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Racing Brings Moms and Kids Together At Darlington
Sunday, 10 May, 2009 – 18:32 | One Comment
Racing Brings Moms and Kids Together At Darlington

Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR drivers usually honor their moms at Darlington Raceway because the Southern 500 is run on the night before Mother’s Day.
For the past five years, mothers of Sprint Cup drivers have served as Grand Marshals for the Saturday night race.
Like Carl Edwards’ mom, Nancy Sterling.
“I think Mother’s Day is special to [...]

Castroneves To Start Indy From Pole
Saturday, 9 May, 2009 – 17:05 | 2 Comments
Castroneves To Start Indy From Pole

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer

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IndyCar superstar Helio Castroneves has emerged from six months of legal hell, capped by a six-week trial on federal income tax evasion charges, a better man.
Helio may even be…the Brazilian version of bionic.
“I have to say that what I learned from the trial probably my mind is much stronger now [...]

Kenseth Steps Out Of Character, Wins Pole
Friday, 8 May, 2009 – 18:30 | Comments Off
Kenseth Steps Out Of Character, Wins Pole

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Matt Kenseth set a track record en route to winning the pole for Saturday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway on Friday.
Kenseth turned a lap at 179.514 mph in the session.
“Whenever you run that fast it’s the car,” Kenseth said. “You can only go as fast as the car will carry you and Drew [...]

Ingram: The Southern 500 Has Gone South
Friday, 8 May, 2009 – 7:50 | One Comment
Ingram: The Southern 500 Has Gone South

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent 
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There was a time when a 500-mile race at Darlington was the real Southern 500, not a replica.
To win a 500-mile race at Darlington on a Labor Day weekend meant you had beaten that day’s competition and had measured up to all those stock car drivers who came before.
It was [...]

Johnny Davis is NASCAR’s Past – And Future?
Wednesday, 6 May, 2009 – 17:02 | One Comment
Johnny Davis is NASCAR’s Past – And Future?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
David Green has become a fixture in the NASCAR series now known as Nationwide. Over 19 years, he has nine wins and was the 1994 champion. He’s driven for some of the most powerful teams in the sport, including Hendrick Motorsports.
But last year, when he was about to go a [...]

Chasing Tracks Is A Chase That Never Ends
Tuesday, 5 May, 2009 – 9:05 | Comments Off
Chasing Tracks Is A Chase That Never Ends

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
They’re called race track chasers, nomadic types who travel the countryside trying to attend races at as many tracks as they can.
Most hit the road with Allan Brown’s “National Speedway Directory” as their travel guide, marking each new track like a notch on a gunslinger’s pistol.
Some have recorded more than [...]

Danica Patrick Rolls To Indy On “Time”
Sunday, 3 May, 2009 – 5:44 | One Comment
Danica Patrick Rolls To Indy On “Time”

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick continues to reap the benefits of her first victory, and her “sexy and sculpted” mainstream appeal, by checking in at No. 93 on the list of the “TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People.” 
There were 208 nominees from various categories in the online poll. Patrick, [...]

Minter: The Suite Life Should Be At The Finish Line
Friday, 1 May, 2009 – 8:40 | Comments Off
Minter: The Suite Life Should Be At The Finish Line

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Commerce, Ga. – Fans of every sport treasure their traditions. But it’s almost a given that if a sport is going to grow, those traditions have to be tweaked.
There’s an idea floating around in the NHRA – it’s actually been around for years –  that seems to have the potential of [...]

Ricky Carmichael Trades Pain For Pressure
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 10:10 | Comments Off
Ricky Carmichael Trades Pain For Pressure

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kansas City, Kan. – From the quiet, comfortable air-conditioned safety of his transporter, Ricky Carmichael pointed first to his wrist, then to his shoulder and then his collar bone.  All, he said, were objects of massive attention from doctors during his days as the main guy in motocross racing.
It was [...]

Sturbin: “Leisure” Not in Jerry Cook’s Vocabulary
Tuesday, 28 Apr, 2009 – 14:40 | Comments Off
Sturbin: “Leisure” Not in Jerry Cook’s Vocabulary

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Looking back at that slice of life in my hometown, it was a time of firsts.
First job. First apartment. First leisure suit.
Would you believe chocolate brown with printed shirt? Have mercy. We’re time-warping here from May 1973 to September 1978 and my tenure as sports writer/editor [...]