ANTICIPATION OF DALE EARNHARDT’S DAYTONA 500 WIN BUILT OVER MANY YEARS

“Now there’s the kid to watch. This kid Earnhardt.” CBS anchor Ken Squier uttered that great line during his call of the 1979 Daytona 500. I would say Squier was correct.Dale Earnhardt’s extremely successful career had a chapter all of its own about his struggles to win the Daytona 500. The story grew in stature year after year not only because of the close-but-no-cigar finishes in the 500, but because of his excellence in NASCAR at winning everything else.That 1979 race ...

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DAYTONA 500 WHAT IFS…?

It's always fun to play what-if...1986Geoff Bodine and Dale Earnhardt were not exactly passing the mashed potatoes to each other every Thanksgiving. Each man raced hard. They raced even harder when around one another. Bodine said Earnhardt had him sideways three times in the Tri-Oval during Saturday’s Speedweeks Busch Series event. Come Sunday’s 500 they had the two fastest cars. The pair dueled for the lead at times and drafted and waited during other points of the race. The slugfes ...

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JOHNSON WINS HISTORIC FIFTH STRAIGHT TITLE

In one of the most dramatic races in recent memory, the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup literally came down to the wire. Entering the day, Denny Hamlin led Jimmie Johnson by 15 points, with Kevin Harvick only 46 points behind. With all three drivers looking to make their own history, the 267-lap race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway was going to determine the champion. Throughout the course of the day, each of the three title contenders suffered setbacks and each overcame those troubles. Yet when C ...

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REMEMBERING DALE EARNHARDT’S FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP 30 YEARS AGO

The 2010 NASCAR Cup Championship is coming to a close. A tight points battle has formed between a favorite and two others seeking their first title. Jimmie Johnson is the four-time consecutive and defending crown holder. He was largely a favorite in pre-season polls and is backing up the confidence with a challenge for his fifth straight title.Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are a pair of very talented drivers who have never won the Cup, but no one is truly surprised to see either of them gunning ...

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RUBBIN’ IS NOT RACING

“Have at it, boys” is a good theory. Gradual bump-drafting enforcement and driving scrutiny by NASCAR increased over the years and brought a sense of sterility into the sport. Before any officials’ judgement became commonplace, “have at it boys” already was the attitude. It just didn’t have a clever name. This does not mean we need complete anarchy and a glorified demolition derby every time the Cup officials throw the green flag. Auto racing is self-policing. ...

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LOLNASCAR: ELVIS EARNHARDT JR.

 I wanna send a hunka-hunka burnin' love to our friends at LOLnascar.  Related links:You were warnedWho's the boss?Who you calling rookie?The Junior bailoutCalm down, DennyMark Martin and the InternetsBrad CauseawreckskiLa-la-la I can't hear youSay hello to my little friendThe 28-year-old virginEstrada!Another boring raceUnlike Juan Pablo Montoya, All Left Turns is beloved in SacramentoKanye interrupts Montoya television interviewHot moob actionKasey's missing Bud girlsThe Junior fa ...

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