Thu, 18/09/14 – 8:01 | No Comment

Some week-old Chaseburgers:
Once upon a time, great moments in auto racing earned names. Spin and Win. Pass in the Grass.
On Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, there was a humdinger of a pass that deserves big love. Perhaps even a name.
It came with 16 laps to go in what had been a pretty dull race. Kevin [...]

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Bowyer Is Proud Owner Of New Ferrari Ride
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Some news and notes from sports car racing:
A year ago at about this time, Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer turned up his nose – almost literally – when asked if he had any interest in driving a Ferrari 458 Italia GT car for/with his then-new NASCAR team owner, Michael Waltrip.
“Nah,” the Kansas native said with [...]

Fri, 01/18/13 – 8:26 | Comments Off
Gen 6 Cars: Very Pretty, But Can They Race?
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The theme which emerged from last weekend’s three-day Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway was impossible to miss or misinterpret: The Gen 6 cars look great.
And in announcing that view loudly and constantly, NASCAR and its teams and its drivers and its manufacturers also were issuing a subtle [...]

Thu, 01/17/13 – 8:51 | One Comment
Forlorn Forecast for Nashville’s Field of Broken Dreams
Larry Woody | Senior Writer

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. – Dover Motorsports president and CEO Denis McGlynn says there is no change in the status of Nashville Superspeedway, which means the track is destined for another season of silence.
The track, located 35 miles from Nashville, stopped racing following the 2011 season. Attendance – never robust – had withered away for NASCAR’s Camping [...]

Wed, 01/16/13 – 14:31 | 4 Comments
Once Is Enough For IndyCar Team-Owner Andretti
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

When it comes to doubleheaders, Michael Andretti is no Ernie Banks.
Owner of the car driven by reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti acknowledged he has serious misgivings about the unique doubleheader weekend formats booked for three street circuits in 2013.
“It’s putting a big, big demand on the drivers, in my opinion, and the [...]

Wed, 01/16/13 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Southeastern Racing Scene Loses A Tough One
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

The Southeastern short track world lost one of its icons on Jan. 4 with the passing of Luther Carter.
Carter, who died at 75 after a battle with cancer, was an old-school racer who passed his love of the sport along to his son Mark Carter, who became a racer himself, as well as his grandson [...]

Tue, 01/15/13 – 8:14 | One Comment
Things Go Bump In The Afternoon At Daytona
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
News, notes and quotes from Friday’s second day of Preseason Thunder testing:
Sprint Cup drivers finally got around to serious drafting during Friday’s testing at Daytona International Speedway and the result was a multi-car wreck which took out several of the sport’s top drivers.
Among the drivers involved were Dale Earnhardt Jr., defending [...]

Fri, 01/11/13 – 18:55 | Comments Off
Brittany Force To Drive JFR Top Fuel Entry
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

Drag racing icon John Force has fired the sport’s first major shot of 2013, introducing daughter Brittany as driver of a new JFR-built Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster.
Brittany Force will contest the full NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule in a car prepared and maintained by crew chief Dean “Guido” Antonelli and assistant crew [...]

Fri, 01/11/13 – 16:10 | 3 Comments
Kanaan Says IndyCar Needs To Face Up
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Tony Kanaan says it has remained difficult for him to judge the protocol surrounding Randy Bernard’s dismissal as INDYCAR chief executive officer last fall. But Kanaan insists he knows what the open-wheel series lacks heading into testing next month for the 2013 season.
“We need a face,” said Kanaan, the 2004 [...]

Fri, 01/11/13 – 9:53 | Comments Off
Thunder Claps: Danica Plans And Driver Feuds
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
News, notes and quotes from Day 1 of the three-day Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway:
Danica Patrick kicked off her first season as a full-time Sprint Cup driver on Thursday. Between practice runs, she shed a bit of light on her racing life in 2013.
First, she said that [...]

Thu, 01/10/13 – 19:04 | 2 Comments
Q&A: Bad Brad Doesn’t Dodge Questions About Fords
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Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski was one of a handful of drivers who visited the media center at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, the first day of the three-day Preseason Thunder open test.
Keselowski, whose Penske Racing operation has moved from Dodges to Fords for the coming NASCAR season, talked about the past, present and [...]

Thu, 01/10/13 – 16:34 | Comments Off