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Allmendinger Wants To Bring Petty To Victory Lane

A.J. Allmendinger

A.J. Allmendinger’s journey to America’s top open-wheel racing series started while pedaling BMX bicycles at age 5.

WALTZ: With New Season Comes New Hope For Race Teams

Keith Waltz

With the dawn of a new racing season literally just days away, this is a unique week for the motorsports community as drivers, team owners and crew members across the country are overflowing with optimism.

WALTZ: Breaking Down NASCAR’s Many Point Systems

Keith Waltz

HARRISBURG, N.C.

It has long been our belief that in order to understand where auto racing is headed, you have to know where it’s been. Holding true to that theory, the announcement of NASCAR’s new point system sent us to the history books and the old issues of this publication in an effort to learn about the various systems the sanctioning body has used to crown its champions.

WALTZ: Fresh Asphalt May Lead To Daytona Demo Derby

Keith Waltz

After last week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing session at Daytona Int’l Speedway, we have a real concern that the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 will end up being racing’s most expensive demolition derby.

WALTZ: The Circus Is Slashing Prices, Why Isn’t NASCAR?

Keith Waltz

The circus is coming to Charlotte later this month — and we’re not referring to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s NASCAR Media Tour.

A Working Man’s All Star

Brian Kemenah pushes the No. 83 sprint-car driven by Tim Shaffer. (Rick Sherer Photo)

The No. 83 sprint car, owned by Aaron Call and Janet Holbrook and driven by Tim Shaffer, is prepared and maintained by veteran crew chief Brian Kemenah. The team has enjoyed a storybook season highlighted by 21 victories, including the 50th Knoxville Nationals, and a second-straight All Star Circuit of Champions title.

All For One: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation

NHRA wins CE

Twenty years ago the auto-racing community came together to help one of its own — and the result was an emotional night that those in attendance will never forget.

Economic Dependency

NASCAR Sprint Cup teams at Daytona Int'l Speedway this season. (HHP/Brian Lawdermilk Photo)

For several decades auto-racing sponsorship involved little more than a local merchant, usually a neighborhood garage, giving the guy down the street a case of oil, a free tire or a few bucks to paint the name of the merchant’s business on the hood or quarter panel of his race car.

Sweeping Changes For USAC After 1970 Season

CHIT-CHAT: Driver Don Brown chats with USAC’s Bill Smyth at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in 1970. (Chris Economaki Photo)

A milestone moment that forever changed American open-wheel racing took place on Sept. 14, 1970, when the United States Auto Club’s board of directors met in Indianapolis.

WALTZ: An Enjoyable Year Of Milestone Moments

Keith Waltz

HARRISBURG, N.C.

This year-end issue includes the 50th and final installment of our weekly history feature — Milestone Moment — and hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed researching and writing it.

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