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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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Happy Max Lives Daytona Dream
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Daytona Beach, Fla. – It has sometimes been hard for people to take Max Papis seriously.
The bubbly, sometimes outrageous Italian does not often act like a 40-year-old husband and father.
“Sometimes, I like to be silly,’’ Max says with that omnipresent grin. “I like to have fun and get people a little stirred up.’’
But racing is […]

Fri, 02/12/10 – 16:14 | One Comment
The High Continues For Hight
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Now that he has the No. 1 decal slapped on his race car, Robert Hight wants to avoid being labeled a one-hit wonder.
So motivated, Hight launched defense of his NHRA Funny Car world championship by claiming the provisional pole after Round 1 of qualifications for the 50th Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, Calif. Hight […]

Fri, 02/12/10 – 9:38 | Comments Off on The High Continues For Hight
The Woods Of Virginia – Part 10; ‘He Hit Me’
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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The Wood Brothers Racing Team has been one of the backbones of NASCAR since the sport was founded. The Woods, from Stuart, Va., have been racing continuously in the division now known as Sprint Cup since 1953 and have 96 wins to their credit.
In a RacinToday exclusive series, Eddie Wood, […]

Fri, 02/12/10 – 8:00 | One Comment
Champs Dominate At Pomona
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Defending champions Robert Hight and Mike Edwards picked up right where they left off with pace-setting runs on the first day of qualifying at the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline on Thursday.
Joining Hight (Funny Car) and Edwards (Pro Stock) was Cory McClenathan, who rounded out the provisional qualifying leaders through […]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 22:00 | Comments Off on Champs Dominate At Pomona
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Jason White on Thursday won the pole for Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
The pole was the first for White, who ripped off a lap at 177.525 mph.
Elliott Sadler, driving for Kevin Harvick Racing, was second fastest in the qualifying session while Austin Dillon was third.
Ricky Carmichael was fourth. […]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 21:10 | Comments Off on White On Pole For Truck Race
Waltrip Spends Day On Roller Coaster
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Daytona Beach, Fla. – Michael Waltrip can be kind of goofy at times, clowning for the cameras in commercials and on TV broadcasts of races and on televised racing shows.
But at the core, he’s a serious racer, and that side of him showed on Thursday as he failed to earn […]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 19:57 | Comments Off on Waltrip Spends Day On Roller Coaster
Duel Notes: Rave Reviews
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Daytona Beach, Fla. – There weren’t many wrecks in Thursday’s Gatorade Duels, but they still were considered exciting races by most of those who really watched it.
From the top of a transporter in the garage area, it was readily apparent that once the tires became worn, drivers were really struggling […]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 19:44 | Comments Off on Duel Notes: Rave Reviews
McDowell Has A New Highlight Reel
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Daytona Beach, Fla. – Michael McDowell became an instant classic on Youtube following his vicious wreck during Sprint Cup qualifying in April 2008 at Texas Motor Speedway.

On Thursday, the Phoenix native took a major step toward shedding the label of a driver best-known for a horrifying, barrel-roll crash.
He drove an unsponsored […]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 17:54 | Comments Off on McDowell Has A New Highlight Reel
Harris: New Rules Fuel Cool Duels
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Daytona Beach, Fla. – Wow! Give these guys a little extra horsepower and look what you get:
Victories by Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne by margins totaling 0.019-seconds in Thursday’s Gatorade Duels.
And the battles for the transfer spots – the two Daytona 500 starting positions up for grabs in each of the 150-mile qualifying races – […]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 15:26 | Comments Off on Harris: New Rules Fuel Cool Duels
Stock Car Racing A Three-Letter Word For Danica
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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Daytona Beach, Fla. – As the stock car learning process continues for Danica Patrick, the one word that keeps popping out of her mouth is “fun.’’
“I’m still having fun now,’’ Patrick said Thursday during a press conference in a packed Daytona International Speedway infield media center. “I’m still enjoying it […]

Thu, 02/11/10 – 14:54 | One Comment