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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Regan Smith Goes To Victory Lane At Talladega
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Regan Smith took the lead on the final 400 yards of a green/white/checkered-flag finish and won Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway as a last-lap multicar wreck erupted behind him.
Smith was the leader at the previous scoring loop when NASCAR called the seventh and final caution an instant before the cars [...]

Sat, 05/4/13 – 20:08 | Comments Off
Rain Postpones Southern Nationals
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Rain at Atlanta Dragway and a forecast for more heavy rain throughout the remainder of the weekend forced NHRA officials to postpone the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals until next weekend, May 10 – 11.
Two sessions of qualifying for the seventh of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will take [...]

Sat, 05/4/13 – 17:49 | Comments Off
Andretti Cars On Front Row In Brazil
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Ryan Hunter-Reay earned his second pole of 2013 by setting a track-record lap of 1 minute, 20.4312 seconds in the Firestone Fast Six for the fourth Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle.
“I gave it everything I had and it’s great to get the DHL Chevrolet up front again and on pole,” said Hunter-Reay, [...]

Sat, 05/4/13 – 17:41 | Comments Off
Mike Edwards Is Stocking Up On Hardware In 2013
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

Persistent rain showers and falling temperatures prompted NHRA officials to cancel qualifying Friday for the 33rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Eight Pro Stock cars posted elapsed times in Commerce, Ga., before rain returned to the track located northeast of Atlanta. Rickie Jones and his 2013 Chevy Camaro led those making [...]

Sat, 05/4/13 – 7:28 | Comments Off
Kurt Busch To Test Indy Car
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Kurt Busch will test a Chevrolet-powered Andretti Autosport Indy car Thursday morning, May 9, just two days before IMS officially opens for practice for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Andretti Autosport team owner and IMS legend Michael Andretti will be on hand to provide driver coaching and assist in getting Busch up to speed [...]

Fri, 05/3/13 – 17:32 | Comments Off
Pastrana Takes Big Step Up In Quest For Respect
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Novelty-item drivers have come and gone in NASCAR over the years. Many of those who follow the sport may have thought that X-Games star Travis Pastrana would be just another one of those when he announced his intentions to cross over to NASCAR a couple years back.
On Friday afternoon at [...]

Fri, 05/3/13 – 15:41 | Comments Off
Hamlin Cleared To Drive
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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin has received medical clearance to return to on-track activity beginning with this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota.
Hamlin was injured during an accident at Auto Club Speedway and has missed the past four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races while recovering.
Exact [...]

Thu, 05/2/13 – 19:40 | Comments Off
It’s Been A Go-Figure 2013 Sprint Cup Season
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The 2013 NASCAR season has been one of surprises. Not huge surprises like getting a pony on your birthday when you figured you were getting socks and underwear again. But mild and very interesting surprises emanating from driver performances and race-day culture.
The eve of the Sprint Cup Series’ 10th race [...]

Thu, 05/2/13 – 10:22 | Comments Off
Money Woes To Force Panther DRR To Cut IndyCar Season Short
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

One of open-wheel racing’s longest-tenured organizations is planning to hit the pause button because of economics.
Panther DRR – formerly Dreyer & Reinbold Racing – announced Wednesday it will scale back its participation in the IZOD IndyCar Series following the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.
Panther DRR announced it is committed to competing [...]

Thu, 05/2/13 – 7:45 | Comments Off
Panel Nixes Penske Appeal
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The National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel on Wednesday upheld all penalties which NASCAR levied against Penske Racing.
The Panel heard almost six hours of testimony at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, N.C.
Penske said plans to appeal today’s decision to John Middlebrook, the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.
The penalties concern Sections 12-1: Actions [...]

Wed, 05/1/13 – 16:27 | Comments Off