Mon, 19/03/18 – 10:12 | No Comment

Richie Crampton ended a Top Fuel futility streak dating to the 2015 season and became the 10th driver to win for NHRA icon Conrad “Connie” Kalitta with a victory in Sunday’s 49th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
Crampton recorded an uncontested final-round win when he wheeled his Kalitta Air/DHL dragster to a 1,000-foot pass in […]

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Jimmie Johnson Becomes Four-Time DOTY Winner

Fresh off winning his fifth straight Sprint Cup championship, Jimmie Johnson was voted the winner of this year’s Driver of the Year Award, it was announced Wednesday.
The 2010 DOTY is the fourth the Hendrick Motorsports driver has been awarded in his career. He was also the winner of the prestigious award – which is voted […]

Wed, 12/15/10 – 12:21 | 9 Comments
Hildebrand Is Called Up By The National Guard
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
As if there wasn’t already enough going through J.R. Hildebrand’s mind as he passed into the infield at Phoenix International Raceway last week. The 22-year-old open-wheel driver from California had to be greeted with this:
A track worker was using a shovel to remove wind-blown desert sand from the already slippery […]

Wed, 12/15/10 – 7:57 | Comments Off on Hildebrand Is Called Up By The National Guard
Woody: NASCAR Presses The Pants Issue
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
With fans yawning, attendance sagging, ratings slumping and teams struggling, it’s good to see that NASCAR is on top of such a pressing problem:
Altering its dress code.
According reports, NASCAR next season will relax its restrictions on garage-wear to allow shorts, short-sleeve/sleeveless shirts, and open-toed shoes.
In the past, everyone in the […]

Tue, 12/14/10 – 12:25 | 2 Comments
Run-Busting Dixon Hoping To Double Up in 2011
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Driving without a wing man, Larry Dixon put the brakes on Tony Schumacher’s incredible six-year run as NHRA Top Fuel world champion last month.
That’s not to suggest Dixon single-handedly took down the three-team juggernaut fielded by Don Schumacher Racing. In addition to his own bad self, Dixon’s drive to a third title was orchestrated by […]

Tue, 12/14/10 – 8:16 | Comments Off on Run-Busting Dixon Hoping To Double Up in 2011
Harvick Hires Piquet Jr.

Kevin Harvick Inc. announced Monday that former Formula One driver Nelson Piquet Jr. has been added to the organization’s 2011 line-up.
The 25-year-old native of Brazil will compete full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and for the series’ Rookie of the Year honors next season. Further details regarding the program will be released at […]

Mon, 12/13/10 – 16:34 | Comments Off on Harvick Hires Piquet Jr.
Pedley: Seven With Best Shots To Stem The Blue Tide
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Think the No. 48 team isn’t serious about making it six straight Sprint Cup championships?
Crew chief Chad Knaus already has the band back together. Last Monday and Tuesday, he had his team at some track somewhere to start prepping for next year. That’s right, testing for 2011 just three days after being honored as 2010 […]

Mon, 12/13/10 – 12:44 | 3 Comments
Ingram: Small Man, Big Hero of The Machine Age
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
At a time of year when the discussion often turns to who had the best season, the biggest impact on motor racing or who was the best rookie, my mind wanders (as usual some might say) to the big picture. Who was the greatest race […]

Mon, 12/13/10 – 8:09 | One Comment
Tammy Jo Kirk Was A Racer, Not A Trendsetter
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
It was another day at the office for Tammy Jo Kirk at her motorcycle shop in Dalton, Ga. earlier this week when word arrived that 18-year-old Johanna Long had won last Sunday’s Snowball Derby Super Late Model race in Pensacola, Fla.
It was welcome news to the 48-year-old Kirk, the 1994 winner of the Derby. But […]

Sun, 12/12/10 – 8:31 | One Comment
Harris: Busch Had Great Season, But Great-est?
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There was quite a spirited debate last week over who should take the honor of 2010 Driver of the Year.
About half the 20 panelists – all among the top motorsports writers and broadcasters in the U.S. – took part in a teleconference to debate the merits of the most deserving drivers before secretly casting their […]

Sat, 12/11/10 – 9:09 | One Comment
Brundle Returns To Rolex 24
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
United Autosports will get its second year of racing underway next month by contesting the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona with a stellar driver line-up led by Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell.
Brundle, the 1988 Daytona 24 Hour race winner aboard a Tom Walkinshaw Jaguar XJR-9, has been drawn back to […]

Fri, 12/10/10 – 17:07 | Comments Off on Brundle Returns To Rolex 24