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Keepin it Short – Just looking for exposure

Denny Hamlin came from the Late Model Stock Car ranks in North Carolina. He was running races at Southside Speedway and within one year was driving a car in the Sprint Cup series. While Hamlin left the short tracks for the Cup series, he did not forget his roots. Hamlin has put on the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown for the last five years, giving local racers a chance to showcase their talent on a national stage while competing with ... Read More »

Top News 4/12/13

Thursday Top News Justin Tucker Busch To Make 300th Sprint Cup Start It is hard to call Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch a seasoned veteran. At just 27 years of age, Busch is still widely regarded as one of the young guns in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. But when the green flag flies on the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, it will mark a veteran’s milestone for the Las Vegas, NV native: career start ... Read More »

Trivia Questions and Answers for April 8-12, 2013

by Phil Allaway April 8 Q: The 1998 Coca-Cola 300 at Texas Motor Speedway is known best as the race in which Dale Earnhardt, Jr. picked up his first career Busch Grand National victory. Jimmy Spencer was a contender to win early on, but what ended up taking him out of the race? April 8 A: With just a little more than 20 laps to go, Spencer was leading the race and fending off Joe Nemechek before both pitted for ... Read More »

The Critic’s Annex 112- 2013 Porsche 250

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to the Critic’s Annex, where we take an additional look at motorsports-related programming. Last week, while the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series were both racing in Ridgeway, Virginia, there was a tripleheader at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Now, I’ve already covered NBC Sports Network’s telecast of the Izod IndyCar Series race from Sunday afternoon. That was pretty good. On Saturday afternoon, Grand-Am’s Rolex Sports Car Series took center stage. However, before we ... Read More »

Top News 04-10-13

Pit Crew Challenge Cancelled NASCAR’s All-Star Race for pit crews is no more, at least for 2013. After an eight-year tradition as part of the Charlotte festivities, lack of sponsorship is forcing the competition to the sidelines. Craftsman, then Sprint had been the primary backers of the tournament-style format but chose to reallocate their funding elsewhere in recent years. Jimmie Johnson’s team was the champion in 2012. Denny Hamlin’s group, though was the only team to win back-to-back during the ... Read More »

Numbers Game Martinsville

0 Laps led this season by 2012 Chaser Martin Truex, Jr. Truex also has two finishes of 36th or worse so far in 2013; last season, he had only one. 1 Lap led by Richard Petty Motorsports all season. Marcos Ambrose, who started on the outside of the front row broke through on Lap 1 of Sunday’s event. (Aric Almirola remains at zero) 2 Times this season Danica Patrick has outperformed boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in the Rookie of the ... Read More »

The Wood Bros Racing Museum: Where Family Did Win

Shining stands climb to the sky, ready to be occupied by 70,000 screaming fans. On your way into the track, nice shiny haulers decked out in familiar logos hawk t-shirts and stuffed toys manufactured by name brand monstrosities. The TV coverage begins with music you know by heart and commentators appear dressed in safe, ordinary suits. NASCAR, in case you hadn’t realized, represents corporate, obese America. Everything about it is huge and designed for the fans to want more, more, ... Read More »

Sprint Cup Race Recap: Johnson Once Again Is the Master of Martinsville

by Justin Tucker There is absolutely no secret to the fact that Jimmie Johnson loves Martinsville Speedway. In 22 previous starts heading into Sunday’s STP Gas Booster 500, Johnson had already compiled an impressive record of seven wins, 15 top 5’s, and 19 top 10’s. On Friday, Johnson proved once again he would be the man to beat after shattering the track qualifying record at 98.400 MPH. That momentum carried over on Saturday being in the top 5 in both ... Read More »

Sidebar Stories

Danica Patrick Finishes Strong in Martinsville When preseason experts and fans predicted where Danica Patrick would have the most successful, Martinsville Speedway certainly wasn’t at the top of the list. However, Patrick silenced her critics by finishing in the 12th position, her best finish at any non-restrictor plate track. With this being her first time at paper clip shaped racetrack, expectations were low and the nerves were high. However, as the laps wound down and the Virginia sun set, Patrick ... Read More »

Quotes to Remember: STP Gas Booster 500

“Disappointed for sure. We had a fast car all weekend long and really thought we were maybe going to be walking out of here with a Grandfather Clock. I tore the car up pretty bad over here off of (Turn) 4. I checked up and I got hit from behind, pushed into the 1 (Jamie McMurray) and all hell broke loose. All in all, second place isn’t bad, but it sure sucks right now.” - Clint Bowyer, finished second “Well, ... Read More »