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Race Day: Restarts Could Finish Race Leaders
Sunday, 25 Oct, 2009 – 7:50 | Comments Off
Race Day: Restarts Could Finish Race Leaders

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
U-turns are what Carl Edwards called those two things which connect the two co-joined dragstrips known as Martinsville Speedway. Not corners, as they do in the NASCAR media guide. But U-turns.
NASCAR drivers have been plunging into those things, whatever you want to call them, since 1949 after restarts. But today, [...]

Woody: Are Non-Chasers Non-Racers?
Saturday, 24 Oct, 2009 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Woody: Are Non-Chasers Non-Racers?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Critics of the Chase for the Championship claim that drivers who don’t make the 12-man playoff become ride-around clock-watchers with no incentive in the final 10 races.
Oh really?
How about pride?
How about a little self-respect?
How about showing some grit and professionalism?
How about trying to get your sponsor some publicity the old-fashioned way [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]