What Kind Of Champion Will Kevin Harvick Make?

  For better or for worse, a champion becomes "the face" for his or her sport. Some of those faces shine well in the spotlight- like the steady, if unspectacular Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs of recent NBA vintage. Others have cast their sport in an embarrassing light- Mike Tyson didn't do boxing too many favors in his prime. In NASCAR, Richard Petty was once racing royalty as its down home "King." Dale Earnhardt was alternately a blue collar hero and the sport's "bad ass" as " ...

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A NASCAR Fan’s Thanksgiving

  Today, there is much a NASCAR fan can be thankful for. This NASCAR fan submits his list on this fine Thanksgiving Day..... I'm thankful that Kevin Harvick won the Sprint Cup championship. One of a handful of deserving candidates, he was fast all year, and is a tribute to persistence in a 14-year climb to racing glory... I'm thankful NASCAR's most popular driver- Dale Earnhardt Jr. kicked off the season in fine fashion with a Daytona 500 victory. It got the monkey off his back ...

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The Fundamental Flaw With The Chase

  Within NASCAR is a fundamental flaw with their version of a playoff system. It's a problem you don't see with a playoff system in any other American-based sport. A failure to deal with it brings to bear the Chaos theory into the world of sports. A simplified version of the Chaos theory is the "butterfly effect;" a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil, and the result is a tornado in Texas. Sounds a little "out there," but think about it, is it not a little bit like the events at T ...

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Harvick Is Happy, Happy Happy

  He did it! Kevin "Happy" Harvick- a two-time Busch Series champion- has grabbed the brass ring at NASCAR's highest level.  In his first year of racing for Gene Haas and his good buddy Tony Stewart, the 38-year old Bakersfield, California native did what his boss did just three years ago: winning the season finale race and the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at the same time. O happy day indeed. It seems fitting that a driver nicknamed "Happy" does so the same year a song of the same ...

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Focused On Racing, Not Chasing

Here is a truism: wherever there is more than one, there's racing. The fact there would be auto racing was an eventuality, the moment the second car was made. Competition is hard-wired into our into our guts. Whose car is faster? Which one will hold up longer? Who will contrive the plan that enables them to first finish so they can finish first? These are all things we want to and got to know; otherwise, the speculation will drive us flat nuts. While there's intrigue concerning the matter ...

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