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Tour Notes: Darby Out As Cup Series Director
Tuesday, 19 Jan, 2010 – 11:48 | One Comment
Tour Notes: Darby Out As Cup Series Director

Editor’s note: The annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway is being held this week. RacinToday has a trio of writers on the Tour and will be reporting daily with opinions, features, news and notes.

Concord, N.C. – Racintoday.com has confirmed that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby has been reassigned within [...]

Big Test Follows Big Year At Texas
Saturday, 16 Jan, 2010 – 8:14 | One Comment
Big Test Follows Big Year At Texas

Fort Worth, Texas – Sprint Cup racing at Texas Motor Speedway in 2009 produced two significant talking points:
Jeff Gordon won the Samsung 500 in April, ending a maddening streak that had seen the four-time series champion go 0-for-16 (with two last-place finishes) dating to the track’s debut in 1997. And an early-race crash involving points-leader [...]

Woody: No News Is Bad News For Fans
Thursday, 14 Jan, 2010 – 9:22 | 4 Comments
Woody: No News Is Bad News For Fans

Back when I began covering racing in the late 1960’s there weren’t many, if any, full-time “motorsports journalists.”
Most of the handful of ink-stained wretches who trudged to the track did so for one reason – our sports editors got tired of seeing us loafing around the office.
Basketball season was over, football season was months away [...]

The Hendrick Bar Will Remain High In 2010
Sunday, 10 Jan, 2010 – 10:02 | Comments Off
The Hendrick Bar Will Remain High In 2010

Nashville – Greg Biffle says chasing Rich Hendrick’s record-breaking stable of rocket-men “can get very frustrating, but at the same time it’s very challenging.”
“You have to give Mr. H (Hendrick) and all of his people a lot of credit; they’ve worked hard, they’re a class act and they’ve done a great job,” Biffle said Saturday [...]

Sturbin: A Personal Bucket List
Saturday, 9 Jan, 2010 – 8:06 | 3 Comments
Sturbin: A Personal Bucket List

As of Jan. 1, I reluctantly joined the millions of Americans without health insurance. This is the product of a combination of procrastination and frustration.  As in, when a media colleague about the same age informed me he was paying $1,100 a month for a single-payer policy with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas…I decided to [...]

Minter: Cool Racing On Tap
Thursday, 7 Jan, 2010 – 13:47 | Comments Off
Minter: Cool Racing On Tap

Some Thursday observations:
When promoters schedule races in early January with names like the “Ice Bowl” and “Ice Cold Shriners Bowl” it’s a pretty safe bet that they’re really hoping for unseasonably warm weather on race weekend.
But two Southern short track promoters are getting just what their race names describe this weekend. The 19th annual Ice [...]

Hood: Loss of Milwaukee Mile Could Mean A Net Gain
Monday, 4 Jan, 2010 – 8:54 | 3 Comments
Hood: Loss of Milwaukee Mile Could Mean A Net Gain

The recent cancellation of a pair of national touring events sanctioned by NASCAR at The Milwaukee Mile presents an opportunity for the sport to give back to fans at the grassroots level.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series was originally scheduled to appear at the historic 1-mile oval in West Allis, Wis. on Saturday June 19. NASCAR’s junior circuit will [...]

Harris: Indy 500 Adapts To Times
Sunday, 3 Jan, 2010 – 8:42 | 3 Comments
Harris: Indy 500 Adapts To Times

Tradition can be a wonderful thing. But not always.
It has taken officials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a long time to figure out that less can be more.
True, for many of the 93 years that the Indianapolis 500 has been run, the month-long schedule every year in May was the right way to go – a celebration [...]

Minter: Let’s Raise A Cup to Cup
Thursday, 31 Dec, 2009 – 15:09 | Comments Off
Minter: Let’s Raise A Cup to Cup

Well it’s New Year’s Eve. Another year about to end. Time to sing “Auld Lang Syne,” a familiar tune but one that’s sad in a way even as it’s sung at what is otherwise a festive welcome to a new year.
A little research on the Net shows that the old Scottish lyrics talk about raising [...]

Woody: Sadler Leaves Big ‘Family’
Tuesday, 29 Dec, 2009 – 15:00 | 3 Comments
Woody: Sadler Leaves Big ‘Family’

When Earl Sadler was considering starting a racing team, he sought advice from legendary owner/driver Junior Johnson. Johnson advised Sadler to run a race team like a business – control costs and make careful, calculated decisions.
Sadler thanked Johnson, went out, and threw the advice to the winds. He raced from the heart. He delighted in [...]