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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KYLE BUSCH TEACHES TRAFFIC SCHOOL

Recently Kyle Busch was cited for reckless driving when he was clocked at 128mph in a 45mph zone. Busch's ticket is the latest in a long line of race car driver public driving fails. The younger, impetuous Busch would have just flown the bird when caught speeding, but as an older, more mature driver, Kyle chose a different tone. Busch taught a Saturday session of traffic school at Charlotte's Safety First Traffic School in order to enter back into his fans good graces and demonstrate his remor ...

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THERE’S ROOM AT THE TOP FOR A MATT KENSETH

Some drivers are fiery, like a Tony Stewart or Kevin Harvick. Other drivers are a bit more like politicians a la Jeff Burton or even Dale Jr. in his own way. Others are comedians, in the Michael Waltrip mode.Matt Kenseth is none of these. The 2003 NASCAR Cup champion just goes out and quietly does his job, somewhat like one of his mentors, Mark Martin. All you need to know about Kenseth’s understated approach can be summed up in the Nextel commercial where they call out a replacement ...

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REGAN SMITH WINS AS ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE

Regan Smith took the checkered flag for the second time in his career during Saturday night’s Southern 500 in Darlington, yet it was the first time he was able to go to Victory Lane. Looking as if he scored the win in the October 2008 Talladega race, Smith was instead penalized and his first career win was taken away. Saturday night, in one of the most prestigious races in all of NASCAR, there was no doubt the 27-year-old driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet belonged in the winner& ...

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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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KEVIN HARVICK IS THE BLUE COLLAR CANDIDATE

On more than one occasion, this observer has opined today’s NASCAR is more about the race and the personalities than it is about the cars, with the age of the muscle car long gone. Among the glamor boys like Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards, the young guns like Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin, there’s needed to be a throwback kind of driver; a Joe Six-Pack kind of guy. Enter Kevin Harvick.With Dale Jr. working to find his way back, with Tony Stewart’s fortu ...

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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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HARVICK CRUSHES THE HOPES OF JUNIOR NATION

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ For a moment, it appeared all was right in the NASCAR world. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just pulled a bump-and-run move on Kyle Busch to take the lead with 20 laps to go and the fans were on their feet at Martinsville Speedway cheering him on wildly. Junior Nation was about to see their driver break a 98-race winless streak, beating Busch to do so nonetheless. Then came the black No. 29 of Kevin Harvick. Spoiling the day for Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch one week ago in Fontana, H ...

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DID HARVICK RACE JOHNSON DIRTY?

Anyone who thinks that NASCAR Nation is homogeneous collection of dimwitted hicks who only believe that “rubbin’s racin’” doesn’t know jack about race fans. Taking stock of how fans reacted to Kevin Harvick’s tactics employed against Jimmie Johnson in the closing moments of the Auto Club 400 Sunday is the latest evidence that consensus among the auto racing faithful can be as hard to come by as it is in the stick and ball sports.I read one comment th ...

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