Thu, 30/10/14 – 8:12 | One Comment

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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Woody: Atwood Wonders and Hopes
Larry Woody | Senior Writer

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Casey Atwood stands in the garage area, watching the swirl of activity around him, and thinks of what might have been.
The young Nashville driver burst onto the national scene in 2000 when he was signed by Ray Evernham as Bill Elliott’s teammate on Evernham’s fledging race team. Elliott and Atwood [...]

Thu, 04/23/09 – 7:26 | 2 Comments
A Few Words With: Vitor Meira
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Vitor Meira is back at Kansas Speedway this weekend, this time driving for the legendary A.J. Foyt. Meira has been involved in several memorable finishes at Kansas but has yet to get his first win. He shared a few words about Kansas this week:
Question: What is the track at Kansas like?
Meira: It’s really a normal [...]

Thu, 04/23/09 – 7:25 | One Comment
Woody: Danica Would Look Good In Fenders
Larry Woody | Senior Writer

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Question: could a driver who is described as being “sexy and sculpted” find happiness in NASCAR?
I never heard Junior Johnson described that way.
But that’s how Danica Patrick is depicted in the current edition of SHAPE Magazine, drawing attention to herself as rumors ripple once again about the possibility of a [...]

Wed, 04/22/09 – 18:04 | 6 Comments
Yarborough To Pace Field at Darlington
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As part of the celebration of 60 Years of Racing at Darlington Raceway, Cale Yarborough will serve as the honorary pace car driver to start the 2009 Southern 500 presented by announced track President Chris Browning.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Cale pace the field for the Southern 500 presented by,” said [...]

Wed, 04/22/09 – 16:40 | Comments Off
Childress To Swap Cup Crew Chiefs
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Richard Childress Racing’s No. 07 Jack Daniel’s crew  will become the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil crew, and vice versa,  immediately following this weekend’s race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
 Crew chief Gil Martin and his crew will move to the No. 29 team with driver Kevin Harvick while Todd Berrier and his crew will take over the No. [...]

Wed, 04/22/09 – 14:34 | Comments Off
Camping World Trucks And TV Have A Thing Going On
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
To compare TV ratings among NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series in baseball terms, it’s “one up, one down.”
While the Fox broadcast of Saturday night’s Cup race drew a record-low 3.3/6 for a race from Phoenix and overall numbers are down 14 percent this year, the truck series [...]

Wed, 04/22/09 – 12:42 | Comments Off
Drag Racer Had Inside View Of Hudson River Plane Crash
Rick Minter | Senior Writer

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Commerce, Ga. – Chris Rini, a Top Sportsman racer from Carmel, N.Y., was one of the favorites in his division in the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway last weekend. But midway through a qualifying run on Friday, the engine in his Dodge Stratus detonated.With oil streaming from his car, Rini [...]

Wed, 04/22/09 – 8:00 | 2 Comments
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NASCAR’s thundering herd of carbureted V-8s will get a lesson in hybrid technology at Lowe’s Motor Speedway next month.  
A Toyota Camry Hybrid will become the first such vehicle to serve as “official” pace car for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race when it leads the 43-car field to the green flag for the 50th [...]

Wed, 04/22/09 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Earnhardt, Mears Put On Probation
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NASCAR announced that it has placed Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Casey Mears on probation for the next six races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of their on-track incident last Saturday at the conclusion of the race at Phoenix International Raceway.
NASCAR put both drivers on probation for the next six races. No [...]

Wed, 04/22/09 – 7:50 | Comments Off
For Cup Teams, Two Is Just Right
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By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
Dale Earnhardt Jr. loves Talladega Superspeedway, site of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Loves the fans. Loves the layout. Loves how he’s won five races at the circuit’s largest racetrack.
What Earnhardt doesn’t love is the schedule. At least, he doesn’t love it as much as he loved the shortened [...]

Tue, 04/21/09 – 14:36 | 2 Comments