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Heat May Not Be Biggest Problem At Talladega
Sunday, 6 May, 2012 – 9:28 | Comments Off
Heat May Not Be Biggest Problem At Talladega

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. – A few random thoughts on race morning at Talladega…
After all the talk about the effects the heat will have on engines during the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, the big weather news on Sunday morning is of another variety. A few rumbles of thunder and a steady [...]

Is This The Day And Place For Junior Achievement?
Sunday, 6 May, 2012 – 8:37 | Comments Off
Is This The Day And Place For Junior Achievement?

Be it because of circumstances, or gut feelings or the cosmic vibes created by the “super moon”, there is a feeling going around that this could be the day that Dale Earnhardt  Jr. busts out of his long, long victory drought.
It’s a drought that has been going on now for almost four years. It’s a [...]

Gordon Busts Year-Long Pole Drought At Talladega
Saturday, 5 May, 2012 – 13:27 | Comments Off
Gordon Busts Year-Long Pole Drought At Talladega

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Jeff Gordon won his first Sprint Cup Series pole of the season Saturday. The Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driver won that pole for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway with a lap at 191.623 mph.
The pole was Gordon’s first since the spring race at Talladega last year. It was the 71st pole of his career.
“This is [...]

Alabama Heat Is Causing A Rash Of Concerns
Saturday, 5 May, 2012 – 9:03 | Comments Off
Alabama Heat Is Causing A Rash Of Concerns

The heat is on and that likely means tandems are off for the Sprint Cup cars at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.
Or, perhaps not.
Summer does not officially begin for another month. But with high temperatures approaching 90 degrees in north central Alabama this weekend, NASCAR drivers and teams are having to deal with the effects of [...]

Not All Say This Is Earnhardt Jr.’s Weekend To Win
Friday, 4 May, 2012 – 14:19 | Comments Off
Not All Say This Is Earnhardt Jr.’s Weekend To Win

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Conventional wisdom would indicate Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is the perfect weekend for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to snap a 138-race winless streak.
But his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson, takes a different stance on the driver who has scored five of his 18 career wins at the 2.66-mile trioval.
“I think (Earnhardt’s) [...]

Bernstein, Childress, Force: International Heroes
Friday, 4 May, 2012 – 7:50 | 3 Comments
Bernstein, Childress, Force: International Heroes

NHRA legends Kenny Bernstein and John Force and NASCAR team-owner Richard Childress were dressed to impress for their inductions into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Thursday evening at the Speed Channel Dome adjacent to Talladega Superspeedway.
And for Childress, the black-tie ceremony was a lifetime removed from his first wide-eyed tour of the
sprawling Alabama facility.
“In [...]

Busch Brothers Do The Unthinkable At Richmond
Wednesday, 2 May, 2012 – 7:08 | One Comment
Busch Brothers Do The Unthinkable At Richmond

A wild finish, the right words, some genuine emotions and just like that the Busch brothers were not only removed from racedom’s most-hated list, but actually placed on the wonderfully sympathetic list. How long they stay on the WSL is, of course, another question.
Because while Americans can get quite sappy over things like puppies, babies with [...]

MINTER: Variety Of Factors To Blame For Nerf Racing In Cup
Tuesday, 1 May, 2012 – 7:10 | 3 Comments
MINTER: Variety Of Factors To Blame For Nerf Racing In Cup

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The long stretch of wreck-less racing in the Sprint Cup Series has become the subject of conversation around water coolers, across fenders and on the Internet.
To cut to the Chase, so to speak, about reasons for lap after lap of relatively uneventful racing and a dearth of drama it helps [...]

British ‘Reserve’ To Meet NASCAR Car Culture
Monday, 30 Apr, 2012 – 10:41 | Comments Off
British ‘Reserve’ To Meet NASCAR Car Culture

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The television show “Top Gear” is crude, condescending, intellectually dishonest, contradictory, pretentious and self-important. Its three hosts are churlish, arrogant and bellicose. “Top Gear” is also – in spite of, and, undoubtedly because of all of the above – extremely entertaining.
In fact, it may be the best show on television [...]

RPM’s Almirola Has New Crew Chief
Monday, 30 Apr, 2012 – 9:28 | Comments Off
RPM’s Almirola Has New Crew Chief

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Richard Petty Motorsports announced Monday that it changing crew chiefs on the No. 43 car. Mike Ford will replace Greg Erwin as the crew chief for driver Aric Almirola.
Ford led Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team to six straight post-season appearances in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ford will join the team immediately [...]