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  • Top Five And Five To Watch: Richmond

    04/30/2009
    By Bill MarxSporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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  • Texas Motor Speedway Offers Thoughts And Prayers To Poole Family

    04/28/2009
    Texas Motor Speedway’s staff offers its thoughts and prayers to the family of respected veteran Charlotte Observer motorsports reporter David Poole, who passed away today. Speedway President Eddie Gossage also expressed his sentiments: “David was a powerful and prolific voice in NASCAR as a result of his role at The Charlotte Observer. He called me just last night and we talked for a while about a column he was working on so this is very stunning to me. The thing I liked about David was that you could argue a counterpoint to his thoughts and while he might argue his point vociferously he had an open mind to understand your position. Even if he still disagreed, he would respectfully concede the validity of your position. I’ve lost a friend and colleague, the sport lost a prescient voice but, worst of all, the Poole family lost a vital member.”
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  • 'Earl' Appearance Fuels Waltrip's Appetite For Acting

    04/28/2009
    By Reid SpencerSporting News NASCAR Wire Service (April 28, 2009) If anyone in Sprint Cup garage has a love affair with the camera, it’s owner/driver Michael Waltrip. For years, NASCAR’s most accomplished pitchman has livened up TV commercials for his sponsors—NAPA Auto Parts, Aaron’s and Best Western, to name a few. On Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, NASCAR fans will have a chance to see Waltrip in a new setting—in a substantial role on NBC’s “My Name Is Earl.” The episode, “Inside Probe,” also features Geraldo Rivera, who arrives to investigate the disappearance of the owner of the Crab Shack, a recurring location for the show’s action. The sitcom stars Jason Lee as Earl Hickey, who’s doing his best to make amends for a misspent life. “When I do those commercials, I like to think I’m acting,” Waltrip said in an interview on the set during filming. “This is the next step. I’m on a TV show. Geraldo Rivera’s sitting right there asking me questions, Jason Lee and everybody on the show. It’s a real honor for me to be on the show and step out of my world somewhat.  “I think this is the first real TV show I’ve ever done. I’ve done a few spots, cameos on different things, Comedy Channel stuff, but this is real. ‘Earl’ is an instant classic, and I promise you that the demographics for an ‘Earl’ fan and a NASCAR fan—and racecar drivers, too, as far as that goes—lay over top of each other perfectly.  “I know that there’s a lot of people in Hollywood, that when they see me standing there in my NAPA suit, they’re going to think, ‘What’s that got to do with anything?’ But whoever turns on Earl and sees my big butt standing there, they’re going to get it. They’re going to understand exactly what I’m doing there—I’m over checking out Earl.” Waltrip got the opportunity to appear as a guest star on the show when Gillian Zucker, president of Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., introduced him to Greg Garcia, the show’s creator and executive producer. Coincidentally, Garcia had a script that would work with Waltrip’s appearance (he provides an alibi for Earl and his brother Randy), and Waltrip had a rare week off in the Cup schedule when the episode was filmed March 13. Despite his affinity for the camera, Waltrip confessed to a few butterflies during his work on the show. “They do this every day, and here I stumble in as a racecar driver, acting like I know what I’m doing,” he said. “I get nervous, because if I have to do it over or don’t say my words correctly, and when they say, ‘No, we need to do this, or we need to do that,’ it makes me think that I’m holding the show up, that I wasn’t as prepared as I needed to be.  “It’s still intimidating, even if you study the lines like I did and know the lines, it’s just hard to say when they say, ‘Ok, roll!’ ” Lee was impressed with Waltrip’s uninhibited approach. “It turns out he’s a big fan of the show, and he wanted to come out and play,” Lee said. “I had just met him, before we took turns lighting our farts on fire for a picture that’s going to be used in the episode.  “If that’s not leaving it all at the door and being willing to play, I don’t know what is.”
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  • Redesigned TMS Website Attracting Fans From 122 Countries And Territories, All 50 States

    04/28/2009
    FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway is known as “The Great American Speedway!” for its broad appeal across the United States, but its website www.texasmotorspeedway.com attests to its worldwide allure as well.
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  • TMS Sells Out Initial 'Burnout Alley' Inventory; Project To Expand For June IndyCar Race Week

    04/27/2009
    FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway has sold out its current inventory of Burnout Alley RV sites and will expand the project to meet additional demand heading into the Bombardier Learjet 550k IndyCar Series race week set for June 4-7.
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  • Fisher To Compete In Bombardier Learjet 550k At TMS

