NASCAR NATION IN A BETTER MOOD … SO FAR

Hollywood could not have scripted a better beginning to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. An all-American kid (Trevor Bayne) wins the Great American Race for one of the pioneer race teams of the sport. For an encore, one of NASCAR’s active legends (Jeff Gordon) and arguably second most popular driver behind that red-headed fellow wins for the first time in what seems like a million years at Phoenix. Follow that up with a win at Sin City by the driver (Carl Edwards) best equipped to dethro ...

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COULD FANS EMBRACE CARL EDWARDS AS THE FACE OF NASCAR?

If you’re a serious fan, forget for a moment what you know about Carl Edwards. On first blush, he’s a car owner, a sponsor and a NASCAR front office dream. If you shut some things out of your mind for a moment, Carl Edwards has what it takes to be the face of NASCAR.Carl Edwards breaks the stereotype of a NASCAR driver. He’s trim, athletic, speaks with a clear mid-Western accent, he talks about his sponsors like he actually knows what they do, and heck, ...

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EDWARDS BEATS STEWART IN LAS VEGAS

Continuing his early season momentum, Carl Edwards was able to score his first win of the 2011 season Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Edwards took the lead from Tony Stewart after the final round of green flag pit stops cycled through and never looked back. “It is unreal,” Edwards said. “When you are a kid you dream about this and how cool it would be to go to Vegas and fly a bunch of women there in a private plane and race cars and I did it. I brought my mom, my mother ...

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NOT A FAN OF EARNHARDT, I BECAME ONE THAT DAY

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla._ Today marks the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s tragic and unexpected death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. A myriad of stories have been flowing from drivers, the media and fans this week remembering the late titan of stock car racing, and I would be remised if I did not offer my memories, not only of the man but of that fateful day. While many reporters and industry insiders have talked of being at the track and witnessing the confusion that unfolded f ...

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ESPN COMMENTATORS FIRE BACK AT ‘RIGGED’ COMMENTS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla._ During Tuesday night’s edition of the ESPN commentary show “Pardon the Interruption” host Tony Kornheiser and stand-in co-host Dan LeBatard (of the Miami Herald) stepped out of character and discussed Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s pole run for the Daytona 500. Instead of talking of the popular driver’s first pole at the famed speedway or the effectiveness of the off-season changes at Hendrick Motorsports, the pair opted to discuss whether or not NASCAR h ...

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WHY IS BEING DALE EARNHARDT JR.’S CREW CHIEF SO DIFFICULT?

Steve Letarte became Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s third crew chief since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, which begs the question, "Why is it so difficult to be Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief?" Junior seems like an affable guy, he's backed by one of the strongest owners in NASCAR, he's got his own theme song and the team works side-by-side with five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. So why is there more turnover here than a McDonalds short order cook? Here are the top five challenges to ...

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REJECTED NASCAR POINT SYSTEM FORMULAS

NASCAR officials have deliberated on a new point system behind closed doors for several weeks now. According to inside sources, officials have chosen a new system after carefully evaluating several simpler formulas or even abandoning The Chase altogether.According to inside sources, here are the rejected formulas for a new point system. 
1. Jessica Alba IndexUnder this formula, NASCAR officials would meet with Jessica Alba every Sunday night at a nice restaurant of her choosing. Ms. Alba would r ...

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5 DRIVERS I’M WATCHING IN 2011

There’s a reason everyone loves a new year. For those who experienced adversity or failure in the year prior, they get fresh start; a clean slate fresh for writing a new chapter to the story. For the young, it’s an opportunity to further build on the foundation that’s been set; perhaps a rite of passage to maturity is in store.NASCAR drivers are no different. For Jimmie Johnson, 2010 further built his legacy. For Denny Hamlin, it was a breakout year. Jamie McMurray experienced ...

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NASCAR NEEDS A MAN OF THE PEOPLE

If you’re much over the age of 25, you’ll recall baseball’s lost season of 1994, when player and owners reached an impasse. Some called the battle of “the millionaires versus the billionaires,” but fans felt they came out the real losers. When play resumed in 1995, the fans let the sport hear about it with attendance off by some 20 percent, and those showing up being none to quiet about their disdain for what baseball had become. Not missing a game in near ...

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EARNHARDT PROUD HE PERSEVERED THROUGH SEASON OF DISAPPOINTMENT; DID NOT ‘CRUMBLE MENTALLY’

“I’ve got a lot of career left, and I’ll get back to where I want to be.” - Dale Earnhardt Jr.It’s been quite the year, and even quite the week, for Dale Earnhardt Jr. The No. 88 driver got to witness the aftermath of Texas, where fights, crew swaps and point battles left the sport captivated. Earnhardt Jr. also got to pick a fan designed paint scheme for his ride at Phoenix. While promoting that event with Diet Mountain Dew and the Phoenix Coyotes, All Left Turns g ...

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