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Williams: Memories Of Media Tour Then And Now
Sunday, 29 Jan, 2012 – 12:35 | Comments Off
Williams: Memories Of Media Tour Then And Now

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – In 1983, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s publicists created an interesting “experiment” known as the Media Tour. It was designed to provide preseason publicity for the track and NASCAR in a typically slow news month – January. That year the organizers struggled to fill one charter bus and it [...]

It Was A Week Of Loss For Racing
Sunday, 29 Jan, 2012 – 9:37 | Comments Off
It Was A Week Of Loss For Racing

It’s been a tough week for old motorsports writers. Not only did we lose two of our longtime colleagues, Harold Pearson and Benny Phillips, but now comes word of the passing of Joseph “Doc’’ Mattioli.
All three of these men played important roles in my auto racing education and all three became friends.
Harold Pearson was part of the “in crowd’’ [...]

France: No Big Changes For NASCAR in 2012
Thursday, 26 Jan, 2012 – 19:09 | One Comment
France: No Big Changes For NASCAR in 2012

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
NASCAR is so strong, and on such an upswing after the 2011 season, that no major changes will be implemented for the 2012 season.
That was the gist of NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France’s state of the union-like message during his annual address to the Sprint NASCAR Media Tour presented [...]

Pocono’s ‘Doc” Passes Away
Thursday, 26 Jan, 2012 – 14:20 | Comments Off
Pocono’s ‘Doc” Passes Away

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Dr. Joseph Mattioli, Pocono Raceway Founder and Chairman of the Board, passed away today at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center following a lengthy illness. He was 86.
“Doc” as he was known to friends and associates, was one of the most respected and admired men in automobile racing. He founded Pocono Raceway in the early 1960’s [...]

Elliott To Drive in Coke Zero 400
Thursday, 26 Jan, 2012 – 8:45 | Comments Off
Elliott To Drive in Coke Zero 400

Notes and quotes from the Sprint NASCAR Media Tour presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway:
CONCORD, N.C. – Bill Elliott will return to Sprint Cup driving duty in 2012 for, as it stands right now, just one race.
During the morning session of the annual Sprint NASCAR Media Tour presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday, it was announced [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Says He Likes Being On The Hook
Wednesday, 25 Jan, 2012 – 19:16 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr. Says He Likes Being On The Hook

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR champion team owner Rick Hendrick really didn’t know if pairing crew chief Steve Letarte with Dale Earnhardt Jr. last year would work, but it did and Wednesday the third-generation driver said he doesn’t want Letarte to change anything for the 2012 season.
“I told him during the [...]

NASCAR Ends Secret Fines
Wednesday, 25 Jan, 2012 – 18:26 | Comments Off
NASCAR Ends Secret Fines

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NASCAR issued a statement on Wednesday saying its officials would end the practice of issuing so-called secret fines.
Instead, the statement said, NASCAR will publicly disclose the fines it issues.
“NASCAR will no longer issue fines that are undisclosed,” NASCAR’s statement said. “We looked at this issue from every angle and gathered feedback from the industry.
“While there [...]

Tour Notes: Kentucky Says No Clogs; Kahne In Court
Wednesday, 25 Jan, 2012 – 13:24 | Comments Off
Tour Notes: Kentucky Says No Clogs; Kahne In Court

Notes and quotes from Day 3 Wednesday of the annual NASCAR Media Tour:
One of the biggest stories of the 2011 Spring Cup season will not be a big story in 2012, officials at Kentucky Speedway said.
During a morning stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, those officials promised that [...]

Ford Rolls Out Its 2013 “Driveway” Fusion
Tuesday, 24 Jan, 2012 – 19:05 | One Comment
Ford Rolls Out Its 2013 “Driveway” Fusion

News and notes from Tueday’s Day 2 of the Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Media Tour:
NASCAR officials and Ford officials took the opportunity of the annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour to roll out the new Ford Fusion which will compete in the Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2013.
And in introducing the car, all said they [...]

Tour Notes: No. 11 Team Plans Comeback
Monday, 23 Jan, 2012 – 20:46 | Comments Off
Tour Notes: No. 11 Team Plans Comeback

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Notes and quotes from Monday’s Day 1 of the NASCAR Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour:
2011 season was a step-back season for Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing. He and his team followed their strong run for the Chase championship the year before with a one-win season in which they made the playoffs but never really [...]