    04/27/2009
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 26, 2009) - Dollar General announced today their sponsorship expansion of IndyCar Series driver and team owner Sarah Fisher of Sarah Fisher Racing, LLC (SFR) in 2009. The discount retailer will sponsor Fisher at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS), in addition to their sponsorship of Fisher at Kansas, Indianapolis, Kentucky and Chicago.
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  • Keselowski Gets First Win In Wild Talladega Finish

    04/26/2009
    By Reid SpencerSporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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  • Duno Returns To Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

    04/24/2009
    Milka Duno will return to run a limited schedule with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing beginning April 26 with the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway.
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  • The 50 Club

    04/23/2009
    By Bill MarxSporting News Wire Service
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  • Who's On Track: Breaking Down The Top 12 After Phoenix

    04/22/2009
    By Bill MarxSporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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  • Camping Spots For Dickies 500 Weekend Go On Sale Wednesday

    04/21/2009
    Camping spots for November’s Dickies 500 NASCAR triple-header weekend scheduled for Nov. 5-8 go on sale beginning 9 a.m. Wednesday. Fans can purchase reserved RV and tent camping spots in either the Lone Star Circle or Victory Circle Reserved Camping areas.
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  • Texas Motor Speedway Announces Five-Year Extension With KRLD-FM As Official Radio Partner

    04/21/2009
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 20, 2009) – KRLD-FM 105.3 “The Fan” has signed a five-year extension as the official radio partner of Texas Motor Speedway, speedway president Eddie Gossage announced today.
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  • Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter Initiates New Founders Grant Program

    04/21/2009
    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 20, 2009) – Speedway Children’s Charities of Texas Motor Speedway will continue being recognized as the leading Dallas/Fort Worth children’s charities organization with the new Founders Grant program that will award four non-profit organizations with grants ranging from $125,000 to $150,000.
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  • Franchitti Wins Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach

    04/20/2009
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sunday, April 19, 2009) – Dario Franchitti drove a strong race and benefitted from two well-timed pit stops to win the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The victory was the ninth of Franchitti’s career and the 25th for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
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  • Graybeard Martin Surges To Phoenix Victory

    04/20/2009
    By Reid SpencerSporting News NASCAR Wire ServiceAVONDALE, Ariz. -- Not bad, old man.The 36th victory of Mark Martin's career was perhaps his most fulfilling.The 50-year-old polesitter streaked away from Tony Stewart after a restart with six laps remaining to win Saturday night's Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway.Martin became the oldest driver to win in the series since Morgan Shepherd won at age 51 on March 20, 1993 at Atlanta. Martin's victory was his first since Oct. 9, 2005 at Kansas Speedway and his first since joining Hendrick Motorsports to start the 2009 season.Stewart ran second followed by Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle. Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., David Reutimann, Sam Hornish Jr. and Carl Edwards completed the top 10, as a late caution for an accident involving Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Casey Mears scrambled the finishing order."The thought went through my mind -- 1989 with Jack Roush (Martin's former car owner) -- when I got my first win at Rockingham, I said, 'My life is fulfilled,'" Martin said in victory lane. "I thought about saying that again tonight, but I'll stop short of that. "But it means that much. It means just as much as getting that first one to me. We made a couple of early adjustments, but after that we never made adjustments. There were cars better than us in the middle of the race, but it came to us. At the end, nobody could run with us."Martin took the lead from Earnhardt with a pass off Turn 2 on Lap 256 of 312 at the 1-mile flat track. He increased his advantage over Stewart to more than four seconds before Earnhardt and Mears tangled in Turn 4 on Lap 301.Stewart's teammate, Ryan Newman, stayed out on old tires and took the green flag in the lead on Lap 307 but quickly faded. Martin was back in front before the cars got back to the start/finish line and began to pull away. He was .734 seconds ahead of Stewart at the finish.The race left Stewart still seeking his first victory as an owner/driver at Stewart-Haas Racing, but the runner-up was encouraged by his progress."We're so close," Stewart said. "We're going to win one of these soon. (But) I'm glad to see Mark get this win. He deserved it. He had the fastest car."Series points leader Jeff Gordon took advantage of a pair of opportune cautions to avert disaster -- temporarily -- midway through the race. On Lap 149, contact between Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet and Denny Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota bent the left front fender of Gordon's car, causing it to rub against the tire.
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  • Top 5 And 5 To Watch: Phoenix

