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July 17, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
Over the years, there have been plenty of great racing feuds, but the man vs. man-in-machine struggle that took place on a North Carolina track last weekend might be the greatest of them all. According to the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal , the latest example of racing rage occurred Saturday shortly before Derek Stoltz won a 20-lap late-model stock car race at Bowman Gray Stadium. On his way to winning, Stoltz spun out race leader Bryant Robertson and also sent Robertson's brother, Mike, into a spin.
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April 13, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Juan Pablo Montoya celebrated his return to Long Beach after 14 years with a fourth-place finish. Montoya won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 1999 but then left for Formula One racing in 2001 and, six years later, NASCAR stock car racing. He's back in IndyCar with Team Penske. The Colombian started 16th, was sent to the back of the 23-car field for improperly entering the pits when they were closed but then gained several spots thanks to a multicar crash midway through the race.
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September 27, 1991 | PAUL OLSON
The final stock car race of the season at Ventura Raceway will take place tonight at 8 after raceway officials and drivers agreed to end the season nearly two months early. The stock car series was scheduled to run through Nov. 22. But because of a drop in attendance after the Ventura County Fair races, a decision was reached to end the season early, save money and prepare for the 1992 season opener in April.
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April 12, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Juan Pablo Montoya leaned his back against a wall, adjusted his sunglasses and waited for the next reporter to put a camera or voice recorder in front of him. It was media day for drivers in Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. And though it's been 14 years since Montoya raced in the event, he was the center of attention. Montoya is the prodigal son who has returned with fanfare to the Verizon IndyCar Series after stints in Formula One and, for the last seven years, NASCAR stock car racing.
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April 15, 1985 | Associated Press
Bill Elliott, playing a cat-and-mouse game with Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip most of the way, swept past Waltrip on lap 270 Sunday and charged to victory in the 29th annual TranSouth 500 stock car race. It was Elliott's third Grand National win of 1985, giving him a $42,900 share of the record $338,350 purse. Waltrip, who qualified in 13th position, finished 1:86 seconds behind Elliott in a battle with Tim Richmond, who had been running well all day despite an early collision.
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June 13, 1988 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Just when Rusty Wallace got the hang of racing on the road course at Riverside International Raceway, the place is closing. Wallace, driving drag racer Raymond Beadle's Blue Max Pontiac, won his second straight Winston Cup race in a controversial finish of the Budweiser 400 Sunday. It was the second straight victory here for the 31-year-old driver from Fenton, Mo., who also won the Winston Western 500 last November.
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June 21, 1987 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
After being sidelined for nearly six months with life-threatening double pneumonia, stock car driver Tim Richmond returned to Winston Cup competition last Sunday in the Pocono 500 and made his first start a winning one. Was he exhilarated, after missing 11 races, to take the checkered flag? "It was strange," Richmond said during a break in practice for today's Budweiser 400 at Riverside International Raceway.
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November 4, 1989 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ken Schrader, who has won six races at Phoenix International Raceway in open-wheel cars, took the pole for a stock car race when he lapped the mile track in a Chevrolet Lumina at 124.645 m.p.h. Friday during qualifying for Sunday's Autoworks 500. Fifteen drivers bettered Geoff Bodine's year-old record of 123.203 m.p.h. on an ideal racing day. Schrader's record run makes him eligible for the $197,600 bonus that will be awarded to the next driver who wins a Winston Cup race from the pole.
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September 7, 1992 | CATHLEEN DECKER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The first hint that Bill Clinton picked a strange place to plant his campaign flag on Sunday came as his rumbling motorcade entered Darlington speedway, where 70,000 rabid stock-car fans awaited the start of the Southern 500. "Are you bringing that draft dodger in?" one man yelled. "Go home, cheater!" another hollered. And those were only the preliminary greetings. When the Democratic presidential nominee came into view of the grandstands, a cheer rang loudly from the crowd: "Bush, Bush!"
