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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Brown Dusts Self Off, Climbs Back On 8,000 Horses
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

When NHRA nitro cars blow up, they blow up good. Real good. Last weekend in the Sunday eliminations of the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Antron Brown’s Top Fuel car blew up so good that it tore the giant rear slicks completely off their rims.
And after that, things got really ugly as the car slammed [...]

Fri, 02/22/13 – 15:13 | One Comment
Sparks Don’t Fly After Uninspiring Duels At Daytona
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Budweiser Duels at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday are in the books. Two relatively uneventful finishes, two predictable victory interview sessions from Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
Where’s Mike Stefanik when you need him?
For anyone who might have missed it, Stefanik, the seven-time NASCAR Modified series [...]

Thu, 02/21/13 – 18:41 | One Comment
Townley Starts 2013 By Cruising Past Critics
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Despite radio ear buds, balaclava, helmet and mega-decibel V-8 engine noise, John Wes Townley had no problem hearing what was being said about him during his early years in NASCAR. Nasty words have a way of making their way past all sound-deadening obstacles.
But last Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, [...]

Thu, 02/21/13 – 10:47 | Comments Off
Patrick’s Pole Victory Was Timed Perfectly
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Over the last several days, it has become obvious that times have changed in NASCAR and not just because Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole. The bigger change may be in the way that that pole victory has been greeted.
Early last decade, NASCAR was [...]

Wed, 02/20/13 – 15:39 | 2 Comments
Courtney Force Finishes Off Big Day For Women
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
NASCAR’s Danica Patrick wasn’t the only woman creating motorsports headlines Sunday.
Drag racer Courtney Force began her second season in the NHRA’s Funny Car ranks with a victory in the 53rd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
After posting the third [...]

Mon, 02/18/13 – 8:09 | Comments Off
Langdon Wins Top Fuel At Pomona
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Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car), and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) collected victories at the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season-opening O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Langdon beat Tony Schumacher in the finals. Langdon’s margin of victory was 0.0576 seconds (approximately 27 feet).
Force [...]

Sun, 02/17/13 – 21:37 | Comments Off
Danica Patrick Wins Pole For Daytona 500
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Danica Patrick made history on Sunday by becoming the first woman to win a pole in the Sprint Cup Series. And that pole will be for NASCAR’s biggest race – next Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Patrick’s fast lap was at 196.434 mph. Her lap around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval took 45.817 seconds.
Jeff Gordon, also driving [...]

Sun, 02/17/13 – 21:18 | Comments Off
Harvick Wins Sprint Unlimited
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Richard Childress Racing’s Kevin Harvick won Saturday night’s The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.
On the last lap, Harvick blocked both Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart to win his third career Sprint Unlimited, which was formerly known as the Budweiser Shootout. Harvick’s previous wins came in 2009 and 2010.
“Any time you’re in Victory Lane here [...]

Sun, 02/17/13 – 7:28 | Comments Off
Courtney Force To Start Winternationals From P1
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Courtney Force raced to her first No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries.
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season-opener at Auto [...]

Sat, 02/16/13 – 21:17 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Stirring Emotions And Hopes In 2013
Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
MESA, Ariz. – Geordie Wendt braved rush-hour traffic earlier this week for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rub shoulders with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Minutes before Earnhardt would make an appearance at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill on behalf of Phoenix International Raceway and the upcoming March 3 Subway Fresh Fit [...]

Sat, 02/16/13 – 9:31 | One Comment