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Travis Pastrana – Taking another step

Travis Pastrana – Taking another step Darlington Raceway is a challenge for the most seasoned of stock car drivers, so when the second race on Travis Pastrana’s Nationwide career was slated for the Lady in Black many people thought it would be a true challenge for the new driver. While there were several challenges during …

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Michael Annett Driver Diary: A Miraculously Decent Finish

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We raced most recently at Texas Motor Speedway. We enjoy getting top-10 finishes, but our car was better than ninth. At this point, we’re glad to have it. We were moving forward all day. I think it was about halfway through the race we restarted 14th, drove up to seventh, got into a lapped car and put a hole about the size of about the right front headlight, pretty much a hole through the right front headlight. Then we couldn’t get a caution to try to get a chance to work on it. I had to come in for a green flag stop and at that point, we didn’t really know how bad the hole was so we didn’t have the right stuff there to patch it. With it being a green flag stop, we didn’t want to spend too much time on damage.

IZOD IndyCar Series Race Recap: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

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*In a Nutshell:* On Friday morning, the big news in the IZOD IndyCar Series paddock was that James Hinchcliffe suffered an engine failure during a test at Sears Point. As a precaution, Chevrolet ordered all 11 of their teams to change engines prior to the race weekend in Long Beach. Since none of those motors had run the minimum amount of miles allowed before a legal change, all 11 teams incurred a ten-spot grid penalty.

This resulted in a jumbled starting grid in which the drivers that qualified fourth and seventh on Saturday comprised the front row on Sunday while the fastest qualifiers started 11th through 13th. But even after spotting the top-9 Honda teams nearly the entire top 10 on the starting grid (Alex Tagliani’s Lotus-powered No. 98 in tenth was the lone exception), Chevrolet still took eight of the top-10 finishing positions, with Will Power winning his second race of the year.

Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Momentum and a World Series Dream

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What’s funny is, when you look at it, people know when you’re running good. Then when you run bad, people want to know why you’re running bad, so a lot of people in the media have been talking to me and everybody says, ‘man, you’re really running good this year.’ I think the reason we’ve been so much better is that first of all, last year was our first year in the Nationwide Series with a brand-new car. It was also my crew chief and crew’s first year with a brand-new car and my first year driving a whole new car.

So I think that this year, my whole team completely, with me as a driver and them as the crew, has a better handle on this car. I think my crew chief, Scott Zipadelli, is doing a really good job. My cars are good-as you’ve noticed, we qualified third at Phoenix and sixth at Fontana, eleventh at Bristol. When you look at our stats, we’re really running good. Of course, we’ve had a lot of bad luck, but we’re running really good, and I think that’s why; we’re just better this year.

Looks Like David Poole Gets the Last Laugh!

Nearly five years ago, after the article you are about to read was published, I was engaged in a heated email exchange initiated by the late great motorsports journalist David Poole. David even went so far as to call for my head from my editors. I went so far as to offer to buy David a beer the next time I saw him. He declined rather impolitely, my editors let me keep my head and we never communicated with one another again.

Oh, I tried…back when Facebook was still relatively new and I learned he had an account, I asked him to be friends with me. Less than a week went by with no response to my friend request when the unspeakable happened…David unexpectedly passed away.

The Critic’s Annex 81- Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to the Critic’s Annex, where we intend to take additional looks at available racing action for public consumption. Up until now, we’ve been covering studio shows since before late March, there simply isn’t much out there. However, this past weekend gave viewers four major events to pick from. Naturally, with …

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Kenseth Wins Oft-Delayed Season Opener At Daytona

“One thing about racing: When you think you’ve seen it all, it finds a way to show you something you never thought you’d see.” So said Brad Keselowski during a lengthy, two-hour red flag at Monday night’s Daytona 500. The Penske Racing driver was talking about the reason for the red flag: an enormous fire …

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Back In The Day: The Legend Jim Hallahan

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Jim Hallahan raced from 1949 until 1982. Photo from Jim and Liz Hallahan By Randy Spencer Sometimes referred to as a living legend, Jim Hallahan has been around stock car racing for a staggering eight decades. His interest in cars started at a very young age. “All I ever did was work on them, drive …

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The Critic’s Annex 75- SEF Small Engine Fuels 200

by Phil Allaway Hello, race fans. Welcome back to the Critic’s Annex, where we take an additional look at motorsports-related programming. In between wreckfests at Martinsville this past weekend, SPEED aired tape-delayed coverage of the SEF Small Engine Fuels 200, the marquee race for the Big Block Modifieds in the Super DirtCar Series. For this …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Johnny Sauter On His Bucket List… And Title Chances

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_Johnny Sauter, like most of the other drivers in the Camping World Truck Series, spent most of Friday at Martinsville in their team’s easy up tent, trying to stay out of the elements as rain pelted the track on and off the whole day. Frontstretch.com’s Mike Neff caught up with Sauter as he waited out the rain for a few off the wall questions._

Mike Neff, Frontstretch.com: *Hey Brother, I understand you’re freezing. You’re from Wisconsin. How can you possibly be that cold when it is only in the 40s?*

Johnny Sauter: Cold is cold. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Wisconsin or Alaska or from Florida, cold is cold. It’s not so much the temperature, it is the wind that gets you.

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