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Actor-entertainer Jim Nabors, a beloved figure in Indianapolis 500 history for his stirring pre-race rendition of Back Home Again in Indiana, died on Thursday, Nov. 30, at his home in Hawaii. He was 87.
Nabors sang the iconic tune 36 times between 1972 and 2014 during Indy 500 pre-race ceremonies. Born in Alabama, Nabors was considered […]

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Ingram: Pod Racing – The Next Olympic Sport?
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
Daytona Beach, Fla. – I have seen tandem type racing and it is us.
It’s new, it’s terribly different, it’s complicated and compelling. Haven’t heard a single question about the state of the sport, slipping TV ratings, ebbing attendance. Everybody’s talking and asking about the NASCAR two-step.
If only the Daytona International […]

Fri, 02/18/11 – 7:47 | 3 Comments
It Appears We Have A Favorite
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Kurt Busch continued showing a hot hand during the stock car portion of Speedweeks by winning the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona on Thursday.

The 2004 Sprint Cup champion earned his first restrictor plate win in Saturday night’s Bud Shootout on the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
Busch will lineup third […]

Thu, 02/17/11 – 20:36 | Comments Off on It Appears We Have A Favorite
Swap ‘Til You Drop Will Be Key Strategy In The 500
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Daytona Beach, Fla. – The two-car tango is still dominating the debate at Daytona, and now after Thursday’s Gatorade Duels, there’s a new term and a new strategy to study.
Veteran Bill Elliott, in the media center after racing his way into the 500 – even though he could have gotten […]

Thu, 02/17/11 – 17:55 | Comments Off on Swap ‘Til You Drop Will Be Key Strategy In The 500
Kurt Busch, Burton Win The Gatorade150 Qualifiers
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The story of Speedweeks 2011 continued to be two-car drafts as the winners of both of Thursday’s twin Gatorade 150-mile qualifying races needed  more than just a little help from new best buddies to get those wins.
In the first qualifying race, Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch got the victory thanks to […]

Thu, 02/17/11 – 15:21 | One Comment
Racin’ News: Kansas Gets Long-Term Sponsorship Deal
In racin’ news today, Thursday, Feb. 17: Kansas Speedway secures sponsorship; Lally to run for rookie award.
Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren announced today that Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will sponsor the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for 10 years beginning with the Oct. 9, 2011 race.
The race will be the Hollywood Casino 400 […]

Thu, 02/17/11 – 9:54 | One Comment
Harvick Now Comfortable With His Black Past
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Several years back, when I had a racing job that included a salary and benefits package, I drove up to Kernersville, N.C., to do a story about Kevin Harvick and his Kevin Harvick Inc. operation.
The story line I intended to pursue was how he, in many ways, was quite similar […]

Thu, 02/17/11 – 7:24 | Comments Off on Harvick Now Comfortable With His Black Past
Pedley: Conspiracy Talk Again Shadowing Junior
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
I was kind of glad – and kind of surprised – when I turned into that late-afternoon ESPN discussion show which features two newspaper columnists who are much better at dropping names than doping
out anything NASCAR.
The crawl on the side of the screen which tells viewers what is coming up […]

Thu, 02/17/11 – 6:00 | 19 Comments
Racin’ News: Daytona 500 Pole-Sitter Earnhardt Jr. Crashes

In racin’ news today, Wednesday, Feb. 16th: Pole-sitter Earnhardt Jr. crashes in practice; New plates mandated; Bill Elliott’s son signs with Hendrick.
A big wreck occurred involving Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. during Sprint Cup practice at Daytona International Speedway.
Both cars were damaged beyond repair. Earnhardt’s car was the one which qualified for the […]

Wed, 02/16/11 – 15:37 | Comments Off on Racin’ News: Daytona 500 Pole-Sitter Earnhardt Jr. Crashes
Woody: New System Has Good Points And Glitches
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NASCAR’s new championship system is set to launch, and since every other life form in the known Solar System has waded in on it, here’s my take:
It’s essentially the same as the old system(s). Drivers are awarded a certain number of points based on their order of finish. That means that the driver who consistently […]

Wed, 02/16/11 – 14:00 | 3 Comments
Harris: What Mood Would The ‘Big E’ Be In Today?
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
A lot of people are reflecting this week on the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s death  and what the tragic last-lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500 has meant to the stock car sport.
As I pondered that question this week,  I also found myself wondering what The Intimidator might think […]

Wed, 02/16/11 – 7:30 | One Comment