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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Soldier on, Mark Thompson.
Amidst NASCAR’s publicity push over its fresh flock of young drivers, there was virtually no fanfare over the 66-year-old Thompson establishing a remarkable record when the green flag waved to signify the start of today’s 60th-annual Daytona 500.
Before Sunday, the oldest driver to turn a lap in the Great […]

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Woody: Racing Doesn’t Need TV-Dictated Finishes
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Fox Sports Chairman David Hall believes if races were shortened it would solve the problem of waning NASCAR fan interest.
I’m not so sure.
If the racing is close and exciting, fans will stick with it no matter how long it takes to complete the race.
If the racing is boring, fans’ attention will […]

Wed, 01/26/11 – 8:05 | One Comment
‘Sudden Sam’ Is Slammed Into Reverse
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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Charlotte, N.C. – Sam Hornish Jr. has won an Indianapolis 500 and three IndyCar championships. But the what-have-you-done-lately world of auto racing has placed Hornish in a miserable limbo just weeks from the start of the 2011 season.
After three difficult and frustrating years of trying to master the bigger, heavier […]

Tue, 01/25/11 – 17:46 | Comments Off on ‘Sudden Sam’ Is Slammed Into Reverse
Force Hood To Become Mom; Will Skip 2011
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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John Force Racing announced Tuesday that his daughter, Ashley Force Hood, and her husband are expecting a child and she will not drive a Funny Car for the JFR NHRA team this coming season.
Headed back to the cockpit for the team will be Mike Neff, a former driver for JFR […]

Tue, 01/25/11 – 16:46 | Comments Off on Force Hood To Become Mom; Will Skip 2011
Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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When Kurt Busch goes “double-dipping”  this season, he won’t be concerned with NASCAR’s new single-series point rules.
Busch is going NHRA drag racing in a “Factory Hot Rod.”
NASCAR’s 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion, Busch announced Monday he plans to make his NHRA Full Throttle Series debut during the 41st annual Tire […]

Tue, 01/25/11 – 8:50 | Comments Off on Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011
Waltrip To Enter 2011 500
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Michael Waltrip Racing and NAPA AUTO PARTS announced that two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 15 NAPA Toyota in his 25th consecutive Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.
“This is a very special day,” said Waltrip who unveiled the No. 15 NAPA paint scheme Tuesday morning during the annual Charlotte Motor Speedway media […]

Tue, 01/25/11 – 8:18 | One Comment
Ganassi Has Tough Act To Follow
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Charlotte, N.C. – As bright and shining as the possibilities are for the 2011 racing season, Chip Ganassi  grows a little wistful when he thinks about 2010.
“I’ve got to be honest with you, I didn’t want the year to end,’’ Ganassi  said Monday during the first event of the 29th annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted […]

Mon, 01/24/11 – 17:32 | Comments Off on Ganassi Has Tough Act To Follow
Ingram: Rolex Rain Did Not Intimidate Earnhardt Sr.
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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From the Monday Morning Crew Chief ™:
There will be a lot written about Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s last Daytona 500 in the coming weeks and not much about his first Daytona 24-hour. Because it was the last time I had a conversation with Earnhardt Sr., the Rolex 24 is the race […]

Mon, 01/24/11 – 9:45 | 2 Comments
Hood: Ten 500s Which Will Never Be Forgotten
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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The last time Daytona International Speedway was paved the year was 1978 and NASCAR was considered a regional sport at best. A few months later, the fresh coat of asphalt helped produce a memorable Daytona 500 that thrust NASCAR into the national spotlight.
After a series of potholes developed during last year’s Great American […]

Sun, 01/23/11 – 9:11 | 3 Comments
Vickers Fulfills His Promise To Return To Racing
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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On Thursday, when asked to describe how he felt when a doctor told him that it was doubtful that he would ever drive a race car again, Brian Vickers turned to one of the classics of the American cinema for his answer:
“Kind of like, ‘so you’re telling me there’s a […]

Sat, 01/22/11 – 9:20 | Comments Off on Vickers Fulfills His Promise To Return To Racing
Helton Chats Points, Double Dips
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Daytona Beach, Fla. – NASCAR officials indicated Friday that there will be some tweaking of the rules for the 2011 season, but they didn’t offer many details that weren’t already widely known.
NASCAR president Mike Helton confirmed what drivers have already said about being able to compete in just one national […]

Fri, 01/21/11 – 13:57 | One Comment