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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NHRA Notes: Dixon Is Out To Demote The Sarge
| Senior Writer

Larry Dixon’s next text message to Top Fuel rival Tony Schumacher might read: “Sarge: Game on!”
Dixon rolled into The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway one year ago a distant second to Schumacher and his 212-point lead. Needing only to qualify to earn his fifth consecutive and sixth overall NHRA Full Throttle Series world championship, […]

Fri, 10/23/09 – 7:44 | 2 Comments
Minter: Jimmie Johnson Is As Sly As A Fox
| Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Some Thursday observations:
Of all the terms being tossed around regarding Jimmie Johnson’s surge toward what’s looking like a record fourth straight Sprint Cup title, “irony” is one of the first words that comes to mind.
In the same autumn that David Pearson was snubbed in the voting for the inaugural class […]

Thu, 10/22/09 – 7:36 | One Comment
Fantasy Racing: Martinsville
| Senior Writer

Tums Fast Relief 500
Martinsville Speedway
Sunday October 25, 1:30 ET ABC
Race Facts: Martinsville has a lower top 10 win percentage than most tracks. 73 percent of winners have started in the top 10… Fred Lorenzen led 493 laps on his way to winning at Martinsville in 1964 while John Andretti led just four in 1999. I […]

Thu, 10/22/09 – 7:30 | Comments Off on Fantasy Racing: Martinsville
Roush Nationwide Car Penalized
NASCAR announced today that the crew chief, owner and driver of the No. 16 NASCAR Nationwide Series team have been fined and penalized for violations involving sealed engine rules.
Crew chief Eddie Pardue has been fined $30,000 for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (Race equipment that has been previously sealed by NASCAR for use in […]

Wed, 10/21/09 – 14:59 | Comments Off on Roush Nationwide Car Penalized
Woody: It’s Do It Or Lose It Time
| Senior Writer

It’s soul-search, gut-check, look-in-the-mirror time for at least eight of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Championship Sunday at Martinsville.
If they don’t make a move – and I mean a MAJOR move – they can kick it in cruise control and just go through the motions the rest of the way. They’re out. […]

Wed, 10/21/09 – 14:51 | 3 Comments
Memo: Only Thing Petty At HOF Will Be Richard
| Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Sitting in that convention center meeting room for last week’s NASCAR Hall of Fame voting was an experience which will never be forgotten. A lot of things went through the mind as I sat down, opened my notebook, picked up my […]

Wed, 10/21/09 – 9:38 | 2 Comments

Brooklyn, Mich. ­— Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart are just a few of the drivers who have known it for years: Dogs are an integral part of the NASCAR family.
So in an ongoing effort to help fans make their race weekends more affordable, Michigan International Speedway is allowing dogs in its Graves Farm […]

Wed, 10/21/09 – 7:41 | Comments Off on MIS To Allow Dogs in Graves Farm Campground
Woody: Skimpy First Class Hurts The New Hall
| Senior Writer

If it was chatter that the NASCAR Hall of Fame folks wanted, it was chatter they got.
And – just as I predicted – much of it’s not good.
By limiting the first HOF class to five inductees – FIVE, to represent 62 years of racing! – they created a lot of bruised feelings and peeved fans.
It […]

Tue, 10/20/09 – 8:23 | 8 Comments
Elliott Protege Climbs Podium In His ARCA Debut
| Senior Writer

As Bill Elliott began to approach the later years of his NASCAR career, he started spending some of his time helping aspiring young drivers break into the sport.
His first understudy was his nephew Casey Elliott, who had tons of potential only to be lost to cancer before he could show the NASCAR world just how […]

Tue, 10/20/09 – 8:12 | 3 Comments
Woody: The Great Chase Seems To Be Fading Fast
| Senior Writer

Going into this 6th edition of NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, I thought the 12-pack of drivers represented the strongest field ever.
I thought the stage was set for the most wham-bam title fight in NASCAR history.
I thought we’d see goose-bump battles and constant shuffling of the standings.
Looks like I thought wrong.
We’re five races into the […]

Mon, 10/19/09 – 14:54 | 5 Comments