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Raymond Beadle, an icon of Texas motor racing, passed away Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion was 70.
At the peak of his success, Beadle campaigned cars in NASCAR, NHRA, IHRA and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and was owner of Chaparral Trailer Company.
Widely-credited [...]

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Woody: Justice Not Served in Long Case
Larry Woody | Senior Writer

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer 
There used to be a joke in college football: Every time Oklahoma got caught cheating the NCAA would put Western Kentucky on probation.
The point being: The NCAA would throw the book at a nobody while letting a big-time (and cash cow) program slide.
Methinks I smell a similar odor wafting from [...]

Sat, 05/23/09 – 16:25 | 9 Comments
Video: Johnny Rutherford’s Yellow Submarine
Info Manager |’s John Sturbin takes a look back at 1980, his first year covering the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. John was writing for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and hometown hero Johnny Rutherford won the race that year, from the pole, in the revolutionary, Texas-built “yellow submarine”, making Sturbin’s rookie year at Indy a most memorable one!

Sat, 05/23/09 – 15:00 | One Comment
Pedley: Peace Breaks Out At Indianapolis
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
The theme of last year’s Indianapolis 500 was clear: The 2008 race was all about reunification.
You know, the first 500 after Champ Car and IndyCar came to their senses and the battle of wits between two unarmed opponents had been declared over.
Finally –finally – after a dozen years and untold [...]

Sat, 05/23/09 – 11:15 | Comments Off
Month Of May Shaping Up As A Classic For Castroneves
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Indianapolis – Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway traditionally is for sending messages. And the final missive from Helio Castroneves on Friday was that he is so good to go for the 93rd edition of the Indianapolis 500.
“For me, the month is falling into place,” Castroneves said at the end [...]

Sat, 05/23/09 – 7:33 | 2 Comments
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It was a big week for Joey Saldana and his Kasey Kahne Racing team. After opening a brand new shop just down the road from The Dirt Track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saldana was able to race in front of his car owner on Friday night in the Outlaw Showdown at the [...]

Sat, 05/23/09 – 7:30 | Comments Off
ABC Gears Up For Another Run At The 500
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Indianapolis – Casual fans of open-wheel racing may not be aware that the first three events of the 2009 IndyCar Series schedule have been carried – as they say in the TV industry – “on another network.”
Not so with the Indianapolis 500, which for the 45th consecutive year will be [...]

Sat, 05/23/09 – 7:30 | Comments Off
IMS Creates Scholarship To Honor Journalist Mike Harris
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Indianapolis – One of the most familiar and respected bylines in the newspaper industry will disappear this summer when Mike Harris steps into retirement.
Harris will conclude a 40-year career with The Associated Press – including 30 as motorsports editor – on July 1. A fixture in the Media Center at [...]

Fri, 05/22/09 – 18:00 | Comments Off
Kanaan Among The Cellu-Elite Of Athletes In All Of Sports
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
Indianapolis – Ask IndyCar Series star Tony Kanaan if a race car driver really is an athlete, and he will hit you with his body fat.
Not that there’s much of that on Kanaan’s sinewy  5-foot-5, 158-pound frame. Body fat is a lipid (fat) produced in the body, and may be influenced by [...]

Fri, 05/22/09 – 12:46 | Comments Off
Video: Carb Day At Indy
Info Manager |’s exclusive look at the sights and sounds of Carb Day, at the 2009 Indianapolis 500

Fri, 05/22/09 – 12:45 | Comments Off
Video: John Sturbin Reports From The Indy 500
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Senior writer John Sturbin is covering his 30th consecutive Indy 500 this month. He is sharing his memories, his knowledge and his contacts with RacinToday readers all week with video and print reports. Readers can contact John at

Fri, 05/22/09 – 11:00 | One Comment