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Nothing fabricated about IndyCar’s championship

Posted in Column, IRL, NASCAR, NHRA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2009 by Martin Henderson

In a racing world where playoffs were created to ensure a close championship battle and maintain consumer interest, isn’t it ironic that the IndyCar Series may have the best championship of all?

Going into today’s final race of 2009 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Scott Dixon has the championship lead, teammate Dario Franchitti is five points off the pace, and Ryan Briscoe is eight points back. The series has averaged a new championship leader every other race this season.

There is nothing contrived about this battle for open wheel supremecy, nothing fabricated by artificial means or points. It will be decided in a 200-lap shootout on a 1.5-mile oval under the lights. One of those three men is going to win it, and he will earn it in the process.

Based on the whole season, not just a portion of it.

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NHRA: It’s a golden moment for Connie Kalitta

Posted in Column, NHRA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by Martin Henderson

One couldn’t help but pull for Doug Kalitta on Tuesday afternoon in the finals of the 49th Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals for one reason: Pulling for Doug Kalitta meant pulling for Connie Kalitta.

The man known as “The Bounty Hunter” in his racing days is celebrating his 50th year in drag racing, but nobody could have faulted him if he had stopped at 49.

He will be 71 on Feb. 24, and has given the bulk of his life to drag racing. Last year he gave his son, Scott, a two-time champion who was killed instantly in a qualifying crash at Englishtown, N.J.

Kalitta Motorsports was at the next event a week later, so maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that it cobbled together its resources to open the Full Throttle Drag Racing season at the series’ second-most prestigious race.

Conrad “Connie” Kalitta is a drag racer, and will be for as long as his heart continues to beat. It’s what he knows, it’s what he is.
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The quill has been busy even though the site hasn’t

Posted in IRL, NASCAR, NHRA with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2009 by Martin Henderson

Just a note to all the good people who stop by RACESCRIBE. I haven’t forgotten about you, it’s just that the hardest job in the world is being unemployed, and I’ve been trying to find work in order to, you know, pay my bills.

Having said that, I’m hopeful of getting out to Pomona for the season-opening NHRA Winternationals, which will initiate the 2009 RACESCRIBE season. I’m hoping to post some columns that I’ve already worked on, meaning you will get Gary Scelzi, Hillary Will, and a preview of Funny Car and Top Fuel.

For those with NASCAR allegiances, who would you rather read about, Jeff Gordon or Robby Gordon? Well, columns about both are on the horizon. Might even be able to fit in a Sprint Cup preview before Daytona (the 500, not the Shootout). Plus, a couple of other things are lined up.

Don’t worry, there’s an Indycar column already done, but no sense in wasting it now. The season doesn’t really begin until March when Helio Castroneves goes on trial.

The point is, there’s stuff coming down the pike, even though the site hasn’t been updated for two months. It wasn’t my intent to leave it that long, but it wasn’t my intent to still be out of a job, either.

Anyway, keep checking out racescribe. I’ll try to take care of you.