Thu, 30/10/14 – 8:12 | No 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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Pondering Top Fuel Helped Force Win No. 16
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
There was a time this season when NHRA Funny Car icon John Force, determined to save his long-running sponsor relationship with Castrol, considered chucking his legacy to start over in Top Fuel.
That rumor was the genesis of the midseason, in-house crew chief swap that brought Jimmy Prock over to Force’s [...]

Fri, 11/8/13 – 10:36 | 4 Comments
Langdon Off To Quick Start In Pomona
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Top Fuel points leader Shawn Langdon raced to the qualifying lead Thursday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Adam Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their categories at the final playoff race of the 2013 NHRA Mello [...]

Thu, 11/7/13 – 21:04 | Comments Off
Foose Rollin’ Out Art, Making Dreams Come True
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas – There probably isn’t a “Car Guy” with remote-in-hand who hasn’t fantasized about having his hot rod/muscle car/collector car brought back to life by designer Chip Foose.
The star of the long-running reality TV series “Overhaulin’ ” has turned many an idle and often hopeless project vehicle into [...]

Thu, 11/7/13 – 8:41 | Comments Off
Ganassi DP Car Switching To Ford Power
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Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced it will switch from BMW to Ford power for next year’s inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.
CGR, winner of seven of the last 10 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Championships, made the announcement Tuesday during the Ford press conference at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Ganassi’s [...]

Tue, 11/5/13 – 17:22 | Comments Off
Top Fuel Title Is Next Item On Langdon’s Itinerary
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Monday’s telephone call from Shawn Langdon came a little bit later than originally scheduled. Seems a mis-reading of a travel itinerary had resulted in a missed flight, a chaotic scramble for another and, of course, the exploding of his whole day.
And all to start off what he admitted was the [...]

Tue, 11/5/13 – 15:34 | Comments Off
Johnson Dominates Texas; Takes Lead In Chase
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Jimmie Johnson had been very un-Jimmie Johnson-like on 1.5-mile ovals this season.  Thirty-three races into 2013, he had yet to win on tracks of that size. Then came Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and all of that changed.
Johnson dominated the race – the third-to-last of the season – by leading 255 of [...]

Sun, 11/3/13 – 18:38 | 2 Comments
Chase Blues: Gordon Wrecks, Edwards Explodes At Texas
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

It appears that Jeff Gordon’s pursuit of a fifth career Sprint Cup championship is over for the time being.
Also over is Carl Edwards’ bid to win his first championship.
Gordon, who had moved to third in this year’s Chase with a victory last weekend in Martinsville, wrecked early in Sunday’s event at Texas Motor Speedway.
The trouble [...]

Sun, 11/3/13 – 17:20 | Comments Off
After Homestead, The Future’s Uncertain For Burton
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas – The driver who won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway may be competing on the 1.5-mile quad-oval for the last time Sunday afternoon. But as daylight fades into dusk during the AAA Texas 500, Jeff Burton won’t be turning his back [...]

Sun, 11/3/13 – 8:55 | Comments Off
Keselowski Dominates Texas NNS Race
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Brad Keselowski took the lead for the final time with 14 laps to go and went on to win Saturday’s ninth annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The victory was the sixth of the year for the Penske Racing driver but his first at TMS. He led 105 of 200 laps.
“We [...]

Sat, 11/2/13 – 17:31 | Comments Off
Bowman Back On NNS Pole In Texas
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Rookie Alex Bowman became the first driver in Texas Motor Speedway history to complete a season sweep of NASCAR Nationwide Series poles Saturday, when he captured the top spot for the ninth annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge during the Pinnacle Propane Qualifying Days.
Bowman, driver of the No. 99 Microsoft Windows Toyota [...]

Sat, 11/2/13 – 13:56 | Comments Off