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WTF Wednesday Awaiting The Big One: Improving Fan Safety at Talladega Superspeedway

As both the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series head to their next set of restrictor plate races at one of the more anticipated racing venues of the season, many may be holding their breath for the “Big One”. While some of this anticipation is often due to the excitement that surrounds Talladega Superspeedway, the majority of those fans will be waiting and wondering if the recent reinforcements made to the crossover gate will truly keep fans, cheering on their ... Read More »

Trivia Questions and Answers for April 29-May 3, 2013

by Phil Allaway April 29 Q: For many years, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega had a Pontiac Le Mans that Phil Parsons crashed in the 1983 Winston 500 on display. What happened to make that Le Mans into a museum piece? April 29 A: Parsons had contact with Darrell Waltrip exiting the tri-oval. Both cars overcorrected and went into the wall head-on. The force of the hit resulted in Parsons’ car recoiling off the wall and entering ... Read More »

Newsletter Stuff 04-30-13

What To Watch: Tuesday - Carl Edwards will be a special guest, making a third appearance on the syndicated talk show Kelly & Michael. Expected to talk everything from current NASCAR issues to his time as a “chauffeur,” Edwards will join actor Robert Downey, Jr. as celebrities spending time on Tuesday’s show. - Matt Kenseth will hold a national media teleconference to discuss his current season, NASCAR’s recent penalties against his team at Joe Gibbs Racing and plenty of other ... Read More »

NASCAR Forgot to Tell Them, “Keep it Clean, Boys.”

“Boys, have at it.” Brian France and Co. all agreed this ought to be the credo of NASCAR several years ago. Collectively, the fan base proceeded to cheer. At long last, our heroes would not be fined and suspended for failing to control their tongues in moments of extreme stress, or worry that rubbing a little too hard would sit them down for an inordinate amount of time. Awesome. However, it has come to my attention that while no official ... Read More »

Harvick Closes the Deal, Wins at Richmond

by Justin Tucker Coming into the 2013 season the one word that could sum up Kevin Harvick’s season outlook was uncertainty. Harvick, who made the announcement last season that he would be leaving Richard Childress Racing at the end of 2013 for Stewart-Haas Racing, faced doubt and questions about his decision to leave the only organization he has ever known in his NASCAR career. Many wondered if Harvick and the 29 team would fall victim to the “lame duck” label ... Read More »

Quotes to Remember: Toyota Owners 400

“That was a heck of a first lap of the restart. I thought that the outside line might have the advantage because it had a couple of guys with new tires in the second row, and lined up on the outside. But the two tires – these cars drive a lot off the left rear – and we only took two tires, and they didn’t get that great of restart but my car launched, and I was able to drive ... Read More »

Sidebar Stories: Toyota Owners 400

TRD Recalls Three Engines from No. 15 Team According to the Associated Press, three Toyota engines have been recalled by the manufacturer from Clint Bowyer’s No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing team. This was in response to the penalty NASCAR issued to Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 team after a connecting rod was found to be outside the tolerance per the NASCAR rulebook. One of the engines recalled was in the plans to be used for last Saturday night’s race in Richmond. ... Read More »

Never Fear, the Underdogs are Here

Never Fear, the Underdogs are Here: Richmond I Edition by Amy Henderson Editor’s Note: This year, we’re going to switch things up a little bit. Instead of just focusing upon one underdog (or underreported) car in the Secret Star section, we will point out three smaller teams that put up good finishes each week. Underdog Selection No. 1: AJ Allmendinger for Phoenix Racing; started 24th, finished 14th Phoenix Racing continues to make the right moves and, despite a revolving door ... Read More »

Keepin’ it Short – Another Chapter of History Starts Saturday Night

There are legendary sports venues all over the world, some are still in use, others are merely a shell of their former selves, still others are completely gone. Of the arenas that are still in use, few of them are still in the same relative state as they were when they opened. Wrigley Field has lights and sky boxes added. Fenway Park has seats on top of the Green Monster. Soldier Field has been completely renovated. Bowman-Gray Stadium, aside from ... Read More »

News Recap for April 24, 2013

Gargantuan Penalties Announced for Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Team In the Sprint Cup Series, it is common practice for the winner’s race car (or truck) and engine to be taken to the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina for additional inspection after races. Usually, these thorough inspections simply confirm what was already known. However, on Matt Kenseth’s winning Toyota from Sunday, a violation was found. That violation was that the connecting rods in the engine were too light. The ... Read More »