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FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR’s annual aero package conundrum for Texas Motor Speedway likely won’t be solved at the end of a two-day Firestone tire test on Thursday. But any open-wheel fan longing for a return to pack racing with “grandma” and assorted “wankers” needs to get up-to-speed.
“That’s not going to happen,” reigning Indianapolis 500 [...]

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Champs Dominate At Pomona
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Defending champions Robert Hight and Mike Edwards picked up right where they left off with pace-setting runs on the first day of qualifying at the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline on Thursday.
Joining Hight (Funny Car) and Edwards (Pro Stock) was Cory McClenathan, who rounded out the provisional qualifying leaders through [...]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 22:00 | Comments Off
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Jason White on Thursday won the pole for Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
The pole was the first for White, who ripped off a lap at 177.525 mph.
Elliott Sadler, driving for Kevin Harvick Racing, was second fastest in the qualifying session while Austin Dillon was third.
Ricky Carmichael was fourth. [...]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 21:10 | Comments Off
Waltrip Spends Day On Roller Coaster
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Michael Waltrip can be kind of goofy at times, clowning for the cameras in commercials and on TV broadcasts of races and on televised racing shows.
But at the core, he’s a serious racer, and that side of him showed on Thursday as he failed to earn [...]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 19:57 | Comments Off
Duel Notes: Rave Reviews
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Daytona Beach, Fla. – There weren’t many wrecks in Thursday’s Gatorade Duels, but they still were considered exciting races by most of those who really watched it.
From the top of a transporter in the garage area, it was readily apparent that once the tires became worn, drivers were really struggling [...]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 19:44 | Comments Off
McDowell Has A New Highlight Reel
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Michael McDowell became an instant classic on Youtube following his vicious wreck during Sprint Cup qualifying in April 2008 at Texas Motor Speedway.

On Thursday, the Phoenix native took a major step toward shedding the label of a driver best-known for a horrifying, barrel-roll crash.
He drove an unsponsored [...]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 17:54 | Comments Off
Harris: New Rules Fuel Cool Duels
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Wow! Give these guys a little extra horsepower and look what you get:
Victories by Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne by margins totaling 0.019-seconds in Thursday’s Gatorade Duels.
And the battles for the transfer spots – the two Daytona 500 starting positions up for grabs in each of the 150-mile qualifying races – [...]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 15:26 | Comments Off
Stock Car Racing A Three-Letter Word For Danica
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
Daytona Beach, Fla. – As the stock car learning process continues for Danica Patrick, the one word that keeps popping out of her mouth is “fun.’’
“I’m still having fun now,’’ Patrick said Thursday during a press conference in a packed Daytona International Speedway infield media center. “I’m still enjoying it [...]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 14:54 | One Comment
NASCAR Adjusts GWC Rule
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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the white flag under NASCAR’s green-white-checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the white flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and [...]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 12:24 | Comments Off
The Snake Is Missing and Missed At Pomona
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
First-round qualifications for the golden anniversary of the NHRA’s Winternationals are scheduled to begin Thursday afternoon, albeit with a huge void in the staging lanes at Pomona, Calif.
Legendary owner/driver Don “The Snake”  Prudhomme announced in early January he was parking his Top Fuel team and retiring after failing to land a [...]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 10:54 | One Comment
Minter: Contrariness In The Air
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

Daytona Beach, Fla. – I’m not sure why I arrived at the track in a contrary mood this morning. I woke up on the right side of the fold-away bed in the Homewood Suites. I had a nice breakfast and a pleasant drive into the track.
But as the teams are outside the media center preparing [...]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 10:12 | 3 Comments