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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | February 12, 1991
Ricky Rudd is a soft-spoken race car driver. Despite the rugged business he is in, gentle is a word commonly used to describe Rudd's friendly, boyish disposition, his easy smile, his friendly hello.But four months ago, he came down pit road at Atlanta International Raceway for a pit stop and the boy in him was lost forever.The brakes on his car locked, spinning the 3,500-pound Chevrolet 180 degrees. The car slammed into the right side of Bill Elliott's race car, crushing one of Elliott's crewmen, who was changing a rear tire.
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By Richard Gorelick, Chris Waldmann and Melissa Wilson | March 3, 2014
Well, so long Team Kentucky. It just wasn't meant to be, we reckon.  The stitched-together team of Mark and Mallory had a lot going against them anyway - they lacked in strength and stamina - but they just plain never adjusted to each other's mindset.  Their differing views on what to do about Mark's knapsack - she wanted to retrieve after they'd made it to the Pit Stop; he wanted his bag back now - was painful to see. Watching the show with...
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | September 21, 1992
DOVER, Del. -- When a crew chief asks his driver during a race what he wants on a pit stop, the driver almost always wants four tires, a tank of gas and a drink. So, when things got tight in the Peak Antifreeze 500 yesterday, Ricky Rudd's crew chief, Gary DeHart, didn't ask."I knew they were talking about what to do on our last stop," Rudd said. "I could hear them [on the radio], but I didn't know it was gas and go until I was on pit road for the stop."The result was that Rudd drove his Tide/Exxon Chevy intovictory lane for the first time in 17 months, beating Bill Elliott by .41 of a second.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2013
The controversy surrounding Sunday's pit road collision at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma between race leader Scott Dixon's car and a tire being carried by one of Will Power's crew members followed the IZOD IndyCar Series across the country from California to Maryland. But with a rule change announced Friday, the controversy will likely not resurface in Baltimore on Sunday or, officials and drivers hope, any time soon. In the case of the Grand Prix of Baltimore - and for the other three races remaining in the open-wheel season - pit box lines will be clearly drawn.
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By George Diaz and George Diaz,ORLANDO SENTINEL | March 22, 2004
DARLINGTON, S.C. - After more than three hours and 289 laps of hard racing, yesterday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race became a perfunctory four-lap spin for Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte. Advantage, Johnson. Johnson, who just sneaked by Labonte to snatch the lead after the final pit stop, maintained his advantage after a final caution to win the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, marking his first victory at Darlington Raceway. "If it could have gone without a caution at the end, we were right on," Labonte said.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | June 2, 2003
DOVER, Del. - Tony Stewart wedged his racecar into his pit box behind Jeff Gordon's Chevrolet and fumed as a NASCAR official blocked his exit. Stewart's right front tire was judged to be over the pit-box line, and in the world of Winston Cup racing, that's against the law. Stewart, whose No. 20 Chevrolet was the car to beat, lost a lap. Instead of emerging first, where he had been when he entered the pits on Lap 140, he left in 32nd position and a...
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By Sandra McKee | May 7, 2000
RICHMOND, Va. -- The answer to the biggest question of the night was waiting at the end of the night was waiting at the end of the Pontiac Excitement 400. Would the Winston Cup series have its 11th different winner of the season? With 10 different winners in the first 10 races, the series already had a record. Could it be lengthened? Ten previously victorious men hoped not, and through the evening, as a crowd of 97,000 enjoyed a warm and hazy night, it seemed nearly all of them took a shot at stopping it. And the rookie among them did. Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the first two-time winner of the Winston Cup season and moved within one victory of the modern era rookie record of three set last season by Tony Stewart.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Contributing Writer | July 9, 1993
Folks hanging out around Cranberry Mall this afternoon may wonder if they've fallen into a time warp, as 95 antique motor cars roll into the parking lot for a brief pit stop.What they will be seeing are competitors in the 11th annual Interstate Batteries Great American Race.It's billed as the world's richest classic antique automobile race, with a purse of $250,000 in cash and prizes for the winners.The 4,250-mile race, which began June 27 in Huntington Beach, Calif., features cars from 1905 to 1941 worth a total of more than $5 million.
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By Richard Gorelick, Chris Waldmann and Melissa Wilson | March 3, 2014
Well, so long Team Kentucky. It just wasn't meant to be, we reckon.  The stitched-together team of Mark and Mallory had a lot going against them anyway - they lacked in strength and stamina - but they just plain never adjusted to each other's mindset.  Their differing views on what to do about Mark's knapsack - she wanted to retrieve after they'd made it to the Pit Stop; he wanted his bag back now - was painful to see. Watching the show with...
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 8, 1999
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Find Mark Martin a college position as philosopher. Judging by his reaction to yesterday's victory in the Bud Shootout, the all-star race for last season's pole-position winners, he would be as comfortable there as he is in his race car."I haven't lost any sleep over not winning at Daytona before," Martin said. "I believe if you do the work and give your very best effort that you need to accept the results, whatever they are. I try to keep the focus on the effort."In his 16-year major-league career, Martin was winless on this 2.5-mile tri-oval.
