EMPTY STANDS: IS AUTO RACING DOOMED?

EMPTY STANDS: IS AUTO RACING DOOMED?
Stephen Cox blogs about the good old days and bringing fans back to tracks. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2014 The past few years have brought every gimmick imaginable to auto racing. NASCAR holds races that three people can win. The ever-changing playoff system (a gimmick in itself) functions like an automotive version of musical chairs! Indycar's gimmicks are even worse. They tried mandating overpriced “body kits” to make their field of 33 identical Dallara chassis look like some...
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COUGAR: THE BEST BUY IN MUSCLECARS!

COUGAR: THE BEST BUY IN MUSCLECARS!
Stephen Cox blogs about affordable musclecars that have slipped under the radar. A sharp 1970 Chevelle LS6 can set you back $75,000 or more. It’s the same for a Boss 302 Mustang. A 1969 Plymouth GTX four-speed can run over $40,000, which is still not affordable for many car enthusiasts. You don't even want to know what freshly restored Dodge Daytona would cost. The plain fact is that most fast, sporty cars from the peak of the musclecar era remain beyond the reach of the average working man. Bu...
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NASCAR: HOW TO SAVE TRUCK RACING!

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...
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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...
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PART IV: 10 GREAT RACE TRACKS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN!

Stephen Cox blogs about a century of motorsports magic at Montpelier Motor Speedway. Indianapolis. Le Mans. Milwaukee. Those are the places that come to mind when discussing the oldest and most legendary racetracks on the planet. Montpelier is rarely mentioned, though it should be. Last weekend I discovered a small, dirt bullring in eastern Indiana that has been one of auto racing's best-kept secrets for over a century. Built as a half-mile horseracing track in 1903, Montpelier Motor Speedwa...
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LYNN ST. JAMES: RACER, AUTHOR & MENTOR!

Our racer-in-residence, Stephen Cox, chats with Lyn St. James about everything Indycar. Indycar fans fell in love with Lyn St. James in 1992 when she won Indy 500 Rookie of the Year and kicked off a decade-long open-wheel career that would eventually include nine starts at the Brickyard. She worked her way up through the road racing ranks, starting with a 1970s Ford Pinto. It took four years of sponsor hunting before she was able to land an Indy ride with Dick Simon Racing, which specialized ...
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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...
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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...
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