DALE JR’S 2011 PROGRESS IS CAUSE FOR ‘NATION’S’ OPTIMISM

 Amid the reports of high gas prices, high unemployment and high deficits, the nation can use some good news. It doesn’t matter if you live in this great nation we call the U.S. of A., “NASCAR Nation” or “Junior Nation,” we can all use a feel good story, and a return to contending form by one Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. could fill the bill quite well, thank you very much.The facts won’t be ignored: it’s a poorly kept secret Junebug hasn’t seen Vi ...

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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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THE PROS AND CONS OF RESTRICTOR PLATE RACING

“Did you see the end of that race? Wow, what a race!” I heard a lot of that following the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega. My cousin Morgan out in Ohio echoed another sentiment I’ve heard more than once following a NASCAR restrictor plate race: “I don’t love NASCAR, but man, what a finish today.”It’s hard to argue that restrictor plate racing has produced some of the most memorable endings in recent memory. There was Kevin Harvick’s crazy win over M ...

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JOHNSON-EARNHARDT TANDEM PUSHES TO WIN

Never wavering from their partnership throughout the day, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove to the bottom lane in the tri-oval to beat the two-car tandems of Jeff Gordon-Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer-Kevin Harvick Sunday in Talladega. The winning margin of 0.002 seconds ties the Ricky Craven-Kurt Busch finish at Darlington in 2003 for the closest finish in NASCAR history since the implementation of electronic scoring.Hanging in the back of the pack for much of the afternoon after starti ...

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HAMLIN-JOHNSON DOMINANCE ENDS IN PITS

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ Coming into this weekend’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway, the question was could anyone stop the dominance of Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson on the half-mile paperclip. The pair had combined to win the previous nine Martinsville events, leaving many to guess Sunday’s race would be no different, and for much of the event they were right.However, despite strong runs by both, it was Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch that ba ...

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