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  posted on 2/28/2007 at 09:29 AM
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1. Tony Stewart - a. Indy Car title. b. 2 Winston Cup titles.


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4 United States Auto Club (USAC) championships

He was the first and only driver to have won championships in stock cars, IROC, Indy cars and open-wheel Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown cars.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2007 at 11:22 AM
Thanks for the information. Clearly a very accomplished driver.

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  posted on 2/28/2007 at 01:21 PM
I don't buy into Michael Schumacher being an all time best driver. I really don't think he had a lot of competition during his era. Plus IMO you lose credibility when your teammate stops on track so you can win.

If Aryton Senna had lived I believe Schumacher would have been just another F1 driver.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2007 at 01:59 PM
It took me a long while to conclude Schumacher was the best driver ever, as JM Fangio is my hero and frankly I did not want to see his championship record broken. But I had to relent after seeing what he did at Ferrari. It was not only his driving (in the rain, especially), but he was a master tactician and could read the weather and the race like no other. When he came to Ferrari in '96, it was a 2d rate team but Schumacher (and billions of lira) built the team into the envy of the paddock. A great driver, but also superb tactician and fantastic team motivator made him the best (but not necessarily the most likable). But no debating our choices like I said! A shame Senna was not around longer to possibly change my opinion.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2007 at 10:17 AM
My passion is dragracing, especially bikes.Been racing for 25 + years and it's a ton of fun. First big race of the year is Prostar event at South Georgia Motorsports Park ,on this weekend and will be followed by the first ProStock Bike event of the NHRA season at Gainesville Fla. at the Gatornationals. Heroes of this sport are Elmer Trett and Dave Schultz,both now deceased unfortunately.

Our race season up here starts at the end of April. Got a fresh motor and some new paint for the old girl and just waiting for the snow to melt.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2007 at 02:12 PM
Notebook: Martin reiterates decision to retire at Bristol

By David Caraviello and Joe Menzer, NASCAR.COM
March 10, 2007
12:06 AM EST

http://www.nascar.com/2007/news/headlines/cup/03/09/notebook.vegas.quals/in dex.html

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Ya'll ready to Booggity, boys & girls!?!

I know it's gettin' kinda late to be pickin'...

but, who ya pickin'?


I'm going with Kahneseth. Haha! OK, guess I can
only choose one, right...

Kahne.


LO


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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 08:45 PM
OTF, congrats on seeing your 1st Cup race LIVE.
Curious what was the one thing that stood out as being different than you expected. Anything?

3 questions for ya:

1. How big of a stock-car fan were you before this weekend?

2. Are you a bigger fan now?

3. Do you want to go to more races, Or prefer watching on TV where
there is NO beer line?

Larry O

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 11:02 PM
Cool, Thanks for sharing OTF.

An air show AND a race ... ALL IN ONE!


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  posted on 3/15/2007 at 07:54 AM
Australian GP this weekend. Coverage starts earlier than normal by around 10 hrs. Sebring also this weekend. All on Speed. Hooray!

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  posted on 3/15/2007 at 05:28 PM
NHRA dragracing in Gainesville Florida this weekend , the 38th.annual Gatornationals. This event marks the start of the ProStock Motorcycle series which run at 16 National Events. Big rivalry between American V Twins and import metric bikes. ESPN 2 shows the races but don't know the times. We get it on a delayed basis on TSN in Canada.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2007 at 11:54 PM
Thanks for the heads up, Jack. I'll have to try and catch that. I love watching the Pro-Stock bikes, too.
Is Angelle still riding?



And speaking of F1...

http://www.myearthdream.com/#root/findOutMore

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  posted on 3/16/2007 at 08:07 AM
Yes Angelle Sampey as she is now known, is still in PSM along with teammate Antron Brown sponsored by US Army on Don Schumacher's mega team. For a 100 lb. 5" person,she sure makes riding a 320 hp.prostocker look easy and she's certainly not hard on the eyes.

 

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  posted on 3/16/2007 at 11:32 AM
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Yes Angelle Sampey as she is now known, is still in PSM along with teammate Antron Brown sponsored by US Army on Don Schumacher's mega team. For a 100 lb. 5" person,she sure makes riding a 320 hp.prostocker look easy and she's certainly not hard on the eyes.


I like Antron Brown He's has prosthetic legs and runs the bikes. Super nice guy. Met him at the nationals a few years ago, I handed him my program to sign instead of just signing the cover he thumbed through it until he found his picture and signed that page.

