Mon, 23/04/18 – 8:40 | No Comment

Twenty-nine races removed from his NHRA Top Fuel career, J.R. Todd says he truly has the look and the feel of a nitromethane-burning Funny Car driver.
“My fire suit is dirty and my hands are dirty and I’m still driving it all over the place,” Todd said Sunday afternoon at Royal Purple Raceway. “So I’m trying […]

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Dixon Back In Form In Vegas
Defending Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon raced took the provisional pole Friday at the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Cruz Pedregon and Mike Edwards also were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Dixon, who claimed one of his 12 season victories here […]

Fri, 04/1/11 – 20:42 | Comments Off on Dixon Back In Form In Vegas
A Few Words With: The Five-Time Champion
A Jimmie Johnson slump: Kind of an oxymoron the last five years. But as the Sprint Cup Series arrives in Martinville for Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500, the defending five-time champion is suffering a bit of a dry spell.
He has not won a race since September of last year, when he won at Dover. […]

Fri, 04/1/11 – 20:13 | Comments Off on A Few Words With: The Five-Time Champion
NHRA Pro Stocker Line Is Off To A Perfect Start
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Every year, Jason Line tells somebody somewhere that the goal for his NHRA Pro Stock season is to win (fill in the number of events that are held that season right here) races. This year, the number is 22.
And every year, the goal goes unrealized.
He knows that the goal probably […]

Fri, 04/1/11 – 10:55 | One Comment
Newman Is Driving Like A New Man In 2011
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Call it solid preparation and execution or call it luck. Ryan Newman is off to a great start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
Heading to Martinsville for the sixth race of the season, the Stewart Haas Racing driver already has rolled up four top-10 and three top-five finishes. That’s just one less top-five than Newman had […]

Fri, 04/1/11 – 9:07 | Comments Off on Newman Is Driving Like A New Man In 2011
Minter: Gordon Talks Numbers, Family And Future
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Bristol, Tenn. – It had been about a year since I’d had a one-on-one interview with Jeff Gordon, so back at Daytona I asked his publicist Jon Edwards if he’d put me on Jeff’s calendar for Bristol.
In a Sprint Cup world where publicists don’t exactly jump when an interview request comes in, this transaction was […]

Fri, 04/1/11 – 7:00 | 7 Comments
Racin News: Reutimann To Sub For Injured Truex

In racin’ news today, Thursday, March 31:
Pastrana-Waltrip Racing announced that David Reutimann will drive the No. 99 Toyota Camry in the April 8 Nationwide race at Texas Motor Speedway while Ryan Truex recovers from wrist surgery.
Reutimann replaces rookie points leader Truex, who underwent corrective surgery this week to repair a fractured right wrist.
“I hurt my […]

Thu, 03/31/11 – 17:01 | Comments Off on Racin News: Reutimann To Sub For Injured Truex
‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium
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Tony Kanaan’s debut with KV Racing Technology-Lotus on the Streets of St. Pete featured unexpected challenges from Simona de Silvestro, and a key piece of cockpit equipment.
Kanaan held off a determined, late-race charge from de Silvestro to finish third in the IZOD IndyCar Series’ season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  Kanaan’s unlikely podium finish […]

Wed, 03/30/11 – 14:37 | Comments Off on ‘New Guy’ Kanaan Earns A Podium
Is RCR Set For A Return To Top Of The Dog Pile?
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Things can go wrong in a hurry in auto racing. Drivers and teams can be top dogs one day, in an animal shelter with Jason Alexander talking about them in television commercials the next day.
Sitting on the cold, stained cement floor and looking up through the wire mesh caging after […]

Wed, 03/30/11 – 9:07 | Comments Off on Is RCR Set For A Return To Top Of The Dog Pile?
Wrecks And Ratings Go Up For IndyCar Series
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
One day after the unintended consequences of double-file restarts dominated post-race discussion on the Streets of St. Pete, the IZOD IndyCar Series celebrated its highest overnight TV ratings in four years.
And therein lies the rub – or in this case, the bump-and-shove – between the balancing act matching the integrity […]

Tue, 03/29/11 – 11:55 | Comments Off on Wrecks And Ratings Go Up For IndyCar Series
Woody: Non-Racing Has Become NASCAR Norm
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
I don’t know what tickets cost for Sunday’s race at California cost, but whatever it was, fans deserved about 90 percent of their money back.
They paid for 200 laps of racing and got maybe 10.
Part of the problem was the track – big and wide and relatively flat, which allowed […]

Tue, 03/29/11 – 6:15 | 10 Comments