Tag: Automobile Racing

Junior Johnson, Good-Old-Boy Auto Racing Star, Is Dead at 88

Junior Johnson, a teenage moonshiner from the North Carolina hills who became one of the greatest drivers in stock-car racing and the personification of its country roots, died on Friday at an assisted living facility in Charlotte, N.C. He was 88. His death was confirmed by his wife, Lisa, who said he had Alzheimer’s disease. […]

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Calling Danger at the Grandview Speedway

The first race was still three hours away, yet knots of fans were already lounging in the shade outside the gates on portable furniture, preparing high-cholesterol food beside their pickups, refueling for the long night of action. The sun was shining on a late-summer afternoon. The big trailers were rumbling in, towing the decaled racecars […]

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Jessi Combs, TV Host and Driver, Dies in Attempt at Land Speed Record

Jessi Combs, a television host and professional racer, died on Tuesday in Oregon while trying to set a world land speed record. Ms. Combs’s death was confirmed in a statement by the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the scene of the crash in the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon on Tuesday afternoon. The […]

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A Teenage NASCAR Driver Is Content to Go Slow for Now

Hailie Deegan was puzzled. She had come to stock-car racing from the rough-and-tumble world of off-road racing, where she considered herself to be just one of the guys. Off-road racers slammed into one another and knocked each other over, then left the track and laughed about it. She found stock-car competitors, also mostly men, to […]

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Indianapolis 500: Simon Pagenaud Holds Off Alexander Rossi to Win

INDIANAPOLIS — Simon Pagenaud had perhaps as good an explanation as any for how he won the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. “This race chooses its winners,” Pagenaud said after holding off Alexander Rossi in a frantic finish. “Today, I was the chosen one.” Also helping Pagenaud was his uncanny ability to anticipate Rossi’s moves. […]

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