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France Pleased With Fast Start To 2011 NASCAR Season
Wednesday, 9 Mar, 2011 – 16:59 | One Comment
France Pleased With Fast Start To 2011 NASCAR Season

It was an upbeat NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France who spoke during a teleconference with the media on Wednesday. The reason for the good mood, he indicated, was the good start to which the Sprint Cup season has jumped out.
“It’s nice to see the interest level on the way back up.” France said.
He cited [...]

So Far, The New Guy Is The Top Guy At RCR
Saturday, 5 Mar, 2011 – 12:19 | Comments Off
So Far, The New Guy Is The Top Guy At RCR

Paul Menard has been a bit of a racing wanderer. Four Sprint Cup teams in eight Sprint Cup seasons. But from the sound of it, Menard’s wandering days are over.
He has landed with one of the top teams in the series and the dividends – the kind of dividends which can spawn root-taking by the [...]

Kenseth Leads Ford Charge In Vegas Qualifying
Friday, 4 Mar, 2011 – 20:06 | 2 Comments
Kenseth Leads Ford Charge In Vegas Qualifying

It’s true. That was Matt Kenseth leading a parade of Ford drivers to high qualifying spots on Friday afternoon as he won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Winning a pole is a rarity for Kenseth. The pole was the first for the Roush Fenway Racing driver since he was fastest [...]

Pedley: IndyCar Challenge Will Likely Go Unmet
Thursday, 3 Mar, 2011 – 11:52 | 3 Comments
Pedley: IndyCar Challenge Will Likely Go Unmet

Randy Bernard quite obviously has a admirable streak of P.T. Barnum running through him. What he might need as he continues his efforts to nurse the IZOD IndyCar Series to improved health, however, is a streak of introspective practicality.
Because grand ideas need to have a thick ground wire attached to them in order to make [...]

Kyle Busch Wins NNS Race; Moves In On Desert Sweep
Saturday, 26 Feb, 2011 – 19:33 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins NNS Race; Moves In On Desert Sweep

Kyle Busch won the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday night, giving himself a shot at earning a NASCAR weekend sweep.
Busch, who won Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race, can complete the three-race sweep with a victory in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
In the Nationwide race, Busch led every one [...]

Gilliland Also Provided Some February Warmth
Friday, 25 Feb, 2011 – 16:18 | One Comment
Gilliland Also Provided Some February Warmth

Trevor Bayne and the Wood Brothers were the best of the feel good stories coming out of the Daytona 500 last weekend, but not the only ones.
David Gilliland, a person who has come to be a symbol of the journeyman driver in NASCAR, finished third. He actually had a run at victory and had things [...]

Tasca Earned Piece Of Wally; Now Wants More
Friday, 25 Feb, 2011 – 10:27 | Comments Off
Tasca Earned Piece Of Wally; Now Wants More

Long before firing-off what John Force has dubbed “The shot heard ‘round the world,” Bob Tasca III had considered the NHRA Funny Car icon an extended family member.
“I’ve described my relationship with John a number of different ways,” said Tasca, whose paternal Ford Motor Company roots in NHRA Championship Drag Racing run as deep as [...]

Antron Brown Off To Fast Start
Thursday, 24 Feb, 2011 – 19:51 | Comments Off
Antron Brown Off To Fast Start

Antron Brown raced to the qualifying lead Thursday in Top Fuel at the Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Auto Parts Winternationals presented by Valvoline as NHRA opened its 60th anniversary season at the birthplace of hot rodding, historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Johnny Gray and Erica Enders also were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at [...]

NHRA: Hagan Returns To Scene of Last Fall’s Fall
Thursday, 24 Feb, 2011 – 9:03 | Comments Off
NHRA: Hagan Returns To Scene of Last Fall’s Fall

Three months after getting hit “square in the chin” by NHRA Funny Car icon John Force, Matt Hagan will begin the 2011 season with renewed accountability – and an unexpected endorsement.
NHRA’s 60th anniversary season will roll into the staging lanes at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., this afternoon for the first round of professional [...]

Minter: Bayne Appears To Be A Genuine Article
Thursday, 24 Feb, 2011 – 6:00 | One Comment
Minter: Bayne Appears To Be A Genuine Article

Among the enjoyable things for a reporter to do at a short track is trying to pick out the drivers with the potential to move on to bigger and better things.
Back in 2007, at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Ga., the track now known as Gresham Motorsports Park, a 16-year-old kid was in the grandstands [...]