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Remember the Horse that won the Ky Derby by disqualification of another?

TURNS OUT the smell of the results just got worse. OBVIOUS FIX!

Justify, the 13th Triple Crown winner in the last 100 years, is understood to have tested positive for scopolamine, less than a month before the first leg of his treble at the Kentucky Derby.

Video captures final moments before and after Jessi Combs was killed

Combs, dubbed 'the fastest woman on four wheels', broke the 398mph record in 2013 and joined the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger team as driver that same year. 

In a run last fall, Combs was able to reach a speed of just over 483 miles per hour, according to an update on her website

New images shows the wreckage of North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger, with just a few parts of the jet car visible following the crash
Investigators are hoping that engine and systems information stored on the computers on the Challenger could shed light on what went wrong during the crash
Just days before her death, Combs had posted on Instagram acknowledging her quest to break 512mph


TV personality Jessi Combs, dies trying to break land speed record in jet car...

BURNS, Ore. -- Television personality and professional driver Jessi Combs died Tuesday in Oregon trying to break a land speed record in a jet car, according to local authorities. She was 39.

The Harney County Sheriff's Office said it was called to a scene of a fatal crash in the Alvord Desert about 90 miles south of Burns, Oregon, around 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Combs, of Long Beach, California, was identified as the sole fatality connected to the accident.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. According to Combs' family, the fatal crash occurred in a dry lake bed in the North American Eagle jet car. Jet cars are race cars propelled by jet engines.

Combs was widely known in the niche sport of jet-car racing and was attempting to break the Women's Land Speed Record of 512 mph set in 1976 by Kitty O'Neil when she died. Combs wrote on Instagram on Sunday: "People say I'm crazy. I say thank you."




Jr Speaks about Plane Crash

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr breaks his silence after family escaped fiery plane crash

NEW Dale Earnhardt Jr released a statement on Monday, four days after his private plane went up in flames and careened off the runway at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee. The racer, his wife Amy and their one-year-old daughter Ilsa were hospitalized with minor injuries. Earnhardt said the family would not be speculating about the cause of the crash, which is now under investigation.

NASCAR driver Matt DiBenedetto lost almost 10 pounds during a single Cup Series race

image from pbs.twimg.comNASCAR drivers are incredibly active in their free time, whether it's Jimmie Johnson running marathons or Ryan Newman working on his farm as exercise.

They run half-marathons the same week as the Daytona 500, they take on 100-mile uphill bike races, they find time to golf during race weekends and they go for jogs hours before racing. And many pit crew members played football, among other sports, in college before joining NASCAR.

But whether or not NASCAR drivers are athletes based solely on their day jobs (versus their extracurricular activities) is always a popular topic, especially among those who aren't racing fans. It's just sitting in a car and driving, right?

Not exactly. And drivers regularly remind people why they're athletes, what kind of shape they need to be in to race and the toll a single race can take on their bodies.   MORE

Justin Verlander Believes The MLB Is Juicing Baseballs

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Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander thinks the MLB has changed the baseballs to generate more scoring.

He told ESPN that he “100 percent” thinks the league has juiced the balls, and points to the fact they’ve done it in the home run derby as proof the MLB knows how to do it. As pointed out by ESPN and Verlander, the MLB currently owns the company producing the balls for the league. (RELATED: Women Get Into Insane Brawl During Chicago Cubs Game In Viral Video)


Why CBD industry might become next big sponsorship for IndyCar

INDIANAPOLIS – IndyCar has tapped into a new industry for sponsorships.

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on Thursday announced its partnership with DEFY – a CBD-based sports performance drink co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Davis –  at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The product’s name is displayed on James Hinchliffe’s No. 5 and Marcus Ericsson’s No. 7 Hondas.

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Country House sensationally wins the Kentucky Derby- 1st DQ in History

Maximum Security crossed the line in  first place, but the victory lap was short-lived, with the thoroughbred subsequently disqualified in a stewards' call

Fans Outraged, and you gotta ask if this was a fixed race and will lawsuits ensue...

Country House has won the 2019 Kentucky Derby after first-place finisher Maximum Security was sensationally disqualified in a stewards' call.  

Maximum Security had crossed the line first, but was taken down due to an incident on the final turn when he veered out of line and impeded War of Will and Long Range Toddy.

also: Ky Derby writeup: 

J.D. Gibbs, co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing, dies at 49

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J.D. Gibbs, who followed his famous father’s path from football to stock-car racing, died Friday evening. He was 49.

Gibbs’ passing was announced by Joe Gibbs Racing, the family’s racing team, citing “complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.” Gibbs had undergone treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function in recent years.

