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  • Engine change forces Vickers from pole to rear - (Auto Club 500 at Fontana)

    02/21/2009 6:35:16 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 3 replies · 358+ views
    Sporting News ^ | 2/20/09 | Sporting News
    FONTANA, Calif. -- What goes around comes around, and in Brian Vickers' case, it came around at pole-winning speed Friday at Auto Club Speedway. With a lap at 183.439 mph (39.250 seconds) Vickers claimed the top spot for Sunday's Auto Club 500 Sprint Cup race, the second event on the 2009 schedule for NASCAR's foremost series. Vickers, whose No. 83 Red Bull Toyota was wrecked after contact from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevrolet in last Sunday's Daytona 500, rebounded smartly from that catastrophe, edging three-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson (183.164 mph) by .059 seconds at the 2-mile speedway.
  • FReeper Fantasy Nascar - (16 current members, 6 hours left to join)

    02/15/2009 6:49:52 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 7 replies · 347+ views
    Me | 2/15/09 | GeorgiaDawg32
    NOTE: I'll be changing the password at 3:15 eastern to limit members to those already there) I've set up a Yahoo league that is based on points. All drivers are available to all players all season, but the kicker is, you can't use a single driver more than 9 times.. You need a yahoo I.D. Log onto Yahoo, or create a new account, then cut and paste this site into your browser: click "sign up now" enter your team name check all other options you'd like click "accept terms of service" click "continue" click "join a group" click "join...
  • NASCAR's Trouble At The Track

    02/10/2009 9:54:54 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 35 replies · 1,516+ views
    Forbes ^ | 02.09.09 | jack gage
    The sport is suffering declines in sponsorship, attendance and financial stability, and the roots of the problem go a lot deeper than the lousy economy. Ratings are falling more rapidly than those of other sports "It's not NASCAR's job to tell us what we can spend and how to run our business," says Richard Petty, who also sees franchising as a great way to foster fan loyalty. "The Green Bay Packers may lose their quarterback," says Petty. "That doesn't mean they lose their fans." Says Ty Norris, general manager of Michael Waltrip Racing, "Franchising is critical and should become one...
  • 4,000 Drawings Later [Horseracing cartoonist PEB dumped]

    01/03/2009 5:38:29 AM PST · by ml/nj · 4 replies · 563+ views
    Horseracing Insider ^ | January 02, 2009
    Peb's long, lustrous career with the Daily Racing Form and its sister publication, the now-defunct Morning Telegraph, officially ended on December 31, but finis actually came months before, over an uncomfortable lunch in Princeton, New Jersey, and should have become obvious to many of his fans on October 25, the concluding day of the Breeders' Cup. On the front of the Form, where Peb's imaginative take on the big day had been a mainstay since the Breeders' Cup began in 1984, there was a full-page color photo of Curlin. The hatchet men at the Form let Peb pick the good-bye...
  • Danica Patrick cited for speeding in Scottsdale

    12/31/2008 6:49:05 PM PST · by ccmay · 86 replies · 3,532+ views
    The Arizona Republic | 12/31/08 | Ofelia Madrid
    <p>Racecar driver Danica Patrick was pulled over for speeding earlier this month in north Scottsdale.</p> <p>The popular Indy car racer was pulled over Dec. 9 in a gold 2007 Mercedes near 14700 N. 100th St. for going 54 mph in a 35 mph zone, police said.</p>
  • NASCAR testing drivers for doping next month

    12/18/2008 3:07:04 PM PST · by em2vn · 19 replies · 718+ views
    yahoo sports ^ | 12-18-08 | jenna fryerer
    NASCAR will test drivers for performance-enhancing drugs next month under a tougher policy that also bans using illegal drugs and abusing prescription medications. NASCAR likely will test drivers the third week of January, and crew members must submit results from an approved lab by Jan. 16, according to documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press
  • Rare snow covers south Louisiana, Mississippi [Al Gore: Call your office.]

