Thu, 19/04/18 – 7:42 | No Comment

Those of us fortunate (and now old) enough to have experienced the original “Muscle Car Street Wars” of the mid-1960s to mid-1970s might recall these lyrics from a 1968 Ford Mustang TV commercial:
Only Mustang makes it happen, only Mustang makes life great
Mustang moves you, Mustang grooves you
Mustang, Mustang ’68.
Only Mustang makes it happen, let it […]

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Woody: Gentleman, Start Your Commercials
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
When I began covering NASCAR in the early 1970s, lots of folks poked fun at the commercialization of the sport.
They called the decal-plastered cars “billboards on wheels.” They smirked at the quilt-work of logos on drivers’ uniforms.
They snickered at races named after corporate sponsors, such as the Hooters 500 that […]

Tue, 02/1/11 – 9:09 | 2 Comments
Ashley Force Hood Talks Racing and Motherhood
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Ashley Force Hood altered the NHRA Funny Car landscape last week with the revelation that impending motherhood will sideline her for at least the 2011 drag racing season.
Instead of trying to overhaul father/team-owner John Force as reigning world champion – or battling the expanded four-car lineup at Don Schumacher Racing – […]

Tue, 02/1/11 – 8:12 | 6 Comments
Ingram: Ganassi Philosophy Prevails Again In 24
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Earlier this year, driver Juan Pablo Montoya was asked if the tuft of gray he now carries on a head of otherwise dark hair resulted from the intensity of the NASCAR draft, where he makes a living as a driver for the team […]

Mon, 01/31/11 – 7:39 | One Comment
Ganassi Rolls Into 2011 With Rolex 24 Victory
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Team owner Chip Ganassi’s wonderful 2010 racing season extended into 2011 Sunday when his No. 01 BMW/Riley Daytona Prototype car won the 49th Rolex 24 Grand-Am series race at Daytona Internatonal Speedway.
The car, which won the 2010 Grand-Am championship, was driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Joey Hand and Graham Rahal.
With […]

Sun, 01/30/11 – 15:34 | Comments Off on Ganassi Rolls Into 2011 With Rolex 24 Victory
Minter: Winning Comes Up Losing In New System
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After a few days to ponder NASCAR’s new points system, the one thing that stands out is that consistency still means much more than race wins.
The 43-1 system seems to punish drivers for poor performances more than the old system. In the past the last-place driver got 34 points, compared to 195 for the winner, […]

Sun, 01/30/11 – 8:42 | 3 Comments
Bowles Wins, Pastrana Impresses

Jason Bowles drove his No. 75 Rusty Wallace Racing Experience Toyota to victory in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Saturday night.
Bowles moved to the lead on the final restart of the race, which is held at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif., and held off DJ Kennington through the final eight laps.
But perhaps a bigger story was […]

Sun, 01/30/11 – 7:45 | 4 Comments
Baker Curb Halts Operations
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Nashville – Baker Curb Racing, a veteran Nationwide Series team, has suspended operations indefinitely due to lack of funding has learned.
Team co-owner Gary Baker said the team has not officially folded. He said it will re-open its doors if and when a sponsor is found. However, with the season […]

Sat, 01/29/11 – 14:25 | Comments Off on Baker Curb Halts Operations
Partridge Wins, Pastrana Qualifies At Showdown
Ryan Partridge won the biggest race of his young career, earning the win in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model race Friday at the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in Irwindale, Calif.
The 22-year-old Partridge, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., started fifth on the 25-car grid and held off runner-up Alex Haase of Las Vegas, Nev., […]

Sat, 01/29/11 – 9:14 | Comments Off on Partridge Wins, Pastrana Qualifies At Showdown
Brundle Returns to Scene of Daytona Triumph
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
Daytona Beach, Fla. – It was Ponce de Leon who came to Florida in search of the fountain of youth. He might have checked with Martin Brundle first. The 51-year-old driver has returned to Daytona Beach to compete in the Rolex 24 for the first time in 20 years and found […]

Sat, 01/29/11 – 8:57 | One Comment
Shape Matters When It Comes To Driving The 24
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Chances are, you are having an easier week than are the drivers for the GAINSCO Racing Grand-Am series team. In terms of physical comfort, at least.
Because the days leading up to the start of the Rolex 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway, represent hell week for the GAINSCO guys who […]

Fri, 01/28/11 – 18:37 | One Comment