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Legendary NASCAR Car Owner Ray Fox Dies at Age 98
June 16th, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Legendary NASCAR engine builder Ray Fox died Monday in Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Fox was 98 years old. Fox was admitted to the hospital late last week with pneumonia.   Fox was an engine builder and car owner in the early days of NASCAR and fielded cars for...

Legendary NASCAR Car Owner Junie Donlavey Dies at Age 90
June 10th, 2014 at 7:19 AM
Legendary car owner Junie Donlavey has passed away, the family confirmed late Monday night. Donlavey was 90 years old. From 1950-2002 Donlavey had fielded a team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series using #90 which Donlavey was famous for using. Donlavey was famous for giving young drivers a chance. Donlavey had two Rookie...

Sad News: Lynda Petty Dies at the Age of 72
March 25th, 2014 at 5:32 PM
Lynda Petty, wife of seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion Richard Petty has died, the family confirmed Tuesday. She was 72-years-old. Lynda Petty was the matriarch in NASCAR's most famous family since she married her husband Richard on July 22, 1958 at the age of 17.  Mrs. Petty was born on March 6,...

NASCAR Driver Jason Leffler Dies After Serious Crash at Bridgeport Speedway
June 12th, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Former USAC Midget champion and NASCAR driver Jason Leffler has died due to injuries he suffered in an accident at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey tonight.  In a 410 Sprints division heat race Leffler flipped his #13 Buch Racing car wildly and was airlifted to a local hospital where he later died...

Former NASCAR Driver Dick Trickle Dies at Age 71
May 16th, 2013 at 5:40 PM
Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has died, according to Yahoo.com. Trickle was a legend in the short track ranks of Wisconsin before making his first NASCAR start in 1970 at the age of 28. Trickle made 303 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts and 156 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts in his...

Former NASCAR Icon Warner Hodgdon Dies at Age 80
March 21st, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Former NASCAR icon Warner Hodgdon died Wednesday night after declining health, his family confirmed Wednesday night. Hodgdon, a real estate developer who headed San Bernardino, California's redevelopment agency from 1968-1975. Hodgdon is famous for building many things in and around the San Bernardino area. In the late 1970's and early 1980's...

Scary Daytona Nationwide Series Crash Injures 28 Fans
February 23rd, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood said that 14 fans were transported to hospitals for medical treatment and 14 more fans were treated on site at a medical facility after a horrifying crash sent debris into the stands as the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race exploded into chaos at the...

Former NASCAR Driver Tyler Walker Arrested After High Speed Chase
January 31st, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Former NASCAR Nationwide and Truck Series driver Tyler Walker was arrested after a high speed chase that went through three states. Walker, a 33 year old from Los Angeles has been suspended from NASCAR since the 2007 season when he failed NASCAR's drug policy.  Walker has been running sprint cars for...

Chris Economaki Dies, Leaving Behind Countless Memories
September 28th, 2012 at 11:04 AM
For decades racing fans would turn to one man for their racing news. Chris Economaki was perhaps the single most important person in racing journalism history and his stories and work has been seen for decades. He was known as the "dean of motorsports journalism" and he was the founder of National Speed Sport News. Economaki,...

NASCAR Loses One of It’s True Pioneers in Cecil Gordon
September 19th, 2012 at 8:14 PM
Jeff Gordon is known for driving the #24 car, however to long time NASCAR fans #24 belonged to another Gordon. "Flash" Gordon better known as Cecil drove the #24 car from 1970-1983 making 371 of his 449 NASCAR Cup starts in the number. Gordon passed away today at the age...

Racing’s Military Sponsorships were in Danger but House of Representatives Rejects the Amendment
July 19th, 2012 at 8:00 AM
An amendment to the 2013 defense funding bill introduced by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) that would have banned U.S. military services from using sporting leagues as a recruiting avenue was rejected on Wednesday night by the House of Representatives in a 216 to 202 vote....

Darrell Wallace Set to Make Nationwide Debut at Age of 18
May 23rd, 2012 at 1:08 AM
At one time Joe Gibbs was an outsider to NASCAR. But three Sprint Cup series championships makes an outsider an insider and affords that person the opportunity to take initiatives towards improving NASCAR. With the drive for diversity program, Joe Gibbs Racing has found the best of the best so far in Darrell Wallace Jr. But Wallace isnt just someone who got his foot in the...

