Short Track Racing

During the week end of March 24 and 25, 2018 Martinsville Virginia Speedway hosted the NASCAR truck an cup series. Unfortunately, the Martinsville area was hit with a snow storm and both series had to be run on Monday March 26th. It was the first short track race of the year and many comments were made during the TV broadcast about short track racing. In the TV commentators booth Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon commented many times about their past short track experience and how that helped their respective careers.…

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Martinsville Clocks and Hot Dogs

The Martinsville Virginia Speedway has been on the NASCAR schedule since NASCAR’s early days. One of the speedway’s oldest traditions has been to award the race winner a grandfather clock since 1964. Another tradition that pre-dates the grandfather clock is the famous Martinsville Jesse Jones famous hot dog. Track founder Henry Clay Earles began awarding a Ridgeway grandfather clock, to the winner, when they were manufactured three miles down the road from the speedway. The tradition continues to today and is one of the more coveted trophies among NASCAR race…

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HOW I OBTAINED TICKETS FOR THE 1996 DAYTONA 500

I received a phone call from a friend asking if I knew anyone who wanted to sell race tickets to the 1996 Daytona 500. He knew that I had attended the “Firecracker 400” held in July at Daytona since 1985 and he thought I might know someone who had tickets for the Daytona 500. It seems the person that he and another friend sat with in previous Daytona 500’s had failed to renew their tickets. Back then the race was pretty much sold out and tickets were not easy to…

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My 1st Daytona 500 – 1996 Edition

The 60th Running of the Daytona 500 will be run this Sunday, February 18, 2018. I remember attending my first Daytona 500 in person in February 1996, which also happened to fall on February 18. It all started with a phone call from a friend, who was looking for tickets to the 1996 Daytona 500. He knew I had attended “The Firecracker 400” in July at Daytona since 1985 and wondered if I knew anyone who had tickets for sale for him and a friend. I told him I would start looking.…

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Frustrating End Of The 2017 Season For Ron Capps

Leaving Gateway a little over a month ago, Ron Capps was feeling like he was on his way to the 2017 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship. Capps, just defeated Jonnie Lindberg for his series leading eighth “wally” of the season, as he held a commanding lead in the points. But, everything fell apart since. The next race in Dallas, Capps fell to his main rival for the season championship Robert Hight in the finals. Then, at Las Vegas, Capps had a mechanical malfunction and fell to…

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Bo Butner Earns 1st Career Pro Stock Championship Sunday In Pomona

In two of the top three Nitro divisions of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series circuit, we saw first time champions. Brittany Force (Top Fuel) and now Bo Butner (Pro Stock) were crowned the 2017 champions in their respective divisions on Sunday afternoon in Pomona. As far as Butner goes, he entered this season with as many wins in NHRA as me and you. So, how does a driver with zero career wins entering the season end up crowned the champion in the season finale?

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Banner Day/Year For John Force Racing, Brittany Force Takes Home Top Fuel Crown, Robert Hight Funny Car Champ

What a year it was for the entire John Force Racing organization. On Sunday in Pomona, they took home the hardware in two divisions of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series. First off, John Force’s daughter Brittany Force secured her first career championship in the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Force, watched as Steve Torrence was defeated by Antron Brown in the second round of Sunday’s action. That race was the one preceding Force’s matchup with Richie Crampton. When she saw Torrence get eliminated, she knew then that all she…

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Force, Hight, Line Wins AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals

It was a great day for John Force Racing on Sunday. In both Top Fuel as well as Funny Car competition, their drivers reached victory lane in cutting their points deficits as well. In Top Fuel, Brittany Force earned her third win of the 2017 season in her Monster Energy dragster as she topped seventh seeded Shawn Langdon in the final round in the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals. Force, was the fifth qualifier this weekend but knocked out fourth qualifier Doug Kalitta in the second round and top qualifier…

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Funny Car Championship Likely Between Ron Capps vs. Robert Hight

There’s now just three races left in the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series season. The teams head to Texas this weekend, Vegas in two weeks and Pomona in a month. That’s all that’s left in 2017 for the series. With that being said, the Funny Car championship is likely down to a battle between just two drivers now, Ron Capps vs. Robert Hight. Capps, currently leads Hight by just 46 points heading into this weekend’s event, as making up points on these two will be tough to come by…

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Top Fuel Championship Coming Down To 3 Horse Race, Likely Torrence’s To Lose

As the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series heads to Texas, one thing is starting to get clearer, the Top Fuel championship race is down to a three driver battle. In my opinion, Steve Torrence, Doug Kalitta and Brittany Force are going to be the favorites to duke it out of the final three rounds. Currently, Torrence leads Kalitta by 42 points and Force by 83. While Antron Brown (-94), Clay Millican (-141), Tony Schumacher (-142) and Leah Pritchett (-152) are all more than capable of making a final push…

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