Race Weekend Central

Off the Wall With: Tony Schumacher

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In the hot seat this week: 8-time NHRA Top Fuel Champion Tony Schumacher What’s fun besides racing? Tony Schumacher: Harley riding. What’s the top item on your bucket list? Schumacher: I’d like to go skydiving with a squirrel suit, where they fly through the air. That’s totally different. Scary. Of course depending how that goes, …

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Spencer Massey, Don Schumacher Racing Part Ways

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Don Schumacher Racing announced tonight that Spencer Massey has been released as driver of the Red Fuel/Sandvik Coromant Top Fuel dragster effective immediately. No details other than the statement of team owner Don Schumacher were given and the team does not intend to make further comment on the matter. “Spencer is no longer with DSR,” said Schumacher. …

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Nitro Shots: The Safety Dance

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In the wake of the accident that took the life of Justin Wilson, this week’s Open Wheel Wednesday put forth the idea that something similar to the protection found on a Top Fuel dragster might work to at least partially enclose the cockpit on an Indy car. It’s sad that so often in motorsports safety, …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Let a Loss Not Be in Vain

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There’s a place in motorsports where tradition and progress sometimes clash, and more often than not it’s tradition that prevails. It’s understandable because so often fans, owners, and drivers lament that things just aren’t like they used to be and no one values tradition. No one wants to drive fans and competitors away so ideas …

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Pace Laps: Racers Rally Around Justin Wilson

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IndyCar: Racing Community Rallies in Support Following Wilson Injury – The racing community is as vast and all-encompassing as any organization in the world, but few groups are as close in times of controversy. Following Justin Wilson’s accident at Pocono Raceway, one that left him hospitalized in a coma, as announced by INDYCAR, racers worldwide …

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Nitro Shots: Short Tracks & Superspeedways?

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Blogger Mike Mayer published an interesting post the other day titled Is 1320 Really the Magic Number. The gist of his post was a series of ideas about how NHRA could vary the racing at different venues as NASCAR does with an assortment of short tracks, intermediates and superspeedways. On the surface, one might think, …

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Son of Top Fuel Racer Killed in Motorcycle Accident

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Dalton Millican, the 22-year-old son of NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican, was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident last night near the family’s hometown of Drummonds, Tennessee. Funereal arrangements are pending and will be announced once they have been finalized. “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss to our family. We appreciate all of …

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Nitro Shots: You Go, Girl! I Think…

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Nitro is in the air here in Charlotte. Well, it’s on the billboard anyway. Advertisements have gone up for the Carolina Nationals next month, and the billboard I saw features Courtney Force and her racecar. The very first impression I had was to think how great it was to see a woman on the ad …

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Pace Laps: Missing Expectations, Flying Fists, and Surprise Contenders

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Sprint Cup Series: Oh, What Might Have Been… Watkins Glen is sold every year as the last regular season “wild card” race, the last place an underdog can work his way into the Chase under the right circumstances. There were high hopes entering the weekend for defending winner AJ Allmendinger, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and …

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