Mon, 23/04/18 – 8:40 | No Comment

Twenty-nine races removed from his NHRA Top Fuel career, J.R. Todd says he truly has the look and the feel of a nitromethane-burning Funny Car driver.
“My fire suit is dirty and my hands are dirty and I’m still driving it all over the place,” Todd said Sunday afternoon at Royal Purple Raceway. “So I’m trying […]

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Woody: Years Don’t Diminish Loss Of Davey
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Hard to believe it’s been 17 years this week since Davey Allison’s fatal helicopter crash at Talladega.
Seems as though it happened just yesterday:
I got a call the day before from Jim Freeman, PR director at Talladega Superspeedway, inviting me down for a media luncheon with Neil Bonnett. Neil was scheduled to […]

Thu, 07/15/10 – 7:41 | 2 Comments
Woody: Trucks Put On Good, But Skimpy, Show
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
They didn’t need a green flag to start last Sunday’s truck race in Iowa. They needed a feather-duster.
The rusty racers took to the track for the first time since June 12 at Michigan, running just their 9th race since the season opener ‘way back on Feb. 12.
Maybe NASCAR should change […]

Wed, 07/14/10 – 10:34 | 2 Comments
IndyCar’s Bernard Talks Racing
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A couple weeks ago, IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard answered questions during an informal interview with a group of media people at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Following are excerpts from that interview:
Q: What do you think about Danica Patrick racing in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series?
Bernard:  “I think it’s great. It’s exposing her tremendously and I think […]

Tue, 07/13/10 – 15:48 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Reutimann Victory A Popular One
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Joliet, Ill. – Victories are all equal in the eyes of statisticians. For the rest of us, some mean more than others. For a large group of people involved in NASCAR, David Reutimann got a very meaningful victory last Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway.
It was one of those which turned […]

Tue, 07/13/10 – 10:03 | 3 Comments
Woody: Thanks For Memories, Help
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Their recent passings didn’t get a lot of media attention, so I’d like to try to make up for it a bit.
It’s the least I can do for Judy Tucker, who last week lost a battle with illness, and Marti Rompf, who passed a few weeks before.
I doubt that many […]

Tue, 07/13/10 – 7:46 | 3 Comments
Minter: It Was A Three-mendous Moment
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
As I sat in front of the TV and watched the Dillon brothers, Ty and Austin, turn in remarkable performances in the weekend races at Iowa Speedway, my mind wondered back to other afternoons over the years, when I’ve seen Richard Childress and his grandsons at NASCAR races.
There’s no questioning […]

Mon, 07/12/10 – 17:46 | 5 Comments
Woody: Two Views of Kenseth’s Complaints
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Following the 2003 season in which Matt Kenseth’s lackluster cruise to the championship nudged NASCAR into a radical new format, Matt felt he was being unduly criticized.
During a weekly media conference call I introduced myself before asking a question and Kenseth interrupted by asking:
“Are you that guy who wrote that […]

Mon, 07/12/10 – 13:22 | 4 Comments
First Test In The West Completed
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Cory McClenathan and Greg Anderson exited the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday evening as event champions, and the only players still standing in what looms as an historic race-within-a-race.
McClenathan posted his third Top Fuel victory of 2010 and Anderson won in Pro Stock for the second consecutive event, as […]

Mon, 07/12/10 – 8:23 | Comments Off on First Test In The West Completed
NHRA In Mourning Again
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By John Sturbin |Senior Writer
Post-race celebrations at Pacific Raceways were muted Sunday evening following the death of popular Top Alcohol Dragster driver Mark Niver during the NHRA Northwest Nationals.
Niver, a 60-year-old resident of Phoenix, Ariz., was killed when his dragster crashed in the shutdown area during eliminations at the facility in Kent, Wash., near Seattle.
NHRA […]

Mon, 07/12/10 – 8:12 | Comments Off on NHRA In Mourning Again
Ingram: Fast And Good At Chicagoland
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
The Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night was a little like a baseball game. Some guys hit and some guys missed when it came to the chassis set-up.
According to Kenny Francis, crew chief for Kasey Kahne, that’s the way it is these […]

Mon, 07/12/10 – 7:08 | Comments Off on Ingram: Fast And Good At Chicagoland