Fri, 9/10/15 – 7:17 | No Comment

Matt Kenseth won the pole for this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday afternoon.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver laid down a lap in 27.759 seconds (194.532 mph) for the first race in the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Kenseth was .198 seconds quicker than teammate Kyle Busch […]

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Jimmie Johnson Earns Third DOTY Award

By Lewis Franck
Driver of The Year Panelist
Jimmie Johnson made more history Wednesday when he was named Driver of The Year Award for the third time in his career.
Johnson, who won his fourth-straight Sprint Cup championship in 2009, joins Mario Andretti, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon as three-time winners of the prestigious DOTY award.
Johnson also won […]

Wed, 12/16/09 – 17:09 | One Comment
Woody: Drivers Should Learn From Tiger Tale
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
It’s always amusing to hear celebrities who earn millions by being famous complain when their fame becomes bothersome and inconvenient.
Tiger Woods, caught with his paw in the cookie jar, is arguably the country’s most recognized sports figure, yet he seems to think that for some reason he’s entitled to absolute privacy […]

Wed, 12/16/09 – 16:00 | 10 Comments
Memo: Milkamania On Its Way?
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Let’s see what’s in today’s Morning Memo:
Is it possible that Danica Patrick could be just the second-highest-finishing female driver in the 2011 Daytona 500? Yes, I do believe it is. Not probable, but definitely possible.
Word came out last week that Milka Duno has signed to drive an ARCA car for established Nationwide Series team-owner, […]

Wed, 12/16/09 – 10:18 | 12 Comments
Woody: Commentators Must Be Able To Comment
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
I once wrote a story in which a prominent NASCAR TV commentator was critical of his network – specifically of some racy ads that it ran during race telecasts.
I called a network executive to get his response to the criticism. Shortly afterwards the commentator called me back and pleaded: please […]

Tue, 12/15/09 – 8:12 | 9 Comments
Harris: Success Is In The Details
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One big reason for the long-term success of Hendrick Motorsports is the attention that team owner Rick Hendrick pays to detail.
He’s got more than 500 people working for his elite team, and many of them are among the best at what they do. That’s how his team has matched Petty Enterprises with nine championships in […]

Tue, 12/15/09 – 7:51 | One Comment
Pagenaud Jumps To Highcroft
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
Simon Pagenaud, the brilliant young French sports car driver, has joined Patron Highcroft Racing as co-driver to David Brabham in the team’s Acura ARX-01c for 2010.
Pagenaud, 25, won three poles, five races and set six fastest race laps during this year’s 10-race American Le Mans Series season with the Acura team […]

Mon, 12/14/09 – 9:30 | One Comment
Jimmie Set To Test Endurance
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Jimmie Johnson’s need to exceed in all manner of race cars has again drawn him to the team that is beginning to feel like Hendrick Motorsports Lite.
Johnson, winner of a record fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship last month, has signed-on for another stint in a Daytona Prototype entered by Bob Stallings Racing for […]

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Ingram: Patrick A Threat And An Inspiration
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
I wrote the book on Danica Patrick, or perhaps more accurately, the unauthorized biography. Having watched her race since her earliest days in IndyCar, trust me on this. Once she starts driving NASCAR stockers, Patrick is going to surprise some naysayers.
As an IndyCar rookie, when Patrick […]

Mon, 12/14/09 – 7:43 | 18 Comments
Woody: Hunter Is Simply Irreplaceable
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I doubt that any individual in the history of NASCAR has exerted a more positive influence on the sport than Jim Hunter.
During his decades in racing, from running Darlington Raceway to his current role as a NASCAR executive, Hunter was always a friend of the media.
As a former Atlanta sports writer he was able to […]

Sun, 12/13/09 – 10:42 | 5 Comments
Montoya Masters Short Game, Climbs To Top
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
Juan Pablo Montoya is not often confused with the game of golf. But according to team co-owner Chip Ganassi, Montoya’s breakout season in 2009 had a lot to do with pitching and putting as well as hitting long drives.
“Juan has learned the game of golf,” said Ganassi, whose driver made […]

Sun, 12/13/09 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Montoya Masters Short Game, Climbs To Top