Finally…. An actual race takes place Saturday night. Don't get me wrong, the Sprint Unlimited is a preseason event. The idea of wagering any kind of money on a preseason sporting event seems mindless. But odds are out, and they're worth seeing as fans think about the real race in Daytona a week away. (more...) ...

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NASCAR’s Mt. Rushmore

Over in the NBA, LeBron James has lain before himself a new challenge: to have a career worthy of being part of basketball's "Mt. Rushmore." Today- he says he belongs there alongside such luminaries as Jordan, Magic and Bird. Did you catch that? These are names even non-basketball fans know- transcendent figures. It prompts for the motorsports fan the question of who belongs on NASCAR's Mt. Rushmore? Who are the four giants? For this fan, NASCAR's Mt. Rushmore must be game changers, t ...

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NASCAR Media Metrics

Media moves the NASCAR meter. We all know that. Now there’s a new way to quantify one of the most important metrics in the sport. A public relations agency released how much media exposure drivers generated in 2013.  To the surprise of some, Jimmie Johnson led the charge. To the surprise of none, Danica Patrick finished second.  The entire list is here, and the takeaways are numbers for your favorite Sprint Cup driver. (more...) ...

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2014 Sprint Cup Odds

Sprint Cup teams just started testing at Daytona, and odds are already available for who will win the 2014 Sprint Cup. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Jimmie Johnson is the overwhelming favorite at 2/1. Some of the other numbers are far more surprising and might change how you think about the 2014 season. Here are three things to consider: (more...) ...

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NASCAR Snowstorm

  More than 100 million people will soon deal with a massive snowstorm. With many of us staying inside for a few days, it seems appropriate to think about the three biggest blizzards in NASAR. (more...) ...

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Five Drivers I’m Watching This Season

Happy New Year! With the 2014 season just around the corner, it's not too early to start looking ahead. For a variety of reasons, here are five drivers I will be watching with heightened interest..... Denny Hamlin- After a season filled with calamity, Hambone finished the 2013 campaign with a win, signaling hope for the 11 team. Was it an omen? He's been a winner throughout his career, here's betting Hamlin will be right back in the mix of things this season. Kyle Larson- It's been som ...

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Top 13 NASCAR Stories of 2013

For better or for worse, 2013 was an eventful season for NASCAR. While there are plenty more headlines beyond these on this list, this is what this observer is going with as the top 13 of 2013. Arriving at a final order was challenging to be sure, but at this moment, this is my story and I'm sticking to it: 13. RCR announces return of iconic race car number- Some fans say it is time, others still aren't ready. The number '3,' last used by the beloved Dale Earnhardt, will return to usage i ...

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NASCAR Year End: Win, Lose or Draw

  2013 is almost over. This is the time when everyone writes a New Year's Resolution column with random points about the upcoming 2014 Sprint Cup season. Instead, here's a breakdown of the breakdown, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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NASCAR’s Five Biggest Winners of 2013

Good, bad or indifferent, 2013 had its fill of memorable moments. Sprinkled among Spingate, the big brouhaha at Auto Club and the tragic death of Jason Leffler (you live on in our hearts Left Turn) are stories of triumph. Today we celebrate those triumphs..... Kurt Busch- Quite often, a driver who leaves a team like Busch did Penske ends up going the way of Great Northern Spotted Owl. While he didn't win a race in 2013, what Busch accomplished little Denver-based Furniture Row Racing ...

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Die-Cast Car Sales: In Perspective

  The die-cast car. It is a staple of many holiday gift lists for those who love, like or are forced to buy gifts for NASCAR fans. Recently, a list of top die-cast car sales for 2013 came out. The results show a lot of about the state of NASCAR as we end 2013. (more...) ...

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