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COCOPAH NOTES: Faces In Different Places

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Many of sprint car racing’s top drivers were in different rides for the inaugural Winter Heat Showdown at Cocopah Speedway.

TOP TEN: Stories of 2014


National Speed Sport News traditionally counts down the top 10 stories of the motorsports season, and this year is no different. Our staff considered not only stories that impacted the motorsports world during the last year, but also considered what impact those stories may have on the future of the sport.

Anticipation Builds For Cocopah’s Winter Heat

Brian Brown is the latest driver to commit to racing in the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway in January. (Frank Smith photo)

When the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown is held Jan. 2-3, 6 and 9-10 at Cocopah Speedway, it certainly won’t be the first time sprint car racing’s top drivers have competed in Arizona during the winter months.

PRI NOTES: A Busy Weekend In Indy

A view of the PRI Trade Show from above. (Michael Parra Photo)

“It’s back like it was around 2002,” said C&R Racing owner Chris Paulsen Saturday as the 27th annual PRI Trade Show concluded at the Indiana Convention Center. “It was an outstanding show. We were busy in our booth the entire show and I only managed to get out of the booth the last 30 minutes.”

PRI NOTES: Seven Races For Lucas In ’15

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Morgan Lucas, who won twice in only seven races in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel class this past season, plans to run a seven-race campaign again in 2015.

Force Catches Up With Lucas At PRI

John Force (left) met up with Morgan Lucas at PRI in Indianapolis on Friday. (Mike Kerchner photo)

Sixteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force is changing directions.

Pro Mods Returning To IHRA

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The International Hot Rod Ass’n is expanding rapidly after relaunching competitive drag racing for its professional divisions in 2014.

Clay Millican Reveals 2015 NHRA Plans

Clay Millican will race for Stringer Performance during the 2015 NHRA Top Fuel season. (NHRA Photo)

Clay Millican finally has what he’s been looking for.

PRI NOTES: Rahal Team Hunting Sponsors

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The 27th annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show kicked off Thursday at the Indiana Convention Center with 1,175 exhibitors showing their wares in numerous exhibit halls.

Foyt’s Famous Hut Hundred Victory

A.J. Foyt in 1961 (IMS Archives Photo)

From his native Texas to Daytona, Indianapolis and Le Mans, A.J. Foyt won hundreds of races during his career, but one of his most famous came in the 10th annual Hut Hundred midget race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.


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