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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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Nationwide Notes: Keller Says Keep It Real
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Millington, Tenn. – Steve Wallace created a buzz last weekend when he tossed his helmet in the garage at Lowe’s Motor Speedway following a wreck triggered by David Gilliland during Saturday night’s Dollar General 300.
Though Wallace later apologized for the helmet incident, Nationwide Series veteran driver Jason Keller believes it’s essential that [...]

Fri, 10/23/09 – 17:10 | One Comment
Sprint Cup Notes: Newman On The Pole At Martinsville
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Ryan Newman will attempt to begin his long climb back into contention for this year’s Sprint Cup championship from the pole position at Martinsville Speedway.
Newman, who is eighth in points and 288 behind leader Jimmie Johnson, won the pole for the Tums Fast Relief 500 Friday with a lap at 96.795 mph. His time was [...]

Fri, 10/23/09 – 15:53 | One Comment
Time Machine: Switching Brands Is Old Hat
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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If Richard Petty Motorsports adds a Ford to its line-up later this year, it will not be the first time a front-line team has raced both the Ford and Chrysler brands in the same season.
Domineering, rich and uncompromising, when Carl Kiekhaefer headed south from Wisconsin to race in NASCAR’s Grand National [...]

Fri, 10/23/09 – 13:19 | 3 Comments
Eury Jr. To Guide First-Timer at Memphis
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Millington, Tenn. – When the No. 5 Chevrolet rolls onto the track for Saturday’s Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park, the driver won’t be the only person settling into a new role.
Richard Boswell’s NASCAR Nationwide Series debut will coincide with Tony Eury Jr. sliding into the crew chief role for [...]

Fri, 10/23/09 – 13:17 | One Comment
New Ford Engine To Debut At Talladega
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Ford Racing announced Friday that its new “FR9” engine will make its debut during the Amp Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway next weekend.
The new engine will be in the Roush Fenway Racing cars of Matt Kenseth and David Ragan.
Roush Fenway’s Chase drivers, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, will use their current Ford engines at Talladega.
While [...]

Fri, 10/23/09 – 8:04 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: Dixon Is Out To Demote The Sarge
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Larry Dixon’s next text message to Top Fuel rival Tony Schumacher might read: “Sarge: Game on!”
Dixon rolled into The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway one year ago a distant second to Schumacher and his 212-point lead. Needing only to qualify to earn his fifth consecutive and sixth overall NHRA Full Throttle Series world championship, [...]

Fri, 10/23/09 – 7:44 | 2 Comments
Minter: Jimmie Johnson Is As Sly As A Fox
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Some Thursday observations:
Of all the terms being tossed around regarding Jimmie Johnson’s surge toward what’s looking like a record fourth straight Sprint Cup title, “irony” is one of the first words that comes to mind.
In the same autumn that David Pearson was snubbed in the voting for the inaugural class [...]

Thu, 10/22/09 – 7:36 | One Comment
Fantasy Racing: Martinsville
Nick Bromberg | Senior Writer
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Tums Fast Relief 500
Martinsville Speedway
Sunday October 25, 1:30 ET ABC
Race Facts: Martinsville has a lower top 10 win percentage than most tracks. 73 percent of winners have started in the top 10… Fred Lorenzen led 493 laps on his way to winning at Martinsville in 1964 while John Andretti led just four in 1999. I [...]

Thu, 10/22/09 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Roush Nationwide Car Penalized
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NASCAR announced today that the crew chief, owner and driver of the No. 16 NASCAR Nationwide Series team have been fined and penalized for violations involving sealed engine rules.
Crew chief Eddie Pardue has been fined $30,000 for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (Race equipment that has been previously sealed by NASCAR for use in [...]

Wed, 10/21/09 – 14:59 | Comments Off
Woody: It’s Do It Or Lose It Time
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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It’s soul-search, gut-check, look-in-the-mirror time for at least eight of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Championship Sunday at Martinsville.
If they don’t make a move – and I mean a MAJOR move – they can kick it in cruise control and just go through the motions the rest of the way. They’re out. [...]

Wed, 10/21/09 – 14:51 | 3 Comments