NASCAR Doles Out Penalties to Nationwide Teams for Illlegal Modifications
May 10th, 2012 at 9:52 PM
Penske might have been the toast on Sunday, but it was the victim of the long arm of NASCAR's law on Saturday. Its two Nationwide series teams were found to have equipment violations and placed on probation by NASCAR. The penalties were a continuation of a rash of them as it was te seocnd consecutive week they occurred.  In addition the crew chiefs for both teams were fined $10,000 and placed on probation. The disciplinary actions were...

Jeff Green Gets the Call to Replace Eric MClure in Nationwide Series TriStar Motorsports Car
May 10th, 2012 at 12:26 AM
If a team needs to replace its driver it might as well be with a past series point champion. And that is exactly what Tristar Motorsports has done. Jeff Green will replace Eric McClure in the Nationwide series no. 14 Hefty Chevrolet for this Friday's night race. Jeff Green is the 2000 Nationwide series race. He has spent this season with Tristar Motorsports, driving part-time in its other car. He has 16...

Earnhardt Family Might Be Extending Its Legacy Past NASCAR to Include MMA
May 5th, 2012 at 2:26 AM
When a family whose nicknames include "The Intimidator" and "Lionheart" perhaps there is more to life than NASCAR. Of course, Dale Earnhardt Sr. is probably turning in his grave upon hearing that his and his father's (Ralph Earnhardt) nicknames aren't only appropriate for NASCAR, but his grandson has found that to be true for mixed martial arts. The son of Dale Earnhardt Sr. of oldest Kerry, Jeffrey Earnhardt is scheduled to make his MMA in North Carolina on May...

Mike Ford in, Greg Erwin Out as Musical Chairs Continue Well into the Season
May 2nd, 2012 at 11:51 PM
The musical chairs game is still continuing well into the regular season. There seems to always be between five and 10 personal changes among the mid-level This year it began with Petty Motorsports replacing Greg Erwin with Mike Ford as the crew chief of the Petty blue and orange #43 team. Aric Amirola drives the #43 car.          A.J. Almindinger left Petty Motorsports and the  #43 team when he was offered...

Travis Pastrana’s NASCAR Debut: Take Two
April 27th, 2012 at 12:38 AM
The last time Travis Pastrana was seen was in a heap underneath his motorcycle at the X-games last July. For the NASCAR world it meant the long awaited wait got longer and more importantly with him never actually racing all the pomp and circumstance of the action sports star arrival on the national motorsports scene was exactly that as the substance, even though it  was because of unforeseen circumstances. Nine months later, the...

Tony Stewart Seizes Second Race of 2012 with Late Pass and Then Makes the Right Call When Rain Comes
March 26th, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Neither rain nor snow nor the darkness of night will keep Tony Stewart form victory Circle. That used to be his mantra as the temperature heated up during the late spring and summer. But that seems to be the case for him now as he took the lead during what turned out to be the waning laps of the Auto Parts 400 and then decided to stay out...

Kasey Kahne’s Slow Start Doesnt Mean 2012 Wont Live up to Expectations, but There Might not Be a Lot of Time Left to Do It
March 25th, 2012 at 4:13 PM
for an arrival as anticipated and hyped as Kasey Kahne's, the first five races under the Hendricks Motorsports banner has been anything but a success.    His first four races as a Hendericks Motorsports' driver has produced finishes of 29th, 34th, 19th and 37th. The average is 29.75. As the Auto Parts 500 begins this afternoon, he sits 32nd in the standings, 100 points out of the lead,...

Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Team Win Appeal on Second Attempt
March 22nd, 2012 at 5:02 PM
Perhaps Jimmie Johnson and the no. 48 team knew something the rest of NASCAR nation didn't. In what happens less than five percent of the time, the no. 48 Lowes Chevrolet team's initial disciplinary sentencing for using illegal C-clamps during the week before the Daytona 500 was overturned. On Tuesday, NASCAR Chief...