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Ragan Goes Rooting Around At Atlanta Motor Speedway
Friday, 17 Jul, 2009 – 17:40 | Comments Off
Ragan Goes Rooting Around At Atlanta Motor Speedway

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Atlanta, Ga. – NASCAR driver David Ragan went back to his roots Thursday night – racing Legends cars on the quarter-mile track at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the same piece of asphalt where he drove his very first race at age 12.
He went not as a visiting Cup start but as [...]

Minter: Has Re-Start Rule Ushered In Era Of Anarchy?
Thursday, 16 Jul, 2009 – 17:06 | One Comment
Minter: Has Re-Start Rule Ushered In Era Of Anarchy?

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Midweek observations:
* NASCAR’s double-file restart rules have added drama – and crashes – to races, and most fans and drivers are supportive of the new rules so far.
But there’s still no solution to the lack of action at the front of the pack once the field sets sail after a [...]

Woody: Something Is Wrong With This Picture
Thursday, 16 Jul, 2009 – 17:00 | 19 Comments
Woody: Something Is Wrong With This Picture

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
That hammering we heard earlier this week was said to be the final nails in Jeremy Mayfield’s coffin.
Well, maybe.
Even though NASCAR has produced another alleged positive drug test, along with an eye-witness who has sworn to Mayfield’s past drug use, I’ve still got some nagging questions.
For starters, how plausible is this [...]

Woody: Marty Robbins Loved Racing As Much As Singing
Wednesday, 15 Jul, 2009 – 19:50 | 4 Comments
Woody: Marty Robbins Loved Racing As Much As Singing

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville, Tenn. – Marty Robbins used to race at the Fairgrounds, then rush downtown to the Ryman in time to take the stage – sometimes still bearing the sweat and grime of the track – for the final set on the Grand Ole Opry.
“The only thing my dad loved more [...]

NASCAR Says Stepmother Saw Mayfield Use Meth
Wednesday, 15 Jul, 2009 – 19:45 | 3 Comments
NASCAR Says Stepmother Saw Mayfield Use Meth

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR on Wednesday filed documents asking that the U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte, vacate the recent ruling by Judge Graham C. Mullen which had lifted the suspension of driver/owner Jeremy Mayfield for violating the organization’s substance abuse policy.
The filing came after Mayfield allegedly tested positive [...]

Hamlin Playing Lead Role With Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kiddy Corps
Wednesday, 15 Jul, 2009 – 7:52 | One Comment
Hamlin Playing Lead Role With Joe Gibbs Racing’s  Kiddy Corps

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Atlanta – Denny Hamlin’s expression could best be described as a cold stare as he walked into the media room at Atlanta Motor Speedway Tuesday during a break in a Goodyear tire test.
But initial looks were deceiving. When it came time to meet with the media, Hamlin smiled broadly and [...]

NASCAR Penalizes Truex Team
Tuesday, 14 Jul, 2009 – 15:30 | One Comment
NASCAR Penalizes Truex Team

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NASCAR announced today that Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, crew chief Kevin Manion and car owner Teresa Earnhardt have been fined for rule violations during last weekend’s event at Chicagoland Speedway.
Truex was penalized 25 points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings. Manion was [...]

On Anniversary, Montoya Looks Forward
Monday, 13 Jul, 2009 – 11:58 | 3 Comments
On Anniversary, Montoya Looks Forward

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Joliet, Ill. – With throwing rumors against the wall to see what will stick being standard operating procedure in journalism’s brave new world, there are very few surprises on the sports-writing beat.
But three years ago at Chicagoland Speedway, there was a beauty of a surprise in store for those covering [...]

Minter: Racing Deaths Leave Lasting Void
Monday, 13 Jul, 2009 – 11:55 | 5 Comments
Minter: Racing Deaths Leave Lasting Void

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s tragedies have a way of making one wonder how things would be had they not happened. They remind racing folks of the words of the old George Jones song  “Who’s gonna fill their shoes.”
Those thoughts come to mind today, the 16th anniversary of Davey Allison’s death due to a [...]

Double Is Trouble For Some Sprint Cup Competitors
Sunday, 12 Jul, 2009 – 20:59 | 3 Comments
Double Is Trouble For Some Sprint Cup Competitors

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some of the sheen is coming off the new, highly touted, previously praised double-file restart thing and not just because of the of television “talent’s” narcissistic, ad nauseum  “shoooootout staaaal” blitherings.
Drivers, too, seem to be jumping up and down on the use of restarts, where the cars at the front [...]