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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Memo: Only Thing Petty At HOF Will Be Richard
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Sitting in that convention center meeting room for last week’s NASCAR Hall of Fame voting was an experience which will never be forgotten. A lot of things went through the mind as I sat down, opened my notebook, picked up my [...]

Wed, 10/21/09 – 9:38 | 2 Comments
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Brooklyn, Mich. ­— Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart are just a few of the drivers who have known it for years: Dogs are an integral part of the NASCAR family.
So in an ongoing effort to help fans make their race weekends more affordable, Michigan International Speedway is allowing dogs in its Graves Farm [...]

Wed, 10/21/09 – 7:41 | Comments Off
Woody: Skimpy First Class Hurts The New Hall
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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If it was chatter that the NASCAR Hall of Fame folks wanted, it was chatter they got.
And – just as I predicted – much of it’s not good.
By limiting the first HOF class to five inductees – FIVE, to represent 62 years of racing! – they created a lot of bruised feelings and peeved fans.
It [...]

Tue, 10/20/09 – 8:23 | 8 Comments
Elliott Protege Climbs Podium In His ARCA Debut
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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As Bill Elliott began to approach the later years of his NASCAR career, he started spending some of his time helping aspiring young drivers break into the sport.
His first understudy was his nephew Casey Elliott, who had tons of potential only to be lost to cancer before he could show the NASCAR world just how [...]

Tue, 10/20/09 – 8:12 | 3 Comments
Woody: The Great Chase Seems To Be Fading Fast
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Going into this 6th edition of NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, I thought the 12-pack of drivers represented the strongest field ever.
I thought the stage was set for the most wham-bam title fight in NASCAR history.
I thought we’d see goose-bump battles and constant shuffling of the standings.
Looks like I thought wrong.
We’re five races into the [...]

Mon, 10/19/09 – 14:54 | 5 Comments
Harris: Gil de Ferran Is The King Of The Big Finish
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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Gil de Ferran sure knows how to retire.
The Paris-born Brazilian did it again in the ALMS season-ending race two weeks ago,  co-driving an Acura ALMS car to victory in his swan song as a sports car driver.
That definitely evoked memories of his retirement from the IndyCar Series in 2003, when that year’s Indianapolis 500 winner [...]

Mon, 10/19/09 – 7:26 | One Comment
Ingram: France Jr. Should Have Been Held Back
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Welcome to the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
After his victory in Charlotte on Saturday night, Jimmie Johnson appears to be on his way to a fourth straight Sprint Cup championship. But will he be able to get into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility when that day arrives?
This sort of calculation, [...]

Mon, 10/19/09 – 6:48 | 5 Comments
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Brooklyn, Mich.  ­— Ticket/camping renewals for the 2010 season are under way so fans of Michigan International Speedway have been taking advantage of the lower pricing the Irish Hills track is offering until the November 6 deadline.
Race fans that renew before the deadline are guaranteed the best prices for 2010, which include lower prices in [...]

Sun, 10/18/09 – 10:54 | Comments Off
Montoya Takes Shot, Gives Shot
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Juan Pablo Montoya has been called a lot of things during his driving career. Shy? Not one of those things he’s been called. And certainly not a thing he will be called following Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
After having major blows struck to his car and his hopes for a Cup [...]

Sun, 10/18/09 – 0:15 | 3 Comments
Johnson Makes It Two Straight Wins, Takes Aim At Fourth Title
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – For Jimmie Johnson, it was the perfect race weekend. For the rest of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup competitors, it was a recurring nightmare.
Johnson took another big step toward a record fourth consecutive Cup championship with a solid victory Saturday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway as the 10-race Chase [...]

Sun, 10/18/09 – 0:10 | Comments Off