NASCAR MYTHBUSTING: DRIVERS AREN’T ATHLETES

 An oft-heard definition of NASCAR? “Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks.” If you’ve followed the sport more than two months, you’ve heard it as your non-NASCAR friends bellow like this is some new shtick. Seriously, get some new material! The truth of the matter is the joke is on them. They’re not bad people, most of them, they’re just ignorant, attempting to perpetuate an aging myth. These are the same people who, because they watched Tallad ...

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WANTING THE BEST BUT PREPARED FOR WORST WITH A.J.

 UPDATE (2:27 pm ET) : According to an Associated Press report from Jenna Fryer, Allmendinger's Business Manager issued a statement saying the driver tested positive for an unnamed stimulant.“I can play. Give me a chance. Come on guys, I can do it” he says in almost a sing-song voice. “Just let me try, I won’t screw up, I promise.” It’s the battle cry of little brothers everywhere when they see an opportunity to run with the big boys. If you outfit him ...

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A Fan’s Take On Kentucky & The Quaker State 400

 They say it takes centuries to grow a forest, and just minutes to burn it down. Whatever good will had been forged between NASCAR fans and the Kentucky Speedway in years past went burning down like flash fire after the disaster at was the inaugural Sprint Cup race in the Bluegrass State last year at the Quaker State 400. The operators at SMI had a monumental reforestation on their hands. How did they do last weekend? We asked someone who actually went there, NASCAR uberfan and blogger ...

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A Better Busch On Display At Sonoma

 The closing laps at Sonoma were dual between predator and prey, the wily lion pursuing the swift gazelle the defending race winner versus the rising upstart. Kurt Busch bore down on Clint Bowyer Sunday locked and loaded, ready to pounce. All Busch needed from Kansas Clint was one little slip, one little wiggle. Just when Bowyer seemed to pull away on the straights, Kurt would catch, on some laps with a perfect opportunity to punt Bowyer on the tight right at Turn 11. Who would blink? ...

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A Better Busch On Display At Sonoma

 The closing laps at Sonoma were dual between predator and prey, the wily lion pursuing the swift gazelle the defending race winner versus the rising upstart. Kurt Busch bore down on Clint Bowyer Sunday locked and loaded, ready to pounce. All Busch needed from Kansas Clint was one little slip, one little wiggle. Just when Bowyer seemed to pull away on the straights, Kurt would catch, on some laps with a perfect opportunity to punt Bowyer on the tight right at Turn 11. Who would blink? ...

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GRATEFUL JR. THANKS HIS NATION

 “They stuck behind me for all these years, and I know exactly what they’ve been thinkin’ about; they’ve been wanting us to get back to victory lane. So this is for them. I appreciate their loyalty and support. We wouldn’t have made it back to victory lane without it.” Even if you aren’t a card carrying member of Junior Nation, you can’t help but appreciate the sentiment. Perhaps it may help his critics better understand the love that fan ...

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FOR A 5 TIME CHAMP, NO HORSESHOE IS REQUIRED

Domination. It is in part defined as the exercise of control or power. Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus and the 48 displayed a powerful visual demonstration of domination Sunday at Dover, with the five-time champion picking up his 57th career win, leading 289 out of 400 laps, sailing away on every restart. In the annals of NASCAR history, others have dominated, whether it be Buck Baker, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt or Jeff Gordon. While legendary, no one quite sustained a run like the one Joh ...

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KAHNE & FRANCIS: NASCAR’S MOST UNDERRATED DUO?

 I can imagine the response now. “Really?” “Isn’t that like picking a dark horsein fantasy football? Doesn’t he have to be some kind of unknown?” Somepeople may consider Kahne overrated, given all the popularity, all thesponsorships, all the demand- given what he has (or hasn’t) accomplished. The point is well taken. There’s hauler full of NASCAR drivers who have bigtime talent, but languish in relative anonymity because of the quality of thei ...

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WALLACE MAKES BIG FIRST STEP WITHOUT STUMBLING

"The goals have to be just kind of running up front, hopefully making a name for myself, running top 10.” Mission accomplished. Welcome to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Darrell Wallace Jr. Breaking in without breaking equipment (ok, well maybe a few scrapes and dings, but nothing real major), the graduate of NASCAR’s “Drive For Diversity” program finished ninth and on the lead lap Sunday at Iowa Speedway in his series debut. NASCAR has taken on numerous initiativ ...

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NASCAR’s Car Challenge Runs Deeper Than COT

 Not a week goes by in NASCAR nation when there isn’t a discussion about downward trends in track attendance and TV ratings, and there’s as many opinions out there as there are fans. And just as sure as there are a variety of complaint offered, there as many attempted fixes by NASCAR to try to address it, the latest being tweaks to the side skirts with the aim of creating less down force and greater ground clearance,by another inch. At the end of the day, the desired end i ...

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