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March 29, 1992
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Terry Labonte outran Ted Musgrave to lead second-round qualifying yesterday for the TranSouth 500 NASCAR stock car race.Labonte, a former Winston Cup champion, improved from Friday's lap of 159.611 mph to 161.567, just a bit quicker than the 161.381 by Musgrave.Labonte's second-round lap would have been good enough for eighth if he had turned it Friday.Musgrave, who finished second to Bobby Hamilton in the 1991 Rookie of the Year battle, improved from 159.797 in the opening round.
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By Marissa Laliberte and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
NASCAR driver Justin Boston watched his first stock car race in Dover, Del., and he'll be returning there Saturday - this time, behind the wheel. Boston, of Sparks, made his Nationwide Series debut in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 last Saturday in Sparta, Ky., finishing ninth out of 40 drivers, but his second race in the top-tier minor league series will be at a location closer to his heart. "It will be really cool to run there for the first time after watching there [while] growing up," Boston said this week.
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June 1, 2012
It's good to see your newspaper is finally devoting part of the sports section full time to covering auto racing. But while there was coverage of the Indy 500 and stock cars, where was the coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix? If I just read your paper, I would never know that Mark Weber won the big race, becoming the sixth winner in the first six Formula One races this year. I mean, it's nice to know what the minor leaguers are doing, but no mention of the big leagues at all? Come on!
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June 1, 2012
It's good to see your newspaper is finally devoting part of the sports section full time to covering auto racing. But while there was coverage of the Indy 500 and stock cars, where was the coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix? If I just read your paper, I would never know that Mark Weber won the big race, becoming the sixth winner in the first six Formula One races this year. I mean, it's nice to know what the minor leaguers are doing, but no mention of the big leagues at all? Come on!
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | August 6, 1994
INDIANAPOLIS -- While other teams were hustling to prepare their race cars for the final chance at qualifying for the inaugural Brickyard 400 Winston Cup stock car race, the garage containing Car No. 0 was silent.Three men sat dejectedly on the work bench at the rear of the gloomy interior."We blew our last engine," said crewman Frank Wilson."It was our only engine," lamented John Crews, the 27-year-old machinist, who described himself as the "head go-fer.""We're heartbroken," said Dennis Barrow, the team's body and paint man.There would be no last ditch effort to qualify for car No. 0 and its driver/owner, Delma Cowart, and his crew of 20 volunteers.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | August 5, 1994
INDIANAPOLIS -- Rick Mast turned his hat sideways, allowed his tongue to loll out of his mouth and then in a voice reminiscent of Gomer Pyle allowed, "I'm just an old Southern race car driver."The sophisticated Indianapolis Motor Speedway had never seen anything like this. The Good Old Boys revved their engines and stormed into the record books yesterday, with Mast, a rural Virginia farm boy, leading the charge.Mast set the sixth track record of the day for stock cars, and it stood up, as his Ford roared around this 2.5-mile super speedway at 172.414 mph to earn the No. 1 starting position for tomorrow's inaugural Brickyard 400.He was the 14th man on the track and he beat six-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt for the No. 1 starting position by .688 mph.Both Earnhardt and Mast "about cried" yesterday morning when they pulled the 13th and 14th qualifying positions.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | June 5, 1995
DOVER, Del. -- If anyone needed a victory in the Miller Genuine Draft 500 yesterday, Kyle Petty and his crew chief Barry Dodson did.It had been two years since Petty had won a race. The lack of success had been especially hard on Dodson, who wanted a victory in memory of his two children, who were killed in a car accident nearly seven months ago.And so, with a record crowd of 101,000 packed into Dover International Speedway, Petty and his Grand Prix dominated the race.Petty led 271 laps and beat Bobby Labonte's Monte Carlo to the finish line by .22 of a second.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | May 30, 1994
INDIANAPOLIS -- Nigel Mansell, the defending IndyCar champion and former Formula One champ, left the Indianapolis 500 in shock yesterday."I can't believe I've been put out of the race under a yellow flag," he said.Mansell was driving down the entrance road toward pit lane when, suddenly, rookie Dennis Vitolo's car hit him, got airborne and landed on top of his car."The next thing I know, my car's moving half-backward with a car on top of me on fire," Mansell said. "So I've got a slight concussion.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | June 6, 1994
DOVER, Del. -- To survive, to make it to the finish line yesterday was just about all a driver could ask for in the Budweiser 500 Winston Cup stock car race.So to win was an added delight for Rusty Wallace, who is chasing Ernie Irvan and Dale Earnhardt for the Winston Cup championship.Wallace beat Irvan to the finish line in the accident-marred race by .34 of a second, while averaging 102.529 mph.Earnhardt finished 28th after a long day. He worked his way up to third, lost a lap because of bad tires, but made it up to get back in the top five, only to crash into the wall when a tire blew on lap 288. Earnhardt wound up running way off the pace to the finish.
