Mon, 23/04/18 – 8:40 | No Comment

Twenty-nine races removed from his NHRA Top Fuel career, J.R. Todd says he truly has the look and the feel of a nitromethane-burning Funny Car driver.
“My fire suit is dirty and my hands are dirty and I’m still driving it all over the place,” Todd said Sunday afternoon at Royal Purple Raceway. “So I’m trying […]

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Who’ll Stop The Reign? Edwards Is Top Candidate
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
While covering NASCAR for more than three decades it has become apparent to me that the differences between being a contender and an also-ran are often very small.
Each season, some drivers and teams that came up short the previous year arrive at Daytona with high hopes and a sense that […]

Thu, 12/16/10 – 7:44 | One Comment
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