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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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
Race Day: Chase Is Becoming Championship Stare-Down
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Concord, N.C. – The 2009 Chase seems to be becoming a stare-down.
The drivers who remain in realistic contention appear to be waiting to see if the others will blink. Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Juan Pablo Montoya and are all averaging top-five finishes through the first four races.
Like, 3.5 finishes.
Between rain [...]

Sat, 10/17/09 – 8:51 | Comments Off
Shepherd Moves On As A Driver And A Cause
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – As a steady drizzle fell over Lowe’s Motor Speedway, NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd found time Thursday afternoon to disclose how he celebrated his 68th birthday on Monday.
“I gave everybody the day off and I worked on the race car,” said Shepherd, as a wide-smile flashed across his face.
A driver [...]

Sat, 10/17/09 – 7:30 | 4 Comments
Healthier Kyle Busch Wins Lowe’s Nationwide Race
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Looks like Kyle Busch is returning to normal. Physically and on the race tracks. Friday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
The victory ended an 11-race slump for Busch and came a week after having to get out of his car because of a battle with pneumonia.
Busch led 137 laps [...]

Sat, 10/17/09 – 7:15 | Comments Off
Flag To Flag: Charlotte
Nick Bromberg | Senior Writer
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Watching the NASCAR Banking 500 Only From Bank America tonight?
Nick Bromberg is.
Follow along here as he live blogs all the action from Charlotte.

Sat, 10/17/09 – 7:00 | 44 Comments
Johnson Has Chasers Thinking ‘Uh-Oh’
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Concord, N.C. – At the very least, the 11 drivers who now trail Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship are publicly keeping stiff upper lips. They are saying Johnson’s lead is not insurmountable, there are still six races to go and that anything can happen in [...]

Fri, 10/16/09 – 10:00 | One Comment
NASCAR Notes: Johnson And Team Face Changing Times
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Concord, N.C. – If Jimmie Johnson captures a fourth consecutive Sprint Cup championship, he’ll do so despite being forced to use three different rear-tire changers during the final third of the season.
After rear-tire changer Jeremy West was sidelined by back surgery following the night race at Bristol in August, crew chief [...]

Thu, 10/15/09 – 21:15 | One Comment
Johnson Rolls To Pole At Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Concord, N.C. – With clouds hanging low and rain seemingly in no hurry to leave the Lowe’s Motor Speedway area, many involved in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship were put into grumpy moods. They were worried that qualifying would be washed out and that points-leader Jimmie Johnson would [...]

Thu, 10/15/09 – 21:10 | One Comment
Minter: Are Two Frances Too Many In First Hall Class?
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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The phone began ringing within minutes of the announcement on Wednesday of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.
“How could they?” said Bud Lang, a long-time NASCAR fan from the north Georgia hills that produced some of the sport’s earliest stars like Lloyd Seay, Gober Sosebee, [...]

Thu, 10/15/09 – 15:50 | 4 Comments