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Thank you Flaggers!

The first thing all rookie drivers learn is to pay attention to the flagging stations located at critical location around a race track. The people working these stations are responsible for getting vital information to the race drivers. I want to personally thank all the corner workers for providing me ...

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Formula 1 Lights Up The Night In Bahrain! Week 14 Formula 1 Report

2014 Formula 1 Report:  USA Edition Drafting the Circuits Week 14 Formula 1 Lights Up The Night In Bahrain! Grand Prix                          Date                   Tire Compounds Bahrain Grand Prix            April 4-6            Medium/Soft Chinese Grand Prix            April 18-20       Medium/Soft Grand Prix of Spain           May 9-11   Drivers’ championship: 1.  Nico Rosberg     ...

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The Spectacle That Is Texas Motor Speedway

Texas Motor Speedway gets a lot of press and that’s just the way track president Eddie Gossage likes it. As NASCAR fans know, TMS is not known for epic races or fascinating racing, but people cannot stop tuning in to see what Gossage and his team have in store for ...

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Previewing the Lone Star State: NASCAR in Texas

    I’m just hoping there isn’t going to be another rain delay.  Seriously.  It’s getting annoying.  Having it happen at the first (and also much anticipated) race of the season was not a bad thing.  Daytona under the lights was great.  But, having it happen time and time again ...

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Remembering Alan Kulwicki

On the eve of the anniversary of the death of NASCAR Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki, news came of the untimely death of Jimmie Johnson’s brother-in-law. Jordon Janway, Johnson’s wife’s brother, was killed in an unfortunate skydiving incident. He was snuffed out before reaching his potential. Much like Kulwicki was ...

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Thank you, Mrs. Petty

With nine wins at Martinsville Speedway, Richard Petty has more grandfather clocks than any other of his competitors before or since from the track. That’s why, with racing returning to Virginia at NASCAR’s historic short track, I am extra saddened by the passing of Lynda Petty, Petty’s bride, this week. ...

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Previewing the Paperclip: NASCAR Returns to Martinsville

It’s the shortest track on the NASCAR circuit at a mere .526 mile – Martinsville Speedway, better known as the “paperclip.”  Why a paperclip, you ask?  The answer is because of its elongated, oval shape.  It’s also the oldest track still hosting NASCAR events, operating since 1949. You may not ...

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Hammering Swords Into Plowshares

In England during the 1930s a form of auto competition developed utilizing the local agrarian terrain. They called this competition “Trails”. Trails were low speed low traction events ie., mud, steep hills, and narrow roads. Today in the States we would call this Jeeping. In order to maximize traction, the ...

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What We Really Miss About Racing That Auto Club Speedway Reminded Us Last Year

Race No. 5 takes our drivers out west  to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for the Auto Club 400. A two mile track that used to be a virtual “snoozefest” became the talk of the season in 2013 when Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin’s on track antics led to ...

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The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season: Drivers Back with a Vengeance, & the Shocking Exception

It wasn’t so long ago that he was the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion.  In fact, it was only two years ago.  So, what happened last season?  He didn’t even make The Chase for the Championship. Don”t think Brad didn’t know just how bad it was.  With a 14th place ...

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The Zinn-Buick

Over a hundred years ago the Hinchcliff Brewery, located in Paterson, New Jersey, bought a Buick automobile to be used to collect money from their customers.  During one of these collection runs the Buick was involved in a serious accident. Mr. Eugene “Hughie” Zinn purchased the remains of the Buick ...

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Bristol’s Bullring Brings Battle

Bristol’s Bullring promise brash behavior, ballsy moves, and bickering on the track. As the first of the short track races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, the racing will be far different than the superspeedway of Daytona or the intermediate track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Bristol was constructed in ...

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: A Legend’s Legend

His father was one of the best and most popular NASCAR drivers of all time, whether you liked him or not. As his son bearing his name, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been held to a much higher standard than most drivers, but has lived up to them in his own ...

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Race No. 3 Promises To Be A Crap Shoot

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series double downs at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, bettors are scurrying to place their chips on the different drivers entered in the Kobalt Tools 400. Okay, so maybe it’s painfully obvious that I don’t gamble, but I believe in research, momentum, and hard facts. No ...

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And The Hits Keep Coming

The new NASCAR season is just getting started and already there has been a ton of news from Daytona. If anybody was thinking of easing into the season, it is not possible. First, the news came about Sam Hornish Jr. taking a part time NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with Joe ...

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Why I Love NASCAR: Bristol’s Brilliance By: Chief 187™

Let me just preface with the fact that you are always going to read a positive article from me. I don’t do negative stuff, it’s just not in me. It’s not that I don’t see problems where they exist or ignore that change could bring better things. Rather, I concentrate ...

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Marathon Day of Racing Over Memorial Day Weekend By: Candice Smith

Welcome to Memorial Day Weekend 2013! For race fans across the world this is the biggest weekend for major races in Formula 1, IndyCar, and NASCAR. It is a marathon and a day infused with racing drama on the world’s finest circuits. Breakfast in the States can be enjoyed while ...

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Where Things Lie After the Auto Club 400 By: Candice Smith

A wild ending to the Auto Club 400 resulted in a win for Kyle Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team. Busch skirted by as the battle between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin resulted in both drivers hitting the wall. Busch earned his second win of the weekend, ...

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Chief 187™’s Roundup Coming into California 2013

Four races in, a fifth waiting to be run, the first “off-weekend” looming, and there is much to be enjoyed in NASCAR. The Gen-6 car is getting a lot of positive feedback, the racing has offered some dazzle, and familiar names populate the top-10 in points. But there still isn’t ...

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Behind Every Great Driver… By: Candice Smith

I finally had the opportunity to sit down and watch “Richard Petty: A Racer’s Life” with my husband the other evening. It was a great look at Petty’s life at home as his life at the track has been well-documented. The viewer got to see The King’s wife’s Lynda in ...

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