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Woody: Bud Moore Was The Genuine American Hero
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 11:16 | One Comment
Woody: Bud Moore Was The Genuine American Hero

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
Tom Wolfe once penned a famous Esquire article about moonshiner/racer Junior Johnson titled “The Last American Hero.”
Nothing against Junior, understand – I’ve always admired his gritty individualism – but I think the sobriquet might better be applied to one of Johnson’s fellow NASCAR competitors, Bud Moore.
Moore, crusty, craggy-faced and cantankerous [...]

Minter: They’re Going 200 mph Again At Talladega
Wednesday, 29 Apr, 2009 – 15:33 | 8 Comments
Minter: They’re Going 200 mph Again At Talladega

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In his final column, David Poole called for changes to the race track at Talladega Superspeedway to prevent a disaster from happening in light of the Carl Edwards crash at the end of Sunday’s Aaron’s 499.
 Poole pointed out that changes to the cars, restrictor plates, yellow line rules and other [...]

RacinToday’s Pedley To Vote On NASCAR Hall of Fame Panel
Wednesday, 29 Apr, 2009 – 12:42 | 2 Comments
RacinToday’s Pedley To Vote On NASCAR Hall of Fame Panel

Daytona Beach, Fla. – The letters have been mailed, with the invitations extended.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France has sent letters of invitation to 50 people – including RacinToday.com Managing Editor Jim Pedley – asking them to serve on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominating Committee and/or Voting Panel.
The hall’s inaugural class, consisting of five [...]

Gordon Earns First Quarter DOTY Award
Wednesday, 29 Apr, 2009 – 8:25 | Comments Off
Gordon Earns First Quarter DOTY Award

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Jeff Gordon’s fast start, and return to victory lane, turned the tide as he was voted first quarter Driver of the Year 2009.
Gordon, a four-time NASCAR champion and the only four-time winner of the Driver of the Year Award, led the Sprint Cup standings as of the date of this year’s first ballot.
Although he won [...]

NASCAR Newscast: Crown Royal Presents 400 Preview
Tuesday, 28 Apr, 2009 – 21:30 | Comments Off
NASCAR Newscast: Crown Royal Presents 400 Preview

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth say Richmond International Raceway is a favorite for fans and drivers alike. Plus, find out which former Richmond winner tops …

Woody: On Sunday, The Beast Struck Again
Tuesday, 28 Apr, 2009 – 18:10 | 3 Comments
Woody: On Sunday, The Beast Struck Again

 
By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega Superspeedway, with its skyscraper banking, oxygen-sucking speeds and 200-mph traffic jams, has always been a beast of a different breed.
It’s the one track that keeps drivers awake the night before a race.
At 2.66 miles Talladega the biggest, baddest slab of asphalt in NASCAR. Predictably, after last Sunday’s wild crash-o-rama, [...]

Woody: David Poole Was Good Man, Journalist
Tuesday, 28 Apr, 2009 – 18:08 | Comments Off
Woody: David Poole Was Good Man, Journalist

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I was sitting at my desk working on a racing story awhile ago when I got a call that David Poole had just suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 50 years old.
Ironically the story I was writing was in response to David’s column about Sunday’s crash-fest at Talladega. He [...]

Minter: Auto Racing Loses A Great One
Tuesday, 28 Apr, 2009 – 18:06 | One Comment
Minter: Auto Racing Loses A Great One

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
 For the past 10 years or so, anytime big news broke on the NASCAR scene, it wouldn’t be long before I got a phone call from David Poole. Sometimes I was already onto the story, sometimes not.
Poole knew how important is was for beat reporters to be on top of [...]

Journalist David Poole Dies At 50
Tuesday, 28 Apr, 2009 – 16:40 | 5 Comments
Journalist David Poole Dies At 50

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David Poole, whom is considered by his peers as the top motor sports writer in America, died Tuesday.
Poole, who worked for the Charlotte Observer, was 50.
Poole had just returned from last week’s race at Talladega, Ala. He was at his Stanfield home when the heart attack occurred. His daughter called 911. Emergency crews rushed him [...]

Sturbin: “Leisure” Not in Jerry Cook’s Vocabulary
Tuesday, 28 Apr, 2009 – 14:40 | Comments Off
Sturbin: “Leisure” Not in Jerry Cook’s Vocabulary

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Looking back at that slice of life in my hometown, it was a time of firsts.
First job. First apartment. First leisure suit.
Would you believe chocolate brown with printed shirt? Have mercy. We’re time-warping here from May 1973 to September 1978 and my tenure as sports writer/editor [...]