CLOSED WHEEL, OPEN THREAD

So many questions will be answered this weekend... Will Junior Earnhardt turn his season around?Who will The Big One claim in Talladega?Can Mark Martin put together a championship run?Will pit row road continue to kill ... everyone?We leave the rest in your capable hands.What do you think? ...

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SOME OF US WILL TAKE THE PARKING OF THE 8 CAR A LITTLE HARDER THAN OTHERS

Hey buddy, you still got a little on your cheek. Yeah. Almost. There you go. Got it.Attaboy. As fashion statements go, we have seen better. You have to love the "It's so bright out my hat needs sunglasses, too" look. What do you think is in the 30-ounce mug? My guess: More sunglasses. ...

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Does NASCAR have ‘Junior Rules’?

NASCAR has decided not to penalize Dale Earnhardt Jr. for spinning out Casey Mears on the cool-down lap of Saturday's race at Phoenix International Raceway. ESPN.com's David Newton writes that fans and some members of the media believe that NASCAR has one set of rules for Junior and another set of rules for the rest of its drivers. ESPN's Newton cites several examples in which drivers were penalized for actions similar to Junior's, including the incident when Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards were ...

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Jr.: Time to Put Up or Shut Up?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 16th in the overall, a very surmountable 67 points behind Jeff Burton, who is 12th. Of course, go the other way with those 67 points and Jr. plummets to 23rd in the overall. The point? Jr. is walking a very fine line and it's about time for him to start making hay while the sun shines.Could Jr. and his team survive another few lackluster races? Perhaps, but continuing to labor in mediocrity, as they have through seven races, would not be good. And if i ...

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Earnhardt Will Make the Chase

So the back half of the week hasn't seen much of a letup in the whole Earnhardt needs to fire Tony Jr. story line. It's enough of an issue that Rick Hendrick got together with all and sundry and cleared the air, yet again. The long and the short of it is, no changes are imminent.While I'd love to institute my own personal blackout on any additional stories on this subject, that would be fairly stupid -- primarily because I think Jr. makes the Chase and I will enjoy writing at least 1 ...

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