LIFELOCK 400 TV RACE TIME AND PREVIEW

LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway Date: Sunday, June 14, 2009 TV: TNT coverage starts at 1:30 pm ET Race time: 2:15 pm ET Defending champ: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Live-blog: www.allleftturns.com starting around 2 pm ET The week in review:Brian Vickers made a pit stop in Times SquareJeff Gordon suffered through seven minutes of insane questioning from Regis and KellyThese paint schemes got the old FAILWe looked at horrific crashes that took place at Michigan International SpeedwayThings ...

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DALE EARNHARDT JR. SONG NEW 88

Glenn Jones loves Dale Earnhardt Jr. so much he wrote a song about him. Jones is not a musician in Nashville, New York or Los Angeles. He’s a 69-year-old mechanic from Carrollton, Miss. Nonetheless, his song about NASCAR’s most popular driver is starting to attract attention on iTunes.I talked to Jones about the song, which is entitled “New 88.” It recounts the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr., the rise of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the younger Earnhardt’s fiery Le Mans prac ...

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POCONO 500 CRASH

The Pocono 500 was heavy on fuel strategy and light on wrecks. Dale Earnhardt Jr. did, however, get into David Stremme on lap 112. The video is below.  In another one of the race's less-than-stellar moments, Denny Hamlin got off to an awful start.     Finally, check out Smoke's final laps of fuel strategy glory.  ...

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BUSCH SLAMS EARNHARDT

Kyle Busch has added another chapter to the rivalry between himself and the sport's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. On Friday morning, reacting to the news that crew chief Tony Eury Jr. had been fired from the No. 88 team, Busch said, "It's never Junior; it's always the crew chief."In other words: Earnhardt's struggles are his own damn fault. Busch said new crew chief Lance McGrew will have "his hands full," and added, "And if Junior doesn't run well, then he ...

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TONY EURY JR. LINKEDIN PROFILE

Hours after losing his job as crew chief of his cousin Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 car at Hendrick Motorsports, Tony Eury Jr. updated his LinkedIn profile (LinkedIn is a business networking site) with this comment about his reassignment to Hendrick's R&D division.   Eury Jr. does not seem bitter - just kind of sad.  This next part was kind of strange.  You can see the link for yourself at www.linkedin.com/in/tonyeuryjr  ...

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JUNIOR’S CREW CHIEF FIRED

Tony Eury Jr. is out as Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief. Eury will be replaced by Lance McGrew, who will take over an interim basis at Pocono next week. Team manager Brian Whitesell will serve as the crew chief at Dover. "Our performance hasn't been where it should be,'' team owner Rick Hendrick said in a release. "It's impossible to pin that on any one factor, but a change is the right decision at this point. We have a plan in place, and we're going to move forward with it.'' Earnhard ...

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JUNIOR VISITS SICK BOY

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been in the news this week for all of the wrong reasons. He finished 40th at the Coca-Cola 600 and now his crew chief is on the hot seat. Today there is a story in the Dayton Daily News that serves as a reminder why Earnhardt Jr., in spite of his troubles, remains the sport's most popular driver. The story, entitled "NASCAR's Dale Jr. elates a local boy," reads:Mikey, 4, the son of Mike and Angela Jones, was born with a serious medical condition called VATERL ...

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TRADING ‘PAINT’BALL WITH DALE EARNHARDT JR.

So what is NASCAR's most popular driver like away from the track? This video (below), produced by Amp and directed by Stacey Peralta (Dogtown and Z-Boys), shows Dale Earnhardt Jr. at play. It also introduces viewers to his best friends as they go off-roading, race go-karts and shoot each other in the face (with paintballs.)   ...

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DRUNK NASCAR FAN

 Sometimes when you're at a race, and you're on cocktail number 800, the urge to point at your favorite car and then direct it where to go can be overwhelming. The driver knows where he's going. He has been around the track hundreds of times this weekend, but that doesn't stop you from extending your index finger in the direction you would like him to proceed in. Is this drunken exuberance? No. It is simply you doing your part. And having done your part, having done everything possible at t ...

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NASCAR IS DEFINITELY STOUT

Have you noticed that the Sprint Cup Series has been pretty stout lately? I mean, the series has always been plenty stout-y. But the stout-ness overfloweth this season.Kurt Busch after the April race in Phoenix: "I felt like a third-place effort tonight was like a win because Mark Martin was stout."But Busch, so generous with the giving of the stout, was himself stout.After Phoenix, Doug Demmons wrote in the Birmingham News: "Kurt Busch turned in another stout performance with ...

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