NASCAR NATION IN A BETTER MOOD … SO FAR

Hollywood could not have scripted a better beginning to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. An all-American kid (Trevor Bayne) wins the Great American Race for one of the pioneer race teams of the sport. For an encore, one of NASCAR’s active legends (Jeff Gordon) and arguably second most popular driver behind that red-headed fellow wins for the first time in what seems like a million years at Phoenix. Follow that up with a win at Sin City by the driver (Carl Edwards) best equipped to dethro ...

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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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VICKERS, BIFFLE MATHEMATICALLY ELIMINATED FROM CHASE

In a surprising revelation on Wednesday, NASCAR's official statistician announced that Brian Vickers and Greg Biffle were eliminated from Chase contention for being "too far back." Vickers, Biffle and a handful of competitive cup drivers are more than 40 points off the lead, which under the new system, means there is no way for them to win the championship. Joining Biffle and Vickers in the back of the field are drivers like Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray, David Reutimann and Joey Logano. ...

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GORDON ENDS DROUGHT AFTER MOVING BUSCH

It had been 66 races since four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon stood in Victory Lane. Yet, that all changed on Sunday after Gordon used his bumper to move past Kyle Busch with less than ten laps to go at the Phoenix International Raceway. Looking just as happy as rookie Trevor Bayne did last weekend in Daytona, Gordon relished the victory after nearly two years without a win. Sunday’s victory was the 83rd of Gordon’s career, tying him with Cale Yarborough for fifth on the all-t ...

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5 DRIVERS I’M WATCHING IN 2011

There’s a reason everyone loves a new year. For those who experienced adversity or failure in the year prior, they get fresh start; a clean slate fresh for writing a new chapter to the story. For the young, it’s an opportunity to further build on the foundation that’s been set; perhaps a rite of passage to maturity is in store.NASCAR drivers are no different. For Jimmie Johnson, 2010 further built his legacy. For Denny Hamlin, it was a breakout year. Jamie McMurray experienced ...

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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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JEFF BURTON IS NASCAR’S SECRET BAD BOY

 Jeff Burton has spent years building a reputation as a class act, he's widely respected by his peers and is famous for his kind demeanor (and guest star appearances on soap operas).  After mixing it up with Jeff Gordon at Texas, Kevin Harvick at Martinsville and Kyle Busch at Charlotte, NASCAR's best kept secret is out -- Jeff Burton is NASCAR's Bad Boy. The ultimate bad boy move isn't to smash guitars and fly the bird at NASCAR officials. A real badass would make everyone think ...

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HAMLIN WINS CRAZY DAY IN TEXAS

Entering the day with the top three in the Chase standings separated by only 38 points, Sunday’s 500-mile race at the Texas Motor Speedway was crazier than anyone could imagine. Throughout the entire Chase, Denny Hamlin’s game plan was to be patient and conservative until making it through Talladega, then let loose. One race after closing the championship gap with Jimmie Johnson, Hamlin stayed true to his word, scoring the win in Texas and taking the points lead with only two race ...

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WHO SAID IT WAS OVER?

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ After scoring his seventh victory of the season and first of the Chase, Denny Hamlin walked into the Martinsville Speedway media center pointing at reporters, asking, “Who said it was over? Told you it wasn’t over.”Coming into the weekend 41 points behind Jimmie Johnson in the Chase, Hamlin knew this weekend’s race in Martinsville was his best chance to close the gap before heading to the ‘wild card’ race at Talladega Superspeedway. Sitting ...

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