Thu, 30/10/14 – 8:12 | No Comment

A couple years back, colleague Rick Minter was talking about stock-car racing then vs. stock-car racing now. The topic morphed to drivers. Minter happily described how he and his father used to run into them down at the Waffle House near their home in Georgia.
That’s right kids, NASCAR drivers used to eat at Waffle [...]

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TV Guys Won’t Be Strangers To The Cup Garages
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte are headed to new jobs as NBC broadcasters, but in many ways they’re remaining on the same side of the NASCAR fence.
They’ll still be a part of the fraternity of competitors. They’ll still be spending weekends living in the same motorcoach [...]

Fri, 01/10/14 – 12:19 | Comments Off
Crew Chief Letarte To Switch To TV After 2014
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a surprise announcement, crew chief Steve Letarte, who has been leading Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team at Hendrick Motorsports, is leaving pit road to be a TV analyst for NBC, beginning with the 2015 season when the network returns to the sport.
”I’ve always been impressed with [...]

Thu, 01/9/14 – 17:33 | Comments Off
Some Prefer Traditional Route To Success At DIS
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Driving into Daytona International Speedway for the 2014 version of preseason testing, there are visible signs of a major renovation of the facility. Well, sort of.
The cranes being used to remake the frontstretch seating area were mostly obscured by fog and low clouds for much of [...]

Thu, 01/9/14 – 15:23 | Comments Off
Story Lines: Quantity Exceeds Quality In Cup ‘14
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

A year ago, there were two big, huge, major story lines dominating the scene (a.k.a., trending) as the Sprint Cup teams headed into the January test session known as Preseason Thunder.
Those story lines were Danica Patrick moving full time to Cup and the introduction of the mighty Gen 6 car.
On their own, both were supposedly [...]

Thu, 01/9/14 – 10:49 | Comments Off
Investigators: Veering Off Trail Hurt Schumacher
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
French prosecutors investigating Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident have confirmed that the former Formula One World Driving Champion was “off-piste” – off a marked path – when he fell and hit his head on a rock.
But police investigators continuing to review footage from Schumacher’s helmet camera added they do not believe [...]

Wed, 01/8/14 – 19:09 | Comments Off
Rusty To Test No. 2 Penske Car
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Team Penske announced that Rusty Wallace, NASCAR Hall of Famer and the 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, will drive the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion Thursday during a test at Daytona International Speedway.
The occasion coincides with the 25th anniversary of Wallace’s 1989 championship and the approaching 40th anniversary of the original Miller Lite [...]

Wed, 01/8/14 – 10:29 | Comments Off
Chase Elliott To Drive Full Time For Earnhardt Jr.
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Chase Elliott will compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports starting in 2014 and do so with NAPA Auto Parts as his full-season primary sponsor, the team announced today.
Elliott will carry the No. 9 on his NAPA Chevrolet – the same number his father, legendary racer Bill Elliott, carried for much [...]

Mon, 01/6/14 – 14:33 | Comments Off
Gibbs Hires Hornish For NNS Races
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Joe Gibbs Racing has signed driver Sam Hornish, Jr. to drive the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2014.
“I’m excited about driving the No. 54 Monster Energy car this year. It’s a great opportunity for me,” said Hornish. “It’s the best possible situation for me to jump into great [...]

Mon, 01/6/14 – 13:54 | Comments Off
Video Studied In Schumacher Ski Accident Probe
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Footage from the helmet camera worn by Michael Schumacher on the morning he crashed while skiing in the French Alps is being examined by police trying to reconstruct the accident.
A seven-time Formula One World Driving Champion, Schumacher was injured when he fell and hit his helmeted head on a rock [...]

Sun, 01/5/14 – 21:15 | Comments Off
Spirit Is Strong During Final Day Of The Roar
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Spirit of Daytona Racing left the November TUDOR United SportsCar Championship open test at Daytona International Speedway with a torn-up race car.
The team returned to Daytona for the Roar Before the Rolex 24 with a brand-new race car and took the honors of running the fastest lap on Sunday, the final day of the [...]

Sun, 01/5/14 – 21:04 | Comments Off