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Higgins' Scuffs: NASCAR and poker

Posted at 3:40pm on Jun. 26, 2013

Earlier this week a friend who lives nearby phoned and invited me to a friendly, low-stakes card game.

Higgin's Scuffs: Petty's 1,000th start was one great Father's Day

Posted at 4:10pm on Jul. 17, 2013

I never have heard the eruption of a volcano. But the applause for Richard Petty on June 15, 1986 as he made his 1,000th start was that kind of blast.

Higgin's Scuffs: Controversial Finish? So What Else Is New?

Posted at 8:24am on Jun. 7, 2013

From the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing’s very first event in June of 1949 at a track in Charlotte through last Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, finishes frequently have been hotly disputed.

Remembering a 'Rock' of a friend

Posted at 4:10pm on Jul. 17, 2013

The trucks are back at Rockingham this weekend. And somewhere, Herman Hickman is smiling.

Higgins: Janet Guthrie respects Danica Patrick, and you should, too

Posted at 9:14am on Feb. 20, 2013

Detractors descended on Patrick, the first woman to capture a pole position at the Daytona 500. And it's ridiculous.

Tom Higgins' Scuffs: Daytona's Clash is born

Posted at 5:35pm on Feb. 15, 2013

Now it's called the Sprint Unlimited and is an expected part of Speedweeks. But in the beginning, 'The Busch Clash' was an experiment that many feared would turn dangerous.

Wet track? Call in the titans

Posted at 3:59pm on Feb. 12, 2013

NASCAR unveils the Air Titan track-drying system.

Any fans want to be on TV?

Posted at 11:58am on Feb. 14, 2013

Travel Channel will be filming at this year’s Daytona 500 and is seeking NASCAR superfans for a new series.

Annual Earnhardt remembrance scheduled

Posted at 10:29am on Feb. 10, 2013

Dale Earnhardt Inc. will be hold its annual "Candlelight Remembrance" on Monday, Feb. 18.

Tom Higgins' Scuffs: A new kid on the block

Posted at 1:49pm on Feb. 7, 2013

Dave Marcis and Bobby Allison knew very early on that Rusty Wallace knew what he was doing behind the wheel of a racecar.

Wallace team sets return

Posted at 11:56am on Jan. 30, 2013

Rusty Wallace Racing plans to run a limited schedule in NASCAR's Nationwide Series with driver Steve Wallace.

The race formerly known as the Budweiser Shootout

Posted at 6:01pm on Jan. 29, 2013

The NASCAR race that traditionally kicks off the stock car portion of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway has changed brands.

NASCAR rolls out its Loopies

Posted at 6:37pm on Dec. 19, 2012

NASCAR has pored over a season’s worth of Loop Data and filtered out the top statistical performances of the 2012 season.

A favorite Christmas story

Posted at 12:34pm on Dec. 17, 2012

Tom Higgins: All those who observe Christmas likely have a favorite memory of the holiday. Please permit me to once again share mine.

RCR signs Scott for No. 2

Posted at 12:11am on May. 6, 2013

Brian Scott will drive Richard Childress Racing's No. 2 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series, replacing Elliott Sadler, who has moved to Joe Gibbs Racing.

And in this corner ...

Posted at 5:54pm on Nov. 16, 2012

Tom Higgins: Best NASCAR brawl ever? It has to be the one involving Mrs. Lee Petty.

OK, coach, what'll it be?

Posted at 4:10pm on Jul. 17, 2013

Tom Higgins: With their Super Bowl on the line, driver Darrell Waltrip, crew chief Buddy Parrott and team owner Bill Gardner huddled to call a final play.

Gibbs confirms Vickers deal

Posted at 12:11am on May. 6, 2013

Jim Utter: Brian Vickers plans to run for a Nationwide Series title with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013.

Is Sunday NASCAR's best day?

Posted at 12:11am on May. 6, 2013

Jim Utter: TV ratings have always had their minor ups and downs, but anytime one-fifth of the viewing audience goes missing is a time for concern.

Burton gets new crew chief

Posted at 12:11am on May. 6, 2013

Jim Utter: Shane Wilson will take over as crew chief for RCR's No. 31 Chevrolet team and driver Jeff Burton.

