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Vickers Racing, Chasing For The Little Guys
Tuesday, 8 Sep, 2009 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Vickers Racing, Chasing For The Little Guys

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Brian Vickers is making a habit this season of proving wrong the conventional racing wisdom.
First he got in a crash with Dale Earnhardt Jr., the sport’s most popular driver, during the season-opening Daytona 500, but wound up getting broad support from fans across the board, including a good many members [...]

Pedley: Answers And Questions From The Nationals
Sunday, 6 Sep, 2009 – 19:00 | One Comment
Pedley: Answers And Questions From The Nationals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – The eliminations are set for Monday’s finals at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
Tops seeds are: Antron Brown in Top Fuel, Robert Hight in Funny Car, Mike Edwards in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycles.
After rain subsided and the track opened for final [...]

Buckler Wheeling In Grand-Am, Dealing in Sprint Cup
Sunday, 6 Sep, 2009 – 10:00 | Comments Off
Buckler Wheeling In Grand-Am, Dealing in Sprint Cup

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – It’s been quite a week for TRG Motorsports owner Kevin Buckler, literally a wheeler and a dealer. On the same day he  drove his Porsche around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Buckler signed up a series champion for his Sprint Cup team.
The former Rolex 24 at Daytona winner [...]

Hight Chips Away At Countdown Berth
Saturday, 5 Sep, 2009 – 9:15 | Comments Off
Hight Chips Away At Countdown Berth

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Clermont, Ind. – It’s a baby-steps kind of weekend for Robert Hight at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. You know, pick up small victories here and there and hope that on Monday afternoon they add up to a berth in the Countdown to 1.
Friday night, in the first of five [...]

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 [...]