EARNHARDT JR. BEYOND FRUSTRATION

CHARLOTTE _ His last top 10 came seven weeks ago at Bristol; it was only his fifth of the year – the fewest since his first full year in the Cup Series in 2000. To say Dale Earnhardt Jr. is frustrated is an understatement. In his second season with Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt Jr. has struggled mightily, failed to show improvement and has been subject to a crew chief change that clearly shook his confidence. With teammates Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin smoking the competition this year ...

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BURTON TO MAKE 850TH CAREER START

As people get older, many of them will use any excuse possible to eat cake.  Jeff Burton is pretty buff, but I suspect he and Richard Childress might find reason to eat some cake this weekend. Burton will make his 850th career start this weekend when he runs the Nationwide race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He told reporters the milestone came up on him quickly.“It’s hard to imagine I’ll be making my 850th NASCAR start,” Burton said. “I’m not one to ...

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AS THE DANICA TURNS

It has been nearly a week since we’ve mentioned Danica Patrick on this site. Since tasers hurt like hell, here’s the latest on what could happen and what that might mean for the sport:  Thumbs up: Michael Waltrip RacingFor a guy who rarely wins on the track, Michael Waltrip owns like a champ. Replacing himself with Martin Truex Jr. is an upgrade. Now MWR bigwig Ty Norris has confirmed to reporters that the team has spoken with Patrick about running in the Nationwide Series next ...

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MICHAEL WALTRIP DEMOTES HIMSELF

I was once told you're never really involved in business unless you've been hired, fired, promoted and demoted. For Michael Waltrip, it's business time. Waltrip told reporters he hopes to run a limited Sprint Cup schedule in 2010. But his bigger focus as a driver is now on the Nationwide Series.  Per ESPN:"Ideally, for me, would be to get the type of sponsor that I could run the full Nationwide (schedule)," he said. "That's what I'd love to do. Then I'm here at the races, ...

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EARNHARDT LOSING STREAK REACHES 50

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s season of unrelenting misery and inexplicable failure continued at Kansas Speedway, where the 88 team qualified on the front row, led 41 laps early in the Price Chopper 400 and proceeded to blunder away victory on pit road. During a green flag stop, the pit crew failed to attach all of the lug nuts to the left rear tire. Earnhardt Jr. was black flagged, penalized a lap and had to return to pit road to secure the rogue lug nut. Oh, but there was more misery and failure to com ...

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