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Q and A: Rick Hendrick Talks Racing
Monday, 28 Nov, 2011 – 18:52 | Comments Off
Q and A: Rick Hendrick Talks Racing

Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, held a teleconference with the media on Monday. The following is a transcript of that teleconference:
RICK HENDRICK: Good morning, Jesse, and everybody there. Just looking forward to getting ready to start a new year. I really appreciate all the cards and letters after the accident my wife and I [...]

NASCAR Fines Kurt Busch $50K
Friday, 25 Nov, 2011 – 18:01 | One Comment
NASCAR Fines Kurt Busch $50K

NASCAR has fined Kurt Busch $50,000 for his actions during the Nov. 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR determined that Kurt Busch, who drives the No. 22 car for Penske Racing, violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing – inappropriate hand gesture; abusive language) of the 2011 NASCAR Rule Book.

The [...]

Force To Go For Title No. 16 With New Knee
Wednesday, 23 Nov, 2011 – 16:58 | One Comment
Force To Go For Title No. 16 With New Knee

YORBA LINDA, Calif. – Drag racing icon John Force answered any lingering questions about his level of commitment to winning a 16th NHRA Funny Car world championship by undergoing post-season surgery to repair a damaged right knee originally injured playing high school football.
Following the 2011 NHRA season and championship banquet, Force checked into Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic [...]

Top Fuel Champion Del Worsham Calls It Quits
Monday, 21 Nov, 2011 – 20:24 | Comments Off
Top Fuel Champion Del Worsham Calls It Quits

Recently crowned National Hot Rod Association world champion Del Worsham joked last week that he did not feel like a “full-fledged Top Fuel driver,” one day after clinching his title during the 2011 season-ender at Pomona, Calif.
“I’m a little wider and heavier than most Top Fuel drivers,” Worsham said, “but I have a great crew [...]

Williams: Stewart vs. Edwards A Modern Classic
Monday, 21 Nov, 2011 – 10:25 | Comments Off
Williams: Stewart vs. Edwards A Modern Classic

For nearly two decades the NASCAR community has cited the intense 1992 season finale title bout at Atlanta between Alan Kulwicki and Bill Elliott as a legendary race. Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway another season-ending event, this one between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards, assumed its place in the history-making ranks.
Sunday’s 2011 season finale was [...]

Contenders To Get A Little Help from Their Friends?
Saturday, 19 Nov, 2011 – 20:00 | Comments Off
Contenders To Get A Little Help from Their Friends?

Team orders.
Those two words simply describe the way business is conducted in Formula 1. In stock car racing, however, they’ve always carried a great deal of distain.
Yet, with two drivers, from two different racing organizations and two different automotive manufacturers vying for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup championship the question of whether team orders will exist in [...]

Pedley: Pardon Tony Stewart’s Indignation
Friday, 18 Nov, 2011 – 10:53 | Comments Off
Pedley: Pardon Tony Stewart’s Indignation

Tony Stewart and the press corps which covers auto racing have always had a mutual enmity for each other. Encounters between Stewart and reporters can get quite tacky, but that’s going to happen when two entities who are, basically, defined by self righteousness come face to face 38 weekends a year.
On Thursday, however, Stewart used [...]

Lotus Speeding Its Way Into IndyCar
Friday, 18 Nov, 2011 – 9:14 | One Comment
Lotus Speeding Its Way Into IndyCar

Lotus Motorsport, a direct descendant of the company founded by Englishman Colin Chapman over 60 years ago, will partner as engine supplier to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Bryan Herta Autosport and HVM Racing for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
The partnership agreements announced Thursday during the Los Angeles Auto Show will enable the teams to [...]

Panther To Bring Back Hildebrand
Thursday, 17 Nov, 2011 – 11:48 | Comments Off
Panther To Bring Back Hildebrand

Star-crossed JR Hildebrand – whose rookie IZOD IndyCar Series season featured an infamous crash and “battle scar” in the Indianapolis 500 and a less-publicized knee injury suffered during a media event in Texas – will continue to drive Panther Racing’s No. 4 National Guard entry in 2012 and 2013.
“I’m super-stoked that I’m going to be [...]

Woody: Kahne Smokes No-Chase, No-Race Theory
Wednesday, 16 Nov, 2011 – 8:33 | Comments Off
Woody: Kahne Smokes No-Chase, No-Race Theory

When NASCAR inaugurated its Chase for the Championship – its version of a playoff between a select number of drivers – critics complained that any driver who didn’t make the Chase wouldn’t have any
incentive to keep racing.
They said the non-Chasers would simply ride out the final 10 races.
They said if their favorite driver wasn’t in [...]