Finally….A NASCAR Feel Good Story

While some races are a thrill races, others (such as the 2014 Coke Zero 400) feel more like a family car trip from Southern Oregon to Southern California. You know the one...are we there yet? The interminable endurance test parallels the career of one Aric Almirola. My first memory of "The Cuban Missile" came from a Nationwide Series race at the Milwaukee Mile in 2007. Almirola goes out and wins the pole, gets the car to the front, but because of a sponsorhip commitment, the car's regular ...

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Nascar Win, Lose or Draw: Coke Zero 400

  [caption id="attachment_684580" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Courtesy: Richard Petty Motorsports[/caption] Finally. After weeks of writing about it, it finally happened. A longshot, Aric Almirola, won a 2014 Sprint Cup race, chaining the Chase landscape and making for a memorable and rain-shorterend weekend. Here's the Bert Convy inspired breakdown. (more...) ...

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Some Have More Than A Puncher’s Chance At Daytona

The sun even shines on a dog's hiney; that's the conventional racing wisdom on restrictor plate tracks. Wins by Michael Waltrip, Derrike Cope, David Ragan and others are often held up as evidence that Daytona and Talladega produce their share of Cinderella stories. No one will deny Saturday's Coke Zero 400 presents an excellent opportunity for the likes of AJ Allmedinger, Aric Almirola and David Gilliland to get that elusive first Cup points win, but know that there are drivers who have a kn ...

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IS JIMMIE JOHNSON A BAD TEAMMATE?

Well, look what we have here! Mr. Clean, Jimmie Johnson, finds himself embroiled in a little controversy. Seems his team’s decision to pit and leave dancing partner Dale Earnhardt Jr. out on the track has caused him enough grief on the “Twittersphere” to elicit a response from Ol’ “Five Time”….“I didn't leave Jr hanging, you people are crazy. When my crew tells me to pit, I pit. Steve and Chad sort out the detailsAnd if you think either of us coul ...

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DAVID RAGAN SCORES FIRST CAREER VICTORY IN COKE ZERO 400

Roush Fenway Racing’s David Ragan nearly went to Victory Lane in the season-opening Daytona 500, but an ill-timed lane change led to a black flag and a disappointing 14th place finish. Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, Ragan was able to make up for his costly mistake and score his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Partnering with teammate Matt Kenseth for the entirety of the Coke Zero 400, Ragan was able to survive three late-race wrecks and two attempts a ...

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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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NASCAR TURNS TO SPEED DATING TO PICK DAYTONA DRAFTING PARTNERS

NASCAR has long been known for its unconventional solutions (Car of Tomorrow's wing, the testing ban, the return of the spoiler, requiring every spotter to be nicknamed Rusty.) The latest in this trend is Driver Speed Dating. February's Daytona race demonstrated that drafting partners are key because two cars go faster than one.With that in mind, NASCAR's elite drivers will participate in a speed dating seminar to find their perfect match for the July 2nd race.Three days prior to the race, drive ...

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HARVICK WINS WILD COKE ZERO 400

There were not that many cars left to beat, but Kevin Harvick and his Richard Childress Racing No. 29 Chevrolet were able to survive a Green-White-Checkered finish to win the annual 400-miler at the Daytona International Speedway. After an hour and a half rain delay, Bobby Labonte – who was making his 600th career start – gave the command to fire engines. With the field set by owner points, Harvick led the 43-car field to the green and at the end the night it was the No. 29 that powe ...

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NASCAR SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS

Summer Blockbuster movies are here and many films are incorporating NASCAR-related themes.  NASCAR has always had strong ties to Hollywood, from great movie characters to Daytime Emmys to car sponsors.Here is a look at some of the most anticipated NASCAR-branded movies coming to a theatre near you this summer.Twilight: Eclipse of the CupAs the Chase for the Cup quickly approaches, Miss Bella Sprint Cup must choose between her boyfriend vampire Jimmie and her friendship with the werewolf Den ...

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TALLADEGA FLIGHTS: DAYTONA’S RESTRICTOR-PLATE SEQUEL

The title is different, but man, I swear I have seen this movie before. It's a case of another restrictor-plate race and another wild finish. The plot is slightly different and so are the players, but the catalyst remains the same. "Lose the plates," they say. "Wreckin' ain't racin'." Few would argue the second statement. The conflict of the story is what to do as an alternative. Remember Bobby Allison in the "Flight of Fancy"- the 1987 Talladega action c ...

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