Fri, 9/10/15 – 7:10 | No Comment

CONCORD, N.C. – With Talladega being in the Contender round in the Chase for the Championship, Carl Edwards said Thursday the segment that kicks off at Charlotte Motor Speedway feels more like a two-race rather than a three-race series.  
“I think you have to look at it that way,” Edwards said during preparations for Saturday’s […]

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NHRA Notes: Dixon Reacts To DNQ
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Larry Dixon’s DNQ in his debut for Al-Anabi Racing last February arguably cost him the 2009 NHRA Top Fuel world championship.
A two-time champion, Dixon fell two points short of Tony Schumacher at the conclusion of the six-race Countdown to 1. Dixon began erasing those memories Sunday, when he knocked off Schumacher in the semifinals en […]

Thu, 02/18/10 – 7:38 | One Comment
Woody: Pothole Whiners Should Put A Plug In It
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
We saw one of the most dramatic Daytona 500s in history last Sunday.
Close racing. A flurry of lead changes. Big pileups. A dramatic late rally by Dale Jr. An emotion-charged victory by charismatic young racer Jamie McMurray. A dramatic finish made possible by a radical new multiple-restart rule that will revolutionize […]

Thu, 02/18/10 – 7:04 | 11 Comments
Pedley: McMurray Win Stirs Memories of Legend
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
One of the first things that flashed through my head after Jamie McMurray took the checkered flag at Daytona on Sunday was a mental image of Larry Phillips. It was an image which evoked both happiness and hollowness.
People who know racing, know of Phillips. Those who don’t know of Phillips, […]

Wed, 02/17/10 – 17:44 | One Comment
Minter: Safer Cars Harming Sport?
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It seems like every time I turn on the TV there’s Tony Stewart trashing the print media. The other night on Jimmy Spencer’s “What’s the Deal?” there was a clip of Stewart referring to one media member as either the dumbest or one of the dumbest of us for asking a question about the safety […]

Wed, 02/17/10 – 7:54 | 2 Comments
Woody: The 500 Signaled A Number Of Gains
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
According to Mr. Nielsen, the TV ratings for last Sunday’s Daytona 500 were down 16 percent, the lowest recorded in 19 years.
At the same time Mr. Nielsen reported that over 3 million more viewers turned into the race, a 14 percent gain over last year’s race.
Ratings were down while viewership was […]

Wed, 02/17/10 – 7:31 | One Comment
Gil de Ferran Returns to Indycars
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Gil de Ferran, one the IndyCar Series’ most popular and successful drivers, will return to the sport this year as a co-owner of the Luczo-Dragon Racing team.
He will merge his de Ferran Motorsports team, which has competed the last two season in the American Le Mans Series, with the Luczo team, which has been competing […]

Tue, 02/16/10 – 17:05 | Comments Off on Gil de Ferran Returns to Indycars
Wilkerson Cool With Being Test Mule
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Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson spent part of his offseason testing the National Hot Rod Association’s spec engine, a session that admittedly proved more miss-than-hit.
Wilkerson’s January test at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., was a followup to a similar session conducted by two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon at The Strip at Las Vegas […]

Tue, 02/16/10 – 9:05 | Comments Off on Wilkerson Cool With Being Test Mule
Woody: New Rule Will Revitalize NASCAR
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
It’s the most significant rule change in NASCAR history.
It will alter outcomes, it will assure last-lap drama and toe-curling excitement.
It will change racing forever.
It’s the new three green-white-checkered rule that NASCAR slipped into the rule book last week at Daytona almost at the last second.
After RacinToday first reported the change at […]

Tue, 02/16/10 – 8:02 | Comments Off on Woody: New Rule Will Revitalize NASCAR
500 Victory Takes Ganassi Another Step Higher
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Fans will likely remember Sunday’s Daytona 500 as “The Pothole Race.’’ But Jamie McMurray and car owner Chip Ganassi won’t be thinking about holes in the track when they reflect on the big day.
“Jamie showed me a text from (2009 winner) Matt Kenseth where he said, […]

Mon, 02/15/10 – 18:36 | Comments Off on 500 Victory Takes Ganassi Another Step Higher
Another of Mittler’s Boys Wins Big
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When Mike Mittler awoke this morning and picked up his phone, there was a text message waiting. It was sent at 4:38 a.m. Central Time. It was from Jamie McMurray. Mittler said that, as much as anything that has been spoken or written about McMurray, says it all about the kind of person McMurray really […]

Mon, 02/15/10 – 15:16 | One Comment