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Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway Announcer Tom Carnegie Takes Life’s Checkered Flag At 91

Anyone who attended the Indianapolis 500 from 1946 through 2006 was able to listen to the dulcet tones of Tom Carnegie on the public address system. His tag line at the beginning of any qualifying run of “And he’s ON IT” or the announcement that would always bring the crowd to its feet “It’s a new track RECORD!!” are permanently etched in the minds of Indianapolis fans both young and old. Carnegie not only was the Speedway’s announcer for an incredible 61 years, he also announced Indiana high school basketball games and many other athletic events during his long and storied broadcasting career.

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Toyota All-Star Showdown Qualifying

Some of the best short track drivers in the country are in Irwindale, California this weekend for the Toyota All-Star Showdown. Three different feature races will be held this weekend in Late Model, Super Late Model and K&N Pro divisions. Qualifying was held on Friday evening with the top 34 being locked into the K&N race field. The fields were also set for the Late Model and Super Late Model qualifying races.

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Turning Back the Clock: 1996 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Hello, race fans. This season, we're upping the amount of coverage for the Rolex Sports Car Series. I will be in Daytona for the race and plan on spending the entire race at the track. Be sure to follow Frontstretch on Twitter at "@TheFrontstretch":http://twitter.com/TheFrontstretch for up to the minute updates from Daytona Beach this weekend.The 24 Hours of Daytona traditionally marks the beginning of Speedweeks. Up until recently, the event was held the weekend before the now-Budweiser Shootout. However, the race was moved up a week to avoid a conflict with the Super Bowl. Originally a three hour event dubbed the Daytona Continental, the race expanded to 24 hours for the first time in 1966, has been a major test for sports car teams from around the world. In years past, the entry list would be filled with the best from North America and Europe battling it out for class and overall honors.

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Turning Back the Clock- 1994 The Pantry 400 featuring the Pantry Stores 300

Since we're fully ensconced in the off-season at the present, we here at Frontstretch figured that we'd give you a look back at some nostalgic races. Today is the first in the "Winter Heat" series (brownie points for those who know where we were going with that).Before the now-Nationwide Series had 27 support races to the Sprint Cup Series all over the country on its schedule, it tended to be more of a regional series, with many events on southeastern short tracks. However, by the early 1990's, these races were beginning to disappear from the circuit. The last sub-100 mile race was held at then-Pulaski County Speedway (now Motor Mile Speedway) in 1992.

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North Wilkesboro Releases 2011 Schedule

North Wilkesboro Speedway released their 2011 schedule on Friday which is highlighted by the largest purse for a Super Late Model race in the United States and the first USAC Silver Crown event in North Carolina. After returning to the racing scene in 2010 the historic 5/8th mile speedway will …

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Polar Bear 150 – Racing the way it ought to be

Polar Bear 150 – Racing the way it ought to be Andy Hillenburg is an old school racer who has resurrected Rockingham Speedway and brought live action back to the historic one mile oval in the sandhills of North Carolina. Hillenburg is well known for racing in a multitude of …

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Hendrick Shakeup All About Chemistry; 48 Will Remain Intact

The massive shakeup at Hendrick Motorsports was not implemented to help just one team, Rick Hendrick said during a Wednesday morning teleconference. The move was designed to bring a team back from the brink of falling dangerously behind other teams. While the move involves three of Hendrick’s four teams, the …

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Major Crew Chief Shakeup at Hendrick Motorsports

On the heels of Jimmie Johnson’s historic fifth consecutive championship, Hendrick Motorsports has announced a major shakeup in their organization. Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will each have a new crew chief for the 2011 season while the No. 48 team remains unchanged. The following personnel changes …

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Tracking the Trucks: Ford 200

In a Nutshell: Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.577 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday night. The driver of the No. 18 Traxxas Toyota took the lead for the final time on a lap 131 restart and never looked back on the way to his eighth win in 16 starts this season. Johnny Sauter, Todd Bodine and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 5.Who Should Have Won: Kyle Busch Busch started on the outside of the front row and wasted little time swapping the lead with polesitter Austin Dillon. At times, the driver of the No. 18 Toyota managed to pull out to a more than one second lead over the field. Then, following contact with Johnny Sauter, Busch was the beneficiary of a questionable caution and was able to run through the field from outside the top 20. (Author’s Note: For more on the questionable caution, see question number two below.) He went on to lead a total of six times for 57 laps on the way to victory lane.

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