Auto reviews

  • Busch Outruns Martin at Bristol

    BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch outdueled Mark Martin in a dramatic two-car battle at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday after the final restart of the 500-lap race with four laps left. In doing so, Busch gained his fourth victory of the season. “Mark Martin — what a class act,” said Busch. “He deserved to win this

  • On The Road Review: Mazda Miata Hardtop

    Celebrating its 20th birthday just last year, the latest Mazda Miata continues to march forward as one of America’s favorite sports cars. Now with an optional hardtop roof that quickly folds onto itself and takes no more room under the finished deck than the standard soft-top, the latest Miata is an enthusiast favorite because it

  • Weekend Racing Schedule for August 19 – 22, 2009

    All three of the NASCAR series will be at the .52-mile Bristol Motor Speedway for three night races. Wednesday, Aug. 19 Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly 200, race 15 of 25; Starting time: 7:30 pm (EDT); TV: Speed Channel. Friday, Aug. 21 Nationwide Series Food City 250, race 24 of 35; Starting time: 7:30 pm

  • Vickers Wins on Mileage at Michigan

    BROOKLYN, Mich. — Brian Vickers handed Toyota its first win at Michigan Sunday. It was Vickers’ second career Cup win. “He (crew chief Ryan Pemberton) made the call, and it was the right one,” said Vickers. “He asked me to give him two laps of fuel, and I gave him five. “Man, it feels good

  • Keselowski Wins With Late Pass

    Hometown boy Brad Keselowski took advantage of a heated battle between Kyle Busch and polesitter Brian Vickers, and made a last-lap pass on both, to win Saturday’s Nationwide race. With Busch and Vickers battling on the bottom of the track, Keselowski used the outside line to pass both drivers on the final lap at Michigan

  • On The Road Review: 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid

    It is 9 o’clock as I head north from Middleboro, Mass., in Honda’s latest hybrid sedan offering, the all-new Insight. No longer the edgy, space-aged looking two-seater of the first generation Insight — as well as the very first hybrid for sale in America — the latest Honda is a four-door family car that closely

  • On The Road Review: Ford Escape

    The majority of automakers plan on a five-year life cycle for their new car or truck designs, often augmenting a vehicle’s appearance with running updates and small revisions during the third year of the projected production schedule.   When a vehicle enters the ninth year of its life cycle and it continues to sell extremely

  • Weekend Racing Schedule For August 15 – 16, 2009

    The NASCAR Cup and Nationwide teams are at the 2.0-mile Michigan International Speedway at Brooklyn, Mich. The Truck Series has the week off. Saturday, Aug. 15 Nationwide Series Michigan 250, race 23 of 35, Starting time: 3 pm (EDT); TV: ESPN2. Sunday, Aug. 16 Sprint Cup Michigan 400, race 23 of 36, Starting time: 1

  • Ambrose Bests Busch at the Glen

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — When Marcos Ambrose and Kyle Busch came to the chicane or “bus stop” on lap 64 of Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, Busch stopped — out of necessity — and Ambrose didn’t. Ambrose’s bold move into the chicane proved to be the winning pass, as the

  • Raymond Parks Honored

    DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — “Thank you Raymond Parks, you are my hero,” said Gordon Pirkle, proprietor of the Dawsonville, Ga., pool hall. A special section in the Dawson News and Advertiser, referred to Parks as “The Man Behind NASCAR.” Parks was honored Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Thunder Road USA in Dawsonville. Parks, who recently turned