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Patrick Takes First Laps
Friday, 18 Dec, 2009 – 16:59 | Comments Off
Patrick Takes First Laps

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Danica Patrick took her first laps in an ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards stock car during a rain-shortened test session at Daytona International Speedway on Friday afternoon.
Patrick, one of 26 drivers who posted a time during the 35-minute single car run session, was 12th quickest on the charts with a time of [...]

Allison To Head Up Ford Racing
Friday, 18 Dec, 2009 – 10:18 | Comments Off
Allison To Head Up Ford Racing

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Ford’s racing operation in the United States has a new boss.
Jamie Allison, a 22-year Ford veteran with experience in engineering, product planning and marketing, has been named director, Ford North America Motorsports, effective January 1, 2010.
Allison, who most recently has been Ford Performance Group Manager, will replace current director Brian Wolfe, who has been named [...]

Kallmann: Sun Sets On The Mile
Friday, 18 Dec, 2009 – 8:01 | 6 Comments
Kallmann: Sun Sets On The Mile

Editor’s Note: Dave Kallmann is the long-time auto-racing beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He agreed to write an obit column about the oldest continuously operating track in America for RacinToday.com.

By Dave Kallmann | Guest Columnist
RacinToday.com
Milwaukee, Wis. – You can’t feel sad for a racetrack.
It has no heart. It’s really nothing more than asphalt [...]

The Woods of Virginia – Part 2: DJ Gets 1st Win
Friday, 18 Dec, 2009 – 7:29 | One Comment
The Woods of Virginia – Part 2: DJ Gets 1st Win

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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The Wood Brothers Racing Team has been one of the backbones of NASCAR since the sport was founded. The Woods, from Stuart, Va., have been racing continuously in the division now known as Sprint Cup since 1953 and have 96 wins to their credit.
In a RacinToday exclusive series, Eddie Wood, [...]

Hood: Take My Crew Chief…Please
Thursday, 17 Dec, 2009 – 9:17 | One Comment
Hood: Take My Crew Chief…Please

On a typical weekend, race fans are bombarded with information on NASCAR and its competitors.
Information flows to the public from television, radio, newspapers and websites such as www.racintoday.com.
On most Fridays, NASCAR will allocate time for top drivers to chat with the media. Later in the weekend, the top three drivers in qualifying and the race are required [...]

Jimmie Johnson Earns Third DOTY Award
Wednesday, 16 Dec, 2009 – 17:09 | One Comment
Jimmie Johnson Earns Third DOTY Award

By Lewis Franck
Driver of The Year Panelist
Jimmie Johnson made more history Wednesday when he was named Driver of The Year Award for the third time in his career.
Johnson, who won his fourth-straight Sprint Cup championship in 2009, joins Mario Andretti, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon as three-time winners of the prestigious DOTY award.
Johnson also won [...]

Woody: Drivers Should Learn From Tiger Tale
Wednesday, 16 Dec, 2009 – 16:00 | 10 Comments
Woody: Drivers Should Learn From Tiger Tale

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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It’s always amusing to hear celebrities who earn millions by being famous complain when their fame becomes bothersome and inconvenient.
Tiger Woods, caught with his paw in the cookie jar, is arguably the country’s most recognized sports figure, yet he seems to think that for some reason he’s entitled to absolute privacy [...]

Memo: Milkamania On Its Way?
Wednesday, 16 Dec, 2009 – 10:18 | 12 Comments
Memo: Milkamania On Its Way?

Let’s see what’s in today’s Morning Memo:
Is it possible that Danica Patrick could be just the second-highest-finishing female driver in the 2011 Daytona 500? Yes, I do believe it is. Not probable, but definitely possible.
Word came out last week that Milka Duno has signed to drive an ARCA car for established Nationwide Series team-owner, [...]

Woody: Commentators Must Be Able To Comment
Tuesday, 15 Dec, 2009 – 8:12 | 9 Comments
Woody: Commentators Must Be Able To Comment

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I once wrote a story in which a prominent NASCAR TV commentator was critical of his network – specifically of some racy ads that it ran during race telecasts.
I called a network executive to get his response to the criticism. Shortly afterwards the commentator called me back and pleaded: please [...]

Harris: Success Is In The Details
Tuesday, 15 Dec, 2009 – 7:51 | One Comment
Harris: Success Is In The Details

One big reason for the long-term success of Hendrick Motorsports is the attention that team owner Rick Hendrick pays to detail.
He’s got more than 500 people working for his elite team, and many of them are among the best at what they do. That’s how his team has matched Petty Enterprises with nine championships in [...]