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February 5, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Already under fire, U.S. Olympic Committee president Marty Mankamyer now faces potential conflict-of-interest issues related to her Colorado Springs real estate business only four days before the USOC executive committee begins the formal process of trying to force her resignation. Mankamyer has sold homes to USOC employees and was involved in trying to sell real estate to USOC chief executive Lloyd Ward, who has been investigated for conflict of interest related to his brother's company.
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November 17, 1988 | By Mack Reed, Special to The Inquirer
Champion race-car driver Reginald "Don" Whittington filed a court claim yesterday asking the federal government to return $1.3 million in proceeds that it seized from a gold sale last week after labeling the money as drug profits. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Andrews for Delaware said yesterday that he would file a civil suit for the government to keep the money because it came from a large marijuana-smuggling operation run by Whittington and his brother, William Whittington, from 1977 to 1982.
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August 13, 1989 | By Patrick Scott, Special to The Inquirer
After weeks of covert toiling over plans for a solar-powered race car, in July a group of Villanova University students and faculty put together a wooden-dowl skeleton of the car. Last week, they scrapped the fragile frame. Undaunted, the group - Team Solarcat - continues its secret work on another design. The final product will race against 31 other solar-powered cars next July in GM Sunrayce USA, an 1,800-mile race from Florida to Michigan. The 10-day race among teams from 32 North American universities and colleges is to begin July 6. The cars will race along secondary roads through seven states from Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to Warren, Mich.
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February 17, 2008 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shane Lewis says playing goalie in ice hockey is more dangerous than driving a race car. He should know. The Twin Valley High School junior, a Honey Brook resident, is the goalie for his high school team as well as for the Quakers, a club team based out of West Chester that plays in the Delaware Valley Hockey League. And he has been driving race cars very successfully since he was 6. He does much of his racing at tracks in Kutztown, Ephrata and Lebanon, but has traveled all over the United States.
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December 24, 1992 | By Frederick Cusick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If, as the saying goes, "He who dies with the most toys wins," then Jerry Sherman was a winner when he died in January 1991. Willow Pond Farm, Sherman's home in Malvern, was crammed with expensive cars and parts for expensive cars, with vintage aircraft engines and even a World War I tank. The problem with toys, expensive or otherwise, is that sometimes other people take them without permission. That's what lawyers representing Sherman's estate say Henry W. Wessells 3d, a wealthy friend of Sherman's, did with Sherman's favorite possession: a rare Talbot Lago Grand Prix race car valued at $450,000.
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March 26, 2013 | By Art Carey, Inquirer Columnist
In his early years as a neurosurgeon, after a long day of operating, Jim Lowe would come home grumpy and irritable. The former running back at Cardinal O'Hara and Harvard was out of shape and overweight and missed the adrenaline rush of competitive sports. One day in the mid-1990s, Lowe saw an ad for an auto racing school in California. He signed up and enjoyed the experience so much that he took the advanced course. Then he learned of the Skip Barber Racing School in Connecticut, which sponsors amateur races at storied tracks across the country.
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April 27, 1987 | By NANCY M. REICHARDT, Special to the Daily News
Despite public statements that Deidre Hall would remain on "Days of Our Lives" as Marlena Brady, those in the know say Hall's last scenes on the show aired Friday. Hall - and Marlena - went out in a blaze of glory. Marlena was supposed dead when her plane blew up and in real-life, Hall several-hundred- member fan club staged a protest rally in front of the studio. We have to wonder why the group protested Hall's exit, though, since she chose to leave "Days of Our Lives" in order to continue her co-starring role on the primetime show "Our House.
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July 8, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONG POND, Pa. - Open-wheel racing returns to Pocono Raceway on Sunday for the first time since 1989 with the Izod IndyCar Series Pocono 400. Mario Andretti - patriarch of racing's most successful family - raced at Pocono 17 times in his career. He won the 1986 Pocono 500, the same year his son, Michael, won the pole. Mario's grandson, Marco Andretti, was the fastest driver in Thursday's open testing at Pocono, turning in a lap of 220.963 m.p.h. Marco Andretti, who lives a little more than 30 minutes from Pocono in Nazareth, said there's little advice his grandfather and father can give him from their experiences with the track.
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April 25, 1995 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Maureen McCarron had never used a saw before. "We don't even own a saw," McCarron said. So when she had to build a race car for physics class, she was stymied. "I figured I'd just use my Swiss army knife," said the senior at the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. "And I had to get help from a neighborhood boy who was in Scouts. " McCarron and her Sacred Heart classmates had to build a race car from Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby kits, more commonly associated with Boy Scouts.
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October 20, 1996 | By Laura Barnhardt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
During the week, he's Officer Martin R. Marshall of the Lower Gwynedd Police Department, and looks the part: a 50-year-old, graying man in a neatly pressed blue uniform, a shiny badge on his chest, a thick mustache forming a perfect border around the curve of his lip. He stands up straight, poised to issue yet another speeding ticket. But off-duty, he's a blue-jeans-and-black-leather man, the kind of guy who drives over 100 m.p.h. in a car that would never pass inspection. On weekends, he's just Marty, driver of car No. 6 at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.
