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On Thursday morning, Jeff Gordon announced to his Hendrick Motorsports team that 2015 would be the last year that he competed full time in the Sprint Cup Series.
Thursday afternoon, the 43-year-old driver held a teleconference with the media to explain his decision and to take question about it.
Gordon, a four-time Cup champion and the winner [...]

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Charlotte, N.C. – was represented in Wednesday’s voting for the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame by two of its senior writers. Here is how those two staffers voted and why:
Jim Pedley:
Bill France Sr. – Pretty simple. No Bill France Sr., no NASCAR, no NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Bill France Jr. – France [...]

Wed, 10/14/09 – 16:02 | Comments Off
Harris: The Hall Debate Was A Lively One
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
Charlotte, N.C. – Being part of the voting panel for the first class to be enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame was the experience of a lifetime.
Sitting in that meeting room Wednesday at the Charlotte Convention Center was very much like taking a personal tour through NASCAR history.
There were [...]

Wed, 10/14/09 – 16:00 | 3 Comments
Woody: Is Happy Hour Coming To An End In NASCAR?
Larry Woody | Senior Writer

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Is the bar about to close in NASCAR?
Jack Daniel’s has announced that it will end its sponsorship of one of Richard Childress Racing’s Sprint Cup cars at the end of the season. Earlier, Jim Beam likewise said it will discontinue its sponsorship of Robby Gordon’s cars.
A couple of years ago Busch [...]

Wed, 10/14/09 – 7:42 | 4 Comments
Woody: This Earnhardt Jr. Thing Is A Head-Scratcher
Larry Woody | Senior Writer

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
For awhile I wrote it off as just some sort of weird coincidence.
I don’t any more.
It can’t be mere coincidence that week after week, race after race, three Hendrick Motorsports drivers do so well while a fourth flounders.
It happened again Sunday in California. Jimmie Johnson won the race. One of [...]

Tue, 10/13/09 – 19:25 | 33 Comments
Pedley: First Hall Vote To Be Relatively Painless
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Charlotte, N.C. – The “Meeting Preparation Materials” packet which the NASCAR Hall of Fame sent out is an inch, inch-and-a quarter thick. It’s filled with names and biographies and info about voting procedures and meeting times.
A friend saw it sitting on the dining room table and remarked that it’s going [...]

Tue, 10/13/09 – 19:00 | 2 Comments
Gossage Is Back But With New Priorities
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Irving, Texas – Despite being outshot by NASCAR star Carl Edwards, happiness is a warm gun – and cancer in remission – for Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage.
“I feel great. The doctor tells me I’m in complete remission – don’t have any sign of the cancer – so it’s [...]

Tue, 10/13/09 – 13:58 | One Comment
Roush Introduces The Nationwide Mustang
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Roush Fenway Racing headquarters on Tuesday served as the rollout site for the Ford Mustang which will compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series beginning next year.
Also at the rollout in Concord, N.C. was the guy who will drive the No. 16 Con-way Freight Mustang, Colin Braun.
Braun, 21, a native of Ovalo, Texas, will make [...]

Tue, 10/13/09 – 13:05 | Comments Off
Harris: Silence Greets Thrilling IndyCar Finale
Mike Harris | Senior Writer

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
The Sunday morning newspapers told the story – or rather, they didn’t.
Checking my hometown  newspaper and surveying many of the papers that appear on the internet, it was quickly apparent that Saturday night’s rousing IndyCar Series finale made virtually zero impact outside of Homestead-Miami Speedway.
What a shame.
It isn’t that many [...]

Tue, 10/13/09 – 6:16 | 5 Comments
Ingram: NASCAR Realizes It’s A Fiddle, Not A Violin
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer

By Jonathan Ingram |
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
Is NASCAR a southern sport?
More to the point – is stock car racing a southern sport?
Now that NASCAR Chairman Brian France has acknowledged fans have been alienated by starting times that were all over the TV-land map, these are appropriate questions.
Last week, France and TV executives [...]

Mon, 10/12/09 – 9:05 | One Comment
Sturbin: Franchitti’s Career Comes Full Circle
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Forged over dinner-and-a-napkin, the story of Dario Franchitti’s second IndyCar Series championship is basically about a driver content with his career decision-making. Moreover, it’s the story of a man quite comfortable with being Dario.
“I’m absolutely where I should be. I should be in Indy-cars,” Franchitti said Saturday evening at Homestead-Miami [...]

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