    04/16/2009
    By Bill MarxSporting News NASCAR Wire Service Here’s a look at the top five in points and five drivers to watch in Saturday night’s Subway Fresh Fit 500. All statistical references are for Sprint Cup races at Phoenix International Speedway unless otherwise indicated. Driver rating is based on the past eight races at the track. 1. Jeff Gordon, 100.3 driver rating. Gordon hasn’t finished worse than sixth since his 13th-place finish at Daytona, and his record at Phoenix is outstanding: 15 top 10s in 20 races. Despite all the top finishes, though, Gordon has only one win at PIR. 2. Jimmie Johnson, 122.0. If Gordon is outstanding at PIR, Johnson is out of sight. He has won the past three races at the track and has never finished worse than 15th in 11 races. He has nine top 10s and a 5.5 average finish. 3. Kurt Busch, 99.2. Busch has six top 10s in 12 starts. His lone win came four years ago in his last start at Phoenix for Jack Roush. He finished second last fall, leading 60 laps, the first laps he has led since his win in April 2005. 4. Clint Bowyer, 83.5. Bowyer finished second last year for his second top five in seven starts. He couldn’t duplicate the effort in the Chase race, though, finishing 12th. He doesn’t qualify well at the track—19.6 average start—but if you look at Bowyer’s career as a whole, you won’t see standout qualifying at any track. He has started in the top 10 in only 28 of 116 races. 5. Tony Stewart, 98.9. In 1999, Stewart won his first race at PIR—and that has been it. He hangs around the top 10, though, with eight top 10s in 14 races and an average finish of 10.6. 5 to watch 7. Kyle Busch, 90.4. Busch has four straight top 10s at PIR, and his second Cup victory came at Phoenix in 2005, his rookie season. Busch’s 238 quality passes (passing a car running in the top 15 while under a green flag) are the most at the track in the past four years. 8. Carl Edwards, 103.3. Edwards finished fourth in both races last year but didn’t lead a lap in either. He has six top 10s in nine races but has led laps only once, November 2007, when he started from the pole but lost an engine after leading 87 of the first 125 laps. 13. Juan Pablo Montoya, 67.2. Montoya is 16 points behind 12th-place Jeff Burton, and Burton has a better history at Phoenix than Montoya. Burton has two wins and hasn’t finished outside the top 15 since 1996. In four races, Montoya only can boast three finishes in the top 20.  14. Kevin Harvick, 105.4. Harvick’s driver rating is second to Johnson’s. Harvick has two wins—he swept 2006—and six top 10s in 12 races. Phoenix is a good track for Harvick to make a push to return to the top 12. He dropped out after Texas after four straight races in the top 12. 16. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 92.1. Earnhardt’s push up the standings stalled at Texas with his 20th-place finish, but Phoenix is a good track for Junior to start climbing again. He has two wins in 13 starts and seven top 10s, including in both races last year.
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  • Richard Childress Racing's Jeff Burton Knows Team Has Ground To Make Up

    04/16/2009
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  • Foreigner Re-Enters The Billboard Top 200

    04/16/2009
    "No End In Sight," Foreigner's 32-track double CD, re-entered the Billboard Chart this week at No. 159. The album features 16 of Foreigner's top-30 hits and perennial favorites from the band's deep catalog. The package also includes "Too Late" - the band's latest single - together with live tracks highlighting vocalist Kelly Hansen's inspiring performance.
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  • Tickets For November's Dickies 500 NASCAR Triple-Header Weekend On Sale Beginning Today

    04/15/2009
    FORT WORTH, Texas – Tickets for the Dickies 500 NASCAR triple-header weekend set for November 5-8 at Texas Motor Speedway are on sale today with the Sprint Cup Series event featuring a new “Frontstretch 4-Pack” to complement the “Backstretch Buster” value packages.
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  • Foreigner Donates Nearly $20,000 to SCC-Texas

    04/14/2009
    FORT WORTH, Texas – Legendary rock band Foreigner teamed up with Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter to donate half of the sales from its CD, “No End In Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner” sold leading up to the start of the Samsung 500 on Sunday, April 5. SCC volunteers sold 1,394 CDs at $20 each, making the contribution $13,940. In addition, Foreigner's autographed electric guitar donated for the SCC-Texas Live Memorabilia Auction sold for $6,000, bringing the total amount of funds raised to nearly $20,000.
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