Rivalries Vs. Feuds

The one year anniversary of the infamous Denny Hamlin- Joey Logano crash in Fontana raises questions of feuds and rivalries. In the mind of this observer, there's a difference. One is good for NASCAR. The other is a public relations black eye. Great rivalries are the stuff of NASCAR legend. The King (Richard Petty) vs. The Silver Fox (David Pearson) may have been the greatest in motorsports. Bobby Allison versus Darrell Waltrip was a great rivalry. For a time, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart ...

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Daytona May Just Be The Beginning For Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Ten years has a way changing things. In 2004, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first Daytona 500, his 10th career victory. He looked like he had the world on a string. The win would be the first of six that season, one in which a profanity uttered during a victory celebration cost him money and cost him points. He suggested his fifth win at Talladega wasn't any big deal because his legendary father won ten at the track. Sunday night, high on victory, Junior said something about Mooresville, No ...

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NASCAR’s Not Getting The Point(s)

Once upon a time, there was a dramatic race to the finish. Six drivers raced each other hard for the NASCAR Cup championship- including two sons of racing legends, a popular redhead who wheeled a mean machine, a smooth southerner whose persistence paid off, a steady veteran and a slightly odd, but brilliant underdog. In the season finale, that underdog had his day, the cerebral independent providing the Hollywood ending. The season was 1992. The competitors were (in order of mention above) D ...

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The Marriage Of A NASCAR Hatfield & A NASCAR McCoy

Has Hell frozen over? If we could go back in time a la Marty McFly to the 80s to tell NASCAR fans back in the day that an Elliott would be racing for an Earnhardt, what do you think their reaction would have been? More than likely that fan would have said that a certain region south of us had gone Arctic. Hmm, perhaps Beelzebub is sporting a new pair of long johns. Chase Elloitt- son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott- has aligned himself with the progeny of one of "Million Dollar Bill's" chi ...

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NASCAR’s Answer To Hank Aaron

"As far as I'm concerned, (Hank) Aaron is the best ball player of my era. He is to baseball of the last 15 years what Joe DiMaggio was before him. He's never received the credit he's due." - Mickey Mantle in Baseball Digest (June 1970) Sometimes greatness is achieved not by doing one spectacular deed, but by doing several things well over an extended period of time. Though he never hit 50 home runs in a season, Hank Aaron was for 33 years baseball’s home run king. Over the span of his 22 ...

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JEFF GORDON: NASCAR’S GAME-CHANGING DRIVER

21 years ago, almost all of us had a phone on our wall or on an end table. Email was something guys with thick glasses and pocket protectors used. On demand TV? Wasn't that what happened when you yanked the remote control out of your kid brother's hand? If Rip Van Winkle were awakening today from a 20-year snooze, he'd find the world has changed a lot since that November day in 1992 when Jeffrey Michael Gordon made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut. NASCAR has seen more than its share of chang ...

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GRATEFUL JR. THANKS HIS NATION

 “They stuck behind me for all these years, and I know exactly what they’ve been thinkin’ about; they’ve been wanting us to get back to victory lane. So this is for them. I appreciate their loyalty and support. We wouldn’t have made it back to victory lane without it.” Even if you aren’t a card carrying member of Junior Nation, you can’t help but appreciate the sentiment. Perhaps it may help his critics better understand the love that fan ...

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STEWART’S SURGE IS GOOD FOR NASCAR

Going into 2011, NASCAR needed more than just a shot in the arm to reverse, or at least halt its move in the wrong direction. NASCAR needed a shakeup. NASCAR needed a good start with a good story coming out of Daytona. Enter Trevor Bayne, delivering the feel good win while driving for the legendary Wood Brothers- a team winless since the days of Elliott Sadler.NASCAR needed someone other than the usual suspects in Victory Lane. This season, fans have been treated wins by guys like Bayn ...

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IS STEVE LETARTE GETTING HIS DUE?

A look at the NASCAR Cup standings shows Carl Edwards leading the way. Kevin Harvick is second. And lo and behold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sits third, the highest ranked car out of Hendrick Motorsports. Junior Nation is rejoicing after three years with their man once again having a legitimate shot to win each week. Yet, I am looking for the appropriate tip of the hat to 2011 crew chief Steve Letarte. Victory Lane is the Promised Land. Granted Earnhardt has not visited there since 2008, but his perfor ...

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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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