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Time Machine: Switching Brands Is Old Hat
Friday, 23 Oct, 2009 – 13:19 | 3 Comments
Time Machine: Switching Brands Is Old Hat

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If Richard Petty Motorsports adds a Ford to its line-up later this year, it will not be the first time a front-line team has raced both the Ford and Chrysler brands in the same season.
Domineering, rich and uncompromising, when Carl Kiekhaefer headed south from Wisconsin to race in NASCAR’s Grand National [...]

New Ford Engine To Debut At Talladega
Friday, 23 Oct, 2009 – 8:04 | Comments Off
New Ford Engine To Debut At Talladega

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Ford Racing announced Friday that its new “FR9” engine will make its debut during the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway next weekend.
The new engine will be in the Roush Fenway Racing cars of Matt Kenseth and David Ragan.
Roush Fenway’s Chase drivers, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, will use their current Ford engines at Talladega.
While [...]

Minter: Jimmie Johnson Is As Sly As A Fox
Thursday, 22 Oct, 2009 – 7:36 | One Comment
Minter: Jimmie Johnson Is As Sly As A Fox

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Some Thursday observations:
Of all the terms being tossed around regarding Jimmie Johnson’s surge toward what’s looking like a record fourth straight Sprint Cup title, “irony” is one of the first words that comes to mind.
In the same autumn that David Pearson was snubbed in the voting for the inaugural class [...]

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. [...]

Memo: Only Thing Petty At HOF Will Be Richard
Wednesday, 21 Oct, 2009 – 9:38 | 2 Comments
Memo: Only Thing Petty At HOF Will Be Richard

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Sitting in that convention center meeting room for last week’s NASCAR Hall of Fame voting was an experience which will never be forgotten. A lot of things went through the mind as I sat down, opened my notebook, picked up my [...]

Woody: Skimpy First Class Hurts The New Hall
Tuesday, 20 Oct, 2009 – 8:23 | 8 Comments
Woody: Skimpy First Class Hurts The New Hall

If it was chatter that the NASCAR Hall of Fame folks wanted, it was chatter they got.
And – just as I predicted – much of it’s not good.
By limiting the first HOF class to five inductees – FIVE, to represent 62 years of racing! – they created a lot of bruised feelings and peeved fans.
It [...]

Woody: The Great Chase Seems To Be Fading Fast
Monday, 19 Oct, 2009 – 14:54 | 5 Comments
Woody: The Great Chase Seems To Be Fading Fast

Going into this 6th edition of NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, I thought the 12-pack of drivers represented the strongest field ever.
I thought the stage was set for the most wham-bam title fight in NASCAR history.
I thought we’d see goose-bump battles and constant shuffling of the standings.
Looks like I thought wrong.
We’re five races into the [...]

Ingram: France Jr. Should Have Been Held Back
Monday, 19 Oct, 2009 – 6:48 | 5 Comments
Ingram: France Jr. Should Have Been Held Back

Welcome to the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
After his victory in Charlotte on Saturday night, Jimmie Johnson appears to be on his way to a fourth straight Sprint Cup championship. But will he be able to get into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility when that day arrives?
This sort of calculation, [...]

Montoya Takes Shot, Gives Shot
Sunday, 18 Oct, 2009 – 0:15 | 3 Comments
Montoya Takes Shot, Gives Shot

Juan Pablo Montoya has been called a lot of things during his driving career. Shy? Not one of those things he’s been called. And certainly not a thing he will be called following Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
After having major blows struck to his car and his hopes for a Cup [...]

Johnson Makes It Two Straight Wins, Takes Aim At Fourth Title
Sunday, 18 Oct, 2009 – 0:10 | Comments Off
Johnson Makes It Two Straight Wins, Takes Aim At Fourth Title

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – For Jimmie Johnson, it was the perfect race weekend. For the rest of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup competitors, it was a recurring nightmare.
Johnson took another big step toward a record fourth consecutive Cup championship with a solid victory Saturday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway as the 10-race Chase [...]