VICKERS OUT FOR SEASON, DRIVERS WEIGH IN

CHARLOTTE _ At the age of 26, Brian Vickers appeared to be at the top of his game and in prime health. Racing in NASCAR’s premier series for Team Red Bull Racing, Vickers was struggling in the opening weeks of the season, but things were starting to turn around with a 10th-place finish in Darlington. That all changed with chest pains and a trip to the emergency room. While on a trip to Washington D.C., Vickers suffered chest pains in the middle of the night. He said nothing stuck out t ...

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DEAR DENNY HAMILIN, FROM ANOTHER GUY WITH A REPAIRED ACL

I made the lunge like I had countless times in the past. The volleyball speeding towards me was just a little out of reach… for a split second. I could get there. I always have.For four straight years my summertime volleyball games were fun, a nice workout, and a good mid-week relief from working on racecars constantly. My skills at the sport had improved and I met some new friends outside the Northeast pit area circles. This particular day featured a simple picnic pickup game in my paren ...

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WHY DENNY HAMLIN’S INJURY IS A GOOD THING

Denny Hamlin tore a knee ligament. NASCAR fans are freaking. I say, "Get over it."While my editor recently joked on this site, “Hamlin tears ACL; Johnson awarded 2010 Sprint Cup title,” I think Hamlin’s injury is actually a good thing. Here are a few reasons why: A NASCAR driver is officially an athleteHamlin tore up his knee playing basketball. That requires actual athleticism. You actually have to display lateral quickness and hops to be in a position to tear tha ...

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