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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AN INSPIRING MOMENT WITH OUR VETERANS

Chris Dempsey and Matt Kenseth (Photo courtesy of Crown Royal)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ In the few years I have been covering the sport of NASCAR, I have had a number of humbling moments that stick out in my memory. Interviewing some of my childhood heroes, attending events I never could have imagined possible and talking with fans from all over the country have left a lasting impression on me. Last week at the rain-soaked Daytona International Speedway, another of those humbling experiences took pl ...

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THE DAYTONA 500 IN PICTURES

The Orlando Sentinel has a cool photo gallery from the Daytona 500 that includes several pictures of Sarah Palin, Tim McGraw and Larry the Cable Guy, three names that were destined to appear in the same sentence together.  Check out the Sentinel's gallery here. ...

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HOLE-Y MOLEY!

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ In the midst of an exciting and highly compelling Daytona 500, the red flag was thrown and the race halted not once, but twice for a hole that developed on the racing surface between Turns 1 and 2. Sitting in the bottom groove, cars continually hit the reported 9x15x2 inch hole causing concern for NASCAR and prompting immediate work to repair the track. First noticing the issue after John Andretti cut a tire and hit the wall on Lap 118, the drivers brought the cars to pit r ...

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MCMURRAY, POTHOLE, JUNIOR’S RELEVANCE WIN DAYTONA 500

Jamie McMurray overcame a pesky pothole that caused two long red flag delays, a revitalized Dale Earnhardt Jr., the usual assortment of restrictor-plate crashes and his own gentle tears to win the 2010 Daytona 500. Nice-guy McMurray held off a hard-charging Earnhardt in a green-white-checkered overtime finish. But what this race will be remembered for was its length. It lasted more than six hours. You better believe that left Kyle Busch enough time to sneak in a nap. On national television. ...

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SHOULD YOUR GIRLFRIEND ENJOY NASCAR?

This Sunday will force men across this country to choose between the Daytona 500 and their girlfriends. Many will attempt to combine NASCAR and Valentine's Day into one romantic racing evening ... but should you and your significant other even watch the Daytona 500 together? Here is a list of the pros and cons of getting your girlfriend into racing.   ...

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