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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Logano Wins Pole; Keselowski To Start Third At Homestead
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Joey Logano may have knocked Brad Keselowski off the front row in Friday’s time trails at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but points leader Keselowski will still start ahead of Jimmie Johnson.
The last of 47 drivers to make a qualifying attempt, Logano circled the South Florida track in 30.672 seconds (176.056 mph) to claim the pole for Sunday’s [...]

Fri, 11/16/12 – 20:34 | Comments Off
Emotions Run High At HMS Press Conference
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – There was plenty of drama in a packed media center at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday afternoon as Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick discussed the four-time Sprint Cup champion’s retaliation against Clint Bowyer at the conclusion of last week’s race in Phoenix.
Gordon, who said he [...]

Fri, 11/16/12 – 17:55 | 2 Comments
End Of Season Could Be Start Of New RCR Era
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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If the skinny surrounding Kevin Harvick’s done-deal exit from Richard Childress Racing after the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is true, RCR’s future definitely will be all about family.
Brothers Austin and Ty Dillon – grandsons of team-owner Childress – are in the formative stages of their respective NASCAR careers, and [...]

Fri, 11/16/12 – 15:26 | Comments Off
Petree Is Living Large During A Third Career
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Andy Petree grew up in North Carolina, the cradle of NASCAR. When he talks about “the sport,” he means stock car racing. One of those who always found a way to get into the grandstands to watch the Winston Cup races during his youth, Petree now calls the Sprint Cup races like he sees them [...]

Fri, 11/16/12 – 14:23 | Comments Off
Johnson Pulls Out A New Weapon In Title Chase
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Down 20 points to a toaster-coil hot but inexperienced challenger with just 400 miles to go before the 2012 Sprint Cup championship is decided, Jimmie Johnson introduced psychological warfare into the fight on media day.
No, he didn’t go U.S. vs. Noriega by blaring loud rock music at Brad Keselowski’s hotel, [...]

Fri, 11/16/12 – 10:26 | Comments Off
COTA Is About To Make American History
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Formula One’s honeymoon with Circuit of The Americas continued Thursday, less than 24 hours before opening practice for the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
Speaking during the $400-million circuit’s first official press briefing, two-time World Driving ChampionFernando Alonso of Spain said he initially lapped the 3.4-mile, 20-turn layout via [...]

Fri, 11/16/12 – 8:36 | Comments Off
Awesome Austin Track Steps Into World Spotlight
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Formula One will add another chapter to its nomadic and disjointed history in America this weekend when Circuit of The Americas – and a pig farm – welcome the motorsports world’s elite, Texas-style.
Opening practice for Sunday afternoon’s latest/greatest edition of the United States Grand Prix is scheduled for 10 a.m. [...]

Thu, 11/15/12 – 10:30 | Comments Off
Rahal To Race For Rahal In 2013 IndyCar Series
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Graham Rahal, 23, has signed a multi-year contract to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) – a team his father, 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time Indy car champion Bobby Rahal co-owns with “CBS Late Show” host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Michael Lanigan.
TBC Retail Group, who has sponsored [...]

Wed, 11/14/12 – 16:15 | Comments Off
Edwards, Fennig To Team Up In 2013
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Roush Fenway Racing announced that veteran Jimmy Fennig will serve as crew chief for Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Fenway Sprint Cup team in its championship run in 2013.
In addition, crew chief Scott Graves will lead the No. 17 team and defending Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. during his rookie campaign next season.
“We [...]

Wed, 11/14/12 – 15:27 | Comments Off
Courtney Has Become A Genuine Force In NHRA
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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One day after playing a reluctant but pivotal role in the 2012 NHRA Funny Car championship, Courtney Force added another award to the John Force Racing trophy case.
Force was named winner of the $20,000 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award, which recognizes the National Hot Rod [...]

Tue, 11/13/12 – 13:29 | Comments Off