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Rookie-Owner Stewart Knew Times Would Get Tough
Thursday, 1 Oct, 2009 – 16:00 | 3 Comments
Rookie-Owner Stewart Knew Times Would Get Tough

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Tony Stewart began nodding affirmatively well before the question was fully put to him on Wednesday. He’s been around racing, he’s been around the media and he knew almost immediately what he is about to be asked.
And he was ready with an answer.
Yes, Stewart said, the [...]

Woody: Drivers Alive Today Because of Car of Tomorrow
Wednesday, 30 Sep, 2009 – 9:30 | 5 Comments
Woody: Drivers Alive Today Because of Car of Tomorrow

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Did the Car of Tomorrow save the Star of Tomorrow?
Despite persistent criticism of the COT that was introduced into the Sprint Cup Series, there is accumulating evidence that it is meeting NASCAR’s main goal – increased driver safety.
The latest testimonial is last Sunday’s wild Dover rollover by rookie sensation Joey Logano.
Logano’s [...]

Woody: New Testing Policy Doesn’t Add Up
Tuesday, 29 Sep, 2009 – 11:00 | Comments Off
Woody: New Testing Policy Doesn’t Add Up

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I’m not sure who’s in charge of accounting at NASCAR, but they might want to change the batteries in their calculator. I’m not sure it’s calculating.
NASCAR, which at the end of last season curtailed (but not entirely eliminated) testing as a cost-cutting measure, has announced that it will be permitted next [...]

Woody: Racing Is About Competition, Not Cooperation
Monday, 28 Sep, 2009 – 15:00 | 10 Comments
Woody: Racing Is About Competition, Not Cooperation

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With the growing “cooperation” between racing teammates, you knew it was bound to happen:
A driver deliberately crashed in order to bring out a caution that helped his teammate win.
It happened in Formula One. Could it happen in NASCAR?
We know there’s a definite trend toward teammates helping teammates. That’s troubling, and if [...]

Hight To Face One Swede Ride In Super Stockholm Elimination
Saturday, 26 Sep, 2009 – 19:27 | One Comment
Hight To Face One Swede Ride In Super Stockholm Elimination

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ennis, Texas – Robert Hight’s quest for his first NHRA Funny Car championship goes global on Sunday.
Hight emerged from four rounds of professional qualifying at Texas Motorplex Saturday afternoon on-pole for the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals. Hight’s first-round opponent will be No. 16 qualifier Leif [...]

Rookie Top Fueler Massey Wants It All
Friday, 25 Sep, 2009 – 20:00 | One Comment
Rookie Top Fueler Massey Wants It All

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ennis, Texas – Now that he has shelved his first NHRA “Wally,” Top Fuel rookie Spencer Massey has developed a need for greed.
“Truthfully, that was my goal,” Massey said from the back of his team hauler Friday afternoon at Texas Motorplex. “Going into the season as a rookie, I just [...]

Sharp’s Wreck Dulls Acura Hopes at Petit
Friday, 25 Sep, 2009 – 8:05 | Comments Off
Sharp’s Wreck Dulls Acura Hopes at Petit

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Braselton, Ga. – The chances of an Acura pulling off an upset against the factory entries of Audi and Peugeot in the Petit Le Mans were set back Thursday when Scott Sharp’s ARX-02a cartwheeled into the fence at Turn 2. The driver quickly hopped out and walked away from the [...]

Minter: Championship Banquet Could Be At Denny’s
Thursday, 24 Sep, 2009 – 10:10 | One Comment
Minter: Championship Banquet Could Be At Denny’s

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday observations:
With all the attention being focused on Mark Martin, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jimmie Johnson and their quests to win this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, it’s easy to overlook Denny Hamlin.
But in the weeks leading up to the Chase, Hamlin was the most consistent, winning at [...]

Morning Memo: Wolfe Not Sheepish About Ponies
Wednesday, 23 Sep, 2009 – 9:45 | Comments Off
Morning Memo: Wolfe Not Sheepish About Ponies

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Wednesday Morning Memo today:
Brian Wolfe often wears a suit, but he is not what is often derisively referred to as “a suit”. The head of Ford’s racing operation, Wolfe has no problem with speaking directly to issues and offering his and Ford’s opinions. The [...]

Mike Edwards Shows He Can Seal The Deal
Tuesday, 22 Sep, 2009 – 9:30 | Comments Off
Mike Edwards Shows He Can Seal The Deal

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – In auto racing, mea culpas have pretty much given way to somebodyelsea culpas. Especially when it comes to drivers. The only problems they have these days tend to be those created by others.
Then there was Pro Stock driver Mike Edwards. He of the U-shaped pointing finger. Justly [...]