Fri, 23/02/18 – 15:28 | No Comment

If it is true that people only watch automobile races to see the crashes, then the recently concluded Speedweeks was a smashing success. If, on the other hand, people think that driving talent, skill, strategy and applied technology make for compelling racing, last weekend was a crashing bore.
Let’s start with the 500, the marquee event […]

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Kevin Swindell Wins Silver Edition Of Chili Bowl
Kevin Swindell became the first driver in 25 years to win consecutive Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals  main events on Saturday night.
To get the victory and special Silver Driller 25th Anniversary trophy, Swindell had to hold off his more-famous father, Sammy Swindell – a five time winner of the event, which is held in Tulsa, […]

Sun, 01/16/11 – 9:36 | Comments Off on Kevin Swindell Wins Silver Edition Of Chili Bowl
Hood: Living Rooms Are Full Of Potential Snitches
| Senior Writer

A professional golfer is disqualified from a tournament after a TV viewer notices a rules violation and tips off the PGA.
Could a similar scenario play out during a NASCAR event?
Camilo Villegas received a jolt on his 29th birthday a week ago in Hawaii after learning he had been disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. He was told that someone watching […]

Sun, 01/16/11 – 9:07 | 2 Comments
Minter: Roosevelt Johnson A Hero On And Off The Drag Strip
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Most folks don’t get into the sports reporting business for the money. They do it for chances to write about people like Roosevelt Johnson.
Johnson, one of the South’s pioneering drag racers, died this week at the age of 80. I interviewed him several times over the years, visited in his […]

Sat, 01/15/11 – 10:45 | One Comment
Porsche 918 RSR Pushes The Hybrid Envelope
| Senior Writer

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
When Porsche introduced its 918 Spyder at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring of 2010, the  supercar represented a new wave of performance plus efficiency due to its hybrid power from a lithium-ion battery. At a top speed of 199 mph delivered from a car capable of 78 miles per […]

Sat, 01/15/11 – 9:02 | Comments Off on Porsche 918 RSR Pushes The Hybrid Envelope
Woody: Laugh Or Cry? Waltrip Picks Former
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
A few years ago I interviewed Michael Waltrip for a magazine story about his quick wit and sense of humor.
I asked the Clown Prince of NASCAR where he acquired his funny bone.
“From my mom,” Michael said. “She was the one in our family who always had a joke or a funny […]

Fri, 01/14/11 – 8:46 | 2 Comments
Rex White Gets “Another Win”
| Senior Writer

Birmingham, Ala. – Rex White, NASCAR’s oldest living champion of the series now known as Sprint Cup, wasn’t about to let Atlanta’s treacherous, icy roads stop him from making his noontime appointment in Birmingham.
The 80-year-old driver skillfully steered his Mercury across icy patches and through nearly frozen slush and arrived at a Birmingham hotel in […]

Thu, 01/13/11 – 17:04 | 6 Comments
Johnson Says He’s Is Not On The Top – Yet
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By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
Phoenix, Ariz. – Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson emerged from the shadows of the off-season last weekend at Daytona International Speedway, looking as determined as ever when taking part in a three-day test session in preparation for the upcoming Grand-Am Rolex 24.
The Johnson sighting, which continued Wednesday in a Phoenix International […]

Thu, 01/13/11 – 16:00 | 12 Comments
NASCAR To Trim Down Plates
Racin’ Notes for Thursday, Jan. 13:
NASCAR reportedly will down-size restrictor plate holes for next week’s Sprint Cup Goodyear tire test at Daytona International Speedway.
The new size will be 29/32 of an inch. The old size was 30/32 of an inch.
The result will be less power and, presumably, slower speeds.
Pat Tryson, crew chief for the No. […]

Thu, 01/13/11 – 10:14 | One Comment

Lebanon, Tenn. – A new year and a new NASCAR season brings new reduced ticket prices for fans of Nashville Superspeedway. Single event tickets for NASCAR events at Nashville went on sale Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 8 a.m. Fans can take advantage of the new reduced ticket prices by reserving their seats in advance […]

Thu, 01/13/11 – 8:29 | Comments Off on Nashville Announces Reduced Prices
Pedley: Double-Dip Ban A Singularly Good Idea
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
If media reports from this week prove correct, NASCAR will allow drivers to compete for championship points in only one of its major series at a time. The hope, obviously, is that the move will help pump more life into the Nationwide Series. The question is, will that hope be […]

Wed, 01/12/11 – 12:55 | 3 Comments