‘Iron Man’ Jack Ingram’s Career Spanned Multiple Racing Eras

jack-ingramDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2014) – When three-time NASCAR Late Model Sportsman national champion Jack Ingram was told the here, there and everywhere competition would transition into a more compact tour of 29 races in 1982, the Asheville, N.C., driver figuratively licked his chops in anticipation.

Later nicknamed “The Iron Man,” Ingram had run 86 races throughout the southeast – sometimes three and four times a week in as many different states – when he won the 1972 NASCAR Late Model Sportsman national title.

When they made it to where you only had to go to 30 race tracks, it was like a vacation for us,” said Ingram of the then NASCAR Busch Series, now the NASCAR Nationwide Series. “I really liked the idea … it worked out well for me.”

Yes it did.

Big Changes Coming to NASCAR Qualifying

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While changes to the point system are coming and have not yet been solidified, NASCAR made it clear that changes are indeed coming to the top 3 series: Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Truck Series.

What you will see starting after Daytona (Daytona and Eldora are the only 2 tracks where no changes will be made) looks like this:

Proposed NASCAR Chase Changes Are For The Birds!

BirdIn its usual fashion, NASCAR floated out some possible changes to the point system to get some reaction before it announces the final changes to be made in less than 2 weeks.

This hare-brained idea is to increase the number of teams in the Chase to 16 with the bottom four drivers eliminated in races three, six and nine with a winner take all final race.

Really?

Mercury’s Undervalued Cougar

67 Cougar Sold 20kI have a confession to make. I don’t pay much attention to the multi-million dollar collector cars on the auction block. They prance across the stage looking really hot and endlessly tease you with something you know you can’t afford. Insert Britney Spears joke here.

However, I do have a raging passion for under-appreciated cars that average, everyday people can actually buy. Cars like the 1968 Impala small block, the A-code 289 Mustangs, or the early 302-powered Mavericks are not garage queens. They will never see the inside of a museum. They will spend their days doing what real cars are supposed to do… driving.

One of the best “average guy” muscle car buys on the market today is the shockingly affordable first generation Mercury Cougar. The Cougar has everything. It’s a great looking sports car that’s an authentic member of the Muscle/Pony car club. It was offered as either a big block behemoth or a small-block street hustler.

Dakar Report: Duclos wins eight years after, a record for Perterhansel

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The 6th stage of the Dakar, marked by the announcement of the death of Belgian biker Eric Palante, was won in the bike category by Alain Duclos, eight years after his first victory in Bamako.

Stéphane Peterhansel won his 63rd special on the Dakar and gained to within a little more than half an hour of Roma, moving into third in the general standings in the process. In the truck race, still dominated by Gerard De Rooy, Peter Versluis recorded the day’ best time.

2014 Dakar Rally Stage 4 with Robby Gordon: San Juan to Chilecito

DAKAR 2014: ARGENTINA-BOLIVIA-CHILEChilecito, Argentina (January 8, 2014) – After one of the longest stages of the 2014 Dakar Rally, SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires driver Robby Gordon finished the fourth Stage with a solid fourteenth-place for the HST Gordini.

Competitors started the Stage on a 211-kilometer liaison, which led to a grueling 657-kilometer Special through the mountains and countryside of Argentina. To the benefit of competitors a neutral zone was designated in the middle portion of the Stage for cars to be serviced before finishing the final kilometers. Sitting in a comfortable sixth place just 9 minutes and 32 seconds back entering the neutral zone, Gordon and co-driver Kellon Walch knew they would need to finish the special without any problems to have a shot at capturing the team’s first top-five of 2014.