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April 2, 1993 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the mid-1980s, Alan Kulwicki left Wisconsin with a pickup truck and memories, prepared to match wits, if not dollars, in the major leagues of stock car racing. He beat them at their game, earned $5 million over eight seasons and, in 1992, won the Winston Cup championship and its $1-million prize.
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July 17, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
Over the years, there have been plenty of great racing feuds, but the man vs. man-in-machine struggle that took place on a North Carolina track last weekend might be the greatest of them all. According to the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal , the latest example of racing rage occurred Saturday shortly before Derek Stoltz won a 20-lap late-model stock car race at Bowman Gray Stadium. On his way to winning, Stoltz spun out race leader Bryant Robertson and also sent Robertson's brother, Mike, into a spin.
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September 18, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Tony Eury Jr., the crew chief who guided Danica Patrick's entry into NASCAR stock-car racing, has left her JR Motorsports team that races in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series. Dale Earnhardt Jr., the popular NASCAR driver who co-owns JR Motorsports, said in a statement that "as we've discussed the direction of JR Motorsports moving forward, it is clear our differences in ideas were too vast to overcome. " Eury also is Earnhardt's cousin and a co-owner of JR Motorsports. "I love him like a brother, and you'll never hear me say a bad thing about him," Earnhardt said of Eury.
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October 11, 2009 | Jim Peltz
So you're attending the Pepsi 500 NASCAR race today in Fontana, or watching it on television, but don't know much about NASCAR stock car racing and don't get the hoopla. Here's some help to put you at ease with your gear-head friends for all 500 miles. With these shortcuts, you might even feel a bit smug by the time the checkered flag falls: Pick a favorite: Choose any driver before the race starts (at noon) and root for him all day. There are 43 to pick from and it's more fun tracking his progress than getting dizzy watching the whole field go around in circles.
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August 30, 2007 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- On a hazy morning at North Carolina Speedway, NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler is steering his No. 19 Dodge around the track in a practice session. The car's thunderous noise echoes off the empty metal grandstands and pierces the quiet of the surrounding Sandhills region, where rolling stretches of grass outside the track are ready for thousands of fans' cars and RVs.
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February 15, 2006 | Shav Glick, Special to The Times
For the last 23 years, NASCAR has opened its premier stock car racing season with the Daytona 500, long enough for many followers to think it has always been that way. But it hasn't. Riverside International Raceway, a sprawling road course that twisted its way through what is now Moreno Valley east of Riverside for three decades, was long the site of the opening race of the 1965 Grand National -- later Winston Cup and now Nextel Cup -- season.
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August 29, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
Road rage at 200 mph. There rarely seems to be a NASCAR race that doesn't include the built-for-racing stock cars leaning on one another, banging fenders, crumpling nose cones -- usually accidentally but often enough deliberately. And it is hardly new. One of the defining moments of NASCAR's shift from a regional Southeastern sport into what has become the country's second-most popular spectator sport occurred on the final lap of the 1979 Daytona 500.
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May 20, 1991
Mike Chase overcame an engine problem to score a one-lap victory in the NASCAR Winston West Series California 400 stock car race at Bakersfield.
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March 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Paul Sawyer, 88, who helped develop stock car racing from a regional sport into an international phenomenon, died of pneumonia Saturday at a hospital in Richmond, Va. Sawyer and his partner, early NASCAR star Joe Weatherly, bought a small dirt track in Richmond, along with tracks in Wilson, N.C., and Virginia Beach, Va., in 1955. A year later, Sawyer bought out Weatherly and concentrated on Richmond, which he gradually turned into a three-quarter-mile oval with more than 100,000 seats.
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November 11, 2004 | David Wharton and Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writers
Hard liquor is nothing new to stock car racing, a sport that can trace its roots to bootleggers running moonshine through the Carolina hills in souped-up sedans. So there was a sense of NASCAR's returning to its roots on Wednesday with the announcement that it will reverse a decades-old policy and allow its cars and race tracks to display ads for hard liquor. "We felt the time was right," NASCAR President Mike Helton said in a prepared statement.
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