Mon, 24/09/18 – 9:14 | No Comment

Robert Hight was forced to skip the Victory Circle celebration at Gateway Motorsports Park Sunday afternoon following an engine explosion that sent the two-time/reigning Funny Car world champion to a St. Louis-area hospital for evaluation.
The latest in a season-long series of Funny Car engine explosions at John Force Racing saw Hight drive to victory over […]

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Woody: NASCAR’s Senior Citizen Remains Young At Heart
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
On Jan. 9 Mark Martin will blow out 52 candles on his birthday cake and – once he catches his breath – get ready to go racing.
It will continue a ritual that began decades ago when a teen-aged Martin raced against “green-toothed pulpwood-haulers” on dirt tracks in the boondocks of […]

Sat, 12/25/10 – 10:10 | 7 Comments
Hood: Gentleman, Start Your Quote Machines
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
My favorite part of a typical NASCAR three-day show is when drivers meet the media on Fridays and as they climb out of their cars following that weekend’s race.
That’s when we frequently witness the raw emotion of competitors who make a living by wheeling stock cars at high speeds each week.
On the track, the 2010 season was one of the most […]

Sat, 12/25/10 – 9:54 | 2 Comments
Kanaan Going Small But Hoping For Big Things
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
During its eight-year tenure in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Andretti Autosport has employed 11 different drivers with varying degrees of pedigree.
Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon and certainly Danica Patrick all have generated headline news with the team co-founded and now solely owned by former open-wheel star Michael Andretti. But the one […]

Fri, 12/24/10 – 10:05 | Comments Off on Kanaan Going Small But Hoping For Big Things
Harris: The Lessons Got Harder For Danica in 2010
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A little of the gloss is off the rose known as Danica Patrick after a difficult and disappointing season.
Not only did the IndyCar glamour girl slip from fifth to 10th in the open-wheel points – her worst finish since finishing 12th as a rookie in 2005 – but Patrick’s first foray into stock car racing […]

Thu, 12/23/10 – 9:53 | 3 Comments
Pedley: A Driver Of The Year Vote Explained
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
As with all voting processes for MVPs or players of the year or largest balls of string, the criteria used for voting for the Driver of the Year Award are kind of hazy.
And, human nature being what it is, things like personal experiences and living history and away-from-track persona can […]

Wed, 12/22/10 – 17:36 | 5 Comments
Minter: Clark’s Voice Makes You Feel At Home
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Looking back on this and other seasons of races past, the things that really stand out are the sights and sounds of the racing atmosphere. And one of the things that makes a race track experience enjoyable, as much as anything, is a good track announcer.
No matter how the races are going down on the […]

Wed, 12/22/10 – 7:15 | 2 Comments
Woody: Kyle Busch Plays Rough But Not Dirty
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Some goofy website recently ran a ranking of the “top 50 dirtiest athletes in sports history” and Kyle Busch was listed 38th.
That put him ahead of notorious boxer/ex-con Mike Tyson who came in 40th. That’s all we need to know about how authentic the whole thing is. It was intended to […]

Tue, 12/21/10 – 7:48 | 7 Comments
Kanaan Joins de Ferran Dragon
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Former IZOD IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan has signed with de Ferran Dragon Racing for the 2011 season, giving the third-year team a high-profile driver to rival its president.
Kanaan, the 2004 series champion, will drive the No. 2 Dallara/Honda wheeled by fellow-Brazilian Rafael Matos in 2009-10, with a sponsorship package to be announced in 2011.
“This […]

Tue, 12/21/10 – 7:24 | Comments Off on Kanaan Joins de Ferran Dragon
Ingram: Promoter Full Bore On Austin F1 Circuit
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
Austin, Tex. – Is Tavo Hellmund the next Chris Pook?
A British expatriate, Pook brought the emerging glitz and glamour of Formula One into a major metropolitan area in the U.S. for the first time with the creation of the Long Beach Grand Prix. Who […]

Mon, 12/20/10 – 8:31 | 5 Comments
Hood: Last Minute Christmas Stocking Stuffers
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
Christmas is the time of year when wish lists are floating around.
So aside from finding an 8-foot, high definition, flat screen television under my tree next weekend or hitting a multi-state lottery, here are a few items I jotted down that I’d like to see happen during the coming New Year:
For Mark […]

Sun, 12/19/10 – 8:56 | 2 Comments