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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No Pressure For Dixon, Just Opportunity
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
His genuine appreciation of NHRA history has kept Larry Dixon grounded during a career highlighted by two Top Fuel world championships… and by dusk on Sunday, perhaps a third.
In a script worthy of, Dixon trails six-time and reigning Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher by one point heading into Thursday’s […]

Fri, 11/13/09 – 8:02 | Comments Off on No Pressure For Dixon, Just Opportunity
Minter: Not All Issues Mechanical
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A few random racing thoughts on a rainy night in Georgia….
Racing success and failure is often more about mechanical issues than many casual fans sometimes realize. Then again there can be factors that no engineer or mechanic can fix. During the press conference at Talladega a couple weeks ago, in which Lance McGrew officially lost […]

Fri, 11/13/09 – 7:45 | 4 Comments
Classic Shaping Up In Pomona
Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon entered the final race of the season separated by a single point and in the first round of qualifying the gap was just a thousandth of a second.
Lined up side-by-side for the final pass of the first day of qualifying at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals Thursday, Schumacher, the points […]

Thu, 11/12/09 – 20:26 | Comments Off on Classic Shaping Up In Pomona
Schumacher Wants This Championship Bad
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
This time around there is more than just money and trophies and championships at stake for Tony Schumacher. This time around he needs it as much as wants it. This time around, it is truly and literally personal for Schumacher.
The winner of the last five NHRA Top Fuel champions, Schumacher […]

Thu, 11/12/09 – 18:14 | 4 Comments
Kasey Kahne Racing announced the permanent addition of sprint car racer Cody Darrah as the driver of the No. 91 Great Clips / Sage Fruit / ASE / Mopar in the 2010 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.  Darrah, 20, of Red Lion, Pa., served as a fill-in driver for KKR’s No. 19 entry for […]

Thu, 11/12/09 – 11:53 | Comments Off on Kahne Hires Darrah Full Time
NHRA Notes: Force Turns To Video
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The motorsports world never has seen a motivational speaker on a par with John Force, the 14-time NHRA Funny Car world champion. But rather than rally the troops around points-leader Robert Hight with one of his stream-of-consciousness monologues, Boss Force broke out a video for the ages at the headquarters of John Force Racing in […]

Thu, 11/12/09 – 7:53 | 3 Comments
The News Is Mixed On Fates Of Old Tracks
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
For many a racing person, old race tracks are like their grandparents’ farm. Even if the crops and cows are gone, they’re still very special places in the heart. That feeling comes to mind these days as the old Nashville Fairgrounds track appears headed for the wrecking ball like the […]

Thu, 11/12/09 – 7:31 | Comments Off on The News Is Mixed On Fates Of Old Tracks

Brooklyn, Mich. – While enjoying the retirement life following a 42-year career at Ford Motor Co., Thomas Schultz was shocked when he learned of his good fortunes.
Schultz, 75, of Plymouth, Mich., hit the jackpot when he was randomly picked as the winner of Michigan International Speedway’s Race to Vegas contest. A longtime MIS fan who […]

Wed, 11/11/09 – 19:05 | Comments Off on Thomas Schultz Wins MIS’ Race to Vegas Contest
Memo: Fixing As Cool As Crashing
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Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo today:
I would have loved to have had a front-row seat for what went on at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Not on the race track, but in the garages. Would have loved to have pushed up a nice, comfy-leather chair, ordered a pizza and sat and watched as […]

Wed, 11/11/09 – 10:42 | Comments Off on Memo: Fixing As Cool As Crashing
The Search For Jimmie’s Place In History Begins

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
Phoenix, Ariz. – Jimmie Johnson stumbled down memory lane a week ago at Texas Motor Speedway, losing a sizeable chunk of a NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead for the second straight year.
A year ago, Johnson lost 77 points from a 183-point lead after finishing 15th at Texas.
On his return trip […]

Wed, 11/11/09 – 7:44 | 2 Comments