BUSCH BREAKS OUT THE BROOM (AGAIN)

BRISTOL, Tenn._ Leading 153 of the 500 laps, Kyle Busch was able to score his second straight weekend sweep at Bristol Motor Speedway and win Sunday’s Jeff Byrd 500. Holding off Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson on the final laps, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver scored his first Sprint Cup Series win of the season one day after dominating the 300-lap Nationwide Series event. Breaking out the broom in Victory Lane, Busch celebrated not only his second weekend sweep, but also his fifth straight NA ...

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OPINIONS VARY ON NATIONWIDE TIRE DECISION

BRISTOL, Tenn. _ During Friday afternoon’s practice sessions for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at the Bristol Motor Speedway, the majority of the teams in the garage were experiencing extreme tire wear. With cords showing after 15-25 laps, NASCAR and Goodyear opted to change the compound for the right side tires in both series. Following NASCAR’s announced change, Nationwide Series teams had another two hours and 50 minutes of practice, plus qualifying on the old compound. In ...

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FAMOUS SPEECHES AS WRITTEN BY BRAD KESELOWSKI

Last fall Brad Keselowski surprised and delighted the crowd at Bristol with his driver introduction speech. Bristol is one of the few tracks that allow drivers to introduce themselves. Keselowski, NASCAR's most derisive driver, took it one step further, grabbing the mic to declare "Kyle Busch is an ass!" With Bristol just a week away, we turn the clock back to see how famous speeches from history would have been different had Keselowski written them.Gettysburg Address Four score an ...

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COULD FANS EMBRACE CARL EDWARDS AS THE FACE OF NASCAR?

If you’re a serious fan, forget for a moment what you know about Carl Edwards. On first blush, he’s a car owner, a sponsor and a NASCAR front office dream. If you shut some things out of your mind for a moment, Carl Edwards has what it takes to be the face of NASCAR.Carl Edwards breaks the stereotype of a NASCAR driver. He’s trim, athletic, speaks with a clear mid-Western accent, he talks about his sponsors like he actually knows what they do, and heck, ...

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EDWARDS BEATS STEWART IN LAS VEGAS

Continuing his early season momentum, Carl Edwards was able to score his first win of the 2011 season Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Edwards took the lead from Tony Stewart after the final round of green flag pit stops cycled through and never looked back. “It is unreal,” Edwards said. “When you are a kid you dream about this and how cool it would be to go to Vegas and fly a bunch of women there in a private plane and race cars and I did it. I brought my mom, my mother ...

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GORDON ENDS DROUGHT AFTER MOVING BUSCH

It had been 66 races since four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon stood in Victory Lane. Yet, that all changed on Sunday after Gordon used his bumper to move past Kyle Busch with less than ten laps to go at the Phoenix International Raceway. Looking just as happy as rookie Trevor Bayne did last weekend in Daytona, Gordon relished the victory after nearly two years without a win. Sunday’s victory was the 83rd of Gordon’s career, tying him with Cale Yarborough for fifth on the all-t ...

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EDWARDS THE MAN TO BEAT AFTER SECOND PLACE RUN

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Trevor Bayne may have celebrated the prestige and the glory Sunday evening in Daytona, but it was Carl Edwards who emerged at the top of the Sprint Cup Series standings. Since Bayne declared he would run for the Nationwide Series driver championship, he earned no points for his dramatic win. Therefore, as the season makes the trek to the Phoenix International Raceway next week, it is Edwards and his Roush Fenway Racing crew that head out there the team to beat. Laying low f ...

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THANK GOODNESS – IT’S BACK TO RACING TIME!

For this sports fan, the event calendar is perfectly laid out. Just as the euphoria of the Packers snagging the Lombardi Trophy wears off, it’s time for the  Shootout, the Duels, the Great American Race - complete with all the hoopla that follows it. It’s like going from one Super Bowl to the other. I, for one, can’t wait.Frankly, I made it a point to “check out” this offseason. I kept my eyes open for some of the major developments, bu ...

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5 DRIVERS I’M WATCHING IN 2011

There’s a reason everyone loves a new year. For those who experienced adversity or failure in the year prior, they get fresh start; a clean slate fresh for writing a new chapter to the story. For the young, it’s an opportunity to further build on the foundation that’s been set; perhaps a rite of passage to maturity is in store.NASCAR drivers are no different. For Jimmie Johnson, 2010 further built his legacy. For Denny Hamlin, it was a breakout year. Jamie McMurray experienced ...

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NASCAR NEEDS A MAN OF THE PEOPLE

If you’re much over the age of 25, you’ll recall baseball’s lost season of 1994, when player and owners reached an impasse. Some called the battle of “the millionaires versus the billionaires,” but fans felt they came out the real losers. When play resumed in 1995, the fans let the sport hear about it with attendance off by some 20 percent, and those showing up being none to quiet about their disdain for what baseball had become. Not missing a game in near ...

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