Redbull, Scott Speed Finally Settle Lawsuit

As if NASCAR doesn’t provide enough intensity on the track when cars are racing at speeds of 200 MPH or more around the circuits, and drivers pit their wits and grit against one another for the coveted NASCAR Sprint Cup, there is equally as much intensity off the track.

Scott Speed, the former driver for Red Bull Racing, who was released from his contract in November of 2011, and who was promptly replaced by Brian Vickers, filed suit against the energy drink maker in December, citing that his firing was a “violation of contract.”

Speed got his start in Formula One racing in 2005, but did not see many victories during this two year endeavor in that sport, ultimately changing over to NASCAR in 2008, after a very brief one year stint in the ARCA series. Widely known for his uncontrollable outbursts and flaring temper that have long dogged his reputation, he drove mostly unsponsored for 2011 until Red Bull Racing picked him up to add to their roster.

Notably, a few months later, Redbull dropped him. They also announced at the end of this year that they would not be sponsoring any drivers for 2012 or competing in any NASCAR events; a shock to the NASCAR nation that is still making its reverberations. With the demise of Redbull’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing Team also goes their other two drivers, Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers, as well as other employees for the team that are now job hunting in for the 2012 season.

While there has not been a public announcement on the exact amounts of the settlement, sufficed to say that it was enough to make Speed satisfied and to end the lawsuit out of court. For Speed, the amount he gets should hopefully bide him for quite some time. He only has a sponsor for a part time 2012 NASCAR schedule with Leavine Family Racing. And if his temper continues to get the better of him, chances are that he will find them (his new sponsor) leaving him in a hurry and just as fast as Redbull did.

2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Prediction: Five Drivers to Watch

We are pretty danged excited for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, are you? With so many promising drivers, it would be very difficult to name the best of the best, or to go into great details about all of them without penning a nonfiction novel in the process of doing so. There are, however, five NASCAR drivers that we think that all avid fans of this stock car racing sport should be taking notes on in 2012. Without further ado, our top drivers to watch in 2012 are as follows.

#5: Kurt Busch will be racing for the Phoenix Racing team during the 2012 season, and has much potential for winning races and being a thorn on the heels of other drivers. With an engine that is manufactured by Hendrick Motorsports, which made the engines for the past six NASCAR Sprint Cup championship teams, Busch has the talents to get it done on the track. We predict he will win at least two races this year.

#4: A.J. Allmendinger should be able to notch his first career race in 2012. With Roger Penske behind him – and a super diligent staff with plenty of funds for a great car and a backup car –

Allmendinger should have the clout to finally notch that win he’s been seeking.

#3: Brad Keselowski will contend for the Sprint Cup title. This does sound outlandish, but Keselowski was amazing in 2011, and is on the well funded Miller Lite Penske Dodge team. With him back in action after a horrifying accident that he survived at Road Atlanta, expect him to go for gold in 2012.

#2: Kyle Busch will still be the subject of AP scrutiny. This topic is getting old, and in spite of what people may think of him, he is still a very capable driver. Perhaps he will stamp out the media banter by notching some impressive wins in 2012; we sure think so.

#1: Jimmie Johnson will overtake Tony Stewart. The 2011 race was very close, but Stewart had a come-from-behind second half of the season. This year, if Stewart doesn’t watch his back, Jimmie Johnson, no stranger to titles, will be hard on his heels to win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Stockcar Racing Legends Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Ray Fox?

When you talk about stockcar racing and legends, there is one name that is synonymously associated with its history, none other than Mr. Ray Fox. We have some factoids about Ray Fox that you may not have known about prior. Bear with us as we take ride down memory lane. The legacy of Ray Fox is unquestionable, and it opens a portal into stockcar racing’s past that’s more than half a century aged.

Did you know that Ray Fox ….

  • Actually built the car for Fireball Roberts that he used to win the 1955 classic Daytona Beach Course. But what was he disqualified for later? Answer: Shortened Pushrods.
  • What year was Ray Fox named “Mechanic of the year? Answer: 1956.
  • What car did he build that enabled Junior Johnson to win the 1960 Daytona 500? Answer: A 1959 Chevrolet Junior Johnson.
  • How many races and poles did fox win in 8 years of racing? Answer: 18 poles and 14 races.
  • What famous stockcar drivers raced for Fox? Answer: David Pearson, Earl Balmer, Buck Baker, Fred Lorenzen, Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Fireball Roberts, Leeroy Yarbrough and Marvin Panch.
  • What engine powered the famous Dodge Coronet that Ray built? Answer: 426-Cubic-Inch Hemi-Charger Engine with Four-Port Hilborne Fuel Injection and a 617 GMC Blower. For extra points, what speed records did this car set? Answer: 181.818 mph on a closed course.
  • When did Fox retire from the sport of stockcar racing? Answer: 1972.
  • What year did Fox come back to NASCAR working as an inspector? Answer: 1990.
  • When did he retire for the last time? Answer: 1996.
  • When was Ray Fox officially inducted into the national Motorsports Hall of Fame? Answer: 2003.
  • What club is Ray Fox president over? Answer: Living Legends of Auto Racing.
  • Where does Ray Fox still live? Answer: Daytona, Florida – where else!

