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By Carol Einarsson | 05/28/2015

The time isn't yet right to share it all, but boy was yesterday a great day!

I'll soon have a very exciting announcement, but it's not yet ready.

I wanted to post this just to say Hi, to let you know I'm still among the living, and that despite the two weeks off, the "announcement" that is forthcoming has acted as somewhat of a drain cleaner.

For a long while, now, it's felt like my words were sitting in that mucky water of the kitchen sink when the drain backs up. Everything I wrote would just fall into that pool of old food, grease, and stank that sits in the water awaiting a drain snake to free it from the confines of the stainless steel prison in which its rotting. Yes, inside, it had gotten that bad.

But now... NOW the plumber has arrived, the drain is clear, and the kitchen sink has been made shiny again, with water flowing freely. 

Thank you all so much for enduring whatever crap writing I've been posting here for the past however-long I've been in this funk. And thank you for joining me in this journey! Hold on, it's about to get SO MUCH BETTER!!

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By Don Radebaugh / ARCA Racing | 04/10/2014
 (TOLEDO, Ohio) - The Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch'N Nutter at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery will mark the season-opener for the historic half-mile portion of the hallowed grounds in southern Indiana. But for seasoned veteran Ken Schrader, it'll be race number 22 on the year, and the buds on the trees haven't even opened yet. That's more than the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will do in a full season.  
And oh yeah, Schrader turns 59 on May 29. Schrader is already the oldest ARCA winner in series history after his victory on the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile last September. So what's Schrader's take on it?
"Well, that just means that I wanna be an older winner this year," Schrader said.

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By Carol Einarsson | 03/19/2009

Formula One:
The FIA has changed the rules in Formula One beginning this year, placing premium value on wins over anything else. The Champion will be crowned based not on the points accumulated or the consistency of podium finishes, but on wins alone. If this system had been in place last year, Felipe Massa would be World Champion and Louis Hamilton would be just a mere second-place finisher for the second year in a row.

What might this mean in F1 racing? For starters, it might mean better racing. If winning is all that matters, maybe we'll see a little more aggression in passing (or at least aggressively attempting to get close enough to pass), and a little less willingness for teammates to help each other.

Or maybe the whole thing will blow up in their faces, figuratively speaking, and we'll see an all-time high of teammates gifting wins away. No more will gifting a podium finish to a teammate suffice if doing so will only help him in the event of a points tie at the season's end. I wonder if we might now be likely to see the leader of the race pull over with some imagined engine trouble as his teammate is allowed past to notch one more win on the competition.

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By Carol Einarsson | 10/31/2008


Wow. Larry McClure's been indicted in what seems to be something pretty big. 115 years in jail is the number of the day. Innocent until proven guilty, certainly, but the accusations sound pretty bad at this point. First Gene Haas and now Larry McClure? Toss in Helio, and I'd imagine racing outsiders are wondering what's up with racing and tax problems. Y'know, though, I'd rather have team owners in trouble than drivers, and I'll take tax evasion over drug addictions any day of the week. I bet NASCAR's public relations department would, too.

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By Carol Einarsson | 07/12/2008

Formula 1 Logo . . . . . . . Indy Racing League . . . . . . . wipeout

From the world of Formula One, and the ever disturbing story of Max Mosley, I find the headlines amusing for the suit he's now filed against the tabloid, News of the World. In one breath he's denying that the nazi tryst took place at all, and yet, oddly, he's suing them for invasion of privacy. Hmmm... One might wonder if it didn't happen, why he's not suing them for liable instead. And we might further wonder, if it didn't happen, how could that privacy have been invaded?

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By Matt Einarsson | 05/23/2008
This weekend marks one of the all-time great sporting event weekends, with the Indy 500, the Coca Cola 600 and the Grand Prix of Monaco.

All on Sunday!

First on at 7:30am on SPEED is the Grand Prix of Monaco, Formula 1's premier event. No other race has the historical importance that Monte Carlo provides. It is the number one sporting event worldwide, and with three competitive teams this season, anything can happen. Nothing else even comes close.

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By Carol Einarsson | 04/20/2008

Helio thinks she was a lap down.

Her critics say it doesn't count because it was a fuel-mileage race.

What do YOU think?

Share your thoughts here.

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By Carol Einarsson | 09/24/2007
John Force was in a nightmare accident on Sunday after what looked like a blown tire. He then collected Kenny Bernstein, and the two of them hit the wall with incredible force. Uh, no pun intended. The 14-time Funny Car Champ was doing 315 miles per hour, and Bernstein was just shy of that. I guess the good news is that Force won the race, as did his daughter Ashley. But Ashley withdrew from her final to go with her dad to the hospital.

The latest news is that he didn't suffer as many injuries as first reported. We first heard he had two broken legs, a broken arm, and a concussion, but a number of sources are now listing his injuries as a broken left ankle, a nasty gash on his right knee cut to the bone, a dislocated and broken left wrist, and some fractures to fingers on his right hand. Enough damage that it seems unlikely he'll be using his legs anytime soon and his arms will probably be doing little more than hugging his family. Doctors say he'll make a full recovery. His fans hope that's true, though some of his fans hope this will be enough to hasten his retirement.

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By Carol Einarsson | 09/15/2007
Welcome to a new semi-regular column at Race Journal Online. Since we primarily focus on NASCAR Nextel Cup, I wanted a regular place for news from other racing series. I never would have imagined, though, the tragedy that would mark the first edition of this new feature.

Colin McRae
It's never a good day when I open up my mailbox and see a racer's name. It just seems that's the way I always find out about a loss in the motorsports world.

Today it was Colin McRae.

He was one of two favorites that my race-loving son followed in World Rally Championship racing. The other was Richard Burns. Burns, you might remember, died less than two years ago at the age of 34 from a brain tumor.

And now Colin McRae has perished in a helicopter crash. Among the passengers in the copter piloted by McRae was his young son Johnny, just five years old. He leaves behind a wife, Alison, and a nine-year-old daughter Hollie.

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