Team 88: Something Proven

To be numbered among the best, the critics said they had a lot to prove. The driver, the progeny of a seven-time champion, was derided as one born on third base, but cheered as though he had hit a triple. He's been called a choker, gun shy, lazy and all manner of things in an effort to explain why he had not achieved his father's proficiency. The crew chief once took the reins from the master pit boss for a four-time champion. In a play off of his name, he was called "Pop Tart." Memes gra ...

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For The 24, 42 Is The New 25

Jimmie Johnson may have the golden horseshoe, but Jeff Gordon has found the golden goblet and he has dipped it deeply in the fountain of youth. The result of that magic elixir is a revitalized four-time champion at 42 years young. "I just feel so competitive out there, and that makes me feel young again" says Gordon. "I just see how hard these guys are working. It's making me work harder. I've been really working harder on my fitness, which I think is helping me mentally and physically ...

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5-Hour Energy 400 Odds

[caption id="attachment_684387" align="aligncenter" width="520"] (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)[/caption] The Hendrick conundrum is officially in full effect. After Saturday's race in Kansas, we will be 42 percent of the way through the Sprint Cup regular season. That's 11 of 26 races and certainly a representative sample of what to expect this 2014 Sprint Cup season. With that in mind, it's fair to ask the following question. What happened to Hendrick Motorsports? (more...) ...

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Aaron’s 499: Win, Lose or Draw

[caption id="attachment_684366" align="aligncenter" width="520"] (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)[/caption]   Well that went as planned. Large packs of driving. Check. Big wrecks that clogged the field. Yup. Sprint at the finish involving more than 20 cars. Trifecta. While Sprint Cup fans had a sense of what would happen, now we know shot the names were behind the headlines. Here's a breakdown of the week's biggest winner and loser. (more...) ...

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NASCAR Holiday Weekend: Win, Lose or Draw

  The first off week of the 2014 Sprint Cup Season is in the books. On the track, nobody won, nobody lost and nobody qualified for the Chase. But as we get back into the grind of the season, there are some people who who feel better and worse about the next stretch of the season. (more...) ...

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Daytona May Just Be The Beginning For Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Ten years has a way changing things. In 2004, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first Daytona 500, his 10th career victory. He looked like he had the world on a string. The win would be the first of six that season, one in which a profanity uttered during a victory celebration cost him money and cost him points. He suggested his fifth win at Talladega wasn't any big deal because his legendary father won ten at the track. Sunday night, high on victory, Junior said something about Mooresville, No ...

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NASCAR’s Answer To Hank Aaron

"As far as I'm concerned, (Hank) Aaron is the best ball player of my era. He is to baseball of the last 15 years what Joe DiMaggio was before him. He's never received the credit he's due." - Mickey Mantle in Baseball Digest (June 1970) Sometimes greatness is achieved not by doing one spectacular deed, but by doing several things well over an extended period of time. Though he never hit 50 home runs in a season, Hank Aaron was for 33 years baseball’s home run king. Over the span of his 22 ...

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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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KAHNE DOES RIGHT BY RED BULL

Has it ever happened to you? Have a ever landed a job you knew you wouldn’t keep? This observer has, and if you have, then you know it gets tempting to mail it in, especially when you know the next big thing career-wise is right around the corner.It takes a certain amount of character to strive for excellence in a short-tem gig, but that’s what Kasey Kahne has done in his one year run at Red Bull. He gets props from this corner of NASCAR nation for earning his soon-to-be former emplo ...

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IS STEVE LETARTE GETTING HIS DUE?

A look at the NASCAR Cup standings shows Carl Edwards leading the way. Kevin Harvick is second. And lo and behold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sits third, the highest ranked car out of Hendrick Motorsports. Junior Nation is rejoicing after three years with their man once again having a legitimate shot to win each week. Yet, I am looking for the appropriate tip of the hat to 2011 crew chief Steve Letarte. Victory Lane is the Promised Land. Granted Earnhardt has not visited there since 2008, but his perfor ...

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