The Curious Case of Kasey Kahne

Sometimes you just don't get that Hollywood ending. No victory laps, no farewell tours, it just ends. For every Jeff Gordon, there is a Kasey Kahne. Health problems pertaining to dehydration have abruptly ended the career of the 38-year old from Enumclaw, Washington. He says he's perfectly fine outside of the conditions of a race car, but something goes terribly wrong in the cockpit of a closed-up NASCAR race car. It's like the poor man has a busted thermostat. It's weird. Kahne is oth ...

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NASCAR Racing At Road Courses Has Changed

In some racing museum somewhere, you may find an endangered species. Typically, this species had its origins in sports cars series or perhaps some form of open wheel racing. Critics would argue that NASCAR racing on road courses is like a pig doing ballet. Among the old time legends of the sport, you would struggle to find one proficient at road course racing. Dale Earnhardt won only once on a road course- at Watkins Glen. By comparison- Richard Petty had six, Bobby Allison five, and Davi ...

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Classy 2019 Hall of Fame Class

Can you say there were really any surprises with the 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class? Not for me. All were going to get in sooner or later, and for the older inductees it's nice they get in while their here to enjoy it. That was what always stuck in my craw with NASCAR pioneer owner Raymond Parks. They could have inducted him into the Hall of Fame while he was still alive, but they missed that opportunity. He should have been among the very first, with all apologies to some who got in ahea ...

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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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