Daytona May Just Be The Beginning For Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Ten years has a way changing things. In 2004, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first Daytona 500, his 10th career victory. He looked like he had the world on a string. The win would be the first of six that season, one in which a profanity uttered during a victory celebration cost him money and cost him points. He suggested his fifth win at Talladega wasn't any big deal because his legendary father won ten at the track. Sunday night, high on victory, Junior said something about Mooresville, No ...

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This Time, NASCAR Leaves Daytona With Momentum

You can't win a NASCAR championship in February, but you sure can lose one by digging yourself into a hole too deep to climb out of. Similarly, one really good race doesn't not a great season make, but at least this time, the Sprint Cup series leaves Florida with a cool breeze in its sails, as opposed to a head wind. Mother Nature may have tried to rain on the parade, but this observer gives kudos to NASCAR for sticking it out. Granted, a six-hour rain-soaked delay might be enough to make ...

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Daytona 500 Win, Lose or Draw

  The race is finally over. The partying in Daytona may continue all week, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Great American Race, cemented his Chase status after one week, shut up his critics and proved himself to be a real contender to win the 2014 Sprint Cup. There can't be a bigger winner from the weekend. Still, there are others who will feel the impact of Daytona for months to come. Here's a quick breakdown, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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2014 Daytona 500 Prop Bets

The Great American Race is here, and oddsmakers clearly have too much time on their hands. Here's how your favorite drivers stacks up as of Friday. These numbers are bound to change before Sunday, but the prop bet numbers may better shape the story of Sunday' race. (more...) ...

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Time To Toss Out The Plates?

Business is picking up again in metal recycling. Wednesday's practice at Daytona International Speedway saw more stuff get wadded up than a novelist with writer's block. Can you imagine the fist pounding back at the shop? As of right now, it appears one of the victims, Dave Blaney, will be packing it in, and another Daytona favorite, Trevor Bayne, may have his chances of making the show jeopardized by the mayhem triggered when Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth nudged each other. This is racing ...

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Even With Changes, Some Good Familiar Sights

No matter how it all shakes out, 2014 will look nothing like what it has in recent seasons. we have a new Chase, a new penalty system, new drivers, old drivers in new rides, and the list goes on. Amid all the changes, some things look familiar, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The number three is out front- The number three car and Daytona seem to go hand in hand. There was Paul Goldsmith on the old road-beach course, Fireball Roberts, Junior Johnson, and then there was Dale Earnha ...

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Daytona Qualifying: Win, Lose or Draw

Two starting spots are set. Forty-one still need to find a place for Sunday's Great American Race. But even though more than 90 percent of the field is still up in the air, the weekend activities created several important things that will change how you watch the Daytona 500. Here's a breakdown, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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  Finally…. An actual race takes place Saturday night. Don't get me wrong, the Sprint Unlimited is a preseason event. The idea of wagering any kind of money on a preseason sporting event seems mindless. But odds are out, and they're worth seeing as fans think about the real race in Daytona a week away. (more...) ...

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NASCAR’s Mt. Rushmore

Over in the NBA, LeBron James has lain before himself a new challenge: to have a career worthy of being part of basketball's "Mt. Rushmore." Today- he says he belongs there alongside such luminaries as Jordan, Magic and Bird. Did you catch that? These are names even non-basketball fans know- transcendent figures. It prompts for the motorsports fan the question of who belongs on NASCAR's Mt. Rushmore? Who are the four giants? For this fan, NASCAR's Mt. Rushmore must be game changers, t ...

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Is The Issue With Female Drivers? Or Is It Danica?

The King has spoken, and he has opened the discussion of Danica Patrick and the greater issue of women in racing once again. By now, even casual race fans know that the legendary Richard Petty says the only Danica Patrick will win a race is if all the other drivers stay home. Sure enough, Petty got quite a reaction, an even bigger reaction than when his son Kyle said Patrick wasn't a "real racer." Once again, the old man overshadows his kid. Judging from the reaction of the fans, there a ...

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