Electioneering, speedway style

Posted at 4:10pm on Jul. 17, 2013

Tom Higgins' Scuffs: Jimmy Carter, George Wallace, Ollie North, Bob Dole ... elections elicit memories of many a politician's practice laps.

Baker backs Junior's decision

Posted at 5:25pm on Oct. 17, 2012

Tom Higgins: "Those people criticizing (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) don't know what they're talking about and they ought to be ashamed," Buddy Baker says.

Right call was made, Fred Lorenzen's daughter says

Posted at 10:33am on Oct. 13, 2012

Jim Utter: Amanda James, the daughter of former NASCAR star Fred Lorenzen, applauds Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Charlotte's fall race in '65 leaves many memories

Posted at 4:27pm on Oct. 10, 2012

Tom Higgins: They'd have been racing four abreast, but Charlotte Motor Speedway just wasn't wide enough on Oct. 17, 1965.

Buddy Baker's 'Bama blitz

Posted at 1:14am on Oct. 4, 2012

Big Buddy won three straight 500s at the ultra-fast speedway, and he likely would have had a record fourth-in-a-row except for a fuel miscalculation by his pit crew.

Chris Economaki, one of a kind

Posted at 4:15pm on Sep. 28, 2012

Chris Economaki was a motorsports authority, a trickster, larger than life and once in a while unintentionally hilarious.

Kurt Busch, Furniture Row team agree to terms for 2013

Posted at 12:11am on May. 6, 2013

Jim Utter: Furniture Row Racing announces that Kurt Busch is in and Regan Smith is out for the 2013 Sprint Cup season.

First stop was a scorcher

Posted at 12:35pm on Sep. 20, 2012

Tom Higgins: New Hampshire was choking through a heat wave when the Cup series arrived in 1993 – and air conditioning was the exception rather than the rule.

If Tony Stewart's behind you, watching out is a good idea

Posted at 5:54pm on Sep. 18, 2012

Scott Fowler: Tony Stewart is lurking. And that might be an understatement.

McReynolds: It might not be the crew chief

Posted at 12:11am on May. 6, 2013

Jim Utter: Larry McReynolds doesn't think a change in crew chiefs will change Danica Patrick's fortunes.

Meet a hero many times over

Posted at 7:33pm on Sep. 13, 2012

Walter 'Bud' Moore is both a racing legend and an American war hero. You can meet him Oct. 14.

Here it comes, drama or not

Posted at 9:21pm on Sep. 3, 2012

Jenna Fryer: As he clung to his championship chances, IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay saw past his own motives to the bigger picture.

Fall '92: Classic Atlanta

Posted at 8:32am on Sep. 2, 2012

Tom Higgins: The great hope was for Richard Petty to go out in a blaze of glory. Instead, NASCAR’s greatest star went out in a blaze.

Spirit Award salutes Hillenburg

Posted at 12:11am on May. 6, 2013

Jim Utter: Rockingham Speedway's Andy Hillenburg is being recognized by the motorsports media.

Jarrett's first win is foremost

Posted at 1:21pm on Aug. 16, 2012

Tom Higgins: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 three times, but the former champion ranks the thrilling victory at Michigan International Speedway in 1991 as his favorite.

Ghosts of champions past lurk about Seneca Lodge

Posted at 7:31pm on Aug. 9, 2012

Tom Higgins: Tim Richmond's win at the inaugural Bud at The Glen is enshrined at Seneca Lodge as a tire from his winning car still hangs on the wall.

We may never know Dinger’s true tale

Posted at 11:35pm on Aug. 8, 2012

Will we ever know what really happened to suspended Sprint Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger?

NASCAR drivers are tough, but also can be touching

Posted at 11:37pm on Aug. 1, 2012

The tribute to the Allisons on July 18, 1993 will long be a mesmerizing memory.

Earnhardt holds off Wallace, Jarrett in Brickyard 400 thriller

Posted at 4:54pm on Jul. 25, 2012

Tom Higgins: On Aug. 5, 1995, Dale Earnhardt’s delight matched the previous year's disappointment at The Brickyard.

What's next for Allmendinger?

Posted at 12:11am on May. 6, 2013

Jim Utter: Now that driver A.J. Allmendinger has been indefinitely suspended for failing a random drug test, what happens next?