his record fourth-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship last month, will rejoin reigning Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype champions Jon Fogarty and Alex [...]

Woody: Is Knaus Indispensible?
Wednesday, 2 Dec, 2009 – 13:03 | 4 Comments
Woody: Is Knaus Indispensible?

Is Chad Knaus a good crew chief?
Yes he is.
Has he contributed to Jimmie Johnson’s many triumphs?
Yes he has.
Is he vital to Johnson’s continued success?
No he’s not.
Knaus was unquestionably a strong asset during Johnson’s drive to a record four-straight NASCAR championships. He’s cool under fire, knows how to set up and adjust a race car, and [...]

Sturbin: More Hardware For Jimmie
Wednesday, 2 Dec, 2009 – 9:25 | Comments Off
Sturbin: More Hardware For Jimmie

Voting for 2009 Driver of the Year closes on Wednesday, and barring a Miguel Cabrera moment by one of the 20 media panel members, it appears Jimmie Johnson will be a unanimous selection.
As was the case last year, the leading contenders are Johnson, first driver in the 61-year history of NASCAR to win four consecutive [...]

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 [...]