REMEMBERING THE FINAL NASHVILLE FAIRGROUNDS CUP RACE IN 1984

The Nationwide and Cup tours roll into Chicago this weekend. The Windy City has held the traditional post-Independence Day date since the speedway began hosting major league NASCAR races in 2001. But it wasn’t always that way.A little weekly short track accompanied with an old-fashioned fairground used to hold the very same date. Nashville, Tenn., formerly hosted the then Grand National Series in its second of two annual 420-lap races.The setting is a grassroots level racetrack that stages ...

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COULD RACE CARS ONCE AGAIN LOOK LIKE FACTORY MODELS? IT COULD HAPPEN

Will Sprint Cup cars once again resemble factory models like they did in the old days? At last Friday's Nationwide race, the new Dodge Charger and new Ford Mustang hit the track for the first time and NASCAR brass was paying attention. Wasn't it nice to see cars that did not look like the rest of the field? At least in the Dodge Charger's case? Maybe you should let NASCAR know how you feel: fanfeedback@nascar.com.  New cars rolled out in Nationwide (SI.com) ...

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LOL RACE PICS: THE PLEDGE

Go forth and do this bidding.Props to LOL Race Pics. Related links:Blame GordonJimmie's golden horseshoe and Jeff's recklessness win the dayJimmie pulls Denny asideJunior's beard wincesSilence of the Rocket ManTony Stewart food runDarrell Waltrip bustedAmish Stewart fanStealing Kyle's flagTarget practiceSasquatch Earnhardt Jr.Kyle goes to Walley WorldI'm Tony Stewart ... Ting!Kyle is the new BobDrink responsiblyThe Incredible CarlWhat Carl Edwards saidDanica Patrick FAILPhoto finish at ACSFor ...

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FORD HAS NOT WON IN 21 RACES

Roush Fenway Racing can't shake its bad mojo. The last Ford win came Nov. 1, 2009, at the bi-annual Talladega crapshoot. That's 21 losses in a row. Other than that, everything's great. NASCAR Power Rankings (SI.com)  ...

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RICHIE EVANS HONORED AT DAYTONA

The 400 miles the Cup cars ran Saturday night at Daytona featured close racing, plenty for crashed racing machines and a winner, Kevin Harvick, who is making his claim for the championship. Beyond those typical headlines, there was an effort that honored one of the 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees. A driver regarded as one of the best the sport of stock car racing has ever seen, Richie Evans. Evans was a nine-time champion in NASCAR’s modified division including his final eight in cons ...

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