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Woody: Does Daytona Dazzle Haunt Bayne?
Wednesday, 23 Mar, 2011 – 6:52 | One Comment
Woody: Does Daytona Dazzle Haunt Bayne?

Trevor Bayne’s amazing victory in the season-opening Daytona 500 has its downside.
The just-turned-20 driver left himself a hard – no, an impossible – act to follow.
When you start the season on top of the world, there’s only one way to go from there. Since capturing Daytona, Bayne has had his struggles.
He is sixth in points [...]

Minter: Empty Bristol Seats Signal A Cultural Shift
Tuesday, 22 Mar, 2011 – 6:59 | 6 Comments
Minter: Empty Bristol Seats Signal A Cultural Shift

People in and around NASCAR have spent a good bit of the past few days pondering the stunning number of empty seats at Bristol Motor Speedway.
My first hint about the situation came on the trip into Bristol.  In the past, the road was full of campers of all sizes and conditions. Pickup trucks loaded for [...]

Ingram: A Racing Revolution Begins At ESPN3.com
Monday, 21 Mar, 2011 – 16:12 | Comments Off
Ingram: A Racing Revolution Begins At ESPN3.com

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
If you were up before dawn on Sunday to catch a plane, as I was, in hopes of seeing the green flag fall at the Bristol Motor Speedway’s Sprint Cup event on TV at home, the idea of watching races live via a computer bears some thought.
On Saturday, the day [...]

Racing, Wrecking A Hot Topic At New Bristol
Saturday, 19 Mar, 2011 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Racing, Wrecking A Hot Topic At New Bristol

Bristol, Tenn. – One of the subjects being debated on Friday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway is how the racing on the reconfigured race track and its progressive banking compares to what went on before the 2007 facelift.
The bottom-line question seems to be whether the objective is racing or wrecking. Some say the end of [...]

Audi Vs. Peugeot Is Under Way
Friday, 18 Mar, 2011 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Audi Vs. Peugeot Is Under Way

Sebring, Fla. – The heavyweight challengers traded blows during Thursday’s practice sessions for Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race. When the track was finally put to bed late in the evening, Audi and Peugeot each could boast of having been fastest in practice.
Early in the hour-long afternoon session, Tom Kristensen entered a 1:50.424 [...]

McMurray, Dixon Trade Places
Thursday, 17 Mar, 2011 – 6:39 | Comments Off
McMurray, Dixon Trade Places

A swap meet of sorts was held in Alabama on Wednesday.
That’s where IndyCar driver Scott Dixon and NASCAR’s Jamie McMurray traded rides. Dixon took the wheel of McMurray’s car at Talladega Superspeedway while McMurray took the wheel of Dixon’s Indy car at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham.
The following is a transcript of a press conference [...]

Busch Says NHRA Was Anything But A Drag
Wednesday, 16 Mar, 2011 – 17:24 | Comments Off
Busch Says NHRA Was Anything But A Drag

Kurt Busch returns to his day job this week – driving the No. 22  Sprint Cup Dodge for  Penske Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway.
But during a teleconference on Wednesday, Busch took a look back at competing in the NHRA Gatornationals in a Pro Stock car.
It was Busch’s first drag race in the highly competitive Pro [...]

Audi Takes Its Turn At Sebring
Tuesday, 15 Mar, 2011 – 19:12 | Comments Off
Audi Takes Its Turn At Sebring

The long-running jousting match between Audi and Peugeot continues at Sebring.
A day after a French Peugeot claimed top lap during testing for this weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, German car-maker Audi took its turn to top the speed charts on Tuesday.
Audi Sport Team Joest’s R15 prototype driven by Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and [...]

Peugeot Looking Racy at Sebring
Tuesday, 15 Mar, 2011 – 6:53 | One Comment
Peugeot Looking Racy at Sebring

Peugeot eased out to a quick start at Sebring on Monday, but was closely followed by its long-time foil Audi.
A new factory Peugeot 908 – driven by Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy – turned a best lap of 1:47.678 (123.702 mph) during the first of two four-hour sessions in the lead-up to the [...]

IndyCar Raids NASCAR Rule Book
Monday, 14 Mar, 2011 – 8:34 | 2 Comments
IndyCar Raids NASCAR Rule Book

Side-by-side restarts at all venues – and likely implementation of a NASCAR-inspired “Lucky Dog/free pass” – are the IZOD IndyCar Series’ latest attempts at ratcheting-up the quality of racing in 2011.
Brian Barnhart, INDYCAR’s president of competition and racing operations, announced Friday that side-by-side restarts will be in effect at all tracks starting with the season-opening [...]