Thu, 30/10/14 – 8:12 | No 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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Hornish Rolls To Win In Vegas
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Sam Hornish Jr. won the Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.
The win was Hornish’s second in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series and his first since Nov. 12, 2011 at Phoenix. It was the first Las Vegas victory for Penske Racing in any NASCAR series and the first Nationwide triumph [...]

Sat, 03/9/13 – 21:15 | Comments Off
This Georgia Driver Didn’t Have To Fake Success
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

When the press releases and news reports about Tia Norfleet planning to be the first black female to race in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series came out, long-time followers of the Georgia short track scene likely thought: “Here we go again.”
Back around 2000, Norfleet’s father Bobby Norfleet showed up for Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway with similar [...]

Sat, 03/9/13 – 11:00 | 3 Comments
Free Speech Has A Long Tradition In NASCAR
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

Rick Minter | Senior Writer
In light of NASCAR’s $25,000 fine imposed on Denny Hamlin for his mild criticism of the Generation-6 race car and the kind of racing it produced at Phoenix last week, racing that saw Carl Edwards lead the final 78 laps without a serious challenge and others complaining about the difficulty of [...]

Fri, 03/8/13 – 9:15 | 3 Comments
There Was No MarioMania At Daytona In ‘67
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

Rick Minter | Senior Writer
In an era in which the entire sport of NASCAR seems to roll out the red carpet, so to speak, for cross-over open-wheel drivers like Danica Patrick and Juan Pablo Montoya, it’s hard to imagine that it wasn’t always that way.
Among the career accomplishments of the great Mario Andretti is a [...]

Tue, 03/5/13 – 12:56 | 3 Comments
Carl Edwards Gets His First Victory Since 2011
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Carl Edwards held off five-time champion Jimmie Johnson, defending champion Brad Keselowski and an emptying fuel cell to win Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
The victory broke a 70-race winless drought for the Roush Fenway Racing driver.
“One of the coolest wins of my life,” Edwards said in Victory Lane.
Edwards appeared headed to [...]

Sun, 03/3/13 – 18:24 | Comments Off
‘Red Dragon’ Slays Field In Austin
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Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney won the GRAND-AM of The Americas Presented by GAINSCO and TOTAL in their No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP in an unpredictable race on the 3.4-mile Circuit Of The Americas on Saturday.
The pole-winning car led the final seven laps – its only stint out front – as Fogarty and [...]

Sun, 03/3/13 – 8:56 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Ends NNS Drought, Wins At PIR
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Kyle Busch drove to Victory Lane on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Busch, who won the pole in a laydown earlier in the day, overcame a speeding penalty that dropped him to 22nd position for a restart on Lap 44.
He worked his way through traffic in short order, however. Busch passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt [...]

Sat, 03/2/13 – 20:04 | Comments Off
Fogarty  Wins Grand-Am Pole For Debut COTA Race
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Jon Fogarty showed why he is the top qualifier in Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series history on Friday, waiting until his final lap to capture the TOTAL Pole Award for Saturday’s Grand-Am of The Americas presented by GAINSCO and Total.
After hanging back for much of Friday’s 15-minute Daytona Prototype qualifying session, Fogarty unleashed the Dallas-based [...]

Sat, 03/2/13 – 8:14 | Comments Off
Martin On Pole At PIR
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Mark Martin won the pole Friday for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Martin, 54, was the only driver in time trials for Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 to top 138 mph. Martin’s lap at 138.074 mph, a record for the spring event at PIR, was good enough to edge Kasey Kahne (137.862 mph) [...]

Sat, 03/2/13 – 8:07 | Comments Off
Danica and Gibson Looking Good Together
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
Twenty years ago Tony Gibson was a fabricator and the gasman for Alan Kulwicki’s 1992 NASCAR Cup championship team. Danica Patrick was 10 years old.
Neither person knew the other existed and until last fall, it never seemed probable their career paths would cross. Yet, last October Stewart-Haas Racing decided Gibson [...]

Thu, 02/28/13 – 20:32 | Comments Off