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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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]

Hamlin At Home Talking About Home Track
Monday, 27 Apr, 2009 – 12:56 | Comments Off
Hamlin At Home Talking About Home Track

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Increasingly in NASCAR these days, interviews with top drivers occur in scrums held behind the team hauler in the garage. The driver stands on the steps. Reporters push and shove their way to the front, trying to get in a question or two. Others stand around the periphery, straining to [...]

Prelude Continues to Shine
Friday, 24 Apr, 2009 – 16:00 | Comments Off
Prelude Continues to Shine

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – By definition, a prelude is some event that comes before another, more important event.
But in the case of the annual “Prelude to the Dream” at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the opener is becoming as big an event as the “Dream” dirt Late Model race [...]

Professor Teaches A Lesson In Class
Saturday, 18 Apr, 2009 – 16:49 | Comments Off
Professor Teaches  A Lesson In Class

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Commerce, Ga. – Some things haven’t changed very much in the 29 years that the NHRA has been hosting the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
On Saturday afternoon, Arlene Johnson rode back and forth from her husband’s pits to the starting line on the same bicycle she had at the track [...]

Schu Shines: His Drivers Are Dominating NHRA
Thursday, 16 Apr, 2009 – 17:50 | Comments Off
Schu Shines: His Drivers Are Dominating NHRA

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
 In all forms of motorsports today, multi-car teams have a distinct advantage. It’s true in NASCAR, as Rick Hendrick, Jack Roush, Joe Gibbs, Richard Childress and others have shown.
 But compared to the NHRA’s Don Schumacher, Hendrick and his NASCAR buddies are in a slump.
Heading into this weekend’s NHRA Southern Nationals [...]

Mario Not Pushing Marco For Start-Up F1 Ride
Thursday, 16 Apr, 2009 – 13:53 | Comments Off
Mario Not Pushing Marco For Start-Up F1 Ride

Bill Fleischman | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Catching up with Mario Andretti on some racing issues, I spoke with him by cell phone after he watched grandson Marco finish 13th in the IndyCar Series season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla.
When I asked if there was anything new about Marco as a possible driver for the new Charlotte, N.C.-based [...]

Woody: Waltrip Doesn’t Miss Racing
Monday, 13 Apr, 2009 – 19:45 | 6 Comments
Woody:  Waltrip Doesn’t Miss Racing

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
You know what they say when the end of a painful journey mercifully arrives: “Well, now he’s in a better place.”
That was definitely the case in the twilight days of Darrell Waltrip’s driving career. Since his racing retirement almost nine years ago, DW has been in a much better place: [...]