February 11, 2001 |
About the Project This is the result of six months of research and reporting by Tribune Auto Race Writer Ed Hinton, with help from staffers at other Tribune papers, among them Darin Esper of the Los Angeles Times. It sheds new light on the decline of traditional fatalism among race drivers and the need for more research and action to prevent the violent deaths the sport has come to accept.
September 10, 2000 |
Jeff Gordon passed Jeff Burton on the first lap of green-flag racing with 15 circuits to go Saturday night and pulled away to win the Chevrolet 400 at Richmond, Va., for his 52nd career victory. Gordon, who stayed among the leaders but never led until he passed Burton on the outside in turns three and four at Richmond International Raceway, outran Dale Earnhardt to the finish. During the post-race inspection, Gordon's Chevrolet was found to have an irregular intake manifold.
October 18, 2001 |
NASCAR changed its position on head and neck restraints for its drivers Wednesday from a recommendation to a mandate. Starting with this weekend's Winston Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR will require all drivers in its three top series--Winston Cup, Busch Grand National and Craftsman Truck--to wear either a HANS or a Hutchens device.
July 8, 2000 |
Winston Cup driver Kenny Irwin was killed Friday when his stock car slammed into a wall at 150 mph at a track in Loudon, N.H., where tragedy is becoming all too familiar. Eight weeks ago to the day--at almost the same spot--rookie Adam Petty was also killed in a wreck during practice at New Hampshire International Speedway. Irwin, the rookie of the year in 1998, was entering the third turn when his Chevrolet struck the wall and flipped onto its roof during practice for Sunday's New England 300.
July 2, 2000 |
All the big-name drivers were bearing down on Jeff Burton at the close of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday night. But big names don't win races, good driving does. And since the beginning of the 1999 season, Burton has won more races than all but one of the big-name NASCAR drivers. Burton held off late challenges from Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett and Rusty Wallace to come out on top in a four-lap dash to the finish at Daytona International Speedway.
July 8, 2000 |
Tragedy pulled them apart, then another tragedy brought them back together. Hall of Fame stock car driver Bobby Allison and Judy, after 36 years of marriage, divorced after the deaths of their sons, drivers Clifford and Davey. Bobby Allison had been living in Hueytown, Ala., and Judy in Mooresville, N.C., for four years.
July 2, 1998 |
Don't count Woody Paige of the Denver Post among those who will miss the NBA during the lockout. After writing of the newest Nugget, "Gee, we may not get to see Nick Van Axel Foley, Beverly Hills Point Guard," he added: "NBA Commissioner David Stern admitted that the entire 1998-99 season could be wiped out. To which Billy Hunter, the players' association executive director, responded, 'We spent all of this year urging players to save their money so they would be able to survive. . . .
July 21, 2001 |
Driving a car painted black to honor his fallen son, Kyle Petty returned to Loudon, N.H., on Friday for the first time since Adam Petty died there 14 months ago. "I love Adam, we all love Adam, and miss him terribly," Petty said in a statement that announced his decision to return to New Hampshire International Speedway.
October 29, 2004 |
Three thousand people gathered Thursday to grieve for one of NASCAR's royal families, which lost four members and six trusted friends when a small plane crashed on the way to a race, killing everyone aboard. In a sport punctuated by high-profile tragedies, Sunday's loss may be felt most profoundly in the inner circle of the racing world, although the people killed were not celebrity drivers.