August 3, 2016 |
Miss Teen USA under fire A few hours after Karlie Hay was named Miss Teen USA on Sunday, social media was abuzz with copies of old tweets the Texan reportedly sent in which she used racist language, including the n-word. The messages, from 2013 and 2014, no longer are available on her personal account, which is private. Hay reacted quickly. "I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for," she tweeted. "Through hard work, education and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that I have come to know through pageants, I am proud to say that I am today a better person.
July 31, 2016 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Between coming back from his vacation in France, getting in a race car for the first time in eight months, and prepping for races he never planned on entering, Jeff Gordon hasn't had a chance to pick up a new set of clothes from home. He raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend and will race at Pocono Raceway this week. In between, Gordon had to do laundry on his own. Gordon, 44, retired in November but now feels as if he's in The Twilight Zone. "It's been pretty strange and weird and awkward and fun all mixed together," Gordon said.
June 3, 2016 |
NORMALLY, when a driver leads 392 of 400 laps, as Martin Truex Jr. did in winning the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday night at Charlotte, we would stamp a big B on the race, for Bor-ing. Instead, Truex receives a big "attaboy!" for dominating the race and outperforming the multicar teams. While Truex's team is affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing, it is a single-car operation based in Denver. Truex is part of another, much more personal team. His girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, is a Stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor.
October 23, 2015 |
JOEY LOGANO vs. Matt Kenseth - the first major conflict in this year's Chase. With only five more Chase races remaining, there's bound to be more heavyweight heat generated among drivers and crews. The major question I have about Sunday's Kansas race is: Did Logano have to spin out Kenseth to pick up his fifth win of the season, or could Logano have passed Kenseth cleanly? Entering the Kansas race, Kenseth had collected the most wins this season (five). Logano had won four. Logano knew that if he could prevent Kenseth from winning the race, he would force Kenseth into a must-win situation Sunday in the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega.
August 24, 2015 |
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.
July 31, 2015 |
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.
July 9, 2015 |
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.
June 7, 2015 |
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.
May 31, 2015 |
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.
May 29, 2015 |
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.