    12/12/2008 5:31:04 AM PST · by ml/nj · 18 replies · 803+ views
    Tuscaloosa News via AP ^ | December 11, 2008 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    This photo supplied by the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, shows snow covering the ground and jockey statues along the track apron at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans on Thursday morning, Dec. 11, 2008. The track canceled its live racing program scheduled for Thursday afternoon. It’s the first winter weather cancellation at Fair Grounds since 1989.(AP Photo/ Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots,Alexander Barkoff) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A rare snowfall blanketed south Louisiana and parts of Mississippi Thursday, closing schools, government offices and bridges, triggering crashes on major highways and leaving thousands of people...
  • Breeders Cup Thread

    10/24/2008 12:34:25 PM PDT · by Onerom99 · 5 replies · 409+ views
    10/24/08 | Onerom99
    Give me a heavy dose of Indian Blessing and Zaftig in the opener, with Intangaroo, Dearest Trickski, Miraculous Miss in the backend of the exotics.
  • Cindy McCain takes the wheel in her own race

    09/13/2008 3:17:09 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 12 replies · 228+ views
    E:60 (ESPN) ^ | 9/13/08 | David Picker
    Cindy McCain doesn't remember all the details. It might have been six years ago. Maybe seven. But this much, at least, McCain recalls with perfect clarity: She was watching television with her oldest son, Jack, when footage flashed across the screen of race cars skidding sideways as though they were on ice. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO TOO AT THE LINK.
  • Cindy McCain’s Love of Auto Racing

    09/09/2008 9:01:18 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 19 replies · 197+ views
    Jayski ^ | 9/9/2008 | Jayski
    ESPN's primetime newsmagazine E:60 airs Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7pm/et, and will include a feature on the passion for auto racing of Cindy McCain, wife of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. In the piece, Cindy McCain and her son, Jack, discuss their participation in the sport of drifting, in which drivers compete in controlled slides. She also is shown during her recent visits to NASCAR Sprint Cup and IndyCar Series races.
  • Arrest Made in I-85 Racing Wreck[GA][Illegal Alien]

    08/21/2008 10:40:40 AM PDT · by BGHater · 33 replies · 211+ views
    My Fox Atlanta ^ | 19 Aug 2008 | Chris Shaw
    <p>Police made an arrest Tuesday night in the drag racing accident that shut down part of Interstate 85 during the morning rush hour.</p> <p>Police said the crash sent an innocent victim to the hospital with serious injuries.</p> <p>Police have confirmed the arrest of a 24-year-old man who they said was the behind the wheel of a car -- drag racing at high speeds -- on Interstate 85 near Union City Tuesday morning.</p>
  • 20-30 Percent Attendance Drop For Daytona NASCAR Races Blamed On Economy

    07/04/2008 9:22:01 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 41 replies · 369+ views
    local6 ^ | 04-July-2008
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A slumping economy is being blamed for keeping as many as 30 percent of NASCAR fans away from the Daytona International Speedway races this Fourth of July weekend. "Normally this place is packed and we know everybody but now I only see like 20 people I know," a NASCAR race fan said. The Daytona economy counts on the tourist dollars generated from the Fourth of July races. However, this year's big race -- the Coke Zero 400 -- is not a sell out and 20 to 30 percent of fans who normally come are staying home...
  • IndyCar Zooms National Guard Into New Racing Dimension

    07/02/2008 5:19:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 97+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, USA
    ARLINGTON, Va., July 2, 2008 – A new relationship with IndyCar promises to propel National Guard recruiting forward and give citizen-soldiers and –airmen a more personal interest in another sport. Driver Vitor Meira; Maj. Gen. Ray Carpenter, special assistant to the director of the Army National Guard; and Panther Racing team owner John Barnes unveil the new 230-mph, No. 4 National Guard IndyCar at the Army National Guard Readiness Center, at Arlington Hall in Arlington, Va., June 25, 2008. The National Guard is participating in the Indy Racing League for the first time. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt....
  • Next batch of tracks may end shortcomings of past - (NASCAR, The Next Generation)

    05/31/2008 9:59:27 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 14 replies · 224+ views ^ | 5/30/08 | David Caraviello
    (SNIP) And then there's Phoenix International Raceway, the iconic desert mile nestled at the base of the Estrella Mountains outside of town. While it's renowned for producing great racing, the 44-year-old facility lacks most of the comforts of the other, newer stadiums in the greater Phoenix market. The vast majority of its 76,812 grandstand seats are simple aluminum bleachers. With the exception of suites spanning the first two turns and a tunnel that replaced a pedestrian bridge, this rather austere facility still looks very much like it did decades ago. In a city famous for its sports stadiums, Phoenix's racetrack...
  • Big Brown Has 'Slight' Quarter Crack

