Mon, 23/11/15 – 9:26 | One Comment

A race day that dawned Sunday morning with coffee and tears shared with his mom, Carol, ended after sunset with the gift of his helmet to car-owner Rick Hendrick.
In between, on the last day of his brilliant NASCAR career, Jeff Gordon bump-fisted countless fans, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with motorsports superstars Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton during […]

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Power Supplies Speed in St. Pete
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IZOD IndyCar Series points-leader Will Power, who won the 2010 season-opener two weeks ago in Sao Paulo, Brazil, topped the lap time chart on another temporary street circuit Friday following opening practices for the sixth annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Power, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Honda, toured the 1.8-mile, 14-turn layout in […]

Sat, 03/27/10 – 6:40 | Comments Off on Power Supplies Speed in St. Pete
NHRA Goes Four It At ZMAX
The NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the first NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event to incorporate a four-lane format in both qualifying and eliminations, got off to a wild start on Friday at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.
Cory McClenathan (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcyle) emerged […]

Fri, 03/26/10 – 21:14 | One Comment
Rain Cancels Cup Qualifying
Qualifying for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway has been canceled because of rain on Friday.
Also canceled by the rain was qualifying for the Camping World Truck Series race, which is scheduled for Saturday.
So, according to NASCAR rules, the starting order for both races will be set by points.
Kevin Harvick […]

Fri, 03/26/10 – 16:10 | Comments Off on Rain Cancels Cup Qualifying
Fantasy Racing: Martinsville
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Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500
Martinsville Speedway
Sunday March 28. 1PM ET, Fox
Race Facts: Even though it’s harder to pass at Martinsville than Bristol, the top 10 starter winning percentage is considerably less at the paperclip. 72% of winners have started in the top 10, compared to about 80% at Bristol… With a win, Hendrick Motorsports can […]

Fri, 03/26/10 – 7:30 | 2 Comments
Rahal Resumes Career In St. Pete
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Thanks to an unlikely alliance between popular IndyCar owner/driver Sarah Fisher and one of the series’ aspiring American stars, “IGTBG.”
That’s the message on Graham Rahal’s personalized Ohio license plate, vanity-speak for “It’s Good To Be Graham.” Actually, 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Rahal put that tag on his son at […]

Fri, 03/26/10 – 7:30 | 4 Comments
Minter: Junior Should Go Backward to Go Forward
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
I read with great interest an article on the ‘Net the other day in which Darrell Waltrip told the Virginian Pilot that he believes Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs to go run some Camping World Truck Series races.
“He needs to get somewhere where he can win, and I’d get him in […]

Fri, 03/26/10 – 6:42 | 3 Comments
Sturbin: Is Four A Crowd In NHRA?
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In a sporting universe operating on a 24/7 news cycle, perhaps four-wide drag racing was inevitable. Whether or not side-by-side-by-side-by-side straight-line competition has a shelf life beyond the curiosity stage largely will be determined during this weekend’s inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
For the first time in the National Hot Rod Association’s 59-year history, competitors in Top […]

Thu, 03/25/10 – 10:46 | 2 Comments
Mikey Kile Gets His Big  Break
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Talladega, Ala. – Mikey Kile had plenty of reasons to be ecstatic on Wednesday at Talladega Superspeedway.
The 27-year-old Louisiana native set fast time during the morning session of the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards test at the mammoth 2.66-mile tri-oval.
Kile was also beaming over the announcement that he’ll […]

Thu, 03/25/10 – 6:59 | Comments Off on Mikey Kile Gets His Big Break
Gordon on Racing: ‘I’m Shocked We’re 11th’
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Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a three-part series in which’s Rick Minter talks with four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon. During a sit-down interview conducted last weekend, Minter and Gordon had a wide-ranging talk about everything from racing cars to rearing children. Today, Gordon weighs in on the […]

Thu, 03/25/10 – 6:45 | 2 Comments
New Owner Has Matos Smiling
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Driving heros? Raphael Matos says he really didn’t have any when he was growing up in Brazil. Aryton Senna, of course, but that was later. After Matos saw how Senna’s death gripped the people of his country.
But heros? Not really.
What Matos did have during his formative years as a driver was small list of Brazilians […]

Wed, 03/24/10 – 16:07 | One Comment