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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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Victory Reinvigorates Foyt Just In Time For Indy
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Open-wheel icon A.J. Foyt Jr. underwent successful back surgery Tuesday in an effort to rejoin new first-time IZOD IndyCar Series winner Takuma Sato and the No. 14 team for the only race that really matters to “Super Tex,” the Indianapolis 500.
While A.J. recuperates, Sato’s victory in Sunday’s 39th annual [...]

Wed, 04/24/13 – 11:05 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Grand-Am Takes To Road Atlanta
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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BRASELTON, Ga. – It’s been a while – and it seems like ages – since this writer walked the pit lane just prior to a Grand-Am race at Watkins Glen and couldn’t help but notice some crew members who were not bound for over the wall duty sitting in lawn [...]

Tue, 04/23/13 – 17:10 | Comments Off
Bad Brad Terrific At Keeping His Head On Race Day
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Penske Racing vice president Walt Czarnecki took a half-circle inspection tour around Brad Keselowski’s race car as it was about to be loaded into the team hauler following Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway. What was left of the car, any way.
Kind of apropos he [...]

Mon, 04/22/13 – 9:13 | Comments Off
Sato And Foyt Savor ‘Perfect Weekend’ In Long Beach
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Hours after scoring his first IZOD IndyCar Series win, Takuma Sato paused long enough to allow his rapid-fire Victory Lane celebration, photo shoot, press conference, one-on-one interviews and satellite media tour to sink in.
“Winning is very busy!” said Sato, summing-up a flawless performance for himself and A.J. Foyt Racing during Sunday’s 39th annual Toyota Grand [...]

Sun, 04/21/13 – 19:56 | Comments Off
DSR Rules At zMAX Dragway
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Spencer Massey successfully defended his Top Fuel title in Sunday’s Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, while Matt Hagan snapped a Funny Car winless streak of more than a year to give Don Schumacher Racing a sweep of the NHRA’s top two categories.
It was the [...]

Sun, 04/21/13 – 19:18 | Comments Off
Kenseth Goes Back To Back At Kansas Speedway
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Matt Kenseth made it two straight at Kansas Speedway as he took the lead coming out of the pits with 43 laps to go, held it the rest of the way and won the STP 400 Sprint Cup race on Sunday.
The victory for Kenseth, the Joe [...]

Sun, 04/21/13 – 15:19 | Comments Off
Franchitti To Have Head Start In Race No. 250
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Dario Franchitti will start his landmark 250th Indy-car race in style Sunday after claiming the Verizon P1 Award for the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
A four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion, Franchitti posted a quick lap of 1 minute, 07.2379-seconds at 105.369 mph during the waning seconds of [...]

Sun, 04/21/13 – 7:26 | Comments Off
Ganassi Duo Wins Road Atlanta
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas scored a dominant victory in the Visual Studio Ultimate Grand Prix of Atlanta, the first GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race at historic Road Atlanta.
Pruett recorded one of the first victories of his storied career at the circuit in 1986 – winning an IMSA Camel GTO race – in addition [...]

Sat, 04/20/13 – 20:01 | Comments Off
Rookie Funny Car Driver Stuns Field, Self at zMAX
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Always expect the unexpected in racing, especially when it comes to the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway where Funny Car rookie Chad Head earned his first-ever No. 1 qualifying position Saturday.
With an ET of 4.014 seconds – 315.19 mph – one could say Head even surprised himself.
“I’m just lucky [...]

Sat, 04/20/13 – 19:48 | Comments Off
Funny Car Body Hurtles Into Grandstands At Four-Wides
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Spectators seated in zMAX Dragway’s East Grandstand escaped serious injury Saturday when the carbon fiber body from Robert Hight’s Funny Car hit a portion of the seating area following an engine explosion during the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals final qualifying round.
NHRA officials said two people were [...]

Sat, 04/20/13 – 18:53 | Comments Off