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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Hinchcliffe Exits Andretti, Moves To Schmidt Peterson
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The “Mayor of Hinchtown” is changing his email and snail-mail addresses.
James Hinchcliffe, a three-time Verizon IndyCar Series race-winner, has exited Andretti Autosport and signed a multi-year contract with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports beginning with the 2015 season.
Hinchcliffe will drive the No. 77 Dallara/Honda vacated by Simon Pagenaud, who was introduced as Team Penske’s fourth fulltime driver [...]

Wed, 10/8/14 – 7:05 | Comments Off
Chrysler Pulls Plug On IMSA Viper Program
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Chrysler Group LLC announced Monday that it will discontinue its factory-backed SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports racing program in the International Motor Sports Association at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
The decision affects participation in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with the Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R GTLM-class team. The Dodge brand will redirect [...]

Mon, 10/6/14 – 16:08 | Comments Off
Hagan Races To Points Lead At Maple Grove
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Matt Hagan took over the Funny Car points lead by winning the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway on Sunday.
Hagan crossed the finish line just as his Rocky Boots Dodge Charger’s engine exploded following a 4.333-second pass at 215.00 mph, defeating Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final round. He was appearing in his third Countdown [...]

Mon, 10/6/14 – 7:02 | Comments Off
Johnson Takes Big Hit In Bid For No. 7
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By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – When Jimmie Johnson emerged from the infield care center about a quarter of the way through Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, there was nothing wrong with him physically.
Badly beaten and badly bruised, however, were his hopes of winning a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series [...]

Sun, 10/5/14 – 20:56 | Comments Off
F1’s Bianchi Sustains Major Head Injury At Japan GP
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Marussia F1 driver Jules Bianchi underwent surgery for a severe head injury Sunday after colliding with a recovery vehicle on Lap 43 of the rain-plagued Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.
Bianchi, 25, was unconscious but breathing unaided when taken to Suzuka’s medical center before being transferred by ambulance to Mie General [...]

Sun, 10/5/14 – 19:44 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Leads, Then Falters At Kansas
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By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It was with a sense of renewed hope that Dale Earnhardt Jr. began Sunday’s opening race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Kansas Speedway.
It was with a feeling of missed opportunity that he left Kansas after the Hollywood Casino 400.
Earnhardt – whose [...]

Sun, 10/5/14 – 19:37 | Comments Off
Logano Wins Kansas, Becomes True Contender
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Joey Logano capitalized, first, on a fast car, and, second, on trouble by others with fast cars Sunday at Kansas Speedway to win the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup race.
The victory was the fifth of the season for Logano but better than that, it guaranteed that he and his Team Penske [...]

Sun, 10/5/14 – 18:14 | Comments Off
Wayne Taylor Racing Comes Up Big At Petit
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Wayne Taylor Racing powered to victory in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship series’ season-ending Petit Le Mans endurance race Saturday at Road Atlanta.
Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, the team’s full-time drivers in 2014, became the first Americans to bring home an overall win in this 10-hour event 16 years after their father, South African-born Wayne [...]

Sun, 10/5/14 – 7:56 | Comments Off
The Sarge Marches To Pole At Maple Grove
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Top Fuel point-leader Tony Schumacher claimed pole position Saturday as his march toward an eighth world championship continued during the 30th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa.
Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. [...]

Sun, 10/5/14 – 7:13 | Comments Off
Busch Out To Turn Kansas Frown Upside Down
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kyle Busch’s anger after crashing out of the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway a year ago was understandable. The wreck ended hopes of capping an impressive four-victory, eight-podium finish season with his first series championship.
And it was understandable that he blamed not bad luck but [...]

Sat, 10/4/14 – 14:19 | Comments Off