Thu, 17/04/14 – 9:49 | No Comment

FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR’s annual aero package conundrum for Texas Motor Speedway likely won’t be solved at the end of a two-day Firestone tire test on Thursday. But any open-wheel fan longing for a return to pack racing with “grandma” and assorted “wankers” needs to get up-to-speed.
“That’s not going to happen,” reigning Indianapolis 500 [...]

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Del Worsham Is Feeling Funny Once Again
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Del Worsham was pretty darn sure he was ready to say farewell to 320 mph as the NHRA season came to an end at Pomona a year and a half ago. As he waved the Top Fuel trophy around to celebrate his championship, he was thinking more about stepping back [...]

Fri, 02/15/13 – 13:06 | Comments Off
Racing, Not Just Romance, Talked-Up At Daytona
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sprint Cup rookie of the year contenders Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick’s romance dominated the conversations during Thursday’s media day at Daytona International Speedway.
But there was plenty of other racing news to come out of the annual gathering that signals the start of the stockcar racing portion of Budweiser Speed [...]

Fri, 02/15/13 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Bernstein On Top As Winternationals, Season Begin In Pomona
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Second-generation driver Brandon Bernstein continued the momentum from his win in November’s season-finale by racing to the qualifying lead in Top Fuel Thursday at the 53rd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries.
Gary Densham (Funny Car) and V. Gaines (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at the 2013 Mello Yello Drag [...]

Fri, 02/15/13 – 7:37 | Comments Off
Danica And Ricky Dominate Valentines Day At DIS
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Thursday is Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway. It’s also Valentines Day.
One of the first press conferences of the day featured Danica Patrick and there were very few questions about her first season as a full-time Sprint Cup driver. Same thing when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. appeared.  Instead, the topic of the day was [...]

Thu, 02/14/13 – 13:48 | Comments Off
More Top Fuelers Involved In NHRA Cover Up
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
A growing number of NHRA Top Fuel drivers will be blasting down the 1,000-foot distance this season with a sunroof overhead.
What’s next…Sirius Satellite Radio and cup-holders?
Actually, the cockpit canopy introduced by seven-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher of Don Schumacher Racing last season and approved by the NHRA Technical [...]

Wed, 02/13/13 – 10:41 | One Comment
Memo To NASCAR, Sprint: Don’t Go Changin’ So Darn Much
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Change can be a good thing. Especially when there are good reasons for the change. And, as with most things, when the changes are made in thoughtful moderation and are aimed at improving the human condition. Like adding Flamin’ Hot to the Funyuns lineup.
Then there is change for its own [...]

Tue, 02/12/13 – 13:41 | Comments Off
Andretti Adds Viso, Fourth Car To Lineup
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
In what rates as an open-wheel marriage of convenience, Andretti Autosport’s championship-winning organization has signed IZOD IndyCar Series veteran E.J. Viso to drive a fourth fulltime entry for the 2013 season.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Viso will drive the No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA Dallara/Chevrolet during his sixth IndyCar season [...]

Sun, 02/10/13 – 9:03 | 2 Comments
Wallace Leaves Hall Ceremony ‘Legitimized’
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Less than an hour after being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday night, an emotional Rusty Wallace admitted the honor made him feel different.
“I feel so happy. I feel like my career finally has a period on the end of it,” the 1989 NASCAR champion said in a very humble [...]

Sat, 02/9/13 – 9:27 | Comments Off
Leonard Wood Was/Is A Gearhead’s Gearhead
Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Innovator and inventor are two words that can be used to describe Leonard Wood, who was inducted Friday night into the NASCAR Hall of Fame with Rusty Wallace, Buck Baker, Cotton Owens and Herb Thomas.
However, when it comes to the personable Wood’s close-knit, Stuart, Va., family, they prefer to identify him as [...]

Fri, 02/8/13 – 20:40 | Comments Off
Massey Explains His Actions At NHRA Banquet
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Shortly after last year’s season-ending NHRA awards banquet, Don Schumacher Racing announced that it was cutting Top Fuel driver Spencer Massey from the team.
Initially, no reason was given for the decision to cut Massey, who had finished third in points in 2012 – 50 behind teammate Antron Brown.
In a short [...]

Fri, 02/8/13 – 16:52 | 3 Comments