KAHNE GOES FROM THE KING TO THE EMPEROR

On a day in which Kelly Bires’ release from JR Motorsports dominated the morning Twitter feeds of those in the NASCAR circle, the tone of the conversation took a dramatic turn with the news that Kasey Kahne had signed a multi-year deal with Hendrick Motorsports. The most lucrative free agent on the NASCAR market, it was no surprise Kahne would be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the 2010 season. What surprised almost everyone in NASCAR was that the 30-year-old signed the dea ...

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KAHNE TO HENDRICK

ESPN is reporting that Kasey Kahne will drive for Hendrick Motorsports in 2011. According to Marty Smith, the details are still being worked out and it is unknown which car Kahne will drive. Either he or Mark Martin could be shuffled to the Stewart-Haas team, which is a Hendrick satellite. Kahne is in his final year with Richard Petty Motorsports, whose business operations currently resemble those of Greece. Update: AP reports Kahne will move to Hendrick in 2012 and details for next season ar ...

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A GREAT START IS KEY TO EARNHARDT’S YEAR

For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 2009 season was one of the most frustrating and trying times of his ten-year career. With only two top 5s and five top 10s, the third generation racer was forced to face harsh criticism from the media, fellow competitors and even his loyal fans. The downward spiral seemed to begin right from the start of the season during the Daytona 500.One of the stronger cars in Daytona, Earnhardt was penalized for pitting outside his box and was held one lap by NASCAR. With rains ...

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HENDRICK INSPECTIONS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER TEAMS’ VIOLATIONS

Hendrick cars have been under the microscope the first few weeks of the Chase. They have come up clean, but that has not stopped fans from crying foul. What's really going on here? Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin’s cars were taken to NASCAR’s research and development center in Concord, N.C., following the Sprint Cup race in Dover. An additional inspection was performed on the cars after the routine check following the race in Kansas. A variance was found with both machines.Internet ...

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WHY YOUR DRIVER WILL LOSE THE CHASE: THE HENDRICK BOYS

Hendrick Motorsports has three drivers in the Chase. It probably has the best gear in the business. It certainly has the best funding. It's so good, I can’t come up with three reasons why each of its drivers will lose the Chase. But nobody is winning the 2009 Chase, even the Hendrick boys. Here’s why: Jeff Gordon has a bad backNo, he didn’t get it carrying Dale Jr. this season. (ZINGER!) But, I’ve felt sore driving four hours to a family reunion. Imagine three times th ...

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Never Let Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story

An off-week four races into the season tends to strain even the most inventive editorial mind. Of course, members of the media aren't generally credited with much in the way of creativity, so I suppose it should come as no real surprise that we've been beaten with Look who's on the bubble and Don't look now, Kurt Busch is back and What's up with Hendrick? stories.And, really, editors can be a bitch, so I have endless sympathy for writers who are trying to feed the proverbial bea ...

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