GEN 6: SO FAR A NEW CAR, BUT THE SAME ISSUE

“I hate to be Denny downer, but I just didn't pass that many cars today. That's the realistic fact of it.” It’s an interesting observation from Denny Hamlin, the driver who had to race his hiney off to finish third at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in Phoenix. Reigning Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski agrees, ““It’s harder than ever to pass. You have to be really good. The cars are so aero sensitive.” Getting the entirety of NASCAR Nation to agree on much ...

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PHOENIX: A MORE REALISTIC LOOK INTO 2013

Ladies and Gentleman of Daytona Beach, the carnival has officially left town. The Daytona 500, the Budweiser Duel, the Sprint Unlimited, the Battle of the Beach, Danicamania, and the Junior Nation have packed up and headed west. We’ve all seen the promotional trailer, the hardcore fan and the lookie loo alike. Now it’s time for a real honest-to-goodness look at what the NASCAR season holds in store.   You can hear the new fan now, “You mean that’s not how NASC ...

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LARSON, PARK MAKE IT A BATTLE ALRIGHT

 They say “all is fair in love and war.” NASCAR phenom Kyle Larson and Dale Earnhardt protégé Steve Park put the “battle” in the first annual “Battle at the Beach” on the short track at Daytona. After 20-year old phenom Kyle Larson punted C.E. Falk for the win Monday, Mike Stefanik got the bump and dump from Steve Park on a green-white-checkered, as he won his first Whelen Modified victory in 16 years in Tuesday night’s event. Hop ...

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WHAT ABOUT NASCAR RACING IN HEATS?

That persistent itch for racing will get a nice, comforting scratch this Saturday night as the “race formerly known as the Bud Shootout” (now known as the “Sprint Unlimited”) is set to start. Ask any NASCAR fan, and he/she can tell you just how long two months can be. All the right ingredients in the mix: it’s Saturday night, under the lights, with a series of dashes leading up to the big finale. Hmmm, now about racing in heats? Why not have more racing events ...

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RAISING KAHNE IN 2013

There’s a lot of excitement at Hendrick Motorsports. In their stable is a driver on the upswing, poised to deliver on all the potential he showed when he burst on the scene several years ago. All the ingredients are there for a championship run this season, much to the delight of his fans. Oh, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks like he will have a good season too. While all the attention on HMS in 2012 was focused on the a possible title run for Jimmie Johnson, the wins and controversy gener ...

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13 DRIVERS TO WATCH IN 2013

Today, the story of 2013 is unwritten and untold; a blank slate. There will be those events we saw coming, and many more that appeared seemingly out of nowhere. At the outset, here are drivers who bear watching; who, at this point, are more likely to be the story makers of the the NASCAR season to come…. 1. Kevin Harvick- Word has it the one-time Busch Series champion and successor to Dale Earnhardt at RCR is moving on after 2013. We have every reason to expect Harvick will be a true ...

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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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OUR NASCAR TOP 12 STORIES FROM 2012

For better or for worse, NASCAR’s 2012 was an eventful year. As a new year dawns, let us pause and look back on the season that was 2012 in no particular order… Montoya’s season starts with a bang. The only malady the 2012 Daytona 500 lacked was a plague of locusts. Rain delays,wrecks and Juan Pablo Montoya’s collision with a jet dryer highlighted the season’s opener. Unfortunately for Montoya, it would be about the only notoriety he earned in 2012. A Smokin& ...

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JOHANNA LONG JUST WANTS TO BE ONE OF THE BOYS

 There’s no sense in being disingenuous; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Johanna Long has this observer’s attention because she’s a young woman racing in the male-dominated world of NASCAR. It was the same thing for this fan watching Tyrone Bogues at 5-foot-3 compete in the land of the giants known as the NBA, when one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott made it to the big leagues; it’s interesting to follow the exploits of someone competing on the big stage of national s ...

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KENSETH & GIBBS A PERFECT MATCH

 “Matt Kenseth, Cambridge, Wisconsin, Home Depot Toyota.” You can just hear it roll right off the 2003 champion’s tongue in the driver’s intro on PRN. Everything about this move of Matt Kenseth to Joe Gibbs Racing looks, feels and sounds right. It’s a win for JGR. The 41-year old brings a steady, calming influence as a counterweight to the emotional Denny Hamlin and the mercurial Kyle Busch. Going all the way back to his days as coach of the Washington Red ...

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