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A couple years back, colleague Rick Minter was talking about stock-car racing then vs. stock-car racing now. The topic morphed to drivers. Minter happily described how he and his father used to run into them down at the Waffle House near their home in Georgia.
That’s right kids, NASCAR drivers used to eat at Waffle [...]

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Earnhardt Jr. Takes NNS Pole At Atlanta
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Degree V12 300 with a lap of 31.840 seconds, 174.121 mph. This is his 10th pole in 113 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. Earnhardt’s last pole came on Aug. 27, 2004 at Bristol, 29 starts (175 races) ago.
Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 14th top-10 start [...]

Sat, 09/5/09 – 16:00 | Comments Off
Atlanta Night Race Could Lessen Drivers’ Outside Chances
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There’s lots of excitement around Atlanta and throughout NASCAR over the prospect of running a nighttime Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on a holiday weekend.
Sunday’s Pep Boys Auto 500 could provide the kind of boost the track needs to increase attendance and quell the talk of the speedway [...]

Sat, 09/5/09 – 9:18 | One Comment
Hight Chips Away At Countdown Berth
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Clermont, Ind. – It’s a baby-steps kind of weekend for Robert Hight at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. You know, pick up small victories here and there and hope that on Monday afternoon they add up to a berth in the Countdown to 1.
Friday night, in the first of five [...]

Sat, 09/5/09 – 9:15 | Comments Off
A Clean Sweep: Saldana Wins Opener at Skagit Speedway
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Alger, WA–One of the toughest things to achieve on the World of Outlaws circuit is to sweep an entire racing program. For the third consecutive season, Joey Saldana accomplished this feat as he set fast time on Friday night in the opener at Skagit Speedway, won the first heat race, was victorious in the Crane [...]

Sat, 09/5/09 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Stoffer’s Near-Perfect Run Not Good Enough
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Clermont, Ind. – Karen Stoffer crossed the finish line Friday night in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with some pretty warm thoughts racing through her mind. The kind of thoughts that go along with moving ever so close to nailing a berth in the NHRA’s Countdown to 1.
She brought her [...]

Fri, 09/4/09 – 21:10 | Comments Off
Grand-Am Test At Indy Raises Hopes for Race
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Indianapolis – Do not assume that this week’s test of the infield road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway means that holding a Rolex Grand-American Series race at the world’s most famous track is a done deal.
But also do not rule out the possibility of a sports car race at IMS.
“Right [...]

Fri, 09/4/09 – 17:48 | 3 Comments
Force To Go It Alone At U.S. Nationals
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Clermont, Ind. – John Force did not really need more incentive at this weekend’s U.S. Nationals. One of his team’s  Funny Car drivers needs a great showing to nail a Countdown to 1 berth, his daughter/driver needs to establish some momentum heading into the Countdown and, oh yes, this is [...]

Fri, 09/4/09 – 15:00 | Comments Off
Dirt Bike Crash Knocks Elliott Out of Race at Home Track
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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This is becoming the week of living dangerously for Sprint Cup drivers. First Carl Edwards broke his foot playing Frisbee and now Bill Elliott has cracked three ribs riding his dirt bike.
“It was just a freak deal,” Elliott said. He said although he probably could have raced in pain, he [...]

Fri, 09/4/09 – 12:10 | One Comment
Lucky Dog My Paw: Racer Ken Butler III Says There’s More To His Story Than A Powerful Papa
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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There are a lot of people who would say that Nationwide Series driver Ken Butler III is a “Lucky Dog” because his dad is president of Atlanta-based Aaron’s and therefore has ready access to the funds required for his son’s racing adventures.
Butler, who does have Aaron’s on the side of [...]

Fri, 09/4/09 – 10:25 | One Comment
Woody: The Chase Is A NASCAR Success Story
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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When NASCAR does something dumb it gets hammered, and when NASCAR does something smart – well, it often also gets hammered.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup is a case in point. Implemented in 2004 under the reign of youthful NASCAR boss Brian France, the Chase was a brilliant idea that has [...]

Thu, 09/3/09 – 18:55 | 3 Comments