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The Speedway Is Open
Saturday, 15 May, 2010 – 8:31 | Comments Off
The Speedway Is Open

Two weeks ago, the word “spark” got wide usage in the IZOD IndyCar Series paddocks at Kansas Speedway. And the usage was not directed at what was coming off the skid plates on the bottom of the cars.
Drivers, team owners and officials all were using the word to describe what they were sensing about their [...]

Almirola Gets First Truck Win
Friday, 14 May, 2010 – 20:20 | Comments Off
Almirola Gets First Truck Win

Dover, Del. – A race short on drama ratcheted up the excitement during the closing laps when Aric Almirola pulled away from the field on a green-white-checkered flag finish to capture Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Dover 200.
It was the 26-year-old Almirola’s first victory in 55 career starts in NASCAR’s truck series.
“It’s such a [...]

Race Day: Moms Welcome
Saturday, 8 May, 2010 – 8:54 | One Comment
Race Day: Moms Welcome

For auto racing families, nothing says “I love you, mom” quite like ear-busting noise and 98 octane gasoline. So, this weekend – Mother’s Day weekend – at Darlington, the moms of several drivers will be at the track.
Here is what a select group of drivers had to say about having their mothers at Darlington for [...]

Woody: Flood Puts Problems Into Perspective
Wednesday, 5 May, 2010 – 17:50 | Comments Off
Woody: Flood Puts Problems Into Perspective

Nashville, Tenn. – It was a hectic weekend. I was trying to arrange an interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a fast-approaching magazine deadline, the air conditioner was making an odd (i.e., expensive-sounding) noise and the guy who works on my car (Mr. Good Wallet) said I needed at least four new tires.
My lawn mower [...]

Rahal and Rahal At Indy
Wednesday, 5 May, 2010 – 17:48 | One Comment
Rahal and Rahal At Indy

Talented young star Graham Rahal will team up with his father, 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, for the first time in an IZOD IndyCar Series car in the 2010 edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Graham Rahal, from New Albany, Ohio, will drive the No. 30 Rahal Letterman Racing entry. The younger Rahal, 21, [...]

Minter: Talladega Was ‘Exceptional”
Tuesday, 4 May, 2010 – 6:56 | 2 Comments
Minter: Talladega Was ‘Exceptional”

It seems that the way Sprint Cup races are going these days, it takes a night or two of sleeping on it to decide what one really thinks about the outcome.
Listening to some, including the TV talkers, the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega two weeks ago was NASCAR’s best race ever.
Even without a night or two [...]

It Was A Ganassi Kind Of Day In Kansas
Saturday, 1 May, 2010 – 14:56 | One Comment
It Was A Ganassi Kind Of Day In Kansas

Kansas City, Kan. – Just prior to the start of Saturday’s IndyCar Series event, Mike Hull brushed aside the suggestion that because his Target Chip Ganassi team was racing at a place where they had won the last three races, it had to be favored this year.
Hull was wearing dark glasses at the time so [...]

Schrader Leaps At Chance To Drive Top Truck
Saturday, 1 May, 2010 – 11:42 | One Comment
Schrader Leaps At Chance To Drive Top Truck

Kansas City, Kan. – When Ken Schrader got a text message from Kevin Harvick a couple of weeks ago, he didn’t know what to think. The message was kind of cryptic. Harvick simply asked if Schrader was available the weekend of the Kansas City Camping World Truck Series race.
“Hell, I figured he wanted me to [...]

Cup Notes: Mr. H Steps In
Friday, 30 Apr, 2010 – 17:55 | One Comment
Cup Notes: Mr. H Steps In

Richmond, Va. – Rick Hendrick attempted to defuse the potential feud between Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson earlier this week when he spoke with his two drivers on a conference call.
Gordon was still stewing over a late-race move at Talladega on Sunday when Johnson pulled in front of him forcing the driver of [...]

The “Dad Hat” Is Off For McReynolds
Thursday, 29 Apr, 2010 – 7:27 | One Comment
The “Dad Hat” Is Off For McReynolds

Fort Worth, Texas – Larry McReynolds has carved out highly successful careers as celebrated NASCAR crew chief, and “countrified” TV racing analyst. It’s a combination that has made McReynolds one of the most recognized and respected personalities in domestic motorsports.
But drive a stock car?
“I couldn’t drive a nail,” McReynolds deadpanned during a recent ARCA test [...]