EARNHARDT JR. WATKINS GLEN CRASH

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s season of unbridled, unrelenting misery continued Monday at Watkins Glen. Junior was running 26th on lap 41 when he cut inside of Reed Sorenson while entering turn 10 and lost his brakes. The cars collided and skidded across a gravel pit. Earnhardt hit the tire barrier hard, but climbed out of his car unscathed. Junior was competitive early on until a pit road speeding penalty sent him to the back of the pack. Yes, it has been that kind of year. Junior sounds like a guy figh ...

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JUNIOR POPULAR AMONG BANK ROBBERS, TOO

What's up with bank robbers wearing Dale Earnhardt Jr. merchandise? The No. 88 of NASCAR's most popular driver appears to be the "it" fashion choice for today's criminal. In June I wrote about the man in the Dale Earnhardt Jr. shirt (pictured above) who robbed a credit union in Salt Lake City. The man handed the teller a note, took the money and fled. In late July another man (pictured below) robbed a Memphis credit union while wearing a No. 88 hat. The unidentified man waited behind a ...

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ACTORS WHO SHOULD PLAY NASCAR DRIVERS

When my editor pitched me the idea of writing about which actors should play which NASCAR drivers, I knew it was going to be a lot of fun.  I have always wondered who would play me in the movie of my life - assuming I ever do anything interesting enough to warrant Hollywood's attention. Since I am no good at remembering celebrities, I enlisted the help of my wife, Jenn, who is really good at remembering the names of actors no one but she and six other people know about. Vince Vaughn as ...

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DALE EARNHARDT JR. ESPN COMMERCIAL

ESPN is promoting its coverage of the Sprint Cup Series with a 30-second spot featuring the sport's 21st-place driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. The commercial is somber in tone and reflects on Earnhardt's troubles this season. It has an our-guy-could-turn-it-around feel. Earnhardt narrates: "You know when you don't run good you got a lot of people asking you questions about it - all the press and all the fans. But if you're a race car driver you've got to think you're the best out there and I don ...

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LENOX INDUSTRIAL TOOLS 301 CRASHES

The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was the scene of a big one on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun his wheels on this restart, causing a chain reaction that involved Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Casey Mears, David Reutimann, Brian Vickers and David Ragan.The next video is a very close shot from the stands posted by YouTuber saracheney.    Spectator view from YouTuber landstuhltaylor.   And here's the h ...

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NEW HAMPSHIRE CRASHES

The Sprint Cup visits Loudon, N.H., this Sunday for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, which means it's time for our weekly smash-up flashback. Dale Jr. gets stuffed by Jamie McMurray 2008 Be sure to watch this clip at 1:20 for Junior's onboard video.Dennis Setzer gets pounded by the wall and his competitors Kyle Busch eats it 2006Nothing special about this wreck other than it's Kyle Busch getting his day ruined. Don't blame us - we're just giving the fans what they want, and people love to see ...

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EARNHARDT JR. FAN ROBS BANK

A man in a Dale Earnhardt Jr. shirt robbed a credit union in Salt Lake City on Friday. Police have released this photo. In true Earnhardt fashion, the fan fled on foot, but was lapped by several police officers before they finally slowed and apprehended him. For real, the suspect remains at large.You have to wonder about any criminal who looks through his entire wardrobe and decides a neon-green image of the tenth-highest paid athlete in the world is the inconspicuous looks he needs to pull off ...

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OBAMA NASCAR CONSPIRACY

We were tipped off by a source in NASCAR's Daytona Beach, Fla., headquarters that NASCAR and the Obama administration have been in contact at the highest levels. Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, we were able to gain access to the following letters. The following exchange of letters, which took on a more heated tone, took place this week following the LifeLock 400 in Michigan. ...

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EARNHARDT JR. TENTH HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETE

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the tenth highest-paid athlete in the world at $34 million a year, according to the annual Forbes list of highest-paid athletes. The magazine reports:"Earnhardt was chosen as Nascar's most popular driver for a sixth straight year in 2008 despite winning only one race during the past two seasons. His merchandise sales were twice the total of any other driver. Earnhardt's biggest personal sponsorship deals are with Adidas, Chevrolet, Polaris, Wrangler and Nationwide Insu ...

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NASCAR-THEMED SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS

It's time for the release of this summer's blockbuster movies and racing fans are in for a treat. Take a look at all of the NASCAR-themed hits coming to a theater near you.Nowhere To Go, But UPDale Jr. was having a heck of time.  His crew chief had been fired, the media was hounding him and Kyle Busch wouldn't stop yappin'.  This was no time to be bothered by a little kid with a whole bunch of balloons.  But when you're running in the back of the pack, what's the harm in trying a ...

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