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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