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Johnson Closes In on Title
Sunday, 1 Nov, 2009 – 18:48 | Comments Off
Johnson Closes In on Title

Talladega, Ala. – Drivers hoping to put a dent in Jimmie Johnson’s championship hopes on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway wound up self-destructing during the final laps of the AMP Energy 500.
While NASCAR’s most dominant driver nursed his No. 48 Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish, his chief competition wound up crashing and running out fuel during [...]

Force Hood Faces ‘Bummer’
Sunday, 1 Nov, 2009 – 7:36 | 2 Comments
Force Hood Faces ‘Bummer’

A blockbuster first-round pairing Sunday between Robert Hight and Ashley Force Hood looms as the potential pivotal point in their intramural battle for the 2009 NHRA Funny Car world championship.
Featuring teammates at John Force Racing, the Hight vs. Ford Hood matchup was set into motion following the conclusion of qualifying for the ninth annual NHRA [...]

Talladega Notes: Bumping Bumped
Saturday, 31 Oct, 2009 – 17:05 | 2 Comments
Talladega Notes: Bumping Bumped

Drivers get black-flagged by officials in Sprint Cup races for goofy driving all the time. But during practice?
That is exactly what happened at Talladega Superspeedway as NASCAR called Michael Waltrip into the pits during practice.
Officials had warned drivers about dangerous bump-drafting at Talladega prior to the practice and when Waltrip started banging on the rear [...]

Peters Has Truck Load of Want-To
Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2009 – 16:09 | Comments Off
Peters Has Truck Load of Want-To

If anyone ever had reasons to quit racing, it would be Timothy Peters.
In 2001, his father, his primary backer, died, but Peters pushed ahead anyway. After finding success on the short tracks of Virginia and the Carolinas, he started getting the calls all aspiring racers dream about.
First it was Bobby Hamilton, offering a truck series [...]

Talladega Jinx Gets Halloween Test
Tuesday, 27 Oct, 2009 – 8:31 | 7 Comments
Talladega Jinx Gets Halloween Test

Start with the concept that Talladega Superspeedway is one scary place to drive a race car.
Lives are on the line with 3,400-pound stock cars racing in huge freight train-like packs at speeds close to 200 mph lap after lap after lap on the 2.66-mile, high-banked oval.
Then stir in the eerie history of the place, including [...]

Keselowski Bashes Way To Victory
Saturday, 24 Oct, 2009 – 17:54 | 5 Comments
Keselowski Bashes Way To Victory

Brad Keselowski won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race but probably did not win a lot of friends in the process.
Keselowski, who made liberal use of his front bumper in winning the Kroger On Track for The Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park, was able to hold off a final-lap charge by points-leader Kyle Busch after a [...]

Teen DiBenedetto Gets A New Car
Saturday, 24 Oct, 2009 – 7:34 | 3 Comments
Teen DiBenedetto Gets A New Car

Millington, Tenn. – Joe Gibbs Racing will dip into its deep pool of driver talent today when Matt DiBenedetto makes his debut in the Nationwide Series in the Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park.
The 18-year-old DiBenedetto, a participant in the NASCAR Camping World East Series this year, gets the keys [...]

Sprint Cup Notes: Newman On The Pole At Martinsville
Friday, 23 Oct, 2009 – 15:53 | One Comment
Sprint Cup Notes: Newman On The Pole At Martinsville

Ryan Newman will attempt to begin his long climb back into contention for this year’s Sprint Cup championship from the pole position at Martinsville Speedway.
Newman, who is eighth in points and 288 behind leader Jimmie Johnson, won the pole for the Tums Fast Relief 500 Friday with a lap at 96.795 mph. His time was [...]

Woody: It’s Do It Or Lose It Time
Wednesday, 21 Oct, 2009 – 14:51 | 3 Comments
Woody: It’s Do It Or Lose It Time

It’s soul-search, gut-check, look-in-the-mirror time for at least eight of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Championship Sunday at Martinsville.
If they don’t make a move – and I mean a MAJOR move – they can kick it in cruise control and just go through the motions the rest of the way. They’re out. [...]

Healthier Kyle Busch Wins Lowe’s Nationwide Race
Saturday, 17 Oct, 2009 – 7:15 | Comments Off
Healthier Kyle Busch Wins Lowe’s Nationwide Race

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Looks like Kyle Busch is returning to normal. Physically and on the race tracks. Friday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
The victory ended an 11-race slump for Busch and came a week after having to get out of his car because of a battle with pneumonia.
Busch led 137 laps [...]