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Q and A: Earnhardt Wants COT Changes
Sunday, 16 Aug, 2009 – 5:00 | Comments Off
Q and A: Earnhardt Wants COT Changes

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During a press conference at Michigan International Speedway over the weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took some questions about the Car of Tomorrow.
Here is a partial transcript of that press conference:
WHAT Were you getting at with recent comments about NASCAR engineers could do more to make these cars safe?
Earnhardt: “I just think, that everyone needs to…, [...]

Some Drivers Are Fuming Over Fuel Mileage Racing
Saturday, 15 Aug, 2009 – 19:16 | One Comment
Some Drivers Are Fuming Over Fuel Mileage Racing

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Brooklyn, Mich. – The pain was etched on Greg Biffle’s face Friday morning.
In June’s Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Biffle was a mere mile from victory in team owner Jack Roush’s back yard.
Instead, his No. 16 Ford transformed from an 800 horsepower stock car into a soapbox derby racer when [...]

Friday Notes: Vickers Vaults to Pole At Michigan
Friday, 14 Aug, 2009 – 17:12 | Comments Off
Friday Notes: Vickers Vaults to Pole At Michigan

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Brooklyn, Mich. – Brian Vickers put a small dent in Mark Martin’s storybook season Friday afternoon when he edged the 50-year-old veteran to win the pole for Sunday’s CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
It was Vickers’ sixth pole this year and eleventh of his career.
“I was just talking to Robin [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Says Turnaround Is Just Around the Corner
Friday, 14 Aug, 2009 – 13:21 | 17 Comments
Earnhardt Jr. Says Turnaround Is Just Around the Corner

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in Atlanta this week, promoting the upcoming Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It’s part of the obligations that fall on recent race winners in NASCAR. Each track gets a day’s time from recent winners to use to promote upcoming races. As bad as [...]

Wood Brothers Cautious Approach Paying Off
Thursday, 13 Aug, 2009 – 14:00 | 4 Comments
Wood Brothers Cautious Approach Paying Off

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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During the annual NASCAR media tour in Charlotte, N.C., last January, officials from the Wood Brothers Racing team and Ford Racing took to a dais and explained how they were returning to the past in order to improve the future.
Reaction from reporters gathered in the hotel ballroom varied.
Body language, in [...]

Sturbin: Innovative Gossage Is Getting Back To Work
Wednesday, 12 Aug, 2009 – 8:01 | One Comment
Sturbin: Innovative Gossage Is Getting Back To Work

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – Consider the IndyCar Series’ decision to return Texas Motor Speedway to its “traditional” spot as first race after the Indianapolis 500 in 2010 as an extra round of therapy for track president Eddie Gossage.
Widely acknowledged as the country’s premier motorsports promoter, Gossage continues to recover at [...]

NASCAR Newscast: Carfax 400 Preview
Wednesday, 12 Aug, 2009 – 7:00 | Comments Off
NASCAR Newscast: Carfax 400 Preview

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway, a driver’s race track according to points leader Tony Stewart. Clint Bowyer says there’s always strong racing at the facility. Plus, Driver Rating predicts Carl Edwards should defend last year’s win on the fifth anniversary of his first series start at the facility.

Humpy Wheeler Offers Up Some Cures
Tuesday, 11 Aug, 2009 – 16:50 | 4 Comments
Humpy Wheeler Offers Up Some Cures

By Bill Fleischman | Senior Correspondent
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H. A. “Humpy” Wheeler is as far from a gloom-and-doom guy as you can find in racing. Anyone who saw his innovative promotions during his 33 years as president and general manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway knows that Wheeler likes to have fun.
So when Wheeler sees attendance significantly off  for [...]

Where There’s Heat, There’s Smoke: Stewart Wins at The Glen
Tuesday, 11 Aug, 2009 – 8:03 | 2 Comments
Where There’s Heat, There’s Smoke: Stewart Wins at The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Watkins Glen, N.Y. – Tony Stewart’s grip on a third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship got a little tighter Monday afternoon at Watkins Glen International.
A day after rain washed-out the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Stewart turned the sticky summertime conditions in the Finger Lakes Region to [...]

Tuesday Memo: Somebody Find Skaife
Tuesday, 11 Aug, 2009 – 8:00 | 4 Comments
Tuesday Memo: Somebody Find Skaife

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s see what’s in today’s Tuesday Morning Memo:
* You think some NASCAR team owner out there ought to be scrambling right now to come up with the telephone number of Mark Skaife? Think that owner should have the check book out and the seat-fitting department on high alert?
Perhaps, because judging [...]