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By Marissa Laliberte and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
NASCAR driver Justin Boston watched his first stock car race in Dover, Del., and he'll be returning there Saturday - this time, behind the wheel. Boston, of Sparks, made his Nationwide Series debut in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 last Saturday in Sparta, Ky., finishing ninth out of 40 drivers, but his second race in the top-tier minor league series will be at a location closer to his heart. "It will be really cool to run there for the first time after watching there [while] growing up," Boston said this week.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2005
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The sun has just gone down and the lights at Lowe's Motor Speedway have come up, showcasing more than 150 race cars crowded into the infield. Up in the stands, mixed in with family and fans, will be some of NASCAR's most successful car owners, all of them on the lookout for the next Jeff Gordon or Kurt Busch. On this night, they have come to watch dozens of children ages 8 to 14 roar around a 1/5-mile oval at 80 mph to more than 100 mph. And it doesn't matter that many of the kids can't even touch the pedals of a car on a showroom floor because the newest trend among Nextel Cup car owners is to stockpile talent - even if that means signing youngsters still in middle school.
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By Sandra McKee and By Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | December 21, 2000
If Shawna Robinson could have it her way, she'd strap Oprah into her race car and take her for a ride "at a decent speed so she could feel it." Then, she'd go on that famous woman's talk show and let her ask questions about a woman in major-league auto racing. "That's when you'd know you made it," said Robinson. "It's not a stupid talk show. She'd be asking me what had I gone through to get where I've always wanted to be. And she'd say, `Girl, what does it feel like when you're going over 170 mph?
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By Tom Patterson and Tom Patterson,COX NEWS SERVICE | August 6, 1999
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Since its advent in the years after World War II, stock car racing has enjoyed a wide following in the South, and North Carolina has been one of the hotbeds of this daredevil motor sport.In hopes of capitalizing on its mass appeal, the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art is presenting "Just Racin': Art on Wheels," a show of contemporary works inspired by stock car racing. Most of the works were created for this show, which runs through Aug. 27, and few of the 29 artists had demonstrated any particular interest in racing before they were invited to participate.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1998
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- June 19, 1949, came hot and dry to Charlotte, N.C. It was a good day for selling soda to a crowd. A good day to stage a stock car race, featuring the latest automobiles, strictly stock, mind you.That's what Bill France, the creator of NASCAR and Winston Cup racing, had written on the entry blank, that the 33 cars entered in this race must be recent models -- only 1947, 1948 and 1949 cars would do. And the only changes that could be...
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1997
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Judy and Alan Whetzel and their Baltimore friends are ensconced in a restaurant across from Daytona International Speedway playing 20 questions. They're doing fine until they're asked, "What do each of you like about auto racing?"The seven of them exchange glances. They have been to every race staged at Daytona International Speedway this week and they'll all be in the grandstands today for the Daytona 500. What is it they like?They are just a few of the Marylanders who make an annual trip to watch the Daytona 500 Winston Cup stock car race.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | June 5, 1995
DOVER, Del. -- If anyone needed a victory in the Miller Genuine Draft 500 yesterday, Kyle Petty and his crew chief Barry Dodson did.It had been two years since Petty had won a race. The lack of success had been especially hard on Dodson, who wanted a victory in memory of his two children, who were killed in a car accident nearly seven months ago.And so, with a record crowd of 101,000 packed into Dover International Speedway, Petty and his Grand Prix dominated the race.Petty led 271 laps and beat Bobby Labonte's Monte Carlo to the finish line by .22 of a second.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1998
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- June 19, 1949, came hot and dry to Charlotte, N.C. It was a good day for selling soda to a crowd. A good day to stage a stock car race, featuring the latest automobiles, strictly stock, mind you.That's what Bill France, the creator of NASCAR and Winston Cup racing, had written on the entry blank, that the 33 cars entered in this race must be recent models -- only 1947, 1948 and 1949 cars would do. And the only changes that could be...
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | August 4, 1994
Indianapolis--No one thought it would ever happen: A Winston Cup stock car race on the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But, on Saturday, The Brickyard 400 will see dream turned into reality."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | August 6, 1994
INDIANAPOLIS -- While other teams were hustling to prepare their race cars for the final chance at qualifying for the inaugural Brickyard 400 Winston Cup stock car race, the garage containing Car No. 0 was silent.Three men sat dejectedly on the work bench at the rear of the gloomy interior."We blew our last engine," said crewman Frank Wilson."It was our only engine," lamented John Crews, the 27-year-old machinist, who described himself as the "head go-fer.""We're heartbroken," said Dennis Barrow, the team's body and paint man.There would be no last ditch effort to qualify for car No. 0 and its driver/owner, Delma Cowart, and his crew of 20 volunteers.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | August 5, 1994
INDIANAPOLIS -- Rick Mast turned his hat sideways, allowed his tongue to loll out of his mouth and then in a voice reminiscent of Gomer Pyle allowed, "I'm just an old Southern race car driver."The sophisticated Indianapolis Motor Speedway had never seen anything like this. The Good Old Boys revved their engines and stormed into the record books yesterday, with Mast, a rural Virginia farm boy, leading the charge.Mast set the sixth track record of the day for stock cars, and it stood up, as his Ford roared around this 2.5-mile super speedway at 172.414 mph to earn the No. 1 starting position for tomorrow's inaugural Brickyard 400.He was the 14th man on the track and he beat six-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt for the No. 1 starting position by .688 mph.Both Earnhardt and Mast "about cried" yesterday morning when they pulled the 13th and 14th qualifying positions.
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