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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NAPA Dumps Waltrip; Cites ‘Actions’ At Richmond
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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NAPA auto parts supplier, a long-time sponsor of Michael Waltrip Racing, announced Thursday that it will part company with the NASCAR team following the 2013 season.
The reason, according to a statement released by NAPA on its Facebook page, is events which happened at Richmond International Raceway two weeks ago.
The statement [...]

Thu, 09/19/13 – 10:35 | 4 Comments
Nationwide To End Title Sponsorship of NASCAR’s No. 2 Series
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Nationwide’s run as title sponsor of NASCAR’s top development series will end following the 2014 season it was announced on Wednesday.
When the sponsorship does end, it will do so after a seven-year run.
The insurance company will remain in NASCAR as an official sponsor for auto, home, life and business insurance through 2017 and also focus [...]

Wed, 09/18/13 – 11:30 | 2 Comments
Montoya To Join Penske’s IndyCar Team In 2014
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Team Penske announced today that Juan Pablo Montoya will join the team in 2014.
Montoya will drive the No. 2 Team Penske IndyCar for the full season as he will join Will Power and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves in the team’s IZOD IndyCar Series lineup beginning next season.
Montoya, 37, is a native of Colombia. [...]

Mon, 09/16/13 – 10:30 | Comments Off
Kenseth Kicks Off Chase With A Win In Joliet
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Matt Kenseth passed leader Kyle Busch on a restart with 23 laps to go and went on to win the playoff-opening, rain-extended Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday night.
Kenseth, who led the most laps in the race but watched from behind as Busch dominated the night-time portion of a race which was delayed [...]

Sun, 09/15/13 – 23:01 | One Comment
Hot Hight Wins Funny Car In Concord; Lucas Tops In Top Fuel
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CONCORD, N.C. – Funny Car driver Robert Hight repeated history Sunday at zMAX Dragway in the Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals while Top Fuel’s Morgan Lucas secured his first-ever victory at the 6-year-old track as the Mello Yello NHRA Countdown to the Championship began with some interesting
scenarios.
In the other two professional categories, Jeg Coughlin claimed his [...]

Sun, 09/15/13 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Antron Brown: Things Didn’t Go Our Way
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Antron Brown’s Top Fuel dragster shut off before he completed his final qualifying run Saturday and the category’s defending champion found himself eliminated from zMAX Dragway’s Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals, the opening event in the six-race Mello Yello NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
“You never imagine this kind of thing happening,” said Brown, [...]

Sun, 09/15/13 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Busch, Furniture Row Running ‘With The Big Dogs’
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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With the deal to hire Kurt Busch in place, with a proven crew chief already in the fold, and with team confidence at apogee, Furniture Row Racing general Manager Joe Garone could not wait for the 2013 Sprint Cup season to start.
But then came a comment from his boss, and [...]

Sat, 09/14/13 – 18:46 | 2 Comments
Field Set At zMAX; Brown A DNQ
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Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon is rounding into championship form as he raced to his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season at the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all will lead their categories as the [...]

Sat, 09/14/13 – 18:44 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch 2 for 2 At Chicagoland Speedway
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Kyle Busch won his 10th NASCAR Nationwide Series race in 20 starts this season on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway.
Busch started from the pole and led 195 of the 200 laps in claiming the record 61st victory of his career. The victory Saturday gives Busch – who won the Camping World Truck Series race in Joliet [...]

Sat, 09/14/13 – 17:59 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: What Would Earnhardt Do?
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Tweet me if I’m wrong, but aren’t we living in the age of the Celebrity Industrial Complex?
So it makes me wonder why sports stars such as Clint Bowyer would be so dull as to think any move they make isn’t watched and recorded carefully, if not obsessively? (This is particularly [...]

Sat, 09/14/13 – 16:24 | 5 Comments