Sports Fans & Participants Attach Special Meaning To Numbers

Starting next season, Chase Elliott's car will bear the same number his legendary father once used. Longtime fans will easily remember the number 9 and think of Awesome Bill from Dawsonville. Along with 44 wins and a championship, Bill Elliott was a 16 time winner of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award. Sports fans are funny about numbers. Football fans will forever associate 34 with Walter Payton, and the 18 with Peyton Manning. NBA fans think "Michael Jordan" when they see the 23. In bas ...

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Fixing NASCAR (In One Simple Step)

Did you watch the race Sunday? If you did, you're in select company. It was pretty sad that a place like Richmond International Raceway couldn't draw a better crowd than it got. It should have been a sell out. This isn't one of those oft-criticized "cookie cutter" tracks. This is one of NASCAR's "classic" short tracks. Regardless of the potential for good racing in NASCAR's heartland, the attendance was pretty sad. Day after day, folks like your truly ponder the future of racing, and opin ...

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Poised For Big Comeback

  2017 could go down in NASCAR history as the Year of "The" Comeback. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has resurfaced this week, reporting that he is nearing his recovery from concussion-related health issues and he's feeling great, eager for Daytona's launch into the 2017 campaign. By then the 42-year old Earnhardt will be a newly married man, and will have by then taken a good six month hiatus from competitive racing. There's nothing like married life and an extended absence from doing what y ...

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A Fan’s Take: Coming To Terms With Jimmie Johnson

"Nobody roots for Goliath" Wilt Chamberlain Truer words were never spoken. Back in the 60s, there were those NASCAR fans who pleaded for ANYONE to win a race by Richard Petty. No one dominated an era like "The King." Fast forward 20 years, and a man named Dale Earnhardt had as many foes as fans; not only because he won six of his seven titles in a nine reign of fear, but because of his aggressive style. Then came Jeff Gordon. The anti-Earnhardt won four titles in seven years and set ...

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The Thrill Is Gone: Racing At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

That was embarrassing. Last Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a complete dud. Guess it's a good thing no one was there to see it. You have to imagine that the camera crew for NBCSN would have done anything in their power to keep the grandstands out of the shots. That the show of nostalgia between legends Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon after the race was the highlight of the day tells you everything you need to know. There once was time when the concept of a NASCAR race at Ind ...

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