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  • Rowdy crowds of 'Dega's past no longer present - (Stories of the Talladega infield)

    04/29/2007 9:56:20 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 9 replies · 323+ views ^ | 4/29/2007 | Raygan Swan
    TALLADEGA, Ala. -- This weekend I had the privilege to view Talladega, with its storied past and colorful personalities, through virgin eyes. But first I should tell you that I was warned, cautioned to "stay out of the infield, don't go out past dark and watch out for those 'Dega fans." Well if any of you know me personally, you could probably guess I met the admonition with defiance and set out to form my own opinion of the company this track keeps. Admittedly, I'm a bit defensive of the NASCAR fan base, because their avidity and love of the...
  • THE 1,001 HORSEPOWER FAIRY TALE - Do Consumers Really Want Fuel-Efficient Cars?

    04/14/2007 5:00:31 PM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 55 replies · 1,605+ views
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | April 13, 2007 | Dietmar Hawranek
    In Germany, sales of SUVs have risen by more than 45 percent in the past three years. People proselytize for hybrids and fuel efficiency, but they buy fat, gas-guzzling autos. Why do drivers, businessmen and politicians have such a hard time saving gas to protect the environment? Children can sometimes be painfully honest. When they play top trumps, there's only one question that matters: Which car is the most powerful -- which is fastest? "Mine has 255 horsepower." -- "Mine has 278." -- "From zero to 100 kilometers an hour in 7.1 seconds." Later, when the children have become grown-up...
  • CITGO to sponsor Indy 500 car

    03/23/2007 1:12:44 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 19 replies · 414+ views ^ | 3/23/2007
    interesting FReeping opportunity come May Sponsored by CITGO, Milka Duno becomes the first Latina to participate in both the Indy Pro Series and the Indy 500. (PRNewsFoto/CITGO Petroleum Corporation)
  • Pro golfer suspected in deadly street race in Central Florida

    03/13/2007 7:46:22 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 8 replies · 903+ views
    Sun Sentinal ^ | March 12 2007 | Sandra Pedicini
    Professional golfer Arjun S. Atwal extended condolences but denied responsibility Sunday in the death of a Windermere businessman killed in what authorities said was an apparent street race between the two men. A prepared statement issued Sunday night by Atwal's manager said the golfer "cannot fathom the unimaginable pain" Saturday night's accident caused the family of John Noah Park, 48, who died after losing control of his car and slamming into a tree. LocalLinks Both Atwal and Park, who ran a video-production company, lived in Windermere. But the two men did not know each other, according to Atwal's manager. "We...
  • Waltrip sorry - Embarrassed driver apologizes for cheating scandal

    02/15/2007 9:22:32 AM PST · by nuconvert · 31 replies · 1,211+ views
    SportsIllustrated ^ | February 15, 2007
    Waltrip sorry Embarrassed driver apologizes for cheating scandal February 15, 2007 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Waltrip humbly apologized Thursday for his team's role in NASCAR's biggest cheating scandal, saying he was so embarrassed he almost pulled out of Daytona 500 preparations. Waltrip, who lost two key crew members Wednesday when NASCAR penalized his team for using a fuel additive, said he had to be talked into racing by his wife and Toyota officials who are seething that Waltrip tainted their Nextel Cup debut. "I didn't want to damage the integrity of the sport further by going out there...
  • Hitler-backed racer set to break new record

    01/26/2007 8:05:19 AM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 10 replies · 899+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | January 27, 2007 | Christine Kearney
    Hitler-backed racer set to break new record … = On display: journalists view the 1939 Auto Union D-Type racing car that is tipped to fetch up to $US15million at auction. On display: journalists view the 1939 Auto Union D-Type racing car that is tipped to fetch up to $US15million at auction. Photo: AP AdvertisementAdvertisement Christine Kearney, New York January 27, 2007 A RARE German racing car, developed in a program created by Hitler's regime, was displayed for the first time this week as auctioneers predicted it would become the world's most expensive car to be sold at auction. The grand...
  • Hylton has the funding, but is racing at 72 safe? - He wants to run in the 500..

