Finally….A NASCAR Feel Good Story

While some races are a thrill races, others (such as the 2014 Coke Zero 400) feel more like a family car trip from Southern Oregon to Southern California. You know the one...are we there yet? The interminable endurance test parallels the career of one Aric Almirola. My first memory of "The Cuban Missile" came from a Nationwide Series race at the Milwaukee Mile in 2007. Almirola goes out and wins the pole, gets the car to the front, but because of a sponsorhip commitment, the car's regular ...

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Nascar Win, Lose or Draw: Coke Zero 400

  [caption id="attachment_684580" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Courtesy: Richard Petty Motorsports[/caption] Finally. After weeks of writing about it, it finally happened. A longshot, Aric Almirola, won a 2014 Sprint Cup race, chaining the Chase landscape and making for a memorable and rain-shorterend weekend. Here's the Bert Convy inspired breakdown. (more...) ...

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Duck Commander 500 Odds

[caption id="attachment_684282" align="aligncenter" width="520"] (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)[/caption]   So everything in Texas is supposed to be bigger, or so NASCAR fans have heard 554,467,921 times before. The 2014 Sprint Cup season seems to embody this theme. Big sponsor. Big track. Big list of options for Sunday's Duck Commander 500. (more...) ...

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Aric Almirola Has High Apple Pie in the Sky Hopes

In watching Nicole Manske (above) interview Aric Almirola about Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's decision to shut down the No. 8 team on ESPN's NASCAR Now, I was struck by one exchange in particular.Let's be clear: this is not an indictment of NASCAR or Aric Almirola but a general complaint about The Media. But, and with a nod to The Daly Planet, get a load of the following:Manske: What have you been told about the possibility that they'll find a sponsor down the road to get you back on th ...

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Scott Speed Just Breathed A Small Sigh of Relief

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing has parked the No. 8 car driven by Aric Almirola (above). The car and Almirola, currently 37th in the overall standings, will remain sidelined until a sponsor is lined up ... or for a long time.There is, perhaps, one person who takes cold comfort in this news. Scott Speed, currently 38th in owner points, now only needs to claw his way past two other drivers, not three, for a coveted spot in the top 35. ...

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