Gibbs served as president and later co-chairman of Joe Gibbs Racing. Before joining the organization’s senior management, Gibbs was an over-the-wall crewmember and a part-time driver, making 13 NASCAR national series starts from 1998-2002.

J.D. was appointed president of the company in 1998, and he was named co-chairman in 2016. Before stepping into a management role, he was an over-the-wall crew member and a part-time driver. He made 13 NASCAR national series starts between 1998 and 2002.

He attended Oakton High school in Vienna, Virginia, and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He played high school and college football.

Joe Gibbs coached the Washington team from 1981 to 1992, returning again as coach in 2004 for four more seasons. He coached the team to three Super Bowl championships.

Gibbs is survived by wife Melissa, and four boys. According to a report by Zack Albert of, Gibbs had been suffering from a neurological ailment since around 2014, which had affected his speech and processing functions. In a 2015 report by Bob Pockrass of ESPN, doctors had stated that Gibbs' condition was related to "head injuries likely suffered earlier in life". However, no specific injury was pinpointed.

PHOTOS: J.D. Gibbs through the years

The Washington Redskins issued a statement from owner Dan Snyder calling J.D. a “champion in life and sports.”

 Denny Hamlin, tweeted: “His car. His number. His signature above my door. I will always be grateful for what His family did for mine and the opportunity he gave me 14 years ago.”

From seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson: “My heart goes out to the Gibbs family about JD’s passing this morning. He was always so kind and gracious to everyone.”

David Pearson Dead at 83

By Bob Barney

NASCAR Hall Of Famer David Pearson, 83

Three-time NASCAR Champion David Pearson, who won 105 races in the series, which rank him second in NASCAR Cup Series competition behind only seven-time series champion Richard Petty’s 200,  has died. He was 83 years old.   Pearson, known as “The Silver Fox,” and is one of the best drivers to compete in NASCAR.    

David Pearson’s 105 NASCAR victories and his rivalry in the 1960s and ’70s with Richard Petty helped set the stage for NASCAR’s rise into a mainstream sport with national appeal.  When he retired, he had three championships – and millions of fans.

Richard Petty called him the greatest driver he ever raced against, and said in a 1970's interview that he had so much respect for Pearson that if he were following him and David turned right into the wall, he would follow him.  Petty also said that the famous crash that they had during the Daytona 500 (which Pearson won) was probably one of the only time the two touched each other in 20 years of racing.  Both men were clean racers, that didn't push and ram their way into victory lane.     “I want to thank Richard Petty, too,” Pearson said when he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. “He’s probably the one that made me win as many as I did. I run hard because he’d make me run hard. Sometimes he would make a mistake and I’d pass him. Of course, I didn’t ever make mistakes … I’ve had more fun running with him than anybody I ever run with ’cause I knew if I ever went to a race track and he was there, if I could beat him, I’d win the race.”

Petty, in a statement Monday evening, called Pearson his “toughest competitor......I have always been asked who my toughest competitor in my career was. The answer has always been David Pearson,” said Petty. “David and I raced together throughout our careers and battled each other for wins- most of the time finishing first or second to each other.

“It wasn’t a rivalry, but more mutual respect. David is a Hall of Fame driver who made me better. He pushed me just as much as I pushed him on the track. We both became better for it. We have always been close to the Pearson family because they were in the racing business, just like us. We stayed close, and I enjoyed visits to see David when going through South Carolina. We will miss those trips.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Pearson family and friends.”

In a personal note, Pearson was one of my childhood favorites, and I often believed that if he had raced as often as Petty, he too would have had 200 victories or more. Pearson rarely drove all the races back in the 60's, when NASCAR raced many times at small unprofitable tracks. 

The native of Spartanburg, S.C., was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1993 and the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.


NASCAR CEO Takes Leave of Absence After DUI Arrest

Brian France
The Associated Press

Aug. 7 (UPI) — NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France will take an indefinite leave of absence after he was arrested for drunk driving and drug possession in New York.

France was arrested Sunday evening in Sag Harbor Village, N.Y., a wealthy suburb in Long Island, after he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign. A police officer pulled France over and determined he was intoxicated. The officer also allegedly found France to be in possession of oxycodone pills without a prescription.

For France, 56, this is the second known driving incident for the third-generation NASCAR scion.

In 2006, a witness called 911 after seeing France drive “at a very reckless speed” through downtown Daytona Beach, Fla., before smacking into a tree. By the time police got to France, he was already at home and told them he was drinking a soda when he “bumped into something. Read More

NASCAR driver Greg Biffle 'secretly filmed his wife and mother-in-law with hidden cameras

A former NASCAR great is on trial this week after being accused of installing hidden cameras throughout his North Carolina home and not telling his then-wife and her mother about the devices. 

