- Published on Tuesday, 06 September 2011 20:17
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They tried mightily to get the race in, but it was just not going to happen. Last Sunday’s Avco 500 from Atlanta was scheduled for a 7:30 start time. The pre-race show began on ESPN at 7 p m. The announcers were upbeat and enthusiastic. The colors were presented, a local minister gave the invocation, and a gospel group sang the national anthem. All the while we watched the steady rain over the talking heads’ shoulders.
Eventually they advised they were in a rain delay, seemed pretty obvious, just looking at the TV screen. At any rate they talked to any driver, or crew chief they could locate. As time wore on ESPN switched to the West Virginia versus Marshall football game, only to learn the football game was also in a delay due to lightning. Back and forth the ESPN network went,
- Published on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 22:33
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Editor’s Note: We are pleased to present our NASCAR commentary by Pete Barber. He has recovered from his recent illness and is back at work. We trust our NASCAR readers will pick up with him where they left off - waiting for his column each week!
Three races remain in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “Regular Season.” These final three events will decide which twelve drivers will race for the championship over the
- Published on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 20:05
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Last Tuesday NASCAR announced the 2012 class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five person class which will be officially inducted in a ceremony during the weekend of January 20, 2012 at the Hall of Fame in Charlotte NC, consists of Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman, Richie Evans, and Glenn Wood.
Members of the 55 member voting panel met Tuesday of last week in a closed session in Charlotte NC to vote on the induction class of 2012. The announcement was made by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.
The class was determined by votes cast by the voting panel, which included a nationwide fan vote
- Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 15:34
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Last Sunday’s 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono Raceway officially kicked off the second half of NASCAR’s 26 race “regular season.” From Daytona in February to Richmond in September, the first 26 races will determine the teams that will make up this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Starting with race No. 27 at Chicagoland Speedway, the final 10 races of the season make up the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Now in its eighth year the “Chase for the Cup” method of determining the season’s champion has been in effect long enough that the veteran teams have pretty much
- Published on Tuesday, 31 May 2011 22:35
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If you watched the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday, you saw two of the wildest finishes ever, and to see two races like this on the same day was really one for the books.
Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 was the 100th annual running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The race certainly lived up to its billing this year. They really rolled out the nostalgia: they brought out the winning car from the first ever Indy 500, and former 500 winner Parnelli Jones turned a few laps in the antique racecar.
There was an interview with the 93 year-old son of Ray Harroun, the winner of the very first Indy 500. Then there was the matriarch of the speedway’s ownership family, Mary Hulman George, in a convertible with A.J. Foyt at the wheel at the front of the field and waving to the crowd
- Published on Tuesday, 17 May 2011 19:59
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Lee Petty was single-minded when it came to stock car racing as both driver and car owner. It would be his business, and he would make it a successful one.
Born in 1914, Lee Petty grew up dirt poor in rural North Carolina. He sold biscuits, operated a trucking company; rumors of his involvement in the whiskey business have been around for decades. Petty, like the heads of many rural southern families of the day did a bit of whatever he could to provide for his family, but his overriding passion was automobiles. A gifted mechanic he would tell his wife Elizabeth he was “just improving” cars.
Not only was Lee Petty a gifted mechanic, he could flat out drive a car. Among the many enterprises Petty engaged