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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Gaughan’s Late Pass Nets NNS Win In Kentucky
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Brendan Gaughan secured his second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season Saturday night when he won at Kentucky Speedway.
Gaughan passed Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon for the lead on the final restart of the night to get the win.
“I love my restarts,” said Gaughan. “It was an awesome restart. Shane (Wilson, crew chief) kept [...]

Sun, 09/21/14 – 7:17 | Comments Off
Routine Mistake Costs John Force A Countdown Victory
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Funny Car icon John Force was foaming at the mouth Saturday after an uncharacteristic red-light cost him a victory against Matt Hagan during the delayed Race 1 final of the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship at the Texas Motorplex.
Force outran Hagan over the 1,000-foot distance of the Motorplex’s all-concrete surface with a [...]

Sun, 09/21/14 – 7:06 | One Comment
Courtney Force Hangs On To Claim Funny Car Pole In Texas
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Courtney Force earned her fourth pole position of the season Saturday, when she qualified P1 at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Shane Gray (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. It is the second playoff race in the [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 20:50 | Comments Off
Pruett/Rojas Win Tudor Series Race At COTA
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Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas drove their No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford/Riley to their third victory of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship season on Saturday when the won the Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
Pruett took the lead with 33 minutes remaining, and then held off both Joao [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 18:24 | Comments Off
Gordon Has Climbed To Top Of Hendrick Fave List
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LOUDON, N.H. – It’s been 13 years since Jeff Gordon won the last of his four NASCAR Sprint Cup titles.
So how surprising is it that the 43-year-old driver is one of the favorites in this year’s Chase for the championship?
“Jeff is still one of the best drivers out there,’’ [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 14:17 | Comments Off
No Letdown For Keselowski In New Hampshire
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Brad Keselowski, who won the Chase-opening Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway last weekend, set a track record in winning the pole for this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.
The pole was Keselowski’s fifth of the season, the eight of his career and his third in 11 starts at the 1.058-mile flat [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Courtney Force Trashes Texas Records
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Courtney Force had the blinders on at the Texas Motorplex Friday evening, and cranked out a blinding pass to back it up.
Force claimed the provisional Funny Car pole during second-round qualifying for the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals with a 1,000-foot pass in 4.039-seconds at 314.90 mph. Both numbers set Motorplex [...]

Sat, 09/20/14 – 6:37 | Comments Off
Larson In Middle Of Chase To Win First Cup Race
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
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LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Larson doesn’t want anybody to think of him as arrogant or boastful. Let’s just call him confident.
And the 21-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie is getting the kind of results on the track that prove he can get the job done, even if he is a bit impatient for more.
In his first [...]

Fri, 09/19/14 – 13:38 | One Comment
Texas Motorplex To Host Countdown Doubleheader
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Re-routed into the Lone Star State, NHRA’s problem-plagued Countdown to the Championship will resume at the Texas Motorplex Friday with a weekend schedule that leaves no room for error.
The 2014 opener of NHRA’s six-race playoff for its professional categories ended with a thud Sunday at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., near Charlotte. [...]

Fri, 09/19/14 – 7:12 | Comments Off
Keselowski’s Chicagoland Pass Was An Instant Classic
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Some week-old Chaseburgers:
Once upon a time, great moments in auto racing earned names. Spin and Win. Pass in the Grass.
On Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, there was a humdinger of a pass that deserves big love. Perhaps even a name.
It came with 16 laps to go in what had been a pretty dull race. Kevin [...]

Thu, 09/18/14 – 8:01 | Comments Off