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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