DAVID RAGAN SCORES FIRST CAREER VICTORY IN COKE ZERO 400

Roush Fenway Racing’s David Ragan nearly went to Victory Lane in the season-opening Daytona 500, but an ill-timed lane change led to a black flag and a disappointing 14th place finish. Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, Ragan was able to make up for his costly mistake and score his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Partnering with teammate Matt Kenseth for the entirety of the Coke Zero 400, Ragan was able to survive three late-race wrecks and two attempts a ...

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MOVE ASIDE, “SLICED BREAD,” BAYNE MAY BE “THE ANSWER”

If only for a moment, all seems right with the NASCAR world. There’s no fight nor fuss over the Car of Tomorrow, the presence of Toyota, nor the dominance of Jimmie. There’s no conspiracy for those inclined towards them, and best of all, NASCAR’s most famous race, the Daytona 500, is not marred by foul weather nor potholes.In fact, the thought of a victory for Wood Bros. Racing by one Trevor Bayne brings a smile to even the most furrowed faces. It’s a ...

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DAYTONA 500 POTHOLE: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

In the lead-up to last year's Daytona 500 people couldn't stop talking about Danica Fever, but a small pothole between turns 1 and 2 became the story of the race. The pothole delayed the action for more than two hours as officials attempted to repair it. This off-season the track spent over twenty million to repave the surface. What ever happened to that Pothole? Where is he now?   We caught up with the Pothole to talk about being a NASCAR fan, his 15 minutes of f ...

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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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DAYTONA 500 ODDS

It’s about damn time.After a long dormant winter devoid of racing and full of snow, it’s time to start our yearly marathon with sport’s best opening event.You can’t beat the Daytona 500. It’s NASCAR’s biggest race. And it starts the season. Many drivers would rather win this weekend than win the Sprint Cup. You can’t say that it any other sport without getting ridiculed.No such ridicule for me. I bet fake money every race last year and ended up ahead. No ...

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THANK GOODNESS – IT’S BACK TO RACING TIME!

For this sports fan, the event calendar is perfectly laid out. Just as the euphoria of the Packers snagging the Lombardi Trophy wears off, it’s time for the  Shootout, the Duels, the Great American Race - complete with all the hoopla that follows it. It’s like going from one Super Bowl to the other. I, for one, can’t wait.Frankly, I made it a point to “check out” this offseason. I kept my eyes open for some of the major developments, bu ...

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GIVE ME THE SUPER BOWL OF STOCK CAR RACING ANY DAY

For many Americans, Sunday night’s Super Bowl was one of the biggest sporting events of the year. People throw parties, spend ridiculous amounts of money on tickets – even to watch in the parking lot, and yet it does not seem like the main event of the year to this race fan. The real Super Bowl in February is the one that kicks off in Daytona Beach, Fla. later this month – the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. Started eight years prior to football’s first big game, the Dayt ...

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TIME FOR NASCAR TO GET IT TOGETHER

Three races are in the books for the 2010 season and each has proved that NASCAR has a lot of work to do. Potholes at Daytona, few fans in the stands in Fontana and malfunctioning caution lights in Las Vegas have taken away from what has been exciting action on the track. Throw in poor television coverage and back-to-back wins by Jimmie Johnson and fans are starting to change the channel. With another track that struggles to fill the stands coming up next week, what will NASCAR do to keep the fa ...

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LUCK WINS RACES, NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Since his move to the Cup Series in 2002, Jimmie Johnson has recorded 48 victories and four straight championships thanks to fast race cars, great calls from crew chief Chad Knaus and a touch of luck. Sunday’s victory at the Auto Club Speedway was no exception. The dominant car on the day, Johnson’s race nearly took a turn for the worse when a caution flew as his team completed work on pit road. Able to beat race leader Jeff Burton to the pit exit, Johnson avoided losing a lap and wh ...

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NASCAR VS. THE OLYMPICS

NASCAR faces stiff competition this weekend and needs to step it up to appeal to the fans who might flip over to the Olympics. The Great American Race couldn't hold a candle to its Olympic counterpart. (The first four days of the Olympics garnered over 28 million folks each night while only 13.3 million fans tuned in for great racing and potholes).This Sunday, the Olympics will feature Ski Cross, Biathlon, Ice Dancing, Canada vs USA Hockey and Women's Curling.  Here are a few simple changes ...

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