HOW TO SPOT A NASCAR-BASED RAPTURE

While reports of an upcoming rapture were a bit premature, it's always a good idea to review the signs to be well-prepared. You'd hate to be in the middle of planning a successful NASCAR BBQ only to find out that the rapture will make your cookout plans moot. It's common knowledge that ancient prophecies predicted that a NASCAR-based rapture would come to pass, taking all the good drivers to a NASCAR nirvana and leaving only drivers ranked 26th and higher (marking yet another event where Joey Lo ...

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DALE EARNHARDT JR. WANTS TO SEE CHANGE IN ALL-STAR RACE

CONCORD, N.C._ Not guaranteed a spot in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have to race his way into the main show through the Sprint Showdown or by winning the Fan Vote. Friday morning, Earnhardt Jr. indicated he would like to see a format change for the annual event, but not to for the reasons you may think. Growing up around the sport, Earnhardt Jr. rekindled memories of his past, saying as a fan he prefers short segments that led to the big moments that came ...

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EARNHARDT JR. NOT READY TO CELEBRATE

RICHMOND, Va._ The Junior Nation finally has some relief. After years of struggles, disappointments and winless seasons, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third in points, 19 marks out of the lead and heading to a track he has three wins on. The NASCAR world seems to be on the brink of salvation. Just don’t ask Dale Earnhardt Jr. if he is back at the top of his game. Despite having a better season than he had in all of 2009, Earnhardt Jr. knows he has made strides but is not ready to say he is back&nb ...

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DALE JR’S 2011 PROGRESS IS CAUSE FOR ‘NATION’S’ OPTIMISM

 Amid the reports of high gas prices, high unemployment and high deficits, the nation can use some good news. It doesn’t matter if you live in this great nation we call the U.S. of A., “NASCAR Nation” or “Junior Nation,” we can all use a feel good story, and a return to contending form by one Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. could fill the bill quite well, thank you very much.The facts won’t be ignored: it’s a poorly kept secret Junebug hasn’t seen Vi ...

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EXAMINING THE 2011 SEASON

Coming out of the second off-weekend of 2011 it is a perfect time to examine the start of the season. Since the cars hit the track 11 weeks ago in the Budweiser Shootout to kick off the year, there have been a few developments over the three short months that may set the stage for the long summer stretch towards the Chase.Some of the usual contenders have once again found their place in the top 10 in points, while others are struggling to make their way into the top 20. New faces have emerged fr ...

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JOHNSON-EARNHARDT TANDEM PUSHES TO WIN

Never wavering from their partnership throughout the day, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove to the bottom lane in the tri-oval to beat the two-car tandems of Jeff Gordon-Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer-Kevin Harvick Sunday in Talladega. The winning margin of 0.002 seconds ties the Ricky Craven-Kurt Busch finish at Darlington in 2003 for the closest finish in NASCAR history since the implementation of electronic scoring.Hanging in the back of the pack for much of the afternoon after starti ...

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TEXAS TOP 10 REVEALS 2011′S MOST IMPROVED

Variety is the spice of life. 2011 is offering NASCAR fans variety as the season’s seven races have given us six different winners, and none of them named Johnson or Hamlin.Check out the top ten from Saturday night, and you have something of a snapshot of who’s making noise this side of Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Trevor Bayne. It may be safe to say many of those top ten drivers at Texas Motor Speedway fit in either the dark horse, or the comeback cat ...

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HAMLIN-JOHNSON DOMINANCE ENDS IN PITS

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ Coming into this weekend’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway, the question was could anyone stop the dominance of Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson on the half-mile paperclip. The pair had combined to win the previous nine Martinsville events, leaving many to guess Sunday’s race would be no different, and for much of the event they were right.However, despite strong runs by both, it was Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch that ba ...

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HARVICK CRUSHES THE HOPES OF JUNIOR NATION

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ For a moment, it appeared all was right in the NASCAR world. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just pulled a bump-and-run move on Kyle Busch to take the lead with 20 laps to go and the fans were on their feet at Martinsville Speedway cheering him on wildly. Junior Nation was about to see their driver break a 98-race winless streak, beating Busch to do so nonetheless. Then came the black No. 29 of Kevin Harvick. Spoiling the day for Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch one week ago in Fontana, H ...

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SECRETS REVEALED WITHIN NASCAR PIT STALLS

As Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick can attest, the winner of a race can be measured in inches. Teams examine every aspect of their equipment, their personnel and the race day preparation to find an advantage. Crew cheifs agonize over the strategy and planning of the race. Within the last few years several teams have revamped their pit stalls to gain a competitive advantage. Last week's race at Fontana provided the perfect opportunity to see what's inside the top teams pit stalls that gives them ...

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