The Most Famous Races to Ever Take Place for NASCAR at Talladega

Much like any other professional sport, stock car racing has had its fair share of notable and famous races, down-to-the-line finishes that etched their way into NASCAR history. With so many races taking place each year on the pro circuit, easily there are some that can be deemed as more memorable than others. In this post, we will briefly review some of the most famous stock car racing events that ever took place at one of NASCAR’s most famous race tracks: Talladega.

The first stock car racing Event at Talladega: The three Richards – This one easily has earned its place in stock car racing history. Richard Petty was not deterred from putting his roadster on the tracks of Talladega for the inaugural race, even after many NASCAR drivers refused to do so over fears that they wouldn’t have enough tire grip. Notable other drivers who choose to race that day included Richard Childress and Richard Brickhouse, of which Brickhouse earned the win that day, all the way back in 1969.

In 1973, during the 500 event at Talladega – considered by many to be the “Big One” because 60 cars were on the track – a backstretch accident wiped out 21 cars, and another mishap wrecked an additional 19. By the time the race was concluded, there were only 17 cars that were still in the race and in contention. It represented a race that had more wrecked cars than almost any other race in stock car racing history.

Wrangler takes Dale Earnhardt to the top. When Earnhardt and Childress started working together again, Earnhardt made sure to bring along his Wrangler sponsorship.  Earnhardt etched a win by famously passing up Terry Labonte in the final lap at the 1984 Talladega 500—an event that featured more than 65 lead changes that were shared between 17 different drivers.

Benny Parson’s Most Memorable Stock Car Racing Moments in His Own Words

Two decades of being a major league NASCAR driver netted Benny Parson more than $4 million in winnings, 21 victories, and the coveted 1973 Winston Cup championship, which he stated was nothing short of a miracle. Many of you have watched and enjoyed him announcing races on the popular EPSN network that covers them. Rarely, however, do you come across some seriously titillating information about one of the most legendary drivers to ever grace the track with his slick handling and coy composure in the cockpit. We managed to sift around a bit, and were able to dig up this awesome interview between Benny Parson and Stockcarracing.com.

Here are a few key highlights.

Parson says his biggest win – the 1973 Winston Cup championship – was nothing short of a miracle. “People who were in the garage at Rockingham for the October 21, 1973 race, when I miraculously won my first and only Winston Cup championship, still tell me they experienced one of the most dramatic hours in racing,” Parson told SCR of that dramatic event that led up to his most noteworthy race.

After basically totaling his car, roll bars and all, Parson was getting ready to call it a day and leave the track, when someone on his team suggested that they modify the car to make it race-ready again by removing the roll bars. He would not get back on the track for more than an hour, during the 136th lap. He would finish 28th in that race, but it still gave him the point edge to win the cup that year.

His most memorable thrill is Daytona. “Daytona 500 and gave me the biggest thrill of my racing career,” Parson told SCR.

He never thought he was as good at driving on dirt tracks as Richard Petty was. Rehashing a famous mishap that took place at the dirt track on the Raleigh North, Carolina Fairgrounds in 1970, Parson still attributes Richard Petty as a better dirt track driver in his interview with SCR.“Just as I came off Turn 4 and prepared to pitch the car into Turn 1, the engine blew. So I still don’t know if I could have driven on dirt like Richard Petty, doggone it,” he said.

Barney Hall Dishes Out His Take on Being a NASCAR Radio Announcer in a Recent Interview with SCR

A name that has been historically associated with stock car racing is not that of a driver, a team owner or even a particular cup series. Rather it’s that of none other than Barney Hall, who began his career of hosting the popular Motor Racing Network all the way back in 1958. We came across a rare and profoundly insightful interview that was conducted by the fan favorite website, Stockcarracing.com and Hall, where Mr. Hall spills the beans on the aspects that have surrounded his passionate occupation.

Hall told SCR that he got his start as a radio announcer back around 1960, when a gentleman named Ted Webb “asked if I would come to Daytona and audition for it.” It ultimately led up to him working his way up the ranks from a PA announcer in 58’ at local radio station to a full time gig as a premier stock car radio announcer just a few short years later.

Most Memorable Moments in Announcing

Having seen more racing than most people, having announced them and being familiar with the drivers, courses and cars, Hall told SCR that there is one moment that truly sticks in his mind. It was that of the “1979 that finish between Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison when they had the fistfight over in Turn 3. I was working over there in Turn 3 and had a bird’s-eye view of that.”

Lastly, his final thoughts on his prestigious career accolades and being a famous stock car radio announcer: “The one thing that makes me feel like I get by is if I feel like I’m having a good time, the listener’s having a good time. It’s always been my philosophy. When I was a disc jockey, if I entertained myself, I felt like I was entertaining the other people. I guess it works. As an old announcer told me one time, if you can’t convince em’, confuse em’ and it’s worked pretty good so far,” Hall told SCR of his viewpoints on his profession.

