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Bob Tasca III celebrates after winning the Funny Car portion of the NHRA show at Norwalk, Ohio recently. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Bob Tasca III’s fierce brand loyalty has returned Ford Motor Company to relevance in the NHRA’s nitro Funny Car ranks and rekindled memories of “Ford Total Performance.”

The […]

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Woody: The Lady In Black Has A Very Firm Grip
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer 
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As you drive into Darlington, having wound your way through miles of fertile cotton fields and pine forests, up ahead you’ll see a water tower on the horizon. It boasts a simple banner:
NASCAR.
‘Nuff said.
Darlington, S.C., is NASCAR country. Has been since 1950 and continues to be today, an old-fashioned track […]

Tue, 05/5/09 – 17:30 | 4 Comments
Rookies Kick Off 2009 Indy 500
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Four rookies passed the Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program Tuesday as preparations began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2009 Indianapolis 500. The track was open for six rookies to participate in ROP. Three veterans were allowed to complete “refresher” laps.
Mike Conway, Robert Doornbos, Raphael Matos and Alex Tagliani completed all four phases of […]

Tue, 05/5/09 – 17:25 | Comments Off on Rookies Kick Off 2009 Indy 500
NASCAR Newscast: Southern 500 Presented by GoDaddy.com Preview
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Darlington Raceway, and the Southern 500 returns to the Track Too Tough to Tame, celebrating 60 years of racing. Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer talk about the history of the place and how special it would be to win there. Plus, find out who to watch as a […]

Tue, 05/5/09 – 17:15 | Comments Off on NASCAR Newscast: Southern 500 Presented by GoDaddy.com Preview
Tracy Heads To Indy Looking For “Second” Victory
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Paul Tracy has returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with every intention of winning his second Indianapolis 500.
True enough, the Official Box Score from May 26, 2002, shows that Helio Castroneves won the 86th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” under caution over runner-up Tracy. While the finish has been […]

Tue, 05/5/09 – 16:25 | One Comment
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Richard Gray, a licensed crew member for the No. 177 team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.
On April 30, Gray was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 7-5 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) […]

Tue, 05/5/09 – 15:48 | Comments Off on Nationwide Crew Member Suspended
Rookies Have Played Major Roles at Indianapolis
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Four drivers will begin the grunt work Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for one of open-wheel racing’s career-defining moments – selection as 2009 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. 
Stanton Barrett, Mike Conway, Robert Doornbos and Raphael Matos all have competed in the first three events of the 2009 IndyCar Series […]

Tue, 05/5/09 – 9:09 | 3 Comments
Chasing Tracks Is A Chase That Never Ends
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
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They’re called race track chasers, nomadic types who travel the countryside trying to attend races at as many tracks as they can.
Most hit the road with Allan Brown’s “National Speedway Directory” as their travel guide, marking each new track like a notch on a gunslinger’s pistol.
Some have recorded more than […]

Tue, 05/5/09 – 9:05 | Comments Off on Chasing Tracks Is A Chase That Never Ends
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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Nashville – It hasn’t won yet, but it’s getting closer.
Nashville-based Baker Curb Racing, with veteran Jason Keller at the wheel, has put together back-to-back top-10 finishes to climb to 7th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series ratings – the highest in the team’s history at this juncture of the season.
“We’re showing […]

Mon, 05/4/09 – 15:55 | Comments Off on Keller Nationwide Effort Showing Promise
Bill Elliott Had A Thing For The Lady In Black
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In the 60 years of racing at Darlington Raceway, few events have drawn as much attention to the Lady in Black as the 1985 Southern 500. It was at that race that Bill Elliott secured the Winston Million for winning three of the four major events in a single Cup […]

Mon, 05/4/09 – 12:35 | Comments Off on Bill Elliott Had A Thing For The Lady In Black
Woody: Crashes Not Wrecking Racing
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By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
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It is race fans’ guilty little secret: We love wrecks.
We crave crashes, we delight in demolitions, we’re wowed by wipeouts. We can’t get enough of that tumbling stuff.
I’ve been covering NASCAR for 40-some odd years (some odder than others) and I continue to be puzzled by why so many race […]

Mon, 05/4/09 – 12:33 | One Comment