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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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Rain Cancels Round 1 Qualifying In Seattle
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The first day of the NHRA Northwest Nationals was canceled Friday evening after a persistent drizzle that began in the afternoon continued into early evening.
The weather, which was cool and overcast, washed out the first two qualifying sessions leaving two scheduled for Saturday left to determine the fields for Sunday’s championship eliminations at Pacific Raceway.

Fri, 08/2/13 – 20:09 | Comments Off
Johnson Claims Pocono Pole
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Jimmie Johnson won the pole for Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway with a track-record run at 180.654 mph (49.019 seconds), .004 seconds faster than the lap recorded by Kyle Busch.
The pole was Johnson’s second of the season, his third at Pocono and the 31st of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. [...]

Fri, 08/2/13 – 17:06 | Comments Off
Consistency Is In Short Supply In Chase Chase
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
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LONG POND, Pa. – With six races remaining until the field is set for this year’s NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Jimmie Johnson has been so dominant he could sit out one of the upcoming events and still hold a commanding points lead.
But that’s certainly not the case for the handful of drivers [...]

Fri, 08/2/13 – 15:58 | Comments Off
Rivals Say BMW Too Powerful In Grand-Am
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – On Thursday, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series sent out a media release about the new BMW Daytona Prototype engine that made it’s debut in the Brickard Grand Prix in Indianapolis last weekend.
The release was upbeat and positive. The mood among several of the teams that are competing against the BMWs [...]

Fri, 08/2/13 – 11:00 | Comments Off
Ford’s Exit Of NHRA Leaves Force In Limbo
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Neither John Force’s rat-tat-tat sponsorship spiels nor Courtney Force’s slightly naughty nudie magazine layout could convince Ford Racing to continue its team support programs in the NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series beyond 2014.
That’s one way to interpret Ford’s stunning decision to concentrate its drag racing dollars on NHRA’s grassroots [...]

Fri, 08/2/13 – 7:19 | 3 Comments
‘The Axe’ Has Developed A Velvet Edge
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Max the Axe. It’s a hard-edge nickname for a hard edge sports car driver. One whose every move, thought and ethic are focused on one thing and one thing only; getting his car and himself to checkered flags before every other man, woman or child sharing [...]

Wed, 07/31/13 – 11:17 | Comments Off
Brickyard: Short On Action, Long On Enjoyment
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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The lead-up to the Brickyard 400 every year starts with a hope: Hope that this 400 will be the one which features action and passing and a move-forward-in-the-chair exciting finish. And each year, the Sprint Cup Series moves on to Pocono or wherever with large numbers of fans and media calling [...]

Mon, 07/29/13 – 12:48 | 2 Comments
Capps Tops Force To Win In Sonoma
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Win or lose, NHRA Funny Car driver Ron Capps typically credits crew chief Rahn Tobler for the attention to detail on his 8,000-horsepower hot rod. On Sunday, Capps also could give himself a slap on the back for posting the starting line reaction time that helped him defeat 15-time world champion John Force in the [...]

Mon, 07/29/13 – 6:50 | Comments Off
Newman, Told To Hit The Bricks, Wins Brickyard
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Ryan Newman, a lame duck in his driving job at Stewart Haas Racing, won Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
Newman, informed earlier this month he would be replaced by Kevin Harvick at SHR next season, took a lead he would not surrender when then-leader Jimmie Johnson had a slow [...]

Sun, 07/28/13 – 15:01 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Wins NNS Race At Indy
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Kyle Busch had some anxious moments in closing laps of Saturday’s Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he hung on to get his first win at the Brickyard.
Busch beat runner-up Brian Scott to the finish by 2.141 seconds but had to survive a wild restart with five laps to go [...]

Sun, 07/28/13 – 6:54 | Comments Off