Mon, 23/11/15 – 9:26 | One Comment

A race day that dawned Sunday morning with coffee and tears shared with his mom, Carol, ended after sunset with the gift of his helmet to car-owner Rick Hendrick.
In between, on the last day of his brilliant NASCAR career, Jeff Gordon bump-fisted countless fans, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with motorsports superstars Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton during […]

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Vickers To Miss All-Star Race
Red Bull Racing Team announced today that the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota has requested a driver change and has been cleared by NASCAR to participate in the Sprint All-Star Race Saturday, May 22.
Casey Mears will again pilot the No. 83, due to primary driver Brian Vickers’ diagnosis of blood clots and on-going testing and treatment.
“Given the extenuating […]

Wed, 05/19/10 – 14:09 | One Comment
Pedley: Time To Reel In The All-Star Race
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Now let’s see: Is it four segments with a 10-lap shootout, or is it 10 segments with a four-lap shootout? And is this the one for pole winners or is this the one for race winners or the one with former series champions or the one with former event champions […]

Wed, 05/19/10 – 8:45 | 3 Comments
Minter: Hagan Already Out To Pasture
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Commerce, Ga. – You wouldn’t think that a guy who gets his kicks running a Funny Car at 300 miles per hour (Matt Hagan) could find much common ground with someone who spends his idle hours bumping along the backroads at 40 miles per hour in an old farm truck […]

Wed, 05/19/10 – 6:38 | Comments Off on Minter: Hagan Already Out To Pasture
Judge Dismisses Mayfield Claims
U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen Tuesday dismissed all claims by owner-driver Jeremy Mayfield in his lawsuit against NASCAR over a drug test in May 2009 that NASCAR said was positive for methamphetamines.
NASCAR filed a motion last November for Mullen to rule on the case based on the pleadings already submitted, and Mullen issued his […]

Tue, 05/18/10 – 19:12 | One Comment
Gibbs Keeping Team’s Success In Perspective
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Absolutely, J.D. Gibbs says: He and everybody associated with the No. 11 team of Joe Gibbs Racing had seen and heard the preseason media forecasts in which Denny Hamlin was picked as the guy who would end Jimmie Johnson’s reign as Sprint Cup champion.
But absolutely not, Gibbs said during a […]

Tue, 05/18/10 – 9:13 | One Comment
Economy Has Brought Rahal Family Together
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Mike Harris | Senior Writer
Bobby Rahal is a racer, but he’s also a businessman.
When no major sponsorships developed after the 2008 season, the business side of the longtime open-wheel driving star and team owner realized it made sense to shut down the IndyCar portion of his team for 2009.
The racer side was terribly disappointed.
Rahal, the […]

Tue, 05/18/10 – 6:42 | Comments Off on Economy Has Brought Rahal Family Together
Adam Petty’s Death Ended Greatest Dynasty
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the death of Adam Petty, and it’s equally hard to comprehend the changes set in motion by the death of the charismatic young driver.
It ended the greatest family dynasty in the history of sports.
Adam’s father Kyle was a popular driver. His […]

Mon, 05/17/10 – 9:51 | 6 Comments
Ingram: Porsche Pushes Hybrid Envelope
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
Nurburgring, Germany –  You’ll have to excuse Hartmut Kristen, the director of Porsche’s motorsports program. If you start talking about green racing, he shrugs with his eyes and doesn’t quite conceal his disdain. Green racing may no longer be oxymoronic, but it’s also a phrase that’s […]

Mon, 05/17/10 – 7:09 | Comments Off on Ingram: Porsche Pushes Hybrid Envelope
Atlanta A Tour De Force
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Commerce, Ga. – One way or another John Force has a way of getting himself to Victory Lane after the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
On Sunday he was there to celebrate with his son-in-law Robert Hight after Hight defeated Force’s daughter Ashley Force Hood in an all-Force Funny Car final.
It’s […]

Sun, 05/16/10 – 17:20 | One Comment
Minter: Ups, Downs At Drag Strip
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Commerce, Ga. – A few random thoughts from Atlanta Dragway and a press box a little bit of my usual beaten path:
Whether it’s at a NASCAR superspeedway, a 3/8-mile dirt track or an NHRA drag strip, there are few things in life that match the feeling of hearing a race […]

Sun, 05/16/10 – 17:20 | Comments Off on Minter: Ups, Downs At Drag Strip