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The National Hot Rod Association has promoted Peter Clifford, the organization’s longtime executive vice president and general manager, to president. Clifford succeeds Tom Compton, who announced his retirement from the NHRA following 15 years as president.
Dallas Gardner, chairman of the NHRA Board of Directors, made the announcement and introduced Clifford as president to NHRA employees […]

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Full-Time Gig Has Smith Comfy In Furniture Car
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Hampton, Ga. – For most of his Sprint Cup career, Regan Smith has been known for almost winning the October, 2008, Sprint Cup race at Talladega. Some will still argue that he did win since he crossed the finish line first only to be penalized for going below the yellow […]

Fri, 03/5/10 – 17:09 | Comments Off on Full-Time Gig Has Smith Comfy In Furniture Car
Ballew Out To Beat Busch
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Hampton, Ga. – Saturday’s E-Z-GO Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be a big test for both Kyle Busch and for his former truck team, Billy Ballew Motorsports.
Together they’ve won four of the past five truck races at Atlanta, Ballew’s home track. But now that Busch […]

Fri, 03/5/10 – 16:09 | Comments Off on Ballew Out To Beat Busch
Minter: AMS Owes Debt Of Thanks To Alf Knight
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Hampton, Ga. – Ed Clark is the resident Big Man at Atlanta Motor Speedway, both literally and figuratively.
But to old-timers around the Hampton speed plant, the original Big Man at the Atlanta track was Alf Knight.
Knight was a tough, no-nonsense man who gave more to the Atlanta track than he […]

Fri, 03/5/10 – 12:58 | One Comment
Sturbin: Hunter Back On The Beat
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – He wasn’t listed among the special guest speakers taking the ballroom stage during Texas Motor Speedway’s annual Media Day, the sort of corporate function Jim Hunter has fronted seemingly forever.
Hunter’s official NASCAR title is vice president of corporate communications, an all-encompassing job description that for media […]

Fri, 03/5/10 – 7:32 | One Comment
US F1 Is Officially Out
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Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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The FIA has published its official entry list of 12 teams and has denied the bid by US F1 to hold the 13th and final official entry. Instead, the FIA will allow new candidates to apply for the 13th position for the 2011 season.
“The US team have indicated that they will not […]

Thu, 03/4/10 – 17:03 | One Comment
Cup Notes: Better Racing Ahead
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Ryan Newman, the race driver with the engineering degree, said that going back to the rear spoiler instead of a wing will facilitate side drafting, and that will lead to much better racing on the bigger, faster tracks.
“This is speculation from my standpoint (but) the way the spoiler is designed, there’s going to be a […]

Thu, 03/4/10 – 16:48 | One Comment
Minter: Gordon-Johnson Competition Still Friendly?
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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For those who cling to the hope that racing remain a pure form of competition, it’s been disheartening to see the sport of NASCAR racing evolve to a point where three- and four-car teams with alliances with other multi-car operations have become the norm.
Drivers talk about sharing data that once […]

Thu, 03/4/10 – 11:35 | 2 Comments
Woody: Jimmie Stinking Up The Show
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Back in the late 1960’s a brash, talent-oozing young leadfoot from Ownesboro, Ky., swaggered into Nashville and proceeded to turn Nashville Speedway’s Victory Circle into his own private parking space.
His name was Darrell Waltrip and he drove as fast as he talked. He was darn near unbeatable.
Darrell wasn’t just winning […]

Thu, 03/4/10 – 8:02 | 9 Comments
Harris: She Has Look Of A Winner
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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Move over Danica. Here comes Simona.
While 21-year-old Simona De Silvestro is no glamour queen and isn’t likely to pose for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue or FHM, she may be just the gal to show IZOD IndyCar Series veteran Danica Patrick the way on track.
Don’t get me wrong. The young […]

Thu, 03/4/10 – 7:32 | One Comment
Memo: World Class Hypocrisy
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s see what’s in the morning memo today:
I see where the Olympics took a huge bite out of the Nielsen ratings for last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The big hockey game was held in Canada that day, I believe.
I say that I believe […]

Wed, 03/3/10 – 11:23 | 2 Comments