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Murto: Local tracks gear up for season

Racing season is here, and nobody looks forward to getting started more than the local dirt tracks. comments

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Murto: New chase is worse than feared

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the rumored changes to the NASCAR Chase; as it turns out, the truth is worse than the rumor. comments

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Murto: Rolex 24 a nice debut for series

The 2014 running of the Rolex 24 endurance sports car race at Daytona proved to be a nice debut for the new TUDOR ports Car Challenge Series. comments

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Murto: NASCAR changes will annoy fans

NASCAR is considering changes to the Sprint Cup Chase format that will make the sport unrecognizable and turn the championship into a single-day crapshoot. comments

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Murto: Leave racing to drivers

Race drivers should be allowed to drive their cars without interference from officials watching on TV monitors or sitting in a comfortable control tower. comments

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Murto: Elliott lands with NAPA

It was announced this week that driver Chase Elliott will compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports starting in 2014, and do so with NAPA Auto Parts as his full-season primary sponsor. comments

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Murto: K&N Pro Series returns to Richmond

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is one of the sanctions steps toward the big time, and it's been announced that the development series will return to Richmond International Raceway for the third consecutive year in 2014. comments

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Murto: Racing industry is strong

The 26th Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis last week proves that despite the sluggish economy, the racing industry is strong. comments

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Murto: Elliott cheats fans

Fans leaving last week's 46th running of the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., believed that Chase Elliott was the winner. comments

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Murto: Racing belongs on track

Saturday's death of "Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker should serve as a reminder that excessive speed and racing belong on the racetrack, not on public roads. comments

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Murto: K&N Series' voice loves job

As a child, Derek Pernesiglio sat in the stands at Islip Speedway in Long Island with his family, watching the races and dreaming of being part of the sport. Now as an adult, fans all over the country recognize him as the voice of NASCAR's K&N Pro Series. comments

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Murto: Are drivers athletes?

Are race drivers athletes? Is Donovan McNabb woefully ignorant? comments

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Murto: Rookie claims MotoGP

Spaniard Marc Marquez won the MotoGP championship Sunday before his home crowd with his podium finish in the Grand Prix of Valencia, his 16th podium finish of the season. comments

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Murto: Regional tracks crown 2013 champs

Regional short tracks have crowned their 2013 track champions, and most notable among them is Lee Pulliam. comments

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Murto: NASCAR needs own safety team

World-class racing organizations have traveling safety teams for the protection of its competitors; when will NASCAR join their ranks? comments

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Murto: What makes a good race?

There are probably as many answers to the question of what makes a good race as there are fans in the stands. comments

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Murto: Vettel makes F1 history, loses fans

Sebastian Vettel is on his way to making Formula One history. comments

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Murto: Caution can be a bad thing

Some are calling Sunday's Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race at Martinsville Speedway the best NASCAR Late Model race there's ever been. comments

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Murto: IndyCar loses title sponsor

Izod has been the title sponsor of the IndyCar Series since 2010, but last Friday announced that it will abandon the series after the 2013 season, one year shy of its original agreement to remain until the end of 2014. comments

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Murto: Fallout continues for MWR

Even as Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch were making history at New Hampshire as the first teammates to have consecutive one-two finishes in NASCAR's Chase, most of the talk in the garage area centered on Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) and the continual fallout following the Richmond race three weeks ago. comments

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Murto: NASCAR puts in new rules

Prior to the first race of the 2013 Chase, NASCAR made some changes and implemented new policies. comments

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King of the 'Rat' race: Berryville's Ratcliffe has team running full-throttle

BERRYVILLE -- At various promotional events, Alex Ratcliffe and his King Rat Motorsports team will dress up like royalty. Part of the team merchandise includes T-shirts. The lettering on the back of the T-shirts says "It's good to be the King." comments

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