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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick met with the media at Hendrick Motorsports to discuss Dale, Jr.’s announcement that he would be retiring at the end of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season.
What follows is a full transcript of the presser:
DALE EARNHARDT JR.:  Good afternoon.  I want to thank everybody […]

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Rain Makes Gordon An Unqualified Success
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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Martinsville, Va. – Jeff Gordon’s good Martinsville Speedway fortunes continued Friday as he inherited the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 after rain washed out qualifying.
The line-up for Sunday was set according to the NASCAR rule book, with positions being allotted according to car-owner points and qualifying attempts.
Gordon, […]

Fri, 03/27/09 – 16:19 | Comments Off on Rain Makes Gordon An Unqualified Success
All Martin Asks for is a Miracle
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Like so many middle-age-crazy ideas – buying that sports car convertible, getting matching tattoos with Darlene down at the Waffle House, returning Bernie Madoff’s phone call – it seemed like a good idea at the time.
That’s what 50-year-old Mark Martin would tell you.
He decided to end a perfectly good semi-retirement […]

Fri, 03/27/09 – 0:30 | 4 Comments
Martinsville: Small Track, Big Tradition
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When it comes to NASCAR tradition, there’s no place like Martinsville Speedway, which is hosting NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series races this weekend.
Like Bristol Motor Speedway, the other half-miler on the Sprint Cup circuit, the garage is a crowded place on Friday morning. The […]

Fri, 03/27/09 – 0:29 | One Comment
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A reluctant spectator for three national events, Pro Stock driver Dave Connolly will make his debut in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series today at Houston Raceway Park.
Lack of sponsorship has kept Connolly and his Cagnazzi Racing Charter Communications Chevrolet Cobalt on the sidelines this season. At Baytown, Connolly will be wheeling Kenny […]

Fri, 03/27/09 – 0:26 | Comments Off on Connolly Eager for 2009 Pro Stock Debut
Covering Motorsports Now
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You can add the way which you are viewed by daily newspapers to the list of indignities you are suffering these days, race fans. Because the fact is, you are being treated by those media outlets as unimportant at best and objects of ridicule at worst.

Fri, 03/27/09 – 0:01 | 25 Comments
Vickers Netting Love from Fans
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By Rick Minter  | Senior Writer
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Near the end of this year’s Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest race of the year, Brian Vickers had an on-track run-in with the sport’s biggest star, Dale Earnhardt Jr., an encounter many figured would bring out the boo birds for Vickers.
But when all the smoke cleared several days later, and all […]

Wed, 03/25/09 – 21:35 | Comments Off on Vickers Netting Love from Fans
Passion Trumps Profit in Truck Series
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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In the Sprint Cup Series, the motives of some maverick owners often are called into question. Are they there trying to build a race team or simply cashing in by starting and parking the car after a few laps?
In the last superspeedway Cup race, at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Mike Bliss […]

Wed, 03/25/09 – 20:33 | Comments Off on Passion Trumps Profit in Truck Series
Track Talk: Martinsville
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This week’s Sprint Cup race is at Martinsville Speedway, a .526-mile paper-clip shaped track which is unique in all of NASCAR.
What do the drivers think of it?
This:
“It’s a blast. If you’re hanging on and doing all you can to hang on the bottom and trying not to let people get by, […]

Tue, 03/24/09 – 20:55 | Comments Off on Track Talk: Martinsville
Tasca On the Way Up
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The names of drivers in the NHRA’s glamour division, Funny Car, are well known. They include high-profilers like John Force, Ron Capps, Ashley Force. 
Then, or make that now, there is Bob Tasca III. In just his second full season in the NHRA Full Throttle series, Tasca is hard at work […]

Tue, 03/24/09 – 19:52 | Comments Off on Tasca On the Way Up
Good Day at the Barber
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Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing completed its pre-season test program Monday at the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park and declared itself ready to focus on earning back-to-back wins in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Pete IndyCar Series season-opener on April 5.
Graham Rahal, winner of the 2008 St. Pete race, and Robert Doornbos completed the second and final day […]

Tue, 03/24/09 – 19:45 | One Comment