Articles tagged NASCAR

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Gordon Kirby

United colours of NASCAR NASCAR’s top teams have formed Race Team Alliance (RTA) to “explore common interests, reduce costs and collaborate on initiatives to promote and expand NASCAR”. Traditionally, NASCAR has always been firmly opposed to unions of drivers or team owners and RTA’s creation marks the first time in the series’ history that teams will be represented by a formal organisation. RTA...

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Long Shadow of the Man in Black

He raced hard, reaped the rewards and divided opinion. Even 10 years after his death Dale Earnhardt’s influence is still being felt in NASCAR It happened 10 years ago on the last lap of NASCAR's traditional season-opening Daytona 500. Everyone was jammed together in a massive pack, feet flat on the throttle in typical restrictor-plate racing style. Running third with no real hope of winning,...

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NASCAR in the doldrums

The atmosphere was sombre as Jimmie Johnson wrapped up his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. There were cheers for a hard-fought title battle between Johnson, 33, and Carl Edwards, 29, that went down to the wire, with Edwards winning three of the last five races and Johnson taking the other two. After the marathon 10-month, 36 race...

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American comment

USAC launched its 1971 season on a somewhat controversial note when it suddenly announced that its first race of the year, which was to have been a strictly invitational, non-championship event at Rafaela in the Argentine, would, after all, count for points toward the Marlboro Championship Trail. When the race was first planned last year virtually all the leading teams indicated that they would...

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NASCARs European union

Now with official backing from NASCAR, the burgeoning Euro-Racecar series offers drivers ‘over here’ a genuine route into the wide world of stock car racing ‘over there’ There must be more sensible ways to ease into our first taste of the track in 2012. Brands Hatch is cold, and damp. In fact it’s so cold that two of the three cars testing today are in the pits having gravel washed out from their...

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Rubbin's racin'...

If there’s an essential art to stock car racing it’s using the fender. Seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt was a master of the art, winning quite a few races over the years by employing the technique. Earnhardt was known first as ‘Ironhead’ and then took on the mantle of ‘The Intimidator’, the man in the black No3. That image was the source of Earnhardt’s legendary popularity and the master...

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NASCAR feels the crunch

The world began to change in NASCAR at the end of last season. More than 1000 jobs were lost as belts were tightened and five teams either merged or closed down. Petty Enterprises, NASCAR’s longest-standing team, was bought by Gillett Evernham and renamed Richard Petty Motorsports. Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates merged their NASCAR team with Dale Earnhardt Inc, reducing two three-car teams into a...

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NASCAR Gets Wired

Change is coming to NASCAR. Electronic fuel injection has arrived this season, replacing the traditional four-barrel carburettor while the introduction of ECUs has brought the thin edge of the electronic wedge to the top level of US stock car racing. And next year a new Sprint Cup car will make its debut featuring more brand identity for each of NASCAR's four manufacturers Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge...

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Busman's holiday

Drivers who raced what you wouldn't expect them to... Jim Clark Ford Fairlane, American 500,1967 By Ed Heuvink After winning the Mexican Grand Prix in late October 1967, Jim Clark had some time on his hands before the non-championship Spanish GP. As a tax exile, he had never been in a hurry to fly back to Europe after a long-haul event. On this occasion Clark was already on the American continent...

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THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW

THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW w Gordon Kirby w YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE NASCAR INTRODUCED THE 'Car of Tomorrow'. The new car was safer and equalised the field a little more, but its spec nature robbed the cars of any brand identity. The CoT was received tepidly by the fans and a weak economy added to the problem so that crowds have fallen off in general in recent years and plunged precipitously at some...

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