KEVIN HARVICK IS THE BLUE COLLAR CANDIDATE

On more than one occasion, this observer has opined today’s NASCAR is more about the race and the personalities than it is about the cars, with the age of the muscle car long gone. Among the glamor boys like Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards, the young guns like Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin, there’s needed to be a throwback kind of driver; a Joe Six-Pack kind of guy. Enter Kevin Harvick.With Dale Jr. working to find his way back, with Tony Stewart’s fortu ...

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NASCAR DRIVERS INK TV DEALS

This week NASCAR traveled to Hollywood where several drivers took the opportunity to meet with network execs and sign deals for their own shows. In the face of declining ratings for races, NASCAR officials hope the cross-over appeal of NASCAR drivers in scripted TV will boost its appeal. NBC's attempt to infuse its fall lineup with NASCAR programming failed, but experts feel now is the time.Here's a closer look at some of the TV deals now in development.While driving from Daytona to Charlotte, K ...

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PAUL MENARD IS TURNING HEADS

 BRISTOL, Tenn. _ Paul Menard stood on Bristol's pit road. He had just climbed from his Richard Childress Racing machine. After 500 laps around Thunder Valley, Menard finished fifth. He is also ranked fifth in Cup Series points. Menard's PR representative was joyful, his crew chief was smiling, and his spotter gave him a high five while walking past.  But Menard did not look overly happy. He didn’t look angry or disappointed either. Without appearing to have a bead of sweat ...

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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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NASCAR: WHO TO WATCH THIS SEASON

 Our friends over at SI.com have published their "NASCAR: Who to Watch in 2011" season preview, and it's a good one. This is a nice package of stories on a handful of drivers who aren't super-popular -- yet. Jimmie Johnson? Who cares about that guy when you could be reading about Amber and Angela Cope.Who to Watch overview piece Drivers to Watch: Amber and Angela Cope Driver to Watch: Austin DillonDriver to Watch: Aric Almirola Team to Watch: Red Bull NASCAR 20 ...

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