Sun, 4/10/15 – 8:36 | No Comment

BRASELTON, Ga. – When is a road race in the rain no longer a race? Some people were asking that question as the Petit Le Mans seemed to reach a saturation point while precipitous fallout from a hurricane in the Atlantic kept coming down on Road Atlanta.
Funny thing, though. Despite the frequent safety car periods […]

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Ballew Out To Beat Busch
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Hampton, Ga. – Saturday’s E-Z-GO Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be a big test for both Kyle Busch and for his former truck team, Billy Ballew Motorsports.
Together they’ve won four of the past five truck races at Atlanta, Ballew’s home track. But now that Busch […]

Fri, 03/5/10 – 16:09 | Comments Off on Ballew Out To Beat Busch
Minter: AMS Owes Debt Of Thanks To Alf Knight
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Hampton, Ga. – Ed Clark is the resident Big Man at Atlanta Motor Speedway, both literally and figuratively.
But to old-timers around the Hampton speed plant, the original Big Man at the Atlanta track was Alf Knight.
Knight was a tough, no-nonsense man who gave more to the Atlanta track than he […]

Fri, 03/5/10 – 12:58 | One Comment
Sturbin: Hunter Back On The Beat
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Fort Worth, Texas – He wasn’t listed among the special guest speakers taking the ballroom stage during Texas Motor Speedway’s annual Media Day, the sort of corporate function Jim Hunter has fronted seemingly forever.
Hunter’s official NASCAR title is vice president of corporate communications, an all-encompassing job description that for media […]

Fri, 03/5/10 – 7:32 | One Comment
US F1 Is Officially Out
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Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
The FIA has published its official entry list of 12 teams and has denied the bid by US F1 to hold the 13th and final official entry. Instead, the FIA will allow new candidates to apply for the 13th position for the 2011 season.
“The US team have indicated that they will not […]

Thu, 03/4/10 – 17:03 | One Comment
Cup Notes: Better Racing Ahead
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Ryan Newman, the race driver with the engineering degree, said that going back to the rear spoiler instead of a wing will facilitate side drafting, and that will lead to much better racing on the bigger, faster tracks.
“This is speculation from my standpoint (but) the way the spoiler is designed, there’s going to be a […]

Thu, 03/4/10 – 16:48 | One Comment
Minter: Gordon-Johnson Competition Still Friendly?
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
For those who cling to the hope that racing remain a pure form of competition, it’s been disheartening to see the sport of NASCAR racing evolve to a point where three- and four-car teams with alliances with other multi-car operations have become the norm.
Drivers talk about sharing data that once […]

Thu, 03/4/10 – 11:35 | 2 Comments
Woody: Jimmie Stinking Up The Show
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Back in the late 1960’s a brash, talent-oozing young leadfoot from Ownesboro, Ky., swaggered into Nashville and proceeded to turn Nashville Speedway’s Victory Circle into his own private parking space.
His name was Darrell Waltrip and he drove as fast as he talked. He was darn near unbeatable.
Darrell wasn’t just winning […]

Thu, 03/4/10 – 8:02 | 9 Comments
Harris: She Has Look Of A Winner
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
Move over Danica. Here comes Simona.
While 21-year-old Simona De Silvestro is no glamour queen and isn’t likely to pose for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue or FHM, she may be just the gal to show IZOD IndyCar Series veteran Danica Patrick the way on track.
Don’t get me wrong. The young […]

Thu, 03/4/10 – 7:32 | One Comment
Memo: World Class Hypocrisy
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Let’s see what’s in the morning memo today:
I see where the Olympics took a huge bite out of the Nielsen ratings for last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The big hockey game was held in Canada that day, I believe.
I say that I believe […]

Wed, 03/3/10 – 11:23 | 2 Comments
Minter: Winner’s Circle Sells More Than Hot Dogs
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
In a time when quality access to Sprint Cup drivers continues to dwindle, one of the few remaining options for reporters has come under criticism from none other that the defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson said last week at Las Vegas last week that he doesn’t believe NASCAR’s Winner’s […]

Wed, 03/3/10 – 7:46 | One Comment