Thu, 14/03/19 – 7:02 | No Comment

Hall of Fame nominee Neil Bonnett and Jeff Hood, the author the piece below, in 1981.

By Jeff Hood | Senior

“Everything’s better, with Neil Bonnett on it…”

Nearly four decades later, that goofy jingle still resonates in my mind.

It was a blistering hot and humid Labor Day Monday in 1981 in Darlington, S.C. Stock car racing’s […]

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IndyCar To Run At Motegi Road Course This Season
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Twin Ring Motegi’s 2.98-mile natural terrain road-course will play host to the IZOD IndyCar Series’ ninth and final visit to Japan this fall.
The Indy Japan 300 on Sept. 18 originally was scheduled for the 1.5-mile, egg-shaped oval that sustained damage during the March earthquakes. Raised ridges to the track’s surface will prevent the series’ open-wheel […]

Fri, 06/3/11 – 16:35 | Comments Off on IndyCar To Run At Motegi Road Course This Season
Petty Welcomes An Old Friend Back To Cup
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kansas City, Kan. – A couple of weeks ago, Carl Edwards was handed a check for well over a million dollars for winning the Sprint All-Star Race.
A million bucks for winning one race. Richard Petty remembers the days when he could have ran his entire team for four full seasons with […]

Fri, 06/3/11 – 12:57 | One Comment
Pedley: Tony Stewart To Get A Dream Ride
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
The word over the past decade or so among racing’s literati has been this: If there is one NASCAR driver who could make the transition to Formua 1, it would be Tony Stewart.
A couple weeks from now, those wondering if the word […]

Thu, 06/2/11 – 11:06 | One Comment
500-Winner Wheldon Rejoins Ranks of Unemployed
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Fort Worth, Texas – Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon definitely will be on-site at Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6 of the IZOD IndyCar Series on June 11.
Odds are, however, that instead of strapping into the cockpit for the inaugural Firestone Twin 275s, Wheldon will be miking-up in the TV […]

Wed, 06/1/11 – 7:20 | 3 Comments
Woody: Good-bye, Good Riddance To The Double
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Last Sunday’s Indy 500 and Coke 600 shared dramatic finishes but they didn’t share a single driver. Good. Perhaps the NASCAR guys who used to “do the double” have finally come to their senses.
I suppose we had to admire their grit but I always questioned their gumption.
I also questioned their dedication to their NASCAR teams, […]

Tue, 05/31/11 – 8:10 | 6 Comments
Indy Money, Awards Handed Out
Dan Wheldon earned $2,567,255 from an overall purse of $13,509,485 for his victory Sunday, May 29 in the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Wheldon’s No. 98 William Rast-CURB/Big Machine car for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian passed JR Hildebrand’s No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car on the final straightaway of the race after Hildebrand […]

Mon, 05/30/11 – 20:54 | Comments Off on Indy Money, Awards Handed Out
Ganassi Team Derailed; SunTrust Wins Classic At Lime Rock
Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor won the Memorial Day Classic Rolex Grand-Am Series race at Lime Rock Park while Daytona Prototype championship leaders Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett struggled after an incident early in the race.
Taylor won the pole earlier Monday in the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet/Dallara and led the opening 46 laps before the […]

Mon, 05/30/11 – 17:58 | Comments Off on Ganassi Team Derailed; SunTrust Wins Classic At Lime Rock
IndyCar PR Machine May Have Panther In Its Tank
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Indianapolis – There is reason to believe that the wow-factor surrounding Dan Wheldon’s second Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday will, unfortunately, have a shelf-life about as long as his first win in 2005.
Eclipsed by rookie Danica Patrick’s record-setting performance in ‘05, Wheldon’s improbable, last-lap victory on Sunday easily could be […]

Mon, 05/30/11 – 16:41 | Comments Off on IndyCar PR Machine May Have Panther In Its Tank
Ingram: Crashing, Not Crying On Racing’s Big Day
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From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
1. Big motor races are so often a big start, a long middle and a big finish. That was not the case on this Memorial Day weekend. At Indy and Charlotte, big starts were followed by only a few muddles in the middle and exceptionally big surprise endings.
2. In Charlotte, […]

Mon, 05/30/11 – 9:35 | 2 Comments
Kevin Harvick Once Again Stars As ‘The Closer’
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
Concord, N.C. – In three victories this year Kevin Harvick has led only nine laps; an accomplishment that has resulted in him garnering the nickname “The Closer.”
For one victory he overtook five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on the final lap. The other two came at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s expense. […]

Mon, 05/30/11 – 8:46 | 3 Comments