EXAMINING THE 2011 SEASON

Coming out of the second off-weekend of 2011 it is a perfect time to examine the start of the season. Since the cars hit the track 11 weeks ago in the Budweiser Shootout to kick off the year, there have been a few developments over the three short months that may set the stage for the long summer stretch towards the Chase.Some of the usual contenders have once again found their place in the top 10 in points, while others are struggling to make their way into the top 20. New faces have emerged fr ...

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EDWARDS BEATS STEWART IN LAS VEGAS

Continuing his early season momentum, Carl Edwards was able to score his first win of the 2011 season Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Edwards took the lead from Tony Stewart after the final round of green flag pit stops cycled through and never looked back. “It is unreal,” Edwards said. “When you are a kid you dream about this and how cool it would be to go to Vegas and fly a bunch of women there in a private plane and race cars and I did it. I brought my mom, my mother ...

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BRIAN KESELOWSKI: THE CINDERELLA STORY OF DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla._ Kurt Busch and Jeff Burton may have raised the trophies in Victory Lane Thursday at the Daytona International Speedway, but it was Brian Keselowski who felt like a champion at the end of the day. Starting his own team with little financial support, Keselowski was able to use a push from his younger brother Brad to race his way into Sunday’s Daytona 500. “We struggled just to even really get here,” Keselowski said. “Still putting together the car at th ...

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NASCAR NEEDS A MAN OF THE PEOPLE

If you’re much over the age of 25, you’ll recall baseball’s lost season of 1994, when player and owners reached an impasse. Some called the battle of “the millionaires versus the billionaires,” but fans felt they came out the real losers. When play resumed in 1995, the fans let the sport hear about it with attendance off by some 20 percent, and those showing up being none to quiet about their disdain for what baseball had become. Not missing a game in near ...

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‘HAVE AT IT’ BUSTS ‘PLASTIC DRIVER’ MYTH

Atlanta, March, 2010 - A brewing feud between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski boils over when contact from the Ford of Edwards sends the Dodge of Keselowski airborne at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Long Pond, June, 2010 - In the season’s first race at Pocono, Joey Logano wrecks after contact with Kevin Harvick. The 20-year-old Logano warns he’s going to “(freakin’) kill” Harvick for the incident, and the young driver’s father enters the fray. Ironically, this ...

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