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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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Force Hood Adds To Points Lead
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Ashley Force Hood solidified her status as the Funny Car points leader with a 4.094-second pass at 307.79 mph to secure the provisional pole on the first day of qualifying at the NHRA Virginia Nationals.
The other provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the 22nd of 24 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series were [...]

Fri, 10/9/09 – 18:00 | Comments Off
J.C. France Suspended By Grand-Am
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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J.C. France, a veteran competitor in the Rolex Sports Car Series and son of current NASCAR board member Jim France, has been suspended indefinitely by the series after an arrest on drug charges in Daytona Beach following a traffic violation.
“Grand-Am has issued a penalty notice and suspended J.C. indefinitely from [...]

Fri, 10/9/09 – 17:00 | 2 Comments
Fontana Notes: Montoya Offers Danica Advice
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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Fontana, Calif. – Former Indy 500 champion and Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya believes it would be a mistake for Danica Patrick to run a partial stock car schedule next season while competing for the 2010 Indy Car Series championship.
“I wouldn’t be driving both cars, to be honest,” said [...]

Fri, 10/9/09 – 16:58 | Comments Off
IndyCar Notes: Dixon Says Three Would Be Charming
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Show me a race car driver who says he is not just a little bit selfish, and I’ll show you a race car driver who is (1) a liar and (2) unemployed.
IndyCar Series teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti have ridden their open-book/good-buddy policy at Target Chip Ganassi Racing to [...]

Fri, 10/9/09 – 9:48 | One Comment
California Sets Up A Decision For Biffle And Team
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Ironically, Greg Biffle’s great run at Kansas Speedway, where he led 113 laps and finished third, poses a dilemma for him and his crew heading into this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway.
Biffle told reporters this week that his team finally has found a chassis combination that helps his car [...]

Fri, 10/9/09 – 9:10 | Comments Off
Still-Hot Hamlin says Keselowski Refuses To Man-Up
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By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
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By the time Denny Hamlin got to Phoenix on Wednesday he still hadn’t forgiven Brad Keselowski for their on-track skirmish nearly two weeks ago in a NASCAR Nationwide race at Dover, Del.
Hadn’t put it on the back-burner, hadn’t swept it under the rug, hadn’t even bothered to shrug his shoulders [...]

Fri, 10/9/09 – 6:21 | 27 Comments
Woody: Bottom-Feeders Need To Chow Down
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Going into this 6th edition of the Chase for the Championship I thought this 12-car field was the strongest in history, top to bottom.
I thought we’d see tight, tense battles and exciting position-shuffling week after week.
I thought the stage was set for one of the most wide-open, dramatic title fights in [...]

Fri, 10/9/09 – 6:00 | 3 Comments
NASCAR Newscast: Pepsi 500 Chase Race 4 Preview
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The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to California and the Auto Club Speedway for the first time in history. Denny Hamlin says it’s a welcome change for competitors and fans alike while Washington state native Kasey Kahne enjoys racing in front of his West Coast fans. Plus, get the top five in Driver [...]

Thu, 10/8/09 – 12:24 | Comments Off
Minter: Does NASCAR Need A Southern Accent?
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Some Thursday observations:
NASCAR chairman Brian France and executives of the networks that broadcast its races were remarkably candid in Wednesday’s press conference announcing more – and earlier – starting times for races next season. They openly admitted that tinkering with traditions in NASCAR, something that’s been done on a fairly [...]

Thu, 10/8/09 – 10:50 | One Comment
Harris: IndyCar Finale Shaping Up As A Very Civil War
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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One thing about the three-man championship battle in the IndyCar Series:  It’s extremely civil.
No bad-mouthing. No psych-outs. As gentlemanly as a duel, only contested wheel-to-wheel at 200 mph.
Scott Dixon, the two-time and defending champion, is a close friend of his Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and closest pursuer,  Dario Franchitti. [...]

Wed, 10/7/09 – 18:16 | Comments Off