WHY DENNY HAMLIN’S INJURY IS A GOOD THING

Denny Hamlin tore a knee ligament. NASCAR fans are freaking. I say, "Get over it."While my editor recently joked on this site, “Hamlin tears ACL; Johnson awarded 2010 Sprint Cup title,” I think Hamlin’s injury is actually a good thing. Here are a few reasons why: A NASCAR driver is officially an athleteHamlin tore up his knee playing basketball. That requires actual athleticism. You actually have to display lateral quickness and hops to be in a position to tear tha ...

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NASCAR HAITI RELIEF

Usually I post a funny video or photo in this space, but this week I wanted to spotlight all of the good work the NASCAR community is doing for Haiti. For all of the sport's problems, it does seem to always come together for a good cause. Video from SPEED.Bourbon Street was the happiest place in the world on Sunday night (Times-Picayune video)Vikings fan loses his mind after Favre interception (YouTube)Georgia hoops fan covers himself in peanut butter (Deadspin)Introducing the MMA Cage Potato Fi ...

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HEATHER DEBEAUX PICS

Attend a race that is broadcast on SPEED and there is a chance you will cross paths with SPEED Road Tour Team member Heather D. Heather D, AKA Heather DeBeaux, interacts with the crowd and on-air talent and makes the race a fun place to be. How's this for street cred? DeBeaux spent 10 years as a car chief/team manager for a dirt modified race team in Arizona while also selling tires. Not the typical background of a hot track girl.  Check out Heather on Facebook and Twitter.Related links: ...

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20 COOLEST NASCAR PAINT SCHEMES

Since I've already run down some of the worst paint schemes in NASCAR history, I'd like to share with you what I think are some of the best.  If you don't agree with my choices, feel free to post a comment below.  Better yet, post a picture of what you think is the best in our reader forums. Bobby Allison's Miller High Life BuickI love this car I was always a fan of Bobby Allison, and because the late 80s Buick Regals just looked cool in their NASCAR clothes.Smoke's Swagger machineT ...

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A GREAT START IS KEY TO EARNHARDT’S YEAR

For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 2009 season was one of the most frustrating and trying times of his ten-year career. With only two top 5s and five top 10s, the third generation racer was forced to face harsh criticism from the media, fellow competitors and even his loyal fans. The downward spiral seemed to begin right from the start of the season during the Daytona 500.One of the stronger cars in Daytona, Earnhardt was penalized for pitting outside his box and was held one lap by NASCAR. With rains ...

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