 

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  posted on 3/16/2007 at 12:34 PM
Fast,that would be Reggie Showers from Philly not Antron.Reggie lost both legs as a kid and at one time had PDI, a prostetics manufacturer as a sponsor.I had seen him race for 15+ years before I knew he was a double amputee.

Both are good people and it doesn't surprise me that Antron would find the page with his pic to sign. BTW,Antron is Angelle's bro-in law.Off to NHRA's page to check first round qualifying...

 

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  posted on 3/17/2007 at 11:25 PM
So far this weekend at Atlanta.

Trucks - Mike Skinner (pulled the Sprauge move and almost turned Clint Boyer)

Busch - Jeff Burton. Kyle Busch was dominant but left a left front lug nut loose on the last stop, ended up 3rd.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2007 at 06:40 PM
Why didn't NASCAR just stop the race and give it to Johnson?

As soon as Knauss says they don't have enough gas..a debris caution. What BS

 

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  posted on 3/19/2007 at 07:17 AM
EXACTLY. They are handing him the championship! Last week with the tire out of the pit box and no penalty. Goes on to win. Then to not race Stewart clean and run him into the wall.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2007 at 06:47 PM
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Last week with the tire out of the pit box and no penalty


Actually, in that case, the tire left his pit box, but rolled into the next pit box and not over the line onto pit road. Pit road is considered a part of the track, no equipment on the track. Equipment to and fro betwixt the pit boxes, as long as it doesn't go over the line onto pit road, is OK.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2007 at 06:58 PM
Personally, I don't think you can cross different eras when deciding the "best driver ever." No disrespect to Tony Stewart, and he's won his share of championships, but Mario Andretti won the Indy 500, the Daytona 500 and the World Championship. Richard Petty won 200 races, that record will stand forever. Michael Schumacher's career numbers are incredible. Who knows how many races David Pearson would have won if would have run full-time all the time. Dale Earnhardt could "see air." Jeff Gordon has done some amazing things, but people hate him so he'll never get his due. Check out John Force's career accomplishments, they are incredible as well. Then there's AJ Foyt, Rick Mears, Fangio, Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough, ol' DW, the list goes on and on...

As far as this past weekend goes, and I've watched every Grand Prix for the last 15 years, but there's only so much enjoyment one can gather from the polesitter leading the entire race and winning by 10 seconds, again. I thought the coolest thing all weekend was seeing Karen Stoffer pick up a Wally on the motorcycle, especially after that horrible wreck a couple years back.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2007 at 10:37 PM
Another GP fan, great! The Aussie GP was a yawner allright but still interesting w/ the new drivers. Could the announcers have praised Lewis Hamilton any more? Somewhat deserving, but they went way overboard on it. Liked the story of Kimi recently entering a snowmobile race as the late GP driver James Hunt so Ferrari would not find out about it and winning. I'm warming up to him as a racer due to that. And what's up w/ having to run 2 different tire compounds in the race? Who comes up w/ these unnecessary rules? I like the Honda paint scheme (globe), but the cars underneath are lacking. Top 6, Kimi, Alonso, Hamilton, Heidfeld, Fisichella, Massa (my drive of the race having started dead last). BMW looks to be the best of the rest after Ferrari and McLaren. Malaysia 4-8.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2007 at 07:26 AM
Karen Stoffer went from the 16th (last) qualified spot in the quickest PSM field ever to the win at Gainesville. The ladies were flyin' - Angelle set a new ET record at 6.911.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2007 at 08:14 AM
Horrible news...

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Eric Medlen was injured Monday when his Funny Car crashed during a testing accident at Gainesville Raceway. Medlen suffered undetermined injuries when his entry crashed heavily into the rightside guardwall. He was transported via ShandsCair helicopter to Shands at the University of Florida medical center.

The six-time NHRA tour winner, who participated in Sunday's 38th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals, was being treated in the surgical intensive care unit at Shands. He was listed in critical condition while being further evaluated by medical personnel.

Medical staff will provide a condition update at midday on Tuesday according to John Force Racing sources who emphasized that, at the present time, Medlen is not permitted to have visitors, phone calls, cards or flowers.

“Eric's extended family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” said Kelly Antonelli, spokesperson for JFR. “At the same time, we would ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time and allow the medical staff to do its work.”

