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The decision by Elite Motorsports to sit out the next two NHRA national events is understandable. But, it’s also highly troubling.
Elite owner Richard Freeman made the decision public on Sunday at Bandimere Speedeway, site of the Mopar Mile-High Nationals. He said that his driver, Erica Enders-Stevens, would not compete at events in Sonoma, Calif. and [...]

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Martinsville: Small Track, Big Tradition
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When it comes to NASCAR tradition, there’s no place like Martinsville Speedway, which is hosting NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series races this weekend.
Like Bristol Motor Speedway, the other half-miler on the Sprint Cup circuit, the garage is a crowded place on Friday morning. The [...]

Fri, 03/27/09 – 0:29 | One Comment
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A reluctant spectator for three national events, Pro Stock driver Dave Connolly will make his debut in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series today at Houston Raceway Park.
Lack of sponsorship has kept Connolly and his Cagnazzi Racing Charter Communications Chevrolet Cobalt on the sidelines this season. At Baytown, Connolly will be wheeling Kenny [...]

Fri, 03/27/09 – 0:26 | Comments Off
Covering Motorsports Now
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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You can add the way which you are viewed by daily newspapers to the list of indignities you are suffering these days, race fans. Because the fact is, you are being treated by those media outlets as unimportant at best and objects of ridicule at worst.

Fri, 03/27/09 – 0:01 | 25 Comments
Vickers Netting Love from Fans
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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By Rick Minter  | Senior Writer
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Near the end of this year’s Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest race of the year, Brian Vickers had an on-track run-in with the sport’s biggest star, Dale Earnhardt Jr., an encounter many figured would bring out the boo birds for Vickers.
But when all the smoke cleared several days later, and all [...]

Wed, 03/25/09 – 21:35 | Comments Off
Passion Trumps Profit in Truck Series
Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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In the Sprint Cup Series, the motives of some maverick owners often are called into question. Are they there trying to build a race team or simply cashing in by starting and parking the car after a few laps?
In the last superspeedway Cup race, at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Mike Bliss [...]

Wed, 03/25/09 – 20:33 | Comments Off
Track Talk: Martinsville
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This week’s Sprint Cup race is at Martinsville Speedway, a .526-mile paper-clip shaped track which is unique in all of NASCAR.
What do the drivers think of it?
This:
“It’s a blast. If you’re hanging on and doing all you can to hang on the bottom and trying not to let people get by, [...]

Tue, 03/24/09 – 20:55 | Comments Off
Tasca On the Way Up
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The names of drivers in the NHRA’s glamour division, Funny Car, are well known. They include high-profilers like John Force, Ron Capps, Ashley Force. 
Then, or make that now, there is Bob Tasca III. In just his second full season in the NHRA Full Throttle series, Tasca is hard at work [...]

Tue, 03/24/09 – 19:52 | Comments Off
Good Day at the Barber
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Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing completed its pre-season test program Monday at the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park and declared itself ready to focus on earning back-to-back wins in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Pete IndyCar Series season-opener on April 5.
Graham Rahal, winner of the 2008 St. Pete race, and Robert Doornbos completed the second and final day [...]

Tue, 03/24/09 – 19:45 | One Comment
Spring Break
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For Nationwide Series competitors, March has been similar to spring break. This weekend will be the third open week for the series this year, and all three have come during March. 
Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Bristol have been the two tracks that have hosted races this month. So competitors better enjoy this weekend; it will [...]

Tue, 03/24/09 – 19:42 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Family Reunion
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Kerry and Jeffrey Earnhardt have joined Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Kerry will debut with the organization April 4 at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 31 Chevrolet. His son Jeffrey, 19, is scheduled to make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Dover International Speedway May 30.
Kerry, son of the legendary seven-time [...]

Tue, 03/24/09 – 19:35 | One Comment