April 11, 2013 |
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.
July 2, 1992 |
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.
November 23, 2007 |
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.
May 31, 2007 |
The National Hot Rod Assn. agreed Wednesday to sell its professional drag-racing series and certain other assets for $109.5 million to a group led by the pioneer developer of the DirecTV satellite-television company. The NHRA, based in Glendora, will remain the sport's nonprofit sanctioning body and focus on its amateur drag-racing activities. But its high-profile professional league, the Powerade Drag Racing Series, will be acquired by HD Partners Acquisition Corp.
May 23, 2008 |
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.
March 10, 2007 |
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.