A former crewman on boss and teammate John Force's championship-winning Funny Cars, Medlen began his own driving career in 2004, winning a race his first year. He won three more times in 2005 and two times last season in a Funny Car prepared by his father, John Medlen.

http://www.nhra.com/content/news/19115.htm

 

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  posted on 3/20/2007 at 08:22 AM
Wish him a speedy recovery

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 02:30 PM
Medlin is a tough tough kid,his previous rides were 8 seconds on rodeo bulls....hope he comes through with a complete recovery.If you click on the NHRA site,they have set up a message link for Eric.

Ok, Nascar's got the COT at Bristol and IHRA kicks off their dragracing season on San Antonio this weekend. Good luck to Robbie Atchison from London, a 3 time IHRA Alcohol Funny Car champ.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 04:55 PM
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Eric Medlen succumbs to injuries suffered in recent testing accident

Eric Medlen, 33, who had emerged as one of the most popular young drivers in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, succumbed Friday afternoon to injuries suffered when his race car crashed into a guardwall during a Monday test session at Gainesville Raceway.

The talented Funny Car driver never regained consciousness. After being treated at the track, he was transported by ShandsCair helicopter to Shands at the University of Florida medical center where medical staff treated him for four days for a severe closed head injury.

"Eric suffered from severe traumatic brain injury with diffuse axonal injury, or DAI," said Dr. Joseph Layon, Professor of Anesthesiology, Surgery and Medicine and the Chief of Critical Care Medicine at UF. "Survival rates associated with DAI are low.

"On Tuesday, UF and Shands neurosurgery team performed a cranjectomy and removed the front portion of the skull to relieve pressure and attempt to improve blood flow to the brain," Dr. Layon explained. "Despite receiving the most aggressive treatment, Eric continued to have uncontrollable intracranial pressure. His body lost the ability to manage it's salt and water levels and he began displaying the complicating factors associated with DAI.

"That is when Eric's family elected to honor Eric's wishes and remove him from the artificial life support systems. Our hearts go out to Eric's loved ones."

"On behalf of the family, I want to thank the medical staff at Shands not just for giving Eric the very best care he could have received, but for the compassion it showed for Eric and all those close to him," said his father, John Medlen. "I also want to thank the thousands of people who offered their prayers and support to us during this very difficult time."

As recently as Thursday night, more than 100 drivers and crew members representing every Indianapolis-based race team attended a prayer vigil organized by Kelly Bustos, team manager for Tuttle Motorsports, which fields Top Fuel dragsters for 2006 Rookie-of-the-Year J.R. Todd, one of Medlen's closest friends in the sport.

At Louisville, Ky., where BP/Castrol had set up booth space for the Mid-America Trucking Show, fans and well-wishers filled up two giant posters with get well wishes Thursday. Moreover, more than 4,500 individual messages of support were left at a special e-mail address on the first day it was activated.

"Eric Medlen was the son I never had," said team owner John Force. "He was the leader of my next generation of drivers. Robert Hight, my daughter Ashley and I were with the family throughout this very difficult time. This loss is a huge blow not only to the Medlen family, but to drag racing and to John Force Racing. I just want to thank everybody for their support, from Larry Smiley with Racers for Christ to the hospital staff to the whole drag racing community. Our prayers go out to the family."

Little more than three years ago, Medlen took over driving responsibilities in the Funny Car in which Tony Pedregon won the 2003 championship. He had distinguished himself as one of the brightest young stars on the circuit, winning six times in his first three seasons and never finishing outside the top-five in driver points.

A graduate of Oakdale (Calif.) High School, where he was a high school rodeo champion in calf roping, Medlen trained under the watchful eye of two-time PRCA World Champion Jerold Camarillo and had contemplated a career in pro rodeo before his father called in 1996 to offer him a mechanic's job at John Force Racing, Inc.

After spending one season on the team on which his father was crew chief, he moved over one pit stall in 1997 to work on the car driven by 14-time NHRA champion John Force. Serving first as the supercharger technician and later as a clutch specialist, he was a member of a team the crewed Force to 50 tour victories and six championships in seven seasons.

When Tony Pedregon left after the 2003 season to form his own team, Medlen was Force's surprise pick to fill the seat, a move that re-united him with his father on the No. 2 team at JFR.

He was the sport's top Funny Car rookie in 2004, winning at Brainerd, Minn. He won three races in 2005 and two in 2006 including the race contested closest to his hometown -- the Fram/Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

http://www.nhra.com/content/news/19197.htm

 

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