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Bob Tasca III celebrates after winning the Funny Car portion of the NHRA show at Norwalk, Ohio recently. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior

Bob Tasca III’s fierce brand loyalty has returned Ford Motor Company to relevance in the NHRA’s nitro Funny Car ranks and rekindled memories of “Ford Total Performance.”

The […]

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Fleischman: Silence Is Golden Rule In The Box
| Contributing Writer

(Editor’s Note: In addition to being the auto racing beat writer at the Philadelphia Daily News and a frequent contributor to, Bill Fleischman is a retired adjunct professor in the University of Delaware journalism program.)
By Bill Fleischman | Senior Correspondent
Three basic rules of journalism I learned many years ago are: accuracy, fairness and don’t […]

Sat, 03/5/11 – 7:53 | 3 Comments
Kenseth Leads Ford Charge In Vegas Qualifying
| Managing Editor

It’s true. That was Matt Kenseth leading a parade of Ford drivers to high qualifying spots on Friday afternoon as he won the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Winning a pole is a rarity for Kenseth. The pole was the first for the Roush Fenway Racing driver since he was fastest […]

Fri, 03/4/11 – 20:06 | 2 Comments
Firestone, INDYCAR To Part
In addition to racing new open-wheel cars in 2012, INDYCAR will be racing on tires from a new supplier.
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and INDYCAR will allow the Firestone brand sponsorship and supply contract with the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights to expire at the end of the 2011 season, it was announced Friday.
“It’s […]

Fri, 03/4/11 – 18:19 | Comments Off on Firestone, INDYCAR To Part
Steve Kinser survived two double-file restarts in the final three laps on Thursday night to win the finale of the Las Vegas Nationals Presented by J.D. Byrider.
The victory was his fourth in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event this season.
For 27 laps, Kinser had positioned his No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D Byrider/Chevrolet Maxim […]

Fri, 03/4/11 – 8:25 | Comments Off on Steve Kinser Leaves Vegas A Winner
Minter: Pointlessness Of System Is Pointed Out
| Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
A few observations as the Sprint Cup circuit heads to Las Vegas for the third points race of the year:
First off, as some of my colleagues have been pointing out, it took six races for a winner to actually earn some points. All three winners at Daytona were pointless since […]

Fri, 03/4/11 – 8:14 | 2 Comments
Pedley: IndyCar Challenge Will Likely Go Unmet
| Managing Editor

Randy Bernard quite obviously has a admirable streak of P.T. Barnum running through him. What he might need as he continues his efforts to nurse the IZOD IndyCar Series to improved health, however, is a streak of introspective practicality.
Because grand ideas need to have a thick ground wire attached to them in order to make […]

Thu, 03/3/11 – 11:52 | 3 Comments
Joey Saldana fought off late charges from Jason Meyers and Donny Schatz to win the Las Vegas Nationals on Wednesday night.
It was the first victory of Saldana’s career at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the first victory for crew chief Kale Kahne.
“When you are competing out here with the likes of (Steve Kinser’s crew chief) […]

Thu, 03/3/11 – 7:36 | Comments Off on Saldana Big Winner In Vegas
Texas Two Step: A Double Shot Of IndyCar
| Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Fort Worth, Texas – Sake flowed freely over the Pacific Ocean on the long flight from Japan back to the United States in celebration of Danica Patrick’s breakthrough IZOD IndyCar Series victory at Twin Ring Motegi in April 2008.
That won’t be the case for whomever wins Race 1 of the […]

Wed, 03/2/11 – 23:37 | One Comment
Woody: Cheering By Press Has Always Gone On
| Senior Writer

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer’s firing of reporter Tom Bowles for cheering in the press box is absurd.
In case the suits at haven’t been following the sport for the past 40 years or so (that’s as far back as I can personally testify to) cheering by reporters in racing press […]

Wed, 03/2/11 – 15:52 | 8 Comments
Memo: Gordon-Hating Has Passed Out Of Vogue
| Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
The airplane was on final approach and passengers had just been asked to turn off and stow all electronic equipment when the overly chatty flight attendant got back on the public address system.
Because the airplane was landing in Orlando during Speedweeks and […]

Wed, 03/2/11 – 10:00 | 8 Comments