1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Won Three Daytona 500s, Twice At Indy

dale-jarrettDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2014) – Success often comes for those who wait.

That certainly can be said of Dale Jarrett, who didn’t reach the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series until age 30 and waited another four years for his first victory.

The second generation star, who’ll be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Jan. 29, is among the sport’s ultimate late bloomers, winning the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship at age 42 after 388 career starts. Only NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bobby Allison was older upon winning his first championship in 1983.Read More →

TV Times, by Lou ModestinoOn Sunday the talking heads in the Fox anchor booth raved that this year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 had the biggest crowd in a long time. No doubt sports car fans turned out because this race was the first time the now defunct Grand Am and American Petit LeMans Series’ was combined.

As the cameras panned the track, we could see many campers in the infield. The front stretch grandstands didn’t hold many of them until the last hour of the twice-around-the-clock race.Read More →

Known As ‘Chief,’ Petty Crafted Winners From Engines of Humble Origin

maurice-pettyDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2014) – Maurice “Chief” Petty has been proclaimed as the “silent” figure at Petty Enterprises.

Yet his value as the team’s engine builder cannot be overstated. Petty, a self-taught mechanical magician, squeezed horsepower – and longevity – out of engines designed not for high-speed competition but daily use on America’s highways.

His creations supplied the horsepower that propelled his older brother Richard Petty to a majority of his record 200 NASCAR premier series victories, plus his seven NASCAR premier series championships and seven Daytona 500 victories.Read More →

2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 Hours DaytonaIn what could called be a rather tame Rolex 24 at Daytona win, Joao Barbosa drove his Action Express Corvette DP to the win powered by an Earnhardt Childress engine.

Barbosa and the 5 team led most of the later stages of the race and were never seriously challenged, even during a late caution with about 20 minutes to go.

Chip Ganassi was looking for another win to get Scott Pruett his record 6th win, but the team had engine woes and the Ganassi cars dropped out in the waning hours of the race. Ford Roush-Yates engines powered Ganassi.Read More →

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.Read More →

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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:Read More →

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?Read More →