CARL EDWARDS GETS RAW

What a great way to prep for the Daytona 500.Six days before the biggest race of the year, Carl Edwards will deal with a bunch of sweaty men who wear tights. No, he's not going to karaoke with Michael Waltrip's pit crew. Edwards will serve as guest host of WWE “Monday Night Raw.”Edwards is the third NASCAR driver to host the show, which gives us some perspective to help make this experience as enjoyable as possible for Captain Aflac. Remember your linesKyle Busch and Joey Logano w ...

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A GREAT START IS KEY TO EARNHARDT’S YEAR

For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 2009 season was one of the most frustrating and trying times of his ten-year career. With only two top 5s and five top 10s, the third generation racer was forced to face harsh criticism from the media, fellow competitors and even his loyal fans. The downward spiral seemed to begin right from the start of the season during the Daytona 500.One of the stronger cars in Daytona, Earnhardt was penalized for pitting outside his box and was held one lap by NASCAR. With rains ...

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RACING EXPOS CONNECT FANS WITH NASCAR

This weekend the stars of NASCAR got together with the stars of country music in Nashville, Tenn., for the fifth annual Sprint Sound and Speed festival. Fans were treated to performances by country artists, and got the chance to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and others.While this is the fifth year of Sprint’s festival in Nashville, fans in the Northeast have been treated to one off-season motorsports expo for 25 years now. In 1986, Len Sammons put togeth ...

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NASCAR CABIN FEVER REMEDIES

The Daytona 500 goes green on Valentine’s Day. The stock car portion of Speedweeks begins the previous weekend and for NASCAR junkies that seems like a millennium away. However, there is some quality racing action in between now and then. Racing fans fortunate to find themselves in certain areas of the country will be assembling in droves for some hot winter racing. Coincidentally, races two through five on this list all take place over the last January weekend. 1. The Chili Bowl. The T ...

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FIVE BEST NASCAR MOMENTS OF THE 2000S

The last ten years have produced many ups and downs in NASCAR. Here is a list of the five best moments of the decade.1. Network television contract. Prior to 2001 NASCAR had no television broadcast deal. Each individual speedway negotiated the rights to air its events. The historic 1979 Daytona 500 began an accelerated growth in popularity. Ten years later, 1989 was the first season in which every then-Winston Cup race was televised live. The 90s continued the increase in viewers and fans, and t ...

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Daytona 500 TV Ratings

 According to reports, the lower-than-last-year TV ratings for Sunday's Daytona 500 were the result of the rain. Apparently, the elements deprived FOX and NASCAR of the usual number of viewers who tune in for the late stages of a race.Now, this is interesting to me on a few levels; the most obvious, of course, is the willingness of both FOX and NASCAR to ascribe the decline to the weather and not, you know, the overall trend that has bedevilled the sport the last few years ... hello? ...

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The Randomness of Restrictor-Plate Racing

I kid, I kid! I mean, Waltrip did finish seventh, it says so right there on the results page, but, we all know Mikey can draft. Hell, if not for plate racing, Mikey's washing dishes down to the Waffle House, right? Anyway, Daytona is some kind of random. Kevin Harvick finishes second. Clint Bowyer finishes fourth. Between them, the two Richard Childress Racing drivers might have turned three good laps in practice all week. Hell, Harvick turned the eighth-best lap in the fi ...

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The 2009 Season Opens Not With a Bang …

Sunday's Daytona 500 had its moments and provided at least a few set-pieces for further discussion -- Hello, Junior. This is Brian. Brian Vickers? Remember: payback's a bitch. Unfortunately, the race wasn't quite the rousing start fans had hoped. Or NASCAR needed.Since 2005, NASCAR's TV ratings have fallen by 21 percent. And, as anyone not dead yet knows, NASCAR is in a world of hurt. And while the seemingly-full stands Sunday were a welcome departure from the acres of empty seats we ...

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2009 Daytona 500 — Official Results

2009 Daytona 500 -- Official Results 1) Matt Kenseth, DeWalt Ford, 190 points  2) Kevin Harvick, Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet, 170 points 3) AJ Allmendinger, Valvoline Dodge, 165 points  4) Clint Bowyer, Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet, 160 points 5) Elliott Sadler, Stanley Dodge, 160 points 6) David Ragan, UPS Ford 152, 150 points 7) Michael Waltrip, NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 146 $371,138 8) Tony Stewart, Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrol ...

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And Brian France Sobbed

The 2009 Daytona 500 was suspended after 152 of the scheduled 200 laps. Matt Kenseth, who led one green-flag lap, won his first Daytona 500 and his first race since winning at the final race of the 2007 season at Homestead.  The complete top 10: 1) Matt Kenseth2) Kevin Harvick3) AJ Allmendinger4) Clint Bowyer5) Elliott Sadler6) David Ragan7) Michael Waltrip8) Tony Stewart9) Reed Sorenson10) Kurt BuschMatt Kenseth is Praying For a DownpourWith 49 laps to go and the race under ca ...

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