    05/25/2008 11:04:15 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 47 replies · 107+ views ^ | May 25, 2008 | Steve Haskin
    Big Brown, who will be seeking the coveted Triple Crown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has a "slight" quarter crack on the inside of his left front foot, trainer Rick Dutrow said Sunday, May 25. Dutrow said he noticed a small spot on the colt's foot Friday afternoon and notified hoof lameness specialist Ian McKinlay, who treated it. By Saturday, it had turned into a slight quarter crack, five-eighths of an inch long. McKinlay applied iodine solution and said he’s confident it is very minor. He will “lace it up,” and if everything is good, the colt...
  • Fisher, Patrick on different tracks

    05/23/2008 11:09:13 AM PDT · by JZelle · 10 replies · 116+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-23-08 | Tim Lemke
    Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher, despite being women working in the same male-dominated sport, have had wildly different experiences in the months leading to Sunday's race. Patrick, as has been the case at every race since her debut in 2005, diligently posed for snapshots and signed the latest magazine spreads featuring her photo. Fisher, meanwhile, signed a few autographs and posed for pictures, but this time had the added duty of collecting checks and wads of cash — gifts from devotees desperate to help her raise enough funds to enter her car in the race. The scene underscored the stark...
  • NASCAR No. 88 to Accelerate Careers of 88 Future Sailors

    05/06/2008 4:26:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 85+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, May 6, 2008 – The U.S. Navy is using NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s star appeal to attract future sailors. In August, the Navy and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will form the “Dale Jr.” Division, an 88-person boot camp division at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill. Earnhardt drives the 88 car for Hendrick Motorsports on the NASCAR circuit. Navy Capt. Jack Hanzlik, spokesman for the chief of naval personnel, told online journalists and “bloggers” in a teleconference yesterday that during a national advertising and marketing campaign, Navy officials will assess the impact that NASCAR and Earnhardt have on young...
  • Richmond keeps sellout streak intact with late sales

    05/03/2008 3:49:21 PM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 1 replies · 90+ views ^ | 5/3/08 |
    RICHMOND, Va. -- Officials at Richmond International Raceway announced Saturday afternoon that all tickets for that night's Crown Royal 400 have been sold. It is the track's 33rd consecutive sellout. "Ticket sales were steady and we remained optimistic leading into this weekend," Richmond track president Doug Fritz said. "The hard work of our staff and our continued effort to provide a first-class experience for our fans continues to pay off." (SNIP) "NASCAR fans are the first people affected by the economy and the last people to recover from the economy, so it definitely has affected the industry as a whole....
  • Danica Patrick makes IndyCar history (she's a winner!!!)

    04/20/2008 9:57:48 AM PDT · by Kimmers · 56 replies · 8,029+ views
    CNN ^ | 20,April 2008
    MOTEGI, Japan (AP) -- Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history on Sunday, taking the Indy Japan 300 after the top contenders were forced to pit for fuel in the final laps. Danica Patrick shows off her trophy after winning the Indy Japan 300 in Motegi, Japan, Sunday. 1 of 3 Patrick finished 5.8594 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Helio Castroneves on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval after leader Scott Dixon pitted with five laps left and Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan came in a lap later. "It's a long time coming. Finally," Patrick said. "It was...
  • War Pass Injured, Out of Kentucky Derby

    04/20/2008 9:35:23 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 7 replies · 115+ views ^ | April 19, 2008 | Churchill Downs press release
    Robert LaPenta’s War Pass, the champion 2-year-old of 2007 and winner of the $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, has suffered a leg injury that has knocked the colt out of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Trainer Nick Zito said Saturday that X-rays had revealed a small fracture in the sesamoid in the colt’s left front ankle. Veterinarian Dr. Rick Fischer discovered the fracture that Zito said would likely require War Pass to be on the sidelines for “a few months.” Zito said equine surgeon Dr. Larry...