HORNISH ‘FAIRLY CONFIDENT’ HE WILL BE WITH PENSKE NEXT YEAR

TALLADEGA, Ala. _ Earlier this week it was announced Shell/Pennzoil would be leaving Richard Childress Racing to become the primary sponsor for Kurt Busch at Penske Racing. With Shell making the long-term move to Penske Mobil 1 was forced out, leaving Sam Hornish Jr. without a sponsor for 2011. In the final year of his contract, Hornish now has the added pressure of courting sponsors while renegotiating his deal with the team.Friday, Jay W. Pennell was able to catch up with Hornish at the Tallad ...

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NEWMAN THINKS MOON LANDING WAS FAKED

Count NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman among the people who believe the moon landing never happened. Said the Rocket Man, "I'm pretty sure (the original moon landing) was fake. I watched the documentary on it, and it's pretty easy to believe. The flag was standing straight out when there's no wind up there. When they step on the surface, there should have been a big cloud because there's no atmosphere." But that's not all he said. In a fascinating interview with the ...

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NASCAR BOOTLEGGING ROOTS

 Junior Johnson is one cool dude.Amanda Speed talks about her 'gay best friend' (and now husband) Scott (Speedway Media) ...

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GETTING TO KNOW ZACK SKOLNICK

CHARLOTTE _ I recently had a chance to talk to Zack Skolnick, an up-and-comer who is attempting to become a professional driver. What separates Skolnick from many others is that he has a backup plan. In addition to racing, he is a sophomore at Belmont-Abbey College in North Carolina where he is studying for a business degree with a focus on motorsports. The New Jersey native began racing go-karts 12 years ago at Oakland Valley Race Park in New York. “I’m still racing karts,” he ...

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FOR SALE: ONE RUINED CAREER

CATAWBA, N.C. _ As NASCAR wraps up its 2009 season in sunny Homestead, Fla., over 800 miles to the north former Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield held an auction to sell off his personal property and real estate. Nearly 3,000 people showed up on a sunny, fall day to bid on items that ranged from vintage cars to heavy equipment to a 13,000 square-foot home.Mayfield was suspended in May after NASCAR announced the independent owner/driver had failed a drug test. Involved in numerous lawsuits with N ...

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EARNHARDT CALLS INQUIRER STORY ‘FUN’

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said it was his public meltdown in Charlotte a few weeks ago that led to the National Enquirer story that claimed he was in a death spiral. During a wide-ranging interview, Earnhardt told USA Today that he thought the Enquirer story was "fun" and a "compliment." So let that be a lesson to all of you Junior haters leaving comments on this site. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not be wounded by your "compliments"!  Earnhardt Jr. strikes a hopeful to ...

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DUSTIN LONG INTERVIEWS BRIAN FRANCE

Virginian-Pilot reporter Dustin Long scored a one-on-one interview with NASCAR chairman Brian France on Sunday before the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Long asked France about television coverage, the car and the Chase. Long recently caused a little trouble with his Frankly Speaking series in which he asked Larry McReynolds, Jimmy Spencer and Kyle Petty to let loose on what's wrong with the sport. Among the highlights of the France interview: France said TV broadcasters should shut the ...

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