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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TONY STEWART SLUMPING RIGHT ALONG WITH OTHER HENDRICK DRIVERS

 Distractions abound as Smoke looks to regain his stride (SI.com) ...

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NEW KYLE RETURNS, REPLACES OLD KYLE WHO THREATENED TO MURDER TEAMMATE

Remember the New Kyle Busch? He was the guy who had supposedly grown past his childlike antics to become a viable championship contender? Then a few weeks ago he was replaced by the Old Kyle Busch who threatened to murder his teammate Denny Hamlin? Well, turns out the New Kyle Busch is back, emerging from the Coca-Cola 600 content not to wish death upon fellow driver Jeff Burton. All hail the return of the Old New Kyle Busch. 5 things we learned from Coca-Cola 600 (SI.com)  ...

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10 SHIRTLESS NASCAR DRIVERS

Normally our galleries feature the beautiful wives, girlfriends and drivers of NASCAR. This week's gallery is for the ladies. And for some of the dudes. Not that there's anything wrong with that. For your viewing pleasure, shirtless NASCAR drivers. Batting leadoff - who else? - Carl Edwards.Casey MearsClint BowyerJamie McMurrayJimmie JohnsonJeff GordonKasey KahneTony Stewart ... right?Dale Earnhardt Jr.Danica PatrickShaved back NASCAR fan guyRelated links:10 worst paint scheme FAILs25 WTF NAS ...

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EVERYONE HATES BRAD KESELOWSKI

Brad Keselowski admits he has been a jerk, has a conspiracy theory about the Carl Edwards wreck and compares NASCAR's current state of new driver development to the Holocaust. Angriest. Ginger. Ever. (ESPN) ...

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‘HAVE AT IT, BOYS’ PUT TO THE TEST

NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton may not have coined the saying "have at it, boys," but Sunday he was asked to explain the limitations of those words. Over 150 laps down and upset with Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards spun the No. 12, who then lifted into the air, hitting the wall with the driver’s side window. The wreck was eerily similar to the wreck these two were involved in last April on the last lap at Talladega. Keselowski climbed from the car and NAS ...

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