Fri, 23/02/18 – 15:28 | No Comment

If it is true that people only watch automobile races to see the crashes, then the recently concluded Speedweeks was a smashing success. If, on the other hand, people think that driving talent, skill, strategy and applied technology make for compelling racing, last weekend was a crashing bore.
Let’s start with the 500, the marquee event […]

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Woody: Does Daytona Dazzle Haunt Bayne?
| Senior Writer

Trevor Bayne’s amazing victory in the season-opening Daytona 500 has its downside.
The just-turned-20 driver left himself a hard – no, an impossible – act to follow.
When you start the season on top of the world, there’s only one way to go from there. Since capturing Daytona, Bayne has had his struggles.
He is sixth in points […]

Wed, 03/23/11 – 6:52 | One Comment
Minter: Empty Bristol Seats Signal A Cultural Shift
| Senior Writer

People in and around NASCAR have spent a good bit of the past few days pondering the stunning number of empty seats at Bristol Motor Speedway.
My first hint about the situation came on the trip into Bristol.  In the past, the road was full of campers of all sizes and conditions. Pickup trucks loaded for […]

Tue, 03/22/11 – 6:59 | 6 Comments
Racin’ News: Kanaan Has Ride
| Managing Editor
In racin’ news today, Monday, March 21:
(This package contains items on Tony Kanaan signing with KV; Jennifer Jo Cobb signing with new team; Paul Tracy getting ride for 500; Townsend Bell getting ride at Sam Schmidt; Bryan Herta adding new driver.)
Tony Kanaan’s offseason of discontent is over.
Kanaan, the 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion, will run […]

Mon, 03/21/11 – 16:57 | Comments Off on Racin’ News: Kanaan Has Ride
Ingram: A Racing Revolution Begins At
| Senior Writer

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
If you were up before dawn on Sunday to catch a plane, as I was, in hopes of seeing the green flag fall at the Bristol Motor Speedway’s Sprint Cup event on TV at home, the idea of watching races live via a computer bears some thought.
On Saturday, the day […]

Mon, 03/21/11 – 16:12 | Comments Off on Ingram: A Racing Revolution Begins At
Surviving 12 Hours Of Racing Was A Breeze
| Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Some cold, soggy un-refridgerated Monday morning leftovers:
Somebody once asked me: How in the heck can race fans stay entertained during 12-hour, 24-hour endurance races?
The answer, which was underlined Saturday at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, is: No problemo.
You don’t have to be an avid race fan, or even […]

Mon, 03/21/11 – 10:33 | One Comment
Race Notes: Tickets Go Unused
| Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Bristol, Tenn. – It wasn’t a good day to be a ticket scalper outside of Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Folks hoping to peddle grandstand tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Jeff Byrd 500 were spotted up to 10 miles from the .533-mile oval less than an hour before the start […]

Sun, 03/20/11 – 18:53 | 6 Comments
Kyle Busch Rolls On In Thunder Valley
| Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Bristol, Tenn. – Kyle Busch’s mastery of Bristol Motor Speedway is still intact.
The 25-year-old driver held off Carl Edwards and led 153 laps on Sunday to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Jeff Byrd 500.
It was Busch’s second consecutive weekend sweep and fifth straight NASCAR win on the .533-mile concrete oval.
Edwards managed […]

Sun, 03/20/11 – 16:14 | One Comment
Race Day: Earnhardt Jr. Is Riding A Roll
| Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s solid third-place finish in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway gives his legions of fans hope that the third generation driver’s 94-race Sprint Cup losing streak might come to an end today in the Jeff Byrd 500.
The high banks of Bristol have been relatively kind to […]

Sun, 03/20/11 – 8:11 | 2 Comments
‘Other’ Peugeot Surprises Sebring
| Senior Writer

Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
Sebring, Fla. – The Oreca team upheld the pride of Peugeot by winning the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The private French squad and its older model Peugeot 908 HDi FAP held off the new Honda-backed prototype of Highcroft Racing by 36 seconds to win the 59th running of America’s […]

Sat, 03/19/11 – 21:58 | Comments Off on ‘Other’ Peugeot Surprises Sebring
Pedley: Hours And Hours Of Fun
| Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Sebring, Fla. – Some observations and quick hits from a race day that actually is a day’s worth of racing at Sebring:
This just has to be painted with the cliche of; only during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
A couple of hours into the race, a gust of wind […]

Sat, 03/19/11 – 21:46 | One Comment