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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Team Owner Roush Is Thinking Young
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Jack Roush said Thursday he was excited about the youth coming into Roush Fenway Racing, noting Ryan Reed was expected to compete full time for the organization next year in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series while Chris Buescher possessed the inside track for his fourth Cup team.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 26, returns to Roush Fenway [...]

Thu, 10/10/13 – 20:47 | 2 Comments
Franchitti Out Of Hospital
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dario Franchitti was released from Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston Thursday, five days after suffering multiple injuries in a grinding crash during Race2 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader.
Franchitti was scheduled to travel to Indianapolis, where he will be re-evaluated over the next few days [...]

Thu, 10/10/13 – 17:41 | Comments Off
Harvick, RCR Know Cookies Can Taste Quite Good
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Over the years, NASCAR’s 1.5-mile ovals have been treated by fans and media with the type of disrespect generally accorded to things like rental cars and F-1 races. They’ve been tagged as dull and generic. Cookie-cutters is one of the nicer things the intermediates have been called.
But in the garages [...]

Thu, 10/10/13 – 10:17 | Comments Off
Tagliani To Sub For Franchitti
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Open-wheel veteran Alex Tagliani will replace the injured Dario Franchitti for Target Chip Ganassi Racing during the season-ending MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Oct. 19.
Franchitti, a four-time series champion, is recovering from multiple injuries suffered Sunday in Race 2 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of [...]

Thu, 10/10/13 – 8:01 | Comments Off
Braun, Shank Shatter Daytona Speed Mark
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A new world-wide King of Speed emerged at Daytona International Speedway Wednesday, when Colin Braun drove a Daytona Prototype powered by the new 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged Ford V6 EcoBoost race engine to a single-lap speed record of 222.971 mph.
Braun’s lap – which took 40.364-seconds around the high-banked, 2.5-mile DIS tri-oval – smashed the 26-year-old record of [...]

Thu, 10/10/13 – 7:56 | Comments Off
Texas Motor Speedway Schedules A Wing-Ding
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway’s “No Limits Wild Asphalt Circus” schedule will reach unprecedented heights when the Red Bull Air Race World Championship takes to the North Texas skies on Sept. 6-7, 2014.
TMS will join sister Speedway Motorsports Inc. facility Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the only American [...]

Wed, 10/9/13 – 18:20 | Comments Off
Franchitti Undergoes Surgery
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti underwent surgery to stabilize a fracture in his right ankle in a Houston hospital Sunday evening, one of several injuries the Scotsman suffered in a grinding, last-lap crash during Race 2 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader.
Franchitti was admitted awake and alert into Memorial [...]

Mon, 10/7/13 – 17:51 | Comments Off
Langdon, Force Make Hay In Maple Grove
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Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon and Funny Car’s John Force both extended their points leads and edged closer to world championship titles by racing to victories on Sunday at the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the fourth of six playoff [...]

Sun, 10/6/13 – 21:39 | Comments Off
Dixon Leads Points After Scary Race In Houston
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Season-long rivals Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves will decide the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship in two weeks after a tumultuous two days on the mean streets of Houston that ended in disaster for four-time champion Dario Franchitti.
Dixon, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, emerged from Sunday’s second 90-lap event of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand [...]

Sun, 10/6/13 – 19:30 | Comments Off
Harvick Wins Kansas, Enters The Chase Fray
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By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan.— Kevin Harvick crashed the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup party.
Kyle Busch simply crashed—at a track that continues to bedevil him.
And with a bizarre power failure in the last two laps, Johnson failed to cash in decisively on Matt Kenseth’s skittishness with the new tire combination Goodyear brought [...]

Sun, 10/6/13 – 19:20 | 3 Comments