Author: Patrick Reynolds

NHRA, NASCAR, and WoO Work to Fill Seats

Story and photo by Patrick Reynolds A chilling wind cut through my sweatshirt and thermal layers. The day yielded a clear blue, spring sky but unusually cold temperatures. Mother Nature’s breeze added a little bite to the shiver. The high altitude did not help me feel any less frigid. My perch was the top walkway of Charlotte’s zMAX Dragway aluminum grandstands during the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. I stood for an excellent look at the Nitromethane Saturday qualifying runs. As high up as I was, and with no protection from the wind, the chilly day felt a bit colder. My...

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Rex White Connects With NASCAR fans

Story by Patrick Reynolds. Photo courtesy Devin Alexander. I felt honored attending the induction ceremony for NASCAR’s 2015 Hall of Fame class. The sport’s legendary names- Petty, Jarrett, and Wood, among many others- were present. When one has a connection to a particular inductee the excitement level increases. Congratulations Rex White. White was the 1960 champion of what is today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. White posted 28 victories over five seasons, finishing among the top-five in nearly half of his 233 starts. In 1998, White was named as one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers. He is an extremely deserving...

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Just the Way I See It: Rolex 24 at Daytona

Story and photo by Vickie Miller With the Daytona Rolex 24 2015 edition ended, I would like to recognize the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) race on Friday. So much is mentioned regarding the 24-hour TUDOR race, I feel the CTSC race is accidently forgotten. As with most support series races being held on a weekday, it is difficult for working fans to attend or follow the race. This year the CTSC race was very exciting while still being routine. For the Grand Sport (GS) class, the 2015 race year appears to have started right where 2014 left off...

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Ganassi Racing Wins Rolex 24 at Daytona

Story and photo by Patrick Reynolds Daytona Beach, FL- The Chip Ganassi Racing Team is recognized alongside the current IMSA Series and the Tudor United Sportscar Championship with their multiple race wins and titles in the former Grand Am Series. The team drove to Victory Lane in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona but not in their primary entry. Tony Kanaan, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray, and the man behind the wheel at the checkered flag, Scott Dixon, showed often-seen strength in Ganassi entries. The team qualified second and ran at or near the front most of the way. From...

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Charge or Cruise in Daytona’s Rolex 24?

By Patrick Reynolds Daytona Beach, FL- “Keep it together until the morning. Wait for sunrise, see where you are, and then make a charge for the win.” Or maybe not so much anymore. The above quote is paraphrased and some version of it can be attributed to many Rolex 24 at Daytona veterans. Drivers and crew members alike know that in order the finish first, one must first finish. However the manner in which the teams get to the finish has changed over the years. What once was a field logging laps overnight until morning before charging for the...

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