Thu, 30/10/14 – 8:12 | One Comment

A couple years back, colleague Rick Minter was talking about stock-car racing then vs. stock-car racing now. The topic morphed to drivers. Minter happily described how he and his father used to run into them down at the Waffle House near their home in Georgia.
That’s right kids, NASCAR drivers used to eat at Waffle [...]

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Top Fueler Millican On Target To Win First Pole
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Veteran Top Fuel driver Clay Millican raced to the provisional qualifying lead Friday during the 44th annual Toyota NHRA Summernationals at historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Englishtown, [...]

Sat, 06/1/13 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Franchitti On Pole At Belle Isle
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Dario Franchitti earned his 31st Indy car pole, setting the pace in the Firestone Fast Six qualifying for the first race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans on June 1.
Franchitti, driving the No. 10 Suave car for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, recorded a best lap of 1 minute, 19.3311 seconds [...]

Fri, 05/31/13 – 18:12 | Comments Off
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Jordan Taylor already has enjoyed his share of success at Detroit Belle Isle, taking the Rolex Series GT class victory in last year’s inaugural Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200.
Taylor is looking to carry that success to the Daytona Prototype ranks for Saturday’s race. He captured the pole on Friday, running a lap of 1:27.675 (96.903 mph) in [...]

Fri, 05/31/13 – 18:08 | Comments Off
Hamlin Wins Dover Pole
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Denny Hamlin won his second-straight Sprint Cup pole Friday when he was fastest qualifier at Dover International Speedway. His qualifying time was 22.788 seconds at 157.978 mph.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver won the pole a week ago for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
When Hamlin climbed from his car after the run, he indicated [...]

Fri, 05/31/13 – 15:29 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch Displays New Furniture In Dover
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
DOVER, Del. – Kurt Busch couldn’t resist.
When the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion met the media Friday morning at Dover International Speedway, he did so while standing in front of a podium underneath the lift gate of his team hauler.
After a reporter complimented Busch on the new and innovative layout, [...]

Fri, 05/31/13 – 14:04 | Comments Off
Hildebrand Crashes Out Of His IndyCar Ride
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

J.R. Hildebrand crashed-out of the 2011 Indianapolis 500 as a rising IZOD IndyCar Series star. On Thursday, his latest Turn 4 wall-banger at Indianapolis Motor Speedway cost Hildebrand his job.
Panther Racing and Hildebrand announced “a mutual agreement” to immediately terminate the Californian’s contract, which was scheduled to continue through the end of the 2013 season. [...]

Fri, 05/31/13 – 10:03 | Comments Off
‘Next Year’ May Never Come For Some Pioneers
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As NASCAR Hall of Fame voting cranked on last Wednesday, there was one phrase that got increasing use. Perhaps disturbingly so.
That phrase was (paraphrased): If “X” doesn’t get elected into the Hall this year it’s no big deal because he’ll surely get in in the future.
Really? Will he?
As [...]

Wed, 05/29/13 – 8:42 | 3 Comments
Rosberg Not Thinking Of Dad As He Crossed Line In Monaco
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

His first Monaco Grand Prix victory left Nico Rosberg visibly over-the-top but historically underwhelmed, 30 years after his father won Formula One’s crown jewel event.
Nico started on-pole, stayed ahead of multiple collisions around the tight, 2-mile street-course and led all 78 laps en route to his first victory of the season and first for Mercedes [...]

Wed, 05/29/13 – 7:18 | Comments Off
500-Winner Kanaan Cashes In, Ponders Future
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Tony Kanaan ended 11 years of frustration – and silenced perhaps his most personal critic – with his record-setting victory in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan earned $2,353,355 from an overall purse of $12,020,065, a windfall for the popular Brazilian, team co-owner Jimmy Vasser and KV Racing Technology.
“I’m [...]

Tue, 05/28/13 – 7:21 | Comments Off
Harvick Pits His Way To Victory Lane In Charlotte
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – With 14 laps remaining in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick pitted for two fresh tires and returned to the 1.5-mile track with only one thought – “Don’t screw up.”
“I knew they put me in the best position to win the race,” said [...]

Mon, 05/27/13 – 6:17 | Comments Off