Thu, 22/01/15 – 18:01 | No Comment

On Thursday morning, Jeff Gordon announced to his Hendrick Motorsports team that 2015 would be the last year that he competed full time in the Sprint Cup Series.
Thursday afternoon, the 43-year-old driver held a teleconference with the media to explain his decision and to take question about it.
Gordon, a four-time Cup champion and the winner [...]

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Dirt Bike Crash Knocks Elliott Out of Race at Home Track
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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
Larry Woody | Senior Writer

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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
Edwards Steps Wrong, Breaks Right Foot
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Hampton, Ga. – Carl Edwards still plans to compete in this weekend’s NASCAR doubleheader at Atlanta Motor Speedway, despite fracturing his right foot earlier this week.
The Roush Fenway Racing driver experienced a freak accident near his home in Columbia, Mo. on Wednesday.
“I know this probably sounds ridiculous to a lot [...]

Thu, 09/3/09 – 18:50 | One Comment
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Brookylyn, Mich.  — Michigan International Speedway and the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross will host the 8th Annual Spirit of America Blood Drive on Friday, September 11 at MIS.
Since its inception in 2002, the Spirit of America Blood Drive has grown into the largest 9-11 blood drive in the nation with more [...]

Thu, 09/3/09 – 8:30 | Comments Off
Fantasy Racing: Atlanta
Nick Bromberg | Senior Writer

Pep Boys 500
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sunday, September 6, 7:30 ET, ESPN
Race Facts: This is the first race at Atlanta under the lights, so the trends for the fall race probably aren’t all that applicable… However, track position is pretty important, as 79 of the 100 race winners at Atlanta have started in the top 10… Bobby [...]

Thu, 09/3/09 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Minter: The No. 3 Is Making News Once Again
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Some Thursday Observations:
* The news this week about Austin Dillon entering the Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway in a No. 3 Chevy brought to mind a visit to 311 Speedway in Madison, N.C., a few years back.
Then, as now, there was great interest in what it would [...]

Thu, 09/3/09 – 8:00 | 3 Comments
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Phoenix, Ariz – With a goal of enhancing fan experience and adding value, Phoenix International Raceway will provide additional grandstand comfort to race fans for the 2010 season – expanding the average PIR seat width to 22 inches from 18 inches. Additionally, the track is offering its most loyal fans – PIR season ticket holders [...]

Thu, 09/3/09 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Minter: Cut The Talk About Cutting An Atlanta Race
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
The NASCAR circuit is back at Atlanta Motor Speedway this week, so that means the home folks have to brace for another round of stories questioning whether the track should lose one of its Cup dates.
The talk doesn’t make sense to them for a variety of reasons. Even with the [...]

Wed, 09/2/09 – 9:56 | One Comment
Morning Memo: Your Thoughts On Cooling Down?
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Let’s just see what’s in the Wednesday Morning Memo today:
* I’ve always been torn by the media interview procedure in racing.
As a journalist, I like the fact that you are allowed to walk up to a driver who has just climbed out of his car after a wreck or after [...]

Wed, 09/2/09 – 9:45 | 2 Comments