Tim Richmond: Smarter Than The Tricky Triangle

  Jimmie Johnson's 10th victory at Dover is the latest example of how a driver can master a track. In the same way that Dale Earnhardt owned Talladega, and Darrell Waltrip owned Bristol, Tim Richmond owned Pocono Raceway. In a career cut short by his infection with HIV and death at the hands of the AIDS virus, Tim Richmond reeled off four victories in a four year span at the track known popularly as the "tricky triangle." He swept the twin 1986 stops at Long Pond, Pennsylvania, an ...

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Ralph Earnhardt: The Original Racer’s Racer

  Legends often have a way of taking on a life of their own. If the story is not carefully recorded, a Mickey Rooney can become a Paul Bunyan. The way the Dale Earnhardt story is told, one could sometimes get the impression that The Intimidator was somehow discovered out of nowhere and struggled his way to the top to become racing royalty. While his beginnings were humble, while he earned his place in the hallowed halls of NASCAR, the Earnhardt name was not unfamiliar to racing enthu ...

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The Legacy of Steve Byrnes

  If I may be so raw, cancer sucks. This killer has separated families and deprived this Earth of some fine human beings, people who had something good to contribute. Had cancer not deprived his body of life, 56-year old Steve Byrnes still had plenty to bring to NASCAR nation. If you'll permit this observer to do so, after I all, I know this is a site about NASCAR racing, I'll tell you why Byrnes mattered so much to this sport, and what he taught by example to those of us who eith ...

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The 10 Greatest Drivers Of The Last 25 Years

  2015 appears to be shaping up as one of those crossroads season, with some great careers coming to a close, and some potentially great careers getting started. Jeff Gordon's retirement announcement got this fan in a reflective mood. When the Rainbow Warrior happened on the NASCAR scene in the early 90s, the sport was in a golden era, and at the time, there was an exchange of great careers getting started, and some great careers winding down. In this humble opinion, these are the ...

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Happy Birthday to A Living NASCAR Legend

Who is the best of all-time in NASCAR? The popular choice is the "man who could see air;" of course, we speak of the late Dale Earnhardt. Most famous for his intimidating ways, the seven-time champion could rally from laps down to win and do perform feats of renown. Others would opine the greatest was none other than "The King," Richard Petty. He dominated the NASCAR scene, and has been a longstanding goodwill ambassador. A living legend celebrates a birthday this week, and some may argue he ...

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