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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Two Night: Gordon, Evernham ‘Snookered” The 600
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty years ago, 22-year-old upstart Jeff Gordon and his Ray Evernham-led Hendrick Motorsports team drove into Coca-Cola 600 history by outsmarting the 1989 series champion on the competitors’ final stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Rusty Wallace’s Penske Racing crew changed four tires, which was the accepted practice at the time, while Gordon’s Chevrolet [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 10:40 | Comments Off
Bayne To Drive The RFR No. 6 Ford
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – Trevor Bayne will move to NASCAR Sprint Cup racing fulltime in 2015, driving the No. 6 Ford fielded by Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush announced Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Advocare, who is sponsoring Bayne in the Nationwide Series this year, will move to the Sprint Cup level [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 9:51 | Comments Off
Villeneuve Returns To Indy Looking For Second Win
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – It took Jacques Villeneuve exactly one lap on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval to ask himself,  ”What have I done?’’
Nineteen years after winning the 1995 Indianapolis 500 the Canadian-born driver decided it was time to come back. The first few trips around the 2 ½-mile oval at speed [...]

Sat, 05/24/14 – 8:40 | Comments Off
Carb Day: Kanaan Logs Fastest Lap Of The Day
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and the word from Team Target is…don’t believe everything you see on Carburetion Day.
Reigning Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan posted the fastest speed during Friday’s one-hour session –the final tuneup before Sunday’s 98th running of the Indy 500 [...]

Fri, 05/23/14 – 18:48 | Comments Off
KO Qualifying Snafus Cost Top Contenders Big At Charlotte Motor Speedway
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

CONCORD, N.C. – Guess some teams still have some minor tweaking to do in their approaches to the new Knockout Qualifying thing. In the case of the teams of Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth, maybe some major tweaks.
Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing team and Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs Racing team both advanced into the third and final round [...]

Fri, 05/23/14 – 12:02 | Comments Off
Montoya At Indianapolis For The First Time – Again
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – In Juan Pablo Montoya’s universe, Indianapolis 500 history dates all the way back to Monday.
The Indy 500 JPM won as a brash rookie in 2000? Might as well have been run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s original 2.5-mile brick surface with a riding mechanic aboard. As in, ancient [...]

Fri, 05/23/14 – 10:51 | Comments Off
Elliott Survived Lions, Earned Spot In Hearts, Hall
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a nine-month period in the mid-1980s, Bill Elliott skyrocketed from a relatively unknown north Georgia race car driver to international stardom.
With a potent Ford Thunderbird, Elliott and his older brothers, Ernie and Dan, turned NASCAR Cup racing upside down with their victories and record pole runs. [...]

Fri, 05/23/14 – 7:16 | Comments Off
Johnson To Start 600 From The Pole
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson started his bid to win Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup race by winning the pole on Thursday evening.
Johnson had a pole winning speed of 194.911 miles per hour in the final of three rounds of knockout qualifying to bag the pole.
It was the first [...]

Thu, 05/22/14 – 19:20 | Comments Off
NASCAR Garages Will Be Watching The Indy 500
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
CONCORD, N.C. – When Kurt Busch squeezes into his Indy car on Sunday to compete in the 2014 Indianapolis 500, he will not squeeze in alone. With him will be a NASCAR garage full of drivers and team members.
That became evident Thursday when the garages opened for business at Charlotte [...]

Thu, 05/22/14 – 17:16 | One Comment
Jimmie Johnson Says HOF Voting Was Major Hoot
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
CONCORD, N.C. – With all he’s accomplished, with everything he has in life, with the giant future he has, you would think that it would be tough to impress Jimmie Johnson. But from the sound of it, the day he had on Wednesday impressed the six-time Sprint Cup champion in [...]

Thu, 05/22/14 – 15:05 | Comments Off