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American Alexander Rossi’s Formula One debut weekend with Marussia began and ended with Free Practice 1 for the Shell Belgian Grand Prix Friday, after the team hurriedly resolved its contract issue with Max Chilton.
Marussia reinstated Chilton for Round 12 of the FIA World Championship at Spa-Francorchamps one day after announcing native Californian Rossi would get [...]

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Dirt Track Diary: Engine Skips And Near Misses
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By Clint Smith
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(Editor’s note: Veteran dirt racer Clint “Cat Daddy” Smith of Senoia, Ga., has been racing and winning since 1981. He has more than 200 feature wins to his credit. Before he started driving, he worked on the car driven by his father, legendary racer and car-builder Roscoe Smith.
Clint Smith currently competes [...]

Thu, 08/16/12 – 7:20 | Comments Off
Driver Jerry Grant Was One Of A Racing Kind
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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When word came that Jerry Grant was dead, the first thing I thought about was a moment in downtown Detroit during one of the Grand Prix weekends of the ’80s.
Grant, driving a very visible gold and black Jeep, found himself caught in a huge throng of Detroit Pistons fans moment [...]

Wed, 08/15/12 – 9:21 | One Comment
Tops For Top Fuelers Approved
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NHRA Technical Dept. officials announced today that a cockpit canopy for Top Fuel dragsters has been approved for use starting with this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.
The cockpit canopy will be manufactured and distributed by Aerodine Composites Group and will be available for use by all Top Fuel teams. The equipment is [...]

Wed, 08/15/12 – 7:55 | Comments Off
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Kyle Busch Motorsports announced today that the team has parted ways with Jason Leffler.
Kurt Busch will be behind the wheel of the No. 18 Shore Lodge Tundra for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Aug. 18 and the driver lineup for the remaining races that Leffler was scheduled to drive this [...]

Tue, 08/14/12 – 17:18 | Comments Off
‘Buck’ Not About Bucks; He Was About The Wins
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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When the news came that Charles Leroy “Buck” Simmons, one of the greatest short track drivers who ever lived, had died at the relatively young age of 66, my mind wandered back to a Friday night some years back, to a race at a track called Highway 106 Speedway in [...]

Mon, 08/13/12 – 17:13 | 4 Comments
Watkins Glen Finish Leaves An Oily Taste In Mouth
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The thickness of the film of oil that is coating the internal moving parts of the engine in your car is measured in ten-thousandths of an inch. It’s just thick enough to prevent metal-on-metal friction and the rapidly destructive effects of the heat that comes with that.
That film of oil is tough to see – [...]

Mon, 08/13/12 – 9:33 | 3 Comments
Ambrose Outslugs Keselowski To Win At The Glen
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Marcos Ambrose passed Brad Keselowski for the lead on the final lap, held Keselowski off through the final two corners and went on to win Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at an oil-bathed Watkins Glen International road course.
The victory was the second straight for the Richard Petty Motorsport driver at WGI’s 2.45-mile/11-turn circuit and the second [...]

Sun, 08/12/12 – 14:52 | Comments Off
Schatz Wins Knoxville Nationals For Sixth Time
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Donny Schatz recorded his sixth Knoxville Nationals victory in the last seven years after outlasting local favorite Brian Brown by 0.117 seconds Saturday night at historic Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.
“There’s something about this place when we come here for the Nationals, it’s game on,” Schatz said. “It takes everything to be right. When you get [...]

Sun, 08/12/12 – 7:47 | Comments Off
Edwards Enjoys Reliving Old Times With Old Pals
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Relegated to the role of spectator, Carl Edwards reported that he was warmly greeted in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage as the weekend began at Watkins Glen International.
“We haven’t been on the track yet, so they’re all pretty happy to see me. So that’s good,” Edwards [...]

Sun, 08/12/12 – 7:34 | Comments Off
Starworks Sweeps At Watkins Glen
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Starworks Motorsport’s Ryan Dalziel and Lucas Luhr led a 1-2 sweep for the team at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, giving the team its second straight GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory.
After building a comfortable lead, Dalziel pulled away from teammate Sebastien Bourdais on the race’s final restart with four laps remaining to finish 0.817 [...]

Sat, 08/11/12 – 21:31 | Comments Off