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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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Penske Heads To Pole Day On A High
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Roger Penske could be in line for his record 15th pole at the Indianapolis 500. On the final practice day before Pole Day, Team Penske’s Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves recorded the fastest laps on the 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Briscoe was fastest with a lap at 39.8263 seconds, 225.981 mph, while Castroneves [...]

Fri, 05/8/09 – 18:30 | Comments Off
Kenseth Steps Out Of Character, Wins Pole
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Matt Kenseth set a track record en route to winning the pole for Saturday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway on Friday.
Kenseth turned a lap at 179.514 mph in the session.
“Whenever you run that fast it’s the car,” Kenseth said. “You can only go as fast as the car will carry you and Drew [...]

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It Was Craven vs. Busch In A Finish Too Wild To Tame
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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If you were a NASCAR fan in 2003, if you were one of those lunatics whom the straight world looked down upon with a roll of the eyes because you enjoyed watching loud, dirty cars go around in circles for hours on end and then could not wait until the [...]

Fri, 05/8/09 – 15:40 | 2 Comments
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Rain has forced cancelation of quailfying for the Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway and has pushed back qualifying for the Sprint Cup series.
So, in tonight’s Nationwide race, the field will line up according to owner points. Kyle Busch will be on the pole and Ryan Newman will be on the outside of the first [...]

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Tonight, It’s The Morgan Shepherd 250
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Correspondent
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Darlington, S.C. – There’s no stopping 67-year-old Morgan Shepherd, NASCAR’s ageless wonder who is scheduled to make his 250th career start in the Nationwide Series when the green flag waves on tonight’s Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington Raceway.
 “Keep roller skating, I reckon,” said Shepherd, who is frequently seen scooting [...]

Fri, 05/8/09 – 13:20 | Comments Off
Hood: Best Finish Was The First Finish
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Correspondent
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Darlington, S.C. – A recent online fan poll conducted by Darlington Raceway awarded Ricky Craven’s thrilling victory over Kurt Busch earlier this decade as the most-memorable finish during the 1.366-mile speedway’s 60-year history.
 While it would be difficult to vote against the 2003 event which produced the closest finish in NASCAR history, 30 years later [...]

Fri, 05/8/09 – 12:20 | One Comment
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tickets for the 52nd annual Daytona 500 – NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – will go on sale on Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m. (EST).
Prior to Saturday, May 16, only renewals and deposits for seat assignments for the 52nd annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race were [...]

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – May 8, 2009 – International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions (“ISS”) to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 major motorsports facilities. The service debuts this weekend, May 8 and 9, at Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina, host to the NASCAR Nationwide Series DHP 200 [...]

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Ingram: The Southern 500 Has Gone South
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent 
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There was a time when a 500-mile race at Darlington was the real Southern 500, not a replica.
To win a 500-mile race at Darlington on a Labor Day weekend meant you had beaten that day’s competition and had measured up to all those stock car drivers who came before.
It was [...]

Fri, 05/8/09 – 7:50 | One Comment
Andretti Sets Pace At Indy Practice
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer

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Marco Andretti topped a list of IndyCar Series heavy-hitters quickly working up to speed during the first full day of practice Thursday for the 93rd Indianapolis 500.
Andretti turned a hot lap of 39.9152 seconds/225.478 mph around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, as 31 drivers posted lap times. Rookies and [...]

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