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Never Fear, the Underdogs are Here: Martinsville I Edition

Never Fear, the Underdogs are Here: Martinsville 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: Casey Mears for Germain Racing; started 41st, finished 16th His back ached. He had a terrible qualifying lap. He was penalized twice ... Read More »

Folio Martinsville

After taking a weekend off to celebrate Easter, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Martinsville, Virginia to race at the oldest and shortest track on the schedule. The STP Gas Booster 500 will be broadcast live on FOX at 12:30 PM ET; it can also be heard on your local MRN affiliate or SiriusXM Channel 90. Drivers will compete for 500 laps (263 miles) en route to the checkered flag. Records and Facts Tony Stewart holds the track qualifying ... Read More »

Keepin’ it Short – Highlight is on Short Tracks this weekend

Short Track racing is the backbone of racing in North America. It is the true roots of NASCAR Stock Car racing, even though there are only six races during the season which are on tracks less than a mile in length. This weekend is the highlight of that Short Track portion of the Cup schedule as the series visits Martinsville for the first of two dates on the calendar. Martinsville is one of two tracks that still exist from the ... Read More »

News Recap for April 3, 2013

Hamlin Still None Too Pleased With Logano, Desires Richmond Comeback On Tuesday, ESPN aired a sit-down interview with Joey Logano, where he stated that he was sick of being everyone’s pin cushion and was not going to hold back. He also stated that the crash in Fontana on the last lap of the Auto Club 400 was not intentional and that he had zero intention to injure Hamlin. Denny Hamlin doesn’t necessarily believe that statement. On Wednesday, Hamlin talked to ... Read More »

The Critic’s Annex 111- Ryan Hunter-Reay: An American Champion

Hello, race fans. Welcome back to the Critic’s Annex, where we take an additional look at motorsports-related programming. For this week’s edition, there were quite a few choices for me to write about. However, I chose to cover NBC Sports Network’s special on Ryan Hunter-Reay, the defending Izod IndyCar Series Champion. This particular 30-minute show premiered on March 21st, prior to the season opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida. However, circumstances at the time did not allow ... Read More »

Top News 04-02-13

Joey Logano Responds Nationally To Criticism Regarding Hamlin, Fontana Penske Racing’s newest young prodigy is speaking out and “standing up” for himself one week after a last-lap wreck with Denny Hamlin left him the target of a NASCAR media firestorm. Joey Logano, in his highest-profile interview since the incident sat down with Marty Smith of ESPN to explain his side of the rivalry, the latest chapter of which has ended with Hamlin out for six weeks with a back injury. ... Read More »

Trivia Questions and Answers for April 1-5, 2013

by Phil Allaway April 1 Q: In the 1994 Hanes 500, like many other races that season, Geoff Bodine was a threat to potentially win, pacing the field for 71 laps. However, he failed to reach the finish, unfortunately a common theme for that race team in those days. What happened this time to knock him out? April 1 A: It appears that the elimination at Martinsville was not self-inflicted, but sheer bad luck. According to Bodine, he ran over ... Read More »

Ellen’s NL column

Today’s Featured Commentary NASCAR Rivalries: Ongoing Feuds Keep Fans Watching by Ellen Richardson Although competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has continued to improve this season, the true heat was found on Sunday in the final laps of the Auto Club 400. Watching Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano share sheet metal until one or the other wound up in the wall, on the last lap of this race, I knew that this rivalry had gone from a war of ... Read More »

Trivia Questions and Answers for March 25-29, 2013

by Phil Allaway March 25 Q: Speaking of the 2001 Marlboro 500 from last Friday’s question, the race was run over a distance of 440 miles. Why was this so? March 25 A: Rains in the morning significantly pushed back the start of not only the Marlboro 500, but the Dayton Indy Lights race scheduled to precede it. Once the track was dried, the Indy Lights race was up. That event ended with a huge wreck at the finish. Once ... Read More »

Wanting It All: Why the Last Lap Was the Best Lap

The sun is shining, engines roar as the machines fly out of the final corner. Side-by-side and nose to nose the competitors aim for the finish line. But, there just isn’t enough room for them. The track isn’t wide enough and the air forces their cars to dance all over. It’s going to be bad! It’s going to be good. Then one pulls over and lets the other guy drive away, settling for second place. During post-race PR appearances, driver ... Read More »