February 25, 2013
Look at other rules Jim Peltz Los Angeles Times No race is 100 percent safe for fans, hence the legal fine print on the back of their tickets. But there also is no reason NASCAR cannot revisit its guidelines for restrictor-plate racing at Daytona and Talladega. Don't discard it — the crash that ushered in this type of racing, Bobby Allison's at Talladega in 1987, showed speeds needed to be capped. But there might be other rules or car adjustments that could reduce the risk.
August 12, 2011
Rules keep it clean Dave Fairbank Newport News Daily Press It probably lies somewhere between a Latter-day Saints church retreat and world-class cycling. Two guys pinched for selling weed, out of hundreds of pit jockeys and wrench-turners, isn't exactly cause for alarm. That said, in just about any population sample from the planet's wealthiest and most pharmacologically dependent society, there's going to be a notable number of recreational users.
January 26, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fox Sports Chairman David Hill isn't shy with words or opinions. He has offered both in bunches during the NASCAR media tour, sharing his perspective on what it will take to get NASCAR out of its doldrums. A few things come to mind: Ditch the homogenized Car of Tomorrow, make the focus on drivers and shorten race times. "The Car of Tomorrow became the biggest red herring in the history of this sport," Hill said. "It took the emphasis away from the heroes.
February 22, 2011
It's too soon to tell George Diaz Orlando Sentinel It's awfully tempting to jump on the Trevor Bayne bandwagon — restrictor plates in place, of course — and celebrate a new era in stock car racing. And that would be truly preposterous. You want to root for the kid and his team, the iconic Wood Brothers. It's easy to see why many media members broke protocol and cheered as Bayne's Ford crossed the finish line Sunday. But the morning-after reality is this: Bayne isn't even scheduled to run a full Sprint Cup season (although that could change)
August 11, 2010
Cosmetic surgery George Diaz Orlando Sentinel Give NASCAR kudos for constantly tweaking things here and there in hopes of improving the product. But this news is relatively uninspiring, like moving furniture around. Kentucky gets its first Sprint Cup date. A second race comes to Kansas. The Phoenix race is moving from April to February, a week after the Daytona 500. The biggest change? NASCAR will open the 2011 Chase for the Cup championship at Chicagoland Speedway.
January 28, 1997
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick disclosed yesterday that he has a rare and life-threatening form of leukemia.Hendrick, 47, discovered he had the disease Nov. 18 -- two weeks before a 15-count federal indictment accused him of building a $2.2 billion car-dealing empire by bribing American Honda executives. He has pleaded not guilty.Hendrick, whose cars have won the past two NASCAR Winston Cup championships and 60 races since 1984, suffers from chronic myelogenous leukemia, a form of bone-marrow cancer.