Thu, 30/10/14 – 8:12 | One 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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One More 24 For Jimmie
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson is anxious to expand his “comfort zone,” and Bob Stallings Racing will give him another opportunity to do so in America’s most prestigious endurance race.
Johnson, who won his record fourth-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship last month, will rejoin reigning Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype champions Jon Fogarty and Alex [...]

Thu, 12/3/09 – 9:35 | One Comment
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Kansas City, Kan.  – Kansas Speedway tickets for the 2010 season will go on sale Dec. 15, 2009.
Kansas Speedway will continue to offer fans a season ticket option, which will include four races (NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide Series, IZOD IndyCar Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) over two weekends and access to the [...]

Wed, 12/2/09 – 22:14 | Comments Off
Woody: Is Knaus Indispensible?
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Is Chad Knaus a good crew chief?
Yes he is.
Has he contributed to Jimmie Johnson’s many triumphs?
Yes he has.
Is he vital to Johnson’s continued success?
No he’s not.
Knaus was unquestionably a strong asset during Johnson’s drive to a record four-straight NASCAR championships. He’s cool under fire, knows how to set up and adjust a race car, and [...]

Wed, 12/2/09 – 13:03 | 4 Comments
Sturbin: More Hardware For Jimmie
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Voting for 2009 Driver of the Year closes on Wednesday, and barring a Miguel Cabrera moment by one of the 20 media panel members, it appears Jimmie Johnson will be a unanimous selection.
As was the case last year, the leading contenders are Johnson, first driver in the 61-year history of NASCAR to win four consecutive [...]

Wed, 12/2/09 – 9:25 | Comments Off
Harris: Do Numbers Tell The Whole Story?
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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By this time, everyone who follows NASCAR knows that the statistics for Jimmie Johnson’s first eight seasons in the Sprint Cup series are pretty darn impressive, topped by those four straight championships.
But is it the best first eight years for a NASCAR driver? Let’s take a look at some stats [...]

Wed, 12/2/09 – 9:07 | One Comment
Woody: Vegas Perfect For Bubbas
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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I attended the first Bubba on Broadway NASCAR Awards Banquet in New York in 1981 and had a ball. Talk about swapping grits for ritz.
That first one was fun, but over the years the ceremony grew as stale as a subway wino’s socks.
The best entertainment became watching drivers try to read the speeches on the [...]

Tue, 12/1/09 – 8:28 | Comments Off
Minter: Is A Thirst For Action Good or Bad
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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When NASCAR introduced the Car of Tomorrow, the primary reason for implementing the new vehicle was to make racing safer. Another goal was to standardize the chassis and therefore make racing cheaper for car owners.
But the way it’s been playing out lately, the relative safety of the new car seems [...]

Tue, 12/1/09 – 7:54 | One Comment
Woody: The Low Light Of 2009
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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You know things aren’t going well when you get sued by your attorney.
That’s where the Jeremy Mayfield mess has meandered, as the weirdest story of ’09 just keeps getting weirder and weirder.
Mayfield’s ex-lawyer Bill Diehl has filed a lawsuit against the suspended driver for unpaid legal fees. Diehl claims Mayfield owes him $371,973.66. Now he’ll [...]

Mon, 11/30/09 – 18:03 | 4 Comments
Ingram: His Fans Are Not Exactly Fanatical
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Greetings from the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
In a very unofficial nationwide survey, I recently tried to find some Jimmie Johnson fans. I checked out bars and honky tonks in Atlanta. I talked to the neighbors. I called those I knew to be NASCAR fans on the East Coast and the [...]

Mon, 11/30/09 – 7:38 | 4 Comments
DOTY Quarterly Vote Taken
Lewis Franck |
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By Lewis Franck
Driver of the Year Foundation
With the auto-racing season coming to an end, the Driver of the Year voting panel of leading broadcasters and journalists went to work evaluating the final quarter of 2009
The balloting is over and the Driver of the Year Foundation will announce the winner for the fourth quarter early next [...]

Sun, 11/29/09 – 15:30 | One Comment