Mon, 27/02/17 – 9:15 | No Comment

Leah Pritchett repeated as Top Fuel winner at the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals on Sunday, stirring what could prove to be prophetic comparisons to Gary Scelzi in the process.
Pritchett, of Don Schumacher Racing, defeated Brittany Force in the final at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., for the second consecutive year. Winner […]

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Lally Gets His Chance On Ovals
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Acknowledging that his working relationship with former NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte had “run its course,” team-owner Kevin Buckler has recruited road-racing ally Andy Lally to drive for The Racer’s Group at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.
Lally aims to make his Sprint Cup Series oval debut in the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala […]

Fri, 06/25/10 – 7:16 | 2 Comments
Woody: Can Ambrose Forget His Flub?
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Back in my football-beat days I frequently listened to coaches address their team the week after a tough loss. (I covered Vanderbilt, the perennial Southeastern Conference doormat, so I had occasion to hear many such talks.)
The message was this: Don’t let one team beat you twice. Don’t allow one loss to […]

Fri, 06/25/10 – 7:03 | 3 Comments
Woody: Good To See Gordon On The Go
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Remember when a sizable segment of NASCAR fans used to boo Jeff Gordon because they considered him too goody-goody, too California-cool, too GQ?
Wonder how they like him now?
Last Sunday at Sonoma Gordon drove like a crazed moonshine runner, taking no prisoners and winning no friends. The Boy Scout turned into […]

Thu, 06/24/10 – 11:33 | 13 Comments
Quest For Success Shakes Up Capps’ Team
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Physically, the re-assignment of Ed “Ace” McCulloch at Don Schumacher Racing will relocate the veteran crew chief/tuner from the front to the rear of Ron Capps’ Funny Car.
Just how that will play out emotionally for Capps, McCulloch and newly appointed crew chief John Medlen will begin to unfold  Friday during the […]

Thu, 06/24/10 – 7:44 | One Comment
Patrick Brings Momentum To Loudon
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
When Danica Patrick returns to NASCAR this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, she won’t be alone. Coming with her is a healthy does of momentum.
Will it help?
Good question, she said this week. And the answer? Tune in on Saturday.
“It’s still a whole new weekend with expectation levels and people […]

Wed, 06/23/10 – 16:48 | 8 Comments
Bobby Labonte, TRG Split
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Former Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte apparently will spend the remainder of the 2010 NASCAR season as a hired gun.
Labonte, the 2000 Cup champion, announced he was leaving TRG Motorsports in a news release Wednesday morning. And before the close of business, he had picked up a three-race gig […]

Wed, 06/23/10 – 15:41 | 3 Comments
Fennig Named Kenseth Crew Chief
Roush Fenway Racing announced a major crew chief change on Wednesday.
In a statement issued by the team it was announced that Jimmy Fennig is in as the crew chief for Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford in the Sprint Cup Series. Out, is Todd Parrott, who took the job over from Drew […]

Wed, 06/23/10 – 8:31 | One Comment
Woody: Phantom Flags Have Flapped Before
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
It’s the oldest debate in NASCAR: Do officials sometimes throw an unwarranted caution flag to close up a strung-out field and make the race more exciting?
Denny Hamlin is the latest driver to claim that it does, charging that NASCAR threw a  caution for phantom debris during a drowsy stretch at Michigan […]

Wed, 06/23/10 – 7:01 | One Comment
NASCAR Braces For Another Bout Of Danicamania
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
Here we go again. It’s time for Danica Patrick’s return to her stock car apprenticeship after spending four months in her full-time ride in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
The open-wheel glamour queen precipitated a major case of DanicaMania at the beginning of the season when she finished sixth in an ARCA race, […]

Wed, 06/23/10 – 6:52 | 3 Comments
Woody: Pardon The Excitement
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As the dust and car parts settled over Sunday’s race at Infineon Raceway, it seemed like everybody was apologizing.
Jeff Gordon apologized for roughing up the competition.
Marcus Ambrose apologized for blowing his first career victory with a bone-headed mistake.
Jimmie Johnson apologized – well, sort of – for lucking into yet another victory.
About the only folks who […]

Tue, 06/22/10 – 8:53 | 4 Comments