CountDown to daytona: 51

enero 04, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service , NASCAR.COM

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There are 51 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 51.

The number of starts for Ralph Earnhardt in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Earnhardt never won a race at NASCAR’s highest level, but his passion for racing launched the career of his son, seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt Sr. The NASCAR Sportsman champion in 1956, Earnhardt made his Cup debut that same year in the Buddy Shuman 250 at Hickory Speedway, where Earnhardt won the pole and finished second to Speedy Thompson in the race. Earnhardt died of a heart attack in 1973, at age 45. ... Leer más

There are 51 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 51.

The number of starts for Ralph Earnhardt in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Earnhardt never won a race at NASCAR’s highest level, but his passion for racing launched the career of his son, seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt Sr. The NASCAR Sportsman champion in 1956, Earnhardt made his Cup debut th... Leer más

Inside Darlington's distinctive design

enero 03, 2013, , NASCAR.COM

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The unique, oblong layout of Darlington (S.C.) Raceway was made by design in 1949, a year before it welcomed NASCAR’s big leagues for its first 500-mile race. How it happened is no small fish tale, in a manner of speaking.

When Harold Brasington purchased 70 acres of land from farm owner Sherman Ramsey for the site of NASCAR’s first superspeedway, there was one condition – Ramsey requested that the minnow pond on his property not be disturbed. The result was a set of turns on one end of the track that was tighter than the opposite end, which gives the track its distinctive egg shape. The abstract layout continues to challenge NASCAR drivers and crew chiefs alike, some 60-plus years after its debut. Among the track’s many traditions is the “Darlington Stripe,” a black tire mark created from cars’ frequent brushes along the outside retaining wall. Kyle Petty – who had a history of futility on the 1.366-mile track, with zero top-five finishes in 51 Cup starts at Darlington – famously quipped in an ESPN interview after a crash that the track would be better served to be filled with water for bass fishing. Had that unlikely conversion ever happened, Petty would have had a ready source f... Leer más

The unique, oblong layout of Darlington (S.C.) Raceway was made by design in 1949, a year before it welcomed NASCAR’s big leagues for its first 500-mile race. How it happened is no small fish tale, in a manner of speaking.

When Harold Brasington purchased 70 acres of land from farm owner Sherman Ramsey for the site of NASCAR’s first superspeedway, there was one condition – Ramsey requested that th... Leer más

Gentleman Ned Jarrett, king of big margins

enero 03, 2013, , NASCAR.COM

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When the question arises about the biggest runaway in the history of NASCAR’s premier series, it actually requires a two-part answer. Is the margin of victory measured in miles or laps?

Either way it's calculated, NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett is the driver behind the answer to both questions. Both dominant victories sprang from Jarrett’s stellar championship season driving car owner Bondy Long’s Ford Galaxie in 1965. On Feb. 27, Jarrett prevailed by 22 laps over runner-up G.C. Spencer on the Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds’ half-mile dirt track in Spartanburg, S.C. Later that season, Jarrett romped to victory in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, outrunning second-place Buck Baker by 14 laps, a distance of more than 19 miles. By year’s end, Jarrett not only had both records in hand, but also a 13-win season with a remarkable average finish of 4.9 over a 54-race span. ... Leer más

When the question arises about the biggest runaway in the history of NASCAR’s premier series, it actually requires a two-part answer. Is the margin of victory measured in miles or laps?

Either way it's calculated, NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett is the driver behind the answer to both questions. Both dominant victories sprang from Jarrett’s stellar championship season driving car owner Bondy Long... Leer más

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