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NHRA Notes: Force Turns To Video
Thursday, 12 Nov, 2009 – 7:53 | 3 Comments
NHRA Notes: Force Turns To Video

The motorsports world never has seen a motivational speaker on a par with John Force, the 14-time NHRA Funny Car world champion. But rather than rally the troops around points-leader Robert Hight with one of his stream-of-consciousness monologues, Boss Force broke out a video for the ages at the headquarters of John Force Racing in [...]

Memo: Fixing As Cool As Crashing
Wednesday, 11 Nov, 2009 – 10:42 | Comments Off
Memo: Fixing As Cool As Crashing

Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
I would have loved to have had a front-row seat for what went on at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Not on the race track, but in the garages. Would have loved to have pushed up a nice, comfy-leather chair, ordered a pizza and sat and watched as [...]

IndyCar Boss Looks Down The Road
Tuesday, 10 Nov, 2009 – 9:25 | 3 Comments
IndyCar Boss Looks Down The Road

Indianapolis – Things are finally looking up for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
As all good open-wheel fans know, the crushing 12-year conflict between the Indy Racing League and the now-defunct CART and Champ Car series ended just before the 2008 IndyCar season began, building hope for a new era of greater competition and growth.
Unfortunately, the crash [...]

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 [...]