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Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011
Tuesday, 25 Jan, 2011 – 8:50 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When Kurt Busch goes “double-dipping”  this season, he won’t be concerned with NASCAR’s new single-series point rules.
Busch is going NHRA drag racing in a “Factory Hot Rod.”
NASCAR’s 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion, Busch announced Monday he plans to make his NHRA Full Throttle Series debut during the 41st annual Tire [...]

NHRA To Crack Down On A Sticky Problem In 2011
Thursday, 20 Jan, 2011 – 11:41 | Comments Off
NHRA To Crack Down On A Sticky Problem In 2011

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NHRA officials will ramp-up their crackdown on oildowns during the 2011 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season, including implementation of “strict penalties” for all classes competing at national events.
In an effort to improve the quality of show for fans, and its cable television partner, the sanctioning body has outlined a [...]

Minter: Roosevelt Johnson A Hero On And Off The Drag Strip
Saturday, 15 Jan, 2011 – 10:45 | One Comment
Minter: Roosevelt Johnson A Hero On And Off The Drag Strip

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Most folks don’t get into the sports reporting business for the money. They do it for chances to write about people like Roosevelt Johnson.
Johnson, one of the South’s pioneering drag racers, died this week at the age of 80. I interviewed him several times over the years, visited in his [...]

Pedley: 2011 Could Be A Biggie For Racing
Monday, 10 Jan, 2011 – 10:01 | 4 Comments
Pedley: 2011 Could Be A Biggie For Racing

2011, eh?
The thought here is that it could be a big, important year in auto racing. A good big, important year or a bad big, important year.
As it should be, the determination of whether it will be good or bad will be made by the most important racing organization in America – racing’s fan base.
Most [...]

Racin’ Notes: Al-Anabi Makes Moves
Thursday, 6 Jan, 2011 – 18:52 | Comments Off
Racin’ Notes: Al-Anabi Makes Moves

In Racin’ news on Thursday:
Brian Husen has been named the crew chief of Del Worsham’s Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel dragster, it was announced Thursday.  Rod Centorbi will remain the assistant crew chief on Worsham’s team which is in the process of switching from Funny Car to Top Fuel.
Husen’s promotion to crew chief on Worsham’s team [...]

Ingram: Hagan Reflects On ‘Tremendous’ Season
Monday, 3 Jan, 2011 – 7:56 | 4 Comments
Ingram: Hagan Reflects On ‘Tremendous’ Season

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief ™:
Christiansburg, Va. – It’s been a longer winter than usual for Matt Hagan on his hilltop farm nestled in the mountains of southwest Virginia. Back-to-back snowfalls have kept him busy getting feed to his herd of Black Angus cattle. In the evenings, there’s the [...]

To All: A Big Thank You And A Happy New Year
Saturday, 1 Jan, 2011 – 11:48 | 3 Comments
To All: A Big Thank You And A Happy New Year

If you are reading this, then my big hope for 2011 has been realized. And I sincerely thank you.
RacinToday.com is heading into its third year of publication. I guess the cliched thing to say about that is something like, “Gee, we really didn’t think we would make it through one year.”
But we kind of did. [...]

Pedley: Memorable Scenes From The 2010 Season
Friday, 31 Dec, 2010 – 9:28 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Memorable Scenes From The 2010 Season

It amazes me how many sports fans and media have what seem to be super human powers of recollection. They remember in astonishing detail what happened to which driver in races that occurred decades ago.
They’ll sit around bottle-strewn tables at restaurants and bistros, or huddle in small groups in infield press centers and debate the [...]

Pedley: A Driver Of The Year Vote Explained
Wednesday, 22 Dec, 2010 – 17:36 | 5 Comments
Pedley: A Driver Of The Year Vote Explained

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
As with all voting processes for MVPs or players of the year or largest balls of string, the criteria used for voting for the Driver of the Year Award are kind of hazy.
And, human nature being what it is, things like personal experiences and living history and away-from-track persona can [...]

Sturbin: Big Battle For Jimmie Came After Season
Friday, 17 Dec, 2010 – 8:25 | 7 Comments
Sturbin: Big Battle For Jimmie Came After Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson says his selection as 2010 Driver of the Year left him shocked and honored, the result of an inconsistent Sprint Cup season and the larger-than-life presence of NHRA Funny Car star John Force.
“I would assume that (John) Force would be a shoe-in,” Johnson, 35, admitted [...]