Thursday, February 18, 2010


Pomona winner and two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon was the Newsmaker guest on Wednesday's The Race Reporters on Alan Reinhart, Stan Creekmore and Larry Henry joined me for journalists' chat.

I asked Larry to describe the rivalry he and his team have with Tony Schumacher and his team. Is it like the Yankees vs. the Red Sox? Or just hype?

Listen to the entire show by using this link:

REMINDER: Mark Armijo and I will be covering this weekend's NHRA Arizona Nationals for the Arizona Republic. I have a notebook in today's paper.

With sadness, I acknowledge Roger Jaynes' death. The former Milwaukee Journal sportswriter and Road America publicist was 63 when he died Feb. 6. Roger and I enjoyed many fun times, especially during May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and evenings at St. Elmo and in Jim Chapman's hospitality suite. Along with Cooper Rollow of the Chicago Tribune, Roger and I were part of one of the media world's best practical jokes. That was back around 1982 or '83 while in Indy. Roger was also a great pal of Bobby Unser. God bless, Roger, and these few words recognize your many contributions to motorsports and journalism.

Upcoming The Race Reporters guests:
(Show is live Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET, downloadable, and available on-demand at no cost. Click on TRR page logo in upper right-hand column.)

February 24 -- Newsmaker: Brad Keselowski. Panelists: Mark Armijo, John Sturbin.

March 3 -- Newsmakers: Jeff Gordon and Terry Angstadt. Panelists: Gordon Kirby, John Oreovicz.

March 10 -- Newsmaker: John Daly (editor, The Daly Planet). Panelists: Steve Byrnes, Mike Kerchner. TBA.

March 17 -- Newsmaker: Ashley Force Hood. Panelists: Corinne Economaki, TBA.

March 24 -- Newsmaker: Bryan Sperber (president, Phoenix International Raceway). Panelists: Mark Armijo, TBA.

[ more next Monday . . . ]