Thu, 30/10/14 – 8:12 | One Comment

A couple years back, colleague Rick Minter was talking about stock-car racing then vs. stock-car racing now. The topic morphed to drivers. Minter happily described how he and his father used to run into them down at the Waffle House near their home in Georgia.
That’s right kids, NASCAR drivers used to eat at Waffle [...]

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Brian Vickers Bulls His Way To Pole At Michigan
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Brian Vickers insists that his team keeps getting closer and closer to having the kind of equipment which can win a race. 
On Friday, he added another “closer”.
Vickers turned a qualifying lap at 189.110 mph Friday afternoon to win the pole for Sunday’s LifeLock 400 Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
“It [...]

Fri, 06/12/09 – 19:50 | Comments Off
GM Has Cutting Remarks For NASCAR
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The new General Motors will emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy with a significantly reduced financial stake in NASCAR.
GM announced Friday it has cut off funding to its Chevrolet Racing teams in NASCAR’s Nationwide and Camping World Truck series, according to several published reports. Among the affected organizations are Kevin Harvick [...]

Fri, 06/12/09 – 19:49 | 3 Comments
Schumacher, Force Hood Tops At Supers
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Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Ashley Force Hood (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock), and Craig Treble (Pro Stock Motorcycle) paced their respective fields during the opening day of action at the United Association NHRA SuperNationals, the 11th of 24 races on the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule.
Force Hood is very familiar with [...]

Fri, 06/12/09 – 19:45 | Comments Off
Woody: The Breath Of Fresh Air Needs A Tic Tac
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Nashville – Kyle Busch said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, thought Kyle bashing his trophy to bits last Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway was “cool.”
Really? Then how about this: Let artist Sam Bass, who spent countless hours hand-painting the classic Gibson guitar, crash Kyle’s brand-new race car through [...]

Fri, 06/12/09 – 17:15 | 7 Comments
Ingram: Peugeot Will Need To Be More Than Just Fast at Le Mans
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent
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A quarter million fans will gather this weekend around the eight-mile circuit in the French countryside to watch the 77th running of the Le Mans 24-hour sports car race. The fans will all have the same question in mind: can Team Peugeot beat Audi Sport?
To turn that question around to [...]

Fri, 06/12/09 – 14:05 | Comments Off
David Ragan’s Team To Get Help
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Last year, David Ragan was one of the unexpected success stories in NASCAR.
This season, his has been a story of disappointment.
On Friday, his team-owner announced that he was going to attempt to get the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion rolling in the right direction once again.
In an effort to [...]

Fri, 06/12/09 – 14:00 | Comments Off
Woody: NASCAR Decisions Prove Puzzling
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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I’ve been writing about cars running in circles for 40 years and in that entire span I’ve never come across two more puzzling stories than the back-to-back mysteries of recent weeks.
One is Jeremy Mayfield’s ongoing drug case. The other is Carl Long’s record-breaking penalties for a trivial infraction.
First, Mayfield:
Last week [...]

Fri, 06/12/09 – 13:25 | 7 Comments
Hunter-Reay Moves to Foyt
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IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, of Boca Raton, Fla., will drive for A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply team for the remainder of the season, beginning with the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway June 20-21. Vision Racing assigned Hunter-Reay’s driving services to A.J. Foyt Enterprises in a deal struck Thursday.
 The announcement comes as a result of [...]

Fri, 06/12/09 – 10:50 | Comments Off
Gossage Takes Promotions To New Heights
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By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – In the colorful history of pre-event promotions at Texas Motor Speedway, only Robosaurus has cast a larger shadow over O. Bruton Smith’s palace of speed than Shaquille O’Neal.
Shaq, the gentle giant who plays center for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, made his first visit to an American racetrack last [...]

Fri, 06/12/09 – 8:10 | 2 Comments
Bodine Warns That More Trucks May Be Parked – Including His
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas _ Johnny Benson’s sponsor-induced exit from NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series earlier this week may not be the last by a champion.
Todd Bodine’s post-race celebration of his historic fifth series victory at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night was tempered by the reality that Germain Racing may have [...]

Thu, 06/11/09 – 18:02 | One Comment