Greg Biffle, 50, is being sued for 'no less than $100,000' by his estranged wife Nicole, 42, who claims she spent the final two years of her marriage being surveilled by Biffle and his friend Ricky Matthew Reavis without her knowledge.

It was not just her either, as Nicole's mother Sara Lunders was also filmed on these hidden cameras, having moved in with the couple in 2011 after the birth of their daughter.


Lawsuit: Greg Biffle is being sued for no less than $100,000 by his estranged wife Nicole and her mother Sara Lunders after filming them, allegedly without their knowledge (couple above in 2008)

Father pulls his son from the burning wreck at South Boston Speedway

An out of control driver had to be rescued by his father after getting trapped in his burning car while racing around the track. Mike Jones spiralled out of control and was sent crashing into the walls after he collided into another motorist, before his car went up in flames. 

He managed to drag his son through the window after he had spent around 25 seconds trapped in the blaze.

Despite his son being saved from danger, the heroic father returned to try to help track safety staff put out the inferno!

Mike Jones spiralled out of control and was sent crashing into the walls after he collided into another motorist, before his car went up in flames at South Boston Speedway in Virginia

NASCAR great Richard Petty to auction off his race cars including a $400k 1974 Dodge Charger

Richard Petty, the legendary NASCAR driver, is auctioning off some of his best memorabilia, including his most famous race cars.

Bidders will be able to get a crack at buying the 1974 Dodge Charger which Petty drove to victory in the Daytona 500 championship among other accomplishments.

The car is likely to be sold for near half-a-million dollars, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The auction is scheduled to take place this Saturday at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Bidders will be able to get a crack at buying the 1974 Dodge Charger which Petty drove to victory in the Daytona 500 championship among other accomplishments
Richard Petty, the legendary NASCAR driver, is auctioning off some of his best memorabilia, including his most famous race cars. A painted portrait of Petty, which will also be auctioned this Saturday, is seen above

Majority Owners Explore Sale of NASCAR: Sources

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The majority owners of NASCAR, the company which operates the namesake U.S. car-racing series and other motorsport events, are exploring options that include the sale of a majority stake, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

The move comes as NASCAR grapples with an aging fan base, stricter safety rules and a competitive media landscape that have weighed on its popularity and made it less attractive to advertisers and sponsors.

The France family, which controls NASCAR, is working with investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to identify a potential deal for the company, three sources said, cautioning that the deliberations are at exploratory stage and no agreement of any kind is certain.

The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.   READ MORE

Remembering Richard Petty’s staggering numbers in the No. 43

With Darrell “Bubba” Wallace set to driver the No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports this weekend at Pocono Raceway, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the staggering statistics his car owner piled up while making the number one of the most iconic in NASCAR history.

Richard Petty drove the No. 43 to 192 of his record 200 victories in NASCAR’s top series.

Wallace will be making his debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the car when he subs for the injured Aric Almirola in Sunday’s Pocono 400. Almirola continues to recover from a compression back fracture he suffered in a horrifying wreck at Kansas on May 13.

The numbers Petty compiled en route to his seven championships, which remains tied for most all time with the late Dale Earnhardt and current champ Jimmie Johnson, are mind-blowing.

Petty made 1,125 starts in the No. 43 across parts of five different decades. In addition to all the wins, he also posted 526 top-five and 676 top-10 finishes while winning 115 poles.   READ MORE

Bubba Wallace set to make history as black driver in Daytona

image from storage.googleapis.comDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Richard Petty rarely visits pit road after a race anymore and usually with good reason. The Hall of Fame driver’s eponymous race team has toiled for decades in mediocrity, with checkered flags all but extinct.

Bubba at Daytona changed the game.

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. had driven the iconic No. 43 car to a third-place finish in a Daytona 500 qualifying race, setting off a celebration for Richard Petty Motorsports almost worthy of winning NASCAR’s marquee race itself. 

The King strolled to the pits and hugged Wallace. The 80-year-old Petty wrapped his arm around Wallace , and they walked off smiling toward what each side hoped was the start of a fruitful alliance.

“I just had a guard walk me from pit road to the media center. His name is Richard Petty. I’ve never seen him so excited in my life,” Wallace said.

That Wallace can energize Petty may symbolize as much a true passing of the torch as NASCAR could want: Petty and his deep kinship with old-school fans and the 24-year-old Wallace, a video game playing, social media darling about to make history as the first black driver since 1969 in the Daytona 500.   READ MORE

Super Bowl Ratings Plummet to 8-Year Low - Puppy Bowl All Time Ratings High!

