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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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Minter: Two Races In, The Chase Field Is Thinning Rapidly
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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The 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup is just two races old, but it’s beginning to look like the 12-driver field is rapidly being thinned to only a handful of legitimate title contenders.
Points leader Mark Martin and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson are rapidly putting the balance of the [...]

Thu, 10/1/09 – 16:26 | One Comment
Rookie-Owner Stewart Knew Times Would Get Tough
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kansas City, Kan. – Tony Stewart began nodding affirmatively well before the question was fully put to him on Wednesday. He’s been around racing, he’s been around the media and he knew almost immediately what he is about to be asked.
And he was ready with an answer.
Yes, Stewart said, the [...]

Thu, 10/1/09 – 16:00 | 3 Comments
NASCAR Newscast: Price Chopper 400 Chase Race 3 Preview
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The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to Kansas Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series one and only visit to the track this season. Jeff Gordon says his mile-and-a-half program could earn him a third victory at the facility while Carl Edwards says nothing would be bigger than a win at his home [...]

Thu, 10/1/09 – 11:30 | 2 Comments
Fantasy Racing: Kansas
Nick Bromberg | Senior Writer
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Price Chopper 400
Kansas Speedway
Sunday October 4, 2PM ET, ABC

Race Facts: Granted, Kansas Speedway has only hosted eight races, but Jeff Gordon is the only multiple winner. Given the fact that Jimmie Johnson has the highest driver rating at Kansas Speedway, a second Kansas win for Johnson would probably be an even money bet… Five of [...]

Thu, 10/1/09 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Vitor Meira Is Back In The Saddle After Horrific Crash
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Monitored by open-wheel icon A.J. Foyt Jr., Vitor Meira hot-lapped around Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday for the first time since his horrific crash during the Indianapolis 500 in May.
Foyt’s verdict? Vitor’s still got the “want-to” necessary to compete in the IndyCar Series.
Meira completed a total of 65 laps around the [...]

Wed, 09/30/09 – 21:19 | Comments Off
Wednesday Memo: Kansas Is Home Of Bizarre Finishes
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Let’s see what’s in the old Wednesday Memo today:
While predicting a winner for this weekend’s Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway is tough, predicting that something goofy will happen at the end of the race has become fairly easy. Kansas, yes, has become bizarre-finish central in the [...]

Wed, 09/30/09 – 17:37 | Comments Off
Petit Le Mans Not A Washout In Points Department
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Despite a race that will be remembered as the “petit” Petit Le Mans, full points were awarded participants in the American Le Mans Series event. With 25 points on the line for the winners at the season finale at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway on Oct. 10, the de Ferran Motorsports [...]

Wed, 09/30/09 – 17:30 | Comments Off
Minter: A Car And A Driver Are Restored In Georgia
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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The news that Huston Platt is among the inductees into the 2009 class of the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame is yet another sign that the 76-year-old former drag racer and his family are finally able to begin moving past one of their family’s and auto racing’s darkest days.
It’s mostly [...]

Wed, 09/30/09 – 9:55 | 2 Comments
Woody: Drivers Alive Today Because of Car of Tomorrow
Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Did the Car of Tomorrow save the Star of Tomorrow?
Despite persistent criticism of the COT that was introduced into the Sprint Cup Series, there is accumulating evidence that it is meeting NASCAR’s main goal – increased driver safety.
The latest testimonial is last Sunday’s wild Dover rollover by rookie sensation Joey Logano.
Logano’s [...]

Wed, 09/30/09 – 9:30 | 5 Comments
Harris: They Talk A Good Race Over At Hendrick Motorsports
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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There are those who automatically believe that drivers who work for Hendrick Motorsports have a built-in advantage.
No question the Hendrick entries have the best of everything – great cars, powerful engines, top-notch engineering, the best personnel available.
But that’s not the only reason that Jeff Gordon is a four-time champion, Jimmie Johnson [...]

Tue, 09/29/09 – 11:08 | 4 Comments