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August 24, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - Fast families have always been speeding in racing: fathers and sons such as the Pettys, Jarretts, Earnhardts and Bakers in NASCAR, the Andrettis in IndyCar. The Rahals are another active family in IndyCar. Father Bobby and son Graham never raced against each other, but, until this year, Bobby advised Graham during races. That relationship didn't work out well, so this year Bobby, the 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner, has stayed away from races. Guess what? Graham has won two of the last four races heading into tomorrow's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
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July 31, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
KYLE BUSCH has won three consecutive Sprint Cup races. In four of the last five races, Busch has parked his No. 18 Toyota in victory lane. This is an astounding streak under normal conditions. It's even more amazing, given that Busch missed the season's first 11 events, while recuperating from injuries suffered in a crash at Daytona in February. Busch is tied with Jimmie Johnson for most wins this season (four each). Johnson has run all 20 Cup races, while Busch has been in only nine.
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July 9, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
FOR A FEW moments early Monday at Daytona International Speedway, Austin Dillon didn't know where he was. Understandable, since he was airborne in a 3,500-pound race car. "I remember getting launched up," Dillon said yesterday on a conference call. "And then the first violent part of the wreck was when we turned upside down. It just happened so quick, and I knew at that point it was going to be big. "[I] tensed up and kind of just really gripped the wheel hard. When we hit the catch fence first, I didn't realize where I was on the track, if I was getting hit by a car or what it was because it happened so fast.
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June 7, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon was among several top Sprint Cup series drivers attending the new drivers' council meeting last weekend at Dover International Speedway. The council is meeting with NASCAR to discuss safety and rules issues that would improve racing. "It's one of the coolest things I've seen happen in this sport, an open line of communication between drivers and NASCAR," Gordon said yesterday, before to qualifying for tomorrow's 400-mile race at Pocono. "I only wish it had happened before my final year.
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May 31, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 10 years, Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex have started almost every race the same way. Just before the national anthem, Truex, who will race in Sunday's NASCAR event at Dover Speedway, stands with his No. 78 car on one side and Pollex on the other. He holds his girlfriend's hand. They pray during the song. When it's over, they hug and tell each other "I love you" before he climbs into the cockpit. "You don't stand by your car without your loved one before you get into a race car and start going 200 miles per hour," Pollex said.
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May 29, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
MARTIN TRUEX JR. is enjoying the best start of his 10-year Sprint Cup racing career. He's second in points and in the last two races, at Kansas and Charlotte, he's led the most laps (226 combined). However, he finished ninth and fifth, respectively, so he is still pursuing his first win of the season. Truex and his fast-minded racing rivals are heading to Dover International Speedway Sunday, the site of his first Cup series victory in 2007. "The whole season has been a lot of fun," the Mayetta, N.J., native said yesterday in a phone interview.
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May 29, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DURING THE TESTING session earlier this month at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano was asked what his team was learning. Smiling, Logano replied, "I can't tell you our secrets. " Later, referring to the annual Dover-Pocono softball game, Logano laughed and said, "You should see me play second base. They call me 'Joey Doubleplay.' " One pleasure of this job is seeing people mature and develop. At age 18, Logano was rushed into the Sprint Cup series a year ahead of schedule when Tony Stewart left Joe Gibbs Racing.
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May 22, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
ONCE AGAIN, it's time for The Greatest Day in Sports: the Indianapolis 500 Sunday afternoon followed by the Coca-Cola 600 at night . . . 1,100 miles of racin' . . . For race fans, this is the real Super Sunday. The 99th Indy 500 is scheduled for noon (6ABC). The Coca-Cola 600 will be on Fox 29 at 6 p.m. For Formula One fans, the day begins with the Monaco Grand Prix (7:30 a.m., NBC10). The 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks Kyle Busch's return to Sprint Cup racing following his recuperation from injuries suffered in a crash Feb. 21 in an Xfinity series race at Daytona.
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April 27, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
HUNDREDS OF Hunting Park kids and their families can spend today doing hands-on science, from launching model rockets powered by antacid tablets to extracting DNA from a strawberry to racing solar cars. Science Discovery Day in Hunting Park presents a free wonderland of real-life wizardry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood where young people have historically not been exposed to Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics - also known as STEM - education.
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April 17, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
KYLE BUSCH feels fortunate, very fortunate. In his first media availability yesterday following his crash at Daytona Feb. 21, Busch said the results of the crash "could've been a lot worse. " Busch is recuperating from a compound fracture of his lower right leg and a broken left foot. He sat in an elevated chair on a stage at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters in Huntersville, N.C. His right leg bent normally. He no longer uses a walker and he is doing squats during his daily gym workouts.
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