2012 AND THE CAR VS. DRIVER QUESTION

 How many times have you heard this: “If so-and-so just had some decent equipment to run in, maybe he’d win.” Of the #20 car dominating the Nationwide Series, Clint Bowyer only half jokingly once said, “A monkey could drive that car.” How much of the NASCAR winning equation is the car- or the team- and how much of it is on the driver? 2012 will offer a lot of interesting fodder for that discussion. Will Kurt Busch pilot his new James Finch ride int ...

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KAHNE DOES RIGHT BY RED BULL

Has it ever happened to you? Have a ever landed a job you knew you wouldn’t keep? This observer has, and if you have, then you know it gets tempting to mail it in, especially when you know the next big thing career-wise is right around the corner.It takes a certain amount of character to strive for excellence in a short-tem gig, but that’s what Kasey Kahne has done in his one year run at Red Bull. He gets props from this corner of NASCAR nation for earning his soon-to-be former emplo ...

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KURT BUSCH WINS AT INFINEON AS TEMPERS FLARE

Although he had no previous road course wins, Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch looked like a road course ace Sunday at Infineon Speedway. Using a two pit stop strategy and leading 75 of the 110 laps in the Toyota/Save Mart 350, Busch dominated the event while the others fought it out behind him.“It was one of those unbelievable days where having a game plan going in, we weren't questioning it, it was just old school on how we were going to make it on two stops,” Busch said. Follow ...

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CHASE FORECAST: WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT

One-third of the way through the Sprint Cup season, and conventional wisdom suggests we have a good idea of who will make or miss the NASCAR Chase for the Championship. See if you agree with who’ll make it and who won’t….In Like FlintKevin Harvick has the wins, and has the consistency. With three checkereds he’s the provisional number one seed. It would be nice to see him be a little more dominant once in a while. Winning races is rarely an issue for Kyle Busch. Even bet ...

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DALE EARNHARDT JR. RUNS OUT OF FUEL GIVING KEVIN HARVICK COCA-COLA 600 WIN

CONCORD, N.C. _ On a day that saw the leader wreck on the final lap of the Indianapolis 500, the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 also came down to a last lap pass for the win. Ironically, in both events it was the National Guard car that came up short on Memorial Day weekend.  Leading the field to the white flag, Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought Junior Nation to their feet as it appeared the fan favorite was about to end his daunting winless streak. However just like the Indy 500, it was n ...

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