Thursday , October 23 2014
Home / Amy Henderson (page 18)

Amy Henderson

Big Six: AAA 400

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* Only two non-Chase Drivers finished in the top ten at Dover. You expect Matt Kenseth to be on that list, but not so much *A.J. Allmendinger*, whose seventh-place run was his best finish since Sonoma and his fourth top ten of the year. Not a bad run bad for a guy who had no full time ride when the year began. He’s eleven points positions higher than the man who replaced him at Team ... Read More »

It’s All Fun and Games — But In NASCAR, Someone Is Bleeding to Death

It’s All Fun and Games — But In NASCAR, Someone Is Bleeding to Death

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Remember hearing that phrase as a kid? It was usually connected to doing something like running with scissors or sword fighting with your brother with the kitchen knives. Or at least when the “fun” was getting out of hand and becoming potentially dangerous. Hence, the lecture. Things are getting out of hand. Read More »

Vickers On the Brink Of the Ride Of His Life

Vickers On the Brink Of the Ride Of His Life

In retrospect, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. The signs were there well over a year ago-it was just a matter of time, a matter of a little more experience, a matter of a little luck. And when it mattered the most, the young driver from North Carolina (a dying breed now) found that little bit extra, that little bit _more._ And some race fans were taken by surprise when all was said and done. It certainly wasn’t easy, and at times it wasn’t pretty, either. It all came down to one race and finally, one lap. And Brian Vickers made that lap count-made it count for all the naysayers who called him crazy for leaving the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports. Read More »

Big Six: Chevy Rock N Roll 400

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* Looking at the numbers, two top ten finishes since 2004 is hardly anything to write home about. In fact, *Brian Vickers* has yet to score a top five at Richmond, and his average finish is somewhere worse than 25th. But Vickers put together his career best run at Richmond on Saturday night, and it was enough to put Vickers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup over bad boy Kyle Busch and ultra-consistent Matt ... Read More »

Really?!

Really?!

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K. Or at least it seems that way lately. Maybe it’s just me, but several tidbits lately have me doing a double take. I know it’s called silly season for a reason, but this year has gone beyond silly and right on into downright ridiculous. The latest piece of news is that Yates Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports will merge in 2010. That one came straight out of left field. The first thing that comes to mind is yet another person trying to get by on the Petty name. The second is that I feel kind of sorry for Reed Sorenson, even if he’s not the world’s greatest driver, because he’s at least as good as Paul Menard, who will get the No. 43 (I’m guessing on the number; one of them will keep it for sure) ride for no reason other than his family’s money. Read More »

Big Six: Pep Boys Auto 500

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* Usually this goes to a driver, but this week’s shoutout goes to *the entire No. 83 crew*. A broken axle could have ruined driver Brian Vickers’ night and killed his Chase chances — instead, the team changed the axle on pit road and Vickers finished seventh, just 20 points outside the Chase. The ability to overcome adversity can separate good teams from great ones-it has been the trademark of Jimmie Johnson’s three championship seasons. ... Read More »

Is There Loyalty Left in NASCAR?

Is There Loyalty Left in NASCAR?

There is a trend I’ve noticed in racing lately, and I don’t like it. It seems like everywhere you turn, a team is firing a driver for nothing he caused, a fan is picking a new favorite when old number one isn’t winning so much, a sponsor is dropping a prospect for a big name or a veteran for the Next Big Thing. People, places, and things that have been a part of the sport for decades find themselves suddenly on the outside looking in. Everyone’s an opportunist, and everyone wants instant gratification. There’s no crying in baseball, and there’s no loyalty in NASCAR. Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Jarit Johnson on Making It As an Independent, Family…and Cheese

Beyond the Cockpit: Jarit Johnson on Making It As an Independent, Family…and Cheese

_Making it in NASCAR isn't easy, and for Camping World East Series owner/driver Jarit Johnson, there's another, surprising obstacle: his name. When your older brother is the Sprint Cup champion, it can be hard to pave your own way in the same sport. But Johnson is trying to do just that, and without a full-time sponsor to boot as he looks to build his racing career from the ground up._ _Amy Henderson sat down with Johnson at his race shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, for an extended discussion on what it takes to field a team, run a successful fabrication and cooling system business, and raise a family. As Johnson shows here, he may sound like his brother (they could probably play some serious phone gags), but he's his own man, and one determined to forge his path against the odds._ Read More »

A Thousand Or A Million: Johnson Searching For Sponsor Dollars On His Own Merit

A Thousand Or A Million: Johnson Searching For Sponsor Dollars On His Own Merit

The shop is located in a part of Mooresville, North Carolina that is still mostly in the country, though the growth is slowly encroaching like so much kudzu, but for now, there are still pastures out here. The shop is in a modest office park-you’d miss it if you didn’t know it was there. But park at the back of the building and the sign on the door will tell you that yes, you’ve found the right place. Open the door and the foyer is…lived in. There’s no receptionist, just a few interesting artifacts that suggest that racing happens here. Poke your head into the office and you get greeted by the driver and team owner, dressed in team t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops. The office is small and slightly cluttered in an inviting way. What hits you first is what will stay with you: _there is no pretense here_. Read More »

Big Six: Food City 500

*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?* Everybody knows he can run a road course, but the man who was introduced to Men At Work’s “Land Down Under” on Saturday night showed he could handle one of NASCAR’s toughest tracks with ease. *Marcos Ambrose* started 25th at Thunder Valley, but had a real shot at winning before the night was over. The slightest bobble by leaders Kyle Busch or Mark Martin could have handed the lead to Ambrose, who also has ... Read More »