Johnson City Press Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Local racing champion Laymon Utsman dead at 81

Local racing champion Laymon Utsman dead at 81

August 3rd, 2014 9:29 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Laymon Utsman, whose driving career spanned from 1955-78, made three starts in NASCAR's top series. He drove two races in 1959 for Johnson City car owner Jess Potter at Asheville-Weaverville and North Wilkesboro Speedways.

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Points still a key in winning NASCAR championship

Points still a key in winning NASCAR championship

July 29th, 2014 11:12 pm by Jeff Birchfield

It seems the biggest misconception race fans have about NASCAR's new championship system is that points don't matter.

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Bigfoot ready to return to BMS

Bigfoot ready to return to BMS

July 25th, 2014 8:48 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Bigfoot driver Dan Runte explained that his Ford pickup is more than the star of tonight's Thompson Metals Monster Truck Madness at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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ATV champion Maupin still making adjustment to cars

ATV champion Maupin still making adjustment to cars

July 22nd, 2014 10:02 pm by Jeff Birchfield

The transition from an ATV champion to a champion race car driver isn't easy. Just ask Johnson City driver Tim Maupin, who in his fourth season racing in the Crate Late Model division at Volunteer Speedway.

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Big names are at head of the class

Big names are at head of the class

July 22nd, 2014 10:00 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Although Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick have had the fastest cars often during the first part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have been the class of the field so far.

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Johnson adds to impressive Denver record

Johnson adds to impressive Denver record

July 21st, 2014 6:47 pm by Jeff Birchfield

The Greeneville driver won the Pro Stock class at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals for a third straight year Sunday at Bandimere Speedway.

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Keselowski rival to Wallace as Penske's best

Keselowski rival to Wallace as Penske's best

July 15th, 2014 9:07 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Look out Rusty Wallace, Brad Keselowski is closing in as Roger Penske's top NASCAR driver.

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Gaughan ready  to dive into action

Gaughan ready to dive into action

July 8th, 2014 7:36 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Swimming with the sharks is less dangerous than racing the sharks in the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. That was a tagline given to NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan before he spoke to visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium on Tuesday.

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Almirola latest surprise winner at Daytona

Almirola latest surprise winner at Daytona

July 8th, 2014 7:34 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Upon examination, Aric Almirola's surprising win in Sunday's Coke Zero 400 wasn't that much of a surprise.

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Nine top NASCAR team owners form Race Team Alliance

Nine top NASCAR team owners form Race Team Alliance

July 7th, 2014 4:17 pm by AP

The goals of the RTA include lowering costs for NASCAR teams and creating one voice on issues facing the teams. Kauffman insisted the RTA is not a union.

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