BEAT THE HEAT WITH TIPS FROM NASCAR DRIVERS

NASCAR drivers know heat. Drivers don thermal firesuits to ride in cars with no air conditioning, except for their helmets, where track temperatures at midsummer races can reach 120 degrees. The strategies these drivers employ to beat the heat can be useful to fans as unprecedented heat waves have swept the nation. All along the east coast thermostats are rising faster than Kyle Busch's speedometer in school zones. A few Southern cities have seen temperatures higher than Jeff Burton's forehead d ...

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THERE’S A LOT RIDING ON DAYTONA

Between some of the hijinks at Sonoma, and given the way the standings are shaping up in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, there may be as many fireworks during the race (or at least the end of it) as there is after it. Look closely at the standings, and you can see why. For some, there’s a golden opportunity to fortify their position at the front. For others, a Daytona victory may be their last best shot.For 2010 winner Kevin Harvick, this could become “Separation Saturday.&rdqu ...

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JEFF GORDON SCORES HISTORIC POCONO WIN

Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway, Jeff Gordon joined some very elite company in the NASCAR history books. By scoring the win in the 5-Hour Energy 500, Gordon moved into a three-way tie with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip on NASCAR’s all-time win list with 84 victories. The only two drivers with more victories than the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet are Richard Petty and David Pearson. “I really can't even express in words what it means to tie Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison at ...

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NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE: WHERE WAS THE ACTION?

CONCORD, N.C._ By the look of Carl Edwards' race winning car, it appeared the 2011 Sprint All-Star Race had lived up to it's promises. But looks can be deceiving.The television hyped the All-Star Race up as a race where “the gloves come off” and “revenge” could be had. Charlotte Motor Speedway used terms like “showdown” and called it a race where “it will all be settled for $1 million.” Yet in the end, the only fireworks came from&nb ...

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THERE’S ROOM AT THE TOP FOR A MATT KENSETH

Some drivers are fiery, like a Tony Stewart or Kevin Harvick. Other drivers are a bit more like politicians a la Jeff Burton or even Dale Jr. in his own way. Others are comedians, in the Michael Waltrip mode.Matt Kenseth is none of these. The 2003 NASCAR Cup champion just goes out and quietly does his job, somewhat like one of his mentors, Mark Martin. All you need to know about Kenseth’s understated approach can be summed up in the Nextel commercial where they call out a replacement ...

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MATT KENSETH WINS DOVER ON TWO TIRE CALL

Sunday afternoon in Dover, Jimmie Johnson led 207 laps, Carl Edwards led 117 laps and Matt Kenseth led only 33, but it was Kenseth that led the last one. Always a threat on the Monster Mile, Kenseth used pit strategy late in the race to score his second victory of the year and Roush Fenway Racing’s ninth win at Dover. Although it appeared as if the race would come down to a battle between Johnson, Edwards and Clint Bowyer, the final round of pit stops changed the entire complexion of the r ...

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REGAN SMITH: FROM FORGOTTEN TO FIRST PLACE

Now that’s what I’m talking about! No, I’m not talking about Kyle Busch vs. Kevin Harvick; I’m talking about the unlikely run of Regan Smith to the checkered flag at Darlington. Stories like his, and that of independent spirit of Furniture Row Racing are a big part of why this observer watches NASCAR.Think about it: it wasn’t all that long ago that Smith looked finished in Sprint Cup racing. Stuck in limbo at Bobby Ginn- and later, DEI- the 2008 Rookie Of The Year s ...

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EXAMINING THE 2011 SEASON

Coming out of the second off-weekend of 2011 it is a perfect time to examine the start of the season. Since the cars hit the track 11 weeks ago in the Budweiser Shootout to kick off the year, there have been a few developments over the three short months that may set the stage for the long summer stretch towards the Chase.Some of the usual contenders have once again found their place in the top 10 in points, while others are struggling to make their way into the top 20. New faces have emerged fr ...

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JOHNSON-EARNHARDT TANDEM PUSHES TO WIN

Never wavering from their partnership throughout the day, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove to the bottom lane in the tri-oval to beat the two-car tandems of Jeff Gordon-Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer-Kevin Harvick Sunday in Talladega. The winning margin of 0.002 seconds ties the Ricky Craven-Kurt Busch finish at Darlington in 2003 for the closest finish in NASCAR history since the implementation of electronic scoring.Hanging in the back of the pack for much of the afternoon after starti ...

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NASCAR DRIVERS INK TV DEALS

This week NASCAR traveled to Hollywood where several drivers took the opportunity to meet with network execs and sign deals for their own shows. In the face of declining ratings for races, NASCAR officials hope the cross-over appeal of NASCAR drivers in scripted TV will boost its appeal. NBC's attempt to infuse its fall lineup with NASCAR programming failed, but experts feel now is the time.Here's a closer look at some of the TV deals now in development.While driving from Daytona to Charlotte, K ...

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