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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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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