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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KYLE VS. CARL: THE TENSION SIMMERS

One of the kings of “outlaw” country music- David Allen Coe- may have summed it up best in this little song. I leave it to your interpretation to whom it applies:I need a little time off for bad behaviorThe devil in me done been asleep too longI need a little time off for bad behaviorIt looks like I've been too good for too longCarl Edwards badly wanted a piece of Kyle Busch at Bristol. “I told him after Phoenix that I still owe him one, but I’ll save it up. We ...

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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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