Fri, 23/03/18 – 8:58 | No Comment

In a perfect world, spectator sports would be comprised of great competition and salable personalities – i.e., stars. When auto racing is the spectator sport being discussed, you can add cool vehicles to the cocktail.
And therein resides some serious problems for NASCAR in 2018.
The cars being put onto NASCAR tracks are far from cool – […]

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Kanaan Leaves Andretti
One of the highest profile team/driver relationships in open wheel racing has ended.
Andretti Autosport and driver Tony Kanaan announced Friday that they have reached an agreement to terminate their current multi-year contract. Kanaan has been released from his duties as an IZOD IndyCar Series driver at Andretti Autosport and allows him to sign with another […]

Fri, 10/29/10 – 13:20 | Comments Off on Kanaan Leaves Andretti
NHRA Notes: McClenathan Needs To Hustle Points
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Cory McClenathan will be points-racing without apology this weekend in a late-season bid for his first NHRA Top Fuel world championship.
McClenathan trails two-time champ Larry Dixon of Al-Anabi Racing by 89 points heading into the opening two rounds of qualifications Friday afternoon for the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals […]

Fri, 10/29/10 – 12:59 | Comments Off on NHRA Notes: McClenathan Needs To Hustle Points
Hood: Intimidator On Prowl Tops ‘Dega Memories
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Sunday’s AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will mark a personal milestone during my time as a NASCAR fan and journalist.
In 1980, I made my first visit to the 2.66-mile tri-oval that was billed in those days as Alabama International Motor Speedway. On a blistering hot Sunday in early […]

Fri, 10/29/10 – 6:11 | 3 Comments
Matt Hagan Looking To Put Force Out To Pasture
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Matt Hagan is a guy who is comfortable not only in his own skin, but also in his own bib overalls.
It’s the outfit of choice on Hagan’s 800-acre farm and Angus cattle ranch in Christiansburg,Va., where the NHRA’s Funny Car points-leader is an authority on all topics agrarian.
“Farming, I’ve always […]

Thu, 10/28/10 – 9:22 | Comments Off on Matt Hagan Looking To Put Force Out To Pasture
Minter: A Trip To Talladega Begins With A Prayer
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
A few observations heading into this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway:
It seems ironic that on one hand, the NFL is in the news with league officials cracking down on rough hits, promising to suspend players who cross the line between fair play and unnecessary roughness.
On the other hand, the NASCAR […]

Thu, 10/28/10 – 5:41 | One Comment
Minter: ‘It Keeps Coming Back to Money’
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It kind of slipped under the radar, but an honest-to-gosh good ‘ol NASCAR boy from Spartanburg, S.C., scored his first-ever top-10 in the Nationwide Series on Saturday in the final race at Gateway International Speedway.
Jeremy Clements, who comes from a long line of NASCAR racers, finished 10th in the No. 04 Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Chevy […]

Wed, 10/27/10 – 7:09 | 2 Comments
Woody: Unnecessary Roughness A Rough Call
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
The National Football League finds itself having to deal with a prickly issue that has historically haunted NASCAR:
How rough is too rough in an inherently-violent sport?
In the wake of several brutal hits that left players dazed and/or unconscious, the pro football league last week announced a crackdown on “unnecessary roughness.’’ It […]

Wed, 10/27/10 – 6:11 | One Comment
Racin News: Foyt Back In A Truck
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In Racin’ news today:
Larry Foyt, son of A.J. Foyt, will return to a NASCAR driver’s seat this weekend when he competes in the Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Foyt will drive the No. 01 Chevy truck in the Mountain Dew 250 Saturday afternoon. Daisy Ramirez Motorsports, a first year team in the […]

Tue, 10/26/10 – 16:11 | Comments Off on Racin News: Foyt Back In A Truck
Harris: Survival Is Goal This Week
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
It’s Wild Card Week in NASCAR’s Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.
Talladega Superspeedway is always the biggest question mark among the 10 races in the stock car postseason. Anything can – and usually does – happen on the high-banked 2.66-mile oval; NASCAR’s longest oval.
Sunday’s race at Martinsville – NASCAR’s shortest […]

Tue, 10/26/10 – 7:03 | Comments Off on Harris: Survival Is Goal This Week
Woody: The Kahne Train Wreck Was Inevitable
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
In other sports it’s called “tampering” and it carries stiff penalties.
One team isn’t allowed to try to lure away a member of another team who is under contract, especially while the season is under way.
Maybe NASCAR needs to consider a similar rule in the wake of the turmoil created by Hendrick […]

Tue, 10/26/10 – 6:46 | 5 Comments