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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Pedley: A Driver Of The Year Vote Explained
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
As with all voting processes for MVPs or players of the year or largest balls of string, the criteria used for voting for the Driver of the Year Award are kind of hazy.
And, human nature being what it is, things like personal experiences and living history and away-from-track persona can […]

Wed, 12/22/10 – 17:36 | 5 Comments
Minter: Clark’s Voice Makes You Feel At Home
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Looking back on this and other seasons of races past, the things that really stand out are the sights and sounds of the racing atmosphere. And one of the things that makes a race track experience enjoyable, as much as anything, is a good track announcer.
No matter how the races are going down on the […]

Wed, 12/22/10 – 7:15 | 2 Comments
Woody: Kyle Busch Plays Rough But Not Dirty
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Some goofy website recently ran a ranking of the “top 50 dirtiest athletes in sports history” and Kyle Busch was listed 38th.
That put him ahead of notorious boxer/ex-con Mike Tyson who came in 40th. That’s all we need to know about how authentic the whole thing is. It was intended to […]

Tue, 12/21/10 – 7:48 | 7 Comments
Kanaan Joins de Ferran Dragon
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Former IZOD IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan has signed with de Ferran Dragon Racing for the 2011 season, giving the third-year team a high-profile driver to rival its president.
Kanaan, the 2004 series champion, will drive the No. 2 Dallara/Honda wheeled by fellow-Brazilian Rafael Matos in 2009-10, with a sponsorship package to be announced in 2011.
“This […]

Tue, 12/21/10 – 7:24 | Comments Off on Kanaan Joins de Ferran Dragon
Ingram: Promoter Full Bore On Austin F1 Circuit
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
Austin, Tex. – Is Tavo Hellmund the next Chris Pook?
A British expatriate, Pook brought the emerging glitz and glamour of Formula One into a major metropolitan area in the U.S. for the first time with the creation of the Long Beach Grand Prix. Who […]

Mon, 12/20/10 – 8:31 | 5 Comments
Hood: Last Minute Christmas Stocking Stuffers
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Christmas is the time of year when wish lists are floating around.
So aside from finding an 8-foot, high definition, flat screen television under my tree next weekend or hitting a multi-state lottery, here are a few items I jotted down that I’d like to see happen during the coming New Year:
For Mark […]

Sun, 12/19/10 – 8:56 | 2 Comments
Woody: Track Debate Has Nashville In An Uproar
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Ongoing efforts to shut down 53-year-old Fairgrounds Speedway as part of a “redevelopment” of the city-owned property has created a major uproar in Nashville, dividing citizens and politicians in one of the most heated issues in the city’s history.
Some believe the battle is not just about the future of racing […]

Sat, 12/18/10 – 8:47 | 8 Comments
Woody: Hall Of Fame Learns Fans Can Be Fickle
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Attendance continues to fall far below projections at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, leaving the facility drowning in a sea of red ink.
The HOF reportedly lost $409,000 between July and October, and losses are projected to exceed $1 million by next summer.
What went wrong? What made the “experts” […]

Fri, 12/17/10 – 15:11 | 3 Comments
Sturbin: Big Battle For Jimmie Came After Season
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson says his selection as 2010 Driver of the Year left him shocked and honored, the result of an inconsistent Sprint Cup season and the larger-than-life presence of NHRA Funny Car star John Force.
“I would assume that (John) Force would be a shoe-in,” Johnson, 35, admitted […]

Fri, 12/17/10 – 8:25 | 7 Comments
Minter: Wood Knows His Iron
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It’s pretty safe to say that Rutledge Wood is the only personality who has been interviewed both at Oliver Gentry’s junkyard in Newnan, Ga., and in the Tonight Show studios in California.
But, according to Wood’s Facebook page, he’ll set that milestone tonight. Wood is set to talk to host Jay Leno about his new History […]

Thu, 12/16/10 – 17:22 | One Comment