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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Kanaan Ironing Out The Details Of His Future
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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With his 212th consecutive start on Sunday, Tony Kanaan officially will take his place as “Ironman” of the IZOD IndyCar Series. Coincidentally, the guy Kanaan will replace is working to make sure that Ripkenesque streak continues.
“I know there’s a lot of speculation out there about Tony’s status with KV, his [...]

Fri, 08/30/13 – 7:05 | Comments Off
Time To Roll Out Tweaks To The Countdown?
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Ron Capps is locked into this year’s Countdown. He’s won two of the last three NHRA events and is second in the Funny Car point standings with one race to go until the start of the playoffs, so he’ll likely be in great shape once the six-race Countdown begins.
Yet Capps [...]

Wed, 08/28/13 – 11:56 | Comments Off
When Opportunity Knocked, SHR Had To Answer
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart wanted a fourth team at Stewart-Haas Racing just not in 2014, but team co-owner Gene Haas felt he had to make the move now in order to add Kurt Busch to the organization’s driver roster.
“I’ve talked to Kurt Busch over the years. He’s been kind [...]

Tue, 08/27/13 – 16:27 | Comments Off
The Big Go Just May Be The Greatest Go In Racing
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A lot of people have written a lot of words about the allure of the NHRA’s U.S. Nationals, the 2013 edition of which is scheduled for this week.
Last week during a media teleconference, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Michael Ray offered his two cents. It was a response which surely resonated [...]

Tue, 08/27/13 – 10:42 | Comments Off
Drivers: Make Bristol Night Race A Chase Race
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Bristol Motor Speedway’s August race should be one of the 10 Chase races, not before it, says Kurt Busch and after Saturday’s 500-lap race most of those vying for a coveted spot in NASCAR’s playoffs would probably agree.
By the time the checkered flag waved, Matt Kenseth had [...]

Mon, 08/26/13 – 20:53 | Comments Off
Busch Headed To Stewart-Haas
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Tuesday that it is expanding to a fourth Sprint Cup team and that former Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch will drive that car.
SHR held a press conference in North Carolina about “future expansion” of the team, which is co-owned by Tony Stewart and Gene Haas.
“I’ve had a tremendous amount of respect [...]

Mon, 08/26/13 – 13:25 | Comments Off
Power Wins Sonoma After Leader Dixon’s Penalized
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Will Power capitalized on a bizarre pit road incident on the final green flag stop of the day and went on to win Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma IZOD IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California.
The victory was the first of the season for the Team Penske driver.
“We’ve had a lot of hard [...]

Sun, 08/25/13 – 20:07 | Comments Off
Franchitti Hoping To End 2013 Slide In Sonoma
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Nine different drivers have won IZOD IndyCar Series races through the first 14 events of 2013. With the season rapidly winding down, four-time series champion Dario Franchitti is aiming to become the 10th today at Sonoma Raceway.
Franchitti will chase career victory No. 32 from pole position during the 85-lap GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma after [...]

Sun, 08/25/13 – 12:16 | Comments Off
Kenseth Beats Back Kahne, Wins At Bristol
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Matt Kenseth broke out of a mini-slump Saturday night and won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The victory was the fifth of the season for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, but it gave him just his first top-12 finish in a month.
“I hope we’re back,” Kenseth, who led 149 of 500 [...]

Sat, 08/24/13 – 21:56 | Comments Off
Hamlin Forced Into New Role At Gibbs Racing
Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Denny Hamlin, who earned the pole for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, says the last nine races have been the worst of his career and now he must be a guinea pig for his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates.
Since Michigan in June Hamlin has [...]

Sat, 08/24/13 – 17:47 | One Comment