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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