Fri, 24/10/14 – 15:37 | No Comment

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chad Knaus, the only crew chief Jimmie Johnson has known while winning six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, isn’t on the chopping block.
But Johnson, who was eliminated from this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Talladega, Ala., made it clear that he knows the day is coming when there [...]

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Talladega Jinx Gets Halloween Test
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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Start with the concept that Talladega Superspeedway is one scary place to drive a race car.
Lives are on the line with 3,400-pound stock cars racing in huge freight train-like packs at speeds close to 200 mph lap after lap after lap on the 2.66-mile, high-banked oval.
Then stir in the eerie history of the place, including [...]

Tue, 10/27/09 – 8:31 | 7 Comments
Racing History Takes A Beating In Nashville
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Nashville – She was once fast and frisky and known throughout the nation for her wild Saturday nights, but now she’s faded, forlorn and almost forgotten.
After this weekend all that’ll be left are the memories.
Historic Fairgrounds Speedway is closing its gates, ending a 51-year-run as one of the most fabled short [...]

Tue, 10/27/09 – 7:57 | 11 Comments
Gordon Puzzled by Montoya’s Abuse
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Jeff Gordon was a puzzled as he got out of his car following Sunday’s Tums Rapid Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. He felt he was being punish during the race, but he wasn’t sure what crime he had committed.
All he could do was consider the source of the of punishment – fellow driver Juan Pablo [...]

Mon, 10/26/09 – 16:29 | One Comment
Minter: Without Pops, Earnhardt Has Lost Crackle
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Throughout the long-running debate over why Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t enjoying the same success as his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, one fact gets consistently overlooked: His best days in NASCAR were with Tony Eury Sr. running the show.
“Pops” Eury, with able assistance from his son Tony Jr., guided his nephew Dale [...]

Mon, 10/26/09 – 9:07 | 6 Comments
The Monday Morning Crew Chief: USF1 To Grow With Busch?
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
If NASCAR Valley is the source for America’s next Formula One car, it seems fitting that Kyle Busch is being wooed by the US F1 team.
We might have learned more about KB’s ability in F1 machinery last year when he was invited by Toyota to test its car. But NASCAR [...]

Mon, 10/26/09 – 8:16 | 5 Comments
Hamlin Wins Race But Johnson Makes His Points
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Last spring, Jimmie Johnson got the victory at Martinsville Speedway by punting leader Denny Hamlin from behind with just a handful of laps to go. Sunday at Martinsville, Hamlin found a fool-proof method for preventing a replay of that.
Hamlin simply would not allow Johnson to get close enough to his [...]

Sun, 10/25/09 – 16:33 | Comments Off
Flag to Flag: Martinsville
Nick Bromberg | Senior Writer
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Watching the Tums Fast Relief 500?
Nick Bromberg is.
Catch the action here as he live blogs Flag to Flag the race at Martinsville Speedway.

Sun, 10/25/09 – 12:04 | 42 Comments
Saldana The Big Star In Texas
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Joey Saldana made it three-for-three in the state of Texas after wiring the field on Saturday night at Lone Star Speedway to score his series leading 19th A-Feature win of the season with the World of Outlaws and his career-high 20th overall victory with the series.
Saldana earned $12,000 for the win, which was the 58th [...]

Sun, 10/25/09 – 8:16 | One Comment
Race Day: Restarts Could Finish Race Leaders
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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U-turns are what Carl Edwards called those two things which connect the two co-joined dragstrips known as Martinsville Speedway. Not corners, as they do in the NASCAR media guide. But U-turns.
NASCAR drivers have been plunging into those things, whatever you want to call them, since 1949 after restarts. But today, [...]

Sun, 10/25/09 – 7:50 | Comments Off
Keselowski Bashes Way To Victory
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Brad Keselowski won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race but probably did not win a lot of friends in the process.
Keselowski, who made liberal use of his front bumper in winning the Kroger On Track for The Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park, was able to hold off a final-lap charge by points-leader Kyle Busch after a [...]

Sat, 10/24/09 – 17:54 | 5 Comments