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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Matt Smith Rides Off With NHRA Bike Trophy
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Matt Smith joined his father as a 2013 NHRA world champion Sunday, when he won the Pro Stock Motorcycle final of the 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Smith claimed his second PSM world championship on a day that saw John Force earn his record 16th Funny Car title [...]

Mon, 10/28/13 – 6:35 | Comments Off
Force Wins 16th Title Amid A Year Of Distractions
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
John Force’s 16th NHRA Funny Car world championship has redefined the term “unprecedented” as it relates to drag racing drivers, and reinforced the undeniable fact that the manic character known as “Brut” truly is one astute businessman.
Force outran daughter Courtney in Sunday’s final of the 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals [...]

Mon, 10/28/13 – 6:15 | 10 Comments
Gordon Wins Martinsville, Moves Into Contention
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Jeff Gordon continued Hendrick Motorsports’ decade-long domination of Martinsville Speedway Sunday by scoring his eighth victory at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shortest track, taking the lead for good with 21 laps remaining in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger.
The 42-year-old driver’s first victory this season gives him 88 [...]

Sun, 10/27/13 – 16:34 | One Comment
Harvick Apologizes For Nasty Words About Dillons
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kevin Harvick apologized on Sunday for comments he made after Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series Race at Martinsville Speedway. His reason, he said, for taking a major shot at team owner Richard Childress and his racing grandsons: heat of the moment.
“I think there was just a lot of emotion involved,” [...]

Sun, 10/27/13 – 13:37 | One Comment
Brian Vickers Talks About Clot, Return To Racing
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Brian Vickers said Sunday the blood clot that has sidelined him for the rest of the season was caused by a protective boot he wore for 1 ½ months after suffering a mid-foot sprain in a wreck at Bristol Motor Speedway in [...]

Sun, 10/27/13 – 12:11 | Comments Off
Vettel Settles It: Wins India And Fourth F1 Championship
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Clearly the greatest Formula One driver of his generation, Sebastian Vettel added to his credentials as an all-timer when he clinched his fourth consecutive World Driving Championship with a victory in Sunday’s Airtel Indian Grand Prix.
Vettel, of Red Bull Racing/Renault, scored his career-best sixth win in a row and 10th [...]

Sun, 10/27/13 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Force Uses Record Run To Earn Vegas Pole
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Points leader John Force qualified in the No. 1 position and continued his late-season surge with a track record performance in Funny Car on Saturday during the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their [...]

Sat, 10/26/13 – 20:24 | Comments Off
Vettel On Verge Of No. 4
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

Red Bull Racing/Renault’s Sebastian Vettel moved one step closer to his fourth consecutive Formula One World Driving Championship when he qualified on-pole Saturday for the Airtel Indian Grand Prix.
Vettel claimed his seventh pole in 16 races and 43rd of his career by touring India’s Buddh International Circuit in 1-minute, 24.119-seconds – fastest lap recorded at [...]

Sat, 10/26/13 – 20:00 | Comments Off
Furious Harvick Rips Into ‘Rich Kid’ Dillon Brothers
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Turns out that Kevin Harvick’s decision to part ways with Richard Childress Racing at the end of the current Sprint Cup season was not totally based on getting a too-good-to-refuse offer from Stewart-Haas Racing. Seems Harvick is not real crazy about his current team owner’s grandchildren.
This became evident after Saturday’s [...]

Sat, 10/26/13 – 18:11 | 2 Comments
Wallace Jr. Trucks To Victory At Martinsville
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Darrell Wallace Jr. earned his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday.
By claiming the victory, Wallace Jr., who turned 20 on Oct. 8 became the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR national touring series event since Wendell Scott won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup [...]

Sat, 10/26/13 – 17:31 | Comments Off