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By Marty O'Brien, Tribune Newspapers | September 9, 2012
Georgetown University guard Fred Brown absent-mindedly threw a pass to North Carolina's James Worthy in the NCAA men's basketball championship game 30 years ago and handed the Tar Heels a championship. Hoyas' coach John Thompson never wavered in his faith in Brown and two years later the story ended in a national championship bear hug. Whether driver Kyle Busch and crew chief Dave Rogers share a Sprint Cup Series championship bro-hug remains to be seen. They won't get a chance this season, in large part because Rogers' call that Busch not pit during a rain caution at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday began a slide that ended in Busch not making the Chase.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2011
COOK'S BEACH, N.J. — The small bird sitting along this sandy spit of land is starving and dinner offerings are slim. Having flown 5,000 miles from South America and with 5,000 to go to its Arctic breeding ground, the red knot needs to fatten up along Delaware Bay or die. For tens of thousands of birds over the last decade, death has been inevitable. The red knot population, scientists believe, may be down to its last 25,000. Two weeks ago, bird experts and environmentalists called on the federal government to accelerate the review process for placing the red knot on the endangered species list.
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By Gary A. Warner and Gary A. Warner,The Orange County Register | June 8, 2008
When Americans hit the road, it's usually for "sun and fun" or "bright lights, big city." But in the years after Sept. 11, Americans have also hungered for a slice of security and normalcy. A chance to get off the beaten path, away from it all to someplace quieter, older, less hectic. In my recent travels, I've run across several gems that fit into what I've dubbed "the call of the small" -- the allure of towns that are rarely destinations themselves, just a beautiful spot on the way from someplace to someplace else.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,Special to the Sun | December 14, 2006
The highlight of our meal at The Pit Stop recently was getting dessert from the owner's daughter, an elementary-school-age charmer who pretended to take our order and then dispensed ice cream sandwiches to our children, taking a third one for herself. Chris Correll, who purchased the restaurant with partners Bryan Montz and Joe Bowie, converted the space last summer from the white-tablecloth Italian restaurant Avanti to a distinctly casual bar and grill with a race-car theme. Correll, a Jessup resident, believes his new format will bring in more people who just want to eat out without indulging in a big fancy meal.
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By ROB KASPER | July 26, 2006
Pit beef, top round grilled over charcoal, thinly sliced and served on a kaiser roll often with horseradish, is part of the summer Maryland landscape. It is our indigenous barbecue, a dish rarely found outside the state. Figuring that you should never be too far away from a good sandwich, I made a pit-beef tour of the Baltimore area. I wanted to chart a mental map, so that whatever direction I headed I would have a quick path to a juicy two-fisted meal. I passed by the stands run by Boog Powell at Camden Yards and Andy Nelson's Barbecue on York Road in Cockeysville.
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By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTER | June 2, 2006
To the travelers on their way to and from Pasadena's beach resorts in the 1920s and thereafter, Lipin's Corner was like an oasis. The store, located at the intersection of Mountain Road and what is now Long Hill Road, sold soft shell crab sandwiches, cola, gasoline and supplies to those traveling just off the main road. The store left such an imprint that decades after it closed in 1944, folks still call the intersection Lipin's Corner. Yesterday, County Executive Janet S. Owens put a marker at the intersection and honored the Lipin family.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | October 5, 1992
NAZARETH, Pa. -- By the time Michael Andretti reached the post-race news conference, he was subdued. He sat morosely, staring into space.It was quite a contrast from the Michael Andretti who had emerged from his race car minutes early. That Andretti was furious as he railed at his team.He had been close to perfect on the racetrack, avoiding danger and picking the perfect lines around the one-mile tri-oval. But on this cool autumn afternoon, with 35,000 fans packing Pennsylvania International Raceway, perfect on the race track wasn't good enough.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2005
RICHMOND, Va. - Secondyear Nextel Cup driver Kasey Kahne, 25, told a television audience during the pre-race show for NASCAR's Chevy American Revolution 400 at Richmond International Raceway that the thing that makes him most nervous is a first date. Kahne, who produced his first career Cup victory last night a 1.674-second win over Tony Stewart - might want to rethink that. Five times during his Cup rookie season, he finished second, unable to maneuver his No. 9 Ray Evernham Dodge to victory lane.
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By George Diaz and George Diaz,ORLANDO SENTINEL | March 22, 2004
DARLINGTON, S.C. - After more than three hours and 289 laps of hard racing, yesterday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race became a perfunctory four-lap spin for Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte. Advantage, Johnson. Johnson, who just sneaked by Labonte to snatch the lead after the final pit stop, maintained his advantage after a final caution to win the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, marking his first victory at Darlington Raceway. "If it could have gone without a caution at the end, we were right on," Labonte said.
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