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ROBINSON: Racing Into Darkness

Al Robinson

The last time I saw it that dark at a track was Lindy Vicari’s $50,000-to-win race on the one-mile dirt at Nazareth, Pa.

ROBINSON: Darlington Memories

Al Robinson

My favorite recollection of Darlington (S.C.) Raceway is that of coming face to face with a political legend — the late Senator Strom Thurmond

ROBINSON: Memories Of Pocono

Al Robinson

The IZOD IndyCar Series returned to Pocono Raceway on Wednesday for tire testing leading up to their July race at the 2.5-mile track

Johnson Declared RoC Mod Winner

Johnson Declared RoC Mod Winner

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Danny Johnson became the first two-time winner of the Race of Champions Dirt Series Icebreaker at Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday, and he hasn’t been the first driver under the checkered flag yet in the four-year history of the event. In 2009, Johnson was awarded the win when Ryan Godown failed to make […]

1939 European Championship Was Title Nobody Won

HARD RACERS: Rudolf Caracciola (left) and Hermann Lang during the 1937 European racing season. (Mercedes Photo)

In the 1930s, The International Ass’n of Recognized Automobile Clubs sanctioned a European Drivers Championship for Grand Prix cars consisting of the established national Grand Prix races, called Grandes Epreuves, literally “great tests.”

Championships Have Eluded Some Of NASCAR’s Greatest Drivers

Mark Martin is considered one of the best NASCAR drivers to never win the Sprint Cup title. (HHP/Christa L. Thomas Photo)

Rushing in where wise men fear to tread, we posed the question: Who’s the best driver not to win the NASCAR championship?

Different Lengths Led To Eventual 24-Hour Battle


The Rolex 24 at Daytona has long been an island of stability on the often turbulent sports-car racing scene. The Rolex sponsorship has been in place for 20 years. There have been rule changes from GTP coupes to open-cockpit World Sports Cars to the current Daytona Protoypes.

GRAND AM Notes: Ganassi Humble In Victory

ALL-STAR CAST: (From right) Scott Pruett, Dario Franchitti, Graham Rahal, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray — along with Scott Dixon and Joey Hand — combined to give team owner Chip Ganassi a one-two finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona Sunday. (Grand Am Photo)

After his team won the Rolex 24, completing a 12-month stretch where it posted victories in the Daytona 500, Indy 500, Brickyard 400 and the Rolex, Chip Ganassi refused to take credit for the winning streak.

Drivers’ Aliases Have Storied Racing History

NEW IDENTITY: Nelson Souto Maior won three World Championships using the name Nelson Piquet. (NSSN Archives Photo)

In French they are called “noms de course” — racing names, and they have been used since the infant days of the sport in the 1890s.

Thursday Still Thunders

Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl has a long history of strong Thursday night programs. (Leif Tillotson Photo)

For many short-track racing fans, nothing on television has quite matched the Thursday Night Thunder USAC races presented live by ESPN from the Indianapolis Speedrome, and later from O’Reilly Raceway Park during the 1980s.


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