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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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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
Rahal’s Young Driving Career Has Come Full Circle
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Indianapolis – From the time he learned to spell his given name, Graham Rahal figures his career-path was destined to unfold as a series of right- and-left-handed turns.
“I always wanted to be a road-racer,” Rahal said Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the mother of all oval racetracks. “That was always [...]

Fri, 05/22/09 – 8:47 | Comments Off
Stewart’s Ownership Ability Is Rooted In Dirt
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Concord, N.C. – Two guys who know all about Tony Stewart the car owner say they’re not surprised at his early success as a driver/owner in the Sprint Cup Series
Donny Schatz and Kraig Kinser, who wheel Stewart-owned sprint cars on the World of Outlaws circuit, joined Stewart for his media [...]

Fri, 05/22/09 – 8:45 | Comments Off
Historic Double
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For the first time in history (as far as we can tell, that is), one person will attempt to do his thing in two races in a single day. He will attempt to summon up the energy and courage to maintain his edge over the course of 1,000 miles of racing. That person is [...]

Thu, 05/21/09 – 20:15 | Comments Off
Haas Finds A Whole New World On Return To Racing
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Concord, N.C. – The other half of Stewart Haas Racing, Gene Haas, met with the media on Thursday for the first time since he returned to racing after serving prison time for tax evasion.
Haas, seated on the podium in the Lowe’s Motor Speedway media center between his partner, Tony Stewart, [...]

Thu, 05/21/09 – 20:03 | One Comment
Newman On Pole For 600
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Concord, N.C. – The good times continue to roll for Stewart Haas Racing. Four days after team co-owner Tony Stewart gave the team its first win, in the Sprint All-Star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, teammate Ryan Newman returned to the track and won the pole for the 50th running [...]

Thu, 05/21/09 – 20:00 | Comments Off
Don Miller Helping People Walk All Over Former Drivers
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Mooresville, N.C. – Don Miller has gone from working with some of the sport’s fastest cars and most talented current drivers to working with cars and drivers that likely will never race again.
And he absolutely loves it.
As president of Penske Racing South, Miller was the overseer for the preparation of [...]

Thu, 05/21/09 – 16:53 | Comments Off
Illegal Engine A Costly Mistake For Carl Long
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Concord, N.C. – Carl Long is a little guy with a big problem. He’s facing one of the most severe penalties in NASCAR history – 200 points, 12 weeks suspension and a $200,000 fine for his crew chief, Charles Swing. The part-time team was hit after the engine in their [...]

Thu, 05/21/09 – 16:50 | Comments Off
Dixie Whistling Along As A Piece Of Racing Americana
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Saturday night dirt tracks are as much a part of Americana as country churches, state parks and mom-and-pop stores.
For the past 40 years, Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga., has been entertaining fans with good old-fashioned rock-em, sock-em dirt track racing. The track will celebrate its anniversary on Memorial Day weekend.
First [...]

Thu, 05/21/09 – 9:17 | One Comment