THE REAL REASONS FOR KASEY KAHNE’S DEPARTURE

Kasey Kahne left RPM under a shroud of mystery: Was it team finances?  Bruised ego? Is Kahne Doomed? Was it a power play by management?  While those factors played a small part, the real reasons for Kahne's departure go much deeper.   Kahne had a great sponsor, women love him and yet he walked away from the Budweiser No. 9 with five races to go.  Here are the top five reasons why.   Reason #1: The Stereo Situation Kahne was incensed at his team-imposed ban from pu ...

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KAHNE CALLS SPLIT MUTUAL, MOVES ON

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ Just days after being released from Richard Petty Motorsports, Kasey Kahne addressed the media with his new organization Red Bull Racing. Joined by Red Bull Racing vice president and general manager Jay Frye, Kahne discussed his relationship with RPM, how it broke down throughout this season and what he expects moving forward. “A lot of things happened this week,” Frye said. “Obviously, we’re really excited to get a head start on 2011 season. This is so ...

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NASCAR DRIVERS WHO MOONLIGHT AS MODELS

 News broke this week of that Reed Sorenson will trade his firesuit for chinos as the new model for Dollar General's new fall fashion line.  Reed's turn on the catwalk is the latest in a long-standing tradition of drivers moonlighting as models for everything from Danica's milk campaign to Bowyer's Blue Man Group endorsement.Gone are the days of Jimmy Spencer's spare tire physique and Terry Labonte's magnanimous Magnum P.I. mustaches.  They've been replaced by Kasey Kahne six-pack ...

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STEWART SMOKES ‘EM ON FINAL RESTART

HAMPTON, Ga._ Throughout the entire 500-mile even Sunday night at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart could not get going on the restarts. Running up front for much of the race, Stewart would spin the tires on nearly every restart and lose spots as a result. Yet when it mattered most, 'Smoke' got the job done and scored the victory – his first of the 2010 season. "I just couldn't keep from spinning the tires and I just made myself not even watch Carl (Edwards) on the bottom on th ...

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CHASE CLINCH SCENARIOS – ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga._ With only two races left before the 12-driver field is set for the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup, only two drivers enter this weekend’s race locked in the Chase. Points leader Kevin Harvick and second-place Jeff Gordon have already secured a spot in NASCAR’s version of the post-season, but this weekend the remaining 10 drivers in the top-12 have a chance to leave Atlanta with a place in the Chase. While each of the 10 have a mathematical shot to head to Richmond locked ...

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NASCAR PROP BETS

No race. No problem.Kyle Busch didn’t just make history Saturday night in Bristol. He made me a winner.  Down a mere 105 fake dollars heading into the off week, I had two choices.Intense analysis that offers keen insight on the rest of the 2010 season.  Goofy prop bets that allow me to spend some time outside with the newborn.Prop bets, here we come. Odds a Roush Fenway Racing driver wins the 2010 Sprint Cup: 15/12010 has been a debacle for Jack Roush. They weren’t compe ...

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VICKERS TO RETURN IN 2011

BRISTOL, Tenn._ Talking with the media for the first time since announcing he would be forced to sit out the remainder of the season, Brian Vickers provided an update to his medical condition and confirmed he would be back in the No. 83 in 2011. Sitting in the Bristol Motor Speedway media center, Vickers looked like Doogie Houser as he discussed how doctors repaired a hole in his heart, added a stint in his leg and how all of that came about. “A lot has happened since the last time I s ...

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MARTIN INSISTS HE WILL DRIVE NO. 5 IN 2011

NASCAR’s silly season is always full of twists and turns, but this year is more complicated than most. Earlier in the year, it was announced Kasey Kahne would leave Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of 2010 and would be driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. The current driver of the No. 5, Mark Martin is slated to drive the car for the 2011 season, while Kahne will have to find a ride for one year before climbing behind the wheel of the No. 5. Once the announceme ...

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NASCAR SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS

Summer Blockbuster movies are here and many films are incorporating NASCAR-related themes.  NASCAR has always had strong ties to Hollywood, from great movie characters to Daytime Emmys to car sponsors.Here is a look at some of the most anticipated NASCAR-branded movies coming to a theatre near you this summer.Twilight: Eclipse of the CupAs the Chase for the Cup quickly approaches, Miss Bella Sprint Cup must choose between her boyfriend vampire Jimmie and her friendship with the werewolf Den ...

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HAMLIN WINS WILD RACE AT POCONO; HARVICK AND LOGANO FEUD

LONG POND, Pa. _ At the beginning of the 2010 season, NASCAR vowed to let the drivers police themselves and the ‘Have at it, boys’ mentality was born. Since that revelation, a feud has erupted nearly every week in the NASCAR garage and this weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway was no different. As Denny Hamlin cruised to his fourth victory of the season and fourth win at Pocono, the fireworks were heating up on pit road. Following an incident that set up a green-white-checkered fin ...

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