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The National Hot Rod Association has promoted Peter Clifford, the organization’s longtime executive vice president and general manager, to president. Clifford succeeds Tom Compton, who announced his retirement from the NHRA following 15 years as president.
Dallas Gardner, chairman of the NHRA Board of Directors, made the announcement and introduced Clifford as president to NHRA employees […]

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Woody: Sadler Leaves Big ‘Family’
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When Earl Sadler was considering starting a racing team, he sought advice from legendary owner/driver Junior Johnson. Johnson advised Sadler to run a race team like a business – control costs and make careful, calculated decisions.
Sadler thanked Johnson, went out, and threw the advice to the winds. He raced from the heart. He delighted in […]

Tue, 12/29/09 – 15:00 | 3 Comments
Minter: Trips To Tracks Produce Loads Of Winners
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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When my RacinToday boss man Jim Pedley wrote recently about Road America and smelly feet, he accomplished what all columnists set out to do in the beginning – he got people to thinking. At least that’s the effect it had on me.
As I read about Pedley and his pals piling […]

Tue, 12/29/09 – 7:50 | Comments Off on Minter: Trips To Tracks Produce Loads Of Winners
Woody: Jimmie Wins Award, Debate
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The argument began about the time the caveman invented the wheel and he and a buddy loaded up their coolers and took it for a spin:
Are race drivers athletes?
There was a time when much of the media ignored auto racing because subjective sports editors didn’t think it belonged in the sports section. Even during NASCAR’s […]

Mon, 12/28/09 – 16:50 | Comments Off on Woody: Jimmie Wins Award, Debate
Ingram: USF1 Won’t Make Grid in Bahrain?
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
This just in from Europe: America’s new Formula One team may not make it to the grid in Bahrain next March to open the 2010 season.
Yawn.
There never seems to be enough of the usual scandal, Machiavellian machinations, Flavio factoids and Bernie bits to fulfill the demands […]

Mon, 12/28/09 – 7:35 | 5 Comments
Time Machine: The Yates Head Bows Out – Finally
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(Editor’s note: Time Machine is a semi-regular feature from RacinToday which looks back at important moments in auto racing history.)
By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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When Speed Weeks begin in Daytona Beach next February, it will mark the beginning of the first full season for the Ford FR9 engine. It will also mark the end of the Robert […]

Mon, 12/28/09 – 6:30 | One Comment
The Woods of Virginia – Part 3: Glen Grabs The Wheel
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The Wood Brothers Racing Team has been one of the backbones of NASCAR since the sport was founded. The Woods, from Stuart, Va., have been racing continuously in the division now known as Sprint Cup since 1953 and have 96 wins to their credit.
In a RacinToday exclusive series, Eddie Wood, one of the second-generation members […]

Sun, 12/27/09 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Lizards To Descend On Daytona
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The defending GT2 class championship team from the American Le Mans Series will contest the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
In a cooperative effort with TRG Motorsports, the Flying Lizard Motorsports team’s factory drivers and key crew members will man the No. 66 Porsche entry of TRG in the GT class.
For drivers Jorg Bergmeister and […]

Fri, 12/25/09 – 8:12 | One Comment
Hood: These Holiday Wishes Smell Like Gasoline
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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My two children put together their Christmas wish lists a few weeks ago. Not surprisingly, they are very interested in expensive, high-tech gadgets.
My holiday wishes are a bit more complicated for the fellow from the North Pole to deliver. These items can’t be acquired at a local retail store. And they’re all NASCAR-related.
A NASCAR Christmas wish list?
My wife says I’ve lost my mind […]

Fri, 12/25/09 – 7:47 | Comments Off on Hood: These Holiday Wishes Smell Like Gasoline
Duno Following Heart, Not Danica
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There is a pretty-fair-sized list of reasons why Milka Duno has opted to give driving stock cars a whirl. Not on that list, she stresses, is the desire to do it simply because Danica Patrick is doing it.
In fact, it might not be wise to even bring up the subject […]

Thu, 12/24/09 – 10:04 | 9 Comments
Woody: Asterisks For Jimmie? That’s Asinine
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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The only thing more predictable than Jimmie Johnson’s championship stretch run was the afterburner whine of a certain segment of fans who continue to chastise the Chase.
Some even suggest putting an asterisk beside each of Johnson’s four titles, as well as the championships won by Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart under […]

Thu, 12/24/09 – 7:52 | 5 Comments