TEAMMATES BATTLE ON AND OFF THE TRACK

There is a story line that has become increasingly common on NASCAR’s Cup tour in 2010. Teammates racing each other hard, having an on-track incident, and not being happy about it after the fact.The lack of love lost between drivers in the same stable has boiled over and the public has seen the steam. Jimmie Johnson did not raise his status on Jeff Gordon’s Christmas card list after the pair rubbed each other the wrong way during the April race in Texas.  The Hendrick Motorsport ...

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VICKERS OUT FOR SEASON, DRIVERS WEIGH IN

CHARLOTTE _ At the age of 26, Brian Vickers appeared to be at the top of his game and in prime health. Racing in NASCAR’s premier series for Team Red Bull Racing, Vickers was struggling in the opening weeks of the season, but things were starting to turn around with a 10th-place finish in Darlington. That all changed with chest pains and a trip to the emergency room. While on a trip to Washington D.C., Vickers suffered chest pains in the middle of the night. He said nothing stuck out t ...

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DRIVING FOR HENDRICK DOESN’T GUARANTEE SUCCESS

Rick Hendrick has had plenty of strong drivers in his stable over the years. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte all have won Cup championships for him. Kasey Kahne is the newest commodity to make a commitment to Hendrick Motorsports. The wins and titles are remembered. But not all drivers who passed through the shops near Charlotte Motor Speedway are remembered for a trophy collection. Some have memories of losses and poor performances. Here are five who often ran in mid-pack. 1. C ...

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MEARS TAPPED AS STAND-IN FOR HAMLIN

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ News broke late Friday evening that preseason favorite Denny Hamlin will undergo surgery following this weekend’s race in Martinsville for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver suffered the injury while playing basketball in January. Originally, Hamlin planned to have reconstructive surgery following the 2010 season, but after just six races the plans have changed. “We were going to wait until the end of the season, b ...

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MEARS TO WED GRABLANDER IN JANUARY

Casey Mears will wed girlfriend Trish Grablander this coming January, according to a note on Mears' Web site. Mears and his unpredictable facial hair met Grablander in Phoenix, site of this week's race. They have a daughter, Samantha. Congrats to all.  Related link:Pics of SPEED TV's Robyn Green25 hottest women in motorsportsConnie Montoya picsJanuary Jones at Kansas SpeedwayChandra Johnson picsLynne Allmendinger picsAshley Force Hood picsMiss Sprint Cup photosErin Crocker picturesKyle ...

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ALT’s First Annual Tuesday Afternoon Blog Dump

 If there is a God in a Heaven -- and apparently fewer of us subscribe to that theory these days -- that Man flat out owes Mark Martin. Big time. Martin has finished second in the championship four times, once by an infamous 26 points (in 1990), third four times, and fourth on three occasions. You could be forgiven if you figured Martin and Hendrick Motorsports would make beautiful music together in 2009.* Mark Martin and Hendrick Motorsports were going to produce a st ...

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