Winning Changes Everything

Isn't it funny- the ironic kind of funny? Think of how winning changes everything, including the narrative of a number of prominent drivers. Just a year ago, the talking heads were talking about the "R" word (retirement) in relationship to Jeff Gordon. Now with three 2014 wins and a points lead, Big Daddy is suddenly rejuvinated, his back feels great, and they're talking about the "Drive For Five." Just a few seasons ago, hater sites were having a field day with Dale Earnhardt Jr., chr ...

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Nascar Odds: Pure Michigan 400

I get it. With everything going on related to last Saturday's deadly accident involving Tony Stewart, there are far more important things happening in the world of racing. Stewart isn't racing. Forty-three others are. Here's a breakdown of how the odds might impact what Sprint Cup fans see Sunday. (more...) ...

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Nascar Odds: Cheeze-It at the Glen 355

If the 2014 Sprint Cup season is going off its rocker, this is the week. Watkins Glen is the second road course race of the year. Based on past performance, there's a real chance Chase contenders will have to readjust their strategy for the final races leading into the Chase. Here's why: (more...) ...

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(Not So) Sleepy Little Pocono

  When you see all the trees outside the track and the scenic surroundings, one can't help but think this track missed its calling as a baseball venue (I know what you're thinking- insert "baseball is boring" barb here.) The expectations for an eventful race weren't real high, but while I was napping, a race broke out. Brad's Big Save- The 2012 champion pulled off an impressive piece of driving at the race's outset. What we saw later in the race is not everyone can successfully sa ...

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Nascar Win, Lose or Draw: Brickyard 400

What an exciting weekend off the bricks at Indi. The Brickyard 400 race may have lacked sizzle on the track and in the stands, but the events before and after the race caused quite the stir. Here's a breakdown of winners and losers from Sunday's Brickyard 400. (more...) ...

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The Comeback Kids

For this fan, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be forever linked. After all, it was Earnhardt who gave Keselowski his big break in the Nationwide Series. He had his rough edges, but that ride led a short-term Cup opportunity at Hendrick Motorsports, a win at Talladega for James Finch, and then that championship ride for Roger Penske. Both have racing in their blood as sons of racers, both are a little rough around the edges; occasionally saying things that make suits squirm. Both ...

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Some Have More Than A Puncher’s Chance At Daytona

The sun even shines on a dog's hiney; that's the conventional racing wisdom on restrictor plate tracks. Wins by Michael Waltrip, Derrike Cope, David Ragan and others are often held up as evidence that Daytona and Talladega produce their share of Cinderella stories. No one will deny Saturday's Coke Zero 400 presents an excellent opportunity for the likes of AJ Allmedinger, Aric Almirola and David Gilliland to get that elusive first Cup points win, but know that there are drivers who have a kn ...

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Team 88: Something Proven

To be numbered among the best, the critics said they had a lot to prove. The driver, the progeny of a seven-time champion, was derided as one born on third base, but cheered as though he had hit a triple. He's been called a choker, gun shy, lazy and all manner of things in an effort to explain why he had not achieved his father's proficiency. The crew chief once took the reins from the master pit boss for a four-time champion. In a play off of his name, he was called "Pop Tart." Memes gra ...

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Pocono 400: Win, Lose or Draw

The triangle tricked some of Nascar's biggest names Sunday, with the sport's favorite driver and his legion of fans leaving Pocono thrilled. On a day filled with action on and off the track, here's a Bert Convy inspired breakdown of the other winners and losers. (more...) ...

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The Sweet & The Sour At Turn One of 2014

Coming out of Turn One, the 2014 season is fish tailing a bit, keeping it off the walls, but loose as a long-necked goose. Like it is with any season, there's been a mix of the sweet and a dash of the sour. THE SWEET.... The Monkey Is Off His Back- Being a member of "Junior Nation" has been a lot like being a Chicago Cubs fan in recent years, complete with lots of heart break and requiring the patience of Job. Earnhardt has rewarded his fans' loyalty and silenced his critics, starting ...

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