Mon, 23/11/15 – 9:26 | One Comment

A race day that dawned Sunday morning with coffee and tears shared with his mom, Carol, ended after sunset with the gift of his helmet to car-owner Rick Hendrick.
In between, on the last day of his brilliant NASCAR career, Jeff Gordon bump-fisted countless fans, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with motorsports superstars Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton during […]

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Harris: Thanks For The Memories
| Senior Writer

It’s Thanksgiving and time to think about why we should be thankful having a sport like motor racing to enjoy.
Let’s reflect a bit on the past, the present and the future as 2009 nears its final laps.
We saw some veteran racers find renewed life this season:
* Fifty-year-old Mark Martin  joined Hendrick Motorsports after two years […]

Thu, 11/26/09 – 8:15 | One Comment
Minter: It’s A Day Of Racing Thanks!
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
It’s Thanksgiving Day 2009 and time to think about all the racing things to be thankful for as the turkey is served and the family gathers around the table.
I’m thankful that the almost completed racing season was a relatively safe one, and a special thanks for all those who have […]

Thu, 11/26/09 – 8:01 | Comments Off on Minter: It’s A Day Of Racing Thanks!
Woody: Where’s The Help For Nationwide?
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
This is getting ridiculous.
No, it’s been ridiculous for years; now it’s getting absurd.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A full-time Sprint Cup driver won the championship in NASCAR’s second-tier Nationwide Series.
Kyle Busch not only won the title, he made a shambles of the race. He won nine races and […]

Wed, 11/25/09 – 9:21 | 6 Comments
Memo: It’s Just Plain Jimmie
| Managing Editor

Let’s see what’s in today’s Morning Memo:
He has now earned the highest of all honors that can be bestowed upon those who spend their lives in the public eye.
More-so than a private jet or his photo on the cover “People Magazine” or his police mugshot on the internet, this honor is a symbol of heaven-high […]

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Pedley: Little Help Over Here, Please
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Five things I don’t understand about what happened over the past 10 months in NASCAR:
First. How in the world can Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus continue run bare foot through thousands of miles of mine fields and come out the other side with every hair still in place?
The fast cars, […]

Tue, 11/24/09 – 11:05 | 2 Comments
Armijo: Jimmie Is No. 1

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the greatest of them all?
At least, who was the greatest in 2009? Which driver impressed me most, drove the best and ultimately deserves my vote for Driver of the Year?
The envelope, please….
Yes, Jimmie Johnson.
How can you pick against him? Johnson did something no driver […]

Tue, 11/24/09 – 7:35 | Comments Off on Armijo: Jimmie Is No. 1
Johnson: ‘The Cool Thing Is We’re Not Done Yet’
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
Homestead, Fla. – As Jimmie Johnson approached his record-setting fourth-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, Rick Hendrick said he kept thinking about the kid he used to give cheeseburger money and rides to and from the racetrack.
“He’s come an awful long way from those days,’’ Hendrick said last Friday as Johnson […]

Mon, 11/23/09 – 16:57 | Comments Off on Johnson: ‘The Cool Thing Is We’re Not Done Yet’
Honda Staying in ALMS
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
Honda Performance Development will continue its participation in the American Le Mans Series with the Patron Highcroft Racing team in 2010. Highcroft will field an updated version of the original LMP2 class Acura prototype.
The car will provide a platform for the development of a new engine from HPD as Honda continues […]

Mon, 11/23/09 – 15:49 | Comments Off on Honda Staying in ALMS
Ingram: Johnson or Pearson?
| Senior Writer

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
It’s not surprising to hear all the well-deserved accolades for Jimmie Johnson after his unprecedented fourth straight Sprint Cup championship. Johnson is one of the all-time greats. But is he a better driver than David Pearson?
In October’s vote for the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, it was […]

Mon, 11/23/09 – 9:03 | 3 Comments
Cup Notes: Martin Stays Proud
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Homestead, Fla. – Mark Martin looked exhausted and sounded dispirited, but his words belied appearances after Sunday’s season-ending Ford 400.
“There’s no frustration,’’ the 50-year-old said Sunday after Jimmie Johnson relegated Martin to his fifth second-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. “I’m very proud of what we accomplished. On top of all that I […]

Sun, 11/22/09 – 21:42 | Comments Off on Cup Notes: Martin Stays Proud