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Stoffer’s Near-Perfect Run Not Good Enough
Friday, 4 Sep, 2009 – 21:10 | Comments Off
Stoffer’s Near-Perfect Run Not Good Enough

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – Karen Stoffer crossed the finish line Friday night in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with some pretty warm thoughts racing through her mind. The kind of thoughts that go along with moving ever so close to nailing a berth in the NHRA’s Countdown to 1.
She brought her [...]

Lucky Dog My Paw: Racer Ken Butler III Says There’s More To His Story Than A Powerful Papa
Friday, 4 Sep, 2009 – 10:25 | One Comment
Lucky Dog My Paw: Racer Ken Butler III Says There’s More To His Story Than A Powerful Papa

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There are a lot of people who would say that Nationwide Series driver Ken Butler III is a “Lucky Dog” because his dad is president of Atlanta-based Aaron’s and therefore has ready access to the funds required for his son’s racing adventures.
Butler, who does have Aaron’s on the side of [...]

Morning Memo: Your Thoughts On Cooling Down?
Wednesday, 2 Sep, 2009 – 9:45 | 2 Comments
Morning Memo: Your Thoughts On Cooling Down?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s just see what’s in the Wednesday Morning Memo today:
* I’ve always been torn by the media interview procedure in racing.
As a journalist, I like the fact that you are allowed to walk up to a driver who has just climbed out of his car after a wreck or after [...]

Highcroft’s High Continues At Mosport
Saturday, 29 Aug, 2009 – 18:10 | Comments Off
Highcroft’s High Continues At Mosport

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bowmanville, Ont. – David Brabham put his Highcoft Racing Acura on the limit at the harrowing Turns 1 and 2 to claim the pole at Mosport International Raceway. After breaking the four-race winning streak of de Ferran Motorsports at Road America, the Highcroft team sustained momentum in the tight battle [...]

O’Connell Has Become Accidental Sports Car Star
Friday, 28 Aug, 2009 – 15:50 | Comments Off
O’Connell Has Become Accidental Sports Car Star

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sometimes upside down becomes right side up.
When a rear wishbone snapped on Johnny O’Connell’s Reynard chassis and it hit the wall in Turn 4 at the newly opened Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1996, the car flipped and slid several hundred yards down the front straight upside down. It wasn’t [...]

Minter: Ren and Ron Show Puts Spotlight On The Crew Chief
Thursday, 27 Aug, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Minter: Ren and Ron Show Puts Spotlight On The Crew Chief

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday Observations:
*An off weekend for the Sprint Cup Series gives the Nationwide and Camping World Truck circuits a chance to share top billing.
The trucks run at Chicagoland while the Nationwide set is on the road course in Montreal.
At Chicago, Ron Hornaday Jr. and crew chief Rick Ren will be [...]

Ranger Appears To Be Top Canadian Prospect
Tuesday, 25 Aug, 2009 – 15:30 | One Comment
Ranger Appears To Be Top Canadian Prospect

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Can a young man from Quebec climb the ladder and make it big in NASCAR? The flip side of this question: Can NASCAR ever make it big in Canada, a country long dedicated to road racing?
Andrew Ranger, aged 22, may be the answer to both questions.
The driver who hails from [...]

Minter: Pithy Bits From Bristol
Friday, 21 Aug, 2009 – 14:20 | 2 Comments
Minter: Pithy Bits From Bristol

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bristol, Tenn. – There’s nothing quite like a morning spent in the pit area at Bristol Motor Speedway  to get some lively debate going about all things NASCAR.
Early on a somewhat gray day, Mike Brown, the general manager of TRG Motorsports’ Sprint Cup effort, leaned against a stack of tires [...]

Three Wide Was For Sissies At Langley Speedway
Friday, 21 Aug, 2009 – 7:25 | Comments Off

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In the rich history of stock car racing, few events can top the night the USAR Pro Cup Series visited Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. on May, 23, 2009
That’s when two-time Pro Cup Series champion Clay Rogers pulled off an improbable four-wide pass in the fourth turn on the final lap (see [...]

Minter: Bristol Could be Pointers Vs. Winners
Thursday, 20 Aug, 2009 – 13:00 | Comments Off
Minter: Bristol Could be Pointers Vs. Winners

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday Observations:
* The Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway has a history of being a “can’t miss” event for NASCAR fans. But there are worries in some quarters that the emphasis on the making the Chase will have some of the top drivers points racing and trying to avoid [...]