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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EARNHARDT JR. NOT READY TO CELEBRATE

RICHMOND, Va._ The Junior Nation finally has some relief. After years of struggles, disappointments and winless seasons, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third in points, 19 marks out of the lead and heading to a track he has three wins on. The NASCAR world seems to be on the brink of salvation. Just don’t ask Dale Earnhardt Jr. if he is back at the top of his game. Despite having a better season than he had in all of 2009, Earnhardt Jr. knows he has made strides but is not ready to say he is back&nb ...

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DALE JR’S 2011 PROGRESS IS CAUSE FOR ‘NATION’S’ OPTIMISM

 Amid the reports of high gas prices, high unemployment and high deficits, the nation can use some good news. It doesn’t matter if you live in this great nation we call the U.S. of A., “NASCAR Nation” or “Junior Nation,” we can all use a feel good story, and a return to contending form by one Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. could fill the bill quite well, thank you very much.The facts won’t be ignored: it’s a poorly kept secret Junebug hasn’t seen Vi ...

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MARTIN INSISTS HE WILL DRIVE NO. 5 IN 2011

NASCAR’s silly season is always full of twists and turns, but this year is more complicated than most. Earlier in the year, it was announced Kasey Kahne would leave Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of 2010 and would be driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. The current driver of the No. 5, Mark Martin is slated to drive the car for the 2011 season, while Kahne will have to find a ride for one year before climbing behind the wheel of the No. 5. Once the announceme ...

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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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JEFF GORDON TIRED OF ‘NO CIGAR’

Jeff Gordon. The name is iconic to auto racing. His wins and championships have reserved his future seat in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. Gordon’s celebrity status has drawn millions of new fans to stock car racing in the past 20 years.  So why can’t he win a race? Since 2007 he has only visited victory lane one time. That being an initial Texas win in 2009. But also during that time frame he has had a series of near misses.Last year the four-time champion finished third in to ...

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