    01/20/2007 6:56:24 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 25 replies · 340+ views ^ | 1/19/07 | David Newton
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brett Bodine wasn't sure what to think when James Hylton called NASCAR's Research and Development Center to ask about driving in the 2007 Daytona 500. "Are you serious?" Bodine said. "If there were any issues, we wouldn't allow it." -- Brett Bodine Realizing there were no hidden television cameras and he wasn't being "Punk'd," Bodine told Hylton to fax him his résumé like everybody else seeking certification to drive in a Nextel Cup event. "I said, 'Well, I hope you have a lot of paper because I have 601 Cup starts,'" Hylton recalled. "Two weeks later, he...
  • Friday Night Pig Racing (next door to the mosque)

    12/30/2006 6:20:02 AM PST · by RKV · 81 replies · 3,135+ views
    Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | 12/06 | Shanna Sissom
    While Muslim faithful are worshiping Allah, sounds of liquored up Texans chasing greased pigs may soon be heard outside the mosque. "Comin' soon weekly Friday night pig racin'" reads the sign in the Houston suburb of Katy. It goes on to promote a greased pig-catching contest, the opportunity to purchase a slow pig to save its life and--of all things--a pork cook-off. Bring your own bottle, the sign also says and boasts the availability of "clean port-o-pots." It sounds like a rowdy Friday night outing, Texas style. But the planned pig races are wallowing in controversy. A Muslim group having...
  • NASCAR - Offseason 2006-2007 Withdrawal Thread #3

    11/20/2006 4:55:50 AM PST · by WestCoastGal · 982 replies · 6,876+ views
    WELCOME RACE FANS Welcome to the offseason withdrawal thread which is here for everyone to post racing news during the time between Nov 20, 2006 and Feb 10, 2007 when The Budweiser Shootout begins the new season. As always this thread is dedicated to our military men and women serving our country. A big thank you to all of them. Hugs and prayers to those who have been wounded and are recuperating at Walter Reed, Bethesda and Brooke Army Med Center. And, to those combat field medics who care for them - THANK YOU!!
  • Dessie, the great grey, rides off into the sunset (Britain mourns death of a legend)

    11/14/2006 4:48:42 AM PST · by propertius · 10 replies · 740+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 14th Nov, 2006 | Neil Tweedies
    Just occasionally along comes a racehorse who makes his jockey appear like mere freight, an animal far more famous – to the non-racing fraternity at least – than the man riding on his back. Arkle was like that, and Red Rum. And Dessie – Desert Orchid, the superlative steeplechaser – who died yesterday at the age of 27. Weeping over the death of a racehorse is probably going too far, even for the anthropomorphic British. There was, however, genuine sadness at the news that a great character had passed away. The winner of the 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup, one of...
  • Iran's Female Racing Champion Barred From Defending Title

    10/03/2006 6:26:53 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 1,097+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-4-2006 | Robert Tait
    Iran's female racing champion barred from defending title Robert Tait in Tehran Wednesday October 4, 2006 The Guardian (UK) She was the speed queen of the racetrack who became a feminist icon after triumphing over an all-male field to become Iran's national car rally champion. But now the high-octane driving career of Laleh Seddigh has juddered to a halt, with a ban from participating at a race by the country's motor racing authorities. Seddigh, 29, was walking towards her 1600cc Peugeot 206 at Tehran's Azadi stadium when stewards blocked her way, citing "security problems". The snub followed days of wrangling...
  • Cambodians have 'Formula 1' buffalo race

    09/23/2006 11:50:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies · 288+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | September 22, 2006 | Heng Sinith
    Residents of a village near Cambodia's capital staged a "Formula 1" race Friday to mark the end of the annual honoring of deceased relatives. The contest wasn't between cars, but water buffaloes...
  • America Supports You: NASCAR Honors Wounded Troops at Dinner Event (Grab the Tissues)

    09/22/2006 5:14:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 458+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2006 -- NASCAR drivers and top brass came out in full force at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here last night to show their support for America’s wounded troops. U.S. Army Cpl Christopher Strickland (right) poses for a photo with NASCAR driver Carl Edwards during the NASCAR visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, Sept. 21. Strickland was injured in Iraq in July, 2006. Dept of Defense photo by William D. Moss  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “It’s important to support our troops because they’re defending our freedoms,” Greg Biffle, driver of the...
  • NASCAR - Race for thr Chase Race #1, Loudon, N.H.Sun. 9/17 TNT/12:30 p.m. E.T.

