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McMurray Is No. 1 At Martinsville
Saturday, 2 Apr, 2011 – 12:19 | Comments Off
McMurray Is No. 1 At Martinsville

Jamie McMurray earned the right to start Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway from the pole after turning a fast qualifying lap at 96.509 mph on Saturday afternoon.
The pole is the first of the season for McMurray, the  Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver who won the 2010 Daytona 500 and the 2010 Brickyard 400.
Ryan [...]

Newman Is Driving Like A New Man In 2011
Friday, 1 Apr, 2011 – 9:07 | Comments Off
Newman Is Driving Like A New Man In 2011

Call it solid preparation and execution or call it luck. Ryan Newman is off to a great start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
Heading to Martinsville for the sixth race of the season, the Stewart Haas Racing driver already has rolled up four top-10 and three top-five finishes. That’s just one less top-five than Newman had [...]

Minter: Gordon Talks Numbers, Family And Future
Friday, 1 Apr, 2011 – 7:00 | 7 Comments
Minter: Gordon Talks Numbers, Family And Future

Bristol, Tenn. – It had been about a year since I’d had a one-on-one interview with Jeff Gordon, so back at Daytona I asked his publicist Jon Edwards if he’d put me on Jeff’s calendar for Bristol.
In a Sprint Cup world where publicists don’t exactly jump when an interview request comes in, this transaction was [...]

Racin News: Reutimann To Sub For Injured Truex
Thursday, 31 Mar, 2011 – 17:01 | Comments Off
Racin News: Reutimann To Sub For Injured Truex

In racin’ news today, Thursday, March 31:
Pastrana-Waltrip Racing announced that David Reutimann will drive the No. 99 Toyota Camry in the April 8 Nationwide race at Texas Motor Speedway while Ryan Truex recovers from wrist surgery.
Reutimann replaces rookie points leader Truex, who underwent corrective surgery this week to repair a fractured right wrist.
“I hurt my [...]

‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium
Wednesday, 30 Mar, 2011 – 14:37 | Comments Off
‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium

Tony Kanaan’s debut with KV Racing Technology-Lotus on the Streets of St. Pete featured unexpected challenges from Simona de Silvestro, and a key piece of cockpit equipment.
Kanaan held off a determined, late-race charge from de Silvestro to finish third in the IZOD IndyCar Series’ season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  Kanaan’s unlikely podium finish [...]

Competition Blooming This Spring
Monday, 28 Mar, 2011 – 14:19 | Comments Off
Competition Blooming This Spring

A weekend wrapup:
That little crawl they run along the top of the television screen during NASCAR races which gives running order provided more than just the intended information on Sunday. And I’m not talking here about Fox’s decision to regularly blend advertising into it.
It provided a constant reminder about how competitive the racing in the [...]

Race Day: Standings Have Strange Look In Week 4
Sunday, 27 Mar, 2011 – 9:33 | Comments Off
Race Day: Standings Have Strange Look In Week 4

The Sprint Cup standings heading into today’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway have what many would consider a bizarre look to them. The usual suspects are in some pretty unusual locations.
And not just at the top end of the standings, where Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr. and Bobby Labonte all sit in the [...]

KV Thinks It Has Added a Winner In Kanaan
Thursday, 24 Mar, 2011 – 7:13 | Comments Off
KV Thinks It Has Added a Winner In Kanaan

With the addition of Tony Kanaan to his IZOD IndyCar Series roster, Jimmy Vasser believes KV Racing Technology has signed “the sport’s best teammate” – and the driver who can break the Ganassi-Penske open-wheel monopoly in 2011.
Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar Series champion, saw a tumultuous offseason end on Monday when he was introduced as driver [...]

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 [...]