Thu, 30/10/14 – 8:12 | One Comment

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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Johnson Jr. Returns To The Show In Quality Ride
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Last time Tommy Johnson Jr. was employed fulltime as an NHRA Funny Car driver, Jay Leno had yet to retire the first time as host of “The Tonight Show.”
That was 2008, a lifetime in any form of professional motorsports. But the persistent Johnson has joined Don Schumacher Racing’s juggernaut for [...]

Fri, 02/7/14 – 17:06 | Comments Off
Langdon Ready To Go Back-To-Back In Top Fuel
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A year ago at this time, Shawn Langdon was a driver with things to prove. Important things. Things like proving he belonged on a Top Fuel team that had a championship-winning past.
This year heading into the coming weekend’s NHRA Mello Yellow drag racing series’ season-opening Winternationals, Langdon again has something [...]

Thu, 02/6/14 – 12:03 | Comments Off
NASCAR Announces New Penalty And Appeals Process
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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NASCAR’s off season of change continued Tuesday with the unveiling of new procedures for issuing penalties. Also dealt with during a teleconference conducted by Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president of racing operations, and Robin Pemberton, series vice president, competition and racing development, was the penalty-appeals processes.
O’Donnell said that impetus [...]

Tue, 02/4/14 – 12:01 | 3 Comments
Force Faces Challenges On Track, In Board Room
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Funny Car icon John Force says he would be willing to sit out the 2015 NHRA season in favor of daughter Brittany’s fledgling Top Fuel career if his current search for corporate funding falls short.
Brut Force on the sidelines would constitute the extreme worst-case scenario for both John Force Racing [...]

Tue, 02/4/14 – 10:01 | Comments Off
New Format Encourages Instant Gratification
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Throughout NASCAR’s history the sanctioning body has modified its point system when it felt necessary, but the new one announced Thursday is the most radical in the sport’s history.
To review, under the new structure winning is everything and consistency is irrelevant; points racing is eliminated. To win [...]

Fri, 01/31/14 – 20:56 | 8 Comments
Trent Owens’ Career Path Leads Back To Petty
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief Trent Owens was only 4 months old when his father lost his life in a freak pit accident at Talladega.
That May 4 in the Winston 500 19-year-old Randy Owens was attempting to extinguish a fire in a left front wheel bearing on the No. 43 Dodge when [...]

Fri, 01/31/14 – 14:45 | 3 Comments
Mixed Reaction Greets Big NASCAR Changes
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Most drivers and team owners reacted positively to NASCAR’s change in its Chase format for 2014, but there were still those who showed little enthusiasm, preferring to take a wait-and-see approach.
Denny Hamlin saw the new format as a way a person could miss a race due to a concussion and still [...]

Thu, 01/30/14 – 20:39 | 5 Comments
NASCAR Unveils Revamped Chase Structure
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR executives confirmed Thursday what had been rumored and speculated on for several weeks – a major change in the Chase format that will emphasize winning throughout the season and make the season finale a winner-take-all event for the championship.
The new format expands the Chase field to [...]

Thu, 01/30/14 – 13:40 | Comments Off
Class of ‘14 Enters Hall Of Fame
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The NASCAR Wire Service
A class of five new drivers was welcomed Wednesday night into the NASCAR Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom.
Engine builder Maurice Petty joined father Lee Petty, brother Richard Petty and cousin and Petty Enterprises crew chief Dale Inman as a member of the NASCAR [...]

Thu, 01/30/14 – 8:26 | Comments Off
Penske Votes Yes On Latest NASCAR Changes
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – International businessman Roger Penske’s motorsports involvement has covered all major facets of the sport – driver, team and track owner – and he said Wednesday he believed NASCAR was headed in the right direction with its rule changes for 2014.
“Change is an important evolution. There is no [...]

Wed, 01/29/14 – 21:26 | One Comment