NASCAR, THE OFFICIAL SPORT OF NORTH CAROLINA?

North Carolina's Senate approved a bill this week to make stock car racing the official state sport of North Carolina. While the bill needs approval from the State Assembly before it becomes law, the substance of the bill has raised spirited debate. Not since the Obama-NASCAR conspiracy has government intervention in racing caused such a stir. The opponents furiously argue that the policy implications of this bill are unacceptable. Like a Logano-Harvick feud, this argument is all talk at the mom ...

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THE PROS AND CONS OF RESTRICTOR PLATE RACING

“Did you see the end of that race? Wow, what a race!” I heard a lot of that following the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega. My cousin Morgan out in Ohio echoed another sentiment I’ve heard more than once following a NASCAR restrictor plate race: “I don’t love NASCAR, but man, what a finish today.”It’s hard to argue that restrictor plate racing has produced some of the most memorable endings in recent memory. There was Kevin Harvick’s crazy win over M ...

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LOL RACE PICS: KYLE BUSCH’S BABY

 Wait, which one's the baby?Props to LOL Race Pics. Related links:LOL Race Pics goes metaStart and park this!Free Kasey Kahne! ...

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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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DYNO FIRE NOT CAUSE OF JGR ENGINE WOES

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ The start of the 2011 season for Joe Gibbs Racing engine department has been a bit of a disaster and a far cry from success. The team had two engine issues last week in Fontana, a catastrophic failure in Las Vegas and an engine down 100 horsepower for the majority of the race in Bristol. In addition, they have had three pre-race engine changes due to concern or failures.  Even before the season started, the Gibbs engine department suffered a major setback when an engine e ...

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