VICKERS OUT FOR SEASON, DRIVERS WEIGH IN

CHARLOTTE _ At the age of 26, Brian Vickers appeared to be at the top of his game and in prime health. Racing in NASCAR’s premier series for Team Red Bull Racing, Vickers was struggling in the opening weeks of the season, but things were starting to turn around with a 10th-place finish in Darlington. That all changed with chest pains and a trip to the emergency room. While on a trip to Washington D.C., Vickers suffered chest pains in the middle of the night. He said nothing stuck out t ...

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EARNHARDT DRAGGING DOWN MARK MARTIN?

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 team remains mired in one of sports' most miserable losing streaks. SI.com's Tom Bowles points out that misfortune is spreading across the Hendrick Motorsports garage. Writes Bowles, "You'd think Earnhardt could go to Mark Martin for support, but the disease of discontent has spread to the No. 5. An offseason move to combine both their resources hasn't clicked, with Martin's team in the midst of a winless season of their own. Even at their best track, Dover, they ...

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ALL-STAR RACE ODDS

Somewhere Nicolas Cage’s character in Leaving Las Vegas is saying, “You’re really going to do this.”All-star games suck. They’re rarely competitive. They’re often full of lame cross-promotional stunts sure to go wrong. I don’t care if the Puma mascot is here. I just want to watch my favorite starts of women’s professional soccer.What I do care about is not going back on my word. In February, I wrote  the following:This season, I’m going ...

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‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE NASCAR DAY

'Twas the night before NASCAR Day and all through the house,not a creature was stirring, not even Jack Roush.As the people of Charlotte slept in their beds,Several drivers and owners were up late instead.What were they doing on NASCAR's greatest of eves?Were they singing and dancing or sewing up sleeves?The drivers of NASCAR were up late indeed.The fellas of RCR sure were quite happy,with three lightning fast cars that had led many lappies.But one of their drivers sat in dismay,Kevin Harvick's m ...

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OLD ‘WINSTON’ ALL-STAR RACE WAS BETTER

I have never been a fan of gimmick races. Any event with planned stops, mid-race inversions or draws, and timed breaks does not appeal to me. And here comes NASCAR’s Cup Series All Star race, heavy on segments and conditions.Much like I wrote about my preference to the original Busch Clash, I carry that opinion on to the current All Star race. The inaugural "The Winston," named after series sponsor RJ Tobacco, took place as part of the Charlotte 600 weekend in 1985. The green fla ...

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