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The Best Place To Attend A Race This Week Is…
Monday, 9 Apr, 2012 – 12:08 | 2 Comments
The Best Place To Attend A Race This Week Is…

The week-long racing drought is about to succumb to a deluge of high profile events.  Fenders, no fenders, lots of turns, no turns. Almost everybody who races for a big paycheck is in action this coning weekend and that’s terrific.
Assuming our current understanding of physics is correct in that nobody can be in two places [...]

Off Weekend Means Too Much Time To Think
Sunday, 8 Apr, 2012 – 11:41 | Comments Off
Off Weekend Means Too Much Time To Think

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Notes for a weekend without racing:
It’s true: Ryan Newman got the victory in last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville only because a wreck during the green/white/checkered restart took out the three drivers who most “deserved” to win.
But to define the Martinsville race – and Newman’s team – with such [...]

New Michigan Surface To Produce New Problems?
Wednesday, 4 Apr, 2012 – 17:34 | Comments Off
New Michigan Surface To Produce New Problems?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Stepping into NASCAR’s repavement-controversy spotlight this week is Michigan International Speedway. The track, which just got a fresh coating of asphalt, enters the spotlight thanks to comments Matt Kenseth issued after testing Wednesday.
Kenseth got out of his car and said he had just gone more than 215 mph in the [...]

NASCAR Fashion Becoming Less Fashionable
Wednesday, 4 Apr, 2012 – 7:50 | 2 Comments
NASCAR Fashion Becoming Less Fashionable

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Normally when covering a race I arrive at the track at least four hours before it starts in order to get pre-race work completed and avoid the traffic. However, I faced a different scenario the morning of Martinsville’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 and that left me sitting in traffic for about 45 [...]

Martinsville Winners Pay Tribute To An ‘Inspiration’
Monday, 2 Apr, 2012 – 8:30 | 2 Comments
Martinsville Winners Pay Tribute To An ‘Inspiration’

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Crew chief Tony Gibson rarely shows his emotions at the race track, but when he and driver Ryan Newman earned their first victory this season in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway the Florida native admitted it was special due to the date – April 1.
It was the date that [...]

Odd Finish Denies Hendrick 200th Victory
Sunday, 1 Apr, 2012 – 19:44 | Comments Off
Odd Finish Denies Hendrick 200th Victory

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With five laps remaining in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500, it appeared Rick Hendrick would finally claim his 200th NASCAR Cup victory as two of his drivers were battling for the lead and he had another sitting third.
No one, however, envisioned David Reutimann as the spoiler.
With only [...]

Newman Emerges From Wild Finish To Win M’ville
Sunday, 1 Apr, 2012 – 15:55 | Comments Off
Newman Emerges From Wild Finish To Win M’ville

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Ryan Newman inherited the lead after a wreck during a green/white/checkered restart collected the race leaders, held the lead during a second overtime restart and went on to win Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The victory was the first of the year for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver – who overcame a speeding [...]

Today’s Menu: Cheap Hot Dogs and Black Donuts
Sunday, 1 Apr, 2012 – 8:57 | Comments Off
Today’s Menu: Cheap Hot Dogs and Black Donuts

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Nobody has ever accused Martinsville Speedway of being a cookie-cutter track. On the contrary, it’s a Ripley’s museum piece.
It’s the shortest track on the schedule – .526 miles. It’s the oldest track on the schedule – first race was in 1949. It’s one of the most bizarrely shaped oval on [...]

Kahne Drives To Pole at Martinsville.
Saturday, 31 Mar, 2012 – 12:51 | Comments Off
Kahne Drives To Pole at Martinsville.

Kasey Kahne of Hendrick Motorsports won the pole Saturday for Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
Kahne had a fast lap of 97.128 mph in a Chevrolet Impala.
The pole was the second of the season for Kahne and his first at the Martinsville short track.
“It was a really solid lap,” [...]

It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions
Saturday, 31 Mar, 2012 – 10:14 | One Comment
It’s Never Too Early To Have Half-Baked Opinions

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The five-week mark is kind of, sort of a significant point in the Sprint Cup season. It is the cutoff point for those using the previous year’s owner points to get free entry into race fields. And it does mark a point where the teams have competed on every kind [...]