Most of racing's great stories (and some of its great drivers) are not on radio or TV. You gotta go see it for yourself, blogs Stephen Cox. Al Unser, Sr. used a hotel lobby display car to win at Indianapolis in 1987. Juan Fangio at 46 years old broke and re-broke the Nurburgring lap record three times during his miracle Formula One victory in 1957. Every motorsport enthusiast can recite a list of the great driving performances in auto racing history. But many of the sport's truly amazing drives...Read More
SHORT TRACK RACING: HOMAGE TO A FORGOTTEN SERIES!
Hard to believe it's been nearly 20 years since the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) ran exciting, wheel to wheel stock car races on short tracks around Indiana. This series was distinct from and should not be confused with today's southeastern CARS series that descended from the old Hooters ProCup series, blogs Stephen Cox. The original CARS series was Indiana-based, founded by former ARCA driver Morris Coffman. The concept was built around a spec stock car chassis powered by 305 cubic i...Read More
STEPHEN COX: CHRONICLES’ SCRIBE WINS ‘HARD CHARGER’ AT KINGSPORT!
C7R Motorsports driver and CarGuyChronicles.com contributor Stephen Cox didn't have the car he wanted in qualifying for Friday night's twin 50-lap Super Cup Stock Car Series events at Kingsport Speedway. But he was fast when it counted. Starting in ninth position at eastern Tennessee's “Concrete Jungle,” Cox's STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer #21 won Super Cup's Hard Charger Award by improving eight positions for a runner-up finish to Ben Ebeling, who won by two car lengths. “The last caution c...Read More
1922 INDY 500: TWO BOYS, A TRAIN AND THE MAKING OF A RACE FAN!
Here's a short story to help you enjoy this year's 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, blogs Stephen Cox. In the spring of 1922, Alton Hartley was a college student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He and a friend decided they wanted to attend the 10th International 500 Mile Sweepstakes, as the race was then known, on Tuesday, May 30th. Having no car, Hartley and his friend needed a cheap method of transportation for the 65-mile southbound trip to Indianapolis and the local f...Read More
INDYCAR: WHAT’S MISSING AT ST. PETE?
Stephen Cox examines the decline in overall entries at Indycar events over the years and looks at what, if anything could or should be done about it. Qualifying for an Indycar race is no longer considered an accomplishment of any value in the auto-racing world. Of course, qualifying well is still valued. But qualifying itself is not, because every team that shows up automatically makes the race! This is one of the unspoken differences between Indycar racing today and Indycar racing of the...Read More
NASCAR: HOW TO SAVE TRUCK RACING!
It's really not that difficult to organize a competitive race series. But turning down money? Now that's tough,blogs Stephen Cox. The easy way to run a series is to have an official provider for everything from tires to body kits to engines. Mandatory components (spec parts) are frequently offered as a fix-all solution though in reality, costs are rarely contained. Remember, everyone at every step along the way has to make money. That means the series, parts manufacturers, distributors and on a...Read More
KARTING: SALTY DOG GP & THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN RACING!
Go find yourself a Kart track this weekend. No, it's not “real” racing, but for millions of Americans it's the only first-hand motorsports experience they'll ever have. And that's surely better than the alternative, blogs Stephen Cox. I started late. I didn't drive in my first professional auto race until age 21. Before that, I was addicted to Go Kart racing. No, not the World Karting Association or the National Karting Alliance. I'd never heard of them. My Karting career began by paying fiv...Read More
STEPHEN COX: CHASING THE NATIONAL SUPER CUP TITLE!
Our racer-in-residence returns to Rohrbaugh Racing for the 2017 Super Cup Series. Rohrbaugh Racing will compete for the Super Cup Stock Car Series national championship this year with driver Stephen Cox. He returns to the seat following a successful 2016 campaign. A versatile veteran, Cox has three wins, four poles and nine top “fives” in his last eleven starts on both ovals and road courses. Driving for ARCA's Codie Rohrbaugh, Cox is expected to be among the favorites for the Super Cup Nort...Read More
SUPER CUP: CHANNELING THE HOOTERS PRO CUP SERIES!
Super Cup is what all-American short track stock car racing once was, and in 2001 the Hooters ProCup Series was on top of the world, blogs Stephen Cox. Brian Vickers was graduating to NASCAR after a three-year Pro Cup career. Joey Logano would join Hooters a few seasons later. Every short track superstar in the eastern half of the country knew that Hooters was the place to be. Johnny Rumley, Bobby Gill, Jay Fogleman, Jeff Agnew, Michael Ritch all knew that the money, prestige and the path to th...Read More