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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Ambrose Has Had To Adjust Goals for 2010
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
That trademark ebullience was in short supply when Marcos Ambrose talked to the media this week. In its place was a mixture of frustration and uncertainty.
Nobody needed to ask why:
Jacked-up hopes that Ambrose would become the first Australian to win a Sprint Cup race and make the Chase are on […]

Thu, 06/17/10 – 10:16 | One Comment
Results of De Silvestro Fire Probe Released
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Fort Worth, Texas – An Indy Racing League investigation into the fiery crash involving IZOD IndyCar Series rookie Simona de Silvestro at Texas Motor Speedway has cited a procedural error in the packing of a fire hose on one of its trucks that caused it to malfunction, as well as “human error” in the form […]

Wed, 06/16/10 – 22:29 | Comments Off on Results of De Silvestro Fire Probe Released
Sorenson To Drive For Red Bull
Red Bull Racing announced Wednesday that Reed Sorenson would fill in as driver of the No. 83 Sprint Cup car beginning with the June 27 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Sorenson will replace Casey Mears, who has been driving the car since Brian Vickers was diagnosed with blod clotting problems and opted out of the […]

Wed, 06/16/10 – 16:49 | Comments Off on Sorenson To Drive For Red Bull
Sturbin: Remembering A Great Racing Voice
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
It’s been said that everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, and how they learned that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas.
I was sitting at a desk in a classroom at Transfiguration School, a Catholic grammar school in my […]

Wed, 06/16/10 – 8:14 | 2 Comments
Woody: Is Tony Saving His Best For Last?
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
A couple of weeks ago, that mild-mannered stranger who has been wearing Tony Stewart’s racing uniform to racetracks made an announcement:
He REALLY IS Tony Stewart, the once-volatile terror of the track, and he said he’s going to get back to doing what he used to do best – making waves and […]

Wed, 06/16/10 – 7:23 | Comments Off on Woody: Is Tony Saving His Best For Last?
Fords Leave Michigan With Dose Of Hope
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
It wasn’t the grab the checkered flag and drive backwards around the track kind of victory. There were no confetti canons and Miss Sprint wasn’t there to christen the moment.
But no matter. Kasey Kahne, his team and a small army of others associated with Ford Racing had to be partying […]

Tue, 06/15/10 – 9:15 | One Comment
Woody: Pops In Pits Bad Idea
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Anyone who’s ever sat in the stands during a Little League game or a youth-league soccer match knows why it’s not a good idea to allow parents in the pits at a stock car race.
As my cohort Rick Minter pointed out in an earlier column, Parents Behaving Badly is […]

Tue, 06/15/10 – 7:28 | Comments Off on Woody: Pops In Pits Bad Idea
Harris: Richter A Big Man With Bigger Heart
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
Les Richter was a big man and the thing I noticed most about him the first time we met, in January of 1980 at Riverside International Raceway, were his hands.
When he reached out to say hello, I wasn’t sure I was going to get my hand back from those massive […]

Mon, 06/14/10 – 15:56 | Comments Off on Harris: Richter A Big Man With Bigger Heart
No Blue Monday For Dixon, Tasca
Larry Dixon raced to his sixth Top Fuel victory of the season Monday afternoon at the rain-delayed NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park while Bob Tasca got his first in Funny Car.
Mike Edwards and Michael Phillips also were winners at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Dixon posted a performance of 3.824 […]

Mon, 06/14/10 – 15:37 | Comments Off on No Blue Monday For Dixon, Tasca
Minter: Hamlin May Just Be Getting Warmed Up
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
As I sat and watched Denny Hamlin knock out a runaway win at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, his fifth in the past 10 Sprint Cup races, I thought back to an interview with Hamlin last year at Talladega Superspeedway, when he wasn’t winning nearly as often.
We talked about his […]

Mon, 06/14/10 – 15:17 | Comments Off on Minter: Hamlin May Just Be Getting Warmed Up