“CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM” IS THE OPERATIVE PHRASE FOR THE NEW CAR

 There’s smiles all around at Daytona. Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave the new car a thumbs up, Jeff Gordon seems pleased, and a number of fans and drivers are happy to hear the two-car tandem should be going the way of the Blue Footed Booby. It’s all just one big love fest, save for short supplies, and a number of bent up cars from Friday, serving as a teacher that racers should tread lightly when attempting to bump draft. Heck, the car even LOOKS better. No doubt, all the buzz o ...

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OUR NASCAR TOP 12 STORIES FROM 2012

For better or for worse, NASCAR’s 2012 was an eventful year. As a new year dawns, let us pause and look back on the season that was 2012 in no particular order… Montoya’s season starts with a bang. The only malady the 2012 Daytona 500 lacked was a plague of locusts. Rain delays,wrecks and Juan Pablo Montoya’s collision with a jet dryer highlighted the season’s opener. Unfortunately for Montoya, it would be about the only notoriety he earned in 2012. A Smokin& ...

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YOU REALLY DIDN’T THINK THEY’D PARK GORDON DID YA?

The brass have spoken at NASCAR concerning the little dust-up at Phoenix International Raceway. At the end of the day Jeff Gordon's wallet is only a wee bit lighter, he and his boss will lose a few meaningless points, and he, owner Rick Hendrick and crew chief Alan Gustafson will have to behave for the rest of the calendar year; never mind the season has only one race left in it. For his part, Clint Bowyer’s crew chief's will enrich the NASCAR coffers to a lesser degree an’t go ...

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BRAD & JIMMIE: THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED

 It’s funny how a few short years changes things. The phenom becomes the cagey veteran, and the hunter becomes the hunted. Welcome to 2012’s two-horse race: the veteran Jimmie Johnson, in search of his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship- and Brad Keselowski- coming on strong in pursuit of his first title at the top level. It wasn’t all that long ago that Johnsn was the kid, chasing down his boss and mentor, Jeff Gordon. Though Keselowski gave up the points lead, it& ...

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NASCAR’S GUILTY PLEASURE

 "If I'm a fan, I would love that. I think it is incredibly intense. It's wild. It's crazy." From Wonder Boy to NASCAR sage, Jeff Gordon has summed up well the manic mechanical madness that is NASCAR racing at Talladega Superspeedway. The drivers hate it, the writers almost self-righteously opine that no sane race fan should enjoy it, but nothing generates more shock and awe for the American sporting public than than the frantic finishes at NASCAR’s largest track. For ...

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