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Full Throttle: Actually About to Drop the Rag at North Wilkesboro

Fans have been clamoring for years for racing to come back to North Wilkesboro Speedway. Several times there have been announcements followed by disappointment as different people and ventures have attempted to revive the legendary track. This past November, Alton McBride Jr. and his Speedway Associates Inc. threw their hat into the ring and announced …

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Driven to the Past: Rivalries…

Seems like we’ve always had rivalries in motorsports. Even drag racing had Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney. They were big rivals, but drag racers don’t rub fenders all that often. At least not on purpose. I’m not going to go back into the history of NASCAR racing and dredge up any of those old tales. Everybody’s heard most …

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Full Throttle: Watching Living History is Truly Special

Saturday evening, after the Nationwide race at Bristol, the fans were treated to an extra special event for the second year in a row. The Scott’s EZ Seed Showdown pitted 12 former NASCAR drivers in a 35-lap race, driving equally prepared race cars painted to match historical paint schemes from the drivers’ pasts. The cars …

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Driven to the Past: The Day Earl Almost Got Run Over…

I’ve mentioned how Earl Baltes used to call me and ask me to flag for him at various events on dates when I wasn’t working anywhere else back in the ’60s and early ’70s. One of those was a program at Dayton in 1964 which very nearly ended in Earl getting run over. I had forgotten about …

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Ryan Truex Driver Diary: Gearing Up for NASCAR 2010

Ryan Truex does a monthly driver diary for Frontstretch. In his latest edition, the Camping World East driver talks about the start of the upcoming season, gives his opinion on the Carl Edwards – Brad Keselowski fracas, and updates us on how his brother’s doing with his new Sprint Cup operation. We’re getting ready to …

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Jarit Johnson Driver Diary: Gearing Up for 2010 & Family Time

Right now, we’re taking care of getting ready for 2010. Over the wintertime, we pulled apart the car we ran at Dover, completely stripped it down and rebuilt it. It was a Cup car, and we’ve made it into a K&N Pro Series car. We’re gearing up and trying to find some funding to make …

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Driven to the Past: Another Unforgettable Guy

On their way to Florida about three weeks back, Andy and Sandy Vertrees stopped at the Potts’s Ranch and dropped off three big boxes of photographs. Andy is one of the three promoters I’ve worked with who have received the Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award – the other two were Bob Daniels and …

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Driven to the Past: There Was Some Pretty Good Stock Car Racing in the Midwest Back in the Day, Too

I’ve talked about the USAC Stock Car Series before, most notably the road race at Indianapolis Raceway Park and a race at Salem that I had a hand in helping Larry Moore with. One of the best races I ever saw was during that series’ heyday in 1964, when the factories were throwing everything they …

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Full Throttle: The Loss of Harry Davis a Huge Loss for NASCAR’s Diversity Movement

On January 21st, NASCAR lost a very dedicated man when Harry Davis passed away. Harry was the father of Marc Davis, a one-time developmental driver for Joe Gibbs Racing who has gone on his own to try and make it into the big leagues of stock car racing. Harry put everything he had into helping …

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Ryan Truex Driver Diary: Title Defense & Winter at the Jersey Shore

Running the All-Star Showdown at Irwindale and being out there with the best short-track racers in the country was definitely good experience. I mean, you’re out there with guys like Joey Logano and Matt Kobyluck that have won it before. It’s a tough race to win. It’s a good track to learn at, you can …

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