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Dale Earnhardt Jr. walked away from a serious airplane crash in Tennessee. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior

ELIZABETHTON, TENN. – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s jet bounced at least twice on the Elizabethton Municipal Airport runway before the landing gear collapsed, NTSB senior investigator Ralph Hicks said Friday.

“We were able to obtain surveillance […]

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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
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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
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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
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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
Single-day reserved grandstand and general admission tickets for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are now on sale.
Billed as the World’s Fastest Spring Break Party , the race’s sixth edition will return to the streets of downtown St. Petersburg from March 25-27 as the IndyCar season-opener. Will Power of Team Penske […]

Tue, 03/1/11 – 15:45 | Comments Off on St. Pete Singles on Sale
Woody: Some Thrilling Memories
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Joie Chitwood III has his first Speed Weeks under his belt as president of Daytona International Speedway, and all the events were crowd-wowing successes – as has come to be expected whenever a Chitwood and a racetrack come into contact.
Joie’s grandfather founded the famous Joie Chiltwood Thrill Show, in addition […]

Tue, 03/1/11 – 14:12 | Comments Off on Woody: Some Thrilling Memories
Gordon Makes A Return To His Checkered Past
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
For a guy who used to collect race wins by the bunch, it probably was beginning to feel like this day would never come.
Jeff Gordon, the perennial contender, went 66 NASCAR Sprint Cup races without taking the checkeredflag at the front of the pack. He came close a number of […]

Tue, 03/1/11 – 8:08 | Comments Off on Gordon Makes A Return To His Checkered Past
Kanaan’s Career Left In Limbo
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Like job-seekers everywhere, former IZOD IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan awoke this morning having to adjust to his “new normal.”
Kanaan is a free-agent for the second time this open-wheel offseason, the result of a sponsorship shortfall at de Ferran Dragon Racing. Fellow-Brazilian Gil de Ferran, president of the team co-owned […]

Mon, 02/28/11 – 8:23 | One Comment
Ingram: Is NASCAR’s Recent Success For Real?
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
I always enjoy the buffoons who immediately condemn NASCAR racing as fixed whenever something fortuitous happens in the way of driver accomplishments. If they’re commentators on sports in general, they usually come from stick-and-ball backgrounds, don’t have to answer to race fans, don’t know a damn […]

Mon, 02/28/11 – 7:40 | 4 Comments
Lucas, Hight, Line Win at Winternationals
Morgan Lucas defeated Shawn Langdon in a matchup of former high school classmates in the Top Fuel final Sunday at the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.
The other winners of the first of 22 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series […]

Sun, 02/27/11 – 22:29 | One Comment