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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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American Car Culture Lives On In Upstate N.Y.
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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HOLLAND PATENT, N.Y. – For many curious visitors, Mark Theobald’s hobby shop is the last business they expect to find in this sleepy, Central New York village.
“It’s a very common response,” said Theobald, owner and curator of Adirondack Motorbooks & Collectibles. “There’s only a couple of stores like this in [...]

Wed, 09/17/14 – 8:03 | Comments Off
DA Sends Stewart Case To Grand Jury
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The decision on whether driver Tony Stewart should be charged with a crime in the wake of a fatal short track wreck which occurred during a sprint car race in upstate New York will be left to a grand jury it was announced Tuesday.
Michael Tantillo, the district attorney in Ontario County, N.Y., made the announcement [...]

Tue, 09/16/14 – 15:47 | Comments Off
Aleshin Leaves Hospital
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Verizon IndyCar Series driver Mikhail Aleshin was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Tuesday to continue his recovery from injuries sustained in an accident during practice for the season- ending event at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Aug. 29.
“I’m feeling better each day,” said Aleshin, of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. “I’m very happy to be [...]

Tue, 09/16/14 – 15:10 | Comments Off
Thanks To Weather,Texas Inherits Countdown Opener
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Rain Sunday afternoon at zMAX Dragway forced postponement of the elimination round in the Countdown to the Championship’s opening event – the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals – until next weekend at Dallas.
It is the first time the Carolina Nationals haven’t been completed as scheduled since the event began in 2008. However, [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 18:30 | Comments Off
Wreck And Rain Force Postponement Of Countdown Opener
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – V. Gaines escaped injury Sunday when his Dodge Dart flipped four times near the finish line at zMAX Dragway in the first round of Pro Stock eliminations during the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals.
The accident forced a halt in the first event of the Countdown to the [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 16:49 | 4 Comments
Keselowski Uses Late Pass To Win Chicagoland
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Brad Keselowski cruised between Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick as they fought side-by-side for the lead with 16 laps to go, survived a restart with six laps to go and then sprinted away to win the Chase-opening Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was the [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 16:20 | Comments Off
Pit Call Gives Harvick NNS Win
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By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
JOLIET, Ill. — Kevin Harvick got the track position he needed with a two-tire call under caution late in Saturday’s Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300.
Then he and crew chief Ernie Cope got the victory they deserved for choosing the right strategy at the right time.
Harvick beat Kyle Larson to the finish [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 9:19 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins Postponed Truck Race In Joliet
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By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
JOLIET, Ill.—Kyle Busch overcame more than his share of adversity Saturday night in winning the rain-postponed Lucas Oil 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Busch came from the rear of the field twice and overcame a caution that put him on the wrong end of a cycle of [...]

Sun, 09/14/14 – 9:15 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Does Junior Have Stamina to Win?
Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
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Six-time champion Jimmie Johnson is often touted as the favorite to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship under this year’s new format. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the driver being discussed and written about the most.
On the cusp of his 40th birthday, NASCAR’s perennially most popular driver [...]

Sat, 09/13/14 – 19:05 | 2 Comments
Female Drivers Have Big Days At ZMAX
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Fresh off a victory in the U.S. Nationals, Alexis DeJoria emerged as the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car for the second time in her career Saturday during preparations for the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
DeJoria, who was fourth quickest in Friday’s opening round, sat out the second one, [...]

Sat, 09/13/14 – 17:53 | Comments Off