    09/14/2006 2:42:57 AM PDT · by Pete-R-Bilt · 526 replies · 5,483+ views
    New Hampshire International Speedway A glance at the 10 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, in order of points standings: Drivers in the Chase, a closer lookDRIVER: Matt Kenseth ADJUSTED CHASE POINTS: 5,050 HOMETOWN: Cambridge, Wis. AGE: 34 CAR: No. 17 DeWalt Tools Ford CREW CHIEF: Robbie Reiser BEST CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH: 1st (2003) OUTLOOK: Kenseth, the driver many believe forced the Chase format because of his lackluster 2003 title run, has momentum on his side as he tries to win a championship under the new system. He's got four wins this season and has turned it...
  • Kubica makes history for Poland

    09/10/2006 12:05:18 PM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 342+ views
    F1 ^ | 10 September 2006
    Kubica makes history for Poland 10 September 2006 Robert Kubica has become the first Polish driver to score world championship points - and achieve a Formula One podium finish - after his third place for BMW Sauber in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. The race was only Kubica’s third Formula One start after he was promoted to Jacques Villeneuve’s race seat last month. Having qualified fifth on the grid, Kubica made an excellent start, quickly moving up to third place. From there he spent much of the afternoon locked in an intense battle with the Ferrari of Felipe Massa, the pair...
  • America Supports You: NASCAR Fans in California Support Troops

    09/05/2006 5:47:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 396+ views
    FONTANA, Calif., Sep. 5, 2006 -- For the sixth time since a California teenager began her quest two and a half years ago to collect and distribute a million thank you letters to U.S. servicemembers, the “A Million Thanks” organization set up its booth at a Nextel Cup NASCAR race. Rick Lalor, manager of motorsports and events for the Automobile Club, and Shauna Fleming, founder of A Million, stand by Mark Martin's No. 6 Nextel Cup car at California Speedway, Sept. 4. Fleming's A Million Thanks booth at the race collected hundreds of thank you letters for U.S. troops...
  • Indy Nationals - Kalitta 4.49; Scelzi 330 in a Funny Car!

    09/02/2006 8:18:47 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 4 replies · 181+ views
    National Hod Rod Association ^ | 09/05/2006 | Rob Geiger
    POWERade points leader Doug Kalitta posted a quick 4.497-second run at 322 mph to lead Top Fuel during opening-day action at the $2.6 million Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the most prestigious and longest-running drag race in the world. Kalitta was joined by Funny Car's Robert Hight, Pro Stock's Jason Line, and Pro Stock Motorcycle's Karen Stoffer on the day-one podium at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis with four more rounds of Professional qualifying left on the schedule. Just as he did in Memphis, Kalitta showed up reigning champ Tony Schumacher, who was in the other lane during Kalitta's pass. The...
  • Little Stock in Stock Car Racing(For all you "Left-turners" LOL)

    08/30/2006 8:12:57 AM PDT · by kellynla · 63 replies · 1,942+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 30, 2006 | Dave Fay
    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- There is a story NASCAR insiders swear is true and claim is not an isolated case. A few years back at a Ford dealership outside Harrisonburg, Va., two men in their late 20s walked in on a Monday morning and started asking about a certain model of Taurus. They were neatly dressed, appeared to be sober, sane and serious. And soon, their focus became clear: They found stock car racing exciting and thought they would buy a car to join the fun. If only it were that easy. Veteran driver Mark Martin once described the difference between...
  • America Supports You: NASCAR Fans Show Support for Troops

    08/07/2006 4:17:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 386+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 7, 2006 – NASCAR fans at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard here yesterday said “thank you” to the nation’s servicemembers 400 times in the first 10 minutes after learning how they could use their cell phones to send words of support. Text messaging the word “Thanks” by dialing TXASY, or 89279, is another way for Americans to show support for the troops, said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communications and public liaison. “It’s just a way to keep reminding our military members and their families that the American people really do support them....
  • F1: HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - Live on Speed Channel 7:30AM EST

    08/05/2006 1:17:30 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 18 replies · 896+ views ^ | 8-5-06 |
    Two-second penalties for both Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher set up a thrilling qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon. With the two key championship contenders eliminated before the top-ten shootout, the honours for pole position fell right at the very end to McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen, whose last-gasp lap of 1m 19.599s came just as Felipe Massa looked to have bagged the first Formula One pole of his career. Also, Hungarian Grand Prix stewards have cancelled American Scott Speed’s three fastest qualifying times as punishment for impeding another driver during Saturday’s session. The move means the Toro...