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In 1994, Andy Hillenburg became the first Oklahoman to win the prestigious Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals. The Golden Driller Award made its way home Saturday night as Norman, Oklahoma’s, Christopher Bell emerged as champion of the 31st annual edition of the “Mecca of Midgets” in Tulsa.
Driving the No. 71W for Keith Kunz Motorsports, Bell’s […]

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‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium
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Tony Kanaan’s debut with KV Racing Technology-Lotus on the Streets of St. Pete featured unexpected challenges from Simona de Silvestro, and a key piece of cockpit equipment.
Kanaan held off a determined, late-race charge from de Silvestro to finish third in the IZOD IndyCar Series’ season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  Kanaan’s unlikely podium finish […]

Wed, 03/30/11 – 14:37 | Comments Off on ‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium
Is RCR Set For A Return To Top Of The Dog Pile?
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Things can go wrong in a hurry in auto racing. Drivers and teams can be top dogs one day, in an animal shelter with Jason Alexander talking about them in television commercials the next day.
Sitting on the cold, stained cement floor and looking up through the wire mesh caging after […]

Wed, 03/30/11 – 9:07 | Comments Off on Is RCR Set For A Return To Top Of The Dog Pile?
Wrecks And Ratings Go Up For IndyCar Series
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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One day after the unintended consequences of double-file restarts dominated post-race discussion on the Streets of St. Pete, the IZOD IndyCar Series celebrated its highest overnight TV ratings in four years.
And therein lies the rub – or in this case, the bump-and-shove – between the balancing act matching the integrity […]

Tue, 03/29/11 – 11:55 | Comments Off on Wrecks And Ratings Go Up For IndyCar Series
Woody: Non-Racing Has Become NASCAR Norm
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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I don’t know what tickets cost for Sunday’s race at California cost, but whatever it was, fans deserved about 90 percent of their money back.
They paid for 200 laps of racing and got maybe 10.
Part of the problem was the track – big and wide and relatively flat, which allowed […]

Tue, 03/29/11 – 6:15 | 10 Comments
Competition Blooming This Spring
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A weekend wrapup:
That little crawl they run along the top of the television screen during NASCAR races which gives running order provided more than just the intended information on Sunday. And I’m not talking here about Fox’s decision to regularly blend advertising into it.
It provided a constant reminder about how competitive the racing in the […]

Mon, 03/28/11 – 14:19 | Comments Off on Competition Blooming This Spring
Ingram: Harvick Set To Knock Johnson Off Throne?
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
So is this the year that Jimmie Johnson relinquishes the Sprint Cup?
It’s early days yet. But if the results from the Auto Club Speedway are any indication – or the finish in the first five races of the season, there are more than a few contenders […]

Mon, 03/28/11 – 7:07 | Comments Off on Ingram: Harvick Set To Knock Johnson Off Throne?
Harvick Edges Johnson To Win At Auto Club
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Kevin Harvick passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead – and the victory – as the two drivers came out of the final turn on the final lap of  the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.
Harvick’s margin of victory was .15 seconds. He led just the one lap.
“I just didn’t hold him off,” […]

Sun, 03/27/11 – 17:07 | One Comment
Franchitti Begins Repeat Bid Winning At St. Pete
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Dario Franchitti took his first step toward repeating as IZOD IndyCar Series champion Sunday when he won the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Franchitti took the lead four laps into the race and relinquished it for just two laps during a pittings equence.
The victory was the first for the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver […]

Sun, 03/27/11 – 14:06 | Comments Off on Franchitti Begins Repeat Bid Winning At St. Pete
Race Day: Standings Have Strange Look In Week 4
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The Sprint Cup standings heading into today’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway have what many would consider a bizarre look to them. The usual suspects are in some pretty unusual locations.
And not just at the top end of the standings, where Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr. and Bobby Labonte all sit in the […]

Sun, 03/27/11 – 9:33 | Comments Off on Race Day: Standings Have Strange Look In Week 4
Kyle Busch ‘Steals’ A Nationwide Victory
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kyle Busch said he did not win Saturday’s Nationwide Series race. He said that his crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, did.
And truth be told, Busch had a great point.
On Ratcliff’s orders, Busch took just two tires on his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota during a green flag pit stop with 13 laps […]

Sat, 03/26/11 – 18:59 | Comments Off on Kyle Busch ‘Steals’ A Nationwide Victory