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Race Day: The Chase To Stop Jimmie Begins Early
Sunday, 7 Mar, 2010 – 8:47 | Comments Off on Race Day: The Chase To Stop Jimmie Begins Early
Race Day: The Chase To Stop Jimmie Begins Early

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It’s begun early this spring. Not the sprouting of flowers or the rising of gas prices. Rather, something more gloomy and depressing if you happen to be a NASCAR driver with hopes of winning the Sprint Cup championship.
This spring, Jimmie Johnson has heated up before the daytime temperatures in Georgia. […]

Earnhardt Earns AMS Pole
Friday, 5 Mar, 2010 – 19:32 | Comments Off on Earnhardt Earns AMS Pole
Earnhardt Earns AMS Pole

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – As temperatures dropped in the fading evening light at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, pole winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was cool with his lap when he climbed out after qualifying. He was neither ecstatic nor nonchalant, instead acting more like a driver who’s been to the top of […]

Full-Time Gig Has Smith Comfy In Furniture Car
Friday, 5 Mar, 2010 – 17:09 | Comments Off on Full-Time Gig Has Smith Comfy In Furniture Car
Full-Time Gig Has Smith Comfy In Furniture Car

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – For most of his Sprint Cup career, Regan Smith has been known for almost winning the October, 2008, Sprint Cup race at Talladega. Some will still argue that he did win since he crossed the finish line first only to be penalized for going below the yellow […]

Minter: AMS Owes Debt Of Thanks To Alf Knight
Friday, 5 Mar, 2010 – 12:58 | One Comment
Minter: AMS Owes Debt Of Thanks To Alf Knight

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – Ed Clark is the resident Big Man at Atlanta Motor Speedway, both literally and figuratively.
But to old-timers around the Hampton speed plant, the original Big Man at the Atlanta track was Alf Knight.
Knight was a tough, no-nonsense man who gave more to the Atlanta track than he […]

Sturbin: Hunter Back On The Beat
Friday, 5 Mar, 2010 – 7:32 | One Comment
Sturbin: Hunter Back On The Beat

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – He wasn’t listed among the special guest speakers taking the ballroom stage during Texas Motor Speedway’s annual Media Day, the sort of corporate function Jim Hunter has fronted seemingly forever.
Hunter’s official NASCAR title is vice president of corporate communications, an all-encompassing job description that for media […]

Cup Notes: Better Racing Ahead
Thursday, 4 Mar, 2010 – 16:48 | One Comment
Cup Notes: Better Racing Ahead

Ryan Newman, the race driver with the engineering degree, said that going back to the rear spoiler instead of a wing will facilitate side drafting, and that will lead to much better racing on the bigger, faster tracks.
“This is speculation from my standpoint (but) the way the spoiler is designed, there’s going to be a […]

Minter: Gordon-Johnson Competition Still Friendly?
Thursday, 4 Mar, 2010 – 11:35 | 2 Comments
Minter: Gordon-Johnson Competition Still Friendly?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For those who cling to the hope that racing remain a pure form of competition, it’s been disheartening to see the sport of NASCAR racing evolve to a point where three- and four-car teams with alliances with other multi-car operations have become the norm.
Drivers talk about sharing data that once […]

Woody: Jimmie Stinking Up The Show
Thursday, 4 Mar, 2010 – 8:02 | 9 Comments
Woody: Jimmie Stinking Up The Show

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Back in the late 1960’s a brash, talent-oozing young leadfoot from Ownesboro, Ky., swaggered into Nashville and proceeded to turn Nashville Speedway’s Victory Circle into his own private parking space.
His name was Darrell Waltrip and he drove as fast as he talked. He was darn near unbeatable.
Darrell wasn’t just winning […]

Memo: World Class Hypocrisy
Wednesday, 3 Mar, 2010 – 11:23 | 2 Comments
Memo: World Class Hypocrisy

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the morning memo today:
I see where the Olympics took a huge bite out of the Nielsen ratings for last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The big hockey game was held in Canada that day, I believe.
I say that I believe […]

Minter: Winner’s Circle Sells More Than Hot Dogs
Wednesday, 3 Mar, 2010 – 7:46 | One Comment
Minter: Winner’s Circle Sells More Than Hot Dogs

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In a time when quality access to Sprint Cup drivers continues to dwindle, one of the few remaining options for reporters has come under criticism from none other that the defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson said last week at Las Vegas last week that he doesn’t believe NASCAR’s Winner’s […]