Wed, 20/11/19 – 14:46 | No Comment

Robert Hight earned his third Funny Car championship on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior

Robert Hight joined the ranks of NHRA royalty Sunday when he clinched his third Funny Car world championship…ironically enough, stranded in the left lane at Auto Club Raceway.

Hight’s championship-winning scenario capped a bizarre day at […]

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Racin’ Today: McDowell, HP Unite
In Racin’ news today, Wednesday, Jan. 19:
HP Racing, LLC, a renamed entity formed by owners Randy Humphrey and Phil Parsons, announced the formation of HP Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team set to debut in 2011 at Daytona International Speedway.
HP Racing will field the No. 66 Toyota Camry with driver Michael McDowell. Driving for […]

Wed, 01/19/11 – 11:15 | Comments Off on Racin’ Today: McDowell, HP Unite
Harris: Cup History Has Vanished in Puff Of Smoke
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
The announcement that Richmond International Raceway will ban smoking from its grandstands and portals areas, beginning in the upcoming race season, brought back a lot of smoky memories.
When my career in racing began, R.J. Reynolds’ Winston brand was the dominating sponsor in NASCAR.
RJR influenced everything about stock car racing in […]

Wed, 01/19/11 – 8:26 | 3 Comments
Pedley: NASCAR Needs To Slam A Grand Problem
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Jamie McMurray was one of the major stories of the 2010 NASCAR season. Not because of the fact that he re-emerged as a top-tier Sprint Cup driver, or that he won the Daytona 500, or that he won the Brickyard 400.
The big story surrounding McMurray was that he re-emerged as […]

Tue, 01/18/11 – 16:21 | 3 Comments
Woody: Single-Title Rule Won’t Cure Nationwide Series’ Woes
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
NASCAR deserves credit for its reported change that will limit drivers to one championship a season. It is intended to provide some relief for its second-tier Nationwide Series, in which
Nationwide-only teams are gasping for air.
Unfortunately it probably won’t help.
The new rule will prevent big-league Cup drivers from making off with […]

Tue, 01/18/11 – 8:06 | 4 Comments
Elliott Set To Put On Chevy Bow Tie
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Bill Elliott’s late father, George Elliott, was as loyal a Ford supporter as they came. His sons went on to carry the banner for Ford Racing in the 1980s, and Bill Elliott spent the last four seasons driving Ford’s most famous car, the No. 21 of the Wood Brothers Race team.
But when testing opens at […]

Mon, 01/17/11 – 16:04 | 4 Comments
Racin’ Notes: Baldwin And Blaney Return To Cup
In Racin’ news today, Monday Jan. 17:
Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that the team will run the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet in its third year of competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Dave Blaney will drive.
The team said it will kick off the season with the 53rd Annual Daytona 500 in […]

Mon, 01/17/11 – 15:06 | Comments Off on Racin’ Notes: Baldwin And Blaney Return To Cup
Ingram: No Rookie Chase Sign Of NASCAR Times
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief ™:
What do Blackie Pitt, Ken Rush and Shorty Rollins have in common? They were the first three rookies of the year in NASCAR’s premier series. Fast forward to the coming season and the candidates for the rookie of the year are… non-existant.
It’s the economy, […]

Mon, 01/17/11 – 8:48 | Comments Off on Ingram: No Rookie Chase Sign Of NASCAR Times
Kevin Swindell Wins Silver Edition Of Chili Bowl
Kevin Swindell became the first driver in 25 years to win consecutive Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals  main events on Saturday night.
To get the victory and special Silver Driller 25th Anniversary trophy, Swindell had to hold off his more-famous father, Sammy Swindell – a five time winner of the event, which is held in Tulsa, […]

Sun, 01/16/11 – 9:36 | Comments Off on Kevin Swindell Wins Silver Edition Of Chili Bowl
Hood: Living Rooms Are Full Of Potential Snitches
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A professional golfer is disqualified from a tournament after a TV viewer notices a rules violation and tips off the PGA.
Could a similar scenario play out during a NASCAR event?
Camilo Villegas received a jolt on his 29th birthday a week ago in Hawaii after learning he had been disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. He was told that someone watching […]

Sun, 01/16/11 – 9:07 | 2 Comments
Minter: Roosevelt Johnson A Hero On And Off The Drag Strip
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Most folks don’t get into the sports reporting business for the money. They do it for chances to write about people like Roosevelt Johnson.
Johnson, one of the South’s pioneering drag racers, died this week at the age of 80. I interviewed him several times over the years, visited in his […]

Sat, 01/15/11 – 10:45 | One Comment