Thu, 24/05/18 – 16:22 | No Comment

During the early part of my tenure as a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting panel – like the first year or two voting was held – colleagues, friends and readers would constantly offer suggestions on the format and rules used to elect the honorees.
One of the most common suggestions concerned the decision […]

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ESPN And F1 Are Together Again
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After an absence of more than 20 years, the FIA Formula One World Championship returns to its original television home in the United States this weekend with the launch of the 2018 season in Australia. ESPN and ABC will televise all 21 races in the championship as part of a multi-year linear and digital partnership.
The Rolex […]

Fri, 03/23/18 – 16:50 | 5 Comments
Rhodes Not Lonesome During Slack Schedule
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – In the 2018 season’s first three months, NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series has only four races. It’s a schedule a driver doesn’t like, but Ben Rhodes admitted Friday the lengthy breaks at the season’s beginning were good for ThorSport Racing which switched from Toyota to Ford this […]

Fri, 03/23/18 – 16:44 | Comments Off on Rhodes Not Lonesome During Slack Schedule
The Current Stars And Cars Of NASCAR Just Do Not Inspire
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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In a perfect world, spectator sports would be comprised of great competition and salable personalities – i.e., stars. When auto racing is the spectator sport being discussed, you can add cool vehicles to the cocktail.
And therein resides some serious problems for NASCAR in 2018.
The cars being put onto NASCAR tracks […]

Fri, 03/23/18 – 8:58 | One Comment
Mercedes, Haas Get Off To Fast Starts In Australia
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Led appropriately enough by Lewis Hamilton, the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship roared to life Friday with a pair of 90-minute free practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix.
Hamilton, the four-time/reigning World Driving Champion from Great Britain and Mercedes AMG, posted the day’s fastest lap around the 3.295-mile/5.303-kilometer/16-turn Melbourne […]

Fri, 03/23/18 – 8:01 | Comments Off on Mercedes, Haas Get Off To Fast Starts In Australia
NBC, IndyCar Hope To Pump Up 500 Viewership
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An opportunity to reverse admittedly sagging viewership figures for the Indianapolis 500 will be a prime target for NBC Sports Group when it launches its exclusive media rights contract with the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2019.
Sanctioning body INDYCAR announced on Wednesday a multi-year media rights package with NBC Sports Group that will see eight […]

Thu, 03/22/18 – 8:53 | Comments Off on NBC, IndyCar Hope To Pump Up 500 Viewership
Indy 500 Moving To NBC Next Season
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Television coverage of the Indianapolis 500 _ the world’s largest, single-day sporting event _ will move to the NBC network in May 2019 after an historic, 54-year run on ABC as part of a media rights package announced Wednesday between the Verizon IndyCar Series and NBC Sports Group.
Sanctioning body INDYCAR […]

Wed, 03/21/18 – 18:27 | Comments Off on Indy 500 Moving To NBC Next Season
Helio Makes Cameo Appearance In An Indy Car
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Helio Castroneves reverted to his exuberant open-wheel self Tuesday, when the three-time Indianapolis 500 champion tested INDYCAR’s new-for-2018 universal aerodynamic chassis for the first time.
Castroneves rejoined Team Penske’s regular-season, three-driver lineup for a Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Barber Motorsports Park in preparation for the fourth annual INDYCAR Grand […]

Wed, 03/21/18 – 8:09 | Comments Off on Helio Makes Cameo Appearance In An Indy Car
Formula E Issues Di Grassi A Binding Penalty
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Some short takes from a great weekend of racing – the non-NASCAR version:
– Consider this first entry is a brief. Or is it a boxer?
Lucas di Grassi placed second in Saturday’s Formula E race but failed post-race inspection. Not for his driving or his car, but for his underwear.
“After checking […]

Tue, 03/20/18 – 14:55 | Comments Off on Formula E Issues Di Grassi A Binding Penalty
Crampton Busts Slump At Gatornats
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Richie Crampton ended a Top Fuel futility streak dating to the 2015 season and became the 10th driver to win for NHRA icon Conrad “Connie” Kalitta with a victory in Sunday’s 49th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
Crampton recorded an uncontested final-round win when he wheeled his Kalitta Air/DHL dragster to a 1,000-foot pass in […]

Mon, 03/19/18 – 10:12 | Comments Off on Crampton Busts Slump At Gatornats
Truex Gets First Win Of ’18 And An Easy One It Was
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Martin Truex Jr. dominated the field to win Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway oval in Fontana, Calif.
The Furniture Row Racing driver led 125 of 200 laps.
“I knew we had a really good car after the first adjustment of the day and the thing just came alive,” he […]

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