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Smith doesn’t take no for an answer

Smith doesn’t take no for an answer

October 14th, 2013 5:51 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Fifteen years after floating the idea of a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway to the public, track owner Bruton Smith's dream became a reality on Monday.

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Ford second as dust settles on elite field

Ford second as dust settles on elite field

October 8th, 2013 8:14 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Science Hill grad Jensen Ford finished runner-up at the FasTrack Racing Series World Championship last Saturday in West Virginia.

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Ex-Hilltopper Franklin flourishing with Colts

Ex-Hilltopper Franklin flourishing with Colts

October 5th, 2013 7:03 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Former Science Hill and Tennessee player Aubrayo Franklin has started all four games at nose tackle for the Indianpolis Colts this season, and has nine tackles, easily on pace to beat his total each of the past two seasons.

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Wife’s advice pays off for Force

Wife’s advice pays off for Force

October 1st, 2013 9:41 pm by Jeff Birchfield

"I talked to my wife and she said you need to get back to winning because winning fixes everything," John Force said.

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Gibbs team flexes muscle early in Chase

Gibbs team flexes muscle early in Chase

September 24th, 2013 5:27 pm by Staff Report

Two weeks into the Chase and Joe Gibbs Racing clearly looks like the organization to beat. Matt Kenseth, in the No. 20 Toyota, has won the first two races, at Chicagoland and Loudon, with his teammate Kyle Busch the runner-up each time.

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Drivers say Richmond was extreme case of rule bending

Drivers say Richmond was extreme case of rule bending

September 17th, 2013 9:35 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne believe NASCAR is on the right track to restore fans’ faith in the sport after one of its most embarrassing weeks ever.

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Richmond left much to unravel

Richmond left much to unravel

September 10th, 2013 7:15 pm by Jeff Birchfield

NASCAR got it right with the penalties levied against MWR after Saturday’s shenanigans at the end of the Richmond race, but the race's outcome had many layers and plenty of awkward situations.

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Elizabethton, Hampton open in style

Elizabethton, Hampton open in style

September 7th, 2013 6:43 pm by Jeff Birchfield

The Elizabethton Cyclones stayed focused on the task at hand on Friday night. So did the Hampton Bulldogs.

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Gordon, Busch ready to battle in Richmond

Gordon, Busch ready to battle in Richmond

September 3rd, 2013 6:19 pm by Jeff Birchfield

For the second year in a row, four-time NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon comes to Richmond needing a big performance to make the Chase. Standing in his way is a driver named Busch, except this time it’s older brother Kurt instead of Kyle.

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Bristol race draws record ratings

Bristol race draws record ratings

August 27th, 2013 6:44 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Saturday’s television broadcast of the IRWIN Tools Night at Bristol Motor Speedway drew the largest audience to watch the race since ESPN and ABC returned to live NASCAR coverage in 2007.

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