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February 4, 2006 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
One of the most influential men in motor sports has his eye on the National Hot Rod Assn., the Glendora-based sanctioning body that oversees most drag racing in the United States. Bruton Smith, whose Speedway Motorsports Inc., rivals the France family's International Speedway Corp. in racetrack ownership, told The Times on Friday he wanted to buy the NHRA's assets. SMI owns three NHRA drag strips, at Las Vegas, Sonoma and Bristol, Tenn.
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February 4, 2006 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
One of the most influential men in motor sports has his eye on the National Hot Rod Assn., the Glendora-based sanctioning body that oversees most drag racing in the United States. Bruton Smith, whose Speedway Motorsports Inc., rivals the France family's International Speedway Corp. in racetrack ownership, told The Times on Friday he wanted to buy the NHRA's assets. SMI owns three NHRA drag strips, at Las Vegas, Sonoma and Bristol, Tenn.
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October 9, 2007
Motor racing: A brief in Friday's Sports section about a threat to shut down Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., misspelled the first name of its owner, Bruton Smith, as Burton.
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July 2, 1992 | From Associated Press
Richard Petty's last race has been such a hot ticket item that Atlanta Motor Speedway says it is adding a 12,000-seat grandstand outside the second turn for the Nov. 15 NASCAR Hooters 500. "We felt compelled to build this grandstand in time for Richard Petty's final race," speedway president Bruton Smith said Wednesday.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The late Les Richter, an ex-Los Angeles Ram who twice helped establish big-league auto racing in Southern California, again was nominated for NASCAR's Hall of Fame. Richter, who died in 2010 at age 79, was among 25 nominees announced Wednesday for enshrinement in the 2014 class. Five will be selected later this year. Other nominees include team owners Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress, three-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett, track operator O. Bruton Smith and the late Wendell Scott, the only African American to win a race in what is now NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series.
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November 23, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
England fired Coach Steve McClaren on Thursday, a day after failing to qualify for the 2008 European Championship by losing at home to Croatia. Football Assn. Chairman Geoff Thompson said McClaren's contract had been terminated along with that of assistant Terry Venables. Needing only a draw at Wembley Stadium to qualify for Euro 2008, England was beaten, 3-2, by Croatia on Wednesday night. Croatia had already qualified, and the other spot from Group E went to Russia.
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February 21, 2014 | By Matt Murschel
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A possible showdown between Danica Patrick and Richard Petty has moved one step closer to becoming a reality. Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion, was on "Fox and Friends" on Friday and told the news channel that he would be all in for a possible race between himself and Patrick. "I'm 76 years old, OK?" Petty said, according to USA Today. "It's been 25 years since I've been in a race car. But I'll take that challenge. " The challenge was issued by Patrick's teammate and team owner Tony Stewart , who was upset with the legendary driver for comments he made about Patrick's chances of ever winning on the NASCAR circuit.
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May 23, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
CONCORD, N.C. -- With his aggressive driving style and cocky manner, Kyle Busch is used to being booed on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. But perhaps "Rowdy Busch," as he's called, is starting to earn grudging respect from more of the NASCAR Nation -- especially given his stellar season so far. When the 23-year-old Las Vegas native Thursday put his Toyota Camry on the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, a cheer erupted from the grandstands at Lowe's Motor Speedway here. Busch turned a lap of 185.
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March 10, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Kasey Kahne wasn't ready to relinquish the track record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway simply because they changed the track. Kahne won the pole position Friday for Sunday's Nextel Cup race as he and most of the field obliterated his previous track record, as expected, thanks to the revamped Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The track was repaved in the off-season and its corner banking was raised to 20 degrees from 12, lifting speeds for this year's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Kahne set a lap record of 184.
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July 6, 1998 | SHAV GLICK
Florida Marlins Coach Rich Donnelly will be one of the pitchers serving up balls in today's All-Star game home run derby in the rarefied air of Denver's Coors Field. His advice to fans is to park far from the ballpark. "If I was coming to the home run contest, I'd park someplace near the outskirts of Salt Lake," Donnelly said. "That would be safe. I wouldn't park in the state of Colorado."
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January 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
NASCAR put tracks on notice Tuesday that the 2004 Winston Cup schedule could look a lot different under a realignment plan that might move races to different parts of the country. That could be bad news for historic tracks such as North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham and Darlington Raceway in South Carolina -- facilities that are clinging to two Winston Cup races a year.
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