Sun, 14/10/18 – 19:07 | No Comment

CONCORD, N.C. – Unstoppable and dominating. Those are the only two words to describe Steve Torrence’s history making run towards his first-ever NHRA Top Fuel championship.
With Torrence’s victory Sunday in the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, the Texan remained undefeated in the Countdown to the Championship. He’s now 4-0 with two events remaining in […]

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Woody: Track Debate Has Nashville In An Uproar
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Ongoing efforts to shut down 53-year-old Fairgrounds Speedway as part of a “redevelopment” of the city-owned property has created a major uproar in Nashville, dividing citizens and politicians in one of the most heated issues in the city’s history.
Some believe the battle is not just about the future of racing […]

Sat, 12/18/10 – 8:47 | 8 Comments
Woody: Hall Of Fame Learns Fans Can Be Fickle
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Attendance continues to fall far below projections at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, leaving the facility drowning in a sea of red ink.
The HOF reportedly lost $409,000 between July and October, and losses are projected to exceed $1 million by next summer.
What went wrong? What made the “experts” […]

Fri, 12/17/10 – 15:11 | 3 Comments
Sturbin: Big Battle For Jimmie Came After Season
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson says his selection as 2010 Driver of the Year left him shocked and honored, the result of an inconsistent Sprint Cup season and the larger-than-life presence of NHRA Funny Car star John Force.
“I would assume that (John) Force would be a shoe-in,” Johnson, 35, admitted […]

Fri, 12/17/10 – 8:25 | 7 Comments
Minter: Wood Knows His Iron
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It’s pretty safe to say that Rutledge Wood is the only personality who has been interviewed both at Oliver Gentry’s junkyard in Newnan, Ga., and in the Tonight Show studios in California.
But, according to Wood’s Facebook page, he’ll set that milestone tonight. Wood is set to talk to host Jay Leno about his new History […]

Thu, 12/16/10 – 17:22 | One Comment
Ganassi On The Grow in IZOD IndyCar Series
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Chip Ganassi announced Thursday that he is doubling his efforts in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Ganassi, who already fields cars for Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon – both of whom have won two series championships and the Indianapolis 500 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing – will add two more cars for […]

Thu, 12/16/10 – 11:10 | Comments Off on Ganassi On The Grow in IZOD IndyCar Series
Drivers Say Get Ready For A Wild Daytona 500
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
NASCAR drivers testing the new asphalt at Daytona International Speedway gave it the thumbs up on Wednesday and Thursday.
Good grip and great prospects for good racing in February’s 500 was the consensus.
“I think it’s going to be a hell of a race,” Richard Childress Racing driver Jeff Burton said Thursday. […]

Thu, 12/16/10 – 9:04 | 3 Comments
Who’ll Stop The Reign? Edwards Is Top Candidate
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
While covering NASCAR for more than three decades it has become apparent to me that the differences between being a contender and an also-ran are often very small.
Each season, some drivers and teams that came up short the previous year arrive at Daytona with high hopes and a sense that […]

Thu, 12/16/10 – 7:44 | One Comment
Jimmie Johnson Becomes Four-Time DOTY Winner

Fresh off winning his fifth straight Sprint Cup championship, Jimmie Johnson was voted the winner of this year’s Driver of the Year Award, it was announced Wednesday.
The 2010 DOTY is the fourth the Hendrick Motorsports driver has been awarded in his career. He was also the winner of the prestigious award – which is voted […]

Wed, 12/15/10 – 12:21 | 9 Comments
Hildebrand Is Called Up By The National Guard
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
As if there wasn’t already enough going through J.R. Hildebrand’s mind as he passed into the infield at Phoenix International Raceway last week. The 22-year-old open-wheel driver from California had to be greeted with this:
A track worker was using a shovel to remove wind-blown desert sand from the already slippery […]

Wed, 12/15/10 – 7:57 | Comments Off on Hildebrand Is Called Up By The National Guard
Woody: NASCAR Presses The Pants Issue
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
With fans yawning, attendance sagging, ratings slumping and teams struggling, it’s good to see that NASCAR is on top of such a pressing problem:
Altering its dress code.
According reports, NASCAR next season will relax its restrictions on garage-wear to allow shorts, short-sleeve/sleeveless shirts, and open-toed shoes.
In the past, everyone in the […]

Tue, 12/14/10 – 12:25 | 2 Comments