2015 Sprint Unlimited: Love & Racing

  Oh the irony: after all the attention paid to a NASCAR driver and his ex-girlfriend, and NASCAR's most popular driver and his aversion of bling for his long-time girlfriend this off-season, the 2015 campaign's genesis arrives on Valentine's Day. For those of us who have a love for racing, Saturday's Sprint Unlimited- a 75 lap kick-off once known as the Bud Shootout- the event will offer a welcome focus on something other than the private lives of Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. ...

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Some Have More Than A Puncher’s Chance At Daytona

The sun even shines on a dog's hiney; that's the conventional racing wisdom on restrictor plate tracks. Wins by Michael Waltrip, Derrike Cope, David Ragan and others are often held up as evidence that Daytona and Talladega produce their share of Cinderella stories. No one will deny Saturday's Coke Zero 400 presents an excellent opportunity for the likes of AJ Allmedinger, Aric Almirola and David Gilliland to get that elusive first Cup points win, but know that there are drivers who have a kn ...

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Time To Toss Out The Plates?

Business is picking up again in metal recycling. Wednesday's practice at Daytona International Speedway saw more stuff get wadded up than a novelist with writer's block. Can you imagine the fist pounding back at the shop? As of right now, it appears one of the victims, Dave Blaney, will be packing it in, and another Daytona favorite, Trevor Bayne, may have his chances of making the show jeopardized by the mayhem triggered when Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth nudged each other. This is racing ...

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Sympathy For The Superspeedway

Just like the good ol' USA, NASCAR Nation has its polarizing issues. Instead of Obamacare and taxes, one debate among NASCAR fans has to do with racing on the superspeedways, also known as the "restrictor plate tracks." The metal devices that resemble a slice of Swiss cheese, restrict airflow and limit speed- this coming after Bobby Allison's car took out a section of fencing at Talladega in 1987 and injured several fans with flying parts. The upshot of the move has resulted in racing i ...

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“CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM” IS THE OPERATIVE PHRASE FOR THE NEW CAR

 There’s smiles all around at Daytona. Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave the new car a thumbs up, Jeff Gordon seems pleased, and a number of fans and drivers are happy to hear the two-car tandem should be going the way of the Blue Footed Booby. It’s all just one big love fest, save for short supplies, and a number of bent up cars from Friday, serving as a teacher that racers should tread lightly when attempting to bump draft. Heck, the car even LOOKS better. No doubt, all the buzz o ...

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