Underdog? The Label No Longer Fits Martin Truex Jr.

If he hadn't already, Martin Truex Jr. crossed the line Saturday night. No, he didn't rub somebody out; and yes, he crossed the finish line first. The line- at least in this fan's mind- that Truex has crossed is that one where a competitor goes from underdog to favorite. As a driver, it's a line you hope to one day cross. No doubt, when Martin Truex Jr. came into the Cup Series full time in 2006, he was thinking championships, not hardships. He had plenty of reason to be upbeat. Racing fo ...

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of NASCAR’s 2017….So Far

As NASCAR's 2017 season heads into turn one, some patterns have emerged. As teams regroup, there's no doubt that some are celebrating their good fortune thus far. Some are hoping the weekend off provided a chance to hit the reset button, and no doubt some, especially a good many fans, aren't surprised, but disappointed at what has unfolded. From this fan's point of view, this is the good, the bad and ugly of NASCAR's 2017.....so far. THE GOOD The kids are alright- One of the major s ...

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Texas Motor Speedway Offers Hendrick, Gibbs Opportunity

So, who here thought that Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing would still be winless at this juncture of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. You in the back, sit down- I don't believe it. Everyone was just sure that was going to change last Sunday at Martinsville. Kyle Busch led 174 laps, but eventually gave way to race winner Brad Keselowski. Chase Elliott started on the front row, and even led 20 laps, but that first top series victory eluded him. Matt Kenseth rebounded fro ...

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Ready For Some Martinsville Madness?

Cookie cutter tracks, cookie cutter cars and cookie cutter personalities. NASCAR's stop in Martinsville this Sunday could change all that. This little video by NBC's Parker Kligerman of a simulated trip around the track, shows just how challenging it could be. The paperclip-shaped short track that dates back to the earliest days of stock car racing is anything but generic. Martinsville has a way of bringing out the best, and the worst of NASCAR racing. It may be early in the season, but t ...

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Busch vs. Logano “No Call” Is Correct

NASCAR is issuing no penalties for the Busch vs. Logano dust-up after last Sunday's race at Las Vegas. Good call, uh, good "no call." I mean, what would you penalize? Unskilled use of fists? Let's go back to the genesis of the Busch vs. Logano incident. While Joey Logano has had run-ins with other drivers from Joe Gibbs Racing- Matt Kenseth most notably- there's no real history between the one-time JGR wunderkind and his former teammate. In other words, there's cause for Kyle Busch to thi ...

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