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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Beating NASCAR Is Bittersweet For Ferko
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas. – It’s officially known as the Dickies 500.
But to Francis Ferko’s ex-wife, it will always be “Frank’s race.”
When the green flag waves at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, the person who was instrumental in bringing NASCAR to the Lone Star state each November will be watching ABC’s [...]

Fri, 11/6/09 – 7:06 | Comments Off
Crafton On Trucks Pole at TMS
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Matt Crafton on Thursday captured the pole for Friday night’s WinStar World Casino Camping World Truck race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Crafton, who is second in points to Ron Hornaday Jr., turned a lap at 179.354 mph during the session.
“Our truck is very very good,” Crafton said. “It is obviously the best thing I have ever [...]

Thu, 11/5/09 – 21:38 | Comments Off
Harris: IZOD Will Dress Up The IndyCar Series
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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Indianapolis – It appears the IndyCar Series is going to at least be the best-dressed group in racing for the next six years.
But the announcement Thursday that apparel manufacturer IZOD has signed on as the title sponsor for the American open-wheel series is far more than just great news for [...]

Thu, 11/5/09 – 16:34 | One Comment
Ingram: Sorry, Talladega Was A Hoot
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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According to legend, when the Native Americans cursed the land where the Talladega Superspeedway was built, they turned and walked away without ever Tweeting or looking back . Well, perhaps it’s part of the curse they left behind that now you can’t leave the place without looking back.
So here I am looking back on Sunday’s [...]

Thu, 11/5/09 – 11:09 | 3 Comments
Minter: Soft-Spoken Jimmie Has Lots To Say
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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In the press box and media center at Talladega Superspeedway last Sunday, reporters had the opportunity, as is NASCAR’s custom, to interview the race winner as well as the second-and third-place drivers and the top rookie. And since the race was in the Chase, points-leader Jimmie Johnson was also brought [...]

Thu, 11/5/09 – 9:13 | Comments Off
Fairgrounds Speedway Is No More
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Nashville –  The end came quicker than expected for Fairgrounds Speedway.
Track operator Danny Denson Wednesday decided to cancel the scheduled season-ending All-American 400. The race had originally been set for last weekend but was postponed due to a rainy forecast and rescheduled for the end of the month.
Denson reconsidered and decided [...]

Wed, 11/4/09 – 12:20 | One Comment
Memo: The Mainstream Is Stagnant
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
As ESPN zipped away from its broadcast of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway at non-restrictor-plate-like speed, I wondered how different the world would be if it were Dale Earnhardt Jr. going for a fourth-straight championship this fall.
I wondered if perhaps the scores of people which the [...]

Wed, 11/4/09 – 11:22 | 3 Comments
Woody: McMurray Counterjabs Chase-Bashers
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Jamie McMurray proved the Chase-bashers wrong.
They said drivers who didn’t make the Chase would have no incentive during the last 10 races.
Well, McMurray seemed to have plenty of incentive last Sunday when he blazed his way to victory at Talladega.
They anti-Chase crowd whined that the non-Chase drivers would be ignored [...]

Wed, 11/4/09 – 8:48 | Comments Off
Woody: Don’t Tamper With Talla’
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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I remember a time when drivers had trouble sleeping the night before Talladega.
Now they have trouble staying awake during the race.
At one point during last Sunday’s race – using the term loosely – Tony Stewart radioed his crew that he was having a problem keeping his eyes open.
Trust me Tony, you [...]

Wed, 11/4/09 – 7:53 | 8 Comments
McMurray, Roush Gel Just In Time To Say Good-Bye
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The celebration in Victory Lane after Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega seemed a bit more spirited than others we have seen in recent months. The smiles seemed bigger and the emotions more intense.
It was a great scene as Jamie McMurray, Jack Roush and members of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 26 team sprayed champagn, [...]

Tue, 11/3/09 – 16:34 | One Comment