You can read the full interview between Hall and SCR Here. It’s well worth reading, too.

Rick Hendrick Defines what “Winning” Truly Comprises for Stock Car Owners

How much do you know about famous stock car racing team owner, Rick Hendrick. Most folks know that he owned the cars that were driven in some of stock car racing’s most historic battles on the track. Hendrick also has had more talented drivers on his team than any other owner. As a matter of fact, he is unanimously considered to be the most winningest team owner in the history of this high-octane sport. Test your knowledge with this fun fan trivia, and learn some new factoids about Hendrick that you may not have known about prior.

What pro career did Hendrick turn down? Answer: He turned down an offer to play professional baseball, instead choosing to pursue a college degree.

What was the original name if Rick Hendrick’s racing team, and for extra points, when did he change it to what it is presently named? Answer: It was originally called, and appropriately so, the “All Star Racing” team. However, in 1985 Hendrick changed the name to “Hendrick Motorsports.”

What years did his team drive in famous Cup Races in Riverside, Ca? Answer: in 1987 and in 1988.

Hendricks team won nine impressive Cup Series Championships, but with what famous stock car racing drivers, and in what years? Answer: Jeff Gordon won cups in 1995, 1997, 1998 and in 2001; Terry Labonte won a cup in 1996; and Jimmie Johnson won cups in four consecutive runs from 2006-2009.

Through the year 2009, how many events has his team competed in, how many wins have they racked up, and with how many top-five finishes and poles positions? Answer: Hendrick’s team has competed in more than 2,700 NASCAR Cup Races, he has more than 745 top-five finishes, more than 170 pole positions, and a whopping 190+ wins through 09’.

How much money has the team earned in winnings through the year 2009? Answer: A heck of a lot of money, about: $334,759,939 through 09’ in total winnings.

105 Races Without a Full Season Completed: David Pearson is the Epitome of a Stock Car Racing Legend

David Pearson – the “Silver Fox” – was well known for somehow working his way into a pole positions during the final laps of races, and for overtaking other drivers – who often had more beef under the hood – in the last few laps of any given race to gain a well earned and deserved victory. The 1960 “Rookie of the Year” never even completed a full season in stock car racing. But he still somehow managed to make other drivers sweat bricks when he gleaned the track, and is easily one of the more memorable names in stock car racing history, and is also widely considered by many to be a legend of this sport.

Fun Facts About David Pearson

A lot of present day stock car racing fans do not know very much about this famous stock car racing driver; mostly because he was a 60s era driver. But we have gathered some fun facts about him that can serve to better educate you about one of the most winningest drivers of all time. More than fifty years after the fact, Pearson still holds some rather impressive stock car records.

  • Pearson won the “Rookie of the Year” title in 1960, when he was only 25 years old.
  • Earned NASCAR Cup Championships in three separate years: 1966, 1968 and in 1969.
  • Almost never completed seasons; which left many experts and fans baffled, and that could have doubles or even tripled his wins.
  • Had a staggeringly huge 18% winning ratio, where he posted 105 wins in just 574 starts as a stock car driver.
  • Infamously quit mid-season (1967) for the race team that was owned by Cotton Owens over a dispute regarding who would get to drive the “Hauler.”
  • Holds a notable record on Darlington Raceway, where he racked up 10 race wins and 12 pole positions.
  • Only competed in 9 events in 79’, but somehow managed to be voted as the “Most Popular NASCAR Driver” by fans in a landslide.

Redbull, Ferrari, Part Ways with Formula One Teams Association & Other Racing News

Two lead sponsors of the overseeing body of regulation that helps to keep the Formula One Sport on track, FOTA, have announced that they will be parting ways with it in 2012. Both Ferrari and Redbull have announced that they will not be returning to the Formula One Team Association in the years that follow. The news is particularly daunting because Redbull won the Constructors’ championship in 2010 and in 2011.

Ferrari issued a simple statement regarding their departure from this body on December 2nd, stating that, “FOTA’s drive has run its course.”

Rumors are widely spurring that the Resource Restriction Agreement, which would have introduced a sport-wide spending cap to keep the nature of the sport more competitive, was to blame. But that’s probably not the truth, because this agreement was first put into place by Luca di Montezemolo, who was CEO of Ferrari at the time.

The organization has been holding meetings to determine its best path forwards in 2012.

Other Racing News:

  • Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One, has announced a deadline extension for the United States Grand Prix, slated for Nov. 18, 2012, in Austin, Texas. The World Motor Sport Council is expected to confirm the 2012 calendar this month. Mr. Ecclestone emphasized that adequate funding needs to be in place for the races to happen.
  • Sprint Cup will remain Sprint Cup. Sources have confirmed to the press that NASCAR has reached a new three year deal with Sprint, extending the name of the cup through 2016.
  • Newman/Haas Racing, which was created by actor Paul Newman, has announced that they will NOT have an IndyCar team in 2012 due to financial calamity. In a recent statement that issued to the press, co-founder, Carl Haas, told the New York Times that,
    “The economic climate no longer enables Newman/Haas Racing to participate in open wheel racing at this time.”