, Super Bowl LII will go down as one of the most entertaining championship games in recent memory. However, for the NFL, it will go down as the lowest-rated Super Bowl game in recent memory.

The Eagles 41-33 victory over the Patriots drew a 47.4/70 in metered markets. That’s down nearly three percent from last year’s thriller between the Patriots and the Falcons. It’s a 5 percent drop from the last time NBC had the big game in 2014, when the Patriots beat the Seahawks.

Looked at broadly, Super Bowl LII is the lowest-rated Super Bowl game since 2010, when the Colts and Saints, two smallish market teams, faced-off against each other:  Read More

World-class racing driver and team owner Dan Gurney Dead at 86

World-class racing driver and team owner who was the first to spray champagne in celebration
Dan Gurney at the Monaco Grand Prix in May 1967; the following month he was victorious at Le Mans and the Belgian Grand Prix

The American racing driver Dan Gurney, who has died aged 86, was said to be the rival most feared by the great Jim Clark. He was at the start of the most remarkable week of his career in the cockpit when, on a Sunday afternoon in June 1967, he mounted the podium at Le Mans alongside AJ Foyt, with whom he had shared the winning Ford GT40 Mk IV in the famous 24-hour race. Gurney was handed the victors’ usual bottle of champagne but, instead of drinking it, gave it a shake before aiming a spray of foaming liquid at the spectators gathered to acclaim his triumph, thus inaugurating a style of celebration that became universally adopted.

He is survived by his second wife, Evi Butz, a former Porsche public relations executive, whom he married in 1969, and by their two sons, Justin and Alex; by three sons, Daniel Jr, John and James, and a daughter, Lyndee, from his first marriage, to Arleo Bodie; and by eight grandchildren.


Ted Christopher, modified championship racer, dies in plane crash at 59


NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. - Modified championship racer Ted Christopher was one of two people killed when a small plane crashed in the woods in Connecticut on Saturday, NASCAR officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that went down near the North Branford-Guilford border shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, but they didn’t release the names of the victims.

Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, said Christopher, 59, and the plane’s pilot both died.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident. Details of the plane’s itinerary were not immediately released.

The 59-year-old Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed at every level of NASCAR during his career. In 2006, he was selected as one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.  MORE

She accused a NASCAR champion of domestic violence and it ruined her life

Patricia Driscoll doesn’t scare easily. But as she stood in front of a conference hall of suits at a university in Vermont, talking about her work as the CEO of a defense contracting company, she couldn’t shake a feeling of dread every time an audience member checked their phone. What if they were googling her? And what if, during the Q&A portion of the program, they asked her about what they found on the first page of search results?

It’s moments like this when the 39-year-old mother regrets walking into the Dover Police Department two and a half years ago to file a domestic violence report against her ex-boyfriend, NASCAR star Kurt Busch.  

image from media.tmz.comWhen you used to look up Driscoll’s name, you’d likely find headlines about her work as the President of the Armed Forces Foundation, photos of her pre-race kisses with Busch, clips of her appearances on Fox News as a defense expert, and articles in which she discusses how to help veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

But that was before Busch allegedly strangled her and slammed her head against the wall of his trailer three times; before a simple hearing over a protective order turned into a media circus and she was publicly accused of being a trained assassin for the CIA; before the non-stop online harassment and death threats; before  ESPN’s multi-part investigation into her role at the AFF and her subsequent resignation; before she was federally indicted on eight counts of fraud and tax evasion. You know. Before.

Today, her search results on Google paint a scandal-plagued picture that follows her wherever she goes.   Read The Rest Here

This bootleg runner's son was in the passenger seat during the early days of NASCAR

When you think of NASCAR, it's likely you think of massive crowds, cars speeding past at over 200 mph and the corporate logos splashed on just about everything.

But the origin of the stock car race goes back to the late 1920s and 30s during prohibition when drivers navigated red dirt tracks in souped up cars running illegal moonshine from state to state for distilleries.

Bill Blair Jr. is the son of Bill Blair, a legendary bootleg runner who also was a professional racer and was one of the original drivers who raced with Bill France, the founder of NASCAR.

"The first cars that he raced were liquor cars," Blair Jr. explained. "You haul liquor at night, and on the weekend, they'd have the race and you'd use your liquor car."

Bill Blair Jr. grew up working on race cars with his dad and knows the history of NASCAR like the back of his hand.

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Bill Blair Jr. grew up working on race cars with his dad and knows the history of NASCAR like the back of his hand.

Daniel Pierce, an author and history professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, said the automobile was a major development for people in the moonshine business because it made it easier to transport their product. Bootleggers, he explained, quickly developed high-